The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Thanks to Janet Oakley who tagged me for this Blog Hop

If you want to participate:
1. Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog

2. Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

3. The questions with your answers

Here’s mine:

What is the working title of your book? Nettie’s Cowgirls

Where did the idea come from for the book? This is the third in my “Dare to Dream” series, based on my grandmother who was a real Montana cowgirl. The first book is Cowgirl Dreams (EPIC Award winner) and Follow the Dream (WILLA Literary Award winner).

What genre does your book fall under? Western Historical.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? That’s a difficult question. My grandfather looked like Charlton Heston, but of course that’s impossible. Maybe Jake Gyllenhall. Not sure who would play Nettie, a petite, feisty ranch woman with auburn hair.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Despite World War II and the demise of women’s rodeo where they competed on rough stock with the men, Nettie continues to follow her dream by mentoring young trick riders.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I have no agent. The publisher of my first two novels is Treble Heart Books

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Too long! Two years.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? It’s hard to say. My series has been compared to the Little House on the Prairie books in some ways, but it’s different. It’s not a romance, but has sweet romance in it, it’s not an old-time “shoot-’em-up” western but it takes place in the west and around the ranching and rodeo world. It’s basically a fictionalized story about my grandmother, who rode bucking stock in rodeos, and was an avid horsewoman. This book is more fiction than the first two, however, and delves into “what might have been.”

Who or What inspired you to write this book? My grandmother, who seemed ahead of her time, a woman who was the epitome of “Cowgirl Up”–do the hard thing without complaining.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It takes place in Montana during the 1940s and Nettie is faced with letting her son go off to war.

Thanks for stopping by this Blog Hop and please check out our host Susan Taitel and the other bloggers participating in this event, including,, and

Also please peruse my blogroll links and visit some of my friends there!


Join us in Blog Hop Day!

Welcome to the Blog Hop. Leave a comment on my blog and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a copy of one of my books. Then pick one or more blogs from the following list and visit for more chances to win prizes! Sponsored by BOLD e-zine.


1.  Bold E-zine
(1)   – $10.00 Cash Paypal
(10) – $20.00 Advertising Certificates redeemable with BOLD – Winner may use themselves or transfer the  advertising certificate to a friend.)
2.  Still Blonde After All These Years
$75.00 Lending Gift Certificate
3.  Bree, Home to Blogmania
$15.00 Best Buy Gift Card – $10.00 Cold Stone Creamy GC
4.  Di Doodlings
$10.00 PayPal – $10.00 iTunes – $10.00 Amazon
5. Momma Told Me
$20.00 Amazon Gift Card – $10.00 PayPal Cash – $10.00 WalMart GC – $10.00 Target GC
6.  The Socialite’s Closet
$20.00 Target Gift Card – $25.00 Apothica GC
7.  Books R Us
$10.00 PayPal Cash – $25.00 gift card to$10.00 gift card to
8.  Heidiwriter
Gift Certificate – winner’s choice – Cowgirl Dreams, or Follow the Dream
9. The Adventures of My Family of 8
$10.00 Gift Card – Starbucks
10. Turning The Clock Back
$20.00 Ecomom gift code – $25.00 Isle of Eden Code – $10.00 Starbucks Code
11. Maxwell’s Mommy
$10.00 gift card to Hashibags on Etsy$10.00 gift card to CSN stores
12. Kelly’s Lucky You
$10.00 PayPal Cash
13. Makobi Scribe Product Reviews
$10.00 Accent Studios Wall Decals – $25.00 Accent Studios Wall Decals
14. My Fitness World
Product code for Win X Bluray DVD iphone rippper
15. Mommies Playground
$10.00 PayPal Cash

%d bloggers like this: