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I was drawn to this story because it’s a western historical. It’s the story of happenstance and surprise.

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Leslyn Reed is the sole survivor of a raid on her family as they travel west to settle on the family property in California. Stranded in New Mexico and armed with only a milk cow, she embarks on her future. She encounters a trail drive and trades the cow for a chance to work with the drive–disguised as a young boy.

Matt Yeats is leading one final trail drive before assuming his duties as heir of the prestigious Hacienda Hermosa. Tragedy strikes and Matt’s life hangs in the balance. From the back end of the trail drive comes a child, a youth, with a natural skill at healing. Quiet and determine, Les saves Matt’s life, only to have them soon part ways.

Arriving with the herd in the New Mexico town of Concepcion, Les draws her pay, ready to resume her trek to her California property when fate  once more intervenes.

When Matt learns the shy young boy who saved his life is really a lovely lady, that Les  is really Leslyn, his world is toppled. With the help from members of the Yeats family, Leslyn slowly evolves from a shy country girl to a refined woman of class.

It would be nice to say they lived a fairy-tale life from there, but threats rise, stealing Leslyn away from Hacienda Hermosa—and Matt. Challenges test Leslyn’s survivor skills and Matt’s abilities. And his desire to forever claim Leslyn as his own.

 

This story was a definite page turner with a nice, steady flow and great visuals, from the characters to the settings. As a pleasant bonus, though  it was not categorized as an inspirational, there are enough inspirational references to subtly allude that the characters considered themselves Christians.

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Today I am very happy to announce Neva Brown has stopped in to visit my blog. She brought a copy of her latest book A Pretty Penny and wants to share a little about it.  Welcome, Neva, glad you are here.

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Please tell us a little about yourself first:

I am a retired secondary teacher/administrator and now enjoy the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers.
I spent most of my life on West Texas ranches and use that culture and environment in many of my stories. My husband and I now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. We enjoy visits from our two sons and their families, are always delighted to hear from old friends, and am amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living

Wonderful, sounds idyllic. Tell us a little about your new book, A Pretty Penny.

Wealthy, arrogant Clayton Brandt knows well the costs of a woman. Not until Penelope (Penny) Jones comes into his life does he know the value of a woman.
Anger at Clayton, her new boss, causes Penny to snap out of the lethargy she’s experienced after seeing her husband killed. She puts to use all her innate abilities, learned skills, and intuitiveness to cope with the overbearing Clayton and the women in his life. Penny, in time, knows she loves him, but will not become one of his women—not on his terms.
On her terms, they marry only to be parted by federal agents before they leave their wedding reception. The ensuing intrigue, danger, and antics of Clayton’s ex-wife play a part in Penny being in imminent peril. Even after their love survives all this, it is once again threatened by a letter from a vindictive woman who is dead. The letter devastates Clayton and crushes his hopes for happiness.
How Clayton and Penny find their happy-ever-after is a breath-holding adventure at times and a breathtaking love story at other times.
Wow, spine tingling is all I can think of.  I  would like to now ask you some questions both about your work and life?
What was the motivation for A Pretty Penny?
Over a period of several weeks, I read little items about unusual things that happened in Texas and New Mexico. One day while doing mindless household chores, I decided these events would make great conflicts for a hero and heroine to have to deal with in a romance novel. The idea became something like a carrot on a stick to get me to finish the chores so I could go play with words and create a story.
Where did the characters and their lives come from?
The characters and their lives are all totally from my imagination.  
Describe your writing process are you a pen and paper writer or depend on high-tech wizardry?
I write with pen and paper and on my desktop computer. My creative muse turns up her nose at my laptop or iPad and goes into hiding. Pen and paper works for me if I’m mulling over a scene or need to brainstorm different approaches to an issue. However, when it’s time to really write then I need my big screen desktop and standard size keyboard.
Describe your writing space? Location, items used, special items, tools you can’t live without.
My writing space is a room away from the traffic area of the house. I can look out double windows to the courtyard where there is always something blooming except in winter. When I bog down, I can give my high back, adjustable chair a quarter turn and look out, think, and hopefully figure a way out of a jam I’ve written myself into. 
 I have an old maple wood table-type desk that has room for the computer screen, the printer, a special lamp, an electric pencil sharpener, a stapler, a catchall basket with compartments for all kinds of necessary “junk” ( extra eye glasses, pens, pencils, sticky note pads, camera, cords, etc.). There’s also room for two file folder boxes and one notebook with passwords and how-to information. I have some kind of paper to scribble on in front of the monitor always (messy pile but lots of valuable info).
Of course, there’s room for my tea and a dish of dark chocolate chips.
I need all this “stuff’ to make me feel like I’m all set to WRITE.  
Is publishing a book everything you thought it would be? Or more?
Publishing is a lot more work than I’d planned for it to be and very exacting. But the challenge is exciting even if it is a tad exasperating at times. The finished product makes up for it all.
Soul Mate Publishing doing A Pretty Penny and Casey’s Courage is a dream come true for me.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?
POV is super important to editors. Show don’t tell needs to be my theme song.  Be sure to get the formatting right from the very beginning because redoing an old manuscript is the pits.
When you began writing, was it with publication and career in mind or as an outlet for creative expression? When was that? Did any sort of mental shift occur? If so, explain.
My first writing was journaling then I starting doing short, short stories for fun when our two sons were very small. We lived on a ranch twenty-three miles from town with no telephone. Adult fictional characters served me well during those years.
I don’t think I ever really felt a mental shift.
Life was lived; a couple of advanced college degrees earned, twenty odd years of teaching, plus the arrival of wonderful grandchildren filled my life. One day it was time to retire. I learned to crochet, do embroidery (something my mother could never trap me long enough to teach me in my early years. I was my daddy’s “cowboy” and far more interested in horses and ranch work than in-house work).
After retiring, I discovered I had time to read for pure pleasure not for teaching, etc. After a time, the need to write came and here I am having fun and working hard to do just that.
Favorite color? Blue, all shades of blue
Favorite food? Beef tacos with all the trimmings
Favorite music? George Strait country style music & old-fashioned church hymns
How do you unwind away from writing?
I spend time with my husband. I also read romance, mystery, suspense, mainstream, women’s fiction, non-fiction and work crossword puzzles. I walk about two miles most every day (great time to let the brain idle).
Writing is such a solitary pursuit, how do you feel about having a strong network of writer and non-writer supporters?
Support groups are wonderful. They give me courage to keep trying, help me when I get stuck, critique for me at times, and answer questions with unbelievable patience (technical things are the bane of my life, but I have people who are always willing to help). The people in these groups even help promote my books. They broaden my horizons and enrich my life.

 

Great stuff, Neva, thank you for sharing so openly. So how can people connect with you?

My social media efforts still need work, but I can be found at: 
I love to hear from my readers. I can be reached at joneva@suddenlink.net.  

 

Thank you so much for stopping in today, Neva, and sharing both A Pretty Penny and so much about yourself. Now, let’s see that lovely cover for A Pretty Penny:

Neva Brown cover

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