Monday, September 13, 2010

Ellen O'Connell--Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold

Ellen O’Connell lives in Douglas County, Colorado, where she raised, trained, and showed National Champion Morgan horses for over twenty years as Serendipity Morgans. Although she now concentrates on rally, carting, and drafting competition with her dogs, Ellen still has one Morgan mare, Serendipity B Wichin. Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold is her second novel; her first, Rottweiler Rescue, is a cozy mystery.

Product description: Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold is a 118,000 word story of romance and family conflicts set in Colorado in 1885. Anne Wells has embarrassed her rigidly proper family since she was a child with occasional but grievous lapses from ladylike behavior. They blame those lapses for the disgraceful fact that she is a spinster at 28. Cord Bennett, the son of his father's second marriage to a Cheyenne woman, is more than an embarrassment to his well-to-do family of ranchers and lawyers - they are ashamed and afraid of their black sheep. When Anne and Cord are found alone together, her father's fury leads to violence. Cord's family accepts that the fault is his. Can Anne and Cord use the freedom of being condemned for sins they didn't commit to make a life together? Or will their disapproving, interfering families tear them apart?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
From the reviews and private emails I've received from readers, the characters are what they like the most. The heroine is strong but not shrewish, and the hero has that kind of self-confident strength that gives him no need to push others around to prove it. Of course, they also like the story, which is a bit different.

Q: Why did you go indie? After some investigation into the world of traditional publishing and attending several writers' conferences (Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold was a finalist in two contests some years ago), I realized that world wasn't for me and put aside all thoughts of having anything published until I heard about Amazon's DTP in late 2009. I could hardly believe Amazon was giving people such an opportunity and couldn't get my already written books out fast enough.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in the suspense, mystery, horror, and thriller fields? Dick Francis, Dana Stabenow, Nevada Barr, Tony Hillerman, Susan Conant.
[Favorite authors in the western and romance field: Romance: Penelope Williamson, Maggie Osborne, Emily Carmichael. Western: Jack Schaefer, Louis L'Amour.

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