#BookReview – Accidental Cowgirl by Maggie McGinnis
5 STAR Review by Argutle, CHILL REVIEWS:
Kyla doesn’t know if she can ever trust a guy again. I mean the one she was supposed to live with the rest of her life ended up being married already and set her up to go to jail. Her friends try to take her mind off of all the crap she’s been living with for the past year and take her on vacation, to a dude ranch. At first she has no clue what possessed them to bring her to a ranch in Montana, but slowly she starts relaxing and realizes that she could easily stay there forever. Read more
Guest Post – Just a Cowboy and His Baby by Carolyn Brown
It seems fitting that Just a Cowboy and His Baby hit the book stores today because December is the month that the rodeo cowboys gather in Las Vegas for the Pro Rodeo Championship.
Gemma and Trace are both entered in the saddle bronc riding. A whole bunch of cowboys and cowgirls will go home with experience and a desire to ride again the next year but only one saddle bronc rider will leave with a big buckle, a lot of money and a title. Read more
Guest Post: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas by Carolyn Brown
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
I know! I know! We still have Halloween with all the witches and goblins and trick or treating to do and then Thanksgiving with all the cooking and all the family coming home. Read more
Romance Author Lori Wilde and her love of cowboys + Giveaway!
When I tell people I write about cowboys, the topic of chaps invariable comes up. I was born and raised around cowboys and to tell you the truth, when something is very familiar, you tend not to notice it. To understand the allure of chaps, I did a little research. Read more
Comfort Zones + Giveaway!
By Liz Fichera
As an author, you learn quickly that you can’t write a book that everyone will love. When you write characters that are outside your race, gender, cultural background, and your own life experiences, it becomes even more complicated. When the latter happens, readers can become more critical, sometimes even suspicious.
I happen to enjoy writing stories with Native American characters. I live in the American Southwest. I’m surrounded by Native American cultures like the Hohokam, Gila, Pima, Navajo, and Hopi, to name just a handful. I’m fascinated by their history, their legends. Frankly, when you look at history, it’s a wonder that these cultures have survived at all and it’s a testament to the strength and spirit of the Native American people that they have.
It goes without saying, whenever you write a Native American character (or someone who has different life experiences from your own), it’s critical to do your homework. My first book with Native American characters was a historical. I spent months researching, traveling, visiting museums, reading textbooks, looking at photos, talking with my Native American neighbors—in short, doing anything I possibly could to make the voice in my story as authentic as possible. When writing contemporary books, I believe the challenge can become even greater for a writer because there are no museums to visit or textbooks to read. You rely heavily on personal observations and your critique partners who, hopefully, have lived the culture and characters you’re attempting to project on your pages.
In any event, it’s a challenge but it’s a challenge that I love. It’s so much more interesting to write characters that are different from you. What a boring world it would be if writers only wrote stories about people who thought, acted, looked, lived, and believed what they did.
Then there’s the million dollar question for a writer who takes this challenge and publishes such a novel, regardless of genre: Did I get it right? In the world of 24/7 internet and bloggers, there’s always somebody out there to tell me.
How do you feel about reading outside of your comfort zones? 5 commenter’s every week win a FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck!
Liz is an author from the American Southwest. She writes commercial fiction and young adult novels but mostly she writes stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Her latest novel CRAVING PERFECT released in July. She is also the author of CAPTIVE SPIRIT (2010) and the upcoming HOOKED (Harlequin Teen, 2013). She hangs out at http://www.lizfichera.com/.
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