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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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Sneak Peek Sunday—CHASING A COWBOY–Wonder if Kayla’s heart will stay changed…

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IT’S ALIVE!!!

Cowboy Up, the contemporary western boxed set that I’m part of, is live!

Today I’m sharing from the first scene of my contribution–Chasing a Cowboy

 

Always Cowboy, Allison Merritt, Cowboys Don’t Cry, Vicki Taylor, A Cowboy’s Heart, Melissa Keir, Cowboy Trouble, Autumn Piper, Chasing a Cowboy, Sara Walter Ellwood, Cowboy Bred, Cowboy Born, D’Ann Lindun, Cowboy Up, boxed set, Contemporary Western Romance, cowboys

 

Chase mumbled a curse that had the preacher gasping. Paige looked at Chase. The man she’d secretly loved since she was fourteen shook his head and met her gaze. The pain and betrayal in his green eyes said everything.

He crumbled the note in his fist and stalked out of the arbor with his brothers—the best man and three of the groomsmen—following him.

Jack, who was his manager, ran to catch up with him. “Chase?”

Chase didn’t answer or look back at his eldest brother. He headed for the front of the house where the vehicles were parked.

Her father cleared his throat. “I’m sorry folks, but it appears my daughter has had a change of heart. There won’t be a wedding today.”

She chewed on her lip as she watched Chase speed his pickup down the drive. She and Chase had something special when they were younger, before Kayla wooed him for herself. Maybe Paige could convince him they had a chance. Without thinking through her next actions, she tossed the half-dead roses away, hiked up the yards of tulle of her ridiculously full skirt, and ran after Chase. The day just got better. Now, if she could just get Chase to see it that way.

 

Hopefully the heart of Paige’s sister stays changed!!!

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday–Cover Reveal for COWBOY UP boxed set and a peek at “Chasing a Cowboy”

Today on Sneak Peek Sunday, I have a very special surprise and an announcement.  As some of you may know from previous Sneak Peeks, I’ve been working on a novella for a boxed set. Well, it’s about finished and due out on September 8!  Today, I’m not only offering  a peek of my book but revealing the fantastic cover for the first time.

 

                           Seven men as tough as the west…

                                               Seven women who know how to…

Cowboy Up

 

A boxed set of seven romantic novellas by seven award-winning authors experienced with writing about the men of the West.

 

Always Cowboy, Allison Merritt, Cowboys Don’t Cry, Vicki Taylor, A Cowboy’s Heart, Melissa Keir, Cowboy Trouble, Autumn Piper, Chasing a Cowboy, Sara Walter Ellwood, Cowboy Bred Cowboy Born, D’Ann Lindun, Cowboy Up, boxed set, Contemporary Western Romance, cowboys

 

 

Isn’t it beautiful?  To learn more check out either my page here on my website  OR the book Facebook Page

 

 

Here’s my Sneak Peak from my contribution….Chasing a Cowboy

 

“C’mon.” Chase turned to leave the bar and she followed him. Once they were outside in the bright early evening light, he winced and pulled a pair of sunglasses out of his shirt pocket and adjusted the brim of his hat over his face. “Where are you staying?”

She put on her own sunglasses and rubbed her throat as her nerves and the heat caused her to perspire. “Ah… I kinda convinced the desk clerk that I was Mrs. Jordan.”

He grabbed her arm and pulled her out of the way of a couple on a two-seated bike on the sidewalk. “You what?”

“I called the resort before I boarded the plane in Dallas, but they didn’t have any single rooms left.” She shrugged and folded her arms.

He shook his head and snorted. “Yet here you are.”

“I looked the place up online and know all the honeymoon suites are private, fully furnished beach houses. So… I figured I’d bunk on your sofa.” She hoped he didn’t send her packing, and she’d never tell him her real reason for not booking a room for herself in one of the other hundreds of hotels in the city. If her plan went well, by the end of the two weeks, she wouldn’t be sleeping on a couch.

 

Blurb:

He’s running from heartbreak. She’s chasing after love… Their hearts will never be the same.

Paige Morgan has lived her entire life in the glare of her fraternal twin sister’s star. Although the sisters are as different as sun is from the moon, Paige fell in love with the same man as her famous swimsuit model sister. When country superstar Chase Jordan is dumped at the altar by her twin, Paige sees an opportunity to go after the one thing of her sister’s she’s always wanted. She finds Chase in Cabo San Lucas nursing his broken heart in the true country song fashion—with a bottle of Jose Cuervo—and reminds him of the desire he once felt for her. Will this singing cowboy change his tune as they set the tropical nights on fire? Or will Paige be the one singing the blues when her sister shows up wanting her man back?

 

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday—more from my WIP….CHASING A COWBOY

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I’m sharing a bit more from my WIP–Chasing a Cowboy.  Here’s a rough blurb…..

When country music superstar Chase Jordan is jilted at the altar by his sexy swimsuit model fiance, he escapes to the very same resort in Cobo San Lucas, Mexico, where they were to have their honeymoon. He hopes to nurse his broken heart and damaged ego in the true country song fashion–with a bottle of Jose Cuervo. However, he never expected his childhood best friend–and twin sister of the bride-not-to-be–to follow him to Mexico and con the resort into believing she is Mrs. Jordan, nor was he ready for the truth–Paige was all grown up and sexier than her twin sister.

Paige Morgan as lived her entire life in the glare of her fraternal twin sister’s star. Although the sisters couldn’t be more different then the sun and moon, Paige fell in love with the same man as her sister. When Chase is dumped at the altar, Paige sees an opportunity to go after the one thing of her sister’s she’s always wanted. But when this resourceful cop finds Chase, will he change his tune or will Paige also end up with a broken heart?

SETUP: Chase is setting at a bar at the resort drinking tequila…

A warm breeze passed through the bar, bringing with it the scent of coconut suntan lotion, tropical flowers and saltwater, and he looked around. Three of the sides of the cantina were open to the outside. As “Loving You” thankfully ended on the jukebox, he squinted his eyes against the brilliant turquoise ocean as the late afternoon sun drenched waves crashed against the white sand of the beach. Every couple filling the small tables inside the bar and lounging on the beach seemed only seconds away from going from R-rated to X-rated. He’d booked the exclusive honeymoon resort outside Cobo San Lucas, hoping to keep out of the prying eyes of the paparazzi and to surprise Kayla. She’d fallen in love with the southern part of the Baja California Peninsula during one of her photo shoots here a few years ago.

All of his hopes and dreams shattered on what should have been the happiest day of his life. Today, instead of settling in for their two-week vacation and only getting out of bed to eat, he was nursing a bottle of Jose Cuervo. Why had he come here? His brother was right; he could have easily eaten the cost of the trip. Chase had insisted that he had to escape for a little while, lick his wounds and come up with a plan. Jack accused him of wanting to punish himself. Why else would he go to the place he and Kayla were to have their honeymoon? Had he come here to remind himself of what should have been? He shook his head, hoping to dislodge the thoughts, and turned to gaze out the other side of the bar.

A woman stood on the walkway staring at him through a pair of Aviators. Her long blond ponytail shimmered in the sun like spun gold. He narrowed his eyes. Was he now hallucinating?

She entered the bar and headed toward him. Sitting in the stool beside him, she removed her sunglasses to reveal a pair of expressive hazel eyes. “Surprise.”

“Paige? What the hell are you doing here?”

She shrugged and pointed toward the shot glass. “Saving you from yourself.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sneak Peek Sunday—CHASING A COWBOY…. Will Paige get her man after her sister jilted him?

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Today on Sneak Peek Sunday, I’m sharing a bit from my next book–a contemporary western novella that will be part of a box set containing 6 other cowboy romances. Look for it late this fall. Chasing a Cowboy is the story of Paige and Chase, but before they can find their own happy ever after, she has to make him forget her fraternal twin sister, who jilted him at the altar.

Paige’s parents looked as if they were about to announce a death or something as they waited for Chase to read the note Kayla had left. Where the hell was her sister?

Chase mumbled a course that had the preacher gasping, and Paige looked at him. The man she’d secretly loved since she was thirteen shook his head and met her gaze. The pain and betrayal in his green eyes said everything.

He crumbled the note in his fist and stalked out of the arbor. His brother Jack followed. “Chase?”

Chase didn’t answer or looked back. He headed for the front of the house where the vehicles were parked. Jack glanced at her and took after his brother.

Her father cleared his throat. “I’m sorry folks, but it appears my daughter has had a change of heart. There won’t be a wedding today.”

She had a hard time hiding her smile as she watched Chase speed his pickup down the drive. Without thinking through her next actions, she tossed the dead roses away, hiked up the yards of tulle of her full skirt, and ran after Chase. The day just got better. Now, if she could just get Chase to see it that way.

Oh boy!

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