by Lisa Mondello
- The hero in Under a Texas Star is modeled after my husband Tom who was a marine. Some of the stories Tom shares with Brian are real stories from my husband’s time in the marines. While this is truly a work of fiction, there is a lot of my husband and my husband’s family in the story.
- In the story, Tom talks about his grandparents, Oma and Opa, and remembers stories of past in Germany and coming to America. Those stories came directly from my mother-in-law, Opa to our children. My in-laws came over to America in the early 50s after surviving WWII as children. I have always wanted to write the story of their survival as a family history so that my children would understand what it took for them to come to America. So many people take freedom for granted. I know I did as a child until I listened to my mother-in-law tell her childhood stories.
- Under a Texas Star was originally published by Harlequin Love Inspired as a Christian romance named Fresh-Start Family, originally set in Nebraska. I always loved that cover, but hated the title. It reminded me of kitty litter. So for years I called this my kitty litter book even though I have always loved this story. I revised the book to be a secular book without the Christian element, changed the title to Under a Texas Star and moved Jenna and Tag to Texas so they were part of my Texas Hearts series. It gave me the opportunity to revisit some old friends in some of the revised scenes. Readers get a chance to see what is happening with Mitch and Sarah of His Heart for the Trusting, and Mandy and Beau from Her Heart for the Asking.
- The idea to give Brian, a small child, a fatal kidney disease was a tough one on many levels. As a mother, I hate seeing sick children. As a writer, I know nothing pushes those emotion buttons faster than making your characters suffer. So I chose to make them suffer. But I have always loved the happy endings of romance, which is why I write romance and not mainstream fiction that sometimes makes you feel like crap when you get the last page. So rest assured, not only with Jenna and Tag get their happily ever after, but Brian will have a happy ending as well.
- I have never played barrowball before. I want to because it sounds like a lot of fun. But I haven’t done it. This will make sense after you read the book.
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Lisa's Newest Contemporary Romance: Under a Texas Star
Despite his efforts, Jenna and Brian capture his heart—just as he captures theirs.
Both Jenna and Tom have battled life's surprises and been touched by tragedy. Can they overcome the past to open their hearts to love again?
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