The Maverick’s Accidental Bride by Christine Rimmer
Married by Mistake?
Rust Creek Ramblings
Welcome back, faithful readers! The Rust Creek Rambler has an exclusive for you: Jordyn Leigh Cates has gotten married! That’s right, our innocent Jordyn, who came to town a few years back with the Rust Creek Falls “Gal Rush,” tied the knot on July Fourth in what appeared to be a very impulsive ceremony.
No one could blame the blushing bridesmaid for saying “I do” to Will Clifton. The sexy, blue-eyed rancher is six feet of pure muscle and charm. But are these two merely love-struck friends who got swept away at someone else’s wedding? Our sources suggest otherwise. Stay tuned to find out the true story behind these surprise spouses—and see if they can make it past their honeymoon!
Love Lessons Learned: Real life romance lessons learned from the book
When I think of the love lessons a reader might come away with after reading The Maverick’s Accidental Bride, what comes immediately to my mind are some of the insights readers themselves have offered:
“Sometimes you really don’t recognize your match until something unusual happens. Maybe the accidental wedding was not that big an accident after all.” –Jo (Mixed Book Bag) Goodreads
“I would highly recommend this book to anyone that believes that some things are just written in the stars and when you least expect it fate gives you that love you have been hoping to find.” –Kimberly, Amazon.com Reviews
“I loved both of the characters and I enjoyed the way Ms. Rimmer took us down the path of them discovering what their hearts were telling them all along.” –Judy, Amazon.com Reviews
And speaking for myself, I would have to say that sometimes an “accident” of fate can turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to you. The hero and heroine, Will Clifton and Jordyn Leigh Cates, have known each other from childhood. Neither is looking for love in the other. But when circumstances force them to spend time together, they finally begin to see what was there all along, that each is the other’s true and lasting love. It’s not really surprising that friends-to-lovers stories are so popular. Who better to build a life with than a true friend you can put your trust in?
MOVIE STAR CAST: THE MAVERICK’S ACCIDENTAL BRIDE
I always “cast” my stories. I choose images of real people to represent the main characters as I’m writing the book. I like to know exactly how my characters look. As a rule, I choose from pictures of actors or models.
The Montana Mavericks series, however, is what we call a house-generated continuity. The basic ideas for the characters and the over-arching story for the series are created by Harlequin’s excellent editorial team. We authors are provided with a bible, a general plan to follow as we tailor, tweak and enrich and make the story our own. In recent years, the editors who create the bible have been doing the “casting” for us, choosing images of our heroes and heroines. Now and then, I disagree with those choices and the editors always give me the go-ahead to choose other actors.
But for The Maverick’s Accidental Bride, I loved the editorial choices and ran with them. So may I present…
Ryan Paevey as Will Clifton
Alexz Johnson as Jordyn Leigh Cates
And for more great shots of Ryan and Alexz and some cool clothing and setting details, feel free to check out my Pinterest board here: https://www.pinterest.com/christinerimmer/the-mavericks-accidental-bride/
Breaking in to the Series Market
First and foremost, to break into series romance, you need to read series romance. And I mean, a lot of series romance. Choose a line you love—or one you think you possibly could love—and collect as many recent titles as you can. When I first targeted series romance, I read over 300 series romances to learn all I could about the books I planned to write. I kept a file on each book I read, breaking down all the elements that go into a book: characters, conflicts, settings, hooks. I wanted to find the commonality among the books in a given line, so that I could deliver what the editors of that line are looking for. You want to write a book that fills the requirements for the line you’ve chosen, yet does so in a way that feels fresh and new. It’s a big challenge. And it can be a fulfilling one.
At Harlequin, when your series book is ready to submit, you decide whether you want to use an agent or not. In series, the advances you can get and the changes you can make to the boilerplate contract are not as broad-ranging as they are in mainstream, so you may feel perfectly comfortable dealing with day-to-day business issues and negotiations yourself. I do. J But if you like an expert handing all that stuff for you, that’s totally doable, too.
Also, when you write series romance, though you’re not required to think in terms of a continuing series of connected stories, you’re better off if you do. Readers love connected stories and they’re more popular in the category market than they’ve ever been. In fact, if you write for my line, Special Edition, every book you write will be part of an ongoing series. But if you see your book as a standalone, no problem. Submit it. The editors are more than happy to work with you to help you see the spinoff potential in any story you write.
Best of luck in the series market—and happy writing!