Welcome, Rain Trueax!

On the Pioneer Hearts blog today, we welcome Rain Trueax!  Rain has 11 historical romances (Oregon and Arizona) and 12 contemporary suspense and paranormal romances– all based in the American West. She is a member of RWA, PAN, Women Writing the West, and Saguaro Romance Writers.

When writing, she works from her family sheep and cattle operation in the Oregon Coast Range, a desert home near Tucson, Arizona, or from their RV somewhere in the inter-mountain west via satellite link. Her husband of over 50 years, who she calls Ranch Boss, and she have two grown children, and four grandchildren.

In all of Rain’s romances, the underlying themes are the values of generosity, hard work, courage, community, and living true to oneself–all the while intertwining the complications of physical attraction, sexuality and outside challenges, whether, malicious or societal. Her stories are ‘Romances with an Edge’ as they are stories of adventure and danger. They are generally spicy (between 3 and 4 on a scale of 1-5). Characters sometimes use strong language, as suits the action.

Rain’s newest release is a paranormal book titled Enchantress’ Secret: Hemstreet Witches Book 1


 

Rain, tell us about your new paranormal release ~ Enchantress’ Secret: Hemstreet Witches Book 1

The idea of writing something different, from my historical romances, began in December in Tucson, Arizona. Barrio Viejo is an old neighborhood south of downtown. I was returning after a few years absence. My first time in the barrio had been to find el Tiradito, a wishing shrine with a tragic and magical history.

Years back, around the shrine, had been deteriorating homes, closed businesses, no air-conditioning– so open doors with the scent of food cooking, sometimes old men sitting on stoops. The doors were worn, wonderful for photographs, but frankly the kind of neighborhood developers tend to see as ground for fancy hotels or convention centers.

That could have happened to Barrio Viejo except for a determined group who fought to see it protected as historic and restored. That’s what we found in December. It was being revitalized, its history proudly shared on plaques. We were told some of the homes had been totally gutted but outside you’d never know it.

Taking many photos, one in particular led me to see a potential book. The home was pueblo style in a row of many like it. In front was a motorcycle. I saw the hero for the first book—well not actually but in my imagination. Because of the mystical history of the neighborhood, it seemed possibly a place of ghosts, spirits and maybe a few unusual people.

With one Arizona historical I still had to get out, it wasn’t until March I could get serious about planning this new series. My characters would be artists, musicians, writers, detectives, entrepreneurs, along with families who had a long history in Tucson. What if, for one such family, that long history meant witches and shamans?

With all the mythologies regarding witches, many of which are actively believed in the Southwest, my stories needed to set parameters for this fantasy world. The Hemstreet witches come out of the Yaqui traditions on one side, and warlocks and witches on the other. While each of the women (four sisters, widowed mother, disapproving aunt, and two grandmothers) have their own specific gifts, all can draw upon earth energy. Born into a family where mystical powers were the expected, the important thing has been to use their abilities responsibly, never selfishly, and always for good. They also have to be careful who knows about them given superstition is not just in other countries. While having abilities most humans can’t imagine, they live normal length lives and can be killed.

Each of the five books will be a complete romance but underlying all stories will be the family and its interactions. With one exception, the heroes represent the rest of us. They are men who have no idea a mystical world exists, that there are ghosts and spirit beings. They are, however, strong men, who have their own human power, which they must draw upon, when they find life isn’t quite what they thought.


Visit Rain on the Pioneer Hearts bookstore for a list of all her books, including her historical western romance collections.

Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology

Have you heard about the Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology? It’s the perfect gift for the readers in your life because it’s the gift that keeps on giving and supports an absolutely wonderful cause!

This anthology, full of fun Christmas short stories by bestselling writers and new-comers alike, is bound to get you into the Christmas spirit. It includes twenty-four short stories by David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Debra Holland, Kirsten Osbourne, Peggy L Henderson, Lorena Dove, L.L. Muir, CS Martin, Linda Hubalek, CJ Samuels, Carra Copelin, Margery Scott, Janelle Daniels, Ray Anselmo, Marie Piper, Caroline Lee, Sam Knight, Kit Morgan, Margaret Tanner, Rain Trueax, Kirsten Lynn, Jaclyn Weist, Jenna Eatough, and Patricia “PacJac” Carroll.

Read more about this wonderful cause and charity below, as I spoke with Kirsten Osbourne about the project~

How did the idea for a Christmas Caring Charity come about?

I was chatting on Friday night, the eleventh of December, with Jenna Eatough, a friend who had recently won first place in a short story contest for her Christmas story. Jenna was trying to figure out what she could do with that short story. I suggested we do an anthology, because I had a Christmas short story sitting around as well, and it relates to my Brides of Beckham series, but I didn’t want to publish something quite so short on its own. So we both, separately, started to recruit people.

How did you go about recruiting other authors?

I posted in the author group for Pioneer Hearts, thinking someone might have a short story sitting on the shelf that would work. Somehow, that simple question, was taken as a writing challenge—something to stretch “writing muscles.” Authors were given a deadline of noon on Monday, a mere three days later. I thought they’d clean up a story they already had and submit that. But, no, people started writing.

How many authors were you able to recruit?

Between Jenna and I, we were able to “draft” twenty-two other people into the anthology. Lorena Dove kindly offered to format the book, which took some of the weight off my shoulders. I contacted my cover artist, Erin Dameron-Hill, and we got started.

And, the proceeds from the anthology go directly to charity?

Yes, the authors generously supported their share of the proceeds going to my favorite charity, Mission Arlington.

NOTE: As a reader, this blogger knows that authors are a generous group of individuals. Free books, prizes, and charity – authors are always willing to support those in need. If you have never been in need, consider yourself blessed. The phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” still applies today and we are blessed to have charities available to meet an ever-growing need.

What is Mission Arlington?

Mission Arlington is a charity I’ve volunteered with and supported for years. They provide aid in every way imaginable for people who need it. They’ve provided cars, appliances, financial aid, etc. They have a huge food bank and “clothing store.” I’ve truly never seen anything like it.

What do you like most about Mission Arlington?

My favorite thing they do is provide Christmas for needy children. They service tens of thousands of children every year with their Christmas store. I was blessed to be part of it one year, and it truly overwhelmed me. Every parent gets to “shop” in a store, choosing gifts for all children under the age of eighteen. They even help wrap the gifts. It’s a beautiful thing.


Thank you, Kirsten Osbourne, for answering my questions about the new anthology and Mission Arlington.

If you haven’t picked up Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect gift for the readers in your life because it’s the gift that keeps on giving and supports an absolutely wonderful cause!

Don’t forget, all proceeds from this anthology will be donated to Mission Arlington, a charity which helps the needy, including assisting with rent, utilities, clothing, food, doctor, and dental. It also provides Christmas gifts for tens of thousands of children every year. For Thanksgiving, 2015, they served 27,000 people.