Like many authors, I love getting my inspiration from music. Whether that’s one line from a song, the beat, or tone, that serves to evokes a certain scene–create a mood.
One of the songs I’ve used many times is “Cowboy Take Me Away.” (Dixie Chicks) And so it was that the one line “I want to grow something wild & unruly, struck a chord and the Tales of the Sweet Magnolia series was born. Now I could have made them straight historical, because I have a penchant for researching the brothels and women of the old west who built and secretly kept some of these small towns going by their profession. And yes, I’m one of those who toyed with the “what if” between Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty.
But I love contemporary as well–so what better way to combine the two than with time-travel? I love to give my readers twists and turns, lull them into thinking they know where the story is taking them, then hit them with the unexpected.
I also enjoy writing about ordinary people placed in extraordinary situations. Again, time-travel covers all these areas and more.
The first book, “Wild & Unruly” is about a modern day librarian who fantasizes about riding off into the sunset with her cowboy, but finds men of today fall short of her expectations…until the day she discovers a beautiful necklace that challenges her wish and may change her life forever.
The second book, “Fallen Angel”, is about a young woman who meets the heroine of the first book and falls in love with the man who wrote the piano music that Miss Lillian plays–desperate to find her “Billy,” she takes up with a strange piano instructor passing through town that challenges her to follow her heart. Transported through music to modern day, Angel sets out on a quest to find the man she has loved from afar, but instead finds herself witness to a drug deal gone bad with no choice but be in the protective custody of a brooding lone wolf detective.
Available in eBook and print separately, I am re-releasing the duo as a bundled set March 20 on the first day of Spring. This bundled set will only be available at a special price for a limited time.
Time-travel continues to fascinate me. I’ve got my own twist on melding both history with modern day and find it a lovely template for storytelling. There may yet be MORE tales of the Sweet Magnolia!
I hope you’ll give these books a try and tell me what you think.
Whats your favorite time-travel movie or book?
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Until next time–