COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY
By: Emma Cane
Published January 28, 2014
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
Welcome to Valentine Valley, where the cowboys have many talents and love is waiting around every corner . . .
Ever since a heated late-night kiss—that absolutely should not have happened—cowboy Josh Thalberg makes former Hollywood bad girl Whitney Winslow’s pulse beat faster. But when she decides to use his gorgeous leatherwork in her new upscale lingerie shop, Leather & Lace, she’s determined to keep their relationship strictly professional . . . even if she wants so much more.
Josh has never met a challenge he isn’t up for. Which is probably why he allowed Whitney to persuade him to take the sexy publicity photo that went viral—and now has every woman in America knocking down his door . . . every woman except the one he can’t get out of his head.
But how to convince a reformed bad girl that some rules are worth breaking?
Guest Post: A Writer’s Life
Hi! I’m Emma Cane, author of the Valentine Valley series. Let’s get the book details out of the way first! In February and March, I have two books out back to back. The first is already available, THE COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY, about cowboy artist Josh clashing with reformed Hollywood bad-girl Whitney. And in March, there’s A PROMISE AT BLUEBELL HILL, where flower-shop-owner Monica has to keep a secret from Secret Service agent Travis.
But now I’d like to tell you a bit about what it’s like to be a writer. Yes, yes, I’m sure you think it’s a life of glamour. 😉 Okay, maybe you’re a bit more realistic than that. After all, as a writer, I spend hours and days all alone in an office, the only company being the characters in my head. But they can be pretty good company—and pretty real to me, by the time I’m done fleshing them out, creating what they look like and the backgrounds that form them. But I always tell the kids who hear me speak at Career Day in our local schools, that if you want to write fiction, make sure you enjoy your own company all day long, day after day…
In order to meet my deadlines, I have to write so many pages a day, usually 10-20, five days a week (or weekends, if I haven’t met my weekly page goal yet). But writing isn’t all just about writing the actual book. I have to write a proposal first, a short story version of the book, so that an editor will buy it. And I write that before the book, so I really have to have things figured out, like how it will end, besides the obvious happily-ever-after. After I write the book, I receive a revision letter from my editor, full of changes to make to strengthen the story. I’m always amazed at the flaws I don’t see until she points them out to me. Then I slap my forehead in a “duh” moment. Later, I read the book again two more times, checking for spelling and grammatical errors. All this repetitious rereading is worth it when I see the cover, my story come to life.
In our modern computer era, there are also so many ways to interact with readers. I rarely receive a snail-mail letter from fans. It’s all by email or Facebook posts or reader reviews on bookseller websites. We authors really appreciate all of this communication. I write blogs like this, I answer interview questions, I post on Facebook and twitter and update my website. I want to make sure you, the reader, can discover everything you need to about me and my books.
Somewhere in there, I fit in reading for pleasure—because that made me the writer I am!
So is there anything I’ve missed that you want to know about?
A PROMISE AT BLUEBELL HILL
By: Emma Cane
Release Date February 25, 2014
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
Welcome to Valentine Valley, where romance blooms and love captivates even the most guarded of hearts . . .
From the moment Secret Service agent Travis Beaumont strides into the town and through the door of Monica Shaw’s flower shop, she feels a sizzle of attraction. After years of putting everyone else’s needs first, Monica is ready to grab hold of life. If she can just persuade the ultimate protector to let his own walls down for once . . .
The President’s son is getting married in Valentine Valley, and Travis should be avoiding all distractions . . . not fantasizing about a forthright, sexy-as-hell florist. Especially when she’s keeping secrets that could jeopardize his assignment. But just this once, Travis is tempted to put down the rulebook and follow his heart—right to Monica’s door.
Roses are red, violets are blue, and in Valentine Valley, love will always find you.
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.