Monday, July 03, 2017


Hi, and thank you, Paty Jager, for having me here today. This anthology, A COWBOY TO KEEP, Contemporary Western Romance Collection, has been a fun project. It is a privilege to work with this group of talented authors and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them and their work. I think readers will love this collection of contemporary western romances.

Ideas for our stories can come from anywhere. Sometimes, it’s a character, the town where the story will take place, or an event or inciting incident. Oftentimes, with me, it’s a weather event, as has happened in my historicals. This one was a little different.

About a year ago, I received a phone call from my brother, not unusual since we talk a few times a week, but this time he said, “Hey, Sis, I have an idea for a book.” He gave me his thoughts for the plot, I wrote them all down, and began to think. I worked on the story for a few months, stopping every once in a while, to ask him what he thought about this or that.
He was always receptive to my ideas, but finally said, “Sis, I think what you have is great. I didn’t go this far in my thinking with romance and conversations and such. I don’t write books, I write songs. You might say I’m a three-minute man.”

Well, may I just say, he’s started the seed for a future book with that statement and he’s on tap for writing that song for me!

Anyway, that’s how THE LEGEND OF BAD MOON RISING Came to be written. I love these characters, Dinah Horne and Ben Hammond and hope you do too.  



Dinah Horne is in danger of losing herself. Leaving her friends and family for Dallas, Texas, she’s determined to make her mark. Unfortunately, the big city has other ideas. When her money runs out, she returns to her hometown and the man she can’t forget.

Ben Hammond is sheriff of the small community of McTiernan, Texas. Once he’s over the woman who stole his heart and shattered it, he decides to buy the Hard Luck Ranch and settle down. Problem is, odd things are happening that may be tied to the previous owners. As he begins his investigation into the past, he is faced with an even bigger problem—the reappearance of Dinah Horne.

Here’s a glimpse of all the stories in the Contemporary Western Romance Collection, A COWBOY TO KEEP:
Catch a cowboy … Keep a cowboy …

Don’t miss this great collection from USA Today, Amazon Bestselling, and Award-Winning authors!!

Sheriff Ben Hammond is finally over the woman who shattered his heart, but when Dinah Horne suddenly returns, can he ignore the passion still burning bright between them?

Trading horses for subways for two years seemed like a good idea to cowboy Chay Ridgway, but can city girl K.C. Daniels keep a rein on his country heart?

BLUE SAGE by Kristy McCaffrey
Archaeologist Audrey Driggs rolls off a mountain and lands at the feet of rugged cowboy Braden Delaney. Together, they’ll uncover a long-lost secret.

Determined to take back what belongs to her, Addison Reed will do anything. Even trust a complete stranger.

HER MAN by Hildie McQueen
Deputy Mark Hunter falls for Eliza Brock during a murder investigation. Is it fate or bad luck, especially when she may be involved?

Widow Leticia Villarreal wants to establish a horse-racing stable and old acquaintance John Clay Laidlaw offers to help. But can she trust him with her business and her heart?

PHOENIX HEAT by Patti Sherry-Crews
After losing her fiancé and her New York City business, Harper Donovan returns to Arizona and meets cowboy Frank Flynn. Will his past and their differences extinguish the heat between them?

Carra Copelin is an award winning and Amazon Best Selling Author in contemporary and historical romances but, unlike so many other authors, didn't write from childhood or read long into the night beneath the covers with a flashlight. She found romance novels as an adult. After reading about a million, she discovered numerous people residing in her head, all looking for a way onto the printed page.
She's a member of Romance Writers of America and she regularly contributes to romance blog, Smart Girls Read Romance. She is a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and The Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Carra and her hero live in North Central Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where they enjoy family and their three beautiful grandchildren.


Andrea Downing said...

Paty, thanks so much for having A Cowboy to Keep here today. Carra, interesting post about where you got your idea for your story! Who knew? It was great working with you.

Patti Sherry-Crews said...

Three minute man! I love that! You sound like you have a special relationship with your brother. It's always interesting to hear how writers get their ideas for stories. Carra, I second your thoughts: this was a fun project to work on. I certainly I have enjoyed meeting you! Happy writing!

Kristy McCaffrey said...

Loved your story! And I agree, ideas can come from the oddest places. How nice to have help from your brother. This anthology has been great fun. And thanks to Paty for letting us share. :-) Happy 4th!!

Carra Copelin said...

Thanks Patti, Andrea, and Kristy for you comments, encouragement and support. My brother and I do have a special relationship. He is a hippie biker from the late 60's and 70's with the nickname of Gunner, and there is some of his personality in Moon.

Hebby Roman said...

A huge thanks to Paty, and a Happy 4th, too, for featuring our collection of western contemporary romances, "A Cowboy to Keep." I think you will love the lead story, "The Legend of Bad Moon Rising," taken loosely from a real-life incident in the 1970's. I enjoyed this story a lot, loved to try and guess who the bad guys were. Bet you can't guess who did it! And Carra's brother, a song writer, definitely needs to do a song about this one, even if the song is only 3 minutes!