When I finished my Corral Series, I found I wasn't quite ready to let go of the place I had created. I knew I was done with the three main characters, who all got their happy endings in their respective books, but I always thought it would be fun to revisit The Corral using some of the (very) minor characters who had appeared, usually as a very brief mention) in the three main books.
Friday I signed a contract for Christmas at The Corral, the first in a spin-off/sub-series called "Holidays at The Corral". This story features Van (the brother of Zach from This Can't Be Love). Van received a cursory mention in Love, so it was fun to delve further into his story and develop him as a main character. All I knew about Van was that he was a lawyer. I expanded this and made him a divorce lawyer, who, because of his career, doesn't believe in love or marriage. I paired him with Maggie (a completely new character to The Corral) who is so busy taking care of other people, she doesn't realize she it's nice to have someone take care of her for a change. Both are surprised to find the other, and even more surprised to discover a spark between them.
Other than a brief mention of Zach and Jessica from This Can't Be Love and Sharlie and Logan from This Time for Always, the initial characters from the series don't make an actual appearance in the story.
I have plans for a few more holiday stories based at The Corral: Halloween, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Fourth of July. Each will take place at the bar, but will have unique characters and plots not related to the original stories. The new leads will be characters briefly mentioned in the trilogy, which will tie everything together.
It's always exciting to have another book on the way. Now I just need to figure out what to do for my next project...
Until next time,
The Corral Series - A small town where good friends gather and rugged cowboys fall in love. Boxed set available from The Wild Rose Press.