My characters…it’s like they’re hidden in the shadows, too shy to make an appearance all at once. Or perhaps they just enjoy teasing me (driving me crazy would be more like it!).
From the foggy mists of my imagination, my characters appear bit by bit. The longer we spend together, the more pieces of their personality they’re willing to reveal. If I take a wrong turn and attempt to shape them into something they’re not, they plop themselves down in the middle of the floor like a pouty two-year-old throwing a hissy fit, and refuse to cooperate until they get their own way.
They have a life of their own, beyond what I can see,
Take Abby Watts, the heroine from my upcoming release ONCE A HEARTBREAKER.
Abby is the sister of the heroine from A Time to be Tender, book three of the Rocky Mountain series. Restless. Independent. Kind of slutty. Full of guilt. She blames herself for what happened to Jane. If she’d met her sister like she was supposed to, Jane would have never landed in a predicament that nearly ended her life and left her with a lifetime of nightmares.
Abby loves her sister. And now guilt plagues her constantly for the lie she told to cover up her whereabouts on the fateful night that changed Jane forever.
It’s a lie she hasn’t quite revealed to me yet, a secret she’s determined to keep hidden. It’s the reason she won’t let herself fall in love with a good man like Zach Malone. A secret affair with the hunky rancher is one thing. But marriage and commitment…no way…
Did you like this inside scoop? What do you think Abby’s secret could be? Please tell me because I’m dying of curiosity…
UPDATED AUGUST 2017: AND THE WINNER IS: KATEB! CONGRATULATIONS!
I’m excited to share the news that the ebook version of A TIME TO BE TENDER is finally here. Yay! And to celebrate, I’m giving away one grand prize of: a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate, a signed copy of A Time to be Tender, an Always Remember coffee mug, a bottle of Giovanni Body Lotion, and Lindor chocolates. For a chance to win, go here.
Now here’s a little bit about A TIME TO BE TENDER:
It started out as an escape…
Help one sad and lonely widower get his life—and his family—back together again while she hid from her past. But Jane Watts didn’t expect to fall for the cowboy next door. Nor did she anticipate he’d fall for her in return.
It was supposed to be an easy out…
The booze, the brawls, the bull riding. But Mike Toryn didn’t ask to be saved by his secretive neighbor. Nor did he expect that he would want to save her in return.
What should have been uncomplicated and temporary had suddenly become profound and heartbreaking. And neither Mike nor Jane did heartbreak, not ever again.
The “Name the Book” contest is over, the winners have been notified, and I’m thrilled to announce that Mike’s story finally has a title!
Grand Prize Winner: Meghan Stith! Meghan submitted the title A TIME TO BE TENDER. I fell in love with this title immediately and couldn’t wait to get it on the cover of book 3 in the Rocky Mountain series. Meghan wins the complete set of Thurston Hotel romances. That’s 12 ebooks in all!
Second Prize Winner: Charline Bonham! Charline submitted two titles and I knew that with a little tweaking, her second title would fit in nicely for book 4 in the Rocky Mountain series. Her entry—HEARTBREAKER—will now become ONCE A HEARTBREAKER. Charline wins a signed paperback copy of A TIME TO BE TENDER when it is released.
Third Prize Winner: Barbara Watts submitted two titles—THE DEFENDER and THE CONTENDER. I’ve been playing with another series idea and these two titles would be perfect for it. Barbara gets a character in A TIME TO BE TENDER named after her.
The Thurston Hotel Series Begins!
The first book in the Thurston Hotel Romance series arrives today, and if you love warm-to-sweet romances, this series is for you.
Quickie Q&A with author Brenda Sinclair:
Chocolate, kraft caramels, or ice cream? Chocolate.
Coffee, tea, or wine? Wine.
Star Trek, Fifty Shades of Grey, or We’re the Millers? Fifty Shades of Grey.
Sweats, blue jeans, or a skirt? Blue jeans.
Sleeping, massage, or a beach vacation? Massage. (Sounds like a fun weekend so far!)
About the book:
Eager for a fresh start, young widow and mother, Melanie Larson, leaves Calgary to relocate for a dream job at a family-owned, historic hotel in a small mountain resort town in the Canadian Rockies. But her new boss is the sweet talker who broke her heart in college—and who holds the power to crush it again. Long dormant feelings surface, and Melanie is torn between needing this job and protecting her still fragile heart.
Ben Thurston wants a second chance with the woman he’s never stopped loving, but there’s no statute of limitations on a secret. Keeping it hidden while pursing Melanie would be dishonest. Revealing it will expose them to pain and heartache.
If Ben’s secret is revealed, will Melanie understand Ben’s past rejection? Could there be a possible future together for them? Or will his deception and their conflicting dreams keep them apart?