introduce Jacqui Nelson. She’s a very good friend, a RWA conference roomie and
a very talented writer. Jacqui has finalled in and won a huge number of
contests including RWA’s prestigious and highly coveted Golden Heart. She’s one
of today’s writer’s whose dream is to be traditionally published and – no doubt
– she will be one day. In the meantime, I know there are many readers who will
love her self-published work.
Thank you, Mimi, for inviting me to be your guest today and
for hosting me and my anthology partners yesterday as well. When I moved to
Victoria in the spring of 2009, it was truly my good fortune to meet you and
then (just a few short months later) be your RWA conference roommate in
Washington, DC. What a blast I had at my first national conference with you by
partners and I discussed what had inspired our anthology. Today, I’d like to
share what inspired the next step—writing my individual novella, Adella’s
to another time and place. So what adventure could I craft around a cutthroat
railroad race set in 1870 Kansas?
construction race between the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (aka the
Katy) and its rival, the Border Tier Railroad.
TV series which follows the making of America’s Transcontinental Railroad.
possible characters as a group, a railroad foreman was mentioned. Many of the
men working on the Katy Railroad were Irish, so that was the next logical
attribute for my hero. And why not make my Irish foreman a relative newcomer to
America, a man who hasn’t lost his delicious Irish accent? But what else?
country while dealing with a difficult past from his homeland. Ireland’s Great
Famine sprang to mind. Approximately 1 million people died during this famine.
Anyone who did survived would’ve known someone who died, someone they might
have wished they’d been able to save.
watch. He has a railroad to protect and men to keep employed. And if the Katy
doesn’t reach the Indian Territory border before its rival, then the Katy loses
the race, and the men lose their jobs. Even worse, they might lose their lives
as the desire for rivals to best each other heats up. If any of that happened,
my hero would feel he’d failed those who depended on him. Again.
tortured Irish foreman?
anthology partners and I tossed around several ideas: schoolmarm, suffragette,
shop keeper. To me, none of the these said, “High adventure.” Then another word came to mind: spy. A female
spy sent to provoke unrest and slow down my Irish foreman’s railroad so the
rival railroad could win.
our anthology, the American Civil War had ended only 5 years earlier. Many men
working on the railroads were veterans of that war. Could my heroine have a
connection to the war as well? Had she been a spy in the war and lost someone
dear to her? I decided my heroine was on her own private mission against the
man responsible for her twin brother’s death, a man connected to the Katy
talents and a ton of grit. But she just might meet her match in one determined
Irish foreman who is as highly invested in keeping the Katy rolling forward, as
she is in halting it.
and she went as still as Cormac. Blast! She’d forgotten about the telegram! She
needed Cormac to stay in her hotel room, but she couldn’t let him see the
devoured the gap between them. Then his mouth claimed hers in a hot, heady
back. She did so with abandon. Her skin tingled, and her blood raced as if her
body had woken from years of sleepwalking. She didn’t want the feeling to stop.
She wrapped her arms around Cormac’s neck and pulled him closer.
murmured against her lips. “And I don’t mean merely claiming everything that’s
under this dress.” His hand slid up her ribcage to cup her breast.
both hands. The corner of the telegram brushed her palm. Thank Dixie. It was
still there. But had he seen it? She pressed back against the door.
through hair that was already disheveled. Had she done that? He reached for the
doorknob and she jumped aside.
without his customary restraint. It banged against the wall. “And, for God’s
sake, stay out of trouble. Don’t provoke a man beyond his patience.”
Enemy by Jacqui Nelson, Eden’s Sin by Jennifer Jakes, and Kate’s Outlaw by E.E.
Burke—can be purchased on Amazon at http://bit.ly/PassionsPrizeKDP and is also
available at B&N Nook store and the Apple iStore.
of her new E-book, Adella’s Enemy.
lead to a new love?
War, a Kansas railroad race heats up as former Rebel spy Adella Willows
receives her mission from a Washington senator. Play havoc with the Katy
Railroad and derail its bid to win the race. The senator craves wealth. Adella
craves revenge against the man responsible for her brother’s death. But her
plans crumble into chaos when she matches wits with the railroad’s foreman, a
handsome Irishman torn between two desires: winning the race or winning
Jacqui Nelson writes historical romantic adventures set in
the American West and Victorian London. Her love of Western stories came from
watching classic Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm. Her passion
for Victorian London wasn’t far behind and only increased when she worked in
England for four years and explored the nooks and crannies of London on her
weekends. Jacqui currently lives in Victoria on the west coast of Canada where
she works as a book seller. Her previous jobs have included animator, systems
analyst and fundraising event coordinator.
Writers of America® Golden Heart® winner and three-time finalist.