Vanessa Witte is ready to finally claim her life. The middle of three daughters born into the Witte family – a powerful Texas name – she’s been content to float through life. Being dumped by her shady ex? A blessing in disguise. Having a one-night-stand with Matias Barnes? Not one of her more stellar moments. But she’s back in Lockhardt with a secret and a reason to start fresh: A baby.
Matias Barnes knows all about society women – it’s part of the reason he left his wealthy family behind and took a job on a ranch. He doesn’t like the endless string of parties, the inane conversation, or the gold-digging tricks those women have perfected. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting Vanessa Witte. Mat knows she’s so not right for him, but with her back in Lockhardt, can he resist her charms long enough to really let her go?
I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I never set out to write a trilogy about three sisters who grew up and apart in Texas. I started out wanting to write Kathleen’s story – the story of a modern woman who isn’t afraid to take what she wants in business but is very much afraid of admitting what she wants for herself. But then I started to write that story and new people started cropping up, namely her sisters.
There was Vanessa, who was spoiled and lost and eversoslightly demanding. There was Monica who thought she had everything – a great career, a man waiting at home. And neither one would leave me along long enough to get a firm handle on Kathleen’s story. So I started writing down bits of backstory for Vanessa and Monica in separate files – enough to keep them happy, not enough to take the spotlight away from Kathleen – and kept pushing forward.
The more I wrote down bits of Vanessa’s and Monica’s stories, the more I wanted to tell them. Not because I didn’t love Kathleen, but because I loved Kathleen. She was getting her happily ever after and while her story was a fun one to tell, I felt badly that Vanessa and Monica were stuck in a kind of romance-limbo. So I fiddle a little more and wondering what could be the absolute worst thing that could happen for each of them.
And then I did what is probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done (at least so far): I sent my editor a proposal based on rough character sketches, a sample chapter and what can never be called actual synopsis’ – and not just because the final drafts of the stories only loosely resemble them. The second scariest moment: why my editor emailed to say she loved the ideas and wanted me to write the stories. And attached two contracts to the email. Signing a contract for two books that were still mostly in my head? Freaky!
But, I wrote and wrote and revised and I did get to tell Vanessa and Monica’s stories – and a little birdie tells me I may even have made my editor a little weepy at one point. So, here’s to facing down scary ideas!
Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Happily ever after.
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