Saturday, August 18, 2012
Sarah J. McNeal, New Contributor
This is my first blog on Sweethearts of the West and so I’d like to introduce myself to you and tell you a little about myself.
My name is Sarah J. McNeal. I write in several genres including historical western romance, contemporary, and fantasy and sometimes with a combination of paranormal and time travel.
I would love to go back in time and experience history in the making, but the scientific community insists it cannot be done. Bummer. I don’t believe in witches and goblins but I sure do believe that there are evil people in this world and I think that’s close enough. I love ghost stories and I like to write them into my stories. I included ghosts in Harmonica Joe’s Reluctant Bride, The Violin, Gifts From the Afterlife and my most recent release, Heart Song. Two of my time travel stories still in contract are Harmonica Joe’s Reluctant Bride and The Violin.
All of my books are romances but I didn’t start out that way. I used to write only science fiction and fantasy/paranormals, straight up with no chaser. My creative writing instructor suggested that I include a touch of romance and, when I did, I sold five short stories to magazines. Well, I certainly knew then what readers wanted and, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoy writing romance.
I have spent a career as an RN, 21 years in coronary care and the last 17 years in the ER. I admit it was stressful and sometimes not so rewarding, but I did love the times when I felt I’d helped someone and made a difference in patients’ lives—sometimes quite literally. By the end of my career, 3 years ago, I was happy to retire and do what I had always longed to do, devote my time to writing.
My second love is music. After playing the flute for a few years in grade school, I switched to violin when my dad gave me his brother’s violin. It inspired me to write the book, The Violin, because of my Uncle John’s tragic death. I thought he deserved a life so I gave him one. I also play the guitar. (Who didn’t back in those “hootenanny” days?) My dad and I used to play our harmonicas together. Sometimes we just made up our own tunes. I loved doing that with him. Later, I learned to play the bagpipes and, for a while, aspired to play in the Loch Norman Pipe Band—but apparently, not enough to practice every single day. I taught my great niece to play the violin and she taught me to play the recorder. We like to play our instruments together and confound our relatives with our expertise. Well, we like to think so anyway. Most of my stories include musical instruments of some kind or another.
The following are my books presently in contract:
The Violin published by Publishing by Rebecca Vickery:
1927 historical/time travel/paranormal
Loneliness...Mystery...A step through time
Genevieve dreams of him almost every night and has for most of her lonely life. Intrigued, she buys his violin and finds the remnants of his life and the mystery of his death in 1927 revealed within its case. Intrigued, she makes a decision, one that will change her life forever.
Buy links: (available in digital and paperback)
Rebecca Vickery Publishing
Harmonica Joe’s Reluctant Bride published by Western Trail Blazers: (digital and paperback)
1910 historical western/time travel/paranormal
A haunted house, a trunk and a date with destiny.
Lola Barton discovers a warp in time in an old trunk when she falls into 1910. She finds herself married to Joseph Wilding, a stranger shadowed by secrets. Mistaken for Callie McGraw, a thief and a woman of ill repute, Lola finds her life is threatened by a scoundrel. Joe stands between her and certain death. With danger threatening all around and secrets keeping them apart, can Joe and Lola find their destiny together? Or will time and circumstance forever divide them?
Western Trail Blazer Novels
Lulu Book Store
Barnes & Noble
For Love of Banjo published by Western Trail Blazers
WWI historical western/sequel to Harmonica Joe’s Reluctant Bride
Deceit stands between Banjo Wilding’s love for Maggie O’Leary and his search for the father he never knew.
Banjo Wilding wears a borrowed name and bears the scars and reputation of a lurid past. To earn the right to ask for Margaret O’Leary’s hand, he must find his father and make something of himself.
Margaret O’Leary has loved Banjo since she was ten years old but standing between her and Banjo is pride, Banjo’s mysterious father and the Great War.
Will either of them find happiness?
BUY LINKS (digital and paperback)
Monkey Bars :
Heart Song published by Publishing at Rebecca Vickery
Contemporary/paranormal short story
My new release for 99 cents
Facing death might change Gideon’s life.
Gideon thought he had the perfect life as a musician with a beautiful model as his girlfriend, until he was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Ashamed and afraid he may die, Gideon hits bottom when his girlfriend dumps him for a real man.
Hope comes in the form of his father’s ghost and a person he has just met. Can he beat the odds and survive? And if he does, can he ever find happiness again?
Gifts From The Afterlife published by Victory Tales Press in the 2011 Christmas Collection
Contemporary/Paranormal/Holiday short story
How dark must it get before Lydia sees the light?
Lydia Sinclair’s life has run off the rails. She has lost everyone she loves and Christmas has lost its meaning. As Christmas approaches, Lydia wants to go to sleep and never wake up again. Perhaps an angel, some ghosts and a childhood sweetheart can convince her that life is worth living again. Can Lydia let go of what once was, renew her joy in Christmas and find the promise of hope for her future?
Buy links (digital and paperback)
Barns and Noble
Here are the places where you can find me:
Moonlight Romance Authors: http://moonlightromanceauthors.blogspot.com/?zx=e8f0512666a5c2c
Sarah’s Provocative Ponderings: http://pasttheprint.blogspot.com/
My Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/sarahmcneal
PbRBWT Author Page:
Once Upon a Word
And right here at Sweethearts of the West