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Debut Print Book: Rancher To The Rescue by Jennifer Faye

Debut Print Book: Rancher To The Rescue by Jennifer Faye

I’ve had some concerns by readers who are primarily print readers that the coverage at Dear Author has been too focused on ebooks. When I asked the readers what they were interested in seeing, they responded that they would like to know more about print debut authors. We developed a little questionnaire and every Wednesday at 10:00 AM CST (as long as we have content) we’ll post the questionnaire answers along with links to the author’s site and a buy link to her book. I hope this helps people discovery new books. Now, on to the answers.

Rancher To The Rescue by Jennifer Faye

Name of debut release: Rancher To The Rescue

Release date: 07/01/2013

Publisher: Harlequin Romance

2 sentence summary: When a big, splashy wedding goes awry, the bride, on the run from the paparazzi, is aided by a reluctant rancher. As their attraction grows, they’ll find their future plans are about to be revised in ways neither of them could have ever predicted.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Characters: Cash Sullivan, retired rodeo champion, is glad to be out of the spotlight and away from the probing questions about his past. That is until he meets up with…

Meghan Finnegan, celebrity chef, is a rising television star. So when the hometown girl is about to marry a millionaire, the cameras are rolling. But when she’s jilted at the altar, she finds herself on the run from the paparazzi and at the mercy of a brooding rancher. The last thing she needs is to count on a stranger, but he’s the only means of escape from the baying press.

What makes this story different: Though this is a cowboy romance set in a small own, it has a contemporary element with a celebrity chef and the ensuing press. It’s an emotional read with intriguing characters that have a lot to learn about themselves and each other.

Is this a series?:

Why you wrote this book: Harlequin was holding a Fast Track event where they respond to first chapter submissions by a specific date. It was an opportunity that was too good to pass up. But I wanted something new–something different than my other stories. I wrote three first chapters–all very different stories. I passed them around to trusted individuals and had them vote for the strongest story. It was unanimous. RANCHER TO THE RESCUE won. And thankfully my editor agreed. :-) All I had at that point was one chapter and in no time I had a request for a partial and then a request for the full manuscript. Needless to say I wrote like the wind to finish that book, but it was a labor of love.

Why is this your first published book? How many did you write before? I can’t actually tell you how many manuscripts I wrote before RANCHER TO THE RESCUE. I’d guess it was more than five but less than ten. But there were a number of rewrites on some earlier manuscripts. :-) I believe I sold when the time was right for me and I had enough tools in my writer’s toolbox.

What’s your writing process? When I first started writing I was a total panster. I was certain any story could be fixed with enough rewrites. Yikes! Hence my loss of count on the # of manuscripts written before publishing. Since then I learned to plot a story via a synopsis/detailed outline. It’s a lot easier to revise 10-15 pages than a completed manuscript.

Your next published book. Snowbound With The Soldier ~ October 2013

The last book you read that you loved. At this moment, I’m halfway through Marion Lennox’s SPARKS FLY WITH THE BILLIONAIRE. Marion always spins a great tale and by the second sentence I was hooked. I can only hope to be able to draw in my readers like she does with such warm, engaging characters.

The last book you read for research. Blacktop Cowboys by Ty Phillips. I was warned ahead of time that it was a frank tale about guys written by a guy, but that didn’t stop me from reading it. I laughed. I shook my head. And I rolled my eyes. I really enjoyed the book. In the end, I gained a new respect for contemporary cowboys.

The romance book character you most identify with. I think it would be my current hammer-wielding heroine, Kate. Not the hammer part, though I do like building things if the guys would ever let me. ;-) Kate is facing enormous obstacles, but she won’t give up because she’s independent and a single mom. Being a mom gives me strength when I need it most. I’d do almost anything for my kiddos. :-)

You can check out more about Jennifer Faye and her books at http://www.JenniferFaye.com

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Debut Print Book & Giveaway: Game On by Tracy Solheim

Debut Print Book & Giveaway: Game On by Tracy Solheim

I’ve had some concerns by readers who are primarily print readers that the coverage at Dear Author has been too focused on ebooks. When I asked the readers what they were interested in seeing, they responded that they would like to know more about print debut authors. We developed a little questionnaire and every Wednesday at 10:00 AM CST (as long as we have content) we’ll post the questionnaire answers along with links to the author’s site and a buy link to her book. I hope this helps people discovery new books. Now, on to the answers.

 Game On by Tracy Solheim

Name of debut release: Game On

Release date: 05/07/2013

Publisher: Berkley

2 sentence summary: Football’s bad boy is about to learn there’s more to life than breaking records while the media’s darling is about to learn that playing it safe isn’t any fun at all. It’s game on as the Devil of the NFL executes his toughest drive—scoring the life—and love—he never thought he’d have.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Characters: Shane Devlin, the Devil of the NFL, has made a career of breaking records on the field and breaking rules off it. The son of a football icon who abandoned him as a child, Shane has spent a lifetime blackening his pedigree every opportunity he gets.

Carly March is determined to make the best of her job as assistant to the General Manger of a professional football team, After surviving a childhood played out in the tabloids, Carly just wants to fly below the radar and live a quiet life. She has no intention of succumbing to the attraction of a brooding, hard-bodied quarterback.

What makes this story different: While this story is essentially a romance, there is also suspense element to the book. This storyline was written mostly to drive the characters together, but I think readers will appreciate the added tension.

Is this a series?: Out of bounds

Why you wrote this book: Believe it or not, I was at the beach one summer a few years back (before Kindle) and I ran out of things to read. Most of the story played through my head like a move and I wrote the first couple of chapters–long hand!–while the rest of my fished. It took me several months to actually finish it and three years before a publisher bought it.

Why is this your first published book? How many did you write before? Game On is actually the first manuscript I ever wrote. I did read a LOT before attempting to write my own book, so I think that helped with the key aspects of plot and pacing. The original manuscript was a finalist for the Maggie Award for Excellence given out by the Georgia chapter of RWA, which I took as a good sign that I was doing something right.

What’s your writing process? I’m a total pantster when it comes to writing. Often, my books evolve from stories I’ve seen on the news. I’ll plot a lot of my book in my head, but it changes somewhat when I actually sit down at the keyboard. I really wish there was a device where my computer could just read my mind, that way I could get most of my work done while I’m on the treadmill! I’m also a terrible procrastinator, a trait that comes from my earlier life in journalism. I definitely write better under pressure. My family would prefer I stick to a schedule, however.

Your next published book. Foolish Games

The last book you read that you loved. Gone Girl

The last book you read for research. I guess this could count as research: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The book takes place at a Dallas Cowboys football game. Since my series depicts football players, I thought it would be a fun book to read.

The romance book character you most identify with. Annique Villiers from Joanna Bourne’s THE SPYMASTER’S LADY. I have low vision, so writing and reading are always difficult for me (know you see why I want the direct hook-up to my brain). Annique was always adapting to her changing environment, her changing disabilities. Most of my life has been spent doing the same thing. I truly believe I was born to be a writer, I just have to jump through a lot more hurdles than the next writer to get my story told.

Tracy Solheim

You can check out more about Tracy Solheim and her books at http://www.tracysolheim.com

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