Being a romance author today is lots of fun. Not only do I get the pleasure of spending my time doing something I truly love, I get to meet lots of great characters along the way. I’m constantly surrounded by handsome heroes, and I enjoy falling in love with each of them. I like getting acquainted with the heroines of my stories, as well. The women I write about have many different qualities, but most of them are clever, intelligent, and caring.
The fun extends into the real world, too, of course. I love getting to know readers, meeting you in person or forming friendships on line. It’s exciting to hear from you, to know you’ve stayed up late in the night reading one of my stories, sharing little bits of trivia with you about your favorite characters. I can’t tell you how many readers have commented on Cody Bradford. Yes, he was a fun character to write. I had a lot of laughs while writing Not the Marrying Kind and even though he wasn’t the hero of the story, Cody was responsible for much of that laughter.
Another perquisite — a “perk” in modern parlance — of being a romance writer is sharing a strong bond of friendship with other authors. The community of western historical romance writers is especially strong. If you love reading the genre, you’ll want to check out Pioneer Hearts, one of the largest and most active readers’ groups on Facebook.
Through Pioneer Hearts, I’ve met and have become friends with many readers and with many other western historical authors. We all share a love of old-fashioned romance, cowboy love stories, and tales of the old west.
Next month, coming up on April 9, author Shanna Hatfield will be celebrating the release of a new western historical romance. We all love a good, old-fashioned shindig — hosted by new-fangled technology — so she’s planned a great event to launch the book. It’s the Petticoat Ball.
On Thursday, April 9, Shanna will be celebrating the release of Thimbles and Thistles, the second book of her “Baker City Brides” series. There will be lots of giveaways, games, guest authors, and fun! The event begins at 8:00 AM CDT and will run for four hours.
I’m thrilled that I will be one of the guest authors. I’ll be stepping in at 9:30 AM CDT, hosting for about 20 minutes, and running a fun little contest during that time. Winner will receive a choice of ebooks from my “Sunset Series” of western historical love stories.
So, put on your dancing shoes…and let’s get ready to party! Mark your calendars now, and watch for more news about the event.