What do you do when a book setting won’t leave you alone? Today on Wednesday Writers that’s exactly what Pamela S. Meyers is talking about as she discusses her romance novel Second Chance Love. Welcome, Pamela!
I’ve attended the Pioneer City Rodeo in Palestine, IL every Labor Day weekend for over ten years. Over the years, the nudge to set a story there wouldn’t let me go until I did. Palestine is so small it doesn’t even have a hotel or motel and the closest accommodations are as far away as a 30-minute drive in some cases.
I’ve loved bull riding for about as long as I’ve been attending the rodeo and often watch the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) events on TV and attend them when they come to my area. Therefore, it was a given my hero, Jace McGowan, would be a bull rider. But, if he were from Texas, how could I get him to Chicago and Sydney Knight’s law office, and how could I get her to left all the comforts of city life for a rodeo?
With that resolved, I began writing and my visits to the rodeo took on a new meaning. Now I was taking pictures of the stands, the steps leading to the VIP section where Syd would watch the rodeo, and what I call the “cowboy camp” where Jace would park his horse trailer. When the bull riding event came up each night, I’d imagine Jace in one of the chutes and that cowboy being him. Of course if the cowboy bucked off, he no longer was representative of my hero.
This year, I can’t wait to attend the rodeo and take copies of my book along to sell. Everyone loves a story set in a place they know. And I only hope the townspeople see the love I have for their rodeo and town within the words of the story. I hope you do too!
Second Chance Love
by Pamela S. Meyers
Chicago lawyer Sydney Knight and Texas bull rider Jace McGowan have nothing in common but everything to lose when they are thrust together during a weekend rodeo in rural Illinois. Neither one of them would have imagined two years ago that the deep attraction they sensed during a day-long outing would resurface when Sydney’s boss assigns her to Jace’s legal case.
Sydney has been through a world of hurt since losing her dad when she was sixteen, then being dumped the morning of her wedding. She’s sworn off romance and instead devotes her time toward a partnership in her father’s law office.
Jace has found faith in God and wants out of his sponsor contract with a risqué restaurant chain that requires him to pose with scantily-clad women. He’s about to bail on the contract and pay steep penalties—something he can ill afford, given that his deceased father left the family with unpaid taxes.
Sydney is determined she’ll get Jace out of his contract and return to Chicago with her heart intact, but Jace is just as determined to help her see they are meant to be together. Can a city girl with roots deep in Chicago and a bull-riding rancher with roots deep in Texas give themselves a second-chance love?
“I need you to knock some sense into my nephew’s head.”
Sydney Knight stared across the wide oak desk at Harry Brownlee’s intense gaze. The same gaze he used quite effectively in the courtroom. As far as she knew, Harry had but one nephew. One charismatic, deep-dimpled cowboy who’d sent her heart racing two years ago. She’d finally gotten Jace McGowan out of her system, and she intended to keep him there. Maybe Harry only meant it figuratively. She swallowed and smoothed her clammy palms over her pencil skirt. “I don’t understand.”
Harry leaned back in his leather chair and stroked his impeccably trimmed beard. “You met Jace, the bull rider, a couple years ago when you did me a favor by showing him the town when I needed to be in court.” He shook his head. “The guy has a college degree and does a great job riding rank bulls, but he lacks common sense.”
How had Jace become the main topic of their Monday morning meeting? What about the discovery she’d been working on for the Landers case? She focused through the large window wall behind Harry. Lake Michigan, blue and serene, sparkled in the late summer sun.
Want to read more? You can find Pamela’s books at Amazon in both Kindle and Print versions: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946016047
About the Author:
A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago with her two rescue cats. Her novels include Thyme for Love and her historical romance, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Her novella. What Lies Ahead, is part of a novella collection, The Bucket List Dare, which is now available at Amazon in both print and Kindle formats. Second Chance Love from Bling!, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, releases in January 2017. When she isn’t at her laptop writing her latest novel, she can often be found nosing around Wisconsin and other Midwestern spots for new story ideas.
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