Over the next few days of posts, I plan to introduce to y’all my wonderful co-writers in the best-selling Cowboy Up and Cowboy Up 2 boxed sets. Cowboy Up released in September and surpassed a lot of our expectations. We are so proud of this collection of Contemporary Wesrtern Romance novellas and had so much fun compiling them that we decided to do it again.
We released Cowboy Up 2 on March 1 and we all hope you love this anthology as much as we do!
Now, I’d love to introduce the first author in both sets, Allison Merritt, who describes how the Cowboy Up and Cowboy Up 2 novellas differ from her norm…
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All the stories in our Cowboy Up sets are novellas, although several have tie-ins with the authors’ novels. I’d never written much in the contemporary genre before, so you’ll find Always, Cowboy and Good Ride, Cowboy are stand alone novellas.
Before Always, Cowboy, I hadn’t dabbled in contemporary romance writing much, although if I ever did write a full-length contemporary, it definitely would be western. I owe Louis L’Amour and a few historical romance writers for my love of all things in the Wild West. You’ll see traces of that through my other novels, which are largely historical western romances or paranormal and alternate history romances.
In many ways, I think writing a novella is one of the more challenging writing projects. You’ve got an idea, one with the basic issues no matter which project you want to tackle. It needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. You figure out the characters, their goals, motivation, and conflicts. Then you sit down and try to make them play nice around the plot you’ve throw them into. The problem is, you’re only allowed so many words to give them a crisis, find a solution for it, and give them a happily-ever-after, whereas in a full-length novel, you’ve got time to weave together all kinds of problems for them to overcome.
The fun thing about writing western contemporary is that I get to play with the dialogue more than I do in historicals. Not using modern day language in historicals is difficult and sometimes frustrating. With a contemporary, I get to decide how the characters act based on the way I interact with people I know or observe. I rarely have to rely on etymology dictionaries while writing contemporary. As a huge fan of using dialogue to carry a story along, that’s pretty important.
Will I ever get a full-length contemporary western romance completed? I hope so, because I have a crazy good idea for one. And I’ll probably keep going with novellas too, because there’s something seriously satisfying about finishing one of those up. Even short projects can make an author feel good about herself.
Good Ride, Cowboy
Sometimes all you need is one good ride to clear your head.
Thanks to her ex-boyfriend, Sommer Allen’s life is in shambles. She’s headed home to Courtland, Texas for her sister’s wedding, but when a quick stop a gas station ruins her plans, she’s left stranded and at the mercy of a handsome cowboy.
Perry Glidewell is on his way back to Texas after winning another championship in the arena versus a bull. When he finds Sommer having a meltdown in the middle of a parking lot, he knows he can’t leave her alone. Since her hometown is near his, it makes sense to hit the road together.
Sommer never imagined falling for a cowboy. His manners and gallant attitude win her over quickly, but with her future uncertain, she’s not quite willing to give her whole heart to Perry. He’ll do whatever it takes to break the walls around Sommer’s heart, because beneath her tough-talking exterior, he sees she’s the type of Texas girl he’s always dreamed of.
Perry opened the door. “What the hell are you doing? Are you trying to steal my truck?”
She glowered. “Of course not. You snore. I thought I’d be able to sleep out here. I was asleep, until I turned a little and set off the alarm. I’m so sorry.” She handed him the keys and knocked something off the dash.
A lacy bra landed on his bare feet. His gaze shot straight to her chest. Sommer’s t-shirt was tight around her breasts and her nipples made perky bumps in the material.
Perry clenched his teeth. Of all the damn things to notice. He bent down and picked the bra up by the strap. “Think you lost something.”
She snatched the bra out of his hand. “You try sleeping in one of these.”
“Not really my style, sweetheart.”
“It’s not like I have a garment bag to store it in. Anyway, you snore really bad. It’s like the cross between a wood chipper and a rabid lion. I can’t spend the rest of the night listening to you.”
“You could have woke me up instead of alerting the whole world to where we are.” He shook his head. “You’re one strange lady.”
“Am not.” Her lower lip slid out and she folded her arms under her breasts, pushing them up higher.
About Allison Merritt:
A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.
Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that’s gathering dust after it was determined that she’s better at writing fluff than hard news.
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Good Ride, Cowboy by Allison Merritt
Sometimes all you need is one good ride to clear your head.
Cowboy in Waiting by Leslie P. Garcia
She’d buried a hero. She wasn’t looking for another. But her cowboy in waiting was far from a hero…
The Heartbroken Cowboy by Melissa Keir
Love isn’t found at the bottom of a bottle…
Cowboy in Trouble by Autumn Piper
A cowboy on the run and a girl on the rebound make for a messy fling.
A Cowboy’s Heaven by Sara Walter Ellwood
From the hell of lost love, can they find heaven together?
Cowboy Proud by D’Ann Lindun
She left town to chase her dreams… He stayed and ignored his… Can they find their dreams together?