New Release: The Healer’s Gift by Willa Blair

The latest in Willa Blair’s popular Highland Talents series just released!  The Healer’s Gift is a novella that takes place just after the first book in the series, Highland Healer.


Coira MacDugall paid with her life for her attack on the Highland Healer. But her victim did more than heal Coira’s fatal wound that awful night.  Now drowning in the unwelcome emotions of others, Coira wonders if her new empathic ability was meant as a gift or a curse.

Logen MacDugall must discover who killed three previous lairds if he hopes to survive for long in the position. He believes Coira’s new sense can help him root out the conspirators, but after her disastrous time in the Highlands, the last thing she wants is to get involved with another laird. Logen must help Coira gain control of her talent in time to save him and their clan from those intent on destroying MacDugall.

Can Coira believe this laird truly loves her? Or will her memories lead her to madness again?

Another SARA Sighting!

SARAs Willa Blair, Patricia Walters-Fisher, Laurie LeClair, Laurie Olerich, Roe Valentine and Teri Wilson signed their books today at the Barnes & Noble at the Shops at La Cantera here in San Antonio, TX.  We had a great turnout!  It was fun to see so many fans, friends and family supporting their favorite authors.  

What a great way to get an early start on Valentine’s Day!  



SARA Café Welcomes Linda Carroll-Bradd! 
By Mary E. Brand

Linda casual

SC:  When did you join SARA and for what reason?

LCB: I joined SARA the month after I moved to San Antonio—November 2000, because since I started writing in the mid 1990s, I have belonged to the local RWA chapter of wherever I lived.

SC:  What sub-genre of romance stories do you write? And why do you like it?

LCB: Because my interests are varied, so are the sub-genres in which I write. I describe myself as writing sweet-to-sensual contemporary and historical romance. My first stories were contemporaries and sweet because I was learning the nuances of writing fiction after years spent in the business world with wordy and flat business English. At that point, I couldn’t handle much writing about more than a hug and a kiss. As I developed as a writer, I added more heat to my stories.

Next, I explored setting a story in the past. I’ve always loved westerns and I’m lucky that my husband shares an interest in history so we make sure to visit museums in whichever town we travel through on vacation. I have a weakness for books available in the gift shops of the local lore and legends.

SC: What about the romance genre appeals to you?

LCB: I enjoy creating stories where love is the ultimate goal and prize, even if the characters use a large majority of the story to fight that fact.

SC: If you could have any actor/actress cast as the hero/heroine of your latest work, who would you choose and why?

LCB: For my latest western historical release, Capturing The Marshal’s Heart, I choose Emma Stone because of her feistiness and Jake Gyllenhaal because of his intensity.

SC: What is the best book you’ve ever read about the craft of writing?

LCB: Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain. This is dense, almost like a college text for a creative writing program. So I worked through the lessons one chapter at a time, applying the techniques as I understood them—and worth the effort.

SC: What do you do when you’re not writing?  Do you have any hidden talents?

LCB: Lately, I’ve taken up crocheting again. Partially because I realized, based on an interview like this, that my whole life was focused on writing, researching, and editing. So I found my selection of crochet hooks, grabbed my loose ends of yarn (since then the inventory has been re-supplied several times over), and created a granny-square baby quilt. Once I get a dozen or so, I plan to set up a site on Etsy and offer them for sale.

SC: What is your favorite part of the writing process?

LCB: Oddly enough, revisions are my favorite stage of story creation. I love the search for the correct analogy or metaphor to use that makes those words or that comparison special to that unique character. Also, the layering in of setting and sensory details that enrich the scenes and potentially foreshadow coming events.

SC: How do you know when your research is done?

LCB: When I can picture my characters, they have names and I know where their first scene together will be. I’ve learned that once I get the story set in my head and pit my hero and heroine at opposite sides of an issue, the details can be inserted later.

Now naming my characters can take days because I want the name to speak to some element of the individual’s core make-up. And finding the right place (especially for historical) involves aspects that we don’t think of today—like the types of transportation to this place, the frequency of freight or mail delivery, the occupations available for the new resident of this town.

SC: Thank you, Linda!

Photo by Glamour Shots at North Star Mall, San Antonio, Texas.

SARA Meeting Saturday, 15 June

Join your fellow SARAs for our monthly meeting!

This month our speaker will be Rachel Simeone who will give a workshop on using Pintrest and Goodreads. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 15 June from 1000-1230 at the Crown of Life Lutheran Church, 19291 Stone Oak Pkwy, in the classroom by parking lot.

Rachel Simeone’s Bio:
Founder, ZetaBlue Book Marketing

Book marketing expert Rachel Simeone uses her 20+ years of experience in Internet and consumer marketing to help authors accelerate their sales and achieve their dreams.

Implementing proven marketing strategies, Rachel develops customized marketing programs that attract readers and deliver sales. She is known for her innovative ideas that exploit hidden opportunities to give authors a marketing advantage.

In addition to her work with authors, Rachel also developed a book marketing training program for the online publisher Blurb.

Previously, Rachel held strategic marketing positions at Time, Inc., Williams-Sonoma, and Gump’s, where she developed marketing programs and implemented best practices for America’s leading brands.

SARA Meeting Saturday, 11 May

The next San Antonio Romance Authors meeting will be held Saturday, 11 May at 10:00-12:30 in the Crown of Life Lutheran Church classroom.  The address is 19291 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, TX  78258

In addition to the general business meeting, author Heather Long will speak about Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming An Author.   She’ll teach us how to prepare to write, using character profiles, research etc.


Heather’s Bio: A national best selling author, Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. In addition to military romance, Heather writes a wide variety of romance from paranormal historical western romance to contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She loves characters and the stories they have to tell. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.