Friday, August 12, 2016

What Are We Writing

What Are We Writing
By Margaret Daley

Author: Louise M. Gouge
Title: Cowboy Homecoming
Hero and Heroine: Tolley Northam and Laurie Eberly
Line:  LIH
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Tolley had pictured this day in his mind for the entire two years. He would kiss Mother first, of course. Shake hands with his brothers and brother-in-law. Kiss his sister and sisters-in-law on the cheek. Embrace his nieces and nephews, some of whom he’d never met. But his imaginings always stalled over how he would greet the Colonel. Maybe his father would reach out to shake his hand and Tolley wouldn’t have to decide. But then, their parting had been so bitter, so filled with anger on both sides. He could only hope and pray the Colonel had mellowed.
Due date:  August 14, 2016 Yikes!
Word count goal today: Need to cut 3600 words, oh my
Something cool learned recently from research: How to install plumbing in 1885!

Author: Patricia Johns
Title: The Runaway Bride
Hero and Heroine: Liam Wilson and Bernadette Morgan
Line: Harlequin Heartwarming
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
They weren’t just powerful, they were influential, and they had money Liam didn’t. He could put himself into bankruptcy with lawyers and still not win this. Ike was a Morgan, but if Vince had cared one bit about the boy, he’d had three years to do something about it. If the Morgans were interested now, it wasn’t for familial love, and that realization curdled his blood.
 Due date:  October 15
Word count goal today: 3500 words
Something cool learned recently from research: 
I've been researching classic Rolls Royces. They had burl wood veneer and leather interiors... beautiful! And significantly out of my price range. LOL!

Author: Lorraine Beatty
Title: The Advocate
Hero and Heroine: Mitch Kincaid and Hannah Davis
Line:  A novella for a Barbour collection ( my first attempt at an historical)
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Hannah smoothed her skirts down her hair up and assumed her sweetest smile. The one that never failed to mellow her father. With a copy of the Riverton Chronicle in one hand she gathered her courage and pushed open the door to the Sheriff’s office. Her nerves quivered and her throat constricted. Finally she was going to meet her hero the famed lawman Mitch Kincaid the man who tamed a town, the man she’d dreamed about for over a year now. The reason she’d come to Riverton in the first place.
Due date:  October 1st
Word count goal today: 2000
Something cool learned recently from research:  Many town sprung up along the new rail lines as the came through the west but most of them failed due to mismanagement but the railroad companies themselves.

Author: Mary Alford
Title: Rocky Mountain Pursuit - Book Three
Hero and Heroine: Aaron Fisher and Liz Ramirez
Line: Love Inspired Suspense
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Agent Liz Ramirez faced the man who almost took her life. So many questions chased through her mind, the most crucial being why. She’d considered Sam Lansford a friend. Discovering that he was the notorious terrorist the Scorpion team had been hunting for years was incomprehensible.
Due date: September 
Word count goal today: 2,000
Something cool learned recently from research: I'm learning that the Amish people once tried to settle in Alaska.     

Author:   Pamela Tracy
Title:  No Working Title
Hero and Heroine:  Jane de la Rosa and Ethan Ross
Line:  Hopefully Love Inspired Contemporary
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Casually, Ethan held out a ketchup bottle.   “No, I need you to get us a new one.  The lid’s stuck.”
Not thinking, Jane took the bottle, gave the cap a quick twist, and handed it back to him opened.  
His date laughed, almost snorting.  Ethan took the ketchup bottle and scooted it to the back of the booth.  His burger must no longer need it.
There went her tip and his dimple. 
Due date:   None yet
Word count goal today: 1014
Something cool learned recently from research:   I'm on page three, no research yet.

Author: Jean C. Gordon
Title: TBD
Hero and Heroine: Marc Delacroix and Fiona Bryce
Line:  LI Romance
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
He had no good reason to be put out about Claire’s co-worker joining them. No good reason except he didn’t want to talk shop today. He had plenty of time for that later. He was taking the set-up and launch of his farm-to-table restaurant slow because he could afford to, and his daughter needed him to. Even more, this Fiona was the first woman he’d noticed, really noticed since Cate had died. And to be honest, that scared him.
Due date:  Proposal is due September 13
Word count goal today: 1,200
Something cool learned recently from research:  I'm not far enough into the story to have needed to do any real research yet. It's set in the same town as my other Love Inspired books.

Author: Terri Reed
Title: Agent-in-Training
Hero and Heroine: K-9 Officer Zara Fielding and Computer genius Dylan O’Leary
Line: Love Inspired Suspense
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: Dylan burrowed deeper into the heated blanket the paramedic provided. He sat on the back bumper of an ambulance surrounded by his team. The dive into the river had been painful. He’d suffered cuts, bruises and a bone deep chill. But he was alive. More importantly, Zara was alive.
Due date: officially Oct 1st but I’ll be sending it in next week because its done
Word count goal today: revising today
Something cool learned recently from research: I learned that cars made after the late 90’s/early 2000’s have an emergency trunk release built into the car in case someone is ever trapped inside.

Author: Deb Kastner
Title: Rocky Mountain Wranglers: Mick
Hero and Heroine: Mick Dolan and Winn Davis
Line:  My first book for Gilead Publishing
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Mick was almost handsome when he smiled. Who would have guessed there was rugged attractiveness under all that attitude?
Word count goal today: 4,000 (yes, on a very tight deadline)
Something cool learned recently from research: The sound American bison (buffalo) make. Look it up on Youtube. It's incredible. 


  1. I always like to see what everyone is working on.

  2. Jean, I do too. Looks like there are lots of good books in the works. Can't wait.

  3. I'm with you on that, Mary and Jean.

  4. You all inspire me. I'd love to know how Terri has a book done two months in advance. I need deadlines and my own just don't cut it.

  5. I like seeing all the names of the characters. Such a variety.
    Cate, I had it in my head that it was due August 15th. Then I checked the contract. Oops. In a good way.
    Bison make a sound? Its weird and neat.
    Pam, I love your paragraph. That last line. Very cool!

  6. Oh yes small sample but now want the book to delve into :) cannot wait

  7. I'm pretty amazed Terri finishes early too. Arg, if I mistake a due date, it's always the wrong way.


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