October 16, 2014
by Laura Drake
As many of you already know, I’m quirky. I have many odd and not so odd hobbies, interests, and obsessions. How cool is it that we now have a ONE stop shop for all our oddities? You can find almost any group you can think of, on Facebook. Are you an albino (wait – has that become a politically incorrect term?) There’s a group for that. Are you afraid of heights? type Acrophobia in the search box. Are you transgendered and looking to date? Yep. It’s there (no judgement).
After researching, my groups seem almost normal. Along with a family history group, one for graduates of my high school, several writing and knitting groups, I also belong to:
The Tweethearts (Pro bull riding fans)
Herdies – (ditto)
The Bull Pen – okay, so there may be a theme
Cowboy Stalkers Anonymous – I may be venturing into the lunatic fringe here.
Love, relationships, Social and Psychology Help Center – that one MUST have been for research.
But the one I love the most is one that I began with eight other authors a couple of months ago:
We started it as a place for readers of Western Romance to come, hang out, and discuss everything Western Romance. Oh, and the founding authors have a place to announce their next release, and a giveaway or two.
At least, that’s how it started. We now have over 550 members, a conversation starter question three days a week, and a ‘Campfire Book Club’ group. We might have brought up the idea, but the members ran with it, reading and discussing a book a month.
In the couple of months it’s been in existence, it’s taken on a personality that has little to do with the founders, and I think we’ve ALL met interesting, stalwart, and funny women we wouldn’t have known otherwise.
Sigh. Don’t you love when that happens? If you love Western romance, come look us up!
Laura Drake is a city girl who never grew out of her tomboy ways, or a serious cowboy crush. She writes both Women’s Fiction and Romance.
She sold her Sweet on a Cowboy series, romances set in the world of professional bull riding, to Grand Central. The Sweet Spot (May 2013), Nothing Sweeter (Jan 2014) and Sweet on You (August 2014). The Sweet Spot won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award in the Best First Book category.
Her ‘biker-chick’ novel, Her Road Home, sold to Harlequin’s Superomance line (August, 2013) and has expanded to three more stories set in the same small town. The Reasons to Stay released August, 2014.
Laura has long wanted to make a foray into another genre she loves, and she currently has a Women’s Fiction novel out on submission.
In 2014, Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.