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Celebrate the Release of A Cowboy’s Temptation with Michelle Beattie!

“This really is a story of relationships and love, of discovering who you are and what you want.”

 

 

When I wrote A Rancher’s Surrender, I hadn’t planned on a series. It wasn’t until I was reading the scene to my critique group of when Scott comes running around the bunkhouse with his open shirt flapping that someone said, “OMG, you have to write Scott’s story!”

So, many (way too many) years later, A Cowboy’s Temptation was conceived. I always knew Jillian’s sister Katie would be Scott’s heroine. From inception, she was going to have flaming red hair that matched her personality: fiery, plucky. A little wild. Who better to knock the normally affable Scott off his feet?

Certainly in today’s day, giving in to desires doesn’t result in a hasty marriage, but in the 1880’s? I love that the marriage is Scott’s idea. That Katie, the woman who would stand to lose the most in those days, is the one to say no, that nobody need ever find out. I think that’s one of the reasons I love this time period. The men had honor; they stood for something. And for Scott who grew up with worse than nothing, to have that kind of integrity despite his past? How can you not fall for a hero like that?

This story is a little different for me. Nobody’s on the run, nobody’s shooting and nobody’s life is at stake. This really is a story of relationships and love, of discovering who you are and what you want.

Welcome back to Frontier Marietta, folks, where you never know how far love and passion will take you.


Award-winning author Michelle Beattie began writing in 1995, almost immediately after returning from her honeymoon.  It took 12 long years but she achieved her dream of seeing her name on the cover of a book when she sold her novel, What A Pirate Desires, in 2007.  Since then she’s written and published several more historical novels as well a contemporary. When Michelle isn’t writing she enjoys playing golf, reading, walking her dog, traveling and sitting outside enjoying the peace of country life.

The first Montana Born historical romance is here from Michelle Beattie!

michellebeattie_arancherssurrender_hrWhen I first started writing back in 1995 my heart was in historical westerns. It was all I read and some of the wonderful books that led me to try my hand at it included: Come Spring by Jill Marie Landis, Outlaw Hearts by Roseanne Bittner, Another Dawn and Hidden Fires by Sandra Brown and For the Roses by Julie Garwood. I know these are old now, but if you’ve never read them do yourself a favor and look them up. You won’t regret it.

Honestly, when I first considered the possibility of writing a book (yes, this is the first one I ever wrote, although it’s been re-written many times and is stronger for it) that first scene in the barn with the caesarian section came to me so clearly I knew I had to start it there.

Of course, that was fine and dandy until I started to do some research. Only after I started researching did I realize that not only weren’t women allowed in vet schools back then, but for even her father to be one, he’d have had to get his schooling over seas. Because I wanted her father to be trained as a veterinarian before he’d married and had a family and as Jillian would have been born in the early 1860’s, for her father to attend school prior to having a family, he’d have had to do so in Europe where vet schools were established much earlier (the first vet school opened in Mexico in 1853 and the first in North America–not counting Mexico–didn’t open until 1862 in Guelph, Ontario).

From there it was a matter of having Jillian learning her veterinary skills at the hands of her father and as I wanted the story to take place in Montana and not Philadelphia, I gave Jillian a domineering fiancé, a supportive father and a backbone of steel to get her there.

Once there, what better conflict than a man who isn’t ready for another strong, independent woman in his life?

Join me on Montana’s Frontier for A Rancher’s Surrender, a story of compromise and acceptance, of giving everything you have for what you want most.


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Award-winning author Michelle Beattie began writing in 1995, almost immediately after returning from her honeymoon.  It took 12 long years but she achieved her dream of seeing her name on the cover of a book when she sold her novel, What A Pirate Desires, in 2007.  Since then she’s written and published several more historical novels as well a contemporary.  Her pirate books have sold in several languages, been reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly and Romantic Times.  Two of her independent self-published works went on to win the Reader’s Choice Silken Sands Self-Published Star Contest.

When Michelle isn’t writing she enjoys playing golf, reading, walking her dog, travelling and sitting outside enjoying the peace of country life.  Michelle comes from a large family and treasures her brothers and sister as well as the dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins she’s proud to call family.  She lives outside a tiny town in east-central Alberta, Canada with her husband, two teenage daughters and their dog, Ty.

Visit with Michelle Beattie and enter to win a copy of “Her Pirate to Love!”

MichelleBeattie_IntheArmsofaPirate2500O The Quirky Life I Lead

I’m not going to lie.  When I imagined being a published author (with a contract and deadlines) I had a different vision of how my days were going to go.  No, I’d never envisioned writing in opulence, a feather boa around my neck and diamonds on my fingers (although I do like diamonds) but I had hoped for a little structure and hopefully less interruptions in my writing day.

Well, a girl can dream.

First of all, I live off solar power.  Yes, people can do that in Canada.  No, it’s not always cold and snowy.  Anyway, living off solar means when the sun is out, I have to take advantage of it.  So despite deadlines, when it’s sunny you can usually find me doing laundry and, if I’m really struggling with writer’s block (also known as procrastination) possibly baking.  If nothing else it’s a good excuse some days.   Sorry characters who won’t talk to me, I don’t have time for you today, it’s sunny and I have to do a load of towels!

spAlso, my husband has his own business and it’s on the same quarter section of land as our home.  So, much as I love him, it unfortunately means he’s home far too often during the day.  Usually I can set the clock by him.

On top of his business, my husband also has beehives.  I don’t pretend to know that much about them as this is his hobby, but apparently the bees cannot be without a queen for too long. So when one died, I was asked to go pick up a new queen (yes, they sell them separately).  So off I drove, 2 hours with a dead queen to pick up a live one. I texted my hubby, told him I had his queen, and was going for a quick coffee, then would be on my way home.  My friend and I had a lovely coffee, almost 30 minutes, and as I was walking out the coffee shop I checked my phone.  Hubby had texted back, “Hope you have her with you, if it gets too hot in the van she could die.”

WHAT???

I hurried to my vehicle, reminding myself I’d left the windows partially open and yes, she was in a brown paper bag but she came from New Zealand, she should be used to the heat!  Anyway, I got inside and breathed a sigh of relief.  She was alive!  This was good on many fronts as 1) he wouldn’t be mad at me 2) I hadn’t killed royalty and 3) I wouldn’t lose another day writing having to go get another queen.

MichelleBeattie_HerPirateToLove2500And so, while I would love to say I spend all day, every day writing, the truth is I don’t.  I try to write from 9 am to 5pm but, as you’ve now seen, things don’t always go as planned.  Still I can say, there’s never a dull moment.  And if there is, well, there’s always Facebook.

No, don’t even get me started on that distraction!

To enter to win a copy of Her Pirate to Love, Book 1 in my Sam Steele series, just leave a comment on this post! Pre-Order In the Arms of a Pirate at your favorite online retailer below. Release day is May 17th!

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auth_MichelleBeattieAward-winning author Michelle Beattie began writing in 1995, almost immediately after returning from her honeymoon.  It took 12 long years but she achieved her dream of seeing her name on the cover of a book when she sold her novel, What A Pirate Desires, in 2007.  Since then she’s written and published several more historical novels as well a contemporary.  Her pirate books have sold in several languages, been reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly and Romantic Times.  Two of her independent self-published works went on to win the Reader’s Choice Silken Sands Self-Published Star Contest.

When Michelle isn’t writing she enjoys playing golf, reading, walking her dog, travelling and sitting outside enjoying the peace of country life.  Michelle comes from a large family and treasures her brothers and sister as well as the dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins she’s proud to call family.  She lives outside a tiny town in east-central Alberta, Canada with her husband, two teenage daughters and their dog, Ty.