Copper Mountain Rodeo novellas

After an amazing research and brainstorming trip to Montana with fellow authors Jane Porter, C J Carmichael and Megan Crane, this short novel was so much fun to write. I also watched an excellent Canadian documentary about life on the rodeo circuit, which gave a really gritty and vivid insight into what these brave… and possibly crazy… 
competitors go through. 

Jamie MacCreadie and Tegan Ash are both pro rodeo riders, and it shows in their relationship. They’re stubborn and strong and passionate, and they’re not going to start out just by holding hands.

Read a Little, Want it All

LILIAN DARCY was born on Valentine’s Day. This auspicious date, as well as a love of reading, set her destiny as a writer of romance and women’s fiction from an early age. She has also written extensively for Australian theatre and television, under another name. Her plays have been professionally performed by some of Australia’s most prestigious theatre companies, and have received two award nominations for Best Play from the Australian Writers Guild, while in 1990 she was the co-recipient of an Australian Film Institute award for best TV mini-series. She has now written over eighty romances for Harlequin, as well as several mainstream novels, including Cafe du Jour, originally published by Mira Books Australia. She has received five nominations for the Romance Writers of America Rita™ Award.

ANGI: How often do you get lost in a story?
LILIAN: Any time I read a book that’s worth finishing to the end. I’m an addictive reader, find it really hard to return to the real world until I've finished the last page.

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
LILIAN: A book for beginner readers called “The Money Cat” which I cannot find the author for, even on the miraculous internet. In my memory, it was evocatively written, had the most amazing mystery in it, and was a real page-turner, but if I read it now, it would probably go, “Here is the cat. It is made of china. It is a money box.”

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you've met?
LILIAN: I’m going to say my husband, because he lives with a lot of health problems but rarely complains and manages to accomplish so much.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
LILIAN: Jamie MacCreadie is a little brash, and easy to misjudge. In fact, heroine Tegan does misjudge him, for nearly two years before the story starts. I love that when we look closer, we see all the gold that’s hidden below the surface.

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
LILIAN: Country music, all the way. Not the traditional kind, but contemporary country that has strong influences from rock and roll. And because Tegan is Australian, I’m going to suggest Australian artistis like Kasey Chambers, Sara Storer, Missy Higgins, Keith Urban and Troy Cassar-Daly.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
LILIAN: I’ll read anywhere and everywhere. In the bath, in front of the fire, out in the fresh air, in bed, on the couch. Just not in a moving car, bus or train, because I get travel sick. I so wish this wasn’t the case, or I would have read about ten thousand more books than I have.

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
LILIAN: The sound of my husband in the kitchen, cooking, because he is brilliant at it, and I know it means I am in for a fabulous meal.

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
LILIAN: “The Adventure at St Barbara’s Girls’ School” – an English boarding school story, heavily derived from other such stories (Hey, did you know that the Harry Potter books are deeply influence by English boarding school stories, so I’m in good company) and co-authored by my friend Jill. It remains an uncompleted masterpiece which I still have somewhere.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
LILIAN: Snape. And Fanny Dashwood in “Sense and Sensibility.” They are both so real. I have met Fanny, in many guises, and my heart goes out to Snape. I could have healed him. I could. Send him to me, J K Rowling. I will even improve his hair. (Please note : This is not an I-fancy-him thing. Or, okay, the younger Alan Rickman maybe.)
ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
LILIAN: Yeah. Reading.

ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
LILIAN: It’s exhausting. I can’t even tell you. No one should have to do it.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: I noticed on your website there are several quilts. Are you a quilter and do you have a favorite you could share. 
LILIAN'S GOTTA ANSWER:   I used to be a quilter. Then I started posting pics of my quilts on my website and got stage fright and stopped quilting. So I’m not sending a picture of one, because I’ve just been thinking lately that I might be ready to creep back into quilting again, and don’t want to put myself off. Yes, I do know this sounds weird.  
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LILIAN WANTS TO KNOW: I want to know who is your favorite villain, and why, because I really enjoyed answering this one!


  1. I do lie the joker from batman Heath was great
    Congrat on npbooks

  2. Yes, Heath was creepily good in that role, wasn't he?

  3. Severus Snape from the HARRY POTTER Books. Of course he ended up being the noblest of them all in many ways. It helps to picture & hear Alan Rickman in the role.


  4. Congratulations on your new book Lillian! It's a gorgeous cover. A favorite book of mine is Open Season by Linda Howard and one of the villains is actually pretty clever, cutting his losses when things went bad.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

    1. Thanks, Maureen, I love the cover too. And definitely prefer a clever villain. Haven't read Open Season, sounds like I should.

  5. Snape totally! He is terrific in books and Alan is great in movies!

    1. Yay, another vote for Snape! Alan is *always* good, isn't he?

  6. Good Morning, Lilian, and happy Wednesday !!
    The best villain is the UNKNOWN villain. The mystery out there when you don't know who the real bad guy is. I watched ALONG CAME A SPYDER again last night. It had been several years and I was pleasantly surprised. Again.

    1. Know what you mean about unknown villains, Angi, but I've been watching a few old episodes of Columbo lately, and I love that cat-and-mouse feeling of us knowing exactly who the villain is all along, and watching Peter Falk slowly circle closer and closer.

  7. Hannibel Lechter in Silence of the Lambs. Truly creepy and scary. I watched it once, but never again.
    yenastone at aol dot com

    1. I have always been too scared to even see that movie. Anthony Hopkins is another fine British actor. I think his interpretation of the role would give me nightmares for weeks.

  8. Yall are probably going to laugh but Ive been thinking about this for a bit and the only "villain" that comes to mind is Ian Somerhalder from Vampire Diaries in the very beginning. He was such an awful person to start with but then he fell in love and....awwwww! lol

    1. So he's another Snape, a villain transformed by the power of love. As a romance writer, I love when this happens in a believable way.

  9. It would have to be Wes Studi as Magua in The Last of the Mohicans. Though it could be argued if he was a true villain, his character made a great protagonist for the story.. Congrats on your new story.

    1. The best villains are often like that, though, Brenda. They're there not to be pure evil but to give the hero something to push against and get in his way.

  10. First off let me say congrats on your new release! I do love cowboys so this book will be really good and I can't wait to read it. I can't say I have a favorite villain. If I have to mention one it would be Hannibel Lechter, because that movie was just to wild and it gives me the creeps just thinking about it.Thanks for sharing your book with us today and for the great giveaway.

    quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com

    1. You're welcome, Quilt Lady! Hope you enjoy my cowboy and cowgirl. And I see you're another one brave enough to have watched Hannibal Lechter.

  11. the Joker because he looks and acts different

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. There's a lot to be said for a villain being different.

  12. Hi, Lillian, welcome to Get Lost in a Story. Hiding your quilting doesn't sound weird :) You're an artist. Terrific interview, you two! As for villain we talked about this last week at a writer's retreat. The bad guy played by Lee Marvin in Cat Balou up against his drunk, but good guy alter-ego. Every time he appeared behind Cat Balou and that bouncy music with him, it scared me to death!

    1. I've never seen that movie! But I can imagine Lee Marvin doing a great villain.

  13. Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer - he was hilarious!

    But yeah, Hannibal seems to be one who inspires! :)

  14. I'm not big on villains, but I'll go with The Joker from Batman.

    Congrats on the new releases. I'd love to see your quilts. Lilian!

    Marcy Shuler

  15. Darth Vader! That deep voice & the heavy breathing!!

  16. Spike and Darth Vader, more good choices! Everyone is thinking in terms of male villains, but there are some great female ones, too, e.g. Cruella de Vil