My debut novel, PRAIRIE BRIDE was set in a sod house on the Kansas prairies. It was a Harlequin Historicals release in the year 2000. But even before that – back in 1995 – I wrote a time-travel romance where a contemporary heroine gets caught in a lightning storm and is transported back to the Old West. Not long after she arrives, she falls for the ruggedly handsome gunslinging sheriff, who quickly becomes her hero and protector against a band of dangerous outlaws.
I gave it the title JUNEBUG JESS. It won some writing contests and garnered a few requests for the complete manuscript from publishers who read the proposal, but by the time I was shopping it around, time travels were no longer considered marketable, so it never sold. And hey, I was a newbie unpublished author, and it was tough to break in. I didn’t give up, however. I wrote five novels over a period of six years before I finally sold PRAIRIE BRIDE to Harlequin.
Now here we are, seventeen novels later, and authors have the option of publishing independently. Last summer I had a short break while my agent was negotiating a new contract with my publisher, so I decided to dig JUNEBUG JESS out of my old rejection pile and take a look at it. Would it still hold up? Would the writing be atrocious? To my utter delight, the plot line was fresh and fun, the characters were interesting, and the writing was… well, not too bad.
I could see that the prose needed some polish, so I began an intensive rewrite to bring it up to speed to match my voice today. Also, cell phones and laptops were not part of daily life when I originally wrote it, so the technology needed an upgrade. The heroine’s outfit was more than a little outdated, so all that had to be changed.
I gave it a sexier title, TAKEN BY THE COWBOY, and a splashy cover inspired by the Cowboys and Aliens movie poster (scroll down for a peek at it), and now I’m wildly happy to see it out there at last for readers to enjoy! This one was a long time coming :).
Now here’s the good news and the fun part.
For those of you who are reading the blog today Feb 4 – the ebook edition of TAKEN BY THE COWBOY is on sale at Amazon for 99 cents for a limited time. Hurry and grab it for your Kindle and please share the link with your Facebook and Twitter friends!
Lastly – I’m going to give away a $25 gift card to Amazon or B&N (winner’s choice) to one commenter. All you have to do is tell me the name of your favorite western romance novel of all time (or the top 3 if you can’t narrow it down).
Former bounty hunter, expert gunslinger, and the toughest sheriff Dodge City has ever known, Truman Wade is a real man from the tip of his black Stetson right down to his spurs and leather boots. He’s never met his match in a gunfight, but he’s never met a gorgeous, gutsy woman from the twenty-first century either…
TORN BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
Newly single after a rocky breakup with her self-absorbed fiancé, newspaper columnist Jessica Delaney crashes her car in a lightning storm and soon finds herself dodging bullets in the Wild West. Before the night is out, she’s tossed in jail for a murder she didn’t commit, and if things don’t seem complicated enough, the impossibly handsome sheriff in charge of her arrest has danger written all over him – and a sexy swagger to die for. Jessica knows she needs to get home, but when Sheriff Wade’s enticing touch sets her passions on fire, she begins to wonder if fate has other plans for her, and soon she must choose between the life she longs for in the future… and the greatest love she’s ever known.