Friday, August 29, 2008

Never Give Up On Your Writing

It's rare, I've heard, for the first book a writer creates to ever be published. Its usually cast in a desk drawer, put aside and becomes the "practice" piece to pave the way for those that do get published. But there's something about that first stays with you, is etched in your was the case with my historical romance.
I wrote THE GOLDEN LADY in 1983, while going through the breakup of my first marriage. I was depressed, brokenhearted and very worried as to how I'd support two children on only my salary. A friend, to cheer me up and get my mind off my troubles, brought me a novel to read . . . a romance written by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss entitled, A Rose In Winter. I devoured that book from cover to cover, moved by the words, the feelings, the hero and heroine. Up until this point I'd only written a few articles and won awards for my poetry . . . never dreaming of tackling a novel. But Kathleen inspired me and I just couldn't "NOT" write one.
Since I loved the Native American's spirituality and sympathized with their plight, as well as being an advid fan of such western shows as Bonanza, Rifle Man, Lone Ranger and Davy Crockett growing up, I decided to write a western depicting the love between a white woman and an Apache warrior during a time when such a union would be forbidden. I thought I did a "smashing" job at showing their struggles against all odds, having love win out and all that heartwarming stuff. When I wrote the last word a thrill ran through me I'd never experienced before. But my joy was soon squelched when I was rejected by publisher after publisher.
Apparently there wasn't a calling for historical westerns at that time. My novel just didn't fit in to the historical mode. Sadly I put it away, in a desk drawer and moved on.
As the years went by I learned the ins and outs of writing a novel. I joined Romance Writers Of America, saturated myself with "how to write" books, tapes, and attended writing workshops at conferences. It's all about the journey, the trials, the rewrites. And through it all I grew as a writer, eventually seeing my romantic paranormals and fantasy accepted by a publisher. I also saw the romance genre become divided into sub-genres . . . the standard historical no longer the norm. A western finally fit the mode.
The day I took THE GOLDEN LADY out of the desk drawer to rewrite and revise, I whispered a prayer. This story was the one that healed my heart, gave me a new purpose during a time when I felt all was lost. To think it could be shared by other readers brought tears to my eyes.
Now, twenty-five years later, editor Patricia Tanner of The Wild Rose Press has given THE GOLDEN LADY the chance to be in print. My hand shook as I signed the contract, a long-time dream had finally come true.
My advise to all writers is to learn everything you can to make yourself a better writer. Be open to revisions and rewrites. Learn from your mistakes. But most of all never give up on your writing.


The Wild Rose Press has Free Reads. You can download a free e-read and see if you like the author and the stories in a particular line. These are the free reads from Cactus Rose.

You can find them here: The Wild Rose Press Free Reads

Celia has her debut Cactus Rose coming out in November.

Paty has three books in the Cactus Rose line.

While you're there browsing take a look at all the great book-length and short stories in the Cactus line!

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Lauri Robinson here. I have three stories in the Cactus Line at The Wild Rose Press. Mail Order Husband, A Wife for Big John, and Unbelievable Journey.

I’ve always been in love with the old west, and writing about those pioneer times has to be the next best thing to living in them (all right, indoor plumbing is a plus too).

A touch about my stories…I created Mail Order Husband after visiting the Black Hills of South Dakota. The land remains untouched in many ways; I just couldn’t help but wonder how a woman alone would have ever survived. I decided she’d have a tough time of it, so my heroine orders herself a husband.

While my father was ill, he suggested I write a story about a logging camp in Minnesota, I told him I would if he’d help me. He shared many stories of the old logging days which I incorporated into A Wife for Big John.

I love the concept of a woman traveling back to the old west, so thus, An Unbelievable Journey was born. Having a sister-in-law whose father was a race horse jockey years ago at the tracks in Nebraska gave me a wonderful resource, so setting the story in Omaha seemed fitting.

I’m excited to be a part of the Cactus Rose Blog, and look forward to reading about the other Cactus authors and hearing what readers want.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Coming June 2009

Lawmen and Outlaws- and anthology of two lawmen stories and two outlaw stories 20,000 -25,000 words in length.

We are actively seeking four authors with a story that fits our guidelines above to be in the anthology coming out June 2009 to promote the Cactus Rose line.

If you are interested we need a synopsis sent to Patricia Tanner at the Wild Rose Press by August 31st. Those picked will be notified by September 10th. And the final galley needs to be approved by April 1st.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Cactus Rose Release this week

This Wednesday, 8/27, A Law of Her Own by Linda Laroque will be released. In this Miniature Rose, Charity Dawson time travels to the old west and modern forensics meets the old west, in this tale of intrigue and romance.

She won’t let an innocent man hang—
When Charity Dawson resigns her father’s corporate law firm to pursue a career as a trial lawyer, she gets more of a change than she wanted. She finds herself transported to 1888 Texas in the middle of a murder trial.
Turner Reardon is on trial for killing his mistress. He’s given up all hope when an oddly dressed young woman disrupts his trial, claiming she can prove his innocence. Her testimony is brilliant, but his optimism is short lived when she also claims she’s a lawyer.
Charity doesn’t know how she arrived in Prairie, and no one believes she actually went to law school. Her evidence is tossed out and Turner is sentenced to hang. She has only one chance to save an innocent man’s life and find the real killer.
This is the second time travel short story Linda has written. Her first, Desires of the Heart, a Miniature Vintage Rose will be released later this year. It is set in post WWII in Carlisle, U.K.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Welcome to the Cactus Rose blog. The Cactus Rose line is the historical western line at The Wild Rose Press. This blog will have updates about the line and blogs written by Cactus authors.

We are currently looking for submission to our new series "Earth Songs"

The stories can be set anywhere in the United States among any Native American tribe, but must take place between 1870 and 1890.

Each story should involve a Native American hero, heroine, or both. Historical accuracy is essential.
We're looking for believable stories, 40K and under in length, with fully developed characters and a happily ever after ending.

If you would like to submit a story to this series send a query and synopsis to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line " Submission for Earth Songs series "