They say if you want something done, ask a busy person!

Raising my hand here!!   I’m ultra busy.  It seems to be the way of the world, so no complaints here.  There’s nothing I would trade in my life right now.  I’m blessed with a good family, nice home and recently two lovely granddaughters were added to the mix.  Little Everley is 16 months old and baby Kyra is 8 months old.  I watch them 2 to 3 days a week and it’s truly the highlight of my week.  The other hours are spent writing and I usually have 2 to 3 projects going at once. 

Right now, I’m working on a Harlequin Desire continuity called TEXAS RENEGADE RETURNS.  This story anchors the 9 book series and is a unique challenge for me to tie up loose ends of all 9 books and tell my hero’s story to a satisfying and hopefully compelling conclusion. 

It’s my next project that is baffling me. And I will admit to being frustrated with decisions that I don’t usually make on my own.

 I will be self-publishing a story that was one of my earlier works, called Like Lightning.   Luckily for me, my daughter is an editor and she’ll be my grammar guru.  One problem solved.

 The cover art will be pretty…not a clench scene or a sexy cowboy, but a cropped shot of a bride in a flowing lacy wedding gown, wearing cowgirl boots nestled next to a groom in cowboy boots.   We may not even see their faces. That’s to be determined by the cover artist.  Second problem solved.  

The original title (I never cared for…the cover and title an experiment for the line) really had nothing to do with storyline and now desperately needs a makeover. We’ve narrowed it down to a few titles and I’d love the wonderful bloggers at Petticoats and Pistols to give me your pick!  Will you help me solve Problem Three?  

Here’s is the story in a nutshell:

When a fire destroyed everything Maddie Brooks owned, rancher Trey Walker offered the pretty veterinarian a deal, he’d give her a place to stay and a barn to treat her animals if she’d help out at 2 Hope Ranch.  Maddie was sweet and sexy, and had “keeper” written all over her. But Trey didn’t dare act on the sizzling attraction between them—because of the Walker Curse.

Trey came from a long line of men who broke women’s hearts. And he was determined not to break hers, too. But with Maddie sleeping next door, she was impossible to ignore. He wanted to hold her, feel her body against his. He knew Maddie was the last woman on earth he should fall for. 

Which title do you find most appealing?  Which title would make you wonder about the story?  Which title would compel you to open the book and read the first few pages?

Rancher to Her Rescue

The Cowboy Contract

Contract with a Cowboy

Making Maddie Mine

Two Hope Cowboy

Cowboy Be Mine


I’ll be drawing a random winner today to win a book from my available backlist!! It’s the winner’s choice.  I hope to hear from all of you! And thanks for your help!!











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Written by Charlene Sands

Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling Author of 35 novels, writing both western and contemporary romance. She's a lover of all things romantic, especially her bold, rugged, heartstopping "real good men" heroes! She's the recepient of the National Readers' Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award and the Cataromance Reviwer's Choice Award. When not writing, she spends time with her "hero" husband, enjoying Pacific Beaches and drinking iced mocha cappucinos! Charlene loves to hear from her readers. Drop her a line at www.charlenesands.com or write her at PO. Box 4883, West Hills, CA 91308 "LIKE" her at www.Facebook.com/CharleneSandsbooks

52 Comments on “A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS by Charlene Sands”

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  1. Mary J says:

    Hi Charlene,
    I think the Cowboy contract would catch my eye. As I read down the list you have ‘Maddie’ in a title. Didn’t Tanya Hanson have a title similar?
    Anywho–your life sounds pretty full, don’t know when you have time to write, coherently.
    Good luck with the series, and with your two Granddaughters. I’m working on Great Grandchildren now.

  2. Elizabeth Lane says:

    I’m amazed at what you get done, Charlene, especially with tending those darling little girls of yours. Your book sounds intriguing. It’s not on the list, but what grabbed me as a title was “The Walker Curse.” Or does that sound too much like a paranormal??
    Let us know what you pick.

  3. Laurie G says:

    I like Rancher to the Rescue
    or Maddie’s Cowboy.

  4. Katie J. says:

    I think Rancher to Her Rescue would be a great title. After reading the storyline I can’t wait to read the book.

  5. Karen Witemeyer says:

    You have some great options, Charlene. Titles are tricky things.

    My fave is Contract with a Cowboy.

    Wishing you the best!!

  6. Kathleen O says:

    I am torn between two… but Rancher to the Rescue would be the one for me.

  7. Charlene Sands says:

    Hi Mary J — Yes, I think Tanya’s book is Marrying Maddie/Mattie. Tanya? You want to weigh in here? I love both names, in fact, Aunt Mattie plays an important role in my November book. It’s a wonder why I didn’t name my daughter Maddie or Mattie!

    Thanks for your help today!!

  8. Charlene Sands says:

    Hi Elizabeth…Honestly when I’m this busy, I seem to get it all done, not without a little stress, but I’m learning how to really prioritize and that writing comes first, in my day of business. Then I do the other things I have time for…No more playing on the internet for me.

    I toyed with The Walker Curse and versions of that, but I agree with you, it sounds a little too paranormal or mysterious for this book. It’s a fun/light romance without really serious undertones. ;)

  9. Charlene Sands says:

    Thanks, Laurie!!

  10. Lori says:

    I like “The Cowboy Contract” as a title.

  11. Charlene Sands says:

    Hi Katie J…It’s one of my favorite stories. I love the hero, Trey Walker and the animals, in this one. Did a lot of research about animal care. Thanks for your choice of title!!

  12. Charlene Sands says:

    Thanks Lori and Kathleen O…I’m writing your picks down. I’ll let you all know what decision we make!!

  13. Linda Broday Linda Broday says:

    Wow, they’re all great titles! Hard to pick one but I think I’d go with The Cowboy’s Contract with an apostrophe S. Has a nice ring to it. Congrats on the e-book. I don’t know how you have time to do all the things you do. You amaze me. Wishing you lots of success with your e-venture.

  14. Cori says:

    i like The Cowboy Contract. I think it goe well with the story you talked about. Even though trey may find her appealing he still needs to remind himslef that their relationship is just about a contract… until he sees he can no longer keep it that way.

    Oh cant wait to read this one!!!

  15. Cori says:

    I meant to say goes well. Sorry I was just so excited writing lol

  16. Felicia M Ciaudelli says:

    For some reason, Making Maddie Mine catches my eye and ear – although ALL of the titles are cool! LOL – how is that for a non-answer?

  17. Nicole S says:

    I like The Cowboy Contract. i think it fits the book and it’s catch my eye with having cowboy in the title. After reading that blurb I really want to read the book.

  18. Charlene Sands says:

    Hi Linda…thanks for your pick!!
    I will admit it’s a juggling act, but no more than YOU and our Fillies do. We are all so busy.

  19. Robin Bielman says:

    Hi Charlene! Oh, the book sounds awesome! I like “The Cowboy Contract.” Can’t wait to read it! :)

  20. Charlene Sands says:

    Hi Cori – oh thanks so much. I’m taking notes on everything you all say. I LOVE your profile pic. What a beautiful bride you make!! (do you do covers..

  21. Charlene Sands says:

    Hi Felicia – Thanks, I got that one down!! And that’s why I need help…I sorta like all the titles too. Can’t really decide.

  22. Charlene Sands says:

    Hi Robin – Thanks for stopping by and giving me your pick! I’ll be talking to you soon!!

  23. Kathleen McCluskey says:

    Cowboy with a contract

  24. Cori says:

    Oh thank you so much! I have never had the honor of doing a cover. Thank you for such kind words :)

  25. Kathleen McCluskey says:

    contract with a cowboy

  26. Connie J. says:

    The Contract with a Cowboy was the one that caught my eye. No matter what it is named it sounds like one I would enjoy!

  27. Colleen says:

    Rancher to Her Rescue is my fav…

  28. jackie morris says:

    Making Maddie Mine its my pick!!

  29. Marilyn L. says:

    i like the title ‘Cowboy be Mine” …. that’s the one that caought my eye… :-)

  30. Stefanie D says:

    My absolute favorite is The Cowboy Contract. That title would make me very curious about the book.

    My number 2 would be Rancher to Her Rescue.

  31. Charlene Sands says:

    Thanks Stefanie, Marilyn, Jackie, Colleen, Kathy Mc and Connie J!!

  32. Jaye Marie Rome says:

    Hi, Charlene,
    I like The Cowboy Contract. Short and sweet.


  33. robena grant says:

    I like The Cowboy Contract, because it raises a question. And also there is the focus of the story in a nutshell. : )
    Can’t wait to read this, and good for you on the SP thing.

  34. Charlene Sands says:

    Thanks so much Jaye Marie and Robena!

  35. Goldie Hale says:

    I like Rancher to Her Rescue.

  36. Tanya Hanson says:

    Hi Charlene, I have this book and I loved it then and now. I like Rancher to Her Rescue. And the cover sounds divine!

    Can’t wait to see the girls one of these days. Love to all! xoxo

  37. Jennifer Clauson says:

    I liked Rancher to her Rescue the best.

  38. Charlene Sands says:

    Hi Goldie and Jennifer. Thanks so much for your picks. You guys are very helpful!

  39. Charlene Sands says:

    Hi Tanya… I would love for you to come over and visit our little girls one day soon. Thanks for compliment on the book and for your title pick!!

  40. Janine says:

    I think Rancher To Her Rescue sounds like a really good title and would get me to pick it up quicker.

  41. anon1001 says:

    I prefer The Cowboy Contract

  42. CateS says:

    I’d be peeking inside “Making Maddie Mine”.. Thanks!

  43. Quilt Lady says:

    I like Cowboy be mine. For some reason for me if the word cowboy is in the title of a book I am going for it. I do love me some cowboys.

  44. Charlene Sands says:

    Thanks Janine, anon1001, Cate and Quilt Lady! I am still tallying the results.

  45. Kirsten says:

    I vote for Contract with a Cowboy! Sounds like another great story, Charlene!


  46. Maxie Anderson says:

    Charlene, I like the title, “Making Maddie Mine” because that’s exactly what he wants! Right?And, the cover has a bride and groom! I would definitely pick it up to read! Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  47. Maxie Anderson says:

    They didn’t used to make contracts, just shook hands in agreement! Maxie

  48. Patricia B. says:

    RANCHER TO HER RESCUE was my initial choice, but the more I thought about it, it feels a bit too cliche. I like the “feel” of TWO HOPE COWBOY better. It is the name of the ranch, but says so much more.

  49. Melody Durant says:

    I’m thinking, I’m thinking…The Cowboy Contract and
    Contract with a Cowboy both have my attention…..guess it’s gonna be Contract with a Cowboy!

  50. Christa says:

    ok I like The Cowboy Contract but also like putting the fire aspect in there so The Fiery Hot Cowboy Contract

  51. Janine says:

    Woo Hoo! Doing a happy dance. Thank you so much!

  52. Cheryl St.John says:

    I like The Cowboy Contract.


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