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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How Michael Phelps Inspired On the Edge!

I wanted to write about that guy, the one with zero time for anyone or anything except his own interests.”

When the winter Olympics came to Vancouver in 2010, I heard something that might have been urban legend, but it sparked my imagination. The rumor was, bowls of condoms had been set out in the athlete’s village and they had disappeared at an alarming rate.

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Jeannie Watt Teases Austin and Kristen’s First Kiss!

1. Tease the first kiss scene between Kristen and Austin in one sentence or less.

He’d known, since the day that she’d angrily backed him up against his locker and told him how things were going to be, that this moment was coming…

2. What drew you to the American Extreme Bull Riders tour series?

I love bull riding and have been writing bull riding books for a few years now. When Tule decided to do a bull riding series, I was so excited! Continue reading


Why You’ll Fall in Love with Bull Rider Kane Wilder + GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY! Tell us why you can’t wait to read Kane and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card. 

I cannot begin to explain the excitement and relief–tinged with terror–when I finally finished writing my eighth romance novel, Kane, and sent it off to the editor and then off to copy edits. Tule Publishing first started crafting this series last year at RWA in San Diego, and I was so fired up to be part of the series. The seven other talented authors who’d signed on to the series awed and inspired me. My hero, Kane, came to me, almost instantly. Obviously he had to be hard-core confident, sexy, physical, fearless, and intensely focused on winning. In my mind, he was perfect physically, emotionally and mentally. Naturally I wanted to mess up all that masculine perfection to toss him off the broad, thrashing back of his cocky, I-got-the-world-in-one-hand, swagger. Didn’t take me long to decide to combine my two favorite romance tropes—second chance romance and secret baby.

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Exclusive Interview with Amy Andrews + Sneak Peek at Troy

  1. Can you share the opening lines of the book?

    Jocelyn Garrity was not having a very good day. In fact she’d not been having a very good five years. Dead husband, teenage son who hated her, boss who thought he was god’s gift to vaginas, astronomical student loan debt and almost as astronomic orthodontic bills. Not to mention a sleep deficit she’d never make up even if she slept from now until the end of the decade.

    And, this just in, a flat tyre. With the stubbornest set of wheel nuts she’d ever had the misfortune to tangle with.

  2. What was your favorite part of writing for the American Extreme Bull Riders Tour series?

    Googling hot cowboy pics

  3. Where did you get the inspiration for this book?

    My inspiration really came via Troy, I knew I wanted him to be a bit of a man-whore. The guy on the circuit who’s always flirting and getting lucky and I knew at the root of all that was a terribly damaged guy with an awful childhood culminating in a brush with juvie. So essentially he’s a really reckless guy with little regard for his own life. I didn’t know anything about my heroine other than she was going to be one of the few women who’d ever said no to him. Then, late last year, Kelly Hunter and I met up in Sydney to watch an Aussie PBR rodeo and were chatting about our characters. After that brain storming session I knew my heroine was going to be an older woman – an ER doctor – a widow, with a teenager who has community and connections and commitments. Someone anchored – the complete opposite to Troy.

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