Shannon here: Molly Noble Bull shares how she met her husband, plus a chance to win a print copy of the Historical Romance novella collection, Cowboy Cousins, which includes her title, Lucy and the Lawman. U.S. only. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: May 14th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Molly:
Hi, my name is Molly Noble Bull. This is the story of how my husband and I met and much more.
So, let’s get started.
Who will I marry?
That thought crossed my brain a lot my senior year of high school because I had a steady boyfriend. Was Ron the one I was to one day wed? He was a cowboy like my father and grandfather. So, I prayed about it. I asked the LORD who I was to marry without mentioning Ron.
I was a member of the girl’s choir, and soon after that prayer, the choir and our student teacher/director were driven to a nearby college campus to be judged in sight-reading and songs sung in class. We gathered as a group on the big stage at the college auditorium with the judges in the orchestra pit below us.
Though aware of people moving in and out of the auditorium, I didn’t pay much attention to them. My eyes were on the conductor, hoping the judges would give our choir an excellent score, and they did.
The next day in choir the student director said, “Molly, please stay after class.”
Stay after class? What had I done? I was stunned, embarrassed and scared out of my orbit. The other students left the room, leaving me sitting there—wondering what would happen next. After a long moment, I joined the student director at the piano, expecting to be disciplined. Instead, he smiled.
“Molly,” he said. “There is a boy up at the college who saw you up on that stage, and he wants to go out with you. His name is Charles Bull.”
Charles Bull. That had to be the strangest name I had ever heard. At the same time, it was such a relief to know I wasn’t in trouble. “I have a boyfriend,” I finally said. “We go steady.”
That ended the matter. I never recalled the name again. Or did I?
I graduated from high school, entering that same college in September. Ron and I had broken up. Of course, I joined the college choir.
On the first day, I noticed that the president of the choir was mature yet kind and special somehow. Still, he was probably too old for a freshman like me, and I didn’t think he was a cowboy. Cowboys were high on my possible boyfriend list. Nevertheless, I decided to ask the girl seated in the seat beside me a bold question. We will call her Jane.
“The choir president, Charles, sure is cute,” I said. ”Who does he go out with?”
Me? I melted into the back of my chair, planning never to make bold comments again.
At Christmas time, the choir gathered in the back of a big truck for a caroling party. We visited a hospital and a nursing home for starters. Jane didn’t attend, and I happened to be standing beside Charles.
We were both holding on to the side of the truck as we sang. All at once the sides of our hands touched. I had no idea what he felt. I felt a kind of romantic tingling, and he wasn’t even a cowboy.
By then I knew that Charles was a history major and a college sophomore; he wasn’t too old for me. But he never asked me out. However during my sophomore year, Charles and Jane broke up, and he finally asked me out on a date.
We went to a movie. At the door of the girl’s boarding house where I lived, he threw me a kiss instead of kissing me. I found that charming. Neither of us dated anyone else after that first date. We married a year later.
One day my husband, Charles Bull—now called Charlie, said, “Remember that boy who wanted to go out with you when you were in high school. Well, that was me.”
God answers prayer. He answered mine on the day in choir when I was standing at the piano with the student director, but not in the way I expected. The LORD gave us three sons and six grandchildren, and all of our sons are cowboys. He also gave me Charlie. Oh, he is also called Charles.
Our marriage has lasted for almost 65 years.
I have a Texas cattle ranch background. Today I am introducing my newest western, Cowboy Cousins, a collection of three novellas. My novella is titled “Lucy and the Lawman.” Set in the Texas hill country, Lucy is about a sheriff who wants to quit his job, run cattle full-time, and then he meets a young woman who needs a lawman’s help.
Molly Noble Bull has published with Zondervan, Love Inspired, Barbour Publishing, and others. Sanctuary, her long historical, won the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award in the inspirational category and tied for first place in a second national contest for published authors that year. Later, the publisher went out of business, and Hartline Literary published Sanctuary under a new title, The Secret Place.
Molly’s Gothic historical, Gatehaven, won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest. When the Cowboy Rides Away won the 2016 Texas Association of Authors contest in the Christian western category. Barbour Publishing published The Secret Admirer Romance Collection on May 1, 2017, and Molly’s novella in that collection is titled “Too Many Secrets.” Cinderella Texas and The Secret Place were published by Hartline’s White Glove Publishing. Learn more & connect: Molly’s Website
About the collection – Cowboy Cousins:
Lucy and the Lawman by Molly Noble Bull: While on a business trip to Colorado in 1890, Sheriff Caleb Caldwell stops to inform Miss Lucy Gordan and her widowed mother of property they inherited in Texas, land coveted by a rich and powerful man—willing to do anything to get his hands on what is rightfully theirs, and Caleb feels obligated to protect them. However, he cannot reveal his attraction for Lucy. To do so would mean disaster for all of them.
The Meddlesome Maverick by Kathleen L. Maher: A new job as a bronco buster on a Lincoln, Nebraska ranch offers Boyd Hastings a fresh start. Cured of romance after a kiss-and-tell flirt falsely accused him, he must flee his hometown and cousins who have been like brothers. Banjo picking for a music show would lure him to the big city, but an opinionated tomboy with a heart of gold makes grand plans for him. Can he trust a meddlesome maverick to steer him true, or will she lead him into a briar patch of trouble?
A Panhandle Sunrise by Kathi Macias: Thirty-one year old Jake Matthews, newly appointed foreman of the Double Bar-J Ranch, is deeply attracted to the ranch owner’s daughter, Anabelle, but he can’t work up the nerve to approach her father, Jasper Floyd, and ask for permission to court her. But when tall, handsome, longtime Jasper-family friend, Clint Jordan, gets hired on, it seems Clint doesn’t have the same insecurities and begins pursuing Anabelle immediately. Jake now accepts that his dreams of a life with Anabelle are hopeless—until a near life-and-death situation changes everything.
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