Monday, August 15, 2011
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Title: Unlikely Partners
Cover blurb: Texas 1880: When Texas Ranger Colt McCutcheon picks up his final assignment it comes with a major complication. His job is to infiltrate and capture the deadly Palmer gang while baby-sitting a would-be gunslinger. Suddenly he's forced to ride on the wrong side of the law with Dru Ramsey, a beautiful, gun-toting female bent on revenge. His unwanted partner soon proves the pearl handled revolvers strapped on her hips aren’t decorations -- a renegade lawman and a fast gun. When the dust settles will Colt’s faith have stood the test? Will Dru trade in her guns? Is there a future for this unlikely pair?
1) How did this story come to you?
My husband challenged me to write a western. That was the beginning. My father was a cowboy and a deputy sheriff. I cut my first “entertainment tooth” on TV westerns and grew up in the Wild West where cowboys and fast-guns were commonplace. It was great fun combining action, adventure, humor and romance in one historical setting.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
A Texas Ranger hero was an easy character for me to develop. Then, of course, he needed a worthy partner. A female that could out-ride and out-shoot him seemed perfect. I love strong characters, but I want them real enough to have a weakness or problem. I didn't have any idea what escapades they would get in to, but once they mounted their trusty steeds, I was simply along for the ride. They surprised even me at times.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
My husband and I love to take photos of wildlife and spectacular scenery. The cover of this book is actually a shot taken of my dad many years ago on the family ranch. All my female characters are strong and independent and I'd like to say they are me in different forms. BUT I'm more wimp than warrior. I like company on my journeys whether to the store, to a party or around the world to visit my grandkids.
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I'm working on a tough one...a mystery. I love to read them and to solve them. However, I'm finding it difficult to plot events and leave clues for any would-be detectives. One of the funniest scenes I've ever written is in this book so I will persevere. I will solve the mystery of writing a mystery!
5) Parting comments?
I panicked recently—I had only one more story idea in my file. I feared I was working on my last book. Then, as usual, the Lord stepped in with two new project ideas. He plants them on my heart. At times He drops entire scenes, or a couple of cool characters, or perhaps an important issue or just a funny tidbit into my mind for me to mull over. These then pester me until I tell their story. I'm thrilled that I now have several challenges ahead. I'll write as long as the Lord allows. Praise Him!
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?