Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fairy Dust

Sometimes a book happens along that feels like it was sprinkled a bit with fairy dust. HOW A COWBOY STOLE HER HEART was a bit that way. I've said many times how I really wanted to write Clay's story and couldn't find him the right match. And that when I did (clearly it was Megan) it just worked. It was the right time for his HEA.

Maybe it sounds silly because after all these are characters in a book and not real people. But the truth is, you can't just throw two characters into a story and force them to work. So Clay waited, not always patiently.

It was worth the wait both for Clay (lol) and for me as a writer. The book is being very good to me in the contest circuit this year. Today I found out that it is a finalist in the National Reader's Choice Awards - making it a hat trick of nominations this year. It's gratifying and slightly overwhelming in a wonderful way. And it goes to show that a heroine doesn't have to be physically perfect to be awesome.

I also found out that the next Harlequin Romance I write (as soon as I finish my current wip!) will be another Cadence Creek book. I'm excited to dig in as I know what it's about and I think it's going to be great fun. Plus I loved writing the first 2 Cadence Creek books, so going back is lovely!

All in all there's some great Thursday love going around. Including in my #1k1hr group, so I'd better get back to it - I'm so close to THE END it's silly.


  1. Anonymous1:04 p.m.

    I loved How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart! Was Clay a secondary character in another book? I know - shame on me for not knowing!

    I am thrilled to hear about another Cadence Creek story - I just started The Last Real Cowboy (now I'm on chapter 3 - read chap 2 on break).


  2. Clay was a secondary in ONE DANCE WITH THE COWBOY. He had a small part but he stuck in my head big time.

    The next Cadence Creek book is going to be SOOOO fun. I have the basic hook and plot, but I'm working out the character stuff. I'm probably going to really get started on it later next week - while my current WIP is out with a reader.

    And thanks Alison and Julie! :-) (Julie was nommed too, you guys!)

  3. Congratulations, Donna!

  4. Congratulations on all your success. It is true that you can not just force two characters to be together. I have dumped manuscripts after being anywhere between five and eight chapters in, all because I was trying to force a couple to be in love with each other and they just weren't doing it. I know exactly what you mean. They are "real" in a way and they will dig their heels in when you try to force them to do what they don't want to do! Keep up the great work. I love the stories it produces! :)