5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, June 9, 2017!
Abby Williams lost her husband—and the future she envisioned—to a roadside bomb in a foreign land, so a kitchen fire is no big deal. When the local firemen show up to put out the blaze, the army widow finds herself attracted to one hot volunteer firefighter . . . until she realizes it’s Justin Donovan, a man five years her junior.
Justin has long carried a torch for Abby. But after she got married ten years ago, he put her out of his mind, left Ardent Springs for Chicago, and got a job as a real estate developer. Now he’s back—for reasons he’d rather not share—and he wants to prove to Abby that age is nothing but a number. Will Abby’s reluctance and Justin’s secrets extinguish any attempts at romance? Or will the sparks between them ignite a second chance at love?
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) The Last In Love is a great title! Who came up with it? Was it the original title or did it change along the way?
Thank you! I’m proud to say this title was my idea. There was a pattern with all the titles in the series (His First And Last, Our Now And Forever, etc…) but I couldn’t come up with something for the last one that fit the pattern. I then did what I always do when I can’t think of a title, I searched for song titles, usually by George Strait. (Go right to the best, I say.) Anyone who knows the Pure Country soundtrack will recognize this one, and I was excited when my publisher ran with it. What surprised me most is that there aren’t a dozen other books using this title. Especially since it fits the idea of happily ever after so well.
2) Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
The first thing that comes to mind took place about a year before I sold my first book. The Romance Writers of America hold an annual contest for unpublished manuscripts, and I was fortunate to final in 2012. At the time, I was a frequent commenter on a blog run by Jennifer Crusie and Anne Stuart – two legends in the industry. One evening, I received an email from Ms. Crusie, and I nearly fell out of my chair. I remember looking around my little bedroom as if there might be someone pulling a trick. Jennifer Crusie couldn’t really be emailing me.
But she did. And I embarrassed myself with a fan girl response, but there was no help for it. I mean, it was Jennifer-flipping-Crusie. Really!
3) Is it hard to keep writing books with the same character? Or easy because you’ve come to know her so well by now?
I do find it easier to write characters I know so well. The Last In Love is the fifth and final book in the series, so I’ve literally lived with this town and these characters for more than two years. They’re familiar and as real as if they’re sitting around my kitchen table.
In this case, Justin Donovan was a brand new character, but Abby had been on the age in the third book. She was hurt, mourning, and yet still hopeful. I loved that about her. Thankfully, once I dove into Justin’s character, he came to life almost immediately. He isn’t perfect, but he is perfect for Abby, and I had a wonderful time writing their story.
4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Authors just starting out? Young writers? Or for writers in general?
Maybe because it wasn’t that long ago that I was an aspiring author myself, but I feel strongly about supporting those still in the trenches. The number one piece of advice is simply to write. That’s how you learn, really. I took endless online courses and in person workshops, most of which provided great tips, but until you put them into practice, nothing changes. The more you write, the better you get. Unfortunately, there’s no shortcut around putting in the hours.
After that, there are three pieces of advice I like to share. Write the story that moves you, be kind to yourself, and embrace the woo-woo. The last is very important. There’s a magic to writing. Characters walk into a scene out of nowhere, or say something you never saw coming. Those are magical moments. Trust them, trust the characters, and trust yourself. And most of all, enjoy it.
5) What’s up next for you?
Though I’m sad to say goodbye to Ardent Springs, I’m very excited about my new series starting in the fall. The Shooting Stars series shares the love and struggles of the dreamers who pass through Shooting Stars Records. Rising Star is the first in the series, and is the most personal book I’ve ever written. Though not autobiographical, there are details of the book that stem from my life and I’m very proud of how it turned out.
Charley Layton is living her dream, working as a country radio DJ in Nashville. Dylan Monroe is a star on the rise as the first artist to release on Shooting Stars Records. What neither have planned is a whirlwind romance that will change the rest of their lives, provided the bright lights of fame don’t get in the way.
Rising Star is available for pre-order on Amazon now.
About the author:
Bestselling and award winning author Terri Osburn fell in love with the written word at a young age. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood, and the genre of romance beckoned during her teen years. In 2007, she put pen to paper to write her own heart-melting love stories, and just five years later, she was named a 2012 finalist in the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Award contest. Her debut novel released a year later. Terri resides in middle Tennessee with her teenage daughter and a menagerie of high-maintenance pets. You can learn more about this international bestselling author by visiting her website at www.terriosburn.com.
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