I've been fascinated with the Victorian and Edwardian eras, as well as the Old West as long as I can remember.
Growing up on a farm in Eastern Oregon where only the most determined and resolute individuals dare toil the soil that spent centuries covered in sagebrush, rock, and the random juniper tree, I never gave a thought to my great fortune in having a rural foundation on which to build my future.
All the crazy exploits I had as a girlie-girl being raised as a tomboy came in handy when I began writing western romances. You'd be surprised how many of the wild adventures in my stories are based on things I either experienced or witnessed during my formative years.
I joyfully bear the burden of being a hopeless romantic, with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure. I've always been a sappy-hearted girl who loves a happy ending. I also love the western and rural way of life and that's why I began writing sweet and clean western romances.
Everything you never wanted to know about me is posted with frequency on my blog. There you'll discover I'm completely and entirely smitten with my husband, lovingly referred to as Captain Cavedweller. You'll also find that I eat too much chocolate, have a thing for roses, like to play with my camera, and enjoy researching the towns and eras for my romances set in the old west.
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Tad Palmer makes a promise to his dying friend to watch over the man’s wife and child. Years later, he continues to keep an eye on Posey Jacobs and her precocious little boy. The only problem is that he’s not sure his heart can withstand the vow he made when he falls in love with the widow and her son.
Posey Jacobs misses her beloved husband, but her wrenching grief has given way to hope for the future as she finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love with Tad Palmer. However, the infuriating man doesn’t seem to notice her interest and treats her as he would his sister.
Throw in a goat who thinks she’s a dog, a town full of quirky characters, and this widow has her work cut out for her if she wants one handsome cowboy to give her his heart.
Q&A with the Author
1. Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
I love to bake. My biggest project was a wedding cake for my niece's wedding. It's fun to try new recipes and I've been known to make them up, too. Photography is another thing I enjoy, and I dabble in graphic design. Pinterest is a place I love to visit even if I have to limit the amount of time I spend there, drooling over recipes, fashions, and dream kitchens! I also enjoy working in my yard when the weather cooperates. Captain Cavedweller and I like to travel. And we get a kick out of attending rodeos when our schedules permit.
2. When did you first realize you were an author?
I don't suppose the adventure-packed story I wrote in third grade about a raccoon counts, so I'll probably go with the day I sold a copy of my first book on June 18, 2011. Up until that point it didn't feel real.
3. Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?
I created a group for my street team, Hopeless Romantics. The response from that has been so positive and uplifting. The active participants in the group so often encourage me (even if they might not realize it) and I feel like it's provided a place for me to really connect with my readers. It is such fun for me to get to know them better.
4. What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
I'm a stickler for getting the historical details as accurate as humanly possible in my stories. Sometimes, I invest more time researching details than I do writing. It doesn't help that I minored in history in college, so I love delving into history to glean details that will help bring my story to life. When I know I'm about to get sucked into a vortex of historical facts that truly aren't necessary for the story, I rein in my enthusiasm and get back to writing.
5. What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)
If readers pull one consistent message from my books, I think it would be hope. Even when things seem the darkest and impossible, hope is there, lingering in the background. And of course, I'm all about the sweet romance. I think people so often confuse true romance with other things, so I try to have the stories I write be about pure heart-sighing, swoon-worthy romance.
6. What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book?
I'm a fan of both! For me, I love being able to take my Kindle with me when I'm away from home, because I have a variety of books at my fingertips. Other times, when I actually get a few spare moments to sit down and read (with a cup of tea and a piece of yummy chocolate), I like to hold a book in my hand and turn those crisp pages as I am drawn into the story.
7. How many books do you have out? Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately?
Tad's Treasure is my 46th book. I have several other series out, as well as a handful of stand-alone books. In addition to being part of Grandma's Wedding Quilts, Tad's Treasure is also the prequel to my Baker City Brides series. The fourth book in the series will be out in March. It's called Bobbins and Boots and is about a cowboy who goes to town for supplies and returns home married to someone else's mail-order bride.
8. Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?
It's safe to say a lot of real life experiences are incorporated into my stories. For the ranch and farm scenes, many times I draw on my past experiences to add a sense of authenticity to a scene. And there are some characters in my books who are loosely based on people I know (both good and bad!). I always joke if you don't want to end up as a bad guy in one of my books, be nice!
9. What are your future projects?
This year is a busy one for me. In addition to the Bobbins and Boots coming out in March, I will also have another book out in the Pendleton Petticoats series (Dally). Other books I plan to release this year include three group novella projects, another book in the Hearts of the War series (Home of Her Heart), additions to my two holiday series, and surprise project that will release during the holidays.
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