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