A Mother-Daughter Collaboration!
by Lynette Eason and Lauryn Eason, authors of Christmas Ranch Rescue
I have to say that this book holds a special place in my heart. My daughter, Lauryn, was fifteen years old when she came up with the idea for this story. You see, she decided she’d enter the Killer Voices contest because she was bored. Ha! Yes, I’m serious. It was freezing here in South Carolina—and those of you from up north may laugh, but it really did drop below zero that winter. And we had an ice storm. Airports were shut down, roads were close and my daughter was climbing the walls. I told her about the contest and said, “Why don’t you give it a try?”
Now, understand, she was already writing her own blog and was scoring A’s on all of her creative writing papers for English. I knew she could write. So, she did the first page and I helped her tweak it. She sent it in and moved on to the next round, which was the full synopsis.
We sat down and plotted out the entire story together and then she wrote the first chapter with me editing as she went. Then the second and the third chapters followed. Unfortunately, when it came time to turn in the full manuscript, final exams were upon her and she had to set the book—and the contest—aside.
Fast forward three years. I had one book left on an eight-book contract. Lauryn’s unfinished story had never truly let me alone. I thought it was a great story and I wanted to see it completed. I asked Lauryn if she was ready to tackle that project and she said, “No way!” LOL. She was a freshman in college and her life was busy! I asked her if she minded if I wrote the rest of it and she said, “Go for it!” So, I did.
And now I’m so excited that in December 2017 we will see the release of this story. When the author copies arrived, one of the coolest things was to see her touch the heroine on the cover and say, “That’s exactly how I pictured her!” And another great pleasure was having her open the book to the first page and squeal, “I wrote this!” I laughed and said, “I know!” The awe on her face was so amazing.
So, all in all, this story is one of the best Christmas gifts ever—having my daughter’s name on the cover with mine. Did she have an advantage in the contest in having me as her editor? Of course! LOL. But the truth is, she has an incredible gift for story and while right now, she’s not sure she’ll tackle another novel, I know God has plans for her writing in some form or other! Thank you so much for letting me share a bit of how this story came about. Lauryn and I hope you enjoy it and fall in love with Becca and Nathan just as we did.
About Christmas Ranch Rescue:
HER CHRISTMAS PROTECTOR
When his former crush is suspected of funneling drugs through her ranch, it’s DEA agent Nathan Williams’s job to find out if Becca Price is guilty. But after Becca is attacked, his top priority becomes protecting her. Convinced she’s innocent, Nathan is determined to find the real culprit before the escalating threats become deadly. An ex’s betrayal has left Nathan wary, and falling for the suspect he’s secretly investigating is a no-win move, so he must keep an emotional distance. But with criminals preparing for a fatal showdown, can he find the truth in time to save Becca’s life?