Seven Brides for Seven Texans
Meet the seven Hart brothers of the 7-Heart ranch in central Texas. Each man is content in his independent life, without the responsibilities of a wife and children—until their father decides 1874 will be the year his grown sons finally marry, or they will be cut from his will. How will each man who values his freedom respond to the ultimatum? Can love develop on a timeline, or will it be sacrificed for the sake of an inheritance? This book contains seven novellas by beloved novelists including: Erica Vetch, Vickie McDonough, Gabrielle Meyer, and more.
In Susan Page Davis’s novella, “For Love or Money,” Jane and her family are burned out of their house. They move into a cave, where she discovers some hidden money. Crockett Hart comes to help them rebuild, and she asks for his help. When he learns where the money came from, he hopes it won’t keep their two families apart, because he’s falling for Jane.
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 60 novels and novellas in the historical romance, mystery, and suspense genres. She is the mother of six and grandmother of ten. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com.
Welcome, Susan. It's great to have you here again. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved thinking out stories in my mind. Sometimes I got into trouble for doing more “wool gathering” than I should have. I also read voraciously. I learned early that a story wasn’t very interesting if it had no conflict. Solving those conflicts is very satisfying. I began writing stories of my own at a very young age.
Conflict is key, isn't it? Could you share with us about a typical day in your life?
I usually rise between 6 and 7 a.m. Three days a week I try to hit the gym for swimming or a fitness workout, but when I’m on a deadline that goes by the wayside. I typically work straight through until noon, then return to my desk after lunch until 3 p.m. I like to take a break then and watch Jeopardy. If I have more writing or writing-related work to do, I go back at it afterward. Otherwise I might use the rest of the afternoon to run errands or putter around the house. Evenings are usually spent at home with my family.
Wow! That sounds like a full day. I"m impressed. :) What is the farthest place from home that you've traveled?
Alaska or Scotland—I’m not quite sure which is farther.
I've always wanted to see Scotland. I saw part of Alaska. It's absolutely breathtaking. What does your writing space look like?
My home office is a converted bedroom. It holds my desk and desktop computer, printer table, six bookcases, four file cabinets, and a closet where I store shipping supplies, old records, and more. My wall décor is small “treasure boxes” and old photos. A couple of wall shelves hold small items that I like—tiny cups, bottles, animal figures, etc.
My husband and I are in the process of converting a bedroom into an office for me, so I can easily picture your writing space. What do you plan to work on next?
Right now I’m finishing up my next book in the Tearoom Mysteries series, and I have a couple more westerns planned after that. I am releasing an independently published novel, Echo Canyon, very soon, and working on re-releasing several of my backlist books.
You definitely are keeping busy. :) Where can readers connect with you?
History blog on the 23rd of each month: www.hhhistory.com
It's great having you here today, Susan. I look forward to reading your new book.