Monday, March 30, 2015

Meet Historical Author Beverly Wells

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome long time friend and fellow author Beverly Wells who brings Lorelei Webster with her from Bev's recent release, All For Love, an historical novel published out of Prairie Rose Publications. Welcome Beverly. First up is Lorelei.
Where are you from? Cheyenne originally, but I have recently moved to Toleman, Wyoming as their new school teacher.
What did you think the first time you saw Doctor Seth Taylor? Oh my, he was tall, dark and so very handsome. His broad shoulders and trim, sinewy physique did things for a frock coat that had me assessing him from head to toe, quite thoroughly in fact, to my shame. I couldn’t imagine how he’d walked across the dusty street and yet his knee-high black boots still glistened like they’d just been spit-shined.
Very nice. Very nice indeed. And your second thought? Since his eyes, almost black, regarded me as critically as the town’s angered men had just done, I felt mortified he’d witnessed the ruckus I’d caused—yet once again.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? My good heavens, not hardly. I had hoped when I met the good doctor, I would gain a comrade at arms to help me stop the abuse and neglect in this damnable town. But let me tell you, by his hesitation to shake my hand and the condemning stare he drilled my way, I wondered if we would even be friends.
This town sounds like it has become a character of its own, but more about Seth. What do you like most about him? Besides being so easy on the eyes? I’m just joking, because I am not one who judges a person by their looks, wealth or prestige. Therefore, I respect his dedication to his profession and admire his remarkable medical skill, aura of authority, preciseness, and honesty.
How would you describe him? Puzzling, very, very puzzling. As I already said, his dedication as well as his skill speaks highly for him. And when he treats his patients his genuine caring and confidence has them relaxing like trusting puppies without their mama and he instills hope within them. I am truly awed by his sincerity and knack with people. Yet he obviously, blatantly in fact, avoids any participation in community matters, other than fastidiously treating his patients. And I’m just itching to know why. Why he avoids any heavy discussions as if those voicing their opinions have the plague.
Again, very intriguing in terms of the plot structure. How would he describe you? Oh, he most likely has plenty of words to describe me that match that of the other men in town—‘feisty, Miss Neb-nose, impulsive, and trouble maker’, bitch. Is that enough? I do believe…and hope I’m correct…he finally understands and sees that I’m trying to help those in need even though I lack tact when I see abuse.
What made you choose teaching as a career? I love children and enjoy helping them learn about life in general, to develop skills they’ll need to make wise future decisions and a good life for themselves. A life they’ll be proud of whatever path they choose to follow.
What is your biggest fear, Lorelei? That I will again fail to either prevent another from needless harm or get them the help that’s needed.
How do you relax? I find it soothing to cook and bake. And of course reading a well written book is always on my list for a lazy day. Many might say walking is not relaxing, but I find it quite calming.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Hmm. I have so many for I love to read whenever I get the chance. It’s difficult to pin point, but I would have to say out of all the fiction I read, I prefer romance. And maybe that’s because I know I’ll never have such within my life. So I must say Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, or one of the four sisters in Little Women that was brilliantly written by Louisa May Alcott. They were all strong characters, honest and stood by their convictions, yet were truly lovely, kind and loving women.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Believe in yourself and stand true.
This has been terrific. You've made us want to read this story and find out why the people of a town would behave so badly, what sets them off against Lorelei and why Seth would avoid in-depth connections. Now it's Bev's turn . . .
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? When I was twelve, I went to the movie, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl. I sat spellbound through the entire movie by the emotional involvement I felt down deep as well as being captivated by Anne’s strength, convictions and determination. I had no idea I’d been weeping—most likely through a good share of the movie--until the end. At first I thought I felt the overwhelming connection was due to my godparents being Jewish and my dance instructor (since I was five) bore the scars across her back from being in a concentration camp.
But it was the emotional investment I experienced that enthralled me—totally and throughout my entire lifetime. I ended up reading the book numerous times and saw that movie about 5 or 6 more times. I was not into writing and didn’t really enjoy reading much during my teens and early adult life (other than what was required in school), but when I decided to try a hand at writing, I wanted to write something that would touch someone’s heart, have meaning and a powerful punch that had them sitting upright in their front row seat. Braveheart is another such story that captured me heart and soul. Of course it helped that Mel Gibson made me drool through the whole thing. And I must include my all time favorite—and yes, I still have my big picture-book edition-- Cinderella.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Working for years as a Public Health Nurse, I saw and was obligated to report abuse and neglect. And unfortunately I’ve had first-hand knowledge and/or witnessed many abusive situations among my own family members and friends. I also have dealt with teenage suicide and have helped counsel many teens along with their families. I feel having had such experiences and being deeply touched and affected by both circumstances, I could—I hope I did—show the emotions that not only my heroine experiences, but also my hero as well as with Jamie, the young troubled boy.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’m now with Prairie Rose Publications after reading several different lines published by them and liking what I read. The two owners are also authors who write in all of their lines. They publish westerns, western romance (all levels except erotica) whether it is contemporary, paranormal, futuristic, fantasy, historical as well as other lines including YA, middle grade, new adult that range from futuristic to fantasy, paranormal of varying lengths. They also have several lines in inspirational. Lengths vary as well—anthologies, novellas, full length. I just read one about WWII.
At Prairie Rose Publications, I can write long historical romance, short anthologies or novellas for different times of the year and vary the style and level of romance. I’d never written an anthology and felt honored to be included in the Valentine’s Day anthology Cowboy Kisses. Oh my gosh, I loved writing that short story where the cute-as-a-button five year old girl stole the show from my hero and heroine, that’s for sure. Here’s the log line—a woman on the run, a marshal sworn to uphold the law, and a little girl’s pleas to Mr. Cupid for a new daddy.
What project[s] are you working on now? Right at the moment I’m racing toward my May 1 deadline for a Fourth of July anthology where the kiss will ignite the fireworks. A Cowboy Celebration will contain numerous exciting and varied stories by some very talented authors and at the end a gamut of recipes will be included that are mentioned throughout each story. With rugged cowboys, daring heroines and a Fourth of July holiday, it should be a sure-fired way to get ready for a hot, hot summer.
What's up next for you? As soon as I’m done with the Fourth of July story, I’ll regroup and finish The Deaconess Hires a Gunman—I’m half way done with it. Did you know back in the 1800’s in Montana the law stated if a man sentenced to hang for a crime was claimed in matrimony by a God-loving, God-fearing woman he would be vindicated of his crime? Well, yep, that’s right. And oh boy, how that concept jumped out and bit me. So much so, I just had to throw a deaconess into the scene for good measure and see which way the wind blew. Oh yeah!
Anything else you'd like our visitors to know about you? If I may, I would like to just mention that when I write a story I more than not like to include a lesson learned, or raise awareness of an important issue, sooo you’ll always find a wagon load of humor to keep the topic from weighing heavier than a double-oven cast iron stove. After all, all of us read for entertainment and enjoyment and a good laugh or giggle never hurts. (Okay we also read to shiver with goosies while reading about that tall, sinewy hunk who doesn’t want to be caught). Well heck, I put humor in the shorter stories that aren’t as deep as the longer ones—just to make you show those pearly whites. My mama always said, ‘A smile a day keeps the soul happy and the doctor away’.

Gosh, I love hearing from readers and/or aspiring writers. I have so much to give back to so many for helping and encouraging me along the long road that I welcome any comments or questions sent my way or simply to chat. My email address is beverlywellsauthor@gmail.com .
I’ve just had my website redone and would welcome any and all to visit and read more @ www.beverlywellsauthor.com .
And if anyone is interested in obtaining any of my books, the sites are listed on my webpage or just go to Amazon, Smashwords, Createspace,--All books are print and eBook and eBook is also available on Kindle and B&N Nook. I love visiting with friends and readers on https://www.facebook.com/…/Beverly-Wells-Author/ or my other persona of Bev Lewis facebook—the two are linked.

Thanks so much, Bev! This has been a real treat.
Our best to you always, Kat and Veronica



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Another Blog Winner Chooses . . .

Another visitor to this week's blog, Thea Hutcheson, has won a burgundy wine brocade jewelry caddy.
Congratulations, Thea!
Kat and Veronica

Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog Winners Have Chosen . . .

This week has been a fun time--and we'll do it again,
Kathye Quick, Day 1 blog winner chose a selection of small bags with celtic themes. Congratulations, Kath!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

REJECTION

Good morning, Mary Eleanor. A few weeks ago you made a short visit to our blog. Some of the things you said were so intriguing we wanted to have you back for a longer visit. We're glad you could accommodate our schedule.
Specifically you spoke of being rejected so many times you stepped away from writing for a number of years. Let's talk about that dirty word: REJECTION. Next to 'we'd like to offer a contract' it's every writer's favorite word.
Not.
With that in mind, tell us a bit about when you first began writing.
I was in my mid-20’s with three small children. With some encouragement from some wonderful people, I began attending a community college with the goal of becoming a nurse. It didn’t take long, however, to discover that was the last thing I was meant to do. As I studied and became engrossed in English and Literature classes, the old dream of becoming a writer resurfaced from my childhood. I gave it a try and started sending stories out to the confession magazines – mostly because no one would know who I was if I sold one. The very first one sold, and I thought, “Well, this is easy.” No, it wasn’t. After I’d sold three of them I was ready to fry bigger fish, however, the fish kept throwing me back.
Did it inspire you to keep at it [writing we mean]? Knowing that I could do it kept me going for a very long time. But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t crack the bigger markets. I wanted so badly to sell a book, so I kept writing them. I have a huge stockpile of manuscripts now, thanks to all those years of no one wanting them.
Did you have a specific genre you wrote in or did you travel about several worlds? I mostly stay in the romance and mystery genres. I have done some ghost writing for an autobiography and also a community collection about the veterans in our county. Of course, I did end up working in journalism for a long time, too.
How many times were you rejected? I’m not one of those people who keeps those nasty little buggers hanging around. I don’t want my walls papered with them, and frankly I don’t want to look at them after they’ve told me no. If I had to estimate, I’d guess about 200+ times.
Tell us your 'favorite' [ie best or most encouraging letter] rejection and your 'ugliest [meaning the nastiest one ever]'. My favorite rejection came from a venue that handled serializations for coffee cans. I’ve always loved the old use of serialization, so it seemed a fun thing to do. They wrote this tremendously long letter explaining why I should never give up, they liked my story, but it just wasn’t right for a coffee can. I still laugh over that one.
The most heinous, ugly, and mean rejection I received was from a large publisher who shall remain nameless, but it went something like: Perhaps it’s time for you to stop submitting these little stories of yours. You cannot write, you have no talent, and I prefer not to be bothered anymore.
Why did it make you stay away and for how long? That sort of thing is crushing to someone who wants nothing more than for someone to love her book. I took her advice and just stopped.
What brought you back? Two years ago I left my job and came home. I live in a very rural area and jobs are hard to come by, so I worked out of town. I was depressed and getting worse by the day. During that time, a woman who had once been my best friend passed away in another country. I was devastated. I went into a downward spiral that became rather sticky – I felt I had nothing left to offer and I had no usefulness at all. That’s a dangerous place to find oneself. One night my oldest son came to me and said he was worried about me. “You need to start writing again, Mom.” At first I tried to argue, but then he made a good point. “All you’re doing is sitting and staring at a computer anyway. You might as well get some of the stuff out of your head.” And so I did.
Are you glad you came back? Oh, yes. This is the realization of my lifelong dream. This has made me “real” much like the Velveteen Rabbit.
What is it like to work with an editor who cares about you as a writer and the effort you put forth? I cannot say enough good things about Nicole D'Arienzio and The Wild Rose Press. She is so patient and kind, and nothing like I heard a book editor would be like. When I was working on my first round edits for “Somewhere Down the Road” I somehow lost the file. Nowhere to be found. I was frantic, so I sent her an email. When she had said for me to leave the tracking on, I thought it would be like Team Viewer or something. I’m still laughing over this. I write Nic and beg her to help me find it. Although she could have called me an idiot, and rightly so, she gently and kindly explained she didn’t have that power. To say I’ve learned a lot under her guidance is just not vast enough to explain it.
Considering where you are now, what advice do you have for new writers? Listen to me, new writers, and listen carefully. Repeat after me: I will not give up. I can take a break. I can change the genre. I can even go on vacation. But I will not give up! Repeat that to yourself daily.
Yes, you will get rejections. Wad them up and throw them away after you read what it says. By the way, any time you get something personal, pay attention to that. It’s important to remember that what a person six states away, who is most likely overworked and just as stressed as you are, thinks or says isn’t necessarily accurate. If you need to hone your skills, do it. If you need ideas then pay attention to the world around you.
And if you want to be a writer, then write. You can do it. I know you can, because I’m doing it. Nothing will ever make you more fulfilled than the words, “We want to make an offer.”
Thanks, Mary Eleanor.
This was terrific.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Meet K\Lexi Morgan from Tempered Joy

Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back inspirational author Pamela S Thibodeaux who brings Lexi Morgan from Tempered Joy a contemporary romance release out of Temperance Publishing. First up is Lexi.
Please tell us a bit about Tempered Joy. All-around rodeo cowboy and heir to the Rockin’ H Ranch, Ace Harris is determined not to fall in love. He’s only loved one woman in his life, his mother, and no one can even come close to filling her boots. Lexie Morgan thinks rodeo cowboys have rocks for brains and a death wish for a soul. A broken childhood and the death of her father and best friend leave her doubting and questioning God, despite her years of religious upbringing, and is afraid of love. Can two young people who clash from the onset learn to trust in the healing power of God and find love and happiness amidst tragedy and grief?
What did you think the first time you saw Ace? That he was a chauvin-istic cowboy. I mean, “All Around Rodeo Champion” seriously? Everyone knows rodeo cowboys have rocks for brains and a death wish for a soul.
Great descriptions. Paints a picture with few words. So . . . what was your second thought? Not only is he chauvinistic, he’s got arrogance in abundance.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Oh most definitely not! It wasn’t even love at second sight. Although he had grown up a lot in the two plus years between our first meeting and second.
What do you like most about him? Well, once I got to know him, I like the tenderness he shows his sister and nieces, his sense of humor and well, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention those dancing gray eyes and smile that’s designed to make women of all ages swoon.
Now we're moving. How would you describe him? Just shy of six feet tall, Ace is the epitome of cowboy with a capital C. Although his skin is tanned from the sun and wind, Ace’s hair is shockingly blond. His beautiful gray eyes change from dark, gunmetal color to a shade similar to dew drops glistening on sheet metal. He’s got a smile that will light up a room, a wicked sense of humor and arrogance that sometimes grates on my nerves but he can be tender and sweet and is as genuine as they come.
Again, some excellent word choices. Here's the key, how would he describe you? Me? He’d probably describe me as a fiery-haired wench [because] I have auburn hair and green eyes. I’m about five two and tiny compared to his tall, broad frame and he loves my south Louisiana accent.
What is your profession or career? I haven’t chosen a career yet, but Ace is studying to be a veterinarian like his mother was. Should come in handy since he is heir to one of the largest ranches in Texas.
What is your biggest fear? My mother died in childbirth and my father was a hopeless alcoholic. Not mean or anything, he just didn’t know how to be the kind of father I needed so my greatest desire is to be a wife and mother but my biggest fear is that I won’t know how to be either.
How do you relax? I love to play music…. Harmonica, piano, and saxophone.
Eclectic choices there. The sax is probably as big as you! Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Scarlett O’Hara. A lot of people think she was spoiled and selfish and too stupid to live but I absolutely love her determination to overcome what she saw as impossible situations.
Could not agree more—about anything you said. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My adoptive mother, Trina once told me I should listen to my heart and let God lead me and never settle for less than His best in my life.
This was fun! Now let's talk a bit with Pamela.
What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? A romantic at heart, I believe in magic and miracles and happy ever after and absolutely LOVE a great read, song and/or movie. Nora Roberts is my all time favorite author and Pretty Woman one of my favorite movies.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them. Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release?
The entire Tempered series was contracted in 2005 through ComStar Media and books 1&2 re-released by them that same year. Tempered Fire came the next year (2006). The books were already written so I guess it took about six months or so for editing, layout, & publication. When my contract expired for the series in 2011 I did some light editing and had new covers made and released them under my indy imprint, Temperance Publishing.
What book are you currently reading? My TBR pile is too large to mention but I try to read extensively & exclusively in romantic fiction and spiritual nonfiction.
What's up next for you? [future releases, current projects etc] My novel Circles of Fate is finally published and is available @ Amazon, B&N and Smashwords along with many of my other titles. I still have a couple of other fiction and nonfiction projects in the works.
Thanks, Pam. As always, it's a treat chatting with your varied and interesting characters. We hope you'll bring Circles of Fate for a visit real soon.
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories she creates go to: Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib

To purchase Tempered Joy, go to:
Amazon Print: http://amzn.to/1xwIx12


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Monday, March 9, 2015

3 Men. 1 Woman. Deserted Island. Wowee Kazowee

Sheltered all her life as the daughter of an ambassador, Emma LaBonte boards a small plane on a trip from Australia. One hijacking and a plane crash later, she finds herself on a deserted island and stranded with three different yet equally sexy men. With no hope for rescue, the four begin to carve a semblance of a life in their tropical setting. Closeness breeds curiosity and naive Emma begins to wonder what it would be like to be loved by these three men. The adventurer Jack, Toby the intelligent doctor, and shy English professor Steve—each carve a special place in her heart. When her three men launch seduction in the South Seas, how can she resist?

This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome debut author Anita Kidesu, creator of South Seas Seduction, an erotic offering out of the Scarlet Rose line for the Wild Rose Press, due for release on Friday March 13th. With Anita is protagonist Emma LaBonte who is up first. Welcome, Emma.
Tell us a bit about South Seas Seduction: I was on a small plane with several other passengers, flying from Australia, when the plane was taken over by hijackers. During a storm, the plane crashed on a deserted island. The hijackers were killed. Those of us who were buckled in our seats survived - myself; Jack Delaney, the pilot; Steve Farr, a college professor; and Tony Mason, a doctor still in residency. I'd led a very sheltered life, and here I was, stranded with three hunky men. Sigh.
What did you think the first time you saw Jack Delaney? I was petrified. I'd passed out during the crash. When I came to, he cutting away my restraints, and I thought Jack was one of the hijackers. I'd been tied up in my seat by one of the hijackers who was going to rape me. My second thought was he was a crude, rude, swearing, boorish man.
Do you feel it was love at first sight? Oh, my goodness, no. I was afraid of men. Since he was so, out there, he scared me - even when he was trying to help me.
What do you like most about him? After I got to know him, I realized he was a caring, smart, gentle man, Even though he continued to cuss a blue streak.
How would you describe him? Physically - he's 6'2, lots of muscles from unloading cargo from his plane. Longish brown hair. Nice, dark hair on his chest, legs and arms. Super sexy. It didn't take me long to become attracted to him - and the other two men.
How would he describe you? When he first met me, I know he thought I was a prude - which I was. As time went on, he and the other men brought out my shyness and helped me realize I was the sexy, strong, woman they kept saying I was.
How did you choose your career? Unfortunately, I don't really have a career. As my father was an ambassador, we traveled a lot. I was sheltered and expected to do the things rich, socialites do. My mother came from old money - lots and lots of money. When I returned from the island, I broke the rules set forth by my mother. Although I still attended high society functions to raise money, I also volunteer in a woman's shelter, a food pantry, and tutor children.
What is your biggest fear? Failure. As a daughter of an Ambassador, I was raised to uphold the family name, never do anything wrong, be perfect at all times. My parents don't know that the time I spent on the island was with three hot, sexy men - and they never will. It's a secret I harbor in my heart.
How do you relax? Read. Dream about my annual, weekly visits to the island with my men.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Wow, that's a tough one. There are so many. I love strong, feisty women, who take charge of their lives. I figure that's probably because I'm not that way, although I'm improving.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? This is from Jack - "Don't worry what others think of you. Follow your own path."
Thanks, Emma. You have lived our dream, though perhaps we'd love to be stranded with the likes of Jesse Stone, Harry Bosch and Walt Longmire! Heh heh. Now it's time to talk a bit with Anita.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I don't watch a lot of movies, but read a lot. The first romance I read was "The Flame and the Flower," by Kathleen Woodiweiss. I also love LaVeryle Spencer because her heroines are strong. I love the way her writing is so smooth. I can get lost in her books and re-read them. She's on my keep shelf, and I won't loan them to anyone. She is the one I think of when I write.
Good choices! KW was the first romance we ever read also! How odd. So. . .
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I think it would be my being shy and quiet - and afraid of men. Growing up, I didn't have very good experiences with the male species. Over the years, I learned to stand up for myself. I think I was able to bring these out in Emma.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? The Wild Rose Press is my publisher. I belong to RWA and our state group Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. I was at our state conference two years ago and decided it was time to pitch my story. I pitched to Diana Carlile. She liked the idea and asked for the first three chapters. I was so excited. When I got the email for the full manuscript, I was beyond excited.
What project are you working on now? I submitted a manuscript to The Wild Rose Press, titled "The Ranch," which is another erotica. I received my major edits, and that is what I'm doing now. When those are done, I hope to receive a contract for the book. I was told I needed to find another title, so right now, I have no idea what the final product will be called.
What's up next for you? Promoting South Seas Seduction, working on "The Ranch," and the sequels I hope to write, and write a short story for The Wild Rose Press' Valentine's Anthology for next year.
Thanks so much, Anita. We wish you much luck with your first release and with promotions.
To purchase South Seas Seduction, go to:
Pre-buy Link: http://tinyurl.com/n6wgqhu
Available March 13, 2015
To learn more about Anita Kidesu and the works she creates, go to:
Blog: anitakidesu.wordpress.com
Web: anitakidesu.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnitaKidesuAuthor
Twitter: @anitakidesu







Monday, March 2, 2015

Meet a Charming Cowboy

     J.T. Davis meets his match on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou when Angelique Morgan flashes her blue eyes. He is instantly attracted and in love. Even when he discovers she's from a wealthy family, and happens to be the daughter of his rival, he can't let circumstances keep him from winning her. 
     Angelique Morgan is yearning for challenge and finds it in the life J.T. Davis offers her. She falls madly in love with him and marries him quickly. When she realizes she may not be good enough for him, doubts plague her. So do the manipulations of her father, Kendrick Morgan.
     While Kendrick Morgan's spies threaten their fragile future, J.T. must get his cattle to the rail head in Wichita or lose everything....including his wife.
This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back historical author Kara O'Neal and J.T. Davis from The Cowboy's Charms. First up is J.T.
Where are you from? Pikes Run, Texas
Tell us a bit about The Cowboy's Charms. Uh, well…I guess I’m the cowboy in this title. So, it’s about me and how I charmed an amazing woman off her feet. Took her right out from under her father’s nose and never looked back.
What did you think the first time you saw Angelique. I thought she was a figment of my imagination. She was just sitting there near the bayou, like some kind of water fairy. She was so perfect I almost couldn’t think.
That's a good one! What was your second thought? When I finally managed to talk to her, I thought her sass was gonna be too much for me to handle. I got over it quickly, though.
Cute. Did you feel it was love at first sight? No. But it was something at first sight. I didn’t even know her name, and I couldn’t get her out of my head.
What do you like most about her? Her fighting spirit. She’s a tough lady.
How would you describe Angelique? She’s an angel. A strong one. She’s my guiding light and the reason I was able to turn a cotton farm into a working ranch.
How would she describe you? Mischievous. Energetic. And probably dependable. She’s always telling me how she’s never worried when I’m around.
What made you choose ranching for a career? Have you ever picked cotton? It’s back-breaking, mind-numbing work for not much money. I hated growing cotton and wanted something different, something that could actually provide a steady income. So, I became a cowboy. It’s a dangerous profession, but it takes care of my family, my entire family, better than hoeing a row does.
Great answer. What is your biggest fear? Letting down the people I love. My parents, my cousins, children, my wife. Everything I do is for them, and if I was ever to shame them, I don’t know what I’d do.
How do you relax? I spend time with my family. Eatin’, fishin’, playin’ stick ball, it doesn’t matter as long as I am with them.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I like Robin Hood. Robbing the rich to pay the hardworking sounds fine to me.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Life comes around once, so live it well.

Thanks, J.T. Now we know where Kara came up with the title, because sweetie, you are a charmer! It's her turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Anne of Green Gables is a major influence on me, as is Little Women, but these came early in my life. As an adult, I found Jane Austen; her novels are truly literary magic.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? It wasn’t an event. It was a person. My best friend inspired this story. She’s a beautiful woman whose will is the strongest I’ve ever known. Life has always tried to shake her confidence, but she’s given it a right hook every time.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? Resplendence Publishing was accepting historicals that weren’t Regency. I write Westerns, so when I saw that they were looking for something different, I quickly submitted. It was the right decision. My editors have made me a better writer.
What project[s] are you working on now? The fifth book in the Pikes Run series, The Soldier’s Love, will be released on March 25th. I’m currently writing the sixth book, Love’s Promise.
What's up next for you? More Pikes Run! I love these characters and before long every main player will have his, or her, story.

To purchase The Cowboy's Charms, go to:

To learn more about Kara O'Neal and the books she creates, go to:
Twitter: @KaraONealAuthor