Christmas Books

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Longing for an old-fashioned Christmas?  Here’s some Western and Historical Western Romances to warm you up.  😉

 

 

 

 

 

There’s actually a bunch at Love Inspired Historical, but here’s one-

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Yep, Harlequin knows some of us are just suckers for Christmas Romance!  They got a bunch at Special Edition too.  Here’s a cowboy one, since that’s kinda my thing on Thursdays.

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Now, here’s one from the line they actually call Western Romance.

 

 

 

 

 

Cowboys are kind of a big deal at this publisher.  Maybe I should go see if they’re all that at some others too.  Ya think?  Goes without saying, there’s a bunch at regular Love Inspired too.

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I do have one Christmas story tucked away in my imagination.  It’s not a Western one though.  Wouldn’t take much to get me going on that jolly holiday, maybe one set at the Winterborn Ranch from Angel & the Cityboy.  Must ponder.  😉

 

 

Been trying to get the Christmas tree up at my house, by 1116-9780373719891-bigwthe way.  My family seems to think it’s too early.  What’s with that?

The Draw of the Wild West

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This novel is available at    http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html;jsessionid=BB1DF44AB075CDDBCA24A1F1A6FB0E7D?iid=67838

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Thursdays and Fridays are my Indie Pub days on the writing schedule, while the rest of the week is devoted to A Vintage Heart.  These are both revision projects, which means I get to create new story just a little bit here and there and the rest is work, work, work.

Makes me miss Angel & the Cityboy.  For my unwriterly friends, I miss characters from other stories like I do old friends sometimes.  It’s a weird writerly thing.

But, I can’t let myself go reread that Western Romance novella.  Two publishers have the Full right now.  I need to keep my brain away from it, just in case I get a revision request for it.

I could start writing Molly’s Brave Summer which the Historical backstory for Angel & the Cityboy, but that would throw off my focus with the two revision projects.

So, I just gotta tough it out.  It’s for the best, you know.  I’ll console myself by reading someone else’s really great Western Romance, maybe even a Christmas one.  Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.

Hang in there, Buds.  Tomorrow’s Friday.

Star Trek and the Old West

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*This VHS tape can be found at   https://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-Original-Episode-Spectre/dp/6300213609/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1476359111&sr=8-4&keywords=Star+Trek+spectre+of+the+gun

I know what you’re thinkin’.  What in tarnation does a Science Fiction show have to do with tumbleweeds and cow patties?

Theme.

Discovery, exploration, new life and new civilizations.

In fact, Gene Roddenberry originally pitched Star Trek to the studios as ‘A Wagon Train to the Stars.’

There are two memorable episodes which touch on the Old West, ‘The Spectre of the Gun’ from the Original Series

http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Spectre_of_the_Gun_(episode)

and ‘A Fistful of Datas’ from Star Trek The Next Generation.

http://www.startrek.com/database_article/fistful-of-datas

I think I like this one best, primarily because it’s a father-son story involving the normally gruff Mr. Worf, a Klingon.  It also involves one of my favorite characters of all, the empathic Betazoid, Deanna Troi.

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-star-trek-the-next-generation-season-6/27485685?ean=0032429145055

So, you see, just because one genre seems completely unrelated on the surface, doesn’t mean they have nothing in common.  Theme unites the great stories.

Molly’s Brave Summer

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Ellen Watson, the lady in the top picture, was lynched during the Wyoming land wars.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Watson

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Molly’s Brave Summer is the title of the Historical Romance novella (or perhaps a novel) which is presently on-deck in my imagination.  If Angel & the Cityboy is accepted for regular ePublication, Molly’s Brave Summer is the next one after it.  (If not, it’ll probably be an SFR titled Paper Moon.)  I’m not sure how that will work as a series, since Angel is a Contemporary Western and Molly is a Historical Western.  Nevertheless, I had to write a backstory for the founding of the Winterborn Ranch because I’d established that it was originally homesteaded in 1883.  Being a history buff, I just couldn’t leave well enough alone.

The story is about a young mother who comes West to homestead with her husband.  In their second year, her husband is murdered by a rival who intends to marry her and annex their land.  After a Crow man saves her son’s life, she hires him to help save her ranch too.

I can tell you this because there are no original stories.

Only original ways of telling them.   😉

In this case, the young mother is white and the man she falls in love with is a Native American, which echoes many tropes from the Romance genre.  Class warfare, Cowgirl, Alpha Male, Enemies to lovers,  Friends to lovers, Forbidden love, Opposites attract, Protector, Revenge, Widow, and Woman and Man in peril are all Romance Tropes which make a showing in this story.

Truth is stranger than fiction too.  I’m not interested in writing Historical Fiction because of the cute outfits they wore.  Ever hear of the Wyoming Range War?  Well, get yourself over to Wikipedia pronto then.  It’s a start.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_County_War

Then, pop over to

http://www.wyohistory.org/essays/johnson-county-war

Molly’s Brave Summer is set in Montana and I think you’ll find it small potatoes compared to the real thing.  After all, it is a Historical Romance, which means there is a happy ending.  That’s not what Ellen got.

Historical Reality Shows

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The Cowboys from Texas Ranch House, a great bunch of guys!

These are a valuable resource to authors and other storytellers, because the history books won’t tell you what it’s like to actually live it.  If you’re writing a Time Travel set in the Old West, for example, you pop over to YouTube or your local library and you watch Frontier House, which is set in 1883 Montana is about homesteading.  Or, you watch Texas Ranch House which is set in the 1860s.  I’ll talk more about Historical Reality Shows later.  I love them all, but I do have my favorites.  Texas Ranch House is not one of them, but it is still extremely valuable to writers.  So, check it out.  http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ranchhouse/

 

Historical Western Romance

I don’t know when it dawned on me that Western Romance wasn’t the same as Historical Western Romance.  Just in case you’re not there yet, I’ll share what I know.

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http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=67990&cid=623437

Regular ol’ Western Romance is Contemporary Romance in a Western setting.  Cowboys and bull riders are so popular they get their own category set apart from the rest of Contemporary Romance.  In fact, at Harlequin, you’ll find cowboys scattered over several imprints.  I don’t have anything with Harlequin right now, so I’ll use them for my examples.

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http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=65958&cid=2868

But, then, there’s also Historical Western Romance which is where you’ll find cowboys and cattle ranchers in the Historical division.    http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=65634&cid=191

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Just in case that doesn’t quench your thirst for the Wild West, you can also plenty of all the above in the Inspirational line too.  They have great cover art.  http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=67498&cid=994

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I’m totally okay with this, except for one thing.  I have a story in my head about the founding of the Winterborn Ranch in Angel & the Cityboy.  If that’s one of mine and it’s in a series, basically, with another story, but one’s a Contemporary Western and the other’s Historical, how the heck am I supposed to pitch that?

Oh, well.  It’ll all come out in the wash, as they say down on the homestead.  Yes, my family has a homestead, now that you mention it.  Although, we’re not the original ones.  We bought it.

In case you’re baffled by this fascination with the Old West where they were too tired or dirty most of the time to actually enjoy lovemaking, pop over and read this post-  http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/2016/09/top-ten-reasons-to-love-a-cowboy/

Those reasons apply to cowgirls too.

Come to think of it, maybe the challenges which stand in a person’s way on the road to Happily Ever After is what makes it so sweet in the end.  Ya think?

Hang in there, Blog Buds.  Tomorrow’s Friday.

😉

Kicking ‘Angel & the Cityboy’ Out the Door

Took me about two months to write, revise, and edit this novella of about 17,000 words, which is pretty good, all things considering.  Critiques are coming back good.  It’s my first Western Romance (contemporary) and there is no nookie involved, though lots of romantic tension.  I didn’t intentionally write it that way.  It just made sense for these two characters.  I let them call the shots.bison_herd_grazing_at_the_national_bison_range

Okay, so you’re probably thinking, “I thought you were into elves, Kimber Li.  What’s with the cowgirl?”

I’m a buffet kind of girl.  I hang up Christmas decorations while watching The Walking Dead.   My husband calls it ‘bubbles.’  I think in pictures and all over the placeWe’ve been married for decades, so he’s used to it.

All things considered, this novella will probably launch into Queryland on Monday.  Though it may endure another revise/edit, here is the logline:

A Beverly Hills real estate broker crashes his Mercedes sedan on a crazed trip through a Montana blizzard and is rescued by a fierce cowgirl who lets him repay her by pretending to be her boyfriend at a huge family wedding.