Welcome to the book tour for The Cowboy’s Perfect Match by Cathy McDavid! It’s the second book in The Sweetheart Ranch series, which I have greatly enjoyed reading. Today, Cathy is giving us some advice on writing great romance and updating us on some upcoming projects. Plus, which character do you think she would like to be? Enjoy her answers and be sure to enter the great giveaway at the end! And be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more fun, including my review of the book.
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What are the ingredients for a great romance novel?
Start with a meet-cute (my dog got loose in the park and ran straight to you) followed by an immediate conflict followed by an immediate mutual attraction (What, you’re back in town after breaking my heart? Hmm, you still look really good). Add rising tension that includes difficult obstacles in the couple’s path to happiness (I really like you, but we can’t). Keep them together doing a lot of fun, interesting things (I need your help building this dog house). Stir together that mutual attraction and difficult obstacles in order to create more conflict (I never quite got over my broken heart). When it looks like things might work out after all (yes, we can do this), throw in the biggest obstacle of all at them (Oh, no, disappointed again. It’s over). Against all odds, find a way to overcome this biggest obstacle of them all (dog helps the couple to reconcile). Finish with a hope-for-a-bright-future ending.
If you could be a character in one of your books, whom would you choose and why?
Wow, that’s a tough question and not one I’ve been asked before! I think, in all honesty, I’d go way back to my second Harlequin book, The Family Plan. The heroine, Jolyn, was a rider in a wild west entertainment show. The highlight of her act was jumping her horse over a parked car (I saw that done once when I was young). Doesn’t that sound cool? Well, I’d need to be a lot younger and in better shape before I tried it 😊
The last time we chatted, you had an audio book in the works. How is that coming along?
The book, THE GATE TO EDEN, was released and is currently available from most distributors—Amazon, Kobo, ITunes, etc. It’s also been picked up by several libraries and added to their audio book collections. Trust me when I say, the thrill has yet to wear off for me.
What else do you have in the works right now?
Book three in my Sweetheart Ranch series, THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS BABY, will be released November 1st. Book four is coming out sometime in 2020, not sure when exactly but likely around June. Also, I have a not-yet-titled Christmas novella planned for release in early November as well. I’ll keep everyone posted on the details as soon as I have them.
What drives you as a writer?
Being on deadline. Wait, no, you were serious (hee, hee). I haven’t yet grown bored or tired of creating stories and telling them. Neither have I grown used to holding my published book in my hands. I’m still excited every time the UPS truck pulls up to deliver my author copies. I tell people my idea file is two inches thick, and that isn’t an exaggeration. I guess when the day comes my idea file has grown lean, I’ll take that as a sign to quit. But I don’t see that happening for a long while yet.
What is the best writing advice you ever received?
“I think you’re targeting the wrong line.” I was told that by a Harlequin editor many years ago at a conference, over breakfast right after she rejected me for the fourth time. She also told me that my stories were too emotional for that particular line. After a couple months of nursing my wounds and a lot of looking inward, I realized she was right. I wrote a new proposal and pitched it to a different Harlequin editor at a different conference. One year and two revisions later, I got the call. I often run into that first editor and thank her for changing my writing career with her words of wisdom.
He may not be perfect…
But he’s perfect for her!
Ryan DeMere is definitely enjoying the perks of being Sweetheart Ranch’s new wrangler—the best is working with head chef Bridget O’Malley. He’s fallen head over spurs for the talented and determined beauty. There’s just one hiccup. Bridget is holding out for Mr. Right—and Ryan doesn’t quite meet her requirements. But he’s determined to win Bridget over, because Ryan may not be perfect…but maybe their love could be.
Other Books in the Series
At a magical time of year…
Can a cowboy help falling in love?
For single dad Owen Caufield, living and working at Sweetheart Ranch for a month is the perfect change of pace. While the cowboy turned wedding officiant can now spend more time with his children, Molly O’Malley, his new boss, is less thrilled. A wedding ranch isn’t the best place for three rambunctious youngsters. But amid the chaos—and the coming holidays—it may be the best place to fall in love…
About the Author
As a sophomore in high school, NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid won a local writing competition with her self-illustrated children’s book. Who knew that small triumph would eventually lead to a career writing contemporary romances with over 1.3 million books sold? With forty-seven titles to date, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins recently married her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world four years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking men who ride the range or fight fires or hunt creatures all while sweeping the girl off her feet. It’s a tough job but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.
One winner will receive:
- $10 Amazon gift card
- Author swag
- A Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal and The Bull Rider’s Valentine (print to US winner only, Kindle copies to US or international)
Ends May 22, 2019