HOT ON HER TRAIL | Publisher - The Yellow Rose | Genre - Erotic Romance - Cowboy | Released - February 10, 2011
Jacob McCoy wishes for a wife and a family. Tis the Season for miracles when a young woman shows up on his doorstep: homeless, in danger and expecting a child - Jacob's child.
Their relationship is complicated by the fact that, A - they've never met before and B - she's a virgin. Jessie is determined not to be a burden to the McCoy family. As far as she's concerned, she is just passing through. Jacob has a different opinion - he wants Jessie in his life, in his bed and in his heart.
Please describe your writing environment.
I write at my home in central Texas. In the spring my home sits in a field of Bluebonnets. Usually, I work on my laptop sitting on the couch while my husband watches reruns of NCIS or Pawn Stars. Most of the time, I have a cat on my shoulder and a daschund sitting as close to me as possible. I drink Java Monsters and Diet Dr Peppers to stay alert and I watch Cinemax latenight for Inspiration!
Please tell us your latest news!
The second novel in my Hell Yeah! Series has been released. It's name is Hot On Her Trail. It is a continuation of the story of the McCoy brothers of Tebow Ranch. The first in the series was Cowboy Heat.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love Sarah McCarty. She has a great imagination and such a way with words. I love the worlds that she creates and the men that come from her fertile pen or keepers. I would love to pull them out of the pages of her book and just look at them.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, writing is my career. I do have another job - I have a Bachelor of Business Administration and I am an office manager - but my writing is more profitable. Unfortunately, I am stuck in the other job for awhile - I have obligations to people that I cannot let down. So, I write when I can - mostly at night.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family loves having a writer in the family. My husband reads parts of my work - the spicy parts - but he keeps asking for illustrations. My 92 year old grandmother and my 90 year old great aunt read them and fan each other as they sit on the front porch. My younger brother in college passes them out to his female friends.
My biggest fan is my husband's best friend. He loves my books and calls me to find out what's going on with my writing progress. He works off shore and takes my books out on the oil rig where they pass them around.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I have a plan for my characters, but I have had new ones crop up as I write. Sometimes, my heroes will do unexpected thing. In Heart In Chains, my novel about a tough Texas Ranger romancing a Mossad agent - Tyler unexpectedly showed up with a bunch of wildflowers behind his back. It was the sweetest thing. I fall in love with my heroes and they can surprise me at times.
What inspires your writing?
Many different things have inspired my writing: a Country Song has evoked images that I have used, many of my own experiences and my families experiences have inspired books or portions of books, one of my friends who needed a kidney transplant inspired Scarlet Fever - so I carry a notebook around with me and I take note of articles, TV news stories, songs - anything that strikes my fancy.
How many books do you plan on writing each year?
I have 10 novels scheduled to be released this year. If everything goes well in my life, I can write a book in a month. But, if I get depressed or become unhappy - my work slows down. I'm sure that's the way it is with all writers.
What are your hobbies?
I love to cook. My specialties are Cajun and Creole. My hometown is New Orleans and I just can't turn lose of Louisiana.
My husband and I ghost hunt. We were doing that before TAPS and the Ghosthunters were ever thought about.
We have traveled all over the US - battlefields, hotels, private home - with equipment and gear in hand. We use infrared cameras, night vision equipment, digital recorders and other neat stuff. Some of the pictures that we have captured would blow your mind!
How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?
I do quite a bit of research. I have even been known to order sex toys so I could explain their use with accuracy. Ha! That sounds terrible but it's true. I also have researched hoodoo in depth for my paranormals. If someone came and explored my house they would be shocked. They would think that I dance around a cauldron at night, candles lit and my brew abubbling.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
I have seven cats and a daschund. I have written them into several of the books. I also raise registered beefmaster cattle and they, also, have found their way into the scenes. My husband and I also have horses and the palaminos have appeared in the cowboy books with frequency.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
My choice of a dinner companion would be Bill Clinton. He has the greatest political mind of anyone alive today and I repsect him immensely.
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