Friday, June 10, 2016

Top 5 Novels That Influenced My Writing by Delores Fossen, Author of Lone Star Nights + Giveaway (US/Can only)

Lone Star Nights (The McCord Brothers #2)
Delores Fossen

No strings attached is pretty much Lucky McCord’s calling card in Spring Hill, Texas, but when family is on the line, this cowboy’s honor and heart are about to get lassoed, tied and branded

Every family needs its black sheep, and Austin “Lucky” McCord is happy to oblige. The bad-boy bull rider lives fast and loose, until his business partner leaves him an unexpected bequest. Suddenly Lucky is sharing custody of two children with Cassie Weatherall, one of the few homegrown women he hasn’t bedded. And not from lack of trying...

Cassie fled her messy past to become a celebrity therapist in LA. So why does it feel so right to come back and share parenting duties—and chrome-melting kisses—with a man she’s striven to avoid? Loving Lucky always seemed like a sure bet for heartache. But for this perfectly imperfect family, Cassie might just gamble with everything she’s got.

Novels That Influenced My Writing

  1. Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. Even though this isn’t a romance, there’s plenty of romance in it. I loved the friendship between Gus and Call, two old school cowboys.
  2. Nora Roberts’s Montana Sky. You can’t go wrong with a western romance with sisters. However, these sisters are forced to live on the same ranch, or they’ll lose their inheritance. Throw in three very hot heroes, and it made me wish the book would never end. Ms. Roberts’ book taught me how to juggle multiple characters while making them all equally important.
  3. Kristan Higgins’s Just One of the Guys. Ms. Higgins took a plain Jane heroine and made her dazzle. It’s hard to write a character with so many strikes against her so as an author it was fun to see how this all played out.
  4. Sarah Addison Allen’s The Peach Keeper. Again, this isn’t a romance, but it has two central love stories in it. My favorite was the misfit coming into his own.
  5. Stephen King’s On Writing. This isn’t fiction, but it’s a book I read often for inspiration on how to keep my career going. Plus, I enjoy the personal stories that King adds.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Delores Fossen has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and was a finalist for the prestigious RITA Award. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Lone Star Nights—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is answer Delores's question in the comments below:
What is a particular book that’s influenced your life, or a keeper book that stands out above all the rest to you?
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