I’m hard at work finishing up my new Christmas novella. This one is a little different. I went back to my best-selling western series, The Burnett Brides that I had written years ago. The series, set in the old west, is about a mother who has three very stubborn sons who have not gotten married. She wants grandchildren, and they’re not even married. So she pulls some tricks and by the time the third son is married, the children wanted to return the favor of finding her true love. I never wrote that book until now.
Eugenia Burnett (be careful what names you choose in books because they stay around a long time) has sworn never to remarry. She doesn’t need a husband or want one. She’s a free spirit doing what she pleases and doesn’t need a man to boss her around. Yet she’s not given up her matchmaking ways either. Now she’s moved on to the people she knows, and she’s putting widows and widowers together. Until one widower, Wyatt Jones (think John Wayne meets Maureen O’Hara) lets her know in front of a crowded restaurant that he’s not interested in any of the women she keeps sending him except her. He wants to marry her.
I’ve had a lot of fun with this book. The story just seemed to write itself with me hanging on for the ride. I love it when books are this easy to write. But this book is special because it’s about an “Older” heroine.
As a writer, I get tired of writing virgins and also very young women. There’s nothing wrong with writing young heroines, but as a writer I want to explore other times in life. We’re not young forever and what happens when people find love at a different age. As a reader I long for older heroines who find love a second time.
Our population is aging. The baby boomers are retiring more and more each year. Don’t you think they’ll want to read older heroines? No, they probably can’t be kick-ass, though that would be a fun challenge to write, but why can’t they fall in love again? Middle-aged heroines who give love a second chance.
So this year, I’m putting out a Christmas novella that has Eugenia’s story. It could be a flop, but I’m hoping that enough baby boomers will enjoy reading her story and ask for more older heroines who find love. I’m also hoping that readers who loved this series, will enjoy seeing Eugenia find love and her sons get their revenge. Look for the preorders to start sometime this month. The title is The Christmas Bride.
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