I’ve loved being part of life here at Wildflower Junction, but it’s time for me to saddle up and sing “Happy Trails.” I’m sad to leave but thrilled by the reason. As much as I love westerns, I’ve had a contemporary burning in my brain for as long as I can remember. I’m happy to announce that Until I Found You will be published by Bethany House in May 2014. You know how writers talk about the book of their heart? This is mine.
I wrote the first outline for this story shortly after my husband and I got married. Since our kids are grown now–married but no grandkids yet–you can imagine how long ago that was. I didn’t get past chapter three on that version of the book, mostly because I didn’t have the life experience to tell the story that I wanted to tell. I set the manuscript aside, raised a family, worked as an editor for a newsletter, moved to Washington DC and generally lived life.
I didn’t know it, but Until I Found You was cooking the entire time. I tried to write the book again in 2003 after selling a western to Harlequin. That version didn’t sell, mostly because it didn’t have a plot. I started to work on it again in 2007, but then Love Inspired Historicals opened up and the western bug bit me again. I set the contemporary aside to do eight LIHs, but I knew deep down that someday I’d give that story another shot.
Yes, I love it that much. It’s about a woman struggling to understand faith, love and all those random accidents that have left her frightened and insecure. Her life’s a mess when the hero arrives . . . He’s a hunk, of course. A travel writer and reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, he has a story of his own to tell. He also owns a Harley and is a daredevil at heart. That makes him a perfect (or should say imperfect?) match for my oh-so-cautious heroine.
The back cover blurb says it this way . . .
When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life: “God, if you’re real, I want to know you.”
It’s Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate’s rescue. Nick is handsome, confident, and seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She’s not planning to fall in love with one of the locals.
Nick Sheridan is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn’t expect to be swept off his feet by the car’s occupant. He’s made a vow: no dating for a year. And it’s a vow he intends to keep in spite of his attraction to Kate Darby . . .
So here we go . . . I hope those of you who love westerns will take a chance on a book set in modern times. The hero wears a motorcycle helmet instead of a Stetson, but I assure you he’s a cowboy at heart. As for the heroine, in my mind she’s the great-great granddaughter of the Reverend John Leaf from Abbie’s Outlaw, or maybe J.T. Quinn in The Outlaw’s Return.
Happy trails to all! It’s been a privilege to share this journey you.