Thursday, March 1, 2018

Donna Schlachter, Historical Romance


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A PRICKLY AFFAIR 
by Donna Schlachter
included in BOUQUET OF BRIDES collection


Donna Schlachter
Donna Schlachter lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid author who has published a number of books under her pen name and under her own name. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a local critique group, and teaches writing classes and courses. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.


Please enjoy Donna’s article about writing A Prickly Affair, which is included in Bouquet of Brides, a collection of stories from multiple authors:


The Full Scoop Behind . . . A Prickly Affair
by Donna Schlachter

When I decided on the heroine for my story, I wanted her to be a writer who used a pen name (just like me). Cactus Lil has never experienced love, yet she writes hot and steamy romance stories for a New York City magazine under the pen name Daisy Duncan. I wanted her to be strong and independent, yet still realize there is something missing in her life. 

The hero for my story needed to be someone who Cactus Lil—and the reader—would be attracted to because of the fact it would be obvious he was completely out of his depths in Arizona. Accomplished, dapper, and suave on the streets of New York City, he is lost in the Wild West. And, I wanted him to make a tough decision for the right reason, not because he would benefit from it personally, but because his feelings for the heroine would compel him to demonstrate agape love for perhaps the first time in his life. 

The villain is kept off the page so as to not detract from the growing relationship between Lily and Peter. Peter’s employer—who is also his uncle—seemed the ideal candidate. We meet him through telegrams and through Peter’s thoughts about him. In fact, that he is also Peter’s uncle didn’t come to me until I was at the end of the story. 

For the time period, I wanted to keep it close to my favorite time, which is the 1860’s to 1880’s. It had to be after Cave Creek, Arizona was founded, so I picked 1858. I did some research into what was going on in the area at the time, including weather, rainfall, sunrise/sunset times, and the extent of cattle ranching and the population of the area, all of which fell directly into line with the story I had in mind. 

I wanted the setting to be a place that was special to me. So I decided on Cave Creek, Arizona, the town where my father and my step-mother (who I dearly loved) were married, and where their ashes are scattered together. I love the area, the wilderness of the desert blended with the lushness of land near the river. 

I hope readers get the message that’s buried beneath the romance story. I write stories of second—and third—and fourth chances from a God who is bigger than our mistakes, so that message is in this story. I also wanted to have a character demonstrate the agape love of God, which I managed to include. 


Welcome, Donna. Please tell us a little about your story, A Prickly Affair, which is included in Bouquet of Brides.
A rough-and-tumble cowgirl longs for true love, but is afraid to let down her prickly exterior when a city slicker from New York City, with less-than-honorable intentions, tries to win her heart and her hand.

Lily Duncan—“Cactus Lil” to friend and foe alike—is as prickly as her name implies, and she likes it that way. Arizona in 1885 is a land as harsh as the moon, but Lil, born and raised near Cave Creek, feels at one with the sand, rocks, and giant saguaros. She loves living in the desert, and is happiest on her own on her small cattle ranch near Cave Creek, Arizona. Although she’s never been in love before, she pens romantic short stories for a magazine under her pen name of Daisy Duncan.

Peter Golding has never been west of the Mississippi, but a tender young woman named Daisy who writes of love and relationships intrigues him. Through reading her powerful descriptions of what love should be, Daisy’s stories have captured a part of his heart.

When Peter’s uncle sends him to find Miss Daisy Duncan and bring her back to New York City, Peter decides to take matters a step further and bring her back as his bride—surely then his uncle will be impressed with her. But when he arrives, he quickly realizes that Miss Lily Duncan is no shrinking violet waiting to be rescued. In fact, she has to rescue him several times.

Cactus Lil finds her heart torn between this stranger from the east and her desire for independence. If she surrenders to her feelings, will she be forced to do his bidding? When she finds a telegram from her editor telling Peter to bring her back or lose his job, she believes his attentions to be self-serving. Will Peter choose her or his job? And will she decide to surrender her heart or send him packing—again?

Where can readers find you online?
Website and blog - Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for our free newsletter!
Facebook
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Other Books on Amazon and Smashwords

Where can readers purchase Bouquet of Brides, which includes your novella, A Prickly Affair?
Amazon  

Donna, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Donna is offering a paperback copy (U.S. mailing address only) of Bouquet of Brides to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 6, 2018 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Very Present Help by Sharon K. Connell is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here





52 comments:

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    This is a wonderful post. I love how much thought and research goes into making a truly great book. This sounds like a fantastic story.
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  2. I so enjoyed this “full scoop” and am eager to read this novella collection! A Prickly Affair sounds delightful!

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  3. A Prickly Affair sounds like a delightful read! I also enjoy these collections so that I get to sample a new author. It’s a lot of fun.
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  4. Wow! Another book I want to read. If all the stories in the book are like this it will be on my TBR list.
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  5. This story sounds fantastic! I love stories set in the 1800's & stories pointing to our loving, forgiving Father! Thanks for sharing with us! RW620ATaolDOTcom

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  6. This book sounds SO good!! I'd love to be entered to win!
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  7. A Prickly Affair sounds wonderful! I enjoy these Barbour Romance collections.

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  8. I love novella collections! they are the perfect quick fix at the end of a long day :) This one sounds great, thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I so adore the Barbour novella collections and have several on my shelf :-) I've found new-to-me authors through them & Donna would be one of them I'd love to discover through "A Prickly Affiar" :-) Thank you for the fun interview and giveaway chance, I just LOVE that cover!!

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  10. I love reading books that have a few stories in them by different authors...a good way to get introduced to new authors...rita dot navarre at yahoo dot com

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  11. Sheila The Incurable RomanticMarch 2, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Donna, Thank you so much for sharing so much about the "inner workings" of "A Prickly Affair", and the collection it's in. I admit this is my first time being introduced to your works, but I appreciate already that you've shared so much about how you internally processed so completely before writing. I wish you much success on this collaboration.

    And, thank you, Jo, for introducing us to this author.

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  12. Donna, thank you for sharing your thoughts on how you built this story. It sounds so appealing. I'm looking forward to reading it, as I generally try to read as many of these collections as I can.
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  13. This story sounds great, and book collections are a great way to find new authors. :)

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  14. I’m a follower.
    I love these novella collections from Barbour; they have introduced me to so many wonderful authors.
    This novella sounds great. Thanks for the opportunity.
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  15. Our church library readers enjoy these type of books. If I win, this book will be going to the library.
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  16. Hi Jo and Donna, thank you for the post! It’s always interesting to read how the book is coming together :)
    Blessings!

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  18. I'm intrigued! This novella sounds wonderful and I'm interested in seeing how the dynamics between the two play out. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    2. Hi Chanel: Thanks for stopping by. Sometimes I'm surprised how the dynamics work out, too!

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