Christmas and cowboys – two of my favourite things – all tied up in a fantastic festive package. Yay!!
Today, I am very excited to be the next stop on the book tour for All I Want For Christmas Is A Cowboy. This is a new holiday anthology from Avon Impulse, and features some fabulous authors – Emma Cane, Jennifer Ryan and Katie Lane.
In this post, we are lucky enough to have an interview with Emma Cane, author of The Christmas Cabin. There is also a giveaway, so check it out below to see what you can win!
So, what is All I Want For Christmas Is A Cowboy about?
“The Christmas Cabin” by Emma Cane
Sandy, recently diagnosed with MS and abandoned by her husband, is determined to make Christmas special for her five-year-old Nate. While they’re trooping through the woods to cut down their Christmas tree, a snowstorm arises, and a mysterious old ranch hand points them toward an abandoned cabin. Little do they realize, the ranch hand also guides cowboy Doug Thalberg to the same place…
“Can’t Wait” by Jennifer Ryan
Before The Hunted series, Caleb and Summer had a whirlwind romance not to be forgotten…
Caleb Bowden has a lot to thank his best friend, Jack, for – saving his life in Iraq and giving him a job helping him run his family’s ranch. He also introduced him to the most incredible woman he’s ever met. Too bad he can’t ask her out. You do not date your best friend’s sister. Summer and Caleb share a closeness she’s never felt for anyone, but the stubborn man refuses to turn the flirtatious friendship into something meaningful. Frustrated and tired of wishing to be happy, Caleb tells Jack how he feels about Summer. With his friend’s help, he plans a surprise Christmas proposal she’ll never forget – because he can’t wait to make her his wife.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Katie Lane
Alana Hale is tired of irresponsible beach bums whose only plan for the future is catching the next “awesome” wave. So when she tries her luck with an internet dating service and ends up hitting the Responsible-Sensitive-Man jackpot, she wastes no time accepting Clint McCormick’s invitation to spend the holidays on his family’s ranch. But when an unexpected blizzard strands Alana, she’ll be forced to find refuge in the arms of a womanizing rodeo cowboy who knows how to take the chill off a cold winter night. Now Alana will have to make a choice between the man who heats her blood and the man who touches her heart. Or will she? Mistaken identity will give Alana the man of her dreams and a very “Marry” Christmas.
Who are the fabulous authors bringing us this anthology?
Emma Cane (The Christmas Cabin)
Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies. Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma
Jennifer Ryan (Can’t Wait)
The author of The Hunted Series, Jennifer writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
Katie Lane (Baby, It’s Cold Outside)
Katie started writing in fifth grade when she wrote a fictional story about being a skirt.(yes, you read that correctly. The story was told in first-skirt rather than first-person.) Since then, she’s stuck to telling stories about people. Going Cowboy Crazy is her first novel in the Deep in the Heart of Texas series. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her high school sweetheart.
Now for the interview with Emma Cane:
Hi, Emma! Welcome to My Written Romance!
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’ve been writing as Emma Cane for a few years now, but I also write historical romances as Gayle Callen. I was first published in 1999, and after years of weaving my way through medieval, Elizabethan, and most recently the Victorian English periods, it was time to try my hand at contemporary romance. I still write historicals–it’s fun to go back and forth. I have three grown kids, a husband who’s an awesome plotter (really helps on those desperate days of–“Help! My villain needs to do something”), and a love of reading, hiking, snowshoeing, with a little crocheting and singing thrown into the mix.
Can you give us the Cliff’s Notes version of what your book, The Christmas Cabin is about?
The Christmas Cabin is a prequel to my Valentine Valley series, about how the parents of my heroes and heroine met. I call it my “historical” set in the 1980s. 😉 Sandy, a divorced mom, and her five-year-old son go hiking through the woods looking to cut down the perfect Christmas tree. They don’t count on the storm that leaves them snowbound in an old log cabin, or the cowboy who’s trapped with them…
What is it that you love about this book, and in particular your hero and heroine?
I love Sandy’s strength. Here’s a woman whose husband abandoned her and their son when she was diagnosed with MS. She’s struggling to finish her college degree and make Christmas truly special for her son. Doug is a man whose father is terminally ill, who’s weighted down by the realization that the problems of their failing ranch are all on him, since his brother doesn’t want to be a rancher. He needs love in his life, a partner who’s used to overcoming hard knocks. I think they’re perfect for each other!
What inspired this particular story? Is there anyone that springs to mind when you think about your hero and heroine?
For some reason, I’ve never linked my characters to real people. I like to think that they’re “real” in my head. 😉 But as for inspiration, Sandy and Doug appealed to me from the beginning as no-nonsense, loving parents to my main characters. We knew in the current books that the Thalberg ranch once struggled to survive, that Sandy was diagnosed at a young age with Multiple Sclerosis, that Doug fell in love with her and adopted her child. I was inspired to show how that happened, to give life to their story.
What was it that drew you to writing romance?
I read a lot of things as a kid, but mostly science fiction and fantasy. I was a big Star Trek and Tolkien fan. And then I read my first romance, Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Shanna, at a slumber party in high school. It was a friend’s copy, so I read it all night while everyone else slept. I was hooked. I loved the happily-ever-after, as well as watching two people grow emotionally even as they fell in love. During this time, I wrote a lot of science fiction, teenagers in space, that my high school friends read. Reading and loving romance novels made me naturally consider writing my own.
What is your favourite part of the writing process? Is it creating characters, world-building or is it typing The End?
Oh, it would have to be typing The End! Being finished is a happy accomplishment and such a relief, because authors always panic in the middle of books. I sometimes have to remind myself, “You’ve done this dozens of times before. It’ll be okay!” 😉
But I also enjoying creating the characters, making them flesh-and-blood people who come to life in my mind, and helping them find fulfillment in life and in romance.
Is the process of writing as part of an anthology different? How do you approach it?
The stories in All I Want For Christmas Is A Cowboy aren’t connected except by the theme of cowboys and Christmas, so we didn’t have to consult each other as we wrote, which made things a little easier. As for the story itself, it’s a quarter of the size of a book, so I couldn’t have as many layers of conflict and extra plot. And in the Valentine Valley series, the townspeople have lots of little plots in each book! But with a novella, I had to focus on the hero and heroine, their internal struggles and conflicts, and make it all work in a short amount of space. I’m naturally wordy, so it’s quite a challenge!
When you hit a blank patch for inspiration, how do you rediscover it?
When something isn’t working, I know I just need to walk away from the manuscript for a couple hours. I’ve learned over time to trust my subconscious, knowing that it continues to gnaw at a problem while I go wash dishes or walk the dogs or read someone else’s book. The answer often occurs to me in a flash when I’m not even thinking about work, and I rush back to my office with renewed excitement.
Who is your writing superhero? Why?
If you’re talking authors who’ve left us, I’d say Kathleen Woodiwiss. Without her, I don’t know if I’d ever have found romance novels. Her heroes were bold, intelligent men, and her heroines matched them perfectly.
But currently, I’d have to say Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Her books are full of humor as well as deep emotion, and outrageous situations that amaze me. I’ve reread them many times, and STILL enjoy them, and that’s a mark of a great author!
Outside of writing, what do you do? How do you relax?
I mentioned a couple hobbies earlier, hiking, snowshoeing, and crocheting. To relax in the evening after a long day of writing, I often put my feet up and read the newspaper while I watch TV. Yep, kind of boring, but I think it feeds my creativity, seeing how other writers write. And of course I read, mostly by listening to audiobooks these days. Love to listen to a book while exercising or traveling. And I do a lot of traveling, with my kids living all over the place.
What’s next for you?
I have back-to-back Valentine Valley novels coming out in February and March. The Cowboy of Valentine Valley is about a reformed Hollywood bad girl who comes to town, and the cowboy who looks to her for advice when unwelcome fame stalks him. A Promise at Bluebell Hill takes place during a presidential wedding, where a Secret Service agent and a flower shop owner clash.
Thank you so much for stopping by My Written Romance today, Emma. It’s been wonderful chatting with you!
Now I’ve spoken with Emma, I think you should get hold of All I Want For Christmas Is A Cowboy and find time to read it.
Tour Wide Giveaway
As part of the book tour for All I Want for Christmas Is A Cowboy, the authors are generously giving away a $25.00 eBook gift card to a retailer of choice. Sounds like something you want to win? Just complete the Rafflecopter form below to take part.