Romances set in modern day, but still in Texas, of course! It’s fun to write contemporary, and there isn’t nearly as much research as for the historical or Biblical fiction series.
1) Lady Luck’s a Loser / an Apple Orchard Romance, near Canton, Texas
2) The Preacher’s Faith / a Red River Romance #1, Negley, Texas
3) Sing a New Song / a Red River Romance #2, on Peter’s Prairie, Clarksville, Texas
4) One and Done / a Red River Romance #3, Dimple, Texas (also Dallas and Grand Prairie)
The first Apple Orchard Romance, Lady Luck’s a Loser–formerly The Apple Orchard Bed and Breakfast–is a mature inspirational romance with a grandma widow, Marge Winters as a heroine. Many readers see a resemblance to TV’s ‘The Batchelor’, but this story was written before the first television show ever aired. With eight totally different and individual women showering down on my hero, W. G. Preston is a bit overwhelmed and decides alterations to his original plan are in order. The fun, lighthearted story is easily read in one day and available in large print. Its sequel, Conventional Love, is started, but so far . . . other projects win the day,
In the Red River Romance series, each book stands alone, serialized mostly by their common setting in–wait for it–Red River County in Northeast Texas. However, characters of one may pop up in another since they’re all neighbors. Clarksville became the McAdoos’ new hometown in 2013, and Caryl reports she and Ron L*O*V*E it, mostly because of the couple’s confidence that it’s where God wants them to be right now . . . for such a time as this.
The series’ inaugural offering, The Preacher’s Faith, is a fun story of a daughter, Faith Johnson making a promise to her dying father in an effort to let him rest easier. Though it came with conditions that she never ever thought could be, would be, should ever be met . . . THE one, Asa Davidson, who fills the bill shows up thanks to her meddlesome Aunt Iris. Of course! Oh, dear . . . what’s a girl to do now?
And Sing a New Song is close to Caryl’s heart because God gives her new songs, too . . . and readers will find several of them used in this book! It’s fun, too, because the young Christian singer Mary Esther Robbins runs into Samuel Levi Baylor (yes, a great–to the 7th power–grandson of the Texas Ranger in historical Texas Romance series book two, Hearts Stolen)! They meet in the first grade and become fast friends, then tragedy separates the two for twenty years, but God brings her home . . .
One and Done was my husband’s idea. He loves baseball and coached all our sons as well as almost all our grandsons in Little League (well, actually Pony Ball). We’ve always been a baseball family, and One and Done is a delightful baseball fantasy story!
An unlikely union between a weathergirl Samantha Danielle (a.k.a. Sammi Dan) turned sports newscaster and baseball pitching phenom George Herman Walter Johnson seems doomed from the start. So much keeps them apart, but the relationship–born of prophecy and played out under the scrutiny of the public eye–may be God’s plan for both . . . though only one of is sure.
Blessings from Texas!
What’s coming in this genre? Several stories are in progress!
Conventional Love is book two for The Apple Orchard Romance series wherein Dubs runs for the top job in the new Second Republic of Texas. (couple of chapters done).
The Pitch, with a publishing industry background for the Red River Romance series, introduces a new television show and loads of fun with characters directly descended from the Buckmeyers and Baylors of the historical Texas Romances. (fifteen chapters, 35K words)
Acquiring a Wife, another Red River Romance, involves the McAdoos’ favorite board games, Acquire. (four chapters, 10K words)
Perfect Love for the Red River Romances features Aunt Iris, Faith and Asa, Mary Esther and Samuel and so much fun! (three chapters, 5K words.
King of Texas hero Patrick Henry Buckmeyer III is carrying on increasing the family fortune amassed by his namesake back in the early 1800s (Texas Romances Family Saga) and agrees to a crazy plan. (four chapters, 10K words)
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