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Who's ready for some cowboy romance! Today we have author Roxanne Snopek here for a site down where I ask her all about writing and get a chance to meet Desiree Burke & Zach Gamble from her latest release, His Reluctant Rancher. And to celebrate her latest release with Entangled Publishing Roxanne is offering a tour wide giveaway of a Kindle basic. How cool is that! Look for the rafflecopter below to enter.
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Talina: Welcome, Ms. Snopek! I am so happy to have you on Bookin’ It Reviews today! Thank you so much for taking the time to be here. Before we get started talking about your sexy new BLISS release, His Reluctant Rancher, let’s talk a bit about you. For those of us just meeting you, can you share a little bit about what makes your writing unique?
Roxanne: Well, two of my daughters won’t read my romances because they say they can hear my voice on the page and it creeps them out. And I don’t even write the really steamy stuff! Wait. They don’t have e-readers! So how do they know it creeps them out? Girls, you got some ‘splaining to do!
Talina: LOL…So, what has been the biggest surprise with regards to your writing career to date?
Roxanne: How great the readers are! I mean, I’m a brand-new romance writer and I’ve had so many readers take a chance on my books and then take the time to let me know that they liked them! How sweet is that, I ask you?
Talina: Very sweet indeed! What are the best and worst parts of writing for you?
Roxanne: Worst part: first draft. The best part is the editing. Sounds nuts, probably, but my first drafts are total lock-her-in-the-attic disasters. They are nowhere near the perfect shining image the story is in my head. But then my editors look at it, explain ever so kindly why the 175 pages in the middle don’t make any sense, and go on to suggest what might fix them. AND THEY’RE ALWAYS RIGHT!! And when I rewrite it it begins to resemble ever so vaguely that shining image. And that makes me so happy!
Talina: Yes. This is can totally understand. As a pre-pubbed author I completely get the first draft disaster you speak of. :) Almost every writer and reader likes to know this one when they pick up a new book, what inspired you in writing Desiree Burke and Zach Gamble's story?
Roxanne: I worked the therapy dog angle in Three River Ranch, with Rory and her Labradoodles. I knew there was a therapeutic angle for this one too, and since Des was a physical therapist, I figured I’d draw on my extremely minimal knowledge of equine-assisted therapy. I’ve written service animals before, and it fascinates me. Dogs can do so much, but not as many people know the many benefits of hippotherapy – horseback riding therapy.
Talina: Fascinating indeed. Now that we’ve had a little behind the scenes peek, what’s a typical writing day like for you?
Roxanne: I wish there was a typical one! But here’s a pretty common scenario: Coffee and email… a few hours later, walk my dogs… sometime in the afternoon, I eat the oatmeal I made in the microwave hours ago and forgot…update Facebook, check into Twitter, tweak my blog… go to Bikram yoga and sweat my butt off, because otherwise I’ll be twisted like a hazelnut tree from sitting all day … throw all the stinky, sweaty yoga clothes into the wash…realize hubby will be home soon and I haven’t worked on my book yet… maniacally write 1-2K words on my current project so I can tell my agent and editor that, “yes, of course it’ll be ready by deadline. Sillies!”… check calendar… panic and write another 1000 words… explain to hubby that there’s no supper because I’m behind on my deadline and the book is horrid and I’m a failure and why oh why didn’t I pick an easier career, like hostage negotiation or air traffic control or something?
Talina: OMG! You hit it on the nail! LOL To counteract the panic attacks what’s your all-time favorite romantic movie or favorite cowboy movie?
Roxanne: Cowboy movie: Hidalgo! Viggo Mortenson, Lil’ Brother the horse,
Romantic movie: Love Actually and Notting Hill, tied.
Talina: Yes, Hidalgo hands down! Which leads me to my next question, what’s your definition of a hero and heroine in fiction?
Roxanne: A hero has to *always* be a good guy underneath. I like to have to scratch the surface a bit to find it though. A heroine has to be strong-minded, the emotional equal of the hero and the only one who can make him feel vulnerable.
Talina: Do you have a favorite heroine “type” you like to write about? If so, why?
Roxanne: Don’t tell my husband, but I’m pretty stuck on the alpha hero type. (He’s an alpha hero himself, and it’s important to our marriage that he continue to believe he’s nowhere near perfect yet.)
Talina: Our secret…promise! ;) In your latest release, His reluctant Rancher, we meet city girl Desiree Burke. You must have had a lot of fun throwing a city girl in the middle of ranch life. Which begs the question, are you a city girl or country girl?
Roxanne: Great question! I grew up in both places but I loved the country best. Wide open spaces, fresh air, horses… now we live in the suburbs, on an ordinary city lot. And I think that’s why I love writing about ranches, it’s a way of living vicariously!
Talina: As I understand it His Reluctant Rancher is the second book in your Three River Ranch Series. Can you give us a quick glimpse at the first book, Three River Ranch, and when can we expect the third installment in your sexy cowboy series?
Roxanne: Three River Ranch is the story of Des’s friend Rory and Carson Granger, who has just inherited his father’s ranch, and wants to turn it into a mustang sanctuary. Rory is in the way, big time, but she and her shaggy dog have to stay, which drives Carson nuts. The next two books are in the works. #3 features Carson’s estranged brother Mitchell, in a fake-engagement story. #4 will be a reunion story of Celia Gamble (Zach’s little sister) and Jonah, the man who was driven away from Celia by her overprotective brothers, years earlier.
Talina: When you have time to kick back a little who are your top three authors you like to read?
Roxanne: Linda Lael Miller, Barbara Samuel, Kristan Higgins
Talina: Excellent choices! So what’s next for Roxanne Snopek? Any special news or upcoming events you’d like to fill readers in on?
Roxanne: I’m giving away a Kindle to celebrate the launch of His Reluctant Rancher! Follow my blog tour to enter!
Talina: WOW! What a fabulous giveaway, Roxanne! Thank you so much for taking a moment to have a sit down with us today, Roxanne. It’s was a pleasure to have you here and a huge congratulations for your latest release, His Reluctant Rancher!
Roxanne: Thank you, Talina!
His Reluctant Rancher
Three River Ranch, #2
Genre: Category – Contemporary Romance
Length: 210 pages
Release Date: February 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-873-1
Back of the book:
The last place city girl Desiree Burke expected to find herself was living at and working on a ranch, much less butting heads with the ranch’s sexy cowboy owner, Zach Gamble. But that’s exactly where she ends up after an incident at work leads her to her best friend Rory’s doorstep. Desiree is a gifted physical therapist, and Rory knows exactly where her brand of tough love is needed the most.
Zach’s been through hell and back. A devastating car crash left his brother gone, his father paralyzed, and him with mental scars a mile wide. His survivor guilt alone makes him sure he doesn’t deserve to find love. But as Des works her way into his ranch, his family, and his life, suddenly the last person who belonged there is the only one he believes belongs…with him.
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Roxanne Willems Snopek is an award-winning freelance writer of everything from corporate newsletters to personal essays. Author of the Amazing Stories series of true life animal adventures, she now focuses on fiction. Snopek grew up in Saskatchewan and now lives in British Columbia.
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