Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Alison Bruce

First in the book and last in the interviews... makes sense. Besides, how does one interview oneself?

By answering the same questions I asked everyone else of course.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?

At the same time that I was looking for inspiration for a short story, I also had to find a topic for Cowboy Kisses. Since it was around the Chinese New Year, I decided to tackle the history of the Chinese in the old west... or part of it. 

Being a research junkie, I went off on a few tangents, one involving Chinese hand laundries. Add to that one of Maggie O's five-word story challenges and decided to write about a young woman named May working in a Chinese laundry in a mining town, running afoul of a lawman and saloon owner, with mayhem ensuing.


The road to becoming a published author is rarely smooth, what were some of your most noteworthy bumps or potholes?

For the longest time, I was the poster girl for what not to do to get published. I gave up trying after three rejections when I was in my early twenties. I never gave up writing, but I only ever took one writing course and every time I tried to get involved with a critique group, someone in my family would get deathly ill.

On the other hand, I did learn how to write nonfiction. I majored in history and philosophy at university and got my first paid writing job while I was a student. Later, when I was taking care of my sister and father, I started reading about the writing process. Robert Sawyer and Janet Evanovich became my writing teachers. They were very informative and I didn't have to worry about being late for class.

Tell us a little about your latest release?

Hazardous Unions is a book with two novellas about twin sisters who work for families on different sides of the war. I wrote about Maggie, who worked as a lady's companion on a plantation in Tennessee. When the plantation is occupied by a Union cavalry troop, she does her best to keep the family safe despite themselves. Kat Flannery wrote about Maggie's twin, Matty, who has her own adventures thwarting a treasonous plot.

It was an exciting project because it was the first time I had ever collaborate with another fiction author. Although our stories are separate, Kat and I had to build a common background for our respective sisters.

Hazardous Unions was also special because it was written within a year of when it was published. My first two books were started years ago. In the case of Under A Texas Star, it had started life as a short story written twenty years before it was published as a novel. The first draft of Deadly Legacy was written shortly after my mother died in 1998.




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"I usually purchase anthologies hoping I'll enjoy half of the stories. Wow! I loved every one of these tales, most of which left me wanting more. I highly recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys a good western! Great job, everyone!"

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Carol Spradling

As a youth, Carol Spradling loved reading the Trixie Belden books. Trixie was smart, witty, and surrounded by good-looking guys. In comparison, the romances her friends were reading were frustrating.

"Why did it take 380 pages for the couple to admit they loved each other?"

Determined to find authors who felt as she did, Carol finally discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss and Diana Gabaldon. They became her standards for historical romance writing.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?
 
I love simple stories with characters that discover their feelings for each other at the same pace as the reader, and where better to do that than on the Santa Fe Trail. A long wagon train ride west, intriguing characters, and a secret past make for an exciting time.

The road to becoming a published author is rarely smooth, what were some of your most noteworthy bumps or potholes?

I had the hardest time finding a fan base. With so many people interested in vampire stories, it's hard to convince readers that romance books extend past this genre.

Tell us a little about your latest release?

The Highwayman's Grace is the third book in The Forever Time Travel Romance Series. I've always loved time travel books and highwayman stories. What better combination can there be? Ethan is hiding a secret that could ruin his family, not to mention, cost him his life. And Grace is hiding a family secret that she doesn't understand. While Ethan and Grace come to terms with their own secrets, they find their attraction to each other too much to withstand. Little do they know, their lives are more connected than their initial meeting and forced marriage would lead them to believe.

Find out more about Carol and her books at:
http://www.carolaspradling.com
http://www.carolaspradling.blogspot.ca
and on Facebook


Saddle up your horses and head out to the heart of the Wild West in this collection of short love stories by authors of Western Romance from all over the country and around the world. Whether your passion is historical or contemporary, there's something inside for everyone.

NOW ON SALE!

"I usually purchase anthologies hoping I'll enjoy half of the stories. Wow! I loved every one of these tales, most of which left me wanting more. I highly recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys a good western! Great job, everyone!"

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Peggy Henderson

Peggy L Henderson never thought she'd be a writer, much less publish a book some day. She always wanted to be a veterinarian.Life had other plans for her.

A laboratory technologist by night, and writer by day, Peggy has ten published books to her name. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for twenty years. Along with her husband and two sons, she makes her home in Southern California. They dream of moving to Montana some day.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?
 

I never thought I’d write a short story of 2000 words. I mean, an entire story with beginning, middle, and end in less words than my average chapter lengths? Really? But, I love a good challenge, so I thought I’d give it a shot when the idea was brought up in the western romance forum on Amazon’s MOA’s for an anthology of western shorts.

Coming up with a story took a while, but since I had never written a short before, I decided to stick with what was familiar, and weaved a story around my Yellowstone Romance Series and Teton Romance Trilogy. So, Yellowstone Proposal was born.

The road to becoming a published author is rarely smooth, what were some of your most noteworthy bumps or potholes?

My biggest mistake when I first published, was that I thought I knew how to self-edit. I had a critique partner who helped with finding problems and proof-reading, but there just is no substitute for a good editor. A couple of not-so nice reviews that pointed out the editing problems in my first book were truly a wake-up call.

Being self-published, it’s always a hurdle to do everything yourself, from formatting a book, to designing a cover (it’s best to hire a cover designer), to editing (again, get a good editor), and finally hitting the publish button. Marketing a book is probably my biggest weakness and a huge hurdle to overcome in order to be seen in the endless ocean of ebooks out there. It doesn’t matter how well-written a book is – unless someone sees it, no one will read it. Writing the actual story is the easy part!

Tell us a little about your latest release?
My latest release is the second book in my Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, Ain’t No Angel, which has absolutely nothing to do with the Yellowstone Series. This series is a lot more “western” with cowboys rather than mountain men. It’s the story of a young woman who is down on her luck in life as well as love, and is offered a second chance at finding happiness, and gets sent to the past where she meets the man of her dreams.

It’s always easiest to “write what you know”, and I did a lot of that with the Yellowstone Series, where I wrote about the park’s history and the ecology. For Ain’t No Angel, I decided to showcase something else that is near-and-dear to me: horses. I loved making horses a huge part in this book, and delved into a little-known piece of American history regarding these animals from the 1870’s, namely the great Equine Influenza Outbreak of 1872.



Saddle up your horses and head out to the heart of the Wild West in this collection of short love stories by authors of Western Romance from all over the country and around the world. Whether your passion is historical or contemporary, there's something inside for everyone.

NOW ON SALE!

"I usually purchase anthologies hoping I'll enjoy half of the stories. Wow! I loved every one of these tales, most of which left me wanting more. I highly recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys a good western! Great job, everyone!"

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Cheri Kay Clifton


Cheri Kay Clifton married her high school sweetheart, her own handsome hero. They have one son who is serving in the U.S. Air Force. She and her hubby, both retired, divide their time between Florida and North Carolina (which, to a Canadian seems almost redundant). When Cheri isn’t riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle, she’s writing Book 3 in her Wheels of Destiny Trilogy.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?

I have lots of notebooks filled with story ideas and characters just waiting for me to breathe life into them, so I had no problem choosing my hero and heroine for my short story, Destiny’s Kiss. I’ve never written a time-travel before and thought this was a good opportunity to try my hand at it. Hope our short story readers like it!

The road to becoming a published author is rarely smooth, what were some of your most noteworthy bumps or potholes?

The bumps and potholes I've experienced along the publication road are as rough and varied as have been mentioned by many other authors. After I had written Trail To Destiny, I went through the query and 3-chapter submission process many times only to end up rejected. After getting my hopes up with "the call" from Avon asking for the entire manuscript only to be again rejected because the editor had several in historical genre and were probably dukes, pirates or vikings - ho-hum, I too became frustrated. Thankfully, independent publishing was on the rise and gaining respectability. Not wanting to waste any more time, I finally published Trail To Destiny and just as rewarding, have gained a fan base as well as many author friends in the process.

Tell us a little about your latest release?

I loved researching the history of my hometown, Kearney, Nebraska, known as the gateway to the Oregon Trail. My passion for those brave pioneers and Native Americans led me to write, Book 1, Trail To Destiny.

I'm so excited to announce the recent release of Destiny's Journey, Book 2 of the Wheels of Destiny Trilogy. As often happens when writing a book, one of my secondary character's personality stood out and his story needed to be told as well.

Family deception kept Jennifer O’Malley from marrying her first love ten years ago, West Point officer, Glen Herrington. Now a Civil War widow, she leaves war-torn Richmond, determined to find her destiny. She makes the long journey west in search of Glen, only to discover he is a notorious outlaw with a price on his head.

At the end of the war, Glen Herrington musters out of the U.S. Cavalry and hires on to Wells, Fargo & Company as an undercover agent. When Jennifer confronts him locked in a jail cell, the embers of a love too long denied burn deep inside them both, yet Glen is honor bound not to reveal his true identity.

As life-long secrets and life-threatening dangers abound, Glen and Jennifer fight to reclaim their destiny in each other’s arms.

Find out more about Cheri and her books at : www.cherikayclifton.com


Saddle up your horses and head out to the heart of the Wild West in this collection of short love stories by authors of Western Romance from all over the country and around the world. Whether your passion is historical or contemporary, there's something inside for everyone.

NOW ON SALE!

"I usually purchase anthologies hoping I'll enjoy half of the stories. Wow! I loved every one of these tales, most of which left me wanting more. I highly recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys a good western! Great job, everyone!"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Chad Strong

Chad Strong is a Canuck, like myself. He's resided in Victoria, BC on the west coast, Manitoba prairies, and southern Ontario (my home turf). If he runs true to form, he'll continue moving east and retire in St. John's Newfoundland (the most easterly point in North America).

Chad grew up reading fiction and non-fiction of all sorts, from westerns to fantasies, from history to classics. His writing has followed suit across multiple genres, and his work has appeared in U.S. and Canadian periodicals. His first novel, High Stakes, was nominated for a Peacemaker Award by the Western Fictioneers in their Best First Western Novel category, and is a current nominee in the RONE Awards, in the category of American Historical.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?
When the idea for Rawhide 'n Roses came up, I was immediately intrigued. I like to challenge myself and wondered if I could write a short romance story. I’d had an idea brewing for a while for a contemporary story about a pair of youths that meet at a riding stable and fall in love. Rawhide 'n Roses was the impetus I needed to get Stable Hands, Stable Hearts out of the idea drawer and into the world.


The road to becoming a published author is rarely smooth, what were some of your most noteworthy bumps or potholes?

The road to published author has been a long one. I’ve always loved to write, but, as with most other writers, it was a hobby that always had to come last, after all other responsibilities were taken care of. So actually getting down to it has been kind of off-and-on. Beyond high school level creative writing, I’m self-taught, so the learning took a while in itself, and is still on-going. I had a few short pieces published early on, then nothing for years. The effort put into finding markets and sending work out, often again and again after rejections, can feel harder than actually researching and writing and rewriting. My first novel, High Stakes, made the arduous journey of finding the right publisher before it found a great home with independent Musa Publishing.

Tell us a little about your latest release?
Book-wise, my latest release is High Stakes, a western historical romance set in Victoria, BC, Canada. I’ve combined my love of Victoria and its history with my love of western stories, so it’s a Canadian western with all the gunfights, and saloons, and romance you’d expect, but with a look at aspects of Victoria’s history that most people aren’t familiar with.

Today, Victoria is promoted in tourism circles for its strong British heritage. But it’s often forgotten that it had its frontier days as well, much like the American towns we automatically think of in the Old West.

In High Stakes, young gambler Curt Prescott returns home to Victoria after a three-month poker circuit on the mainland. A new “Moral Action Committee” has sprung up in his absence. Headed by the wife of the new preacher, the committee threatens to cast out all soiled doves and gamblers from the city. He meets the new preacher, “Bud” Andrews, Bud’s shrewish wife, Sarah, and their idealistic daughter, Mary. Bud seeks to convert Curt while Curt plans to destroy the committee, even if it means seducing Mary to shame the family. Pressures mount for Curt as he tries to help his young constable friend keep the peace with a notorious lowlife, while at the same time trying to ease his jealous girlfriend Del’s insecurities. As Curt falls in love with Mary, the battle for his lifestyle becomes a battle of life and death, and of love lost and found.



Find Chad on these sites:
http://chadstrongswriting.weebly.com
www.frontiertales.com



Saddle up your horses and head out to the heart of the Wild West in this collection of short love stories by authors of Western Romance from all over the country and around the world. Whether your passion is historical or contemporary, there's something inside for everyone.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Simone Beaudelaire

Simone Beaudelaire: mild-mannered French teacher by day, steamy romance novelist by night. Naturally, Mme Beaudelaire is a nom de plum... or possibly a nom de guerre. The teacher lives with her husband, three children, and one fat tabby cat in Texas. Her alter-ego could be anywhere, any time.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?

I have a friend at church who is a mature widower and has been alone a long time. I wrote this in honor of him.

The road to becoming a published author is rarely smooth, what were some of your most noteworthy bumps or potholes?

I think finding beta readers was a big hurdle. Finding a cover artist is my most recent struggle.

Tell us a little about your latest release?
The Naphil's Kiss is a step in a new direction for me... paranormal romance with both characters only half human. Chaste, semi-angelic naphil Lucien falls in love with the half-demon succubus Sarahi. But the aftermath of their love affair threatens to bring about the end of the world.
The Nephilim. Half human, half angel. They hide in the light, eternal, chaste, and beautiful. They protect the children of men from the Succubae, daughters of Lilith. Dangerous demonesses who prey on men leaving them worse than dead.
Find out more about Simone:

http://www.amazon.com/Simone-Beaudelaire/e/B00CIUPNWK
http://simonebeaudelaireauthor.weebly.com



Saddle up your horses and head out to the heart of the Wild West in this collection of short love stories by authors of Western Romance from all over the country and around the world. Whether your passion is historical or contemporary, there's something inside for everyone.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Lyn Horner

Lyn Horner describes herself as "A Yankee who got to Texas as quick as she could."

Lyn Horner resides in Fort Worth -- "Where the West Begins" -- with her husband and several beloved cats. A former fashion illustrator and art instructor, she is the author of the award-winning Texas Devlins Trilogy, starring three siblings who bring a glimmer of psychic magic to the Old West. 

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?

My story was inspired by a challenge presented on a discussion titled Western Romance Authors Please Post Here on Amazon’s Meet Our Authors Forum. Maggie O’Hayes, the host and best reader an author could ask for, challenged us to write a snippet of fiction using a few words she chose. Those words inspired me to write about a lawman and a spinster schoolmarm in a small Colorado town.

The road to becoming a published author is rarely smooth, what were some of your most noteworthy bumps or potholes?

Oh my, I could fill a book with all those bumps and potholes. There was my initial fear of admitting I wanted to write romance, a secret I kept from family and friends for along time. Then came years of submitting proposals and getting rejections. Even after honing my craft, scoring high in contests and receiving praise from judges, no sale.

My worst disappointment came in 2009. I made it to the finals of the Orange Rose Contest in the fall of ’08 and received terrific comments from one editor. She couldn’t make an offer for my book because her publishing house had just contracted for a series with a similar setting, but she asked to see more of my work. Excited, I sent her a proposal for Darlin’ Irish (Texas Devlins book one) and lived on pins and needles for four months until she got back to me – with another rejection. This was such a letdown that I gave up writing for over a year. It took some gentle prodding by a good friend to convince me to try self-publishing on Amazon.

Tell us a little about your latest release?
Can I tell you about two? My actual latest release is Texas Devlins 4 Book Bundle. Kind of self-explanatory, it’s a combo of the trilogy plus a prequel novella, at a bargain price. My latest novel is Dearest Irish (Texas Devlins book III) and it’s my current pride and joy.

Set in1876, this cross genre romance stars Rose Devlin, the youngest of three psychic siblings. Able to heal with her mind, Rose inadvertently reveals her secret power to Choctaw Jack, a half-breed cowboy who both fascinates and frightens her.

Jack straddles two worlds, dividing his loyalties between his mother’s people and the family of a friend who died in the Civil War. Like Rose, he keeps secrets, ones that could cost him his job, even his life. Yet, he will risk everything to save his dying mother, even if it means kidnapping Rose.

I’m happy to say Dearest Irish has received an award from the Paranormal Romance Guild and a Reader’s Choice Award nomination from Books and Pals, an online review site dedicated to indie authors. Am I tickled? You better believe it. Dearest Irish is available in paperback, Kindle and Nook.

Find out more about Lyn at:
http://lynhorner.com
https://twitter.com/LynHornerauthor
https://www.facebook.com/lyn.horner.1


Saddle up your horses and head out to the heart of the Wild West in this collection of short love stories by authors of Western Romance from all over the country and around the world. Whether your passion is historical or contemporary, there's something inside for everyone.