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Thursday, February 6, 2014

CART BEFORE THE HORSE revisited pt 2

Holly Jacobs has lived her life a little backward. You know the kind...graduated high school at thirteen. She's always been a walk the line kind of girl too. Who thought she'd let loose only one night of her life and it would change EVERYTHING!

Holly is a textile designer. Now where did I get that? Well, I began writing this book on the airplane back to Denver from a writer conference in DC where I met author Gretchen Galway. At the time, neither of us had been published, but I have to say, this is why you sit next to people you don't know in group settings! We hit it off an all these years later we are still friends. 

Why do I mention Gretchen Galway? It just so happens that in another life, before bestselling novels, she was a textile designer. Funny how her telling me that made a whole book pop into my head with a phrase used by mother's for centuries.

You'll find more information on Gretchen Galway at the end of this blog.

Gabe Maguire. Just the name alone was perfect man material to me. Gabe is recovering from heart ache and he's nestled himself into his business. We all know the kind...workaholic who lives for his business--That was until Holly happened into his life.

Gabe's restaurant life was like adding a little bit of myself to the mix. Though I wasn't raised in a restaurant, I was raised in the restaurant business on the supplier side. In fact, the piece in the book where the freezer in the restaurant freezes over...I wrote that the day after I got a call from a Sabarro's who had to reorder all their produce for the same reason. Sometimes fiction imitates life!

Chandra, the bar tender, was probably the most fun to create. Lots of tattoos and an attitude to boot. There has always been a plan to give her a book of her own. I suppose in time it'll be written. I always figured it would be the Goth and the Geek. Just seemed like a natural paring.

To this day Cart Before the Horse is one of my favorite stories. I think there is a little bit of backward in all of us.  Join me next time when I discuss the setting for Cart Before the Horse.



Gretchen Galway is the author of Love Handles and other romantic comedies. Her latest novel, This Time Next Door (formerly The Geek Who Loved Me), began its stubborn, viral crawl into global human consciousness in July of 2012. A native of the Midwest, she is a graduate of Stanford University and now lives in California with her husband and two kids.
Gretchen loves to hear from readers. Really. You can find her online (where she spends far too much time) here on her website, or on Facebook and Twitter.
You can also email her at gretchen @ gretchengalway . com.


Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it.

When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.

A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too.


1 comment:

  1. Hello Bernadette! I am so glad we met that day--it was surely fate. And to think you wrote a BOOK from it. So cool. I love the sound of living live backwards. I do it all the time, like it or not. For instance, I often make breakfast for dinner (everyone's happy with toast and bacon, you know?)

    Happy writing and thanks for mentioning me, sweetie :D

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