Past, Present and Future

They say time flies when you’re having fun. That must be why it seemed unbelievable that last Thursday I celebrated the 10th anniversary of when I got the call from Harlequin that I’d sold my first books to them. While the first couple of books that published with Harlequin American Romance weren’t westerns, the third, Elly: Cowgirl Bride, was as part of the six-book, six-author continuity series called The Codys: The First Family of Rodeo. This series was set in northern Wyoming, a beautiful area east of Yellowstone National Park that I visited a number of years ago while on a trip out West to visit my sister.

Soon thereafter I wrote the first book set in my fictional Hill Country town of Blue Falls, Texas. At the time, I thought The Cowboy’s Secret Son was just the first of a planned trilogy about three ranching brothers that was tagged with the name The Teagues of Texas. I had no idea that I would continue to write Blue Falls stories for years and that the series would, after that initial trilogy, have a its own series name named after the town. Thus far, there have been 15 full-length novels, one e-novella and one Harlequin online read set in Blue Falls, Texas. Two more are in the pipeline. In fact, I just finished writing the first draft of the last contracted book last night (Sunday).

Yellowstone River flowing through the Paradise Valley.

As you might have heard, Harlequin is closing the Western line next June. That put me and a number of other authors at a crossroads, trying to decide what step was next in our careers. I’m happy to report that I recently signed a contract for three western romances with Tule Publishing. I’ll be able to return to the Yellowstone area again, this time to the beautiful Paradise Valley north of the park in Montana. This area sits between the Gallatin and Absaroka Mountains, and the Yellowstone River runs through the middle of the valley. This stretch of Big Sky Country is home to ranches, fly-fishing outfitters, hot springs resorts and trophy homes. Such visually stunning films as A River Runs Through It and The Horse Whisperer had scenes filmed here. I’m going to be writing about three brothers once again. This time their family not only has a large ranch but also a hot springs resort. I’m excited to dive into writing the first story soon, creating a new cast of characters and a new small town for readers to love.

Trish Milburn
Trish Milburn is the author of nearly 40 romance, suspense, paranormal, women's fiction and young adult titles. She's a two-time winner of the Golden Heart Award and the recipient of Romance Writers of America's top award for service, the Emma Merritt Award. She's a big sci-fi geek girl, loves seeing new places, and has been known to cosplay on occasion. She's always loved westerns, so considering her other love is sci-fi it's no wonder her all-time favorite TV show is Firefly, which blends the two genres. Check out her books, links to various social media and sign up for her newsletter at http://www.trishmilburn.com/
Updated: October 29, 2017 — 8:07 pm

14 Comments

  1. Congratulations! I love Tule books.

    1. Thanks, Denise. They have a lot of great authors.

  2. Looking forward to reading them.

  3. Congratulations on your new publishing contract. I read a lot of Tule’s books, so I look forward to reading yours too.

    1. Thanks, Janine. I appreciate it.

  4. Congratulations. I’m glad that when one door closed, another one opened!
    Blessings!

    1. Thanks, Connie. It’s certainly been a year of unexpected change, but hopefully I’m going in a great new direction.

  5. Congrats on your contract with Tulle. I’ll look forward to reading your new trilogy.
    Carol L

    1. Thanks, Carol. I’m excited about it. While I love my Blue Falls world, it’ll be nice to explore a new setting. And I do love Montana. It’s so beautiful there.

  6. I was upset to hear about the Harlequin changes, but now I am so relieved to hear about your new contract. Thank you for telling us. Congratulations and best of luck with your new publisher.

    1. Thanks, Eliza. I’m glad to have a new home where I can still share my western romances with my readers.

  7. I did not realize Harlequin was shutting down its Western Romance line. What a shame. I am certainly glad you have found another outlet. I have read many of your books and enjoyed them. Your stories will be returning to an area we have enjoyed visiting. Colorado/Wyoming/Montana have some of the most beautiful country in our nation.
    I have THE RANCHER’S SURPRISE BABY on my shelf and should be able to read it in a week or so. I am looking forward to it. I am glad you will be able to keep writing your romances and are able to keep them in the West.

    1. Thanks so much, Patricia. I hope you enjoy The Rancher’s Surprise Baby. I thought the baby on the cover was adorable. The cowboy’s not bad either. 🙂

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