Friday, November 24, 2017

A Family Tree and Free Christmas Novella by Paty Jager



The first historical western series I wrote is the Halsey Brother Series. I wrote the first book not thinking about making it a series but when it published and readers wanted to know the other brother's stories it became a series. 

The best and worst part about a series is watching the family grow. First there are the spouses, then as the stories progress adding years to when the first book starts, you also have to add children. When I ran out of the 5 brothers for the Halsey Brothers series and readers still wanted more, I used a brother of one of the heroines and then the two children from a first and second marriage of one of the heroines. That added three more novels and one novella to the Halsey family series and A Husband for Christmas was the last book. 

To write the last book, I had to come up with a family tree to show the marriages and births to be able to bring everyone together for Christmas in the last novella. This tree doesn't show the marriages of Colin, Shayla, and Jeremy. Which are the books in the Halsey Homecoming Trilogy, along with Donny's book. He as a secondary character in Doctor in Petticoats who moved to Sumpter, Oregon with Clay and Rachel from that book. But using this tree helped me keep couples and children straight when the family arrives and at the table during meals. Yes, I had the whole family gathered for meals in a scene or two. That was an undertaking! I actually drew a table and made place cards on the table so I knew who was next to whom and how far down the table they would be looking to talk to another character. To me the staging is one of the fun parts of writing a story. 
Now until the end of December, A Husband for Christmas is free at all ebook vendors. It is my gift to readers. 
A Husband for Christmas
Final Novella in the Halsey Homecoming and Halsey Brothers Series

Shayla Halsey wanted to be home for Christmas, but never imagined her travels would include spending the night in a brooding stranger’s cabin. Snowballing events cause her to look inside herself and recognize maybe it wasn’t being home she wanted as much as it was to have a home.
    
Mace Walker has his life in order and doesn’t want it disrupted again. Yet, when he discovers a woman stranded in the snow, he has to help her—despite her overbearing and reckless fiancĂ©. In a matter of days, Shayla turns his life upside down and forces him to decide if he should leave town or face the consequences. 

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Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 30+ novels, novellas, and short stories of murder mystery, western romance, and action adventure. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
 
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