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Vargas Ranch Series: Inspiration Behind the Brand

Updated: Dec 3, 2023


Vargas Ranch Series. Brand d. v. 8.

How many books about ranches and cowboys have you read, whether historical or contemporary, and you wondered about their brand?


Hardly anyone describes the brand. Me either. In my historical series, I don’t think I’ve mentioned the brand for my ranch that appears in eleven books!


Well, for the Vargas Ranch Series, the brand plays a central role in describing both the family and their faith. In many of my series, I start with a theme verse, and the Vargas Ranch Series is no exception. When I read these verses in my morning devotion time, I knew this would be the anchor for the series.


With regard to the works of man,

by the word of your lips

I have avoided the ways of the violent.

My steps have held fast to your paths;

my feet have not slipped.

—Psalms 17:4-5 ESV


Then the family motto formed based on the second verse: I do not deviate from the Lord’s plan.


Immediately, I latched onto the word “deviate” and how it might be represented in a brand: “dV8”. I sketched out the design, and then I had to back into how else the letters “d” and “V” might relate to the series.


Then next thing I knew, I was searching for Spanish last names beginning with a “V”. As soon as I saw Vargas, I knew it was the perfect name for my Arizonan ranching family. The idea to start all the men’s names with a “d” also took shape. I scanned through my running list of cowboy names and quickly settled on the five brothers’ names: Dalton, Dylan, Derin, Devon, and Drake.


Now, I could have probably stopped there, but I love developing a rich family history for a series like this. So, I set the founding of the ranch in 1952 with Dalton J. Vargas, Senior. His son, Junior, named his sons Dalton J. Vargas the third and Diego Vargas. The third, or “Tres”, is the father of the five sons in the series.


I’ve really enjoyed weaving the family’s “dV8” brand, family motto, and theme verses into the first book in the series. They will appear in all five books. So, I’ll leave you with:


“I do not deviate from the Lord’s plan.”


Blessings, dear readers!


Karen Baney


Karen Baney Author of Christian Romance Books







About the Series

Discover the Vargas Ranch Series. A Christian contemporary cowboy romance series of books set in Wickenburg Arizona.

Love is in the air at the Vargas Guest Ranch & Resort near Wickenburg, Arizona. The Vargas family lives and breathes their family motto: We do not deviate from the Lord’s plan. Five brawny brothers keep the ranch and resort running while life lassos their hearts in this epic contemporary cowboy romance series.


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