KAREN: COUNTRY GAL AMBER LEIGH WILLIAMS WILL KEEP YOU COMING BACK TO WAYBACK TEXAS JUST TO GET A GLIMPSE OF THOSE HUNKY COWBOYS. I LOVED AMBER'S WESTERN SERIES. EACH STORY IS FULL OF WITTY CONVERSATION, PASSION AND OF COURSE, SIZZLING ROMANCE.
LET'S GIVE AMBER A WARM WELCOME!
AMBER: While doing some spring cleaning this week (to make way for our new family addition coming in November!!!), I uncovered a Vogue magazine from seven years ago that changed my life! Okay, I won’t go that far. It would be more accurate to say it changed my writing life...in a big way. And while today I gladly threw away a whole roomful of clutter, including much of my Vogue collection, I couldn’t seem to part ways with this. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. Most writers and other artists are big believers in this. I’m no exception. Through the inspiration I found in the article contained in this October issue, I found my writing niche – contemporary western romance!
The article delved deep into the backstory of the cover actress – her country roots and how a large part of her longed to return to them. It spanned ten pages, complete with beautiful photographs done by Mario Testino of the actress on a ranch with several yummy-looking cowboys. It was the longing she spoke of, however, that really set my pen to paper. I’m a country girl; I grew up in rural Alabama. Too much time in the city makes me itch. I know all-too-well what it’s like to have a large part of your heart long for simpler roots and a more rural setting. Amidst of this connection between the cover actress and myself, the heroine of my first western romance was born. The backdrop of western romance and the ranching life of rural West Texas seemed the most natural place against which to tell her story. Wayback, Texas is the environment from which America’s Sweetheart, Stella Ridge, grew up and from which she ran away to become an actress at a tender age. Despite the hard knocks life has dealt her father and brothers as time has passed, she has never returned…until now. The reason? Her life in the fast lane has come to a screeching halt – in the form of a horrific car accident. For the first time in her life, she feels an overwhelming desire to return to her roots – those of a rancher’s daughter far away from the bright lights and intrusion of Hollywood. She finds out, unfortunately, that not everything is simple in Wayback, least of all her staggering pull toward silent cowboy and champion bull rider, Judd Black….
Blackest Heart sparked off a trilogy. Stella’s story was followed closely by those of her two elder brothers, Casey (in Bluest Heart), and Keefe (in Bet it on my Heart). I loved telling these three stories so much, I’m returning to the western world later this summer with a new trilogy set in the Dakotas! Since its release, Blackest Heart has placed 1st in the More Than Magic Contest’s novella category. It is also featured in the western romance trade paperback anthology, The Way Back Home. All three western romance titles are available for your reading pleasure now at The Wild RosePress
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amber Leigh Williams is a multi-published romance author, former Secretary of the Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA, and represented by the D4EO Literary Agency. She writes romance of all genres but loves contemporary romance and western romance more than any other sub-genre. Amber and her husband currently reside on the beautiful Gulf Coast with their three labs. You can find out more about her books and writing life at her website: www.amberleighwilliams.com!