Tule Publishing Group (Montana Born)
Contemporary Romance: Anthology
November 21, 2015
Available in: e-Book
Coming Home to what’s always been in your heart…
The Lone Way Home by Kathleen O’Brien (originally published as a standalone eBook October 1, 2014
After letting domineering men control her far too long, Abby Foster, plans to do exactly as she pleases. This includes a no-strings weekend fling with Joe Carlyle, if he can forgive her for breaking his heart eight years ago. But Joe’s not interested in a fling- this time, he wants forever, and he’s got seventy-two hours to make Abby want that, too.
Hometown Hero by Dani Collins (originally published as a standalone eBook September 27, 2014
Skye Wolcott always planned to live happily ever after in her hometown of Marietta, but then her marriage imploded in a cloud of scandal. Chase Goodwin has worked hard to get away from his past poverty, but when he comes back to Marietta to help his brother, all the old chemistry he and Skye shared in high school is back. Chase wants Skye to join his fast-paced world, but Skye’s a small town girl. Can she convince him that Homecoming is more than a game, and he’s back where he belongs?
Sing Me Back Home by Eve Gaddy (originally published as a standalone eBook September 21, 2014
Dr. Jack Gallagher hasn’t been serious about a woman in a long time, and when the girl who once broke his heart moves back to town, he’s not sure if he can take another chance. What’s more, they both have teenage daughters now. But there are more sparks between him and Maya Parrish than ever. Can their passionate affair last or will it burn itself out as quickly as it began?
Home For Good by Terri Reed (originally published as a standalone eBook October 4, 2014
Joelle Winslow needs her cash share from the family ranch, and fast. But Matt Locke doesn’t want to give it to her. Being in Marietta over homecoming weekend makes her realize how much she’s missed the ranch... and Matt. Now it’s decision time. Will following her dream take Joelle far away from Montana or return her home for good?
Finding Home by Roxanne Snopek (originally published as a standalone eBook September 23, 2014
Samara Davis has done it tough her whole life, and now she’s back in Marietta with her young daughter, looking for a place to settle down. Logan Stafford is shocked to discover that he’s building his high school sweetheart’s new house. So much as happened to them both since then, can they really find happiness together?
I grew up in Maple Ridge, a suburb of Vancouver, when it was still a small town. My father and both grandfathers switched up between logging and fishing so I grew into a quintessential BC girl: green, natural, and impervious to rain.
I started reading romance in high school. The first one I really remember featured a heroine researching her family tree in Scotland who meets a distant cousin (very distant!) and falls in love with him. I don’t remember much about the actual story, just the amazing setting, a heart-stopping kiss, and a happily ever after. I knew this was my kind of book and began consuming romances voraciously. Within a year or so, I wanted to write them for a living.
However, I thought becoming a writer was something you did when you were old. It was your second career. (Kinda turns out to be true in my case. Hashtag SpoilerAlert.) I still gave it a shot at twenty, taking up writing about the time I moved in with my high school sweetheart.
The key to writing, for those of you wondering, is to actually show up to the keyboard and make words land on a page. While I received my first rejection from Harlequin Presents when I was twenty-one, for the first decade or so, I was hit and miss at actually producing stories and sending them in. We traveled, got married, had kids… the usual distractions.
I also worked at various office jobs from a ski hill, to a real estate office, to a chiropractor’s office, to an air conditioning installer and some manufacturing facilities. None of these jobs was particularly glamorous and rarely a day went by when I didn’t imagine myself quitting to write full time.
When my husband took a job in the interior of BC, I thought my ship had come in. I was a stay-at-home writer for the first year, started writing for the local paper and concentrated on finishing manuscripts. When money got tight, I took a part-time job in yet another office. It turned into a fulltime job and I kept writing on the side, still hoping, dreaming, of someday writing full time.
I should mention that along the way, much like a gambling addict, I had just enough success to keep me going. I placed in several writing contests, most notably: HUSTLED TO THE ALTAR was a Golden Heart finalist and an American Title finalist. I also had an agent for a time. In 2008, I was notified that my story was a runner up in the Instant Seduction contest with Mills & Boon in London. I was convinced this was finally my big break.
Four. Years. Later…. And several (five or six) manuscripts later, they called to offer me a two-book contract. Did I quit my job? No. All those years of rejection had taught me not to count my chickens. So I wrote and worked and somehow managed to stay married despite the fact I didn’t really participate in family life or household chores. I’m surprised my kids didn’t sue me for neglect.
Almost a dozen books and two years later, I did quit my job. As of May 2014, I am a full-time writer and it is awesome. Click for my printable book list and you’ll see that I don’t have any problem with showing up at my desk and doing the work. I’ve even managed to pull a few of my old rejected manuscripts into the pile of paying titles. (Take heart from that, fellow rejected authors!)
And I was lucky enough to have one of my first books, PROOF OF THEIR SIN, nominated for a Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. Having been a bridesmaid in so many contests, I was fairly convinced I’d remain honored to be nominated, but I won! Click here to see me with my daughter after I accepted the award.
What’s next? Well, I love, love, love writing for Harlequin Presents so expect as many of those out of me as they’ll take. I have some fun novellas with Tule Publishing’s Montana Born imprint and I have a few more of my rejected tomes I’d like to revise and publish. Honestly, I’ll do whatever it takes to keep this career going so I never have to work in any office except my own ever again.