Blog Tour: Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne (spotlight, interview, giveaway)

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Wild Iris Ridge CoverWild Iris Ridge
written by RaeAnne Thayne
published by Harlequin HQN

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About the book: A big-city, high-powered advertising executive and a small-town firefighter learn that no matter where you started or what you’ve lost, if you open your heart, you can find joy and love again. WILD IRIS RIDGE is the latest book in USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s charming Hope’s Crossing series.

Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common.And it’s likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan’s late wife, Jessie—and Lucy’s best friend—who’d brought them together in the first place. And since Jesse’s passing, Brendan’s been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he’ll steer clear of her. She’s always been trouble with a capital T.

Lucy couldn’t wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she’s back in Hope’s Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she’d managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering…

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Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Wild Iris Ridge is a heartwarming story about community and family and two lost souls finding each other after being separated by their choices and circumstances.
Why did you decide to write Wild Iris RidgeI almost finished the Hope’s Crossing series with Christmas in Snowflake Canyon, my December 2013 book, but I had many loose ends I hadn’t yet tied off so persuaded my publisher to let me write one more book. Brendan Caine, the hero of Wild Iris Ridge,was a character I felt great sympathy for when I introduced him in previous books and I couldn’t wait to give him a happy ending.
What was your favorite part about being a reporter with your local newspaper? I loved interviewing sources. I discovered everyone has a story, if you only take a moment to ask them about it
With 40 books under your belt, do you have any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I always have new ideas spinning around. Right now I’m working on the second book in my new series, Haven Point. The first book, SNOW ANGEL COVE, comes out in November. The book I’m working on (tentatively called REDEMPTION BAY) will be a July 2015 release and I’m having so much fun coming up with the story and characters. I love this “discovery” part of the writing process, when all the possibilities are open to me.
Why do you enjoy reading and writing? It’s part of me, part of who I am. I’ve always been an avid reader, from the time I was a young girl reading everything from cereal boxes to our family’s encyclopedia collection. Writing was a natural offshoot of that. The ability to be a storyteller for a living feels like an amazing gift, one I never take for granted.
What is your favorite genre to read? I read a wide variety of genres. My favorite has always been romance novels. I love Regency historicals, in particular.
Who is your favorite author? Oooh. Too many to put it down to only one. I’m discovering new authors all the time. I would say my top five right now are Mary Balogh, Kristan Higgins, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jane Austen, and J.K. Rowling. How’s that for an eclectic mix?!
In your opinion, what is one book that everyone should read? I can’t pick just one (other than Scriptures. Is that a cop-out?!). I just wish everyone found as much joy through books as I do.
What did you want to be when you grew up? So many things. At one point, I wanted to be an actress on Broadway. I also wanted to be a teacher or an attorney. After I took a journalism class in high school, I realized how much I loved telling stories, which pushed away all my other dreams.
What did you end up being? I have dual undergraduate degrees, one in journalism and one in liberal studies. I spent ten years as a newspaper reporter and editor, writing romance novels on the side for about five of those. The week we had our second child I sold my fifth book and quit the newspaper business to be a full-time mom and writer. Both of them were the best possible job choices for me.
Tell us three things about yourself that cannot be found on the internet … at least not found easily.
  1. I love to travel and was once caught in a flash flood in Marrakech.
  2. I am not a great cook but do have a fabulous recipe for Sunday roast.
  3. I am happiest when I am surrounded by my family.

 

Best-selling author RaeAnne ThayneAbout the author: USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. This led her to a fifteen-year career in journalismas a newspaper reporter and editor. But through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best, romance, and has since published more than 40 titles. RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website, RaeAnneThayne.com.

Find Ms. Thayne here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Comments

  1. Michelle L says:

    Thank you for the chance.

  2. Hi RaeAnne! Romance is my favorite genre and I love your books. I also love to travel but have never experienced being caught in a flood. The closest I came to something while abroad, was to be locked in a shower closet with no way to get out except to take the doors off the hinges!! Thank the Lord I had my towel to cover up!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us and for the great giveaway.

  3. Happy Sunday to you, RaeAnne! So glad you switched from journalism to writing your romances. 🙂 And the fact that they take place in small towns makes them even better. Good values and heartwarming life stories. Thank you! jdh2690@gmail.com

  4. I like some of the same authors as Mrs. Thayne. I really want to read this book now!

  5. Loved the interview and look forward to reading. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  6. Be a great prize – thanks. The bracelet can go to my daughter, book to me.

  7. Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

  8. I love Sunday roast and look forward to cooking again when the weather cools down! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  9. cassie polla says:

    I can’t wait to start reading these books. Sounds fantastic!

  10. Thank you so very much for hosting my interview on your blog! Great questions!

  11. Katerina Sturgis says:

    I love the Hope Crossing Series. They have been a blast to read this summer.

  12. This sounds really good!! Nothing like a love that overcomes!