Shannon here: Betty Woods will be my guest on Jan 25th. But I wanted to share how her book came to be. So pull up a chair and settle in. Comment or answer the question in this post or Betty’s on the 25th to enter the drawing for her debut Historical Romance, Love’s Twisting Trail. Deadline: Feb 5th, 11:59 pm central time.
In 2020, Scrivenings Press sponsored their first annual writing contest. The Novel Starts is for an unfinished manuscript and the Get Pubbed is for a complete novel with a grand prize of publication. During the course of the contest, I read all the entries, in a variety of genres. Even though I don’t read Historical Romance often, one stood out to me. Betty Woods’ Love’s Twisting Trail. It was well written, the characters were engaging, and the story kept me interested. Even though it wasn’t my usual genre.
In the end, Betty’s book won 2nd place. Once the contest dust settled, I requested the rest of her manuscript. The remaining pages were just as good as the first few I’d read in the contest. I recommended to my friend/the owner of Scrivenings that we should contract the book. A few tense days ensued as we waited for a response as we worried some other publisher might scoop it up. But they didn’t and the rest, as they say, is history. I dearly love being a small part of discovering new authors and helping their dreams come true.
Love’s Twisting Trail releases Jan 18th and is currently available on Amazon for preorder.
About the book – Love’s Twisting Trail: Stampedes, wild animals, and renegade Comanches make a cattle drive dangerous for any man. The risks multiply when Charlotte Grimes goes up the trail disguised as Charlie, a fourteen year-old boy. She promised her dying father she’d save their ranch after her brother, Tobias, mismanages their money. To keep her vow, she rides the trail with the brother she can’t trust.
David Shepherd needs one more successful drive to finish buying the ranch he’s prayed for. He partners with Tobias to travel safely through Indian Territory. David detests the hateful way Tobias treats his younger brother, Charlie. He could easily love the boy like the brother he’s always wanted. But what does he do when he discovers Charlie’s secret? What kind of woman would do what she’s done?
The trail takes an unexpected twist when Charlotte falls in love with David. She’s afraid to tell him of her deception. Such a God-fearing, honest gentleman is bound to despise the kind of woman who dares to wear a man’s trousers and venture on a cattle drive. Since her father left her half the ranch, she intends to continue working the land like any other man after she returns to Texas. David would never accept her as she is.
Can’t wait for the drawing? Worried you won’t win?
Preorder your copy now! Love’s Twisting Trail – Amazon
About Betty: I enjoy writing encouraging stories for a discouraging world. My husband and I share our house in Texas with a spoiled Chihuahua. I love reading first-person historical accounts, traipsing through museums, historical sites, or small towns for story ideas. Inspiration can strike at any moment. I got the idea for Charlotte to disguise herself as a young man from a true story I read. My favorite pastime is taking RV trips with our kids and grandkids, and sometimes the great-grands, too. Learn more & connect:
Question for Readers: Have you ever had the chance to make someone’s dream come true? Do you have a dream? Has it come true yet?
Come back Jan 25th when Betty is my guest!
In the meantime, come back Jan 14th for Stacy Simmons!