Miranda March wears her extraordinary beauty like a mask to conceal her emotional vulnerability. A successful small businesswoman, she might appear to be in control of her universe, but ever in the back of her mind is the one thing that can yank the rug out from under her at any moment: Her mother who suffers from mental illness.
Enter handsome, sensual—and rich—Harvey (Tack) Tackett, a friend of a friend, in town overnight on business. The instant they meet, Miranda feels a connection that stirs her to break one of the rules she lives by—no foolish flings with men passing in the night. After a night of passionate lovemaking like she’s never known, profound emotions emerge. She believes the feeling is mutual. But Tack leaves town without so much as a call and she hears no more from him. As she struggles to overcome her disappointment, she learns her mother has sunk into a depression that calls for immediate attention. Miranda has no choice but to move Mom in to live with her. Her life will never be the same.
From out of the blue, Tack reappears. But it’s too late. Miranda is committed to her duty to her mother. Trying to have a romantic relationship with Tack or any man would be as hard as mixing oil and water. She has already tried and failed at that. Can she solve the conundrum and find a happy-ever-after with Tack?
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GUEST POST by Anna Jeffrey
How do you come up with your writing ideas, plots, characters, etc.?
How do I come up with writing ideas? I find them everywhere. Sometimes they hit me from out of the blue. I usually do the “what if” question which takes me down many paths.
When I wrote Sweet Water, I heard a news report on the radio about a town in Texas that had been owned by an individual and sold for $1 Million on e-Bay. That fact struck me as an interesting premise that could generate a lot of conflicts and consequences for a lot of people. I researched the true story and from that, created the fictitious town of Agua Dulce with 10 fictitious citizens.
On Sweet Return, I had presented a story to my editor at an RWA conference and she didn’t like it. I was lost for what to write. Then on the plane on the way home, I sat beside a woman who raised chickens. I already knew a little about chickens from having grown up in an environment where we had chickens, both for food and for eggs. My fellow traveler and I spent the hour-long flight discussing her various situations in taking care of her chickens. Raising chickens struck me as something different that a woman could do, so I built a story around a heroine who raised free-range chickens and sold organic eggs. I did quite a lot of research on this topic and fit it into my story.
In the writing of DESIRED, since it was going to be a novella, I wasn’t searching for a story that would call for in-depth characterization that would require a lot of words. So I came up with a hero and heroine who were strangers involved in a one-night-stand and the results thereof.
If you’re an author of books set in contemporary times, stories can come from anywhere.
Anna Jeffrey is an award-winning author of mainstream romance novels as well as romantic comedy/mystery. She has authored and published 11 romance novels under the pseudonym of Anna Jeffrey and co-authored 7 as USA Today Bestselling author, Dixie Cash.
Anna Jeffrey's books have won the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Aspen Gold, and the More Than Magic awards. Her books have placed or finaled in the Colorado Romance Writers award, the Golden Quill and Southern Magic as well as the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Aspen Gold, the More than Magic awards and the NEC Readers’ Choice Award. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
Anna is a fifth generation Texan. She was born and grew up in West Texas, where most of her family members were farmers and ranchers or worked in the oil fields.
She has always been a voracious reader. As a child, she participated in storytelling competitions. As she grew older, she competed in writing contests. At some point, she developed an ambition to write fiction, but life got in the way. She left Texas for many years and lived in four of the western states, a rich experience she’ll never forget. Only after she returned to Texas, did she sit down and try her hand at fiction. Most of her stories begin with the premise of ordinary people facing unexpected life events and handling them in an honorable, courageous way.
She loves most things western, from the customs and culture to the philosophy of life. She enjoys many hobbies, i.e., reading, painting and drawing, crafting, needlework and beading among others.
These days, she’s back home in Texas. She and her husband currently live in a small town not far from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
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