Category Archives: Author Feature

The Character Inspiration for HER COWBOY PRINCE with Trish Milburn

I’m a pretty visual person, so when I start creating characters for a new book I tend to search for an image I can look to as inspiration. It was no different when I began to create the world and characters for my Once Upon a Western series. Here’s a peak at the inspiration and a little bit about the main characters of Book 1, Her Cowboy Prince, which is loosely based on the Cinderella fairy tale.

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ROAD TO YOU: Release day blog featuring author Barbara Ankrum

ROAD TO YOU (and me) via Holly Golightly and Princess Ann

My non-writer friends find the whole idea of writing books fascinating crazy. The very idea makes them offer me a glass of wine and a sympathetic pat on the back. I understand this, of course. Sitting down in front of a computer with a blank page and a blinking cursor intimidates me too, even after twenty-some books. Trying to explain how ideas come to me—a frequently asked question—is even harder. I suppose that’s because no two books are ever the same, not in the way they come to me, nor in the way I figure out how to tell their stories. My latest book, ROAD TO YOU, Book Two in my Band of Brothers series, was no exception. The inspiration for it came (weirdly) from Hollywood. But more on that in a minute…

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Tule Royal Wedding, PLANNING A ROYAL WEDDING 4: THE BEST MAN AND BRIDESMAIDS

GIVEAWAY: We will be giving away a print copy of Anne McAllister’s The Best Man’s Bride. Comment in our post with what you’re looking forward to in Harry and Meghan’s upcoming wedding!
We will announce the winners in our weekly newsletter, so make sure to subscribe if you haven’t already!

 

PLANNING A ROYAL WEDDING 4: THE BEST MAN AND BRIDESMAIDS
Jessica Hart and Anne McAllister

 

There are so many big decisions to be made about a wedding: there’s the where and the when and the what sort of wedding it will be, but deciding who will be most closely involved in the bridal party is also crucial.

Bride, groom, bridesmaids and page boys (and grandparents!) On the balcony at Buckingham Palace, April 2011.

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Kyra Jacobs: How Paradise Key Came to Be

It all started with a few crummy years, a bazillion text messages, and a walk on the beach.

Come to Florida. You need a break.

I can’t tell you how many times Shirley texted me that amid our other chats before I gave it serious thought. Dozens, I’m sure. Once the forwarded Allegiant coupon offers and flight schedules started accompanying her texts, I finally caved.

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A WITCH’S DESTINY: Release day blog featuring author Leigh Ann Edwards!

GIVEAWAY: Read until the end of the post to see what we have in store for you! Join us in celebrating Leigh Ann Edwards’s final book being released in the Irish Witch Series.

I’m so happy to be featured on the Tule Blog today, on this the release day of A Witch’s Destiny, Book Seven, the final installment in the original portion of my Irish Witch Series. It has been such an exciting couple of years. I have loved every single portion of it even when I sometimes stressed over my struggles with technology or upcoming deadlines.

Often during my book launches or book club and library author visits, I am asked what inspires my writing or where I get my ideas. Readers also have many questions regarding whether I have a specific time of the day I write, or where I prefer to write, etc.  I think I have answered most of these questions in previous blogs, but readers also tend to be very curious about when I began writing and how I became published. I know those topics haven’t been discussed on the blog, so I thought I’d share some of that information today.

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Listen to Justine Davis’s playlist that inspired WHISKEY RIVER ROCKSTAR, out today!

Books start in different ways, for me at least. Sometimes it’s a single situation or scene, and I have to build both up to it and down after it. Sometimes it’s an exchange of dialogue that pops into my head and I have to know who these people are and how they came to the point where this exchange happens. Sometimes it’s an image, a still or in video, that sparks something. Sometimes it’s hearing something said; I once got an entire book out of a conversation between a mother and her young son in the produce aisle of a grocery store.

 

But the one thing all of them have in common is music. Songs had always inspired stories, but it was somewhat belatedly in my career that I discovered that a “soundtrack” helped my mind set. And when I began writing more than one book at a time, that soundtrack became essential; it was the main thing that could shift my mind from one world to another. In the case of Whiskey River Rockstar, I already knew my heroine, Zee Mahan, from the previous books. But Jamie Templeton was a bit more elusive, and took some searching.

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Traveling to Texas with NEW Tule Author Audrey Wick

Travel is my biggest inspiration for writing. My favorite element of telling a story is setting, so the places I write about are largely places that are special to me. As a reader, I also love discovering fresh places through an author’s work. The journey to a new location is always fun, and I’m fortunate to be able to do that for readers in FINDING TRUE NORTH.  

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Tule Royal Wedding, PLANNING A ROYAL WEDDING 2: THE CATERING

GIVEAWAY: We will be giving away a print copy of Jessica Hart’s The Baronet’s Wedding Engagement. Comment in our post with what you’re looking forward to in Harry and Meghan’s upcoming wedding! As this will be a continuing blog series, make sure to comment on all related posts leading up to the wedding for a chance to win each book in the Royal Wedding Invitations series!
We will announce the winners in our weekly newsletter, so make sure to subscribe if you haven’t already!

PLANNING A ROYAL WEDDING 2:  THE CATERING
Jessica Hart

So, there you are, having found your prince, and you’ve decided when and where to get married.  But even trickier decisions lie ahead.  What about the reception?  Where will that be? What will you serve your guests and who will sit where?  Pity poor royal brides for whom the seating plan involves an extraordinarily complicated protocol dictating that a princess must be seated above a duchess, a duke above a lord and so on.

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