Welcome, authors. How did the stories for your collection come about?
Once our publisher, Cynthia Hickey of Winged Publications, set out the collection title Cowboy Brides last February, the bones started falling into place quickly. Early on, we landed on the idea that all six parties headed for a trip down the aisle could be from one large ranching family, and the matrimonial die was cast! Enter the Danner family, where three sons and three daughters would find romance while living on
Colorado’s Front Range.
Martha Lou needed a visual on the ranch house, so we decided on a sprawling
home with separate wings for the guys and gals. The next essential: the order
of the weddings—which would not parallel birth order! To lend credibility, that
also set the order the stories would fall inside the collection. Here’s a look
at that wedding order: Melissa Danner (by Leann Harris), Brandy Jo Danner (by
Renee Riva), Rait Danner (by Cindy M. Amos), Noah Danner (by Christina Rich),
Wyatt Danner (by Rose Verde), and Kylee Danner (by Martha Rogers).
Characterizations developed along the way, ranging from feisty (Brandy Jo) to
downright rebellious (Kylee). You could say that most of the romances occurred
out of the blue! Tied together by ranching chores and civic duties at the
nearby fictional town of ,
the love stories blossom despite the open range’s isolation and family
obligations. Don’t expect sibling support at first appearance, however, as the
love interests all have to meet with collective approval—not an easy task! Silverdale
What is the hardest thing about writing in a collection:
Cindy Amos: Above all, I wanted to represent the characters belonging to other authors in
the correct light. If I chose to alter my assigned character later, or have them go through
transformation, I had full liberty to do so. But to verify I had handled another person’s
Danner character true to form, I would send that author snippets of scenes for approval.
Often, that would spark the next idea, and so we fed off of each other’s creativity.
LeeAnn Harris: Getting all the details right. What the ranch looked like, the town, how
each brother or sister related to the others.
Renee Riva: Coordinating the time lines and actions of the other characters with five other
Rosa Verde: Getting the facts straight like what does the house look like, when did their
mom die, what's the order of the siblings and when they got married, the town, to mention a
Martha Rogers: Keeping every character in the right voice and staying true to
the personalities. I had to read all of the others first to make sure I kept all the facts in order
and include more information about their lives after the weddings,
How did collaborating with this team impact you?
Cindy Amos: Fun to co-ordinate with others and read their stories.
Leeann Harris: I needed to remember the others were following me. Missy is the oldest
daughter, but the second child. The oldest is a boy, but in family dynamics it is usually the
oldest daughter that ends up the family caretaker.
Renee Riva: It was challenging, but by the time we finished I felt like we really were the
Danner family. I really got to know my fellow authors better. That was a nice highlight
Rosa Verde: Basically, it showed me we could work as a well oiled team if everyone is on
the same page.
Martha Rogers: We all enjoyed collaborating with each other and getting to know the
different authors and read their stories.
A peek into our stories: (In order)
Leeann Harris: Going Home:
Once back in his truck, Nate glanced at the girl he’d known all his life. She was Noah’s little sister, who always tagged along with them. Tonight, however, having her backside in his face for several minutes changed things. This was not the skinny tomboy he remembered. When she turned, bringing them face to face, he didn’t remember her eyes so blue or her lips so kissable. Whoa-—what was going on? The electricity scrambled his brain.
Renee Riva: To Love a Cowboy:
Brandy Jo has had a crush on shy Dane Bronson since third grade. After eating at the Branding Iron Grill where Brandy Jo waitresses, he finally works up the nerve to invite her on a sunset ride on horseback. Alot of drama and humor cross their trail before they head for the altar
Cindy Amos: In Renegade Restoration:
Rait: civic-minded Rait Danner heads the restoration project for Silverdale’s
district. After hiring the most outstanding candidate as the nonprofit’s new
director, Serena Thornton turns out to be both beautiful and resourceful—but
her tattered jeans distract Rait from the lovely woman inside until a
family-plotted slow dance at a sibling’s wedding reception brings him to his
senses. Old Town
Christina Rich: Falling Hard: Noah
Rose Verde: Lassoed By Love:
Wyatt Though recovering from a near career ending injury, Wyatt Danner is determined not to be just another washed up bull rider. Months before his doctor thinks he's ready, he's preparing to get back on the circuit. Then his neighbor asks him to care for her horses while she deals with a family problem. Despite his schedule he agrees. In the most unlikely of circumstances, he meets magazine journalist, Christole Spencer. But he's sworn off people like her. Except that God had other plans.
Martha Rogers: Rodeo Mix-up
Kylee: Now the last one home, Kylee is determined to quit college and join the rodeo circuit as a barrel racer to be with her boyfriend, Jesse Martin. Her brothers are dead-set against it and believe Jesse is an ex-con out to charm Kylee for the Danner fame and fortune. However, startling revelations come to light to show Jesse he isn’t who he says he is, and a lot more than the Danner reputation is at stake.
Where Can Readers Find You:
Renee Riva: https://www.amazon.com/Renee-Riva/e/B001K8UJ52
Cindy Amos: http://cindymamos.wixsite.com/natureink
On Facebook at https://facebook.com/cindymamos/natureink
Rose Verde: https://www.facebook.com/roseverde2016/
Collection can be found at: https://amzn.to/2HPEMEg
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