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We’ve been on a bit of a cowboy kick here recently, with Susan Page Davis sharing about The Cowboy’s Bride Collection and then Ruth Logan Herne sharing her newest, Back in the Saddle. There’s just something about those cowboys… 😉 Susan Page Davis is back to visit with us again today about another new release! She and three other talented authors (Miralee Ferrell, Yvonne Lehman, and Vickie McDonough) recently published Heart of a Cowboy, a collection of novellas. Before we visit with Susan, here’s a quick look at her story.
Texas, 1880. Abby Bunter and Sam Hardy pursue a band of raiders to rescue their younger siblings. Abby’s father is gravely injured, and she knows she can’t return home without her little sister. Sam’s father wants to thwart his powerful Mexican father-in-law and stop him from taking Pablo to live with him south of the border, but once he has Pablo back, will he continue the search for Abby’s sister? Abby and Sam feel it is up to them to keep the recovery mission on track. Though romance seems to have no place on the trail of danger and violence, this journey draws them closer.
Welcome back, Susan! Let’s start with four fast favorites:
Favorite vacation destination? Anywhere with family.
Favorite type of music? Folk
Favorite ice cream flavor? Peppermint
Mmm! Favorite place to read? Easy chair
Let’s talk about your part of Heart of a Cowboy. What inspired you to write this story?
Hearts in Pursuit was probably an idea simmering in the back of my brain after many years of watching old westerns and reading historical romance. I admit I saw the movie Shadow Riders on television a year or two ago, and I liked the whole premise of chasing the bad guys who were headed for the Rio Grande and beyond. It also involved kidnapped siblings, but I took off in a different direction as to the time period, the motives, and just about everything else. My novella is not nearly as complex, and it’s gentler.
That sounds like a great place to start! What do you hope your readers take away from it?
I hope they have a fun read and also think about the relationships between parents and their children, as well as the fierce loyalty that often develops between siblings.
Those are certainly some powerful relationships. What is your favorite part of the writing/editing/publishing process?
I love the planning—taking an idea and brainstorming, plotting, and researching it. To me that is very exciting. I like to think of many different directions I could take the story and choose the one that seems most interesting.
So then I wonder how often the story changes as you’re writing? Or do you stick pretty closely to your plan once you start writing? Hold that thought for now. I’ll ask you that in a few weeks. 😉 How could readers encourage you as an author?
I love to hear from readers. A simple e-mail telling me how much you enjoyed a book gives me a big boost! If you want to go all-out, a review on Amazon is a real help for the author. Promotion is sometimes based on how many positive reviews you have, so this is a tangible way to help your favorite writers.
I have heard that even just a brief review can really help.Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’m now writing a full-length book for Barbour Publishing called My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains. It’s a historical romance, set in Arizona. And my son Jim and I are working on a sequel to The Seafaring Women of the Vera B., but that’s really still in the planning stages. The first book just released, and we hope to add at least two more to the series. In my “spare time,” I’ll soon be writing another cozy mystery for Guideposts Books.
We’ll look forward to hearing more about The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. soon. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us again, Susan!
Your turn! What is your favorite place to read? Share in the comments below!
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.
Also by Susan:
With the ship’s captain dead in Melbourne, Australia, Alice Packard thinks the worst has happened, until she learns the crew has deserted her husband’s ship in favor of the goldfields. In desperation, Alice turns to the only source of plentiful workers: the women of Melbourne. In a bold move, she empties a brothel, promising the escaped women a new life.
‘Heart of a Cowboy’ Giveaway:
Susan has generously offered to give away a copy of Heart of a Cowboy (winner’s choice: paperback or e-copy). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.