Heartstrings

Welcome to the World Baby Book–Your Title Is… How I Choose a Title #MFRWauthor

Titles are tricky.  They represent your story. And more importantly they need to hook a reader enough to read the blurb, if not buy your book.

I really don’t have a process for picking titles. Mostly they come to me as I’m coming up with the story. Some of my titles weren’t chosen by me initially for the book, but evolved either by suggestion from an editor, or from the need to redirect my thoughts.

Gambling On A Secret, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romanceMy book Gambling On A Secret had been  originally submitted with the title of “Butterfly.” In the story, the metamorphosis of for the two main characters is an important theme of the story. Heroine even mentions this to the hero when she describes what her vision for the broken down ranch is. She wants to turn the ugly into something beautiful. Like a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly. She even calls her ranch the Butterfly Ranch.

But when I submitted the book, the acquiring editor asked me to change the title since it didn’t sound “western-y” enough. I don’t regret this. In fact, I’m glad for it. The title we came up with worA Hunter's Angel, The Hunter's Dagger Series, A Hunter's Demon, A Hunter's Blade, Cera duBois, Sara Walter Ellwoodks just as good if not better for the book and it allowed me to have a similarity in the titles for the other books in the series, which up until then had been untitled because I could never think of anything that worked with “Butterfly.”

With my title for Heartsrings, I chose to change it when I did the final rewrite of this story. At the time I didn’t know I’d turn it into a series, but I knew the working title of “The Long Road Home” just didn’t feel right for the story. This idea of coming home, is still a major theme in the story, but it seemed stale. I did some brainstorming and came up with the title Heartstrings. Then when I decided to create a series by adding books Heartsong and Heartland to the mix, I was glad I’d decided to change it.

A Hunter’s Angel got it’s title before I even knew what the story would be. This title came to me at the same time as I got the idea of a vampire who hunted vampires out of a need to redeem himself. Only it wasn’t doing good that would redeem him. It was the love of a woman.

A Hunter’s Blade got its title in a similar fashion. The newly turned vampire hero of that story, who we first meet as a cocky human in A Hunter’s Angel, only wants one thing–the right to carry a hunter’s dagger or blade.discovery-of-witches-web-1

One of my favorite books that I’ve ever read, I was attracted to simply because of the title. The novel is called A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and is the first book in the All Souls series.  I read the title in a blog comment about four years ago and it sparked my imagination. The blog commenter didn’t say much about the book, only the author’s name and that he liked it. I was piqued and looked the book up. Next, I bought it and devoured it. Then I bought the second and pre-ordered the third and went on an amazing ride. The books are a jumble of my favorite genres–fantasy, history, paranormal, time travel, and even a little science fiction. I recently read that the story will be made into a TV series–I can’t wait to see it.

Do you have any books that you’ve read simply because of a great title?
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Songs that Have Inspired Me #MFRWauthor

Music plays a big part in all of my contemporary westerns, particularly country music. I don’t always listen to music when I write, but I often plan or plot my stories while listening. I’ve even gotten story ideas from listening to either a certain artist or from a particular song.

Sometimes I’ll even hear a song after I’ve written a story that makes me think about a certain character.

Here’s a list of songs that have either inspired me while/before writing or make me think of a character.

  1. 11 by Cassadee Pope, Album: Frame by Frame (2013)

This song makes me think of my heroine from Heartland. The song is about a young girl whose life is turned upside down when her parents divorce. The same thing happens to Emily as a child. Because Emily is a country-turned-pop singer, I almost always picture her singing it when I hear it.

  1. Black Tears by Jason Aldean, Album: Night Train (2012)

The first time I heard this song I instantly thought about my heroine from Gambling On A Secret. The song is an emotional ballad about a stripper and how much she hates what she’s doing and often cries her mascara off; hence the black tears. Charli from Gambling On A Secret had run away from home when she was fifteen and ended up working as a stripper in Las Vegas. The song fits Charli so much it could have been written about her.

  1. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts, (the version I have comes from the Album: Greatest Hits, Vol 1, 2008)

Heartstrings was inspired by this song. The original title of this story was “The Long Road Home.” In the story my hero is trying to find his way back home—and to the daughter he never knew. The heroine also has a broken road ahead of her—she has to forgive the hero for leaving and herself for pushing him away. This song also inspired the song Seth writes with his teenage daughter in the story.

  1. Drunk On A Plane by Dirks Bentley, Album Riser (2014)

My currently out of print novella, Chasing A Cowboy (published in the anthology set Cowboy Up) was directly inspired by this song. I heard it one day not long after it was released as a radio single and instantly pictured a country singer groom jilted at the altar and going on the honeymoon alone… Only there’s a little less drinking on the plane and I send the run-away bride’s fraternal twin sister after the groom.

This last list are singers who’ve inspired the singers in some of my stories:Heartstrings, Singing to the Heart, Sara Walter Ellwood, Contemporary Western Romance, Cowboys, Texas Romance, Native American Romance, Lyrical Press, Kensington Publishing

Toby Keith—my hero Seth Kendall from Heartstrings is loosely modeled after a young Toby Keith. Crazy fact—I had never seen Toby Keith’s movie Broken Bridges (a story about a country singer who meets his daughter for the first time) until long after I wrote Heartstrings.  In fact, I didn’t even know the movie existed until a friend told me about it.  Then I had to see it to make sure my story didn’t too closely resemble the movie.  I was greatly relieved that, other than the trope, the two have nothing much in common. Well, except the heroes look like Toby Keith…

Heartstrings, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romance, Country Music star hero, Lyrical Press, Kensington Publishing, Heartsong, Heartland, Colton Gamblers, Singing to the HeartBilly Currington/Luke Bryan—these two singers both have inspired my hero Gabe McKenna from Heartsong… Only Gabe is dark haired, but he likes to shake his cute butt on stage like Luke Bryan does.

Taylor Swift/ LeAnn Rimes/troubled young artists like Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears—A mesh-up these artistsHeartland, Heartsong, Heartstrings, Singing to the Heart, Sara Walter Ellwood, Cowboys, Texas Romance, Contemporary Western Romance gave me elements that made up my troubled young songstress Emily Kendall from Heartland. Like Taylor Swift and LeAnn Rimes, Emily has an amazing-crazy talent at a tender age. She’s only fifteen when she gets her first record deal and she blurs the genre lines—making as many country number one as she does pop. But like so many young artists, she marries far too young and begins using drugs—until she finds out she’s pregnant and realizes she has to get away from her pop star ex-husband.

 

Writers get their ideas from everywhere… Music is just one of the places where I find mine.
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Happy Valentine’s Day! Most of my books are on Sale or are Free for a limited time… Come check them out.

Most of my Kensington books on sale for February:

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 Book 1 of the SINGING TO THE HEART series

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Gambling On A Secret, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romance

 Book 1 of the Colton Gamblers series

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Books on Sale or Free until February 14:

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A Hunter's Angel, The Hunter's Dagger Series, A Hunter's Demon, A Hunter's Blade, Cera duBois, Sara Walter Ellwood

Prequel Novella of The Hutner’s Dagger series

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A Hunter's Angel, The Hunter's Dagger Series, A Hunter's Demon, A Hunter's Blade, Cera duBois, Sara Walter Ellwood

Book 1 of The Hutner’s Dagger series

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The Birthday Fantasy, Sara Walter Ellwood, Beach read, Colorado romance, cowboy, contemporary western romance

The Birthday Fantasy

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Heartstrings Gets a Face lift!

I’m so excited to find this in my mailbox last night!

The brand new spanking cover for Heartstrings, book 1 of Singing to the Heart series.  Isn’t it just GORGEOUS!?!?

 

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This was what the cover had been…..

 

Heartstrings, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romance, Country Music star hero, Lyrical Press, Kensington Publishing, Native American romance

 

 

Heartstrings, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romance, Country Music star hero, Lyrical Press, Kensington Publishing, Heartsong, Heartland, Colton Gamblers, Singing to the HeartLook for book 2 of the series, Heartsong, on pre-order right now. It releases in January, 2016.  Book 3, Heartland, is also on pre-order and is set for release in June 2016.

 

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Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains and My Family’s Heart Book Reviews 30 Days of Summer Blog Tour

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I’m excited to be part of the Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains and My Family’s Heart Book Reviews 30 Days of Summer Blog Tour. We have 30 authors sharing excerpts and teasers throughout July all over the internet with the help of some wonderful bloggers! Be sure to stop by our event because there will be some flash giveaways going on plus you’ll be able to follow the tour there.

 

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Participating authors:

Skye Callahan

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Christina Phillips

Anne Conley

Em Petrova

Samantha Holt

Cd Brennan

Kate Robbins

Victoria Barbour

Kristina Mathews

Eden Ashe

Gemma Brocato

Storm Chase

Annie Nicholas

Krissy Daniels

Sara Walter Ellwood

Holley Trent

H.Y. Hanna

Pippa Jay

Misa Buckley

Lisa Chalmers

Em Taylor

Sylvia Ryan

Willa Blair

Paige Thomas

Rhonda Lee Carver

Emma Weylin

Kirsten S. Blacketer

Jenn Roseton

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Sneak Peek Sunday–from HEARTSTRINGS… Uh-oh, she’s drunk, lonely and he’s just sung her a love song. This can’t be good…

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the moms out there!!!

Today I’m sharing a Sneak Peek from Heartstrings.

ccontemporary western romance, cowboy romance, Texas romance, Native American romance, country music singer romanceShe had to get away from him. Had to escape or she’d do something stupid and destroy her family. There was no  doubt she wanted him, missed him, was lonely, and she was drunk. An extremely dangerous combination.

“I need to go home.” She wobbled to her feet and took off through the crowd toward the exit.

“Abby?”

She didn’t stop, but rushed out the swinging doors.

At the door of her Silverado, he caught up and took her arm. “You aren’t in any condition to drive. Where’s your friend?”

She shook her head. “She’s going home with–with her boyfriend.” He was right; she was too drunk to drive home. Tears threatened to fall, and she swallowed her pride as she fell into his arms. “Please, take me home.”

Sounds dangerous to me. What do y’all think?

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Second Honeymoon Book Tour– I’m being interviewed by Mae Clair!

 

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Well, it’s another day on tour! and today I’m in the hot seat over on Mae Clair’s fantastic blog.  Stop by and check out what kind of writer I am and where I’d love to go… AND remember to enter into my treasure box prize!

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Second Honeymoon Book Tour–I’m in the Spotlight!

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Sorry guys if you checked out the blog for yesterday… Not sure what happened but the host never posted!  I really hate when that happens…

Anyway, today is a new day and I’m being spotlighted at Honor James awesome blog today.  So, if you want to come out and check out my books and excerpts or just want to get another chance in for my treasure box prize, come on by!

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I’m being featured on Coffee Thoughts Blog Today

coffeethoughtsToday starts my Second Honeymoon Book Tour and I’m a featured author over on CoffeeTime Romance’s Coffee Thought’s Blog… Check out my post on First Love Gone Wrong. And don’t forget to enter for a chance to win my grand prize worth a $100!

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday–HEARTSTRINGS…What could be better than chocolate cake?

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Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday!  Today I’m sharing a hot snippet from Heartstrings. Abby has to decide what’s better sex with Seth or chocolate cake….

Seth removed the glass from her hand and took a sip before setting it on the counter. When he responded to her, Abby Sara Walter Ellwood, ccontemporary western romance, cowboy romance, Texas romance, Native American romance, country music singer romancemoaned and lifted her leg, bringing herself intimately against him. How could she be so achy for him so soon?

He raised a brow. “You haven’t been anywhere near loved enough, if you can still look at me like that.”

“Like what?”

“Like you want to eat me right up.”

“Maybe I do.”

“Good. Because I’m feeling a little famished myself.” He lifted her, and she wrapped her legs around his waist. She wiggled against him. Chuckling low and sensually in her ear, he carried her back to bed. “Trust me, this will definitely be better than chocolate cake.”

So, what do you think is better?  Seth– a sexy as hell, rich, country singer with a voice as smooth as good whiskey–or plain ole chocolate cake?

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