Thursday, January 15, 2015

Convincing the Rancher Book Tour: Author Interview + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Convincing the Rancher book tour! I have an interview with the author coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $15 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About that night...

Benson, CA, represents all that Tess Cole doesn't want. So she intends to keep her business trip there brief. Too bad her idea to quickly change the mayor's mind about some planning issues dissolves the moment she recognizes him! That one night with Slaid Jacobs remains a personal favorite for Tess—and for him, too, it seems.

Even though he's gorgeous and hot, it's clear to Tess that the single dad wants a commitment—something she avoids. It's also clear Slaid is bent on convincing her they can build a future out of their passionate past. And that's a very tempting offer...

Author Interview:
Claire McEwen

Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb. She loves discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling and reading, of course! Convincing the Rancher is her third book for Harlequin Superromance.

Welcome to Imagine a World! I’m so glad you could be here :)
Thank you so much for inviting me to visit!

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
The hardest part about writing for me is finding the time to write. Partly because I have a young son, and partly because I am a terrible procrastinator! Even if I want to write, sometimes it’s really hard for me to open my laptop and get started. I think perhaps it’s because I’m pretty new to writing, and I still have this feeling that my story will end up a total disaster.

The easiest part is after I finally open my laptop and get started, and it’s a good day. I love it when I’m relaxed and the story is evolving and I’ve suspended judgment and am just enjoying the process of writing.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?
It would be such a dream-come-true for one of my books to be turned into a movie! Michael Fassbender would make a great Slaid, I think. He can do the rugged thing but also has a sense of quiet capability that is essential to Slaid. And someone like Ali Larter would make a great Tess. She can be edgy and sexy and also projects a take-charge attitude.


What do you do when you get writer’s block?I just penned an entire blog post about writer’s block because I get it so much - I may be becoming an expert! In short, first I look at my story, or ask someone else to look at it, to see if something is going wrong. Often I get stuck when I don’t have enough conflict. I also take time to look after my physical health, because sometimes I’m just tired. And I think it’s so important to take time to refuel my creativity by doing things that nurture myself. For me it’s going hiking, or playing on the beach with my family, or gardening.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
I am a huge Nora Roberts fan and look up to her a lot, not just for her books but also for her no-
nonsense, get-it-done attitude toward writing. And I’m also very inspired by my fellow Harlequin SuperRomance authors because they are writing the books I am trying to write - layered, romantic, but with real-life characters facing real issues. Outside of the romance realm, I absolutely love Anne Lamott. If you have a young child you should read her book, Operating Instructions. For writing advice, read Bird by Bird. For living with a dysfunctional family or your own dysfunction, read her earlier works. For thoughts on spirituality, her recent books are pretty amazing.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am working on a contemporary western currently titled Wild Horses. It takes place in my same fictional town of Benson, in the Eastern Sierra, but it’s a very different kind of book than my previous three. The hero is an ex-environmental activist who gets drawn to the plight of the wild horses in the area. The heroine is a plant biologist who has always loved him. They find themselves on opposite sides of the wild horse issue, and still affected by the conflicting world-views that drove them apart when they were younger.

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
I am fascinated by the nineteen twenties and thirties, in England, between the two world wars. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Downton Abbey! I love the dresses, the music, the dancing, and the sense of possibility during that time period.

Summer or winter?
I think I’m more of a winter person. I love the cold and being bundled up in sweaters. I love skiing and cozy fires and hot chocolate. That made writing Convincing the Rancher really fun, because it takes place in the fall and winter.

Cat or dog?
Dog. We recently adopted a terrier mutt who is very odd. He was a stray for a long time and I think it did something funny to his brain. But he’s very smart, loving, playful and fun to be around most of the time. Once in a while he gets in a weird mood and skulks off to his bed for the day.

Tea or coffee?
Am I allowed to have both? And cocoa too? And the occasional hot toddy or spiced cider? I can never have enough warm drinks!

Book or movie?
Book. So many movies are violent and I hate violence. So when I’ve spent an hour watching a movie, and then there’s a torture scene or something horrific, I feel like my hour has been stolen and I’ll never get it back. That being said, once in a while I fall in love with a movie. This year it was Begin Again, about an aging music producer and an idealistic musician. I loved it! The soundtrack is great too!

Bad boy or boy next door?
That’s a tough one for me! I love to read about bad boys, and I dated my share, but I tend to write about the boy next door, but with a twist. They need to have a problem they are trying to overcome, or an emotional scar that they have to live with.

Thanks for coming!
Thank you again for inviting me to visit today!

TESS WASN’T PREPARED for a Jeep that looked like an ice sculpture. With a pang of longing, she pictured her underground parking space in San Francisco, where even on the rare frosty morning she never had to worry about a frozen car. Reluctantly she opened her wallet and stared at her rainbow assortment of credit cards, wondering which one she could sacrifice as an ice scraper. The Saks Fifth Avenue card was nice and thick and would work the best, but she didn’t want to risk ruining it. Same with Bloomingdale’s. And there was no way she’d sacrifice Nordstrom—their annual shoe sale was coming up.

She finally settled for Talbots and started scraping at the frosted windshield. The ice came off in a spray coating her bare skin. “Ow!” she exclaimed and pulled her hand away abruptly, shaking it to try to get the frost off and the heat back in.

“Don’t tell me you didn’t bring gloves?” The deep voice had her whirling to confront the mayor.

He looked warm and comfortable, his thick parka advertising the fact that he was prepared for the weather. The battered leather cowboy hat on his head was one more reminder that she’d left San Francisco far behind.

“It’s probably seventy degrees at home today,” she said by way of an answer.

“It’s seventy degrees in San Francisco most days. Didn’t you check the weather report before you drove out here?”

She hadn’t. She’d been in denial until she’d pulled into town yesterday. Despite all the arguments with Ed and the cramming she’d done to understand wind power, she’d ignored the fact that she’d be living in this tiny town in the middle of nowhere for the next month or so. Tess could safely say that denial was one of her strongest abilities.
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  1. I love the smiles of cover characters! They promise a romantic story!

  2. Goddess Fish PromosJanuary 15, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. I love meeting new authors.

  4. I enjoyed the interview, thank you!

  5. I liked the author interview and learning more about you.

  6. Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today! And the interview questions were wonderful... I've never been asked many of those questions before! I hope everyone enjoys it.

  7. I enjoyed the excerpt!! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity!

  8. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Enjoyed the interview and the interesting picks for movie casting.

  10. Great excerpt and interview...sounds interesting!

  11. Great excerpt! Thanks for the introduction to a new to me author!