When pantsing works by Mackenzie Crowne

To Win Her HeartWhen pantsing works…

As a pantser, my writing process involves a loose outline. I start a story with a beginning, a basic middle, and a good idea of how things will be resolved in the end. That usually includes the “dark moment” where everything falls apart, and the “big moment” when everything comes together again, but other than that, it’s a free-for-all.

The thing about flying by the seat of your pants is, when you get stuck, it’s a nightmare, but when it works properly, it’s a beautiful thing. My favorite part of writing are those moments when a character reveals an element I didn’t see coming and don’t understand. The best example I can think of to explain what I mean came in book 2 of my Players series. I stared at the page thinking, why would the hero smell like sawdust? He’s a pro wide receiver.

I moved on knowing I’d be taking that out later. Until the heroine got a call from her mother in a later chapter. She’d had this dream, you see, where she was dancing at the heroine’s wedding on a sawdust covered floor. Yeah, sawdust again. I quickly did a little research on sawdust in dreams. Bang! The element fit perfectly with the conflict between the heroine and her hero.

Spooky, huh? Yeah, for me too, but that’s how it works sometimes and this author isn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth.


In order to protect her, they’ll both have to let their guards down…

ToWinHerHeartTour copyCountry music’s It Girl Jessi Tucker is fed up with her family’s stifling security measures. The threat of a dangerous stalker has gotten the men in her life—including her football star cousin, Tuck Tucker—monitoring her every move. To get the freedom she yearns for, Jessi hatches a plan to recruit Max Grayson, Tuck’s sexy brawler best friend, to play the role of her new boyfriend. But if her scheme works, will she be forced to hide her true romantic feelings for the sake of her independence? Or will she finally steal the heart of her dream man?

Max has been pining for Jessi for years and would do anything to protect her, but a professional cage fighter with too many skeletons in his closet has no business being with one of America’s sweethearts. Yet while Max does his best to keep Jessi at arm’s length, the Tucker family persuades him to accept her offer.
Max believes he can keep Jessi safe from danger, but can he shelter her from his own dark secrets, the media’s unforgiving spotlight—and a mutual desire that’s harder to resist each day?




Head shot 2014Mackenzie Crowne Bio

Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie lives with her high school sweet heart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Phoenix home because the southwest feeds her soul. Though her friends claim she’s a princess, she disagrees. After all, one can’t raise two rambunctious boys to wonderful men without getting a little dirt under their nails. A lover of the romance genre, her resolve to share her stories with others was sharpened by a bout with breast cancer. Today she is an award-winning author and eight year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will, too. Connect with her at http://mackenziecrowne.com, https://www.facebook.com/MackenzieCrowne and https://twitter.com/MacCrowne.


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