Friday, August 21, 2015

What Are We Writing

What Are We Writing
By Margaret Daley

Author: Linda Goodnight
Hero and Heroine:  Hayden Winters and Carrie Riley
Line: HQN
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
But on these dark, moody, broody nights the demons danced around the edges of his fertile mind. He wondered at his sanity, and knew it was only by a merciful God that he was strong of constitution and could keep the demons in their rightful place. Most of the time.
Due Date: August 21!!!
Word or page count goal today: Rewrite 100 pages
Something cool learned from research:
Marbles are ancient toys that have even been found in Egyptian pyramids.

Author: Barbara Phinney
Title: The Heiress at Proud Ranch
Hero and Heroine: Victoria Templeton and Mitchell MacLeod
Line: Love Inspired Historical
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
 "There's nothing for me in Boston. My mother and I were deluding ourselves, thinking that society was carrying on as normal. It isn't and I don't have a place in it anymore."
 Due Date: October 31st
Word or page count goal today: I reached it. 60,000
Something cool learned from research: America’s first electrical wind turbine was invented in 1888!

Author: Rhonda Gibson
Title: A Pony Express Courtship
Hero and Heroine: Seth Armstrong-Pony Express Station Keeper and Rebecca Young - Widower
Line: LIH
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
When he topped the small rise and saw Rebecca trapped between two masked men, Seth pulled his colt from its holster and aimed for the sky. If he didn’t have to kill the men, but could scare them off, he would. He pulled the trigger and pushed Sam to race faster toward the woman he now realized that he loved.
Due Date: August 17th
Word or page count goal today: I finished last night but have been writing. 3000 words a day.
Something cool learned from research:  Donuts maybe a product of the Pony Express. The story goes like this: Two sisters were sweet on the Pony Express rider, Johnny Fry. When he would ride by their house, they would hand him cakes and cookies. To make it easier for him to hold the desserts, they began forming holes in the middle so that he could get a good grasp on them. Therefore the donut was invented. 

Author: Pamela Tracy
Title: TBA
Hero and Heroine:  Donovan Tate and Emily Hubrecht
Line: Love Inspired
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: Sam’s phone sounded, Donovan heard just enough to know that the police officer had obtained some sort of permission - for excavating the body. This was going to turn into a major hassle, Donovan just knew it.  He headed back to his company truck and snagged a bottled water from his cooler before leaning against the door to study Emily.  To think, just an hour ago he’d been happy because everything was on schedule.  Now, he was down to a...  Donovan tried to stop thinking the term skeleton crew.
He couldn’t.
Due Date: August 30th.
Word or page count goal today: 2500 words
Something cool learned from research:  I've patterned my town of Apache Creek off of the real Apache Junction, Arizona.  I've added a whole component to the book based on a historical motel that was torn down in the 70's.  It was a favorite place of movie stars who came to Arizona to shoot westerns.  I'm mad at the developer who tore it down!

Author: Deb Kastner
Title: A Family for St. Nick (working title)
Hero and Heroine: Nick McKenna and Vivian Grainger
Line: Contemporary
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
“Texas grows their men large, don’t you think? Especially the McKenna men. Just look at this handsome guy.”
Vivian Grainger was looking. 
Due Date: December 15th
Word or page count goal today: ten pages

Author: Louise M. Gouge
Title: A Family for the Rancher (working title)
Hero and Heroine: Edmund McKay and Lula May Barlow
Line: Love Inspired Historical
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Once Lula May saw Edmund to the door and watched him ride away, she was surprised by how empty the house felt, even though the children were making the usual amount of noise as they got ready for bed. Just getting the taciturn man to talk about his life—a self-defensive move she’d employed to keep from blurting out too much about her own life—had brought about something special. Knowing he’d been an orphan like her, one who’d had a kindly old mentor, again, just as she had, moved her deeply. Maybe the day would come when she could tell him the truth about her past.
Due Date: August 15, 2015
Word or page count goal today: 1500
Something cool learned from research: I'm learning about training quarter horses, the indispensable mount of the western cowboy.

Author: Winnie Griggs
Title: TBD
Hero and Heroine: Sheriff Ward Gleason and Hazel Andrews
Line: Love Inspired Historical One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Hazel came to her senses with a thud.  Of course, the embrace had only been to steady her, nothing more.  It was never anything more.  Hadn’t she decided to wash her hands of him just a few short days ago?  She’d never been a wishy-washy kind of person, and now was not the time to start.
Due Date: Sept 1
Word or page count goal today:
2500 words
Something cool learned from research: 
The growing popularity of bicycles in the latter part of the nineteenth century helped speed the acceptance of a more relaxed wardrobe for women


  1. What a friday lineup...I like the little snippets from your books. It sure whets the appetite for more...thanks Ladies..Have a great weekend all.

  2. It's great fun to see what others are writing :) Hmmm, now I'm hungry for a doughnut.

  3. I have been craving donuts all week ☺ fun to know how they came to be

  4. Some very fun research! And some good, good sounding books.