Today, I welcome guest, author Lynn Cahoon. Lynn is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy 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.
Welcome to Scribbles. I’m honored that you’re my first guest author.
First, thank you Nancy for inviting me to your lovely blog.
Lynn, the blurb for your first novel captures the essence of your story, “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.”
I gather that this is a series since the first novel is about James Sullivan. “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.”
The most common question I get from readers when we talk about my debut, The Bull Rider’s Brother. Being a writer, there’s a story behind the story. Of course.
There’s an adage in writer circles to write what you know. The Bull Rider’s Brother started out because of a memory of attending a rodeo one early summer morning in a small mountain town in Idaho. I knew that I wanted the hero to be involved in the rodeo, but not a participant. And I wanted the heroine to live on a tilapia fish farm on a small hot springs-slash-cabin resort. My original title? Trouble with Tilapia. When I pitched the story to the Harlequin editors at RWA Nat’ls, they felt the title wouldn’t work for their line. So I went back to the drawing board.
The Sullivan brothers by this time were taking over the story. James Sullivan, the bull-rider’s brother, needed to learn about what family really means. And learn, all roads lead home. Jesse, the bull rider, well, let’s just say he’s still a mama’s boy.
As I played with the themes during the revisions, I realized, the story wasn’t about the rodeo, or the bull rider, but about his brother, and the girl James left behind.
And so, the title for he Bull Rider’s Brother became obvious.
Now, you took this a step further and have a follow-up novel?
The next book focuses on Jesse’s new manager and her struggles with finding the truth in family. Her story is coming in November and will be titled The Bull Rider’s Manager.
The Bull Rider’s Brother is now available at Amazon, Nook, Google, and iTunes.
Contact Lynn at her website: www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com
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