Monday, January 30, 2017

How Does an Idea Spark a Story? ♦ Pamela S. Meyers ♦ Giveaway

Hi, Whisperers. It is my pleasure to welcome my friend and fellow-author Pamela S. Meyers, who is sharing a 'Story behind the story' guest post with us today. 

Oh, and Pam is offering a giveaway of this book to one of my readers. See below for details.

Welcome, Pam! Let's learn about your book, Second Chance Love . . .

Book Title:   Second Chance Love    
Author NamePamela S. Meyers
Publisher:   Bling/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Release Date:   1/24/17
Genre:   Inspirational Romance
Series/Stand AloneStand Alone (possible sequel in the works)
Target AudienceAdult women

Chicago lawyer Sydney Knight and Texas bull rider Jace McGowan have nothing in common but everything to lose when they are thrust together during a weekend rodeo in rural Illinois. Neither one of them would have imagined two years ago that the deep attraction they sensed during a day-long outing would resurface when Sydney’s boss assigns her to Jace’s legal case.

Sydney has been through a world of hurt since losing her dad when she was sixteen, then being dumped the morning of her wedding. She’s sworn off romance and instead devotes her time toward a partnership in her father’s law office.

Jace has found faith in God and wants out of his sponsor contract with a risqué restaurant chain that requires him to pose with scantily-clad women. He’s about to bail on the contract and pay steep penalties—something he can ill afford, given that his deceased father left the family with unpaid taxes.

Sydney is determined she’ll get Jace out of his contract and return to Chicago with her heart intact, but Jace is just as determined to help her see they are meant to be together. Can a city girl with roots deep in Chicago and a bull-riding rancher with roots deep in Texas give themselves a second-chance love?

 The Setting of Second Chance Love, and How it Came to Be
  By Pamela S. Meyers

I have been attending the Pioneer City Rodeo in downstate Illinois for over ten years and for a lot of those years I longed to write a story set there. A couple years ago I began plotting the story. I knew my hero would have to be a bull rider. Bull riding is my favorite event and I also enjoy watching and attending PBR events (Professional Bull Riders).

I actually started a story set at the rodeo not long after the first time I attended it, but then it was shelved as other opportunities came up. A few years ago, three other authors were developing a novella collection to be set at Cheyenne Days, a large rodeo that takes place in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I joined the project and dusted off the story I’d started and set it there. When the publisher rejected the novella collection, I decided to work the story into a full-length novel and moved the setting back to Illinois. It was meant to be at the rodeo I’ve come to know so well.

It didn’t take me long to develop Jace McGowan, the hero, in SCL, but Sydney Knight, the heroine, took a bit longer. But over time everything gelled the way it was supposed to. It’s been great fun to write because with every pass through the story I felt as though I’d been at the rodeo again, reliving it all. And, during the time of the writing when I attended the rodeo, I paid attention to details I’d never noticed before.

I only hope the townspeople of Palestine, IL where the rodeo takes place feel I presented their little slice of heaven on earth in a way that is pleasing to them.

Available on Amazon in both Kindle and Print versions:

A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago with her two rescue cats. Her novels include Thyme for Love and her historical romance, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Her novella. What Lies Ahead, is part of a novella collection, The Bucket List Dare, which is now available at Amazon in both print and Kindle formats. Second Chance Love from Bling!, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, releases in January 2017. When she isn’t at her laptop writing her latest novel, she can often be found nosing around Wisconsin and other Midwestern spots for new story ideas

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About the Giveaway:
* * * For a chance to win your choice of either an e-book (for Kindle) or a print copy of Second Chance Love, use the comment section below, leave a message for Pam about what you've just read, and include your email contact information–disguised to protect your privacy (e.g: janedoe (at) 123xyz (dot) com)–so we can contact whoever becomes the winner. 

This giveaway will run for one week from today  ending February 6, 2017, at Midnight CST. Winner will be drawn through and will be notified via email on Feb 7.  

 Best wishes to all who visited today–and through the week.

And a great bigh THANK YOU to Pam for sharing her book and story with us.

God Bless!


  1. Pamela - Second Chance Love sounds wonderful. i've only been to Wisconsin briefly...and saw the Dells. Very unique rocks!

  2. Hi, Jenna! Thanks so much for visiting today! I agree with you. Pam's book does sound like a great read.
    Your name has been entered in the giveaway. Watch your email about this time next week to find out if you're the winner. :)

  3. I didn't know there was a rodeo in Illinois. How fascinating. I would love to win Pam's book for my Kindle, the only way I read now.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Bonnie! You've been entered in the giveaway.

  5. Hi Pam & Peg! I've never been to Illinois or Wisconsin, but I have attended the annual County Fair rodeo in my small town here in Southeastern Colorado. Your book sounds like a story I would enjoy.

    As for what I'm reading, I'm currently working my way through The American Dream Romance Collection, which is is several novellas by a variety of ACFW authors. I've also been reading more non-fiction than ever before, which is something I never had much interest in before.

    Thank you for the giveaway offer!


  6. OH, I'm wrong. My daughter and I spent the night in Effingham, Illinois when we drove from Colorado to New York in 1999!


  7. Hi, Patti, thanks for dropping in! Good to 'see' you again :)
    I've got your name in the drawing. Watch your email sometime Tuesday to learn if you're our winner. Blessings

  8. And . . . the winner is . . . JENNA V. Congratulations!