Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Taming the West, One Hero at a Time

How are you able to write so many different stories?
Where does your inspiration come from? Why Do I write romance?

I get these questions all the time and each time I reply with a different answer. The stories are in my head.  They appear without notice and definitely without prompting.  Sometimes the last thing I need is a new story idea when I'm already writing one and have another one waiting in the wings.

The muse however will not be silenced.  The heroes are impatient men who want to talk and tell me what to write.  Good thing they are so hunky, or I'd tell them where to go!  It's a crazy life.

How about my inspiration.  It comes from many different places.  Usually my surroundings.

I remember the day I drove from Billings, Montana to Casper, Wyoming.  There were long stretches of road with the most breathtaking views I'd seen in a long time.  The landscape that up until that day had only existed in my mind came to life and I had to pull over so many times to take it all in.

There was a specific spot where two hills formed a valley.  There just at the crest of the hill on the left was a perfect spot.  Beside a small pond was a cusp of trees and several cows meandered nearby.  (And yes I can't find that picture! Ugh!!)

A story unfolded of a woman who moved west to find love and finds herself living there, in that beautiful valley.  With water readily available and the land so lush, it was the perfect place for a home and small ranch or farm.

Why Do I write Romance?

I write romance because I am in love with love.  I write the stories of the west because I am married to man from Montana and I grew up in California.  So you see I am a western girl, who cannot help but want every woman to have the opportunity to met a handsome cowboy and find her happily ever after.

My latest release!

In my book, Jaded: Luke.  Luke Hamilton returns to Montana in an effort to start over.  He is a man jaded by life.  Not only having gone to war as an Army soldier, but the aftermath that came back with him.  Suffering PTSD and the loss of his marriage, Luke is not handing things well at all.  I hope you have a chance to read this story and fall in love with this broken hero.  I certainly did.

Leave a comment, one person will get a free copy of Jaded!

Blurb for Jaded

Jaded: Luke, Laurel Creek Series

He’s Jaded...

Haunted by PTSD and a failed marriage, Luke Hamilton returns home to Laurel, Montana. Going home isn’t an easy fix, but it beats ending up in prison or dead. At first the familiar surroundings and open land seem to set things right, but soon his old demons rear their ugly heads and he realizes it's the wrong time to enter any relationship.

Leah Morgan’s experience in the corporate world has prepared her to prosper her father’s ranch in Montana. She knows everyone expects her to fail, but nothing will stop her from turning the ranch around and selling it to the highest bidder – especially not a rancher. The quicker she closes the deal, the sooner she can get out of Laurel and move on with her career.

But when Luke and Leah cross paths, they both discover that starting over can be a complicated business.

Nothing much scares Luke Hamilton these days, except maybe hope...

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author Hildie McQueen loves unusual situations and getting into interesting adventures, which is what her characters do as well. She writes romance because she is in love with love! Author of Romance in Highland historical, Western Historical and contemporary, she writes something every reader can enjoy.

Most days she can be found in her pajamas hiding from deliverymen while drinking tea from her David Gandy coffee mug. In the afternoons she browses the Internet for semi-nude men to post on Facebook.

Hildie's favorite past-times are romance conventions, traveling, shopping and reading.

She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt and three doggies.

Visit her website at www.hildiemcqueen.com
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hildiemcqueenwriter/


DragonesPlumas said...

I love your reason to write romance! I am not married to a cowboy but to a country boy at heart. We hope to move to the country and become goat wranglers! LOL

ptclayton said...

This book sounds so good I just love all the questions and ans so glad that you started back to blogs as this is so good!I am a Ca girl also not a cowgirl but love reading westerns and mail order bride books. Now live in Ia and there are horses more cows but there are some horses love to see them brings back memories of my sister and i delivering the nightly newspaper on a horse and one night a car spooked my horse and off I went. Still it was better than taking the bike and faster also with hills and back ways to go with our horses.

Teri DiVincenzo said...

You have the best stories to tell...real life really IS stranger than fiction! And can I just say how much I've enjoyed "meeting" the real life Luke? He's so dreamy! Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

linda wesson said...

I love cowboys I've never gone west, but, would love to! I read a lot about cowboys and mail ordered brides. I love sweet romance! They touch my heart!

Margie said...

I love your stories and it is always so much fun spending time with you. Especially at those special Sunday signings. lol

Mary Townsend said...

Isn't it wonderful that your mind has so many places for your characters to wait for their turn to be written about? Thank you for answering questions that many readers have in a blog setting! If you continue to blog, I will follow it (I may not always comment, but I will read it!!)

tnldy35 said...

Hi Hildie! You are such a sweet lady. I enjoyed meeting you in Nashville this summer. I enjoy your books. Your writing is amazing and you are just a down to earth genuine person. I love this hunky cover. Lol. Best wishes on your new book!

Charlene Whitehouse said...

Love the excerpt. Starting over is always hard. I have moved 20 times in my life. It never gets easier.

Julie Lence said...

Hi Hildie. Testing this post to see if it goes thru. Julie

Caroline Clemmons said...

Hildie, we have to get those stories (and characters) out of our head or go nuts. Or, maybe we're already nuts and that's why the stories are banging around inside our noggins.

Hildie McQueen said...

Thank you everyone for your comments. @Charlene Whitehouse. I admire your tenacity. I moved around a lot until settling in Georgia. Yes, its always difficult to start over!

@Caroline Clemmons. Yes I do think we are already a bit nuts!! ha ha ha

Charlene Whitehouse said...

Thank you Hildie

Charlene Whitehouse said...

Thank you Hildie