Old West Romance

Inspiration: Where does it come from?

I’ve been thinking lately about inspiration. Unlike many authors, I don’t have a million book ideas knocking around in my head at any given moment. I generally have only one. Once I get an idea for a story, I become fully immersed in it until I flesh it out in a book. It’s like my brain can only process so much and stubbornly refuses to allow extra stuff in that will be distracting.

Because of my brain’s stingy supply of new ideas, part of me is afraid I’ll eventually run out of them. As I write and complete each new book, however, that fear gradually diminishes. I have written nine historical western romances containing domestic discipline, a rather specific genre, and yet each book has contained a different premise, plot, and character personalities.

The world is full of inspiration. You just have to pay attention. You have to listen, learn, and feel. I’d like to share my inspiration for each book I’ve written. For some of them, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment or experience that inspired me, but for others, it’s very clear.

detail_3605_TheUnbraidingOfAnnaBrown_200x300The Unbraiding of Anna Brown. My first book. Believe it or not, I started this book in 2011 and didn’t finish it until 2015. I was so thrilled when Blushing Books accepted it for publication, and I was even more thrilled when I learned that — wow! — there are other people who want to read my fantasies. Carter, the hero, is a grieving widower who has withdrawn from the world. Anna, the heroine, is a sweet young woman whose kind heart and quiet presence gradually help him awaken from grief.

My inspiration for this story? The western T.V. show Bonanza. If you’re a fan of the show, you know the big joke. Throughout its air on T.V., the four bachelor ranchers meet scores of women, but the women they meet and fall in love with all die. Ben Cartwright, the patriarch, was actually married three times and all three of his wives died. I was thinking of Ben Cartwright when I wrote Carter Barnes (see the name similarity?).

Growing up, watching the strong, old-fashioned cowboys take charge and do good in the world, did all kinds of happy things to my impressionable young heart, so it makes sense that I would have a “thing” for cowboys. I suppose you could say Bonanza is an inspiration for all my books, in a way, since my books all take place in the old west with rugged, untamed men (yum!).

large_3825_submissivesuffragette_500x755The Submissive Suffragette. This is a prequel to Anna Brown, even though I wrote it after. While writing Anna’s story, I came to understand the woman Carter was mourning. Carter’s first wife, Nalin, was sharp, feisty, and different from Anna in just about every way. I felt that Nalin and Carter deserved their own story, which led me to write The Submissive Suffragette.

It was fun to write, and I’ll tell you why. While writing Anna and Carter’s story, I fully formed Carter’s character, and I had to stick with it when I wrote the next book. He was who he was! And that was a gruff, stoic, no-nonsense man. Young, demure Anna fell right in line with that. But pairing him with Nalin was a fun challenge. Imagine a progressive, intelligent woman going toe-to-toe with an old-fashioned cowboy for 130 pages, and you have an idea of what goes on in this book.

large_3663_missymarshall_500x755Missy Meets the Marshal. You’ll notice as you keep reading that a recurring inspiration for my books is other books. This is true for Missy Meets the Marshal, although it might be surprising to discover which book inspired it. Believe it or not, it was inspired by a nonfictional book about how to write westerns, called Write a Western in 30 Days by Nik Morton.

I had grudgingly and unenthusiastically decided I should do some research on the old west, since it was clear by this time that writing westerns was the direction I was going. In this how-to book, I learned that to make a western book feel authentic to the reader, I needed to get more specific and more in tune with the lingo of the old west. For instance, instead of writing that the marshal drew his gun, I could write that the marshal shucked his Smith & Wesson. I learned about some of the gritty details of the wild west, and an action-packed story of villains, bank robbery, and murder formed inside my head. I don’t claim that my books are completely historically accurate (they’re not, as several disgruntled readers have pointed out), but I do try to add as many details as possible to make them believable. Fun fact: Anna and Carter show up in this book, and they are instrumental in helping Missy and Grover find their HEA.

fetchingcharolotterose_fullFetching Charlotte Rose. This book ranked #1 in historical erotica and erotic westerns on Amazon. It also won “Best Sweet Spanking Romance” of 2016. So yes, this book is both erotic and sweet! I can actually pinpoint the exact book that inspired me to write Fetching, and it’s a book by a spanking romance author I’ve never spoken with or had any kind of communication with other than to review a couple of her books. The author is April Hill, and the book that inspired mine is titled Scarlet Fever. In the beginning of this book, the hero (a Canadian Mountie) and heroine (an American journalist) engage in the most hilarious banter. The bratty heroine repeatedly insults the longsuffering hero who has a duty to deport her for not possessing proper papers. She jabs at him for being Canadian, for being a man, for being humorless… all his qualities and personality traits are fair game for this smart-mouthed heroine.

In my book, down-to-earth, practical Max fetches haughty, well-educated Charlotte Rose from the station, and immediately there are fireworks. Thinly veiled insults fly from the travel-weary lady, and events during the buggy ride from the station to town include Charlotte tossing away an apple given to her by Max, reporting that she’s had lemons that were sweeter. It’s so, so fun writing bratty heroines and the moments that lead to their comeuppances!

hislittleredlily_fullHis Little Red Lily. This book dabbles with mild age play. The young heroine is in need of a father figure, and the older, more-experience Jesse fits that role. Charlotte and Max make a significant appearance in this book. Writing Fetching Charlotte Rose and becoming acquainted with its setting and its characters inspired me to write Lily. Other than that, I honestly can’t say where I got my idea for this book. Lily longs to be an entertainer and to sing and dance in Jesse’s saloon. I can’t relate with this at all, as I would rather get indigestion than get up on stage and perform. Still, Lily’s longing for a protective man who will see to her safety isn’t a fantasy unfamiliar to me, so the story flowed naturally.

claimedbythemountainman_fullClaimed by the Mountain Man. Trapper Jack meets Naughty Nettie. I’ve actually already written a post on my inspiration for this book! If interested, you can read about it here. In a nutshell, my inspiration came from a Dolly Parton song. Yes, you heard that right. Country western songs have been pretty helpful to me in writing westerns, actually. Many other country songs have led to writing scenes in my other books. I can give specifics if asked, but this post would be a lot longer if I tried to list them all.

corrallingcallie_fullCorralling Callie. By this point in my western book-writing endeavor, I had written men with the following occupations: rancher, marshal, blacksmith, saloon owner, and trapper. I thought to myself, what other jobs did men have back then? I researched and found out that one of the most dangerous, lucrative careers a man could have in the old west was as a stagecoach driver. I knew I had found my next hero: Jude Johnson. Tough as nails, he has a job to do, and it’s to transport travelers west in one piece — surviving treacherous trails, bad weather, and bandits.

So what happens when a focused man gets a passenger like Callie, a misbehaving orphan with very little understanding of safety and proper behavior? Well, let’s just say there’s some spanking involved. I really fell in love with these two characters, so much so that I was inspired to write a follow-up story with them called Christmas with Callie, which can be found in this anthology.

emmassurrender_new_2.1Emma’s Surrender. I try to pay attention to trends in what people are reading and writing, and one trend I noticed and experienced myself in my own taste was dark romances. All the heroes I had written up to this point were what I would call morally upright. But I got to thinking, what if my hero was a villain? What if he was so evil that he actually murdered the heroine’s father? My mind went down a dark path (fun!). This book took on more D/s themes in addition to DD. It was my first time writing anal punishment, first time writing capture, and first time writing 100 percent from the heroine’s perspective. Before, my books contained chapters from the hero’s point of view, but I intentionally didn’t allow the reader to get inside Nathan’s head in this book. I wanted them to experience all the fear and doubt that Emma felt, without understanding the hero’s motivations until she did.

The plot of this story is based very loosely on real-life historical events. I lived for about six years in a small town in Montana, and in that time I learned some of the history there. During the Civil War, though Montana had no official affiliations, sympathizers of the Union stole gold to support their cause and painted pictures of the victims as evil Confederates, even though most of those people had come upon that gold legally. The sheriff in Virginia City was eventually hung as a result of a series of events that happened around this time. Using these fascinating historical truths, I wrote a strange, but not altogether unlikely, tale where the people who are supposedly good in this book are actually not good at all.

Handling Susannah CoverHandling Susannah. This is my latest release. I plan to write a lot more about my inspiration for it in a separate blog post but, as a preview, I will say I was hugely inspired by one of my author friends, Susannah Shannon—so much so that I gave the heroine her name! This friend of mine has been instrumental in brainstorming sessions. She can come up with hilarious, delightful ideas for stories and plot twists at the drop of a hat, and that was the case with this book. Every western romance writer needs to write a story with the mail-order bride trope, right? It’s practically mandatory. Discussions with Susannah led to shaking up this trope and writing a story about a mail-order groom. And boy was this fun to write!

Thanks for reading about my inspiration! If you’re an author, I’d love to hear what inspires you. Are there similarities, or is your process totally different from mine? Do you have any advice for finding inspiration? Are there events in your life that have led to an influx or drought of ideas? Please share!

If you’re a reader, what kinds of themes do you like to read in your romance books? What would you like to read next? Please share your thoughts, as I’m always looking for new ideas and willing to try new things!

Old West Romance · Saturday Spankings

When spanking is the only fitting punishment #SatSpanks

Good morning! Today’s Saturday Spankings contribution is all about audiobooks; specifically, audiobooks from my last two releases: Emma’s Surrender and Corralling Callie.

Emma’s Surrender is live and ready to download, so if you feel like listening to a gritty western with an interesting plot and dynamic characters (oh, and spankings!), make sure to check it out. Here’s the first chapter.

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I’ve also got a little preview of Corralling Callie for you. This will be coming out very soon, likely in the next couple weeks. What do you think?

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Isn’t the narrator’s voice amazing? I could listen to him all day. Here’s some of what’s contained in that chapter:

She sniffled. “Please don’t leave me behind.” She wiped a tear with the back of her hand, and Jude felt the last of his anger slip away. After all, her reckless action had been to help a passenger and was done in good faith. What further softened him was the fact that she did it for someone who had been less than kind to her.

“Callie,” he said more gently than before, but still with a firmness in his tone. “I know you were only trying to help, and I know it’s important for you to get to California. However, I can’t allow behavior like that to go unpunished. What you did was out-and-out dangerous.”

She nodded, a glimmer of hope creeping into her wet eyes. “I understand, Jude. But can’t you give me work to do or force me to ride up top or something?”

Jude ran his hand along the beard on his jaw and studied her. She looked like a scared and desperate child, very different from the proud little lady who had been bragging to him for the last few hours. He knew he wouldn’t have the heart to leave her behind. She looked too vulnerable to be on her own, and the only punishment he thought fitting was a spanking. Yes, that’s what she needed—a good blistering that would leave her temporarily sore but would impart a lasting lesson.

Are you excited to hear the rest? I know I am! Stay tuned. I’ll announce it on this blog when it’s released.

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Old West Romance · Saturday Spankings

#SatSpanks: I expect immediate obedience

Saturday SpankingsI missed Saturday Spankings last week, so I’m happy to be back and excited to share another excerpt from my latest release, Emma’s Surrender. Emma chafes under Nathan’s control. For a while he goes easy on her and tolerates her insistence on autonomy. However, in this pivotal scene, things change. After someone puts Emma’s life in danger, the full extent of Nathan’s dominance is realized, and it’s not something to be taken lightly.

He noticed the eye roll and leaned forward. His voice was sterner than she remembered it ever being before. “You need to take what just happened seriously, young lady. That was a blatant threat, and your contrary behavior worries me. You purposely sit on the chair instead of the sofa where I asked you to sit? That may seem like a small thing to you, but it alarms me. It makes me worry that you will disobey in matters that are important.”

She remained silent for a moment, stewing in her rebellion. When she spoke, it was angrily. “What you fail to consider is that I know when it’s important to listen to you and when you’re just being controlling.”

He grunted. “I wish that were true. You’ve already proven that not to be the case. You argued over being given a curfew, you wanted to stay in a room that had been broken into and defaced, and you walk around without a care in the world, throwing out the name of this town’s most hated enemy. It’s clear you need my guidance.”

Guidance, is that what you call it?” she spat. “More like commands and dictates.”

“Whatever you want to call it, you’re going to mind it,” he said, his voice still stern and level. “I’m not going to be lenient any longer. If I tell you to do something, I expect immediate obedience from now on, or you will suffer swift, harsh consequences. This game you’re playing isn’t funny, it’s dangerous.”

As you might imagine, Emma isn’t exactly quick to obey his every word after this, but I can assure you that Nathan is quick to keep his promise. If you’d like to read what happens next, click here. You can also read the first chapter for free.

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My Sexy Saturday · Old West Romance

#MySexySaturday: This is what you get when you’re naughty, pet

Hello and welcome to my blog. This is my first post as part of the My Sexy Saturday blog hop, so please go easy on me. In other words, act the opposite of how my alpha hero treats my heroine in Emma’s Surrender. He is quite hard on her, especially in the excerpt below. Hope you enjoy!

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She fought to absorb the sting of each slap. She wanted to please him, to hear his deep voice praising her once again.

When he stopped spanking and again reached between her legs, she remained still, even as he tortured her by touching everywhere but on the one small spot that sang for attention. He moved his fingers up the dark split of her cheeks and pressed one wet finger against her rosette. “Please don’t, Nathan,” she whimpered. “I’ve learned my lesson.” She wanted to resist, but she also wanted to fail at resisting. Every nerve in her body hummed in response to his bawdy attention.

“Relax your bottom and press against my finger, baby girl,” he said. “Lying is naughty, especially to the law, and bad girls get fucked in their naughty hole.”

Fire licked through her stomach. She shuddered with self-loathing pleasure at his words, uttered in a stern tone with a hint of tenderness. She forced her muscles to relax and arched her back, accepting the finger he slid into her. It felt uncomfortable and oh-so-wicked.

“That’s it,” he crooned. “This is what you’re going to get when you lie to me, pet—me taking you here. Do you feel embarrassed?”

“Yes,” she whimpered.

“Good. That’s how bad girls should feel—wicked and embarrassed.”

emmassurrender_new_2-1About Emma’s Surrender

When twenty-year-old Emma Brookstone arrives in the town of Bannack, Montana, she seeks out the local marshal, intending to enlist his help in uncovering the truth regarding her father’s murder two years earlier. Upon meeting the marshal, however, she is shocked and dismayed to discover that he is none other than the man who gunned her father down that fateful night.

Though Clive Brookstone was an evil man who needed killing, the knowledge that he left a young woman orphaned tore at Nathan Haskin’s conscience from the moment he pulled the trigger, and he has secretly provided for Emma’s needs since that day. Certain that hearing about her father’s legacy of lawless violence would break her heart, he concealed it from her, but now that she has returned to Bannack her persistence eventually prompts him to tell her the full story.

To make matters more complicated, Nathan finds his desire to protect Emma quickly growing into a powerful need to tame and possess her, and when her foolish behavior puts her safety at risk he doesn’t hesitate to take her in hand and spank her soundly. His stern chastisement leaves her furious yet helplessly aroused, and it isn’t long before he claims her hard and thoroughly.

In her heart, Emma knows what Nathan tells her is true–that her father’s death was just–but writhing in ecstasy as she is utterly dominated by the man who killed him fills her with shame nonetheless, and she does her best to deny her lust for the handsome marshal. Will the day ever come when she can put aside the past and surrender herself fully to the man she once hated?

Publisher’s Note: Emma’s Surrender includes sexual scenes and spankings. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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Old West Romance · Saturday Spankings

#SatSpanks: Pussy smacks, anyone?

emmassurrender_new_2-1Good morning! Well, I was looking through my new release for a good excerpt to share, and I found something I might as well post. I have a friend who says that pussy spanking is a signature of my books. I had never thought of it before she mentioned it, but when she did, I realized she is right. Nearly all of my books contain some pussy smacks. Ha! So, here is my “signature” in Emma’s Surrender.

“Now ask me to fuck you, baby girl.”

She groaned and uttered words that had never before passed her lips. “Fuck me, please.”

Satisfied with her obedience, he flipped her back around and resumed devouring her cunny, licking and nipping, taking her to the very edge once again. He rose up, and his hand took the place of his mouth, rubbing between her legs for several swirls until he paused to lift it and bring it down in a hard pat. She nearly arched off the bed from the sudden smack to her most sensitive body part. He was merciless. Again his hand fell, striking her clit and swollen lips.

“This wet cunny is getting a spanking because you were dishonest about what you wanted, but then I’ll fuck you, baby.”

Well, that’s nice of him at least, right? Nathan knows how to dish out the discipline, but at least he’s not stingy with pleasure (usually). To read more excerpts from Emma’s Surrender, click here. You can also read the first chapter for free or buy the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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Old West Romance · Saturday Spankings

#SatSpanks: She felt curious about how he would punish her #NewRelease

emmassurrender_new_2-1Welcome to the Saturday Spankings blog hop, your weekly excursion into the world of corporal punishment. I can’t tell you how excited I am about today. I love writing westerns with spanking/domestic discipline. There’s just something about a take-charge cowboy that tickles my fancy, and I’m delighted to share my latest book, Emma’s Surrender, with you. This book has some edgier themes than my previous books, delving into dubious consent and capture. Still, it’s got plenty of love and an HEA that I hope you will find satisfying. Oh, and spanking!

About Emma’s Surrender

When twenty-year-old Emma Brookstone arrives in the town of Bannack, Montana, she seeks out the local marshal, intending to enlist his help in uncovering the truth regarding her father’s murder two years earlier. Upon meeting the marshal, however, she is shocked and dismayed to discover that he is none other than the man who gunned her father down that fateful night.

Though Clive Brookstone was an evil man who needed killing, the knowledge that he left a young woman orphaned tore at Nathan Haskin’s conscience from the moment he pulled the trigger, and he has secretly provided for Emma’s needs since that day. Certain that hearing about her father’s legacy of lawless violence would break her heart, he concealed it from her, but now that she has returned to Bannack her persistence eventually prompts him to tell her the full story.

To make matters more complicated, Nathan finds his desire to protect Emma quickly growing into a powerful need to tame and possess her, and when her foolish behavior puts her safety at risk he doesn’t hesitate to take her in hand and spank her soundly. His stern chastisement leaves her furious yet helplessly aroused, and it isn’t long before he claims her hard and thoroughly.

In her heart, Emma knows what Nathan tells her is true—that her father’s death was just—but writhing in ecstasy as she is utterly dominated by the man who killed him fills her with shame nonetheless, and she does her best to deny her lust for the handsome marshal. Will the day ever come when she can put aside the past and surrender herself fully to the man she once hated?

Publisher’s Note: Emma’s Surrender includes sexual scenes and spankings. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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Excerpt

Mr. Harper wrapped an arm around her and fastened her to his chest. “Don’t try to get up again until I permit it. I’ll wake up if you try to move my arm, and then I’ll punish you again.”

She felt morbidly curious about how he would punish her. “Will you spank me like a child again?”

“Yes. That’s what you are.”

“I’m eighteen, Mr. Harper!” She shifted in his arms.

“That’s only a number. You’re naïve and as sheltered as a child when it comes to the injustice and madness taking place outside your comfortable home. Now settle yourself and go to sleep, Brookstone, or I’ll give you a licking you won’t forget. I mean it.” He uttered this threat while wrapping the lower part of the blanket under her feet.

She decided the most prudent thing to do was to remain in his embrace. Within minutes, she felt the steady rise and fall of his chest against her back. She remained awake, wondering how her captor could sleep peacefully, considering the weight of his sin. She also wondered why she felt so warm and relaxed in his arms, even though she absolutely didn’t want to feel that way.

I hope you liked that glimpse into the relationship between Emma and Nathan. Purchase the book on Amazon, or read more excerpts from Emma’s Surrender on my blog.

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Old West Romance · Saturday Spankings

#SatSpanks: A stern chastisement

Saturday SpankingsGood morning, merry Christmas, happy holidays, etc. I’m delighted to share a snippet from my upcoming release, titled Emma’s Surrender, which will be released December 30. Enjoy!

“I feel I must warn you, this will be a very stern chastisement. If the stakes weren’t so high, I might go easier on you, but I want you to be reminded every time you sit down today of the best possible result of you disobeying me. Having a blistered seat is preferable to being dead. Yeah?”

She was becoming more terrified with every passing second. He continued to stroke her, his hand now firmly rubbing over where her bottom and thighs met, low and inches from her sex. His hand so was so large that when it lowered to her thighs, she felt the tips of his fingers curve around the edge of one leg as the ball of his hand massaged her other leg.

“You’re a good girl,” he said, and gave her a mild swat. It was loud, despite only imparting a slight sting, and she jumped with surprise. He swatted her other cheek with the same force. “But you’re also naïve and reckless, and you don’t know your place.” He spanked her again. “You’re a soft-hearted woman in a man’s harsh world, and you’re gonna end up dead if you don’t take my words seriously.”

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