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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday with Guest Author Andrea Cooper

My newest feature is Throwback Thursday, where I showcase the very first book or story ever written by some talented authors.  Today I'm happy to have Andrea R. Cooper, author of Sons of Dragons. She's here to share a throwback to her very first work.


Throwback Thursday with Andrea Cooper


The very first full-length book I ever wrote was a Native American historical romance. To date, it is unpublished: 

Cheyenne Gold

Henry staggered, leaving footprints of blood on scattered hay. ”Dear God, at least let Christine be all right.”

Gritted his teeth and pulled his body to the back of the cabin. Splinters dug into his palms from the pine. 

The sun dimmed. A spinning blackness enveloped him. His knees buckled. 
His memories gathered before him like the dirt devils to choke him. Henry clawed at the dirt dragging his body towards the edge of the cabin. He raked his memory of how he could have saved his wife and daughter.

Henry left the two arrows in his thigh and the one beneath his right shoulder blade. If he yanked them out, he’d bleed to death in minutes. He squinted trying to see into the distance for any sign of his wife or daughter. Please, God don’t let those heathens have found Christine. Don’t let them do to her what they did t-to Camilla. 

I wrote this after learning how one of my ancestors hid her husband in a well when the Confederate soldiers came looking for men to make fight in the Civil war. In my story, I made Henry’s daughter, Christine, who is hidden in the well by her mother and escapes the massacre of her family by Indians. However, the Native American hero, must help her to overcome her prejudice and fear. 
What I learned was to create a romance; the focus must be on the internal and/or external struggles of the hero and the heroine. Without rewrites, this novel is primarily a historical fiction with romantic threads. I do plan on rewriting it and attempting to get it published.

I only submitted this story to a few publishers, but I’m sure with rewrites and edits, it could be published. Another thing I learned in my writing career, don’t give up. Keep writing, learning, researching, and if you get a rejection, try again.

About the Author
Andrea R. Cooper has always created characters and stories, but didn’t start writing them down until her late twenties. She writes fantasy, paranormal and historical romance. Currently she lives in Texas and when not dancing under the moonlight, she journeys to the fantasy and historical worlds with her characters. 

Find Andrea at www.AndreaRCooper.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @AndreaRCooper. 

Her latest novel is Son of Dragons Book 2, Legends of Oblivion series – a fantasy, paranormal romance 

In a time of false peace, the dead rise as soldiers for the Warloc’s scheme. For thousands of years he has stood ready for the final battle. Though the witch and her cursed Elvin have destroyed his physical body, now with his protégé, he has honed a new way to wage war.

Shunned by her own people and weary-hearted from centuries of lost loves, Elvin warrior Mirhana scours the land to silence the undead. Her heart has turned as cold as the sword she wields, until a prince seeks her aid.

Never has Prince Landon met a woman like Mirhana. Both beautiful and deadly, she haunts his dreams. The battle at hand becomes more enchanting than fighting to remain true to his unseen betrothed.

When a traitor emerges, new alliances are tested and the only remaining hope is to follow the prophecy and find the … Son of Dragons.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to share this throwback!

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  2. My first full length novel was a fabulous sci fi/fantasy, but I thought head hopping was a great idea back then, I couldn't see why everyone wasn't writing this way. You got to know all your character's thoughts. Brilliant. It would be hard for me to rewrite it now. Yours looks to be in better shape. Best of luck.

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    1. Liza,

      Thank you. I head-hopped too esp. when it came to the exchanges between the hero & heroine. Lots of authors I read did it, I couldn't see why I couldn't either. Then I learned better.

      I'm glad you stopped by.

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  3. Sounds like a great story. I know that many people are in love with Native American historicals. You should certainly rewrite and publish it!

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    1. Melissa,

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you coming by and your encouragement. Maybe I will rewrite it. :)

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