New Kid On The Block

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 by Donna Alward, author of Rodeo Rebel and The Texan’s Baby

A brand-new continuity launches this month from Harlequin American Romance, and I’m pretty fortunate to be able to kick it all off with a fun prequel, Rodeo Rebel, as well as the first book, The Texan’s Baby.  So no, this isn’t a post about New Kids on the Block, or a big reunion tour, or whatever happened to Joey. The new kid on the block is me…because despite having my first American Romance novel released in February, I truly feel like the TEXAS RODEO BARONS marks my launch into the line.

At the end of 2012 I found out I’d be moving from Harlequin Romance to Harlequin American Romance. I had mixed feelings. On one hand, writing for American Romance made so much sense. It’s a wonderful place for my small-town, community-oriented, cowboy stories! On the other hand, though, I was pretty attached to Romance. You never really forget your first, and I’d written somewhere around twenty books for Romance. What made the transition great was that my first book for American Romance was the last book in my CADENCE CREEK COWBOYS series. I felt like I got to have a little bit of both worlds with that book.

And then…

I was asked straight away if I would participate in the TEXAS RODEO BARONS continuity. Of course I said yes, but the idea was a bit intimidating. American Romance was still a new line for me, and now I was going to be making a switch from my Canadian settings to Texas! Whoa! I’d met some of the other authors involved at RWA National conference last year, so that was a real plus since they weren’t all strangers. But there was also some fear because even though I’ve been with Harlequin since 2006, this was my very first continuity and major multi-author project.

Can we all say NOOB?

I didn’t know how this all worked, but the editors and experienced authors took the lead. I got the basic bible for the series, found out which of the Baron siblings was mine, and what the basic deal was. A loop was set up so we could all talk to each other, because when you’re six authors writing six stories that are all connected…there are a lot of details to get straight! And no surprise – everyone was really great, friendly and open to sharing ideas, and my fears were laid to rest. I ended up having a lot of fun and it was a terrific way to get to know some of the authors of the line a little bit better. I’ll be able to see more of them next month at this year’s conference in San Antonio, and rather than being a new face it’ll be catching up with old friends.

Happy reading!

Donna

About The Texan’s Baby:

thetexansbabyUnexpected Consequences

As a powerful Dallas oil executive, planning is what Lizzie Baron does best. But she certainly didn’t plan on getting pregnant following one memorable night after a rodeo in Fort Worth. Now she needs to figure out how she’s going to raise a baby with a man she barely knows.

Aspiring bronc rider Chris Miller always hoped he’d see Lizzie again, though not quite like this. The pregnancy is a surprise—and so is finding out she’s a member of the powerful Baron clan—but the more Chris gets to know Lizzie, the more he realizes he wants to be with her. When Lizzie learns Chris works for a rival company, she feels betrayed. Can two perfect strangers trust each other enough to become the perfect family?

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5 Responses to New Kid On The Block

  1. Donna, I look forward to reading this one. The story sounds interesting and being from Texas myself, well, that just makes it that much more intriguing to me.

  2. fonda davis

    i love these books

  3. Donna, I think your books are a fantastic addition to the HAR line and your story was a great way to kick off our Texas Rodeo Barons continuity! (Like you, I’d never worked on a continuity before, so you weren’t the only one who was nervous LOL) Hope to catch up with you in San Antonio!

  4. You’re a great member of the team for HAR, and you rocked it with Lizzie and Chris in Barons book one!

    This is the first time for me in a continuity, also, and yes, I had to deal with a bundle of nerves, too. LOL But the story bibles, the editors, and brainstorming with you and the other authors all made the project both a pleasure and lots of fun!

    Looking forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

  5. Donna,

    It’s been a great pleasure to work with you on this continuity. Congratulations on your “launch” and welcome to the family. We’re lucky to have you.

    Let’s get together in San Antonio :)

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