I did it! As I announced in my post “Attacked!,” I intended to finish my western romance manuscript, Riding Herd, by the end of the week, and I did! Despite that stupid trojan horse, I wrote “the end” on Riding Herd Saturday evening at 6. That was first deadline I’ve met since I started making deadlines for it.
Let me tell you, the final scene is my absolute favorite story-ender of any I’ve ever written–and many I’ve read. The idea for this precious scene came to me while I was washing dishes, and I don’t think I even dried my hands before heading for something to write it on.
But, I had title problems. The subplot that I had to pull out of the story (see “Big Ol’ Flop“) was the very thread that gave the book its title. I’m saving that thread for book three, so there may be a Riding Herd yet.
The next title idea was One Last Ride, but a friend pointed out that it had already been used on an erotic book. As a Christian romance, my book is definitely not erotic. I played with the idea of keeping the title, though, so whenever someone searched the name, my book would come up too. But I chickened out.
So, the book title is The Final Ride, assuming my publisher lets me keep it. I think readers of Give the Lady a Ride are going to love the sequel!
Because I usually edit as I go, this thing is just about ready to send to my publisher. One more run-through after my monthly trip to Mom’s, and I’ll send it on its way. A year from now, I’ll hold it in my sweet little hands. Can’t wait!
The Final Ride short blurb:
She wants to begin her new life in Texas, but her family wants her back in New York.
He wants to return to the rodeo circuit, but he promised her he wouldn’t.
When one’s promises clash with the other’s desires, who will take The Final Ride?
What do you think?