Today we have one of our favorite authors, Vivian Arend, back to talk about the first book in her new Cowboy Series. Rocky Mountain Heat is the first book in the Six Pack Ranch Series, re-released with even more content than the original!
BREAKING ALL THE RULES
I am that happily confused author who never learned the rules before I started. Didn’t know you weren’t supposed to write both contemporary and paranormal, but I’m very glad I do.
There are different challenges to each of them. I can’t have someone in a contemporary sniff out the crook. But then, I can’t have that happen in a paranormal unless it’s been established in the first place that sniffers are stronger than normal.
So it comes back to…shudder…rules.
That’s one of the words that I have a love/hate relationship with. Following the rules sounds so staid and boring, doesn’t it? But then again, rules are little pieces of order, keeping things lined up and logical and I’m all about the logic.
And here in the Six Pack Ranch I’ve discovered a new area of happy/sad for me. I don’t usually plan ahead of time when I write. I have an idea, or a scene. I have characters. And then I go for it.
But there are a lot of brothers in this series. And cousins. And they are all different ages and have different interests and personalities and how can I keep this straight and make sure to share the important details during each book and…
I caved, and made a chart. Because while I dislike rules, I LOVE charts. Hmmm, charts…
I now have a chart with each potential book listed. The hero/heroine. Who else in the family will have/might have a significant situation in the story. How old they all are in THAT book—very necessary as there are no children in the families, and the books are covering a timeframe of 6 months to a year…
In the end, do you as a reader need to know that I planned that far in advance? No. But if I do my job well, the bits of planning and my lovely chart will make the stories stronger and make your experience in the world more enjoyable. Because even though it’s a contemporary, I have to build the world.
I did have an OMG moment when I caught myself writing down the birthdays for each of the boys. Oh, I have succumbed to the rules!!
Release information for the upcoming SIX PACK RANCH books
Book 1: Rocky Mountain Heat: November 15.
Book 2: Rocky Mountain Haven: January 10, 2012
Book 3: Rocky Mountain Desire: March 13, 2012
He’s the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her.
Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.
Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “don’t touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.
When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake’s nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.
That is, if Blake’s finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants…
Warning: Sexy cowboys seducing and being seduced in trucks, pool halls and barns. Droolworthy country charm, a little double-teaming, a few secrets and a whole lot of brothers to look forward to. Anyone wanna go for a ride?
First Chapter: Excerpt
Thanks so much Vivian for the info about Rocky Mountain Heat. Vivian is offering one commenter a chance to win an ARC of Rocky Mountain Heat as well as any ebook from her backlist. Just tell us what “rule” is your favorite to abide by to enter. The contest will close November 17th and is open internationally. Good Luck!