Last summer amid all the hectic hoopla surrounding our daughter’s wedding, I knew I didn’t have the brains to start a new WIP all on my own. Although my back list and future releases are Western sensual historicals, I had decided during my husband’s serious illness to maybe think about inspirational… so when White Rose Publishing announced a contest with a bunch of required elements to use, I realized I needed to keep my brain working. Using the template, I wrote a novella to enter “Hearts Crossing” .
It was also my first stab at a contemporary Western.
Contestants had to use “Hearts Crossing” as the title and match H and H to an already-designed cover. (A beautiful one by Nicola Martinez, both an artist and editor . ) From the template, Hero had to be an English teacher with seven siblings, Heroine a landscape architect, an only child.
Well, it didn’t take me but a second to realize Hearts Crossing was a great name for a ranch…that my English teacher during the school year also lived in the family ranch and led city slicker wagon-train tours during the summer months. Our heroine, recovering from her father’s tragic death, arrives as a guest for one of the tours. Sparks fly…and both help each other during a crisis of faith.
Well, I might have been sad when the winner of the contest was announced…except I received an e-mail from Nicola almost immediately about her interest in acquiring my story.
I’m thrilled that Hearts Crossing Ranch will be released this week. To enter contests for a complimentary copy, please visit www.petticoatsandpistols.com on Wednesday, and www.theromancestudio.com on Friday!
Thanks so much, Karen, for letting me visit your blog today.
Below is a little blurb. Visit http://heartscrossingranch.blogspot.com for excerpts and more news and contests.
A beautiful city slicker and a rugged cowboy…The perfect Wild West adventure.
Cowboy Kenn Martin bears the guilt for allowing a coach to ruin his younger brother’s bright athletic future. Feeling unworthy of any happiness, he’s lost his faith in relationships and in God. When he meets Christy Forrest, he begins to hope for redemption but soon learns his past mistakes aren't something she'll easily forgive.
On the Colorado wagon train adventure planned by her late father, landscape designer Christy Forrest seeks to find peace in the nature she loves. However, she can't let go of her anger at the drunk driver who killed her dad—or the woman who did nothing to stop the man from driving. Falling for Kenn Martin begins to lighten her heart…until she realizes the handsome cowboy carries heavy a burden all his own—a burden she’s not sure she can accept.