Monday, November 11, 2013

Charlie's Pie by Livia J. Washburn in WISHING FOR A COWBOY

Charlie's Pie
by Livia J. Washburn
a short story in
Wishing for a Cowboy
Prairie Rose Publications

RTW is pleased to host the authors of Wishing for a Cowboy, the debut offering of Prairie Rose Publications.  It's available in ebook at Amazon and Smashwords, and in print at Amazon.

My special guest today is Livia J. Washburn, who's been writing award-winning, critically acclaimed western, romance, mystery, and historical novels for over thirty years. She's secretary and publisher at Western Fictioneers and co-owner of Prairie Rose Publications.

Livia's story in Wishing for a Cowboy is Charlie's Pie  Lauralee Brannam just wants to bake her son's favorite pie for his birthday, which happens to fall on Christmas Eve. But then a wounded stranger shows up on her Texas ranch, and his fateful visit leads to violence, tragedy, and redemption in this stirring Western tale.

RTW: How did Lauralee and Burke come to you?  Were they fully formed, or were they stubborn about telling you their stories?

Livia J. Washburn
Livia: They came to me almost fully formed. Both have secrets, or at least things about them that aren't immediately apparent, but I knew what those things were before I started the story. Because of the length, there isn't room for a great deal of history about either of them, but I was able to get in the important things, I think. Sometimes when I start a story I don't know that much about the characters and even less about what's going to happen, but that wasn't the case here. I have no idea why some stories are so much more developed in my head before I start writing, but it's a happy accident when it happens. Of course, I always allow myself the freedom to change my mind if something better occurs to me during the writing.

RTW: What is it about Christmas that lends itself to romance?  How is Charlie's Pecan Pie incorporated into your story and is it a part of your own family lore?

Livia: For me, Christmas lends itself to romance because it's a time of year when we take stock of our lives, a mile marker on another year nearly done, so to speak, a time to reflect on all the good things we have in our lives but also the things that we're missing. I had the heroine of "Charlie's Pie" bake a pecan pie because that's my youngest daughter's favorite type of pie, and I like it a lot, too. It's a central part of the story not only because it's the main catalyst for the action but also because of what it represents to Lauralee.

RTW: If you lived in Lauralee's house, how would you decorate it for Christmas?

Livia: If I lived in Lauralee's house, I would definitely have a Christmas tree. It's just not Christmas without a tree! I'd decorate it with colorful bows and ribbons and homemade ornaments carved from wood. If any holly plants grew in the area I'd put sprigs of holly on the fireplace mantle. I might have candles burning, too, but carefully. You don't want to be careless with candles when you live in a wooden cabin.

RTW: What other books do you have for our readers to enjoy?

Livia: I have a sweet romantic western that came out a few years ago, but is still available, Mending Fences. The eighth book in my Fresh Baked Mystery series, Wedding Cake Killer, was released in mass market paperback on November 5 (it's already available as a trade paperback or e-book), and #9, The Fatal Funnel Cake, was released in trade paperback and in e-book on the same day.

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Cowboys, kisses and love in the holiday air make for a special recipe in each of these wonderful new stories. Christmas miracles can happen when you're 

A Christmas Miracle by Phyliss Miranda 
Acceptance comes not through frosty eyes, but from the warmth of loving hearts. 

Outlaw's Kiss by Cheryl Pierson 
A long-ago schooldays crush is rekindled by an Outlaw's Kiss that sparks true love, and a new future for Jake Morgan and Talia Delano. 

A Husband for Christmas by Sarah J. McNeal 
A haunting night of horror and a wish for a new life. 

Peaches by Kathleen Rice Adams 
When a strong-willed schoolteacher invades an irascible rancher's Texas range, not even the spirit of Christmas may be able to prevent all-out war. 

A Gift for Rhoda by Jacquie Rogers 
A mail-order bride disaster! 

Her Christmas Wish by Tracy Garrett 
Her only wish for Christmas was the man who left her behind. 

Covenant by Tanya Hanson 
Can a Christmas blizzard ignite love gone cold? 

Charlie's Pie by Livia J. Washburn 
A wounded man, a desperate woman, a gang of ruthless outlaws... and the best pecan pie in Parker County!


Livia J Washburn said...

Jacquie, thank you for having me on your blog. Wishing for a Cowboy is a collection of sweet stories of love, and the holidays in the old west. I'm proud of the whole collection. I'm presently hard at work on my story for HEARTS & SPURS a new collection coming out in January.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Livia, I loved CHARLIE'S PIE. That was one of the most unusual Christmas stories I've ever read, and I DO love unusual stories!

Working with you on Wishing For a Cowboy and with our new publishing business has been a fantastic experience. I'm so glad we decided to do this, and I'm looking forward to many, many more projects!


Tanya Hanson said...

HI Livia, working on WFAC and reading all the stories have definitely been highlights of my year. I am so honored and humbled to have been asked to be part of Prairie Rose Publications, and this terrific anthology. Hugs and blessings!!!

Sarah J. McNeal said...

It's wonderful to find out a bit about you, Livia. I like the imaginative title for your story. I haven't read Charlie's Pie yet, but I'm getting there. What a unique title.
I'm so happy to be a part of this anthology and in the debut publication for Prairie Rose Publications.
I wish you continued success. Livia.

Livia J Washburn said...

Cheryl, unusual Christmas story indeed. My agent once told me I wrote like Lamour on drugs. LOL! Never was sure whether that was a compliment or complaint.

Livia J Washburn said...

Tanya, Cheryl and I are thrilled you've joined us at PRP. I loved your soon to be released novel, Claiming His Heart. I hear you'll be working on a sequel. What fun. I can't wait to read it.

Livia J Washburn said...

Sarah, I'm not sure if it was an imaginative title. It was the only one that occurred to me and it stuck. It's funny how sometimes you start out with a title when writing and other times you can't come up with a title. I had the title, Charlie's Pie before I wrote a word of the story.