Monday, August 20, 2012

Lynn Cahoon Writes About Family and Finding the Path Home

What’s in a Name?
THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER started out as Trouble with Tilapia.  Yes, Tilapia, like the fish. My husband and I like to camp, so many weekends would find us driving the narrow dirt road (read trail) toward Atlanta, a small mining town in Idaho.  Just before our favorite camp site, (complete with a natural hot springs), a family had built a small resort.  Four cabins, one store-slash-bar, and a natural hot springs on the property.  Not a five star or even a one star resort, but the cabins were clean and the store a great stop after a dusty ride.
One day we stopped in for a cold drink, and the owner started talking to my husband about the large cattle troughs in the back yard.  He’d built a tilapia farm using water from the hot springs and expected his first crop in a few months. 
Of course, the writer’s mind filed this piece of information away and when it was time to start a new book, my heroine would be the frazzled single mom who ran this tilapia farm.
When I pitched the book to editors at RWA Nat’ls, they loved the idea, but thought the name would need to change. The more drafts I wrote, the less the story became about the setting and the cute fish hook. (Pun intended.) And more about the Sullivan brothers and the girl one of them left behind.
A reader once told me that my stories follow a theme of family and finding the path home.  I have to agree with her.  My heroines know exactly what they want, or think they do.  And my heroes believe in family, even when their definition leaves something to be desired.
In November, my publisher, Crimson Romance is releasing the second book in the Shawnee Rodeo Series, THE BULL RIDER’S MANAGER.
Shawnee, Idaho is known for two things--Amazing salmon fishing and the first local rodeo of the summer.  For four friends, growing up in Shawnee, meant one thing, making plans to get out. Five years later, that wish has been granted for all but one.  What happens when they all get together again changes five lives.
When James Sullivan visits his hometown’s rodeo weekend and learns that his high school sweetheart had his child - six years ago – Lizzie Hudson’s world is thrown into turmoil. In THE BULL RIDER'S BROTHER, James struggles with family and Lizzie questions the risk of love.

Available at Amazon ( ), Nook, Google, and iTunes.

About Lynn Cahoon:
Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of strong, intelligent men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.  She blogs at her website, A Fairy Tale Life.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Her Handyman On Its Way by Morgan Mandel

Summer, with its countless distractions, has been a busy season for many authors, including me. In between outdoor activities, and trying but not succeeding in keeping up with emails and networking, I've  been hard at work on a new sweet romance. My romance, called Her Handyman will first be released on Kindle, and then to other markets.

I'll still be hosting sweet romance authors here as well. So far, Lynn Cahoon is scheduled for August 21 and Roseanne Dowell will be back on  September 18. More guests are also in the works.

For now, relax and check out the cover for my upcoming release.

Throw a crazy canine, a handyman and a talented artist together in one bathroom and you've got bedlam!