I have a toss-up between two of my favorite romance novels. They both had heroines that were at war with themselves and that was the emotional element that drew me in like a hog to a mud wallow.
LaVyrle Spencer’s historical western, Hummingbird, about a steadfast spinster who tries above all else to keep up appearances finds herself taking care of a man she believes is a train robber. She finds herself doing inappropriate retaliations to the man’s teasing and tormenting. And she finds herself drawn to him in what she considers a most unladylike way. Her inner turmoil with herself and her infatuation with a man she believes is bad made this book a standout story for me. Abigail and Jesse’s dance of seduction won me over to historical romance.
The other book that lured me in and gave me the nudge to write romance was Nora Robert’s Born of Fire. I’ve read the whole trilogy several times over. But the first book, Maggie’s story was the one that drew me into the Irish country and held me there with Maggie’s stubbornness and intensity. She and Rogan are like oil and water, yet when they come together it’s a combustible relationship that holds high regard for each others talents.
My latest release Logger in Petticoats is the fifth book in the Halsey Series. All my heroines are strong willed and stubborn. Kelda in Logger in Petticoats is no exception. She wants to work in the woods rather than in the cookhouse with her mother, but the new boss, Hank Halsey believes a woman in the woods would be a distraction. While he sees her as a woman who should be respected she sees herself as a woman who can do anything a man can and quite often better. But they find a kinship in their need to honor their families.
Here’s a sneak peek into Logger in Petticoats….
Hank Halsey believes he’s found the perfect logging crew—complete with cooks—until he discovers Kelda Nielson would rather swing an axe than flip eggs. As he sets out to prove women belong in the kitchen, he’s the one in danger of getting burned.
Strong and stubborn, Kelda Nielsen grew up falling trees, and resents any man who believes she’s not capable, until Hank. He treats her like a lady and has her questioning what that means.
As Kelda and Hank’s attraction builds, she hires a cook so she can sneak out and work in the woods. But will her deceit ruin her chance at love or will hardheaded Hank realize it’s more than his love that puts a sparkle in Kelda’s eye?