Thursday, September 20, 2012
Author Interview/Giveaway: Tame a Wild Bride by Cynthia Woolf
1) Tell us about your book.
Rosie Stanton climbed on a west-bound train to answer his ad for a wife and mother, everything she wants to be. But Tom Harris lied. He doesn't want a wife, merely a mother for his two abandoned children and a cook and cleaner for his ranch. Betrayed once, he's vowed never to let another woman into his heart. Sexy Rosie upsets all his plans and threatens to invade his scarred heart. How will he maintain his vow to keep his hands off her as she charms his children, his cow hands, his life?
2) Tell us a bit about your heroine.
Rosie Stanton is determined to have a family. She answered and ad for a mil order bride to get away from her sister-in-law but also because she hasn’t had any luck in her twenty-six years securing a husband despite having a substantial dowry of $5000. Rosie isn’t a willow like her friends. She is a substantial woman, curvy and strong.
3) Tell us a bit about your hero.
Tom Harris is a widower with two children. His wife left him for another man and then was killed in a carriage accident. Even 2 years later he is still bitter. He has no use for a woman much less a wife. He only wants someone to cook, clean and care for his children.
4) What themes underlie the plot of this book?
I don’t generally look at the themes in my books. I guess in this case and will all my books, it’s “Love conquers all”
5) Is anything in particular you enjoyed in this book vs. the first two in the series? Was it easier or harder to write this one?
This has been the hardest to write. I think because I didn’t know my characters well enough when started the story.
7) Any overlap with the characters/location/plot from the first two books?
The locale of the books is the same in all three books. The hero and heroine from the first book, TAME A WILD HEART, make an appearance in this book and in the second one, too. Though in different years. TAME A WILD HEART is set in 1885, TAME A WILD WIND is set in 1895 and TAME A WILD BRIDE is set in 1890.
8) What led you to write western romances, and has anywhere you’ve lived had an influence on what you write?
I think I like western romance because my dad was a cowboy when he met my mother. He was also a trapper and many other occupations through the years. But cowboy is what stuck with me.
9) Do you have a favorite character you’ve written and why?
My favorite character has to be Audra, from my first scifi romandce CENTAURI DAWN. She’s a princess from another planet raised on Earth to save her life. What girl hasn’t dreamed of being a princess at one time or another.
10) Is there anything you do to keep you motivated to write?
My critique partners and I get together on Thursday’s for and all day writing session called Just Wright. We talk and catch up for the first half hour then it down to business until lunch then writing again. The energy I receive that day is amazing.
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
I have some more scifi romances coming out next and maybe a pirate story or two. I never know what I’m going to write until I sit down and start.
Tame a Wild Bride Excerpt
Rosemary Stanton stood on the train platform sweating and waiting. Sweating because it was an especially hot day in late June. Waiting for her husband. A husband she wouldn’t recognize if he were standing right next to her.
She’d been desperate when she answered the advertisement for a mail order bride. Wanted: Single woman to cook, clean, and care for children on a cattle ranch in southwestern Colorado. Will marry upon arrival.
Well, she was twenty-six with no prospects. Her brother just got married and his new wife, Beatrice, didn’t want Rosie around. She could answer this advertisement or become a governess. Help someone else’s children grow up into adults. Live in someone else’s house. For the rest of her life, she’d have nothing she could call her own.
Rosie wanted a home. She wanted a husband and children. All the things she’d never have if she stayed in Philadelphia. When she’d seen the ad in the morning paper, she’d nearly shouted with glee. However, she managed to restrain herself until she got to her room before she yelled with joy. The advertisement was tailor-made for her needs. It got her away from Beatrice and got her her own home all in one fell swoop.
Her brother, Robert, though was not happy with the idea of his baby sister traveling across the country to marry a stranger. He grudgingly agreed to give her her dowry to take with her. Five thousand dollars. She’d take the draft to the bank as soon as she arrived in Creede, Colorado, and married Mr. Thomas Harris. Cattle rancher. It was her “in case it doesn’t work out” money. Though she supposed it would belong to her husband once she married. Perhaps she just wouldn’t tell him about it. Her conscience spoke up. That’s no way to start a marriage. With lies and secrets. Oh, all right. She’d tell him and have him take her to the bank. But not until after she’d taken his measure. If he was a cruel man, she would leave and she sure as heck wouldn’t tell him about her money.
Even with the dowry, there’d been few prospects for Rosie back in Philadelphia. She wasn’t pretty in the conventional sense. She thought her face with its big brown eyes and full lips was pleasing enough, but men apparently hadn’t. Her one beau had said her eyes were the color of warm brandy. That was before he left her to marry another more suitable woman. More suitable, hah! Richer was more like it.
Paul had expensive tastes and married a rabbit-faced girl, heir to a substantial fortune to which he’d have access. Well, good luck and good riddance.
Rosie did have one feature she’d been told was extraordinary. Her hair. It was waist length, wavy and a clear, golden blonde. Right now, standing on the train platform in Creede it was bound up in a loose bun on top of her head under her hat. It, like the rest of her, was covered in dust and soot from the train. She’d discovered on the second day that she could minimize the grime by sitting in the front of the car with the window closed. But sooner or later the heat and mugginess of the car would force her to open the window. The air came rushing in, cooling her, but bringing with it the dirt and ash from the train’s boilers.
On the long trip, she’d told herself again and again she’d made the right decision. This was her future.
Tame A Wild Bride Synopsis
Rosie Stanton climbed on a west-bound train to answer his ad for a wife and mother, everything she wants to be. But Tom Harris lied. He doesn’t want a wife, merely a mother for his two abandoned children and a cook and cleaner for his ranch.
Betrayed once, he’s vowed never to let another woman into his heart. Sexy Rosie upsets all his plans and threatens to invade his scarred heart. How will he maintain his vow to keep his hands off her as she charms his children, his cow hands, his life?
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Genre: Romance, Western
Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.
She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write. Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates. She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories. In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America.
Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded the she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years. In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writers conference being put on by CRW and decided she'd attend. One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker. Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter's table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing. She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn't looked back.
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