Welcome Jaye Garland, author of “The 25th Hour”

Jaye GarlandI’m pleased to welcome my friend, author Jaye Garland, as my guest today. Jaye’s going to give away a free ebook to one lucky commenter – the winner will be announced on Monday, September 9. Welcome, Jaye! Please tell us a little about your story, The 25th Hour.The 25th Hour

The impossible can be quite simple, actually. Just imagine…. With one stroke of her architect’s eraser, an heiress is chased through time by her father’s murderer and lands in the arms of a 19th century Wyoming rancher. The enduring lovers must find the killer before another life is taken—and the rift in time closes, separating them, forever.

What a terrific read, Jaye! Now, let’s talk about you. What earns a book a place on your keeper shelf, real or virtual?

Memorable characters, setting, and/or a plot that lives on in my mind days, sometimes months and years, after I’ve read the last page. Yes, I have quite a few of those on my keeper shelves and re-read them many times. Gone With The Wind is a great example. I’ve read that book at least six times.

I have quite a few keeper books…I loved the old “gothics” of Barbara Michaels, and Jude Devereaux, Julie Garwood, Amanda Quick, and Teresa Medeiros all have a special place on my shelves.

If you could bring a fictional hero to life, which one would it be? Heathcliff? Mr. Darcy? Mr. Rochester? Tarzan? Captain Mal? One of your own heroes?

Easy answer is Colonel William F. Cody. Yeah baby, I’m talking about Buffalo Bill.  While he’s not the hero of my debut novel, THE 25th HOUR, he does make several appearances in that story. I’d love to hear his first-hand accounts of how things really happened back in the late 19th century.

Oh, that would be fascinating…if you ever pull it off, make sure to invite me, too! I’d love to chat!

If you could live during any era in time, when would that be? Why?

Another easy answer. I’d have to pick 1877 which is the time frame of THE 25th HOUR. That way I could interview several of my characters—because they’re all real, right? No? Okay, in all seriousness, I’ve used real-life people and events in that story and they will be making appearances in my next book which is in the final drafting stage. Along with Buffalo Bill, there are a few other real people in this story, too. I’m wondering how many readers will pick up on that—aside from Buffalo Bill.

I love that era, too…essentially the years between the Civil War and the Gilded Age are my favorites for reading and writing…so many exciting changes and adventurous people.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?

Cat-napping on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. I think I gave up sleep when I became a writer. Just not enough time in the day for everything. Oh, and chocolate, of course. Good chocolate.

Chocolate is one of my food groups!

What’s one thing about you that would surprise readers?

I absolutely hate to try on clothes and spend the money to get them, aka: shopping. Please don’t take my Girl Card away, because other than that one flaw, I’m all girly-girl.

Which would you rather possess: flying monkeys or Toto?

You know that meme drifting through Facebook, the one where you only see the shoes and red & white stockinged legs of the Wicked Witch of the West, and she’s saying it’s a good day when you don’t have to release the flying monkeys? Yeah, that would be me.

I’m a flying monkeys gal, too! They’d be so handy to have around the house.

What’s your all-time favorite movie? Why?

I can’t pick just one because I watch these over and over, if nothing else to hear their incredibly fabulous sound tracks:  Quigley Down Under, Hunt for Red October, and Medicine Man. Eye candy along with great plots and sound tracks. Triple win!

Great choices…I’d have to add Raiders of the Lost Ark to that list…gotta have me some Indiana Jones.

Do you follow sports? Favorite teams?

I love football and live in Houston, Texas. “GO Texans!”

Jaye, I love football, too. I’m Steelers by marriage…originally a Virginia gal (Redskins), but marriage to a guy from Pittsburgh means you wear a lot of black and gold.

Thanks so much for stopping by and getting to know a little bit about Jaye. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win “The 25th Hour”. Or order if for wonderful weekend reading – Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/oxjfa7t

A little about Jaye:

Born and raised on the Great Plains, Jaye Garland thrives on ‘what-if’ scenarios by turning ordinary ranch life events into novels steeped in adventure on the American West. Her award winning first novel, THE 25th HOUR, is now available as an eBook on Amazon.com.

Welcome Guest Author Abigail Sharpe

Abigail SharpeIt’s my pleasure to host author Abigail Sharpe on the blog today. Abigail’s going to give a free e-book of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy to one lucky commenter (Restrictions apply – please see note at the end of this post). Welcome, Abigail. Please tell us a little about your story:

In the bestselling tradition of Lori Wilde…

SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMEONE NEW . . . Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy cover

There’s nothing florist Ainsley Fairfax won’t do to help her sister get the love of her life-even if it means taking her place on a bachelorette weekend at a Wyoming ranch so Cecelia can sail off with the man of her dreams. Ainsley is determined to spend the time keeping her head down and her heart safely tucked away-until an encounter with the ranch’s hunky owner gets her heart-and steamy desires-to bloom . . .

Riley Pommer doesn’t want to be lassoed into any relationship. But with the family ranch in dire straits, Riley knows his sisters’ crazy plan to turn the ranch into the setting for a dating competition-and using Riley as the bait-is the only thing standing between them and foreclosure. But the rules of the game change the instant Riley lays eyes on the spirited Ainsley. Now, as others try to stampede over their love, can Riley prove to Ainsley that true love is a prize worth fighting for?

Available now from Forever Yours.

Now, a little more from Abigail:

If you could bring a fictional hero to life, which one would it be? Heathcliff? Mr. Darcy? Mr. Rochester? Tarzan? Captain Mal? One of your own heroes?

Okay, not Heathcliff because I wouldn’t be able to understand him.  Wuthering Heights was required reading in high school and I would have rather done the dishes than read that book.  I could NOT get through that dialect!  Ugh!  Not Mr. Rochester, because he was a selfish bigamist.  (How popular is THAT opinion?)

Bring on Captain Mal or Castle.  Or just Nathan Fillion , even.  But only if he’ll massage my feet.

I’d go with Captain Mal, too…Nathan Fillion would do just fine, too!

Abigail, What’s your favorite quotation?

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss

You’ve landed in Oz…Which would you rather possess: flying monkeys or Toto?

A dog that I can drop kick* or monkeys to do my every bidding and can take me places?  Yes, please. *I’m not saying I would.  I’m just saying the dog would probably rather eat my socks than help me travel.

What’s your all-time favorite movie? Why?

Too many to mention, but I’ll pick the more unusual ones (as in, not Princess Bride):  Philadelphia Story and Noises Off.

Philadelphia Story is a fabulous classic with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart.  There’s one scene where Jimmy is drunk and I giggle every time.

Noises Off was originally a play.  The movie is about a group of actors performing a play and what goes on backstage.  Again, there is much laughter when I watch this movie.  When you’re backstage at a show you have to remain quiet, so some of the movie is just some good ol’ physical comedy.  It has a stellar cast, including Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeves, and John Ritter.  Sardines!

I adore the Philadelphia Story…I love old Katharine Hepburn movies, and Cary Grant had some awesome performances. I’ve neer seen Noises Off, but it sounds terrific. I’ll have to check it out.

Do you follow sports? Favorite teams?

I was a HUGE fan of the Celtics in the 80s, the era of Larry Bird (though my favorite player was Danny Ainge).  The talent on that team was amazing.  I love watching Sox games when the fans start chanting “Beat LA!”  Now I follow the Florida Gators (Orange!  Blue!) and Jacksonville Jaguars.  I have high hopes for the next year!  Don’t taunt me.

Okay, I won’t mention I’m a black and gold gal…

If you could wake up stranded on a desert island with one celebrity hunk (actor, athlete, musician, etc.), who would it be? Why?

Let’s go with Ty Pennington.  Because he can build us a boat to take us off the island!  I know I’m a transplanted Floridian, but instead of the beach, I’d rather be in a deserted cabin in the woods (though not the one from the movie) with a river nearby and mountains in the distance.  Thank heavens you’re not interested in THE Cabin in the Woods…too scary!

How can readers find you on the web?


Twitter: @abigailsharpe

Facebook:   Facebook.com/AbigailSharpeBooks

Thank you for having me here today, Tara!  I’ve enjoyed these non-standard interview questions.

Thanks for being my guest today. You can tell I’m a little warped from these questions…by the way, I’m a “flying monkeys” gal, too!

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a free e-copy of Abigail’s new book, Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 20.  *Restrictions: This book may only be gifted to residents in the United States (it’s a “rights” thing) and your comment must be posted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 to be eligible for the drawing.