Monday, November 4, 2013

Shannon Vannatter's "Rodeo Queen"

 Title: Rodeo Queen

Cover blurb:
Until she starts receiving threatening letters from a stalker. The good news is, the Texas Ranger assigned to her case is none other than her former sweetheart Mitch Warren—the man who chose his career over love.
Mitch vows to focus on protecting the woman he's never forgotten. But Caitlyn stirs up memories best left in the past. When Mitch insists on hiding Caitlyn away on his family's San Antonio ranch, will he keep things professional or seek out a second chance?

1) How did this story come to you?
This story was in my head from the time I was a teenager. I watched a lot of cop shows (Starsky & Hutch, Vegas, and Baretta) back then, so my heroine had a stalker and a bodyguard. I’d play the scenes out in my head, change them around, add stuff, and change the ending. I was in my thirties before I realized, it was a book.

In 1999, it was the first book I wrote. And it was badly written. My first line was – It was a beautiful day. Isn’t that evocative? It was set in rural Arkansas where I live. Back then, I got fifty-two rejection letters on it. But I always loved the characters and the story.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.

It took me 9 1/2 years to learn what I was doing and finally get a contract with a different book. But when I got the opportunity to continue my rodeo series last year, I thought of that first manuscript.

It was so bad, I didn’t try to fix it, I started over. Since the series is set in the Fort Worth area, San Antonio area, and Aubrey, TX - my heroine became a blingy western clothing store owner and Rodeo Queen at the Fort Worth Stockyards and the hero became a Texas Ranger. I’m almost as excited about this book releasing as I was my first published book.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
* I prefer pie over cake.
* I love dogs and cats equally. Dogs are usually more loving, but if you start with very young kittens, they grow up to be very affectionate. My cat comes when I call him – just like my dog. And my cat hugs me. He’ll put his paws on each of my shoulders and press his face in my neck.
* I’m an only child and my son is an only child.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
While I wait to hear news on the proposal I recently submitted, this French guy character has bugged me for several years. I’m working at getting his story on paper at the moment. I don’t have any publishers interested in this book, but if I don’t get it on paper, it won’t leave me alone.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks for having me Dawn. I’ll be around today if anyone wants to ask any questions.

7) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Twitter: stvauthor

Cynthia Hickey's "Taming the Sheriff"


Charlotte Nelson arrives in the tiny mountain town of Plumville, Arkansas, with big ideas. She wants to mend the decades-old town feud by throwing a Christmas pageant. But it soon proves to be a challenge, especially when three of her students are determined matchmakers. She's in no hurry to settle down—certainly not with the rugged, handsome sheriff.

Sheriff Asher Thomas can handle most trouble that comes his way, but Charlotte's flashing eyes and black curls are a threat of a different kind. Soon she's taking over his time and his thoughts. Will Asher change his bachelor ways for love?

1) How did this story come to you?
I've always enjoyed The Best Little Christmas Pageant. I wondered what would happen if a city teacher ended up in the Ozark mountains and found herself in the middle of a feud. She decides the way to draw the town together is to put on a Christmas program despite the town's reluctance.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
The book was fun and easy to write. I hope readers enjoy the story as much as I did. With a spunky heroine and a hunky hero sheriff, there's bound to be something for everyone.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I'm shy. I've been on television twice. I've always thought it would be fun to play a crazy person in a movie.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you? I'm working on the third and final mystery in my River Valley mystery series. I hope to release the story on ebook by the end of 2013.

5) Parting comments? If you're an aspiring author, never give up. You never know what blessing waits right around the corner.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?

Multi-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries published through Barbour Publishing, with a novella releasing in March 2013. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and a novella in Barbour’s large Christmas anthology. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at

Cynthia Hickey (Melton)
Author of Bestselling Summer Meadows mystery series
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