Kentucky belle Seraphina Jones craves a dashing stranger worth kissing. When she spies her handsome, half-naked hired hand at the riverbank, she thinks her dreams of romance have come true. But this Texican is wanted for murder.
Jesse Quaid can't let Sera's sweet kisses distract him from rendezvousing with Cass, a childhood friend, to clear his name of a crime he didn't commit.
But then a case of mistaken identity turns Cass into Jesse's deadliest rival for Sera's heart.
Now, Sera must find a way to end the feud before the man she loves is lost forever.
"Adrienne deWolfe is a jewel of a find for your keeper shelf." Christina Dodd, NYT Best-Seller
"Undoubtedly an author to watch." Jennifer Blake, NYT Best-Seller
Thank you, Adrienne deWolfe
What does the myth of the Western Cowboy / Outlaw mean to you?
It means Texas!
Texas *is* the Old West. To this day, state legislators battle over water rights. CEOs wear cowboy boots at their board meetings. Property owners get tax breaks if they graze livestock in their yards. Images of longhorns and bluebonnets dominate the walls of swanky hotels and shopping malls. Riders in Western attire fearlessly trot their horses across downtown traffic in Austin to attract weekend tourists for rides. For an historical writer like me, living in Texas is like living a part of history!
I don’t think anyone can live in Texas and not get caught up in the “romance” of the Old West. As a matter of fact, I was writing a medieval Romance, set in England, when I first moved to Texas. But after writing for a Houston newspaper – reporting on county fairs and rodeo events – I started to grow more interested in Texas history. Substitute teaching in public schools was part of that journey. (Did you know that you have to pass a course in Texas history before you’re eligible for a high school diploma?)
Texans are extremely proud of their history -- and they should be. Texas is the only state in the Union that became a self-governing country. I love learning about Texas and sharing the culture of my adopted state with my readers.
I believe that a good book cover is extremely important to selling any type of fiction; however, industry experts are constantly debating what makes a book cover “good.”
In my opinion, a book cover’s job is to entice the reader to view the writing inside. What’s the best way to make the art accomplish this task? Make sure the image is dominated by some element of the story’s archetype (mystical creatures for Fantasy ; cowboys and lawmen for Westerns, etc.)
If you’re an Indie Romance Author (who is struggling to grow your sales,) you’d be wise to follow convention – in other words, put a romantic “clinch” on your cover, featuring the hero and heroine. If your cover depicts a perfectly lovely landscape with a rainbow arching over a Victorian house, the Romance reader will probably pass up your book. (Not because there’s anything wrong with the art, mind you, but because the image doesn’t scream, “ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP INSIDE.”)
Over the years, legacy publishers have learned that readers identify genre Romance by the “clinch” cover. More importantly, readers WANT to see the hero and heroine together. That’s why I’m so thrilled with the ebook cover for SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL. Not only does it clearly convey a Romantic relationship, the cover artist chose extremely attractive models (Jimmy Thomas is in high demand among Romance cover-art collectors.)
I also love that Sera is “on top” in the clinch scene, because the implication is that she is a strong-willed heroine – which one might expect from a title like, SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL.
Finally, I think that the cover artist did a fabulous job of tying the cover of SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL into the first two books of the Velvet Lies series.
By the way: two more books are planned for the Velvet Lies series, featuring characters from Books 2 and 3. Stay tuned!
In Seduced by an Angel, the hero is a renegade from the law, and he wants to clear his name of a crime he didn’t commit. Which is the main plot, the romance or the action? Was this choice a rule, or your decision?
If a writer claims that a book is a Romance, then that writer needs to present a storyline that concentrates on a Romantic relationship. Otherwise, the author runs the risk of boring the Romance reader. (And yes, that’s a rule. A publisher will not categorize a book as a commercial Romance if the evolving love relationship is overshadowed by the mystery, the political intrigue, or the alien universe.)
As a Romance novel, SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL concentrates on the growing feelings between Jesse and Sera, and on the conflicts that threaten to pull them apart – namely, Cass. The story
Hopefully, I’ve written a book that will make you fall in love with Jesse and Cass – and yet, will leave you feeling satisfied that Sera made the right choice.
I saw on your website that you teach “How to Write a Novel That Sells” and “How to write a Romance Novel That Sells.” What are your responsibilities when you teach these classes?
I believe that my responsibility as a teacher is to help aspiring authors live their publishing dream. To that end, I focus my lessons on the foundations of fiction and the business of writing.
I am absolutely certain that I would NOT be published today if I wasn’t mentored in a similar way by published Romance authors. If you’re a Romance fan, you’ll recognize many of my teachers’ names: Susan Wiggs, Barbara Dawson Smith, Christina Dodd, Jennifer Blake, and Rita Gallagher (to name a few.)
I vowed that I would someday give back to the writing community the way that my mentors had given to me. That’s why I created my website, WritingNovelsThatSell.com, and that’s why I created my novel-writing courses. (By the way: I’m working to create self-study eClasses with a story critique option. Stay tuned!)
In my opinion, teaching how to write makes you a critic. How does it feel to be on the other side?
Your question is so insightful!
Yes, to teach writing, I have to provide feedback. I always worry about how my feedback is received, because I know how fragile a writer’s feelings can be. I constantly walk a tight rope between being enthusiastic and encouraging, versus being honest and helpful.
Earlier in my career, I experienced excruciating criticism – from college professors (who expressed disdain for my “Romance” style of writing) to literary reviewers (who clearly didn’t “get” what I was trying to convey. ) Those experiences left me with a deep empathy for aspiring authors.
Like it or not, criticism will haunt a writer throughout her career. To stay sane, you have to learn to separate your personal feelings from your professional work. How? By remembering this simple rule: Criticism always says more about the critic than the writing.
What are your upcoming projects?
Devil in Texas (Book 4, Velvet Lies), featuring Cass, “the other man” in Sera’s love triangle with Jesse. For a sneak peek of Cass’s story, visit eBook Discovery
DarkWind (Book 1, Guardians of Aeld,) a YA Fantasy series. For a sneak peek featuring Raevyn, the Wind Sorceress visit Magic&Mayhem
Wizards of the Wild West (series.) To chuckle at the Wizard’s otherworldly sidekick, visit his world
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Adrienne deWolfe is a #1 Bestselling Author and a recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year. She consistently delights readers with sexy, action-packed, western-style romances, including her Wild Texas Nights series and her Velvet Lies series. In addition, she is the author of the bestselling non-fiction ebook series, The Secrets to Getting Your Romance Novel Published.
Fascinated by all things mystical, Adrienne writes a weekly blog about dragons, magic, and the paranormal at http://MagicMayhemBlog.com to help her research her upcoming YA Epic Fantasy series.
She also writes a weekly blog with fiction writing tips and advice about the business of writing at http://WritingNovelsThatSell.com. She enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and offers professional story critiques and book coaching services.
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