Back in the 80s when TV had more than reality shows on, the boob tube would be turned to CBS every Friday night in my house. I would never miss a Friday. I don’t even know what was on the other two networks. We didn’t have cable (it hadn’t gone through my West Central Pennsylvania mountain town yet), but it wouldn’t have mattered if we had a hundred channels anyway.

Although I was only a kid, my attention was glued to the TV show that had everyone asking “Who shot JR?” in 1980. Yeah, I was an avid Dallas fan, but my enjoyment of the show has even snuck into my writing. Or I should say my admiration of the devious JR has shown up in my stories.

JR Ewing was one of the best TV villains in history, in my opinion. He wasn’t necessarily evil as in a Darth Vader way (the BEST villain ever), but he was driven, manipulative, and wouldn’t take no as an answer. JR didn’t care who he trampled on to get what he wanted, and he NEVER lost a game. Even if it looked like he did, he somehow always managed to come out on top.

JR has been resurrected in a few of my books. My latest tribute to my favorite oilman is retired county judge Lemont Finn in my January release Heartsong, Singing to the Heart #2. In this completely standalone novel, Lemont is a more quiet baddy, but no less manipulative and vindictive, which will bring together his daughter and her ex-lover to save her nephew from Lemont’s calculating clutches if they can.

Oh, and does anyone remember who shot JR?


Heartsong_2400x1600Heartsong (Singing to the Heart Book 2)

Releasing January 5, 2015 in both ebook and print

Gabriel McKenna is living the dream. A rising country music star he’s no stranger to fame, money, or beautiful women. Despite his bad boy image, he’s also got a heart of gold, and when his ten-year-old brother is orphaned, he wants to take him under his wing. But the judge on the case is less than impressed by Gabe’s reputation and awards custody to the grandfather Gabe knows firsthand is abusive.

Michaela Finn is no stranger to heartache. Years ago she was engaged to Gabe McKenna, but two days before their wedding he ran off to Nashville with a female talent scout. Now Gabe is back in her life with an insane plan. Marry him, so he can get custody of his younger brother. Michaela can’t bear to think of any child being hurt, but she’s just not sure her heart can carry a happy tune when Gabe is playing lead…

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Sara Walter Ellwood (7)About the Author

Although Sara Walter Ellwood has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her contemporary westerns. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. Sara Walter Ellwood is a multi-published and international Amazon bestselling author of the anthology set Cowboy Up. She also publishes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name Cera duBois.

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