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

her callahan family manA Callahan And A Cash—Forever?

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!

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Comments ( 8 )
  1. Deanna Vrba
    January 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    Love to read your books.. I am a writer who just starting writing. and I felt like I can do anything because your books inspire me

  2. Mary Gumaer
    January 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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    Hi Tina,

    I just want to say that I really have enjoyed your Callahan series. I have read every one and I am about to start the newest one. Although, I can’t wait to see how it ends, I am a little sad that it is the end. Looking forward to your future series/books. You are one of my favorite authors!!

    Best regards 🙂

    Mary Gumaer

  3. Kat Schreibeis
    January 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm
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    I have enjoyed reading and re-reading your books for years. I too fell in love with reading romance do to my mother, grandmother and my aunt. Like your grandmother I LOVE the movie “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”. Not sure if it is due to cowboys, big families or just the sweet story line but whatever if is I can watch it over and over and over again (just ask my poor brother who has told me that is exactly what I did as a small child). I just started re-reading the Callahan Cowboys Series again so your newer ones in this series I have bought but have not read yet, but I am sure just like the others I will love them 🙂 I am currently reading “His Valentine Triplets”. Can’t seem to read the books fast enough 🙂 Thanks for the great story lines and this amazing family!

  4. Tina Leonard
    January 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm
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    Mary Gumaer, thank you so much for your kind note! The Callahan series was a lot of fun to write–but never fear, I have 3 new series starting this year! And have you seen the cover for Ash’s book, SWEET CALLAHAN HOMECOMING? So cute, so Callahan! Thanks again for stopping by, Mary–wonderful to meet you!

  5. Tina Leonard
    January 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm
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    Deanna, thank you so much for coming by to chat–good luck with your writing! I remember starting out! Seems like a while ago now. 🙂

  6. Tina Leonard
    January 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm
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    Kat–thanks for stopping by! I’m going to have to sit down and watch Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. My grandmother used to watch it on this big laser disc thing, it was like a record. Only she and my dad knew how to use that big honking piece of equipment. She’d flip if she was still around to use tiny little dvd’s! 🙂 She’d crank those big discs up good and loud, too–loved Howard Keel! And thank you for your kind words about my books . . . I love, love, love writing because of wonderful readers like you!

  7. Sandy Bartles
    January 7, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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    Hey, I finally got in! Tina, I would say I am going to miss reading about the Callahans, but didn’t realize how many of them I HAVEN’T read! I think I have only read three, so I have a ways to go. Especially since I have a very low book budget! I wish I had read them in order. So, what is next on your plate? Another series?

  8. Alexia Evans
    January 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm
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    Love the Callahan series. I enjoy reading series books because it’s sort of like a good TV show and a Soap Opera. You continue the story of a family and it’s really nice. Like a good neighbor that you’ve grown up with. Can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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