No More Writer’s Block

Oh man, did I ever have some writer’s burnout. I really think that was my problem, more than ‘block’. I mean, I could come up with all sorts of ideas, but I simply couldn’t get them out. I think that’s finally over. No, I know it’s finally over.

Write now (see what I did there?), I’ve actually got three things I’m seriously working on. One being the vampire story that I mentioned a while back. I really want to finish it because it’s a lot of fun, but it stalled on me for a while. Then there’s the other highlander story–tentatively called Highland Barbarian. At the moment though, neither of those are what is speaking to me the most.

I’ve been working on a new western romance! It’s a mail order bride kinda story, and I’m calling it Beauty and the Cowboy Beast. It’s all about a couple who find love by mail.

Rosalie is a young woman ready to leave her parents’ home and find a husband to build a life with. Daniel is a rancher who has been disfigured by a horrific fire and never dreams he’ll ever find someone who’ll accept him. By chance, they begin corresponding and it isn’t long before they decide it’s time to meet. The test for Rosalie though, will be if she can look passed the scars and let her heart lead the way.

I am so excited to have something new coming! The words are flowing, the storyline is all plotted and it’s almost writing itself. Shouldn’t be much longer.

Until next time,

Ellie

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Coming Soon-Mail Order Widow

Mail Order Widow is the next novella in my Calico Bride series. The nice thing about the novellas is that they don’t have to be read in any order, they’re just great little reads in between the main trilogy. And yes, I am slowly working on the next novel to finish the trilogy, but with so many other projects on the go, it’s a bit of a slow slog right now. 

Mail Order Bride is available for pre-ordering now, at most online sites. Check the book page out for links to purchase. I’ve been tweeting them whenever I come across a new live link, so if you’re not following me on Twitter, you should be, ’cause that’s the best place to get that info quickly.

Of course, if you’ve read any of my historicals, you know how I like to keep them as real as possible, with historical accuracy and relevant ‘stuff’ thrown in here and there. The one thing that was hugely popular in this era was the mail-order-bride phenomenon. It was a really great way for single men to find and marry single women and populate the new frontier. But that got me thinking. What would happen if one of these women made the trek, got married and then had the rug pulled out from under her by losing that new husband? How could that happen? Well, if your new husband was unexpectedly injured and killed, that would put a damper on everything. How would this new widow cope all alone in a new part of the world, with no knowledge of the people, place or territory?

Here’s the set up for the story:

Travelling across the country to marry a complete stranger is scary enough, but when a freak accident leaves Katie Cavanaugh widowed after only a few short weeks, her world shatters. She moved to Calico to make a new start, not to start over by herself. Forced to confront frontier life on her own, she faces challenges that make her question everything.

Travis Sutherland is the town veterinarian. After a rough first meeting, he has no intention of falling for the town’s new widow, but she’s got the prettiest eyes he’s ever seen and they draw him in like a magnet. Forced to spend time with her after one of her animals becomes sick, he finds himself attracted to Katie after all. Can he convince her to give him a chance?

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Next in the Love in Calico series

Calico Bride, a Love in Calico novella is ready! I’ve been diligently working between this novella and the next full length novel in my Calico series, Calico Moon. While I’m almost half way finished Calico Moon, this story reached the end first. It’s a short novella, that introduces two new characters to our Calico family, whom you’ll meet again in subsequent books. I know this, because Sean appears in Calico Moon. I’m not sure if Brianna will or not yet. I guess time will tell there. And it was nice to revisit a few old friends, such as Dory, and Doc Witmer.

Here’s the set up:

After the death of her parents, it broke Brianna Campbell’s heart to send her younger brother out west on the mercy train, but with no means of supporting him, she hoped that he’d find someone to take him in. When she is finally able, she sets out for Calico, California, to reclaim him, and make a home to start a new life together. With no time for love, she doesn’t count on meeting a handsome rancher who makes her heart race.

Needing help for his ranch, Sean James takes in a couple of orphans from the mercy train under his temporary guardianship and provides room and board in exchange for good honest work. Still recovering from the death of his wife, he’s shut himself off from the outside world, especially the marriage hungry young women of Calico. But the boys worm their way into his battered heart, and he finds he doesn’t want to let either of them go when a sister comes to claim the younger of the two.

Brianna’s fierce independence earns Sean’s respect, and to his surprise, his interest in more than just a friendship. His attraction to the pretty blonde grows with each passing day, but can he convince to trust him and take a chance on love?

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