Hi, y’all, I’m back again! Last month I dropped in to tell you about the PREQUEL called “Christmas at Cahill Crossing” in the SNOWFLAKES AND STETSONS anthology from Harlequin. I hope you enjoyed meeting Rosa, Lucas and Dog. They are an integral part of THE LONE RANCHER—the first continuity book featuring Quin, the eldest son of the Cahill family of Texas.
If you recall, you met Quin at Christmas. However, his problems escalate when Rosa’s first cousin, Adrianna McKnight, steps off the train from Boston to claim the neighboring ranch Quin tried to purchase to keep his departed parents’ dream of expansion alive. (Not that his two brothers and sister care about legacy and tradition. The ingrates! They flit off to chase their own rainbows while Quin nearly works himself into an early grave trying to run the 4C Ranch alone.)
Quin makes his first blundering mistake with Adrianna by telling her to go home where she should have stayed in the first place. He sticks both booted feet in his mouth when he insists she sell out to him because a greenhorn lady rancher has disaster written all over it.
That is not what Adrianna wants to hear when she moves west to make a new start in life. To spite her obnoxious neighbor, she hires his efficient foreman out from under him. To retaliate, Quin hires away Adrianna’s gourmet cook. The feud is on and they blame each other for the increase in rustling and prairie fires on their adjoining ranches.
Hold on to your hats, pardners, this wild ride is teeming with fast-paced adventure, romance, mystery and suspense. In addition, Quin and Adrianna will appear in book 2 written by my good friend, Debra Cowan, in December. In January and February Quin and Adrianna will make appearances in book 3 by my new friend, Carol Arens, and in book 4 by my other new friend, Jenna Kernan.
A great deal of brainstorming took place among Debra, Carol, Jenna and me before writing the continuity books. We wanted to get our stories and characters straight as they stepped from one book to the next. We also wanted an ongoing mystery to resolve, in addition to untangling the conflicts between Quin,Bowie, Chance and Leanna that caused them to scatter to the four winds without contact for two years.
Instead of flashbacks to explain the family rift, we decided to create a prologue featuring the volatile confrontation that caused the split. All four books begin with the same prologue and dialogue—but told from each individual Cahill brother or sister’s point of view. We wanted each sibling to speak in his or her own voice in the prologue, so the author that created each Cahill family member did the talking when words and tempers started flying.
Although coordinating dialogue, choreographing the scene and adding visual descriptions and details was time-consuming, the results make the prologue unique. It’s like four eyewitnesses describing a traumatic event. Readers get to see how the conflict affects each Cahill personally and how it changes the course of each life.
I hope you’ll like the ongoing stories of the Cahill family in this continuity saga. Happy reading… and do drop in to blog. I enjoy hearing from all of you!!!!
Miss Carol has agreed–after a bit of arm twistin’–to give away one copy of The Lone Rancher to one of y’all that leave a comment. So git typin’!
Prequel—“Christmas at Cahill Crossing” from SNOWFLAKES AND STETSONS, Oct., by Carol Finch.
Book 1—THE LONE RANCHER, Nov., by Carol Finch.
Book 2—THE MARSHAL AND MISS MERRITT, Dec., by Debra Cowan.
Book 3—SCANDAL AT CAHILL SALOON, Jan., by Carol Arens.
Book 4—THE LAST CAHILL COWBOY, Feb., by Jenna Kernan.
To purchase, click on back cover.