5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, November 25, 2016!
As a newly single mother, Carrie Farmer isn’t quite ready to jump back into the dating pool in Ardent Springs—especially since her last marriage was such a disaster. But if anyone could entice her to wade in a bit, it would be her hunky neighbor, Noah Winchester. He’s the perfect man: strong, protective, and smoking hot. But her eyes have deceived her before, and she’s no longer willing to hand over her heart so easily.
After completing several tours in the Middle East, Noah returns to his hometown a very different man. The former soldier’s plan to rest and relax is soon waylaid by the intriguing woman next door and her heart-stealing little girl. Something—or someone—put shadows in Carrie’s lovely eyes, and he’s determined to clear them away. But when hidden demons can no longer be ignored, the couple gets a reminder from an unexpected source that love truly can conquer all.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) No matter how many books you write, I’m sure each one has it’s own challenges. How was this book more challenging to write than your others? How was it easier?
This book was more challenging than all the books before it because the subject matter is so intense. The back stories surrounding these characters include both mental and physical abuse. Carrie, my heroine, grew up in a violent home and married a violent man, only to lose him while pregnant. Noah, my hero, has done several tours in the Middle East and comes home a haunted man suffering from PTSD.
With all that said, I still had to write a fun, contemporary love story. A high challenge, but an extremely rewarding experience.
In one way, this book was easier to write because these characters came so alive in my mind. I could walk into their heads and know exactly how they would react to things, and how they felt. In that way, the story flowed onto the page with ease.
2) Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?
I’m happy to say that the actual writing of the story is my favorite part. I’ve heard writers say they don’t enjoy writing, but like having written. Meaning, putting the words on the page is not fun for them, but once the words are down, they’re satisfied with the accomplishment. I can’t imagine having that experience.
I love getting the story out, with my favorite part being writing the middle of the story. Again, I’ve heard writers lament what’s often referred to as the “sagging middle.” But the middle is where everything happens. It’s where they fall in love. I can’t imagine any roller coaster enthusiast saying, “I like the part before it starts and then when it’s over.” That’s crazy to me.
It’s the ups and downs and twists and turns that give us the thrill. That’s how writing the middle of a story is for me, and I love that part.
3) What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
Oddly enough, I don’t read many contemporary romances while writing. I have a fear that I’ll write something that I think sounds fresh and original only to find my subconscious pulled it from something I read. So I stick with Historical Romance and Memoirs.
I recently read A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James. I’m an avid James fan and she never lets me down. Right now I’m reading Bossypants by Tina Fey. I’m way late getting to this one but I love her voice and am enjoying the read.
4) We’d love to hear all about the specific moment you got the idea for your book. Were you in the shower? Jogging? Out to dinner? When/how did your book idea actually hit you?
This is kind of a funny story, though it didn’t feel very funny at the time. Her Hopes and Dreams started as something very different. Well, it started with Carrie having a very different hero. I’d written nearly half a book before realizing it was all wrong. He was wrong, the plot was wrong, and I was in trouble.
Mind you, this was only weeks before the deadline, and I had no idea what the right hero or right plot should be. So, after a dramatic, tear-filled panic, I stepped away and turned on the television to watch an episode of MTV’s Catfish. By the end of the show, the answers came to me.
I started over immediately with my new hero and plot and the story fell into place. I hit my (slightly adjusted) deadline and couldn’t be more proud of how the story turned out.
5) What’s up next for you?
Up next is the final installment in the Ardent Springs Series, The Last In Love, in which widow Abby Williams finally gets her happy ending. Through the course of the series, she’s watched five couples find their bliss, all while mourning the husband she lost and the future she fears she’ll never get to have. The book releases in May 2017, and in the fall of next year I’ll kick off my new Shooting Stars Series, set amidst the high drama of the country music industry.
There also might be something else in between, but that’s still up in the air for now.
About the author:
Award winning and bestselling author Terri Osburn writes small town contemporary romance with both heart and humor. To date, she has released eight novels, including the Anchor Island Series, as well as her currently running Ardent Springs Series. You can learn more by visiting her website at www.terriosburn.com.
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