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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Ah, it's always a great feeling to push SEND when a book is done! I just sent off The Lightkeeper's Ball to my editors. Thanks to all of you for helping me think through my hero's name! I settled on Harrison and it really seems to fit him. i really like the story, and it's almost sad this time to see it all wrapping up. Well, not TOO sad! :-) it's always a relief that I managed to get through the entire thing. And this isn't the cover of this book but of the next book out of the gate. I just love it though so I take every opportunity to show it off!

On some other good news, Diann just had her next-to-the-last chemo treatment! So far, no vomiting this time. Last round was really bad so we've been praying hard for an easier time of it. So keep praying!

Now it's time to start thinking about the next story. I had planned to start a new historical series but I've had so many readers requesting another Lonestar book that I'm going to listen to them and write one. See, we authors DO care what you want! :-)
If you've read the Lonestar books, what would you like to see? Any particular character you'd like to catch up with? I'd also love suggestions on the personal challenge my heroine is to face. Allie had Irlen Syndrome. Shannon had MS. Gracie had synesthesia. So I need an interesting challenge for condition for my character. I'd love to hear your thoughts! I've been toying with the title Lonestar Angel. My heroine's name would be Angel. Any other suggestions?

I love to hear from you!

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Colleen Coble  
posted at 11:33 AM  
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At 7:01 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

I loved the "Lonestar" series and would be thrilled if you wrote another one. As for catching up with a character from one of the other books, that would be tough for me to chose. I would like to "see" what they have all been up to! How are Rick, Allie and Betsy doing? What about Jack, Shannon, Faith & Kylie? Has Shannon's disease progressed? And we can't forget about Michael, Gracie & their three kids? I have my books loaned to a friend/co-worker, but I need to reread all three of them as soon as she gives them back, I've been away from there too long!


At 8:34 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I love the sound of Lonestar Angel!

At 9:01 PM, Blogger jel said...

Harrison, is a good name ;)

Glad to hear ya r writting another Lonestar book, !

WOOHOO Diann, way to go, for keeping your cookies down :)
in my thoughts and prayers
sending ya flybyhugging!

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Sun said...

I'd love to hear from Yolanda again. Angel could be new to the rodeo or Yolanda could have left the rodeo due to an injury. They could meet somewhere else. Also, I think a challenge for Angel could be epilepsy. Angel and Yolanda could help each other through their challenges. If you would like to add complexity to the story, Angel could have a child of her own that has or had Retinoblastoma. To add a hero to the story, Gabe would be a good name for him. :)

At 4:53 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I've enjoyed the Lonestar series. Actually, if any of the characters reappeared, I'd be happy. :)

Personal challenge: an adopted child or a child with ADD, ADHD or Asperger's?

At 7:57 AM, Blogger Julia M. Reffner said...

The cover alone makes me want to read this book, its gorgeous!

I'm glad you were feeling less sick this go around. Keeping you in prayer.

At 10:12 AM, Blogger EJ said...

So excited for another Lonestar book - I'd love to catch up on all the characters. Something that would interest me is to hear stories about some of the kids that come to Rick & Allie's ranch - what their issues are, maybe a former foster kid who returns? I agree w/Pam - maybe a foster/adopt kid dealing with ADHD, Asperger's, learning disabilities, etc.

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'll make sure I address those things, Beverly! Epilepsy is an idea, Sun! I hadn't thought of that one. And um, Yolanda is dead. :-( You probably just forgot that. I loved her though.

EJ, I'd thought about having a former kid return to the Bluebird Ranch. I'll noodle on it, thanks!

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Sun said...

Oops! Now, I do remember that. It's been a while since I read Lonestar Sanctuary. Well, my new choice would be to return to Betsy, grown up. She could still be young, a teenager possibly, but she admires Angel when she comes to work at the ranch. Then, Gabe enters the picture... I like the name Gabe because of the angel Gabriel, and "Gabe" sounds like a person that works at a ranch. Just some more ideas. :)

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ooh, Betsy! I hadn't really thought about her all grown up. I'll give that some thought!

At 10:28 PM, Blogger adge said...

That cover is awesome! Angel could have dyslexia or problems due to a head injury.

At 5:55 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

If Brandilyn weren't already writing a book with Lyme in it, I'd suggest that. I've been reading the posts on her new Lyme blog and it just breaks my heart, especially because two people I love suffer from it.

I like the idea of a special needs child, it's really challenging for the entire family and could make some great conflict. There's so many ways you could go with that: autism, down syndrome, learning disabled, traumatic brain injury, etc. With the last one, it could be an event that happens in the book and then the family has to deal with a whole new lifestyle.

Diann, I'm so glad to hear the chemo is almost over and you're doing well with the last round. Keep it up!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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