Sweet Home Montana (Charity, Montana Book 3) by Lynne Marshall

Sweet Home Montana (Charity, Montana Book 3)

Entrepreneur Wade Conrad is called home to act as a temporary guardian for his teenage half-brother, who’s acting out and needs strong guidance. Wade feels they are both floundering, so he seeks help for Brent at Healing Heart Acres, an equine therapy center.

Erin Chase has been working as an equine therapist since her fiancĂ© called off their wedding with no explanation three years ago. She personally enjoys the peace found through animal therapy and believes in passing on the gift. When Erin meets Wade, she’s instantly drawn to his concern for his brother, as well as his kindness and charm.

Wade treasures time spent with Erin. They both long for more, but Wade’s leaving for California soon and his brother’s needs come first. Will he take a chance on love before it’s too late?

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When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

I don't recall sitting down and making a decision to be a writer. I had a late midlife crisis and found myself writing a book. I had no choice, that book and those characters insisted on breaking out of my head.  Once I realized I could start a book, and most importantly, take the story to the end, I was hooked. Then I wrote another and another, and at that point I realized I needed to target editors, agents, and publishers.  It took me nearly five years to get a traditional publishing contract.

How long does it take you to write a book?

For 50-60K books it takes me four months.  I am not a fast writer, and if I feel pressured by a tight deadline, it's not a pretty sight. lol  My mind needs time to process the story as I've first written it, then I go back at least 2-3 times to color it in. If I don't take the extra time revisiting the book before handing it in, my editorial revision letter can be a nightmare! Also, I run the risk of wishing I'd thought of something before the book was submitted and accepted. Basically, I want to do the best I can, to write something I'm proud of, and need time to do it. Four months seems the right time for me.

What is your work schedule like when you are in the middle of a book?

I get up, put on the coffee, do a quick run through of all the online stuff, (which you know I suffer through!) then open the document with my cup full.  I have a detailed synopsis I keep on my desk and literally check off each paragraph (which is usually a chapter in the book) as I go along.  Once I've got the first draft finished, I spend each day starting at page one, or the page where I left off the day before, and add to the story.  This requires first reading the words I've written from the day before in order to move on. I am often not able to move ahead in a story until I've figured out a part that isn't quite hitting it right for me.  This requires a morning and evening walk to flush out my thoughts.  I often come home with a bright new idea and must go back into the part of the story where it belongs. I am a morning writer, but am able to edit in the evenings.

I am not able to write eight hours a day. Simply cannot sit in a chair that long.  I am happy with writing 1-2K words a day, but usually as I come to the end of a story's first draft, I experience a snowball effect and often write 2-4K at a time until the book is first done.
 Then it's revise, delete, edit, revise, add, add add...submit.

About the Author 

Lynne Marshall has been traditionally published with Harlequin as a category romance author for more than twelve years with over twenty-seven books, and more recently with TULE Publishing, she has also gone hybrid with self-publishing.  

She is a Southern California native, has been married to a New Englander for a long time, and has two adult children of whom she is super proud. 

She is also an adoring grandmother of two beautiful little girls, a woman of faith, a dog lover, a cat admirer, a meandering walker, a curious traveler, and an optimistic participant in this wild journey called life.