Tallchief Series Covers

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The Tallchiefs are coming! For some time now, Designers and I have been working on cover designs for the Tallchief series. We may adjust a little, definitely the icons in the first 2 covers, but generally the layout will be the same. Giving a series a look is a huge process. Follow this blog to learn more about the icons, the legends, etc. as the 5 Tallchiefs’ stories are revisited.

Book #1 Tallchiefs

If you only knew!! When I had the Tallchief Cradle contest–what to put in the cradle–little did I know that would conflict with the icons necessary, first of all the Tallchief’s 5 arrows that Elspeth suggests for a brooch. To do the cradle alone, filled with what I wanted, would have given a mainstream women’s fiction look and THE COWBOY AND THE CRADLE is definitely romance with a capital R. So designers and I went back and forth, thinking about what the paper copies would look like later on. The decision after much batting back and forth was the look you see in Duncan Tallchief’s book.

We may juggle the size of the icons, but I have that cradle and some of the other objects in the series.

Each book in the series is tied to the Tallchiefs’ ancestors, a Scots bondwoman captured by a Sioux chieftain. The legend is:

The woman who brings the cradle to a man of Fearghus blood will fill it with his babies….

BLURB: The first of the Tallchief series: Women stalk sexy Duncan Tallchief, but Sybil only wants him to rescue her child. The rough, dark and brooding Wyoming rancher is fascinated by strong-willed and classy redhead Sybil. Both wounded by life, their sexual attraction cannot be denied, but Sybil isn’t buying, though she settles in Amen Flats, near Duncan and his siblings. A heady blast of Duncan’s sexuality and her unexpected demanding passion unsettles Sybil’s lifeline cool control. In pursuit of the woman he wants, Duncan must learn how to handle this fiery woman as both must learn this new ball game called Love.

Calum Tallchief’s story, Book #2 in the Tallchiefs, is coming up: TALLCHIEF’S BRIDE.

I hope you’re in a mood to revisit these fan-favorites!

Building Stories

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This is my painting in my daughter’s home. I’m hoping to do a bit of painting during my break at the end of the year.

Thank you for subscribing to my blog. I’m learning as I go on this new website, so look for changes (what gizmos work or don’t) and please let me know what I might post that interests you? Just write.

I’m a very visual writer, and I like color, though the two–painter and writer–cannot work at the same time. It’s a choice.

For those who have followed my books through the years: Thank You.

I’m “nesting” right now, building a story, building a series, taking notes, developing characters and story lines. Life amid Missouri’s Ozarks gives me lots of visuals for ideas.

One book in particular–Sleepless in Montana–centered on an artist, and I found myself very much involved in his art, feeling the colors move around me, feeling how Hogan would feel about objects and lines.

Another book, Be Mine, a Western Historical romance, came from a country drive. An Amish girl, bonnet/long dress, was riding a paint pony beside the road. The pony was galloping, her long skirt lifted to expose jeans below. That visual caught me. I understood much of Emma, raised in a strict German family, her neat, waste not/industrious nature. I understood because my parents were of German descent, so I had a model for Emma.

Nesting is really difficult. This is where it may get weird for you, btw. 🙂 Nesting is like some big nebulous haze with little sparkles of ideas floating around. Some will work; others won’t. I can only explain it like this: Tails/tales are out there, floating, tantalizing, and if I can grab one and hold it as a good idea for a story, that’s good. But the next idea (tail of one) floating nearby, will not work with the primary. This is difficult/straining work, believe it or not, just thinking, pushing, waiting for a basic idea to gel.

It sounds all very mystical, doesn’t it? But then, I was/my writing was studied in some college course somewhere as an author who uses myths and legends as basics. True. But not on purpose. I have read a lot of Roman/Greek/Viking mythology and epic sagas, so that comes out, I guess.

Basically, I incorporate my experiences and life into my stories. Writers need experiences and a story is grown, much like a baby grows. Someone once said, paraphrasing here: A Writer must get out from behind a desk to experience life. (Yes, my life experiences about. I have thrown a tomahawk, btw. :))

It is so hard to cut that umbilical cord from one story to the next. After my Basket Series last book, The Bride’s Basket, I wrote a short story (not published), about one of the characters to help tie off that attachment to the series. Have no fear, readers who asked for more, I have another story planned for the series, but at this time, I’m wanting a fresh start. Creative minds move on to keep fresh.

I’m at that point now, starting a whole new series. Some writers can repeat the same story and that is their style. But I am one who needs diversity, and you can find that in my Printable Book List (on my website).

And that is how I get my stories, but what is in me–my experiences, my interests, visuals and whatever else is in the package, like a traveler, a mother, a friend, a cook, etc. Most writers are intimately connected with their stories. And I was originally contracted and worked with by top editors to get those stories out of me. I asked about that once: why the editors worked so intensely with me. They replied that I had a lot of stories in me and they wanted to get them out. That hit me so strange at the time. Now it doesn’t.

Wish me luck on this new story I’m starting? And please let me know what you would like to see in these posts? Thank you for subscribing.