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I just realized I never shared my character inspiration for Dream of Her Heart!

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So, when I was thinking about creating these two characters, I had fairly detailed ideas of how I wanted them to look (beyond what you see on the cover).

I pictured Zane West as someone rugged, handsome, charming, with a boyish appeal.

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The moment I saw Heath Hutchins, I knew he’d make a perfect Zane.

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Daring World War II pilot? Check.

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Good-looking country boy? Check.

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Eyes and a smile that could make girls swoon? Check and check!

From past stories in this series, we knew Billie Brighton is petite, blonde, and feisty.

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Carrie Underwood seemed like a perfect choice to for Billie!

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From her sweet smile to the spunk that just radiates from her, I couldn’t think of anyone better to inspire Billie’s character.

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I could so picture her giving Zane (or the boys in the hospital) this look.

And my musical inspiration came from the awesome Michael Bublé, singing a vintage tune… The Very Thought of You.

Check out more details and visual inspiration on the Pinterest board, too!

Dream of Her Heart is available on Amazon.


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I thought it would be fun to share my inspiration for the characters of The Dove today.

This was such a fun project and Author Kit Morgan set the bar high with The Partridge, the first book in the series.

All I knew when I started developing Culver Daniels’ character was that he was tall and broad shouldered. I thought it would be fun if he had a cleft in his chin.

With that in mind, I went searching for someone who could provide my visual inspiration for our brawny blacksmith.


Jarid Faubel is exactly how I picture Culver. That strong jawline, the little dimple in his chin, the broad shoulders… and those eyes!


Hello, handsome frontier man.

It’s no wonder Kezia Mirga took one look at her intended and fell in love.

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The lovely Vanessa Hudgen provided awesome inspiration for the free-spirit gypsy Kezia.

From the long dark hair and her amazing facial features…

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to the way she crinkles her nose when she smiles is just perfect!

Kezia is a widow with a very special treasure – her baby, Jemimiah (and that name means dove!)

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The moment I happened upon this image, I knew I’d found baby Jem. Isn’t she just the most adorable little thing. I love those curls and those big, beautiful eyes!


The Dove is book 2 in the 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides series.

Twelve men. Twelve brides. Twelve days to save a town.

Christmas, 1876: Noelle, Colorado is in danger of becoming a ghost town if the railroad decides to bypass the mountaintop mining community. Determined to prove their town is thriving, twelve men commit to ordering brides before the railroad’s deadline six days into the New Year.

Each of the twelve women has her own reason for signing up to become a mail-order bride. But after they arrive in the uncivilized settlement, they aren’t so sure they’ve made the right decision. Neither are the grooms.

Will the marriages happen in time to save Noelle? The countdown starts on Christmas Day.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides, written by twelve bestselling authors, put a new twist on an old song in this heartwarming historical romance series with stories ranging from sweet to sensual.

The Partridge by Kit Morgan – A clever man’s plan becomes a matchmaking disaster…and the countdown begins to save the town of Noelle. Releasing December 1.

The Dove by Shanna Hatfield – A bewitching gypsy and a beguiled blacksmith tangle over a hidden treasure…with only eleven days left to save the town. Releasing December 2.

The Hens by Merry Farmer – A wandering woman finds exactly who she was looking for, but not who she was expecting… with only ten days left to save the town. Releasing December 3.

The Calling Birds by Jacqui Nelson – A wanted woman’s flight, a man in pursuit of honesty not stolen gold… and only nine days left to save the town. Releasing December 4.

The Gold Ring by Caroline Lee – A dangerous masquerade and a twist of fate put Noelle’s future at risk…with only eight days left to save the town. Releasing December 5.

The Goose by Peggy L. Henderson – A woman on the run, a man who doesn’t want to be caught—it’s one wild goose chase…with only seven days left to save the town. Releasing December 6.

The Swan by Piper Huguley – A beautiful woman with secrets comes to Noelle to confront a powerful person with the truth…and only six days left to save the town. Releasing December 7.

The Maid by Rachel Wesson – A convicted murderer, a young maid on the run…and five days left to save the town. Releasing December 8.

The Dancing Lady by Mimi Milan
– A desirous diner owner and a disguised dancer waltz their way to love… with only four days left to save the town. Releasing December 9.

The Lord by Danica Favorite – An assayer and a ladies maid, each living a lie. Will the truth ruin everything…with only three days left to save the town. Releasing December 10.

The Piper by Amanda McIntyre
– A determined matchmaker, a stubborn mountain man…and only two days left to save the town! Releasing December 11.

The Drum by E.E. Burke – A bad luck bride, an exploding disaster…can Noelle be saved in just one day? Releasing December 12.

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Christmas Confection 1

Today, I want to introduce you to the characters in The Christmas Confection.

When I wrote The Christmas Calamity (Book 3 in the Hardman Holidays series), we had the opportunity to meet Fred Decker. At that time, he was an angry, troubled, rather belligerent teen with a mother no one in town liked. During that story, I’m sure no one could have viewed Fred as potential hero material.

But then Fred made a life-altering decision to change.

Evidence of that change is seen in The Christmas Quandary (book 5). He’s become friends with Tom Grove once again and is working hard to provide he’s different from the rebellious, furious teen he’d once been.

I’ll admit, I had only a vague idea of what Fred looked like when I started mulling around ideas for this story.

Then I ended up redesigning all the covers in the series and decided to go ahead and make the cover for The Christmas Confection while I was at it.

Suddenly, I had a much clearer idea of Fred’s character.

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Brady Corbet just happened to do a splendid job of fulfilling my ideas for Fred.

(Those eyes! Oh, my gracious, those blue eyes!)

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I can understand why the girls in Hardman might cast Fred a second or third glance.

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I could so easily picture this as Fred. The rather subdued, brooding look. Fred is, after all, convinced he’s not worthy —of love, respect, or just about anything good — because of his parents.

The flawed way he views himself is why Fred needs a girl who sees his actually flaws and loves him anyway.

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Beautiful Isabel Durant is exactly how I envision Elsa Lindstrom, Hardman’s lovely baker.

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Her midnight blue eyes and golden hair are two things Fred immediately notices about Elsa, along with her smile.

I didn’t have any particular visual for Elsa’s brother, or the outlaws, but I did find a visual I loved for Fred’s three aunts that make me think of the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty.

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Isn’t this such a fun photo! I have no idea what these three lovely young women are doing, but they appear to be having a great time at it. I could so easy see them in the story as Ari, Bett, and Claire.

Oh, and I can’t forget their sleigh! Isn’t it awesome! How I’d love to go for a ride! 🙂

The Christmas Confection, Hardman Holidays Book 6, available now on Amazon.

And here is the song I listed to while I wrote the story. Love Working on You from John Michael Montgomery seemed particularly fitting for Fred.

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Couple at the Beach

I thought it might be fun for you to meet Rose and Tanner today (at least the visuals that inspired their characters).

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Back when we were choosing images for the covers, I saw this one and it made me think of a girl who perhaps might like vintage things, at least romantic things. I liked the idea of Rose being someone who surrounded herself with treasures from yesterday, who cherished the little things many people take for granted. I wanted her to be a girl who takes time to smell the roses.

So I looked to Annalynne McCord for my visual inspiration for Rose (in addition to the cover shot).

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It was just so easy to picture her as Rose.

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She’s got the hair, the eyes, the smile…

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and the beauty. Yep, she really made such a perfect Rose.

Tanner needed to be someone with a little ruggedness around the edges, but a sweet guy.

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I chose Steve Lund.

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He looks exactly how I envision Tanner. Strong yet kind.

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And really hunky.

You can find many of the visuals that inspired parts of the story on my Pinterest board, including some of Rose’s outfits, Goonies info, and some fun beach wedding ideas!

And while you’re looking through the images, listen to this song… it was the one I listened to while I was writing the story:

Places I’ve Never Been by Mark Wills

You can find Rose on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rose-Beach-Brides-Book-9-ebook/dp/B0728BSPR1

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