Monday, June 19, 2017

A Convenient Risk by Sara R. Turnquist ❤️ Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway ❤️ (Historical Romance)



He never imagined her heart would be so hard to reach.

Forced into a marriage of convenience after her husband dies, Amanda Haynes is determined she will never love again. Not that it bothers Brandon Miller. He needs her husband’s cattle ranch and life insurance policy. She needs financial stability and long-term support for her son and herself. But she never expected to care so much about the running of the ranch.

Butting heads over the decisions of the ranch, adding to her frustration and grief at her loss. Her wellbeing is soon threatened as their lives become entangled with Billy the Kid and his gang. What has she gotten herself into? What kind of man has she married? Is there any way out?


THE MUSE: Don't Wait For Her, Track That Lady Down 

In this season of my life, I am having some difficulty finding the writing muse. Mind you, this is not the first time that muse has been tricky with me. Sometimes I find that the house has to be perfectly straight, all my “mom chores” done (like that ever happens), and I have to be in my office, at my desk, in the zone, with the right music, and my mouth in just the right position...you know what I'm saying?
Well, life doesn't really allow for that very often, does it? If I waited for that, I'd write maybe two sentences a month. We can't always wait for the muse to come to us. We gotta track her down. That calls for a little flexibility and a bit of determination.

Flexibility

Yes, it would be nice if everything could work out as in my above scenario. But I have had to learn to quiet those OCDish tendencies (or just change my locale to a coffee shop and escape the nagging mom-to-do-list-voice in my head) and focus on my work. That calls for flexibility in my environment. I have found that, with a little flexibility, very few things have to be in place for me to get writing done. Truly only two: my computer (with Scrivener in the "compose" mode - if you don't know about this, you need to find out) and my music with headphones. I have discovered that with those two things, I can write almost anywhere. Today I'm actually at my friend's house...she is baking up a storm and her kiddos are screaming like banshees. But I'm still writing.

Determination

As a writer, determination is essential. You are going to be the one who cares the most about your work. And whether or not it gets done. So, when you sit down and can't get going, you have to make the decision to "make it work" as it were. Journal about something completely off topic from your manuscript, write through a writing prompt you find on the internet, free write about one of your character's opinions about something...just write. Get the pump primed. Then return to your manuscript. You might discover that the muse has shown up. Writing as a career becomes a job. It's not just a hobby. If you want to be serious, you have to write whether you feel like it or not. That requires determination.
So, what's it going to be? Are you going to be the kind of writer that only writes when the mood hits you? When the inspiration is present? Or will you find that flexibility and determination to make a real go of it? To make it more than a hobby?


A strong arm grasped Amanda, catching her upper arm and dragging her onto the horse. As soon as she was solidly on the animal, she grabbed ahold of Brandon as tightly as she could.

They took off. The bull pawed at the ground, making all manner of grunting noises, but as if by some miracle, he ran off to the left. All of this happened as if time had slowed.

The horse continued to push forward. And as they neared the edge of the fence, Brandon urged the horse to go even faster. Were they going to break through? What would happen to the cattle with the fence destroyed?

But as they approached the fence, the horse leapt. Amanda gripped Brandon impossibly tighter. Jolted when the horse landed, her teeth chattered.

Only then did Brandon slow the horse. He then placed a hand on her upper arm and pushed.

She released him.

He sucked in a deep breath and expelled it.

Had she been holding him too tightly? Her face warmed.

He took hold of her shoulders. “Are you all right?”

She nodded, and though their faces were but a breath apart, she was not quite able to meet his eyes, fighting tears in her own. Only then she found herself staring at his bare chest. Jerking her head away, she averted her gaze.

“Do you realize what could have happened?” His voice rose.

She nodded, still not able to meet his eyes. The force of his emotion hit her. Was he so concerned after her?

“I would have had to shoot that bull.”

What? Eyes wide, she tilted her face up to look at him.

“That bull is worth half my herd.”

So he was only worried about the cattle. Not her. His precious cattle.

   


Sara is originally from Middle Tennessee. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Middle Tennessee where they currently reside. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. She enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write clean Historical Romance. Sara has made several trips to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also the author of The General’s Wife, Off to War, Hope in Cripple Creek, and A Convenient Risk and a member of ACFW.


       

Disillusioned by war and prejudice, can this southern belle trust in love?

Claire Crawford is nothing she should be. Put off by the War between the States and her own experience with the slaves on her father’s plantation, she longs for something more. Under the control of her parents, there is not much room for anything but submission. Still, she dares to defy them and reach out to a sharecropper’s family on her father’s land.

The war changed Henry Garrett. And he has plans of going beyond his father’s humble farm. He will do whatever it takes to make those dreams come true. Nothing will stand in his way. Until he meets her. Drawn to the southern belle he would rather despise, he is soon caught up in a situation not of his own making. How much is too much for the one he loves? Dare he sacrifice his dream?



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49 comments :

  1. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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  2. Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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    1. Thanks again, Ally! It was one of my favorite books to work on so far.

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  3. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win )

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Best wishes on your entry!

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  4. Congrats on your book tour and thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, James! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt and good luck on your entry!

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  5. Thanks for hosting!! Any other artists out there have trouble with an elusive muse?

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  6. Love it! Ditch "The Muse" and get writing! That's the only way things work at my house too. Congrats on the new book and look forward to seeing you at KCWC!

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    1. At my house, too. Gotta make it happen whenever time permits. We're a busy house and, unfortunately, writing time is not as ample as I would like. I am so excited about KCWC! Eager to catch up!

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  7. Beautiful artwork on the cover!

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    1. Thank you! The graphic artist I go back to over and over, Cora Graphics, is just so talented! And easy to work with.

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  8. I love the cover & enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks! Cora Graphics did the cover and she is so talented! The excerpt, all me :-)

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  9. A Convenient Risk sounds like a good read. Thank you

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    1. Thank you! It was a fun book to write. The characters took on a life of their own at times :-)

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  10. Sometimes you just need someone else to help with those hard-to-reach spots.

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    1. I do have a very supportive husband who will give me a needed push when I need it :-)

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  11. Really enjoyed the description of the book and I really love the cover. Looking forward to reading the book.

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    1. Thank you! There is no substitution for a great cover artist. Happy reading!

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  12. Really enjoyed the description of the book and I really love the cover. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. Thanks, Edye, for visiting! Best wishes on your entry!

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  15. hi, you are new to me, looking forward to your books

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    1. Thanks, Dina! Always happy to meet someone new!

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  16. Congrats ! Thank you for the chance !

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  17. I look forward to finding out if Brandon and Amanda are able to work it out!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  18. Hello! Been so busy moving I have been missing out on my entries. I do appreciate the opportunity you have given us to win.

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  19. Congratulations on your book's release, I can't wait to read it! Good luck on the tour and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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  20. Where do you find the inspirations for your stories?

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  21. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

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  22. Good Morning! Thanks so much for the chance at winning!

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  23. Hope your day is as terrific as you are. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win

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  24. Have a fun Thursday and thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  25. Happy Friday! Thanks for all you do and the great giveaway!

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  26. Wishing you a Saturday full of fun and thanking you for the chance at winning.

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  27. Sunday blessing to you and thanks for all you do bringing us these great giveaways.

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  28. Love the cover it's gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful. i look forward to reading it. thank you for the chance at such a great contest.
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  29. Thank you once again for taking the time to bring us such great giveaways. I really appreciate it!

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  30. Thank you so much for offering us the opportunity to win this giveaway.

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  31. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including A Convenient Risk. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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