It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
I know! I know! We still have Halloween with all the witches and goblins and trick or treating to do and then Thanksgiving with all the cooking and all the family coming home.
But this month is when the Christmas books go on sale in the book stores and Mistletoe Cowboy with its pretty cover and those big old sparkly gold letters is right there on the shelf. Creed is the sexy cowboy holding the mistletoe in his hand and darlin’, he can sure tell y’all some stories about what went on because of that mistletoe.
When I started research for Mistletoe Cowboy I really thought the perfect little town for the setting was one out in west Texas where the land stretches on forever until it meets up with the sky. But when Husband and I went out there to research the area, it didn’t feel right. Call it karma, fate or ESP but I just couldn’t see Creed buying a ranch there. So we drove north and I thought I’d found my town when we got to Silverton but something drove me on further. The minute we drove down into the Palo Duro Canyon, I knew I’d found the setting. It’s desolate and lonely, just like Creed’s heart was when he bought the ranch. On that research trip it was hotter’n the barbed wire fence on the back forty acres of hell but later on that winter when I got ready to start writing, we went back and it was snowing. I could just see that big old canyon right at Christmas time being cut off from the world with no electricity. Toss in an ugly pregnant dog, a momma cat with kittens and I was sure enough ready to write.
And now here it is, all ‘parkly as my four year old granddaughter says, and ready to stuff inside Christmas stockings or wrap up with pretty paper and pretty ribbons. Creed says that he got the best Christmas present when he bought the ranch. Sage declares he’s wrong, that she got the best present.
But neither of them squealed as loud as I did when I saw the book on the Barnes & Noble shelf for the first time or when I got my first fantastic review on the book. Yes, sir, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
How would you like to have a cowboy under your tree on Christmas morning? What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
About the Author:
Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!
Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages . As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.
I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter … all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.
I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. Then my daughter started sleeping at night and my writing got shoved into the corner until all three kids were grown. I drug it back out and pursued my dream. Fourteen years after I sold my first book, under the pen name, Abby Gray, I made the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists with my 50th book.
Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!
I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata of Folio Management Agency, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my fabulous editor, Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks and the editors of Amazon Publishing, who continue to believe in me.
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