On Writing the Callahan Cowboys Series
By Tina Leonard, author of Her Callahan Family Man (Harlequin American Romance)
I remember reading romance novels practically by the armload with my grandmother and stepmother when I was a teenager. We read a lot of books in many different genres, but romance always seemed to be the thing we enjoyed the most. So later, when my grandmother suggested I write one, I agreed to try, just to please her.
It turned out to not be the easiest thing I ever tried—but I loved it, and though my first rejection almost hit me in the head on my way back from the post office to mail it, I kept writing. I had stacks of rejections—could have filled a good-size box with them, but I kept thinking I was getting better—or at least I hoped I was—so I kept writing. I’m pretty sure I stalked Harlequin editors at conferences and met a ton of wonderful writers, too—always hoping I’d one day join their ranks.
So I’m proud to be invited to the Harlequin Blog to talk about the penultimate book of my seventeen-book Callahan Cowboys series, Her Callahan Family Man.
I’m a big fan of babies and families! Before I ever realized I wanted children, I was told by my doctor that I would very likely “have trouble becoming pregnant,” due to endometriosis, so finding myself pregnant shortly thereafter was nothing short of a miracle! I saw Sawyer Cash as a woman who hadn’t expected to find herself pregnant, but when she learns that she and hunky Jace Callahan are expecting not one but two babies, the romance is on!
I’m going to miss writing about the Callahans—they’re a fiercely loyal family fighting for their heritage—but I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to write this series. Many, many published books later, it turns out my grandmother had a pretty good idea—she would have loved the Callahans because she was a die-hard fan of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I’ve never watched that movie completely, but I can remember how happy it made my grandmother—she adored Howard Keel—and she loved to watch it. When I need a comfort movie, I watch Pride and Prejudice, but I have a funny feeling she wouldn’t have loved that movie as much as she did Seven Brides for Seven Brothers—there are no handsome cowboys!
When you think about the people in your life who encouraged you—even if the dream seemed crazy, did you do it? Tell us who your biggest supporter is!
About the Book
Sawyer Cash pregnant? With twins? The fiery-haired bodyguard who had secretly shared Jace Callahan’s bed just rocked his world. The only solution is a quickie Vegas wedding. Then it’s back to Rancho Diablo, where Jace can keep an eagle eye on his bride and babies-to-be while waging war against the Callahan nemesis hell-bent on stealing his land.
Jace knows Sawyer thinks she’s only brought him trouble. She wanted to catch a Callahan and now she and their baby boy and girl are right in the line of fire. But doesn’t Sawyer know she’s the only woman for him, even if her family might be in the enemy camp? With things reaching a boiling point, Jace vows to fight for his family’s future as only a Callahan can!