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WORK ON THE BOOK GOES ON…

Work on the first book of my new trilogy continues. Everything takes so much longer than I thought it would. So many more authors are self-publishing now, which slows down the process. But that’s good that aspiring authors who have been shackled or shunned by traditional publishing are finding an outlet.

I now have a title and have ordered the cover. That’s going to take several weeks. Not too long ago, it took a few days or a week. I don’t know yet how long copyediting will take.

At this moment, I’m planning an e-book release, followed by a POD release through Amazon. The title I’ve landed on for the trilogy is SONS OF TEXAS. And the title for the first book is THE TYCOON. The second book will be called THE COWBOY and the third will be called THE HORSEMAN. The setting is Fort Worth and rural Texas.

The book titles are fairly self-explanatory, but here’s the trilogy arc:

“The three grown children of an old wealthy but dysfunctional Texas ranching family find love in unexpected places in spite of their quarreling parents. Crisis and near tragedy ultimately reunite the parents who have been the root of the family’s breakdown and harmony that has been missing for many years returns to the Double Barrel Ranch.”

The flag of Fort Worth, Texas currently in use...

And here’s the blurb for THE TYCOON:

“When successful, wealthy Fort Worth businessman, DRAKE LOCKHART, encounters a beautiful redhead at a fancy charity ball, the last thing he expects is a tryst he can’t forget with a woman who disappears. With her continuing to haunt him, he’s driven to search for her. Once he finds her and persuades her to spend time with him, he recognizes that his bachelor days are over. But she has no trust in love or in him and erects barriers between them. Just when he thinks he’s winning her over, without his knowledge, an associate in his powerful company goes head to head with her in a business deal involving real estate she desperately wants. Restoring her faith in him is a challenge Drake must face and win if he’s ever to be happy.

Presented with the opportunity to spend time with one of the most successful businessmen in Fort Worth and one of Texas Monthly’s most eligible bachelors, SHANNON PIPER, smart, successful real estate broker in the small town of Camden, Texas, cannot deny her wilder side. Falling in love with a man she doesn’t trust isn’t on her agenda, yet she can’t ignore his attention or her own attraction to him. Her solution is to confine their relationship to “just sex.” After he claims to love her, his treachery in a business deal proves her original fears well-founded. She can’t easily be convinced she can ever trust him. Her unexpected pregnancy forces both of them to stop playing games and embrace their true feelings.”

English: Actor Hugh Jackman at the 83rd Academ...

Drake

As always, Hugh Jackman is my mental image for Drake, but I haven’t yet found one for Shannon. Sometimes I think of Julia Roberts, but with green eyes. Suffice to say Shannon’s beautiful and smart because all of my heroines are beautiful and smart. This book will be a typical steamy Anna Jeffrey drama. 🙂

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Shannon

I had hoped to get it out the door by the end of February, but that isn’t going to happen. So now I’m pushing for the end of March. <sigh> I’m nothing if not flexible.

I welcome your comments.

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THE MOVIES: “REAL STEEL”

Rented REAL STEEL from Pay-Per-View. What can I say? Any movie with Hugh Jackman in it is worth watching. As you know, I have a terrific crush on this guy. He has lived in my head through every ANNA JEFFREYromance novel I’ve written. Sometimes his hair has been brown, sometimes, blond, etc., etc. But he’s always the same guy.

English: Hugh Jackman at the Sydney premiere o...

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I found the movie enjoyable. It held my interest all the way through it, which is unusual. With most movies, I only stick with them up to the half-way point.

It’s set in the near future. A long time ago, I was a sci-fi fan and I enjoyed stories set in the future.

So here it is: Boxing and ring fighting with mere humans has become too tame. Human athletes have been replaced by giant robots. Hugh Jackman plays Charlie, an ex-boxer who missed his shot at the title because of robot developers and promoters taking over fighting.

Charlie has made all the wrong choices and is down on his luck in a big way. He’s struggling to make it by piecing together robots from scrap metal and junk heaps to make a little money in the underground robot fighting. Somewhere back in time, about 11 years ago to be precise, he left behind a son. The boy’s mother dies unexpectedly, leaving him without a parent.

Enter, Charlie the Father.

The deceased mother’s sister is married to a wealthy older man and she wants custody of her nephew. But the court is about to hand over custody to his father, Charlie. Before the wealthy husband will let that happen, he steps forward and in a private meeting, offers to buy the boy from Charlie.

Charlie has no relationship with his son and he can’t resist the money. He agrees to the sale, but since the soon-to-be-new parents of the boy are set to take a trip to Europe, they ask Charlie to watch out for him for the summer.

HUGH JACKMAN, also Dalton Parker

The kid is familiar with robots and video games, so he gets into the robots in a big way. He follows Charlie on an adventure into the underworld of robot fighting. Charlie spends the money he got for selling his son on a super-duper robot that’s supposed to defeat all comers. But it was built in Japan and only understands Japanese. They try to re-program it to understand English, but as you might expect, everything goes haywire in the first fight, the languages get crossed up and the expensive robot that Charlie spent all of his money on is destroyed.

Charlie is ready to throw in the towel, but the movie doesn’t make clear what throwing in the towel means from his perspective. Meanwhile, his son finds a discarded robot in a refuse heap of old robots and persuades Charlie to help him bring it back to life. And the rest is history. The rag-tag robot becomes a big winner of an important fight against a supposedly un-beatable opponent. Charlie establishes a relationship with his son.

And at that point, I kind of hated to see it end. I wanted more robot fights.  😦

It’s actually an underdog story we’ve seen or read a thousand times. Think Rocky Balboa. Hugh Jackman does a good job portraying Charlie. But then, as far as I’m concerned, this man can’t play a bad role, so I’m a little biased. I didn’t know the child actor’s name, but he was good, too. All-in-all, it was a better movie than you might expect it to be.

Reviewers gave it only 3 stars and I don’t know why. I’ve seen some of those Academy Award winners that I thought were worse. They were some of the ones I abandoned at the half-way point.  😦

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Every Girl Needs a Fantasy…

…And it would be hard to find a better one than (drum roll)…HUGH JACKMAN!

HUGH JACKMAN

I thought”Australia” was not the greatest movie I ever saw (although it could have been), but being fascinated by Australia, I liked it.  …  And I could watch it once a week just to see Hugh Jackman as Drover.

I work at my real job until 10:00 p.m, so I don’t get home until between 10:30 and 11:00 o’clock. My own dear hero always waits up for me and if football isn’t on, he’s usually watching Jay Leno when I arrive.

One night this past week, I got home just in time to catch the hunky Hugh  on Leno’s show.  What a cool guy! Tall, good-looking charming, funny, talented and many other things that appeal to me. Compared to many Hollywood types, he comes across as being down-to-earth and easygoing. I couldn’t be a fan if I thought he was otherwise.

WOLVERINE

The first movie I can recall seeing him in was the romantic comedy, “Someone Like You,” with Ashley Judd. I didn’t know his name at that time, but he caught my eye immediately and I’ve been a fan ever since. I liked that movie enough to go out and hunt down the book it was adapted from. That movie is one instance where I think the movie turned out better than the book. I don’t mean to imply that the book, which is a chick-lit story, is bad; I just liked the movie better.

On Leno’s show, Hugh talked about his new movie, “Real Steele” and his one-man Broadway show. He performed a short skit of the railroad song from “Music Man,” at which he was very good. Need I say I would love to see this show.

In my imagination, Hugh Jackman a character right out of a romance novel. In fact he IS the character I sort of loosely based the hero’s appearance on in my upcoming February release from Entangled Publishing. I have to have an image in my mind when I write about the hero, so my book hero, Drake Lockhart, in “TEXAS TYCOON,” looks like Hugh Jackman. Hugh’s a little older than Drake, but that’s okay.

I have to say that every hero in every book I’ve written (except the Dixie Cash books) is some version of Hugh. The picture to the right is Hugh all right, but it’s also Dalton Parker in “SWEET RETURN.”

HUGH JACKMAN, also Dalton Parker

I guess the way he looks and behaves just appears both “alpha” and “heroic” to me. As any of you who have read my books knows, my heroes are always alphas. I also like Clive Owen and David Craig as “alpha heroes.”

An editor told me once that all romance novels are fantasies, no matter if they’re contemporaries, historicals, paranaormals, etc., which is why they’re so popular. We all have to latch on to a little escapism to keep us sane, especially these days. So I guess if we’re fantasizing, we can certainly fantasize about Hugh Jackman. In the name of therapy, of course.

And it just dawned on me as I write this, where are the American men? Why are all of the alpha “heroic” types from outside the country? There hasn’t been a good American alpha hero in the movies since Tom Selleck got old. If you can think of one, let me know.

 

 

 

Photo of Hugh Jackman from Creative Commons via Wikipedia

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