I enjoy designing book covers almost as much as writing stories. Whenever a project is started, I immediately being searching for pictures. In writing the third book in the Finding Home Series, I wanted to find a photo showcasing the sweetness of the heroine, Daisy Smithson, and when I came across this one, I knew my search was over. I love her whimsical expression.
Daisy is only twenty-five, and yet she's been through more heartache than women twice her age. Of course, that's where Tim Wells, the son of Hallie from book one, comes to the rescue. He's the same age as Daisy and remembers her from childhood. They had forged a friendship until she told him she was going to marry him someday. Seems she'd dream about it. That isn't exactly what an an eight year old boy wants to hear, so Tim was more than happy to leave Missouri for Oregon and be done with Daisy. NOT.
When Tim returns for sentimental reasons to the farm that was sold to Daisy's family years earlier to fund travel expenses to Oregon, he finds not only Daisy trying to survive after her parents' deaths, but a babe, and no husband. Her reaction to someone trespassing on her property is to aim her shotgun at the intruder. So begins the romance between Tim and Daisy.
But that's not the only romance in this story. I would be remiss in not finding the soul mate for Trent Garrett, brother of Rush Garrett from book two. The perfect woman for Trent is Arizona Cayson, daughter of Huck Cayson, a former squatter on the Garrett ranch. Of course, I couldn't make Trent's romance an easy one. He's carrying a lot of guilt and as the saying goes, "He can't see what's right in front of his face." Of course, that would be no-nonsense Arizona.
On another note, after Missouri Challenge: Daisy is complete, I've been considering what to write next. I believe I will return to the Romance on the Ranch Series with book five. I love writing contemporary western romance, so I've decided to switch from the historical genre for awhile. Just between you and me and the lamppost, I find historical romance very challenging and often difficult to write. With contemporary westerns I kind of "relax" into the story.
With that being said, the fifth book (unless I'm struck by lightning with another inspiration) will be Cecelia Brightman's story. She is the sister of Miles Brightman introduced in book two, given his own story in book three, and who played a major role in book four (he gets around). I really think Cecelia, for all her wealth and busy work with charity foundations, needs some excitement in her life. Thus, enter Connor MacKenzie. Yeah baby! He may have scars, both internal and external, but he is one hot guy and Cecelia's about to fall head-over-heels for the famous artist hiding out in Paxtonville, Colorado. The question is, will he fall for her?