Welcome Carol Finch!

Howdy, y’all! I have to say this past year of dealing with Mom’s ever-expanding symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s has been time consuming and difficult. Several after-midnight trips to the ER—with falls that caused arm and head injuries and an ankle broken in two places—led to numerous doctor visits and physical therapy. Those of you who are the only caregiver for an elderly parent know what life can be like. Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to juggle work and obligations.

I needed to write a fast-paced, fun-loving romantic romp for my own therapy. I was looking for an assertive heroine, a tough-as-nails hero and a villain I could sink my teeth into and really hate. Thus, Natalie Blair, the spirited heiress—fleeing from her ruthless stepfather who wanted her life and her money—was born.

She decides to hire a husband who can withstand bribes and threats from a dirty, rotten scoundrel. Who better to handle adversity than the legendary contract gunslinger, Donovan Crow? After all, the ruggedly handsome Crow can be bought. Right? Right.

Natalie insists that marrying her is the easiest money Crow will ever make. Wrong! He has his own set of enemies trying to blow his head off. He doesn’t need his new wife’s stepfather trying to dispose of him, but that’s what he gets.

Natalie’s dream of staying a step ahead of her money-hungry stepfather, so she can enjoy freedom and adventure, becomes complicated when love trips her up. But a deal is a deal. This is supposed to be a temporary marriage with no strings attached…

Whose dumb idea was that? Natalie wonders how much it will cost her to change the rules and play for keeps.

THE GUNFIGHTER AND THE HEIRESS, available now from Harlequin Historical, was just what I needed to escape day-to-day difficulties and create a distraction for myself. For those of you who lead hectic lives, I hope this new book will bring you a few hours of reading pleasure and a few smiles. Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, even when you can’t leave, ya know?

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20 thoughts on “Welcome Carol Finch!”

  1. Hi, Carol : )

    I understand what it’s like to be a caregiver in a difficult situation. Only those who have experienced it can really know what it’s like. When the child becomes their parent’s “parent”, it changes life in so many ways! I have always set high standards for myself as far as what I had to accomplish in my personal life. I was an “organized perfectionist”, determined to meet all the goals I set for myself. I did pretty well at that for many years, and then life began to impose its own needs that had to be met. When my mother’s health began its sad deterioration, and I became more an more a caregiver, something had to give. I no longer worked overtime, not all of the daily household chores were done each day, meals became much more simple, personal time was minimalized, and life as it was continued on a more elementary level. I let go of a lot of my own personal expectations…and it didn’t kill me. The most important thing was my mother’s care, and when I focused more on her needs and less on my own expectations, I could actually relax and give myself a break. In some ways, I felt closer to my mother than I ever had in my whole life. My mother has been gone for a while now, but I have never gone back to being “uber-woman”, and I’m glad : )

    I love your wonderful western romances! Those “Nathan” covers are the icing on the cake : ) “THE GUNFIGHTER AND THE HEIRESS” sounds like another fabulous read–and that cover is my favorite so far!

  2. Good Morning Carol!

    I know exactly what you are going through. One and half years ago my Mom was diagnosed with Dementia. Only the good LORD knows what we really go through. There are days that I am ashamed to admit that I am so exhausted that I say, I didn’t sign up for this! Through God’s help we do make it through. There are days, I weep for my Mom. I want my old Mom back. This one now I don’t know. I patiently deal with my Mom. She is so child like. I hate this disease with a passion.

    Carol, you are a new author to me and I am looking forward to reading your books.

    Just know that you aren’t in this journey with your Mom alone!

    God Bless,
    Judy

  3. Hi, Virginia and Judy. Thanks for your comments. Your support is appreciated more than you know. Sometimes I get so frustrated with Mom’s behavioral changes I want to pull out my hair. Then, like y’all, I remind myself she isn’t the person I used to know. The childish behavior, reversal of priorities in her life and her resentment toward me are the diseases talking. I hate the disease, too. It turns family into people you don’t know.

  4. Hugs, Carol. Having taken care of elderly parents I can imagine the stress you’re going through. You want to fix them and you can’t. It’s heartbreaking.
    Your book sounds like a great romp. What great characters and what a fun premise. In these times, it should fly off the shelves.

  5. Hi Carol, I hear you on the elderly parent situation, especially with Alzheimers. It’s difficult on so many levels. My fil has Alz, and I’ve seen many of the changes you mentioned above. We’re blessed to have all the adult children in the same city, so there’s a lot of help.

    Your book sounds delightful. What a wonderful way to escape and recover from the pressures of everyday life. Hang in there! And thank you for visiting P&P today!

  6. Hi, Elizabeth and Victoria. Thanks for your comments. I know there are lots of us responsible for elderly parents. Most of my local friends haven’t experienced the problems. And you’re right. If you haven’t lived it then you don’t get it. For instance, I’ll take off work tomorrow to take Mom to the foot specialist again to see if both broken places in her ankle have healed. Those lengthy distractions result in the loss of a full day of writing because my concentration is shot. In addition, my hubby has to take off because it takes both of us to get her in and out of the vehicle. Hope the doctor has good news on the x-ray results.

  7. Last year I had the honor of doing a Christmas anthology with Elizabeth and Pam from Petticoats and Pistols. It was great fun visiting back and forth with them prior to the release of the anthology. This year I’m dong one with Jillian Hart and Cheryl St. John so expect to hear from us about our stories when they are released in October. It’s called Snowflakes and Stetsons. My story is a prequel for the launch of 4 books about the CAHILL family of Texas. I’m doing the first book and I’ll let you know more about it in November when The Lone Rancher is released.
    This was an interesting concept because it took tons of communication to create the three CAHILL brothers and sister and continue the ongoing mystery that threads through each book. It was a challenge and I’d never done anything like it before. It amazes me how well it worked through all four books!

  8. Fyi, Here is the list for the Cahill Cowboys books.
    Prequel–Christmas at Cahill Crossing–Carol Finch–in the Snowflakes and Stetsons Anthology with Jillian Hart and Cheryl St. John. OCTOBER
    Book 1–The Lone Rancher–Carol Finch NOVEMBER
    Book 2–The Marshal and Miss Merritt–Debra Cowan
    DECEMBER
    Book 3–Scandal at Cahill Saloon–Carol Arens JAN.
    Book 4–The Last Cahill Cowboy–Jenna Kernan FEB.

  9. Hi, Carol! This HH sounds wonderful – I’m off to order it right now.

    What did you think of our cover? Several of the authors were discussing their dislike for kids on the covers, but marketing seems to know what the readers will buy. I do love the title: Snowflakes and Stetsons!

    Wishing you many many sales on this book AND the anthology! 🙂

  10. Hi Carol! Your book sounds like the perfect escape! I took care of two grouchy…uh… elderly aunts on my husband’s side for five years–no fun!

    Thank you for sharing your story!

  11. Hi Carol so sorry to hear about your mom! I was a part time care giver to my father in law this past year for the same reasons and its so sad to see someone go down hill so much in such a short time. I kept him while my mother in law got away for a while to do her shopping and things. He got so bad we had to put him in the veterians center and he is well taken care of now. He had gotten to the point he couldn’t walk anymore.

    Your book sounds fabulous and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  12. Hi Connie……..welcome back to P&P. We’re always so happy to have you. I’m sorry about your mother. Being a caregiver sure takes it out of you, especially when it’s prolonged. I cared for my mom and then my husband before they passed on. It’s tough. My heart goes out to you.

    Your new release looks wonderful. I love the premise of the story. And the characters seem right up my alley. I love stories that ooze with conflict and this one looks like it does. Can’t wait to get a copy.

  13. Carol, So sorry to hear about your mom. My husband’s mother had Alzheimer’s and it is such a strain on the family, especially the primary caregiver. Unfortunately, we had a difficult stepfather thrown into the mix which made it more painful.

    Many of up read books like yours to escape those everyday trials, both serious and irksome. Never really thought about a writer needing to write one for the same reason. Seems like this will be a win-win situation for us all. I have COOPER’S WOMAN and BANDIT LAWMAN, TEXAS BRIDE on my TBR shelf. I haven’t done a western in a little while. You’ve inspired me that it is time, so I have pulled them and they are next for me to read. I like the sound of THE GUNFIGHTER AND THE HEIRESS and will be looking for it. I hope its release goes well.

    Best of luck with your mom. Hang in there, many of us will have you in our thoughts. I am convinced that a special place is reserved in Heaven for those who are the caretakers in this world.

  14. Hugs and positive thoughts are on their way to you!
    Both our mothers developed similar problems in
    their last years. God knows which persons are
    strong enough to handles situations like these,
    plus think of all the jewels added to your crown!
    LOLOL! God bless all caretakers and all those who
    are recipients of the care! I’ve already gone
    on record with apologies to our children and their
    families, in advance, should I become one of the
    cantankerous or develop Alzheimer’s!

    Pat Cochran

  15. Hugs and special wishes are headed your way. My father passed away last spring after a long journey through falss and hospitals and nursing homes. While I had sisters who would come to see him, I was left with the majority of the care and running. Plus he always seemed better when they were there and saved up all his complaints for me. I miss him but it was no fun to go through.
    I will look for your book it sounds like one I will really enjoy.

  16. Hey, Cheryl, good to hear from you. I agree on Snowflakes and Stetsons. I like the title. Don’t know about the kiddo either, but as you say, marketing knows what is popular so I guess we’ll go with it. Hope to talk with you again when the anthology comes out. Also, I noticed your book in the store recently. May they all jump off the shelves! I don’t know about you, but I’m impossible to please. If there are books still there I wonder why they haven’t sold. If they are all gone I wonder why they haven’t restocked! Just can’t satisfy authors, I guess. ;}

  17. Thanks to all of you for your supportive comments about being a caregiver. It’s comforting to know we aren’t alone. It’s going on 14 years. You’d think I’d be used to it. Ah, well, you do what you need to do and go an.
    I hope y’all enjoy The Gunfighter and the Heiress. It truly was a great escape since last year was one of the roughest ones ever. I really liked writing about Crow and his sidekick. In addition to Natalie’s out of the frying pan and into the fire adventures. Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys the read!!!!

  18. Carol,

    Hugs to you my friend. Taking care of an elder can drain you I know I have walked this road.
    I love the cover of your book and its on my must read list

    Walk in harmony,
    Melinda

  19. Hi Carol, I can only imagine how challenging your year was and wishing you all the best. I can understand the importance of finding an outlet for all the stress you go through and as a reader I find this in the books I read. Books really do make great escapes but they can also advice and the characters in turn can become like friends and family. I’m glad writing is a form of therapy for you and a strong heroine paired with a tough hero is sure to stir anyone into a good mood!

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