My Love for Writing Country Singers


When I was little, I dreamed that I’d be a singer. I used to play dress up and climb up onto my grandma’s coffee table to sing my heart out along with her old eight tract tapes of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. This dream was quickly smashed when my third grade music teacher rejected me from the elementary chorus because, according to her, I couldn’t “hold a tune in a bucket.”

Yeah, this was a little bit cruel, but true. I still can’t sing. I’m also tone deaf, which doesn’t help. Nor have I ever been able to learn how to read music, despite the same music teacher’s trying to teach it. In spite of her seemingly cruel assessment of my lack of talent, she was a good teacher.

I have long ago given up my dream of becoming a country singer, but I never lost my fascination with singers. Now, I write about them.

To me nothing is sexier than a man who can sing, and if that man is also a cowboy—think George Strait in the movie Pure Country—he is irresistible in my way of thinking.


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. 




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…


“Okay.” Michaela breathed the word.

“You’ll marry me?” Gabe didn’t bother hiding his surprise.

She drained her glass with a wince. “Damn, I’ve never liked champagne.” Michaela headed for the fridge. “Do you have any beer in here?”

He was more uncertain now than he’d been before he started thinking about this crazy idea. “Yeah. Lone Star. Get me one, too.” When she turned with the longneck bottles in hand, he chuckled. “A two hundred dollar bottle of fine French bubbly, but we’d rather drink Texas beer.”

“I’m a country girl, Gabe. You’ve always known that.” She handed him one of the

bottles. “I’ve actually been thinking the same thing–that if I were married the judge would’ve given me Jesse. But the only man I can think of is Cash Nelson.” She twisted the top off the beer and took a long draw. “But he would read too much into the agreement. I never considered you. Hell, the whole town knows I can’t even stand you. How is this gonna work?”

Gabe didn’t like the way his heart pinched at her words. He tossed the cap from his beer beside hers on the island top and took a drink. “We’ll have to convince them otherwise. We have a history and we’ve been working together”–he grinned as he remembered the custody hearing– “or against each other for weeks now. Everyone knows there’s a fine line between love and hate.” 

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The other books in Singing to the Heart…

Heartstrings, Book 1 is now available and Heartland, Book 3 is available for pre-order

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