Wanted Texas Baby by Cathy Gillen Thacker

Wanted Texas Daddy Book Cover

All small towns have their secrets. No one in Laramie, Texas knows about Sage Lockhart’s friends-with-benefits relationship with the handsome cowboy, Nick Monroe. However, Sage wants something more from Nick—something that could change the very nature of their arrangement. She wants to have his baby.

Nick has always wanted to take things with Sage to the next level. Having a child wasn’t exactly what he had in mind, but it’s an adventure he can’t refuse. Of course, neither of them realized just how complicated things could get.

Now, with a baby on the way and all of their careful plans unraveling, Sage and Nick must face the one secret they’ve been hiding from themselves…and from each other.

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Sage and Nick are friends, best friends. And so when Sage approaches Nick about becoming her baby daddy instead of going through an agency, they both knew it would change their lives but for the good right? Both of them have set plans for their futures… no time for boyfriends or girlfriends. They have each other. Nothing will change, they’ll just have a baby to share their love with.

But the two of them have a secret each that they haven’t shared and when the two find themselves heading down a different road than first planned, will they be able to make through the other side as friends still?

I really loved Nick and Sage. They were perfect for each other in every way but they had a huge flaw and that was communication!!! Really it became so frustrating at times, I was screaming at my book! I think if that would have been resolved a little sooner in the book, that would have made the book a 5 star read for me. But I enjoyed the book and their journey to their HEA.


  • What was your favorite part about writing WANTED: TEXAS DADDY?

I loved having a pregnant heroine, and doting daddy-to-be.

  • What was challenging about writing this book?

I covered the entire pregnancy, from the first mention of having a child together, to bringing baby home from the hospital.  A lot of ground to cover in 55,000 words!

  • How would you describe the relationship between Sage and Nick?

Committed.  They started out as great friends, became lovers and then finally husband and wife.

  • How did you come up with their names? Do they mean anything specific?

Nick is a guy’s guy, so I wanted him to have a name that was both masculine and accessible.  Sage is a popular girl’s name in the southwest—probably because the plant is both hardy and evergreen and beautifully blooming.  Sage really blossoms in response to Nick’s love and attention.

  • When did you first realize that you wanted to be writer?

I started dreaming up stories when I was eleven-adding details to the story was how I put myself to sleep most nights.  I got serious about putting words to page when my children were toddlers.

  • If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?


  • What else do you love to do besides writing?

Spend time with family.  Garden, read, listen to music, watch TV and movies to feed my voracious appetite for ‘story’.

  • What is the biggest misconception about your genre?

That the books are silly, pointless, or easily created.  A great love story stays with the reader long after the last page is read.  Creating a memorable story is a lot of work

  • What future projects are you working on?

I just started a new six book series about the heroes and heroines of fictional Laramie County.

  • Do you have any advice for new writers?

Finish the book.  Taking the story from beginning all the way to the end teaches a writer more about craft, than anything else.  Then, while trying to sell the first book, start another, and finish that, too!

Bon Appetit and a Book: 

  • Chipotle Chicken Roll-Ups
    • Spread flour tortillas with thin layer of chipotle mayonnaise. Sprinkle on shredded Monterey jack, and Cheddar cheese.  Add shredded roast chicken, thinly sliced tomato, red onion, avocado, and cilantro.  Roll up, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to eat.   (Available for a quick lunch at Sage’s bistro, The Cowgirl Chef café.)


Song Playlist:

  • Someone Like You by Dina Carroll
  • Just The Way We Do It by Chely Wright
  • Take Your Time by Sam Hunt
  • Give A Little Bit by the Goo Goo Dolls
  • Humble And Kind by Tim McGraw
  • Good Time To Cry by Jennifer Nettles
  • Make You Miss Me by Sam Hunt
  • Breathe You In by Dierks Bentley
  • Want You Back by Tim McGraw
  • Let Love In by the Goo Goo Dolls


Love Lessons Learned: 

  • Sage Lockhart and Nick Monroe start out as friends. Both have their dreams.  Sage wants a baby.  Nick wants to turn his family’s western wear clothing business into a national chain.  Nick agrees to help Sage have the child she wants without the constraints of marriage.  Until the venture capital money he needs threatens to dry up—unless they go the traditional route and get married.  So they get married, keeping their reasons private, and the arrangement as ultra-modern and un-constrictive as possible.  And at first the plan seems to work, until Sage’s pregnancy brings them closer than they ever dreamed possible.  Nick and Sage both know their feelings are changing, but they also know the deal they made with each other, that even though they will be bringing up their child together forever, their marriage was only a temporary arrangement.  Only when they stand to risk everything they’ve gained, do they find the courage to tell each other the truth about how they feel.  And realize just how committed to each other, and to their marriage, they are.

Movie Star Cast: 

  • Drew Barrymore as Sage, and Stephen Amell as Nick.



Cathy Gillan ThackerCATHY GILLEN THACKER is a full-time wife, mother and author who began writing stories during “nap time” when her children were toddlers. She wrote seven books as she taught herself how to be an author, and her eighth attempt was published in 1982. Since then she has written and published more than 70 novels.






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