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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Celia Yeary




Celia Yeary is Texan born, bred and educated. The former science teacher in a military boarding school is mother of two, grandmother of three boys, and wife of a wonderful, supportive husband who is, of course, Texan. She has published ten novels, seven novellas, and articles for a Texas Magazine, Texas Co-op Power.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?  

A Gentle Touch just popped out of thin air. Actually, I had horses on my mind because of another short story I'm writing. It's about a female rancher who is buying two dozen horses and needs help to choose the good ones. So, for A Gentle Touch, I imagined a man who gentled horses--not broke them--but used the gentling method in doing so. Then, I created a woman who had been terribly abused and was as frightened as any beaten horse. I found a website that teaches how to gentle a horse, and the method is exact and programmed. The idea was very appealing.

Doesn't the idea of "breaking" a horse sound cruel?

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

I like your description of the publishing process being filled with bumps and potholes. Oh, lands, haven't we all been there?


My first pothole was with my first publisher. They took my first novel, but I also had two more completed which made a Texas Trilogy. The first passed, but when I submitted the second they found a dozen things wrong with the plot and refused it unless I made major changes. I couldn't do it, and so they rejected it. You can see what a horrible blow this was to me. In my mind, I had a publisher who would take all three to keep them together. That was not to be. So, I found another publisher who, after some arm twisting (called begging), took the other two at the same time. These became a successful two-book series called The Cameron Sisters. I still chafe over this rejection for I wanted them all together. These second two went on to become very good sellers and set the stage for more books. So, it all worked out in the end.

Tell us a little about your latest release?

Texas Dreamer is my newest release, just out mid February of this year. The first three Texas books each told the story of one family member. I remembered a little boy in the first book who would make a great adult character. His name: Lee King. And oh, how I loved writing his story. I'm proud of it and adore the cover.

Lee ran away from his East Texas home at age 14, for no real reason except he was tired of his older brother getting all the attention. By age 17 he was a washed-up drunk in an almost abandoned mining town in Colorado. There, with the insistence of two old grizzled men, Lee began his life anew. And did he ever strike it rich--in more ways than one.

Find out more about Celia at:

http://www.celiayeary.com
http://celiayeary.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/celia.yeary
@celiayeary



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 24, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Margaret Tanner

Margaret Tanner's love of history rivals my own. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty, or cemetery too overgrown. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?

I have always loved Western movies. Rawhide, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Little House On The Prairie (I truly loved Michael Landon), my kind of man. I loved reading Zane Gray novels also. He was my mother’s favorite author, and he soon became mine. I think I read everyone of his books.

I live in Australia, and I write historical novels with romantic elements.  Many of them are set in frontier Australia, which was very similar to the American frontier. Untamed country, hostile natives and a predominantly male population with few women of marriageable age. In fact, my ancestors were amongst the pioneers here in Australia, and they fought an unforgiving terrain and climate, isolation and danger, just like the pioneers of the old west. I should probably call myself an Australian Western Writer, so you can imagine the thrill, when I was invited to join so many esteemed Western Authors for this anthology. My contribution is Gunslinger’s Angel.

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

I have had so many near misses, I could write a book about it.  A publisher accepted my book (but we hadn’t signed a contract), and they were taken over by another publisher who didn’t want my work.  I got myself an agent who unfortunately died. I won an unpublished manuscript award, the prize being publication and a cash prize. I received neither as the publisher went out of business.

I finally did get published and my book was out for a couple of months then the company went out of business, but I persevered and am now a multi-published author. The thing to do is never give up on your dream of being a published author, and keep on trying no matter what the hand of fate dishes up.

Tell us a little about your latest release?

Fiery Possession, is not my latest release but I think it the most appropriate for the blog of a Western author. American Wild West versus Australian frontier.

This story is what I would call my Australian Western. The heroine Josephine (Jo) Saunders, is an American whose family came to Australia in the hopes of striking it rich on the Australian goldfields, but like thousands of other hopefuls, they never achieved their aim and had to be content with farming a small piece of land

In Australia, the 1860/61 Land Act allowed free selection of crown land. This included land illegally occupied by the squatters, (wealthy ranchers), who had managed to circumvent the law for years. A similar scheme apparently operated in the US as well, (nesters against the ranchers).

The Act sometimes allowed selectors (small farmers) access to the squatters’ land, and they could purchase between 40 and 320 acres, but after that, the authorities left them to fend for themselves. Not an easy task against the wealthy, often ruthless squatters who were incensed at what they thought was theft of their land.

The hero in Fiery Possession, Luke Campton, is a man of his time, a large land owner who is enraged when the government’s Act of Selection, comes into being. This Act allows Jo’s brother to acquire a small parcel of land on Luke’s property.
Explosive results and tragedy follow Jo Saunders and Luke Campton when they cross the fine line dividing love and hate.  
Jo Saunders, a fiery American beauty, clashes with her wealthy neighbor, Luke Campton, but neither of them can deny the attraction sizzling between them. 
When Jo is involved in his brother’s death, Luke seeks revenge by forcing her to become his mistress. Branded a rich man’s whore and ostracized by the townsfolk, pride is the only thing between Jo and total degradation. 
Hate, lust and murder. How can Jo and Luke overcome these obstacles and allow love to flourish?
To find out more about Margaret, check out the following pages

http://www.margarettanner.com/
https://www.facebook.com/#!/margaret.tanner.399
http://www.bookswelove.net/tanner.php



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 22, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Jacquie Rogers


To the folks that make up the Western Historical Romance Book Club on Facebook, Jacquie Rogers is known as the Trail Boss... with good reason. Facebook is familiar range to Jacquie, making her a natural to head up the Barn Dance party that launched Rawhide 'n Roses.

Jacquie is a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but always a bookworm. Reading is her passion--westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, all with a dash of romance. If an author can make her laugh, she'll buy every book he/she ever wrote. Jacquie now lives in suburbia with her husband and one pampered cat, but her stories often take place in rural Idaho, where she grew up.

What inspired your story in Rawhide 'n Roses?

Much Ado About Misfires is in the Hearts of Owyhee story world. I saw an item in The Owyhee Avalanche, the newspaper covering Silver City, Idaho Territory, in the January 11, 1873 issue:
“ROLLER SKATING. Jones & Bonney's Skating Rink is now open and is a splendid place for exercise and amusement. Roller skating not only most consummately occupies the mind in its performance, but it brings the whole muscular system into active play in the most enticing and beautiful manner. A good skater sails over the floor as airily as a bird upon the wing, in a perfect revelry of enjoyment, and a carnival of fun.”
Obviously, I couldn’t let that opportunity pass without writing something about it! Further research showed that young ladies were especially smitten with the new pastime, and because they frequented the roller rink, so did the fellows, who outnumbered the ladies ten to one. It only made sense that if a man came to town to find a bride, he’d check out the roller rink first thing. It also occurred to me that a cowhand probably wouldn’t know how to skate. So there you have it.

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

The biggest pothole was my insistence on writing western historical romance, which New York wasn’t buying—at least, not from me. When NY turned loose some pretty big names (my favorite authors), I knew the writing was on the wall. It was time to dally or cut loose the rope, so I went with a small press. Since then, I’ve stayed with small press and also self-published, but haven’t submitted one word to NY since 2005. This is just a crazy business and each person has to decide which direction to take. I took the indie route.

Tell us a little about your latest release, Much Ado About Miners (Hearts of Owyhee #4).
Much Ado About Miners is the fourth novel in the Hearts of Owyhee series. The books are standalone but this story is a sequel to the first book, Much Ado About Mavericks. In the first book, a lady banker shoots Cole Richards in what she thinks is a bank robbery attempt, and he’s the hero in the first book. Daisy Gardner is the heroine. The lady banker? That was Daisy’s sister, Iris. In the fourth book, Iris is trigger-happy again, and you guessed it—she shot Kade McKinnon.

I had a lot of fun with this book. There’s Kade’s sidekick, Phineas, who has a Shakespearean quote for every occasion (much to Kade’s annoyance), there’s a yellow cat named Duke that’s not exactly ordinary, and a shipment of bullion that everyone seems to want. Glue that all together with the Bonnet Consortium and you have a fun time in the old town tonight. Here’s the blurb:

Cupid’s bullet...

Hired gun Kade McKinnon interrupts a bank holdup and is shot by the teller, Iris Gardner, whose victims have a tendency to be the next groom in town. Will he be the groom this time?

Cupid’s bow...
Iris Gardner, a smart, independent bank clerk, fell in love with Kade when she was too young to know better. So when he walks back into her life and her bank, it's only fitting that she shoots him ... by accident, of course. But she’s a suffragist now, so his charms can’t affect her...right?

Cupid’s blindfold...

Kade doesn’t know Iris’s company is the one who hired him to escort a bullion shipment, and Iris doesn’t know Kade owns the security company, but they both know robbers are on their trail. Which is more likely to be stolen—the silver, or his heart?

Find out more about Jacquie and her books at...
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Pickle Barrel Gazette

Romancing The West | Pickle Barrel Bar & Books



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.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Caroline Clemmens

Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling author of historical and contemporary western romances whose books have garnered numerous awards.A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.

Caroline is a member of Romance Writers of America, Yellow Rose Romance Writers, From The Heart Romance Writers, and Hearts Through History Romance Writers. Her latest publications include the acclaimed historical Men of Stone Mountain series. Prior to writing full time, her jobs included stay-at-home mom (her favorite), secretary, newspaper reporter and featured columnist, assistant to the managing editor of a psychology journal, bookkeeper for the local tax assessor and—for a short and fun but unsuccessful time—an antique dealer. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, painting, and getting together with friends.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?

One of my favorite books is The Texan's Irish Bride featuring Dallas McClintock and Cenora Rose O’Neill. For that novel, I did a tremendous amount of research and I’ve long planned to make it a series. When it came time to choose a subject for my short story, I decided to do a prequel that explains Dallas being half Cherokee and why his grandmother resents him. That story became Houston McClintock, which tells how Dallas’s parents met.

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

When I began writing romance I was clueless, which slowed my progress considerably. Once I joined an RWA chapter and heard excellent workshops, my writing improved. However, I was still unbelievably na├»ve about the business side of publishing. I went through a bad (and I mean really bad) agent and other misadventures which almost halted my career. After I left Kensington, I just dawdled with a mystery, a cozy, life events, and my writing career more or less floundered. Then a group of friends linked me with The Wild Rose Press. They are such nice people and do excellent books with gorgeous covers. Eventually, I recovered my rights from Kensington and started self-publishing. I love self-publishing best of all. Being in control of what I write and when plus all the stages of publication is empowering. I do miss the covers provided by The Wild Rose Press, but now I’ve discovered a couple of excellent cover designers.

Tell us a little about your latest release?

My latest release is The Most Unsuitable Courtship, Book 3 of the Kincaid Series. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of requests for a book about the brother of the heroines in the first two books. I’ve always intended to write more books in the series, and am currently working on Book 4, Gabe Kincaid, which will be out March 31st (fingers crossed). Kim Killion designed the covers for books three and four and redesigned covers for the first two books of the series. She nailed the concept I wanted.

In The Most Unsuitable Courtship, Storm wants justice, Rena wants vengeance.

Storm Kincaid’s best friend and his pregnant wife have been murdered by a vicious group of killers who leave no one alive to describe them. Storm is an expert tracker and wants to go after the men immediately and bring them to trial for their crimes. He is guided by older men in his family to wait for a temporary appointment as a Federal Marshal so he can legally pursue the murderers and apprehend them. Soon after that his hunt leads him to the burning home of Rena Hausmann Dmitriev.

Find Caroline on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.



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 17, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Paty Jager

An award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay, it's no wonder that Paty Jager was the one that stepped in and got Rawhide n' Roses up for sale.

Paty and her husband currently ranch 350 acres in central and eastern Oregon when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide n' Roses?

Maggie O., the western romance reader who started the Kindle forum that brought the authors of this anthology together, tosses out word challenges on the forum now and then. We’d just started thinking about putting this anthology together and she gave us five words. While trying to come up with something to write for her challenge, the idea of the full length story came to me. Using the five occupations she gave us, I had my heroine kidnap four of them to bring the marshal to her.

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

I think the most bumps I’ve had to become a published author came in the beginning. Trying to find like-minded writers and ways to learn the craft of writing. I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America) and found what I needed to hone my craft, learn the business of writing, and found wonderful friends and mentors. I’m lucky my husband and family have always been behind me.

Tell us a little about your latest release?

When readers wanted more books surrounding the Halsey brothers from my Halsey Brothers Series, I had a story I could hop into. The fifth and last book, Logger in Petticoats, ends with the family gathered for Christmas and Darcy, the heroine in the first book, Marshal in Petticoats, is sad her brother Jeremy is in Alaska.

My latest release is Jeremy’s story, Laying Claim, Book One of the Halsey Homecoming trilogy. Jeremy is homesick. He’s made his fortune as a packer during the Yukon Gold Rush and is finishing his last run and heading home. That is until a young woman steps off a ship from Seattle looking for a guide to take her to her brother in the Yukon. She turns the town upside down and makes an enemy of the gang leader and has to leave Skagway in a hurry. Jeremy takes her over the White Pass in the aftermath of a blizzard. Through the hard journey they come to rely on one another and discover that home isn’t always where you think it is.

You can find Laying Claim on Amazon, Windtree Press, Nook, and Kobo

Find out more about Paty at:
www.patyjager.blogspot.com http://www.patyjager.net
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paty-Jager/132536633482029
twitter; @patyjag.



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.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Charlene Raddon

One of the most interesting joint processes we went through was the creation of the cover for Rawhide 'n Roses. Although we all had a finger in the pie (which can't have made the job easier) Charlene Raddon was the creator of the cover art.

Charlene began writing over thirty years ago following a dream that spurred her to dig out a typewriter and start writing. She’s been at it ever since, driven by a love of the old west and romance. Her books have received high praise in reviews and won several contests. Her first book became a Golden Heart Finalist, and another of her works received a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Nomination. She also writes as Jennetta Dodge.

Charlene designed a few of her eBook covers and now designs them to be sold on the Stilettos At High Noon blog.

The cover art and title of the anthology go hand in hand. How did the one process affect the other?

You can design a book cover without knowing what title it will be given when published. I’ve created almost fifty for Stilettos At High Noon. But when the title is known, it is the driving force in designing a book’s cover.


Since the stories in Rawhide 'n Roses were to have a western and/or romantic theme, (and because all but one of the authors are female) I searched for a cowboy type hunk for the cover. Threading a rose through the letters of the title added to the fun and the challenge.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?

My contribution to the anthology, Marrying Jenna, is a sequel to my full length novel, Taming Jenna. In the book the heroine, Jenna, leads the hero on a merry chase. Both are after the same outlaw, but Jenna finds a way to catch him first, taking him right out from the hero’s nose. And so the chase begins. But by the end, Branch McCauley manages finally to convince Jenna to surrender her heart to him. The short story is about their wedding day, which, typical for Jenna and Branch, ends up anything but typical.

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

The biggest hurdle I ran into once I was published was the realization that signing that first contract is only the beginning. For years, a writer slaves away trying to write a good enough book to sell. It’s a long battle with many scars. After a while, all you can see is that one goal—becoming published. It feels like a victory, and it is, of course, but then you discover that the battle has just begun. Now, you have to keep selling, and that can be more difficult than making that first sale. You learn exactly how fierce the competition is, and that, if you don’t make it big, I mean really big, right away, then you find yourself in the ignominious position of the mid-list writer. In many ways, an unpublished author has a better chance of selling a book than a mid-list author. It’s like having your leg go through the ladder, between the rungs, and being stuck there, unable to go up, or down.

Tell us a little about your latest release?
My latest release was the book I was talking about earlier, Taming Jenna. Not only was it my recently published eBook, but it has just recently been released in print, as well. Designing the cover for it felt particularly rewarding because the cover Kensington created for the paperback was awful. The hero looked like a vampire about to bite the heroine’s neck. Such a cover used to be called “the clinch”. Now, clinch covers can be very nice when well done, but this one sucked, excuse the pun.

Find out more about Charlene and her books at:
http://www.charleneraddon.com
http://www.charleneraddon.blogspot.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 15, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Rain Trueax

Rain Trueax not only contributed a story for Rawhide n' Roses, she created two book trailers for the anthology. (You can check them out at the end of the post.) One highlights the stories, using the images we came up with to illustrate our stories for the Rawhide 'n Roses Blog. The other carries a message about why we write stories about the west

Rain's romances explore human nature and how men and women deal with outside challenges—which can be of a spiritual nature. She works from the family sheep and cattle ranch in Oregon, or on the road in the inter-mountain west via satellite link.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide n' Roses?

I wanted to use a secondary character from one of my other historicals. Secondary characters are so important to a book and often a writer would like to do more with them but can’t let them take over the story. My first idea fizzled when I realized that would be better for a novella. Then I thought of Connie who did a psychic reading for the heroine in Tucson Moon. Connie’s personality was a mix of women I have known who are natural psychics. I liked the idea of exploring what having those gifts can mean, the problems they sometimes lead to—for the person as well as outsiders—as well as writing a love story of an older, long-married but still passionate couple. That became Connie’s Gift.

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

Like so many writers, I had more than a few bumps. Some is learning how to promote the books—with which I still struggle.

One of the first ways a writer gets their book seen is through the cover. Because I am a painter, and had done a lot of paintings of people with an impressionistic style, I thought I could use that kind of cover for my books. Wow, was I wrong. From readers, I was dinged for the covers not looking like the readers expected—in short amateur, which of course, they were as I was new to it.

It wasn’t just cost that made me want to do my own covers. I wanted them to have my vision. So I gave up my preconceived perceptions on what I needed, looked at what other covers were like, and began using any money I made to buy royalty free model images to use with my own photos—of which I fortunately had a lot.

When I got into this, I thought being original would be a plus—evidently not so much ;)

Tell us a little about your latest release?

My newest is a novella, When Fates Conspire. It came from a vivid dream—different than I’d had. I am sure it was inspired by questions I was asking myself after losing a much beloved cat at only 4½ to a terminal illness. I have had cats that suddenly appeared at the farm with the personality of a pet I had lost earlier. I call it mystery but had wondered more than once if pets might reincarnate.

The morning after she died, I woke from a dream that told a story involving humans, fate, purpose, and reincarnation. The message and images within were very vivid. I thought about it and realized I could write it as a novella filling out the dream with material I had been researching in the months before it—with no idea how I was going to use it.

To be honest, if I hadn’t had the structure, I’d have had a hard time writing When Fates Conspire. as it got emotionally tough. However, I valued the dream, wanted more like it (haven’t had any yet though) and honored its structure. When I had finished it, I knew it was actually first in a trilogy (rough draft of the second is in editing stage). Each novella will stand alone but reading them together will yield a more complete picture of love, fate, the human condition and the spirit world as it is—or might be. Researching for the third at the moment ;)

Find out more about Rain at:
http://raintrueax.blogspot.com/
http://rainydaytrailers.blogspot.com
https://twitter.com/RainTrueax
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rain-Trueax/200584236675973

And now the trailers...





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.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses Author Susan Horsnell

 Fifteen authors contributed stories, blood, sweat and tears to make Rawhide 'n Roses a possibility, none more so than Susan Horsnell.

Five years ago Susan and her husband retired and moved to a small village in the hinterland in Queensland, Australia. After 35 years of nursing, she finally had the time to look at scripts she had penned years before and get the rest of the stories out of her head.

What inspired your short story in Rawhide 'n Roses?
My short story was inspired by my granddaughter asking how ranches were run if there were no boys. Without thinking I answered that the daughters would probably have to help out because not all owners would be able to employ men to compensate for the lack of sons. From this conversation, the idea germinated and Petticoat Patrol was born.

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

I am self-published and being a nurse for 35 years I was not particularly 'computer savvy' - more hands on type work. Records were, and still are, mainly paper based. I had always dreamed of penning my own book and with the developments in self-publishing, the dream was more reachable. I began toying with a computer, experimenting and reading as much as I could about using one. I seemed to take to it like a 'duck to water' and after writing my first novel, plunged into publishing. I found some sites were extremely user friendly while others tested my laid back attitude to the limit. The day I finally saw my novel go live was amazing and it was worth the few hiccups along the way.

Tell us a little about your latest release?

My latest work is Blind Achievement, sequel to my well received and reviewed, Blind Acceptance.

I had worked with the newly blinded - caused by accident, disease - for number of years and became familiar with some of the techniques in teaching them to manage. I dealt with the victims' anger, resignation, depression and poor self worth when attempting to deal with their condition as well as that of their family.

As I love to set my fictional stories in the American West - especially the state of Texas - I began to wonder what it would be like for a newly blinded child on a ranch full of potential danger in the 1800s. The wheels began spinning and my first book was penned. This was received very well but people contacted me wanting to know what would happen with the child and his father as the years passed.

Although a sequel was never my intention, I bowed to the pressure and Blind Achievement has been well received.

Find out more about Susan Horsnell and her books at http://susanhorsnell.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 10, 2014

Rawhide 'n Roses

Coming down the chute March 15, 2014


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.

To kick off the launch of the anthology, I'm interviewing as many of the authors I can corral starting Friday March 14. You can look for a new interview every couple of days. Before I'm done with the lot I got, I hope to round up a few of the strays.