November 19, 2008

A Cowboy's Dream - Coming Soon

Released on DECEMBER 17, 2008

Author Leah Smith has fantasized about her neighbor, Houston’s pro baseball player Marcus Slade, for years, but thinks it’s unlikely she’d catch the cowboy’s interest since her IQ is bigger than her bra size. Having already been hurt by a man who wanted size over substance, she’s not in a hurry to play in that ball field again.

When an unexpected opportunity gets Marcus inside his favorite author’s apartment, he’s not about to let a second chance at love pass him by. Their attraction is quick and electric and has him instantly thinking about something more long-term. But when a woman from his past intrudes, his hopes of a cozy Christmas with Leah are buried beneath her cold shoulder. Risking a strikeout, Marcus has one chance left...go for the grand slam of his life and crash Leah's annual Christmas Eve party in hopes of convincing her she’s this Cowboy’s Dream.

For this story, I broke the "rules." The hero is a pro baseball player and the heroine is a romance writer...two of the careers you're not supposed to write about. What odd or unusual career have you given a character or have read about in a book?

I'll have a special drawing on Monday for those who leave comments on this subject. You can win a 2009 "Spurs and Studs" calendar...twelve months of yummy cowboys for you to admire all year long!

~Anna Kathryn


Virginia said...

I will be the first to comment. I have been reading for about 40 years and I can't think of a career that I have not read about at some time or another. Why would it be braking the rules to write about an authors career?

kerribookwriter said...

Hi my friend from HHRW!

You had me at "cowboy"! LOL

Unusual career in a book...lemme about a cross dressing detective? Or, how bout "a snake milker"? Yep, someone who milks poisionous snakes! Eee Gads!

Your book looks great, hon!

Lise said...

For my (as yet unpublished) series, Minor Miracles, each heroine is an employee of the temporary agency in New York City, Minor Miracles (a company and concept made up by yours truly). Such characters as a trained French chef stuck working in an erotic bakery. A personal assistant to the stars in dire straits working as a dog-sitter, though she's terrified of dogs. I do, like you, however, break the rule of "nevers" for careers. (And I betcha that a great story with great characters will trump the "no jocks" rule!) I have writers/authors, jocks, as well as a woman who sells fishing supplies and bait at her grandfather's country fishing store. I love thinking up careers, perhaps because my own career history has been so varied (from legal secretary to diamond gemstone grader, from bartenders to aide at a senior citizens home, from actress and singer to marketing manager and from shipping clerk to Burger King clerk).

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Virginia, there are some careers that aren't supposed to make it in Romance Novels. I think because they are so well talked about in the news media as it is. They are: movie actors, pro athletes and romance writers. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules. Susan Elizabeth Phillips has a series of books about a football team owners and players (of course, she was new to the writing game when she wrote them and didn't know you couldn't write about them).

As said, it's mainly because of the bad boys reputations in the news that make writing about them a no-no.

Anna Kathryn

robynl said...

a Horse Whisperer was very unusual to me until I saw the movie.
a guy playing Mr. Homemaker.

I love the concept of your story; I say go for the grand slam, lol.

BethRe said...

Line of Scrimage a pro football player, I've read one about a professional race car driver. I don't think I've ever read one about a garbage collector. Carly Phillips wrote about pro athletes in her Hot Zone series

Caffey said...

Love a cowboy read!! Love the blurb and too its a Christmas story! Looking forward to this one!

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Congrats to Robyn. She won the calendar. Thanks for everyone who commented.