June 26, 2015

Writing With My BFF, Char Chaffin

Char Chaffin and I are BFFs, fellow authors and Acquiring Editors, and two-thirds of The Power Of Three. We are both lovers of romance, Alpha Men and the women they’d lay down their lives for.

We're excited to share our debut writing collaboration, RODEO KING. 

BLURB:  Caleb Johnson, 'King of the Rodeo,' is on his way to becoming Wyoming's National Champion. Until an ornery bull sidelines him with a potentially career-ending injury. Returning home to Dustin to recuperate puts him in the path of Rosemary Carmichael, the girl he deserted to become a rodeo star.

Now he's got to figure out what he really wants: returning to the rodeo circuit and going for that big, National prize, or convincing the woman he loves that he wants a life with her . . . and the son he never knew he had.


It started in 2014, a few months before RWA’s National Conference in San Antonio. Me, Char, and fellow BFF Callie Hutton had been talking about starting up a writing collective. Understanding there is power in numbers, we got the ball rolling by selecting a title—The Power Of Three—and launching a newsletter, website, and other social network-type goodies. Then, one evening during the conference, the idea of writing a romance under The Power Of Three gelled when we chose a genre—Western Contemporary.

The actual outline for RODEO KING came together very quickly. Before that brainstorming evening was over, we had Caleb and Rosemary fleshed out, five solid chapters outlined, and had set up a basic writing schedule that would carry us through fourteen chapters and an epilogue.

Callie’s career as a talented historical romance author took off like gangbusters right after National, and it became impossible for her to participate in the writing of RODEO KING. Instead, she became our sounding board, beta reader, and cheerleader. And we remain The Power of Three. You can catch up with us each month by signing up for our Newsletter at: http://tinyurl.com/TPO3SignUp

Char and I continued on, sharing a single chapter each month on The Power Of Three Newsletter and on our official website. In 2015, during a marathon writing session in Dallas while attending RT’s annual Convention, we finished RODEO KING and finalized the cover art. We both have a ‘contemporary voice’ and very few artist disagreements arose as we finalized the story, easily coming to mutually satisfying resolutions.

The experience was so much fun that we simply had to keep going. Another evening of brainstorming netted us an outline for Book Two—ROPING HER IN—and the rudiments of Book Three, as-yet to be named.

We not only write seamlessly together, we share the same vision of what makes a great romance read: a strong story, a passionate romance, fascinating characters, a happy-ever-after ending, and the know-how to accomplish it within the pages of the books we create.

Rodeo King is the first in what we hope to be a long, successful writing partnership. In addition to the Dustin Lovers Trilogy, we are planning a Western Historical series.

We've also decided to get together at least once a year, (not during a convention) for a writing retreat, along with our BFF, Callie Hutton. 

Never underestimate The Power Of Three!

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