|Author Donna Alward|
In 2006 Harlequin Romance bought HIRED BY THE COWBOY. I’d been trying for nearly 5 years to sell to Harlequin; after a lot of rejections and nearly-theres, I finally put a twist on a popular trope and nailed what they were looking for.
HIRED BY THE COWBOY is a marriage of convenience story, and Connor and Alex decide to get married because of her baby. The “twist”, as such, is that the baby isn’t his. But he’s willing to step up and help. Of course, the initial intention isn’t to be married forever, and fatherhood isn’t really considered a permanent situation.
Until it is.
|Hired by the Cowboy|
That book has proved one of my most popular to date.
I’ve recently switched gears into writing longer, single-title books, and so my last for Harlequin is out in January 2016 – ten years after I sold my first. THE COWBOY’S CONVENIENT BRIDE is…you guessed it. A marriage of convenience story. And the hero is willing to marry the heroine because of her baby. Whoa!
Granted, the baby in the story is already born and cute as a bug’s ear. But she’s not his (in fact, he’s a paramedic and helped deliver her), and he’s not really looking at fatherhood as a long-term thing.
Until he is. You know what happens next.
|The Cowboy's Convenient Bride|
If there’s one thing I’ve learned for sure about publishing, it’s that nothing is ever written in stone. So who knows?
Here’s the blurb for THE COWBOY’S CONVENIENT BRIDE:
FOR HER DAUGHTER
Laura Jessup is used to the rumors—everyone in tiny Gibson, Montana, thinks she’s a home-wrecker. And Laura can handle that if it means protecting her daughter from her sweet girl’s father. Only hunky EMT Tanner Hudson seems immune to the gossipmongers. The solution he proposes—a marriage in name only!—might just be crazy enough to work…if only Laura can keep her heart out of it.
Tanner wasn’t sure Laura would accept a platonic marriage, even though it would stop the rumor mills and get his own family off his back. But as the wedding draws closer, Tanner worries that his plan is working a little too well. He’s falling for Laura, hard. They thought they were ready for marriage, but are Tanner and Laura prepared for real love?
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