I love romance novels. Mysteries are really fun. Paranormals have always been super intriguing to me and I’m currently having a love affair with romantic suspense. So you can probably guess why I have trouble committing myself to writing in only ONE genre. They’re all so great. But when my agent suggested I write something about horses I said… “Ahhh, I don’t know.” I’m not sure why. Maybe because horses are so near and dear to my heart. I’ve owned, trained, and shown them most of my life. Growing up on a cattle ranch, you learn to ride or spend a lot of time chasing recalcitrant cows on foot. I preferred horseback. Still do. In fact, there’s nothing in the world I’d rather do than spend time with my equine friends. I’ve been showing pleasure horses for decades, but just recently I started riding in speed events such as barrel racing. It’s a thrill a minute…or more accurately, a thrill every 9 seconds. So you’d think I wouldn’t have been scared to WRITE about horses. But I think I was.
Now, however, after seeing my first horsie book in print, I’m so glad I took the leap. Finding Home is set on a cattle ranch in South Dakota. It’s about hope and grit, and the invincibility of the human spirit. Because I’ve taken in a few rescue horses over the years, it’s also about horses that worm their way into your heart and make your life better in the process. I’m not sure how so many needy teenagers worked their way into the plot. But I love each and every character with ferocious passion.
That’s not to say I won’t be writing something else soon. My wonderful readers keep asking for another Chrissy McMullen mystery. (Which is on the way, by the by. Really.) And after the third book in the Hope Springs trilogy, I’ll be writing a romantic suspense about kick ass military woman. Then there’s the werewolf/witch story I’m doing with my daughter. But for right now, I’m really enjoying living vicariously on a cattle ranch in the Dakotas.
Here’s a little blurb for Finding Home:
1 broken down mare
2 baby lambs
3 lost teens
And a busted up bronc rider with more balls than brains
It all adds up to trouble in Casie Carmichael’s book. She’s come back to Hope Springs, South Dakota with only one thing in mind—selling the family’s tumble-down ranch and returning to St Paul and her very practical fiancé. But leaving isn’t as easy as she imagined, not when bedraggled strays desperately needing T.L.C. keep turning up on her doorstep.
Suddenly, angry parents, hairless goats and a former flame’s all-too-tempting seduction tactics aren’t Casie’s most pressing problems. Her own mixed-up heart is at the top of the list, and as she throws herself into making a safe haven of the Cowgirl Academy, she realizes she will be the first one to find her way home.
So what about you? What’s your favorite genre? I’m giving away an Amazon gift card to anyone kind enough to leave a comment.