Friday, 4 November 2011

Interview and Contest: Joanne Kennedy - Tall, Dark and Cowboy

Today I am having Joanne Kennedy over for an interview and at the end you can win her new book Tall, Dark and Cowboy.

Welcome!

1.Could you tell me a little about yourself?
JK: Someone recently pointed out that my own life has been similar to the stories I write. I went through a couple of unsuccessful relationships and had trouble finding my place in the world until I moved to Wyoming. I built an independent life here and was happy with my home, my career and my friends, but  I certainly wasn’t looking for love. Of course, once I’d sworn off men I met the right one, and he inspires me to write romance novels that encourage my readers to hope for their own happy ending.

2. What is Tall, Dark and Cowboy about?
JK: Tall, Dark and Cowboy is about building a new life. When runaway trophy wife Lacey Bradford discovers her ex-husband is a criminal, she sets out with nothing but a beat-up car and an ugly dog, determined to make a fresh start. Chase Caldwell is starting over too, turning a played-out ranch in Wyoming into a growing cattle concern. He’s hoping to find the right woman to share his life, but that woman couldn’t possibly be the rich, spoiled golden girl who broke his heart in high school—or could it? 

3. Give me 3 reasons why readers will fall for sexy Chase Caldwell…
JK: He’s been through enough hardship and heartache to harden his heart, but he still loves deeply—no matter how much he tries to resist. He cares about his family, his friends, and his community and takes responsibility for those less fortunate. And he is one hot, sexy cowboy, with those broad shoulder muscles and a classic Wrangler butt!

4. Would you rather take the Geek or the Cowboy?
JK: I have nothing against Geeks. Really, I don’t. But I love cowboys.  Maybe if the geek wore chaps… no, scrap that. I’ll take the cowboy!

5. Lacey and Chase are very different, is this a good example of how opposites attract?
JK: In some ways, yes. Her strengths are his weaknesses, and vice versa, so they complement each other. But while they seem different on the surface, they share the same values, the same inner strength, and the same soft-hearted core. They just have to make their way through all their superficial differences and realize what really matters.

6. Why did you start writing contemporary westerns?
JK: The first time I drove out west and saw the Great Plains with those long stretches of land under the big sky, I knew I belonged here. I’ve always loved cowboys, Western history, and horses, and I enjoy the way history lives on in the traditions and values of the West. They say to “write what you know,” but I believe you should write what you love, and I love showing readers how unique and beautiful this world is.   

7. What is the best advice you could give an aspiring writer?
JK: I would say that if you truly love to write, if you have stories in your head that are begging to be told, if you treasure the time you spend in your fictional world and can’t imagine ever giving it up, then don’t let anything deter you from your dream. Keep writing, keep learning, and don’t let the inevitable rejections and roadblocks stand in your way. Dedication and persistence are as important as talent. 

Thanks!

Giveaway
2 copies of Tall, Dark and Cowboy

1. US and Canada
2. Ends Nov 13
3. Go ahead and enter :)
Or if you want tell me if you want a cowboy ;)



Tall, Dark and Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy—In Stores November 2011

She’s looking for an old friend…
In the wake of a nasty divorce, Lacey Bradford heads for Wyoming where she’s sure her old friend will take her in. But her high school pal Chase Caldwell is no longer the gangly boy who would follow her anywhere. For one thing, he’s now incredibly buff and handsome, but that’s not all that’s changed…

What she finds is one hot cowboy…
Chase has been through tough times and is less than thrilled to see the girl who once broke his heart. But try as he might to resist her, while Lacey’s putting her life back together, he’s finding new ways to be part of it.

About the Author
Joanne Kennedy is the author of three previous contemporary Western romances for Sourcebooks. She brings a wide variety of experience, ranging from chicken farming to horse training, to her sexy, spicy cowboy stories. She is a 2011 finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of American RITA© Awards, for One Fine Cowboy. Joanne lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she is working on her next book, Cowboy Crazy (June 2012). For more information, please visit http://joannekennedybooks.com/. 





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PS. From Blodeuedd
My Flash for the week


34 comments:

  1. Um. Based on that cover I'll be taking the cowboy over the geek too! I think Chase and I will get along just fine:)

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  2. ^.^ i love interviews AND giveaways so this is a 2-for-1 deal! Woot woot. Great interview. Great questions and answers from Joanne Kennedy. Personally I would pick the cowboy...but it would be hard to pick I love me my nerds/geeks.

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  3. PS- I would like both the book and the man. Please and thank you.

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  4. Is there such a thing as a geeky cowboy? I'd love one of those!

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  5. Ummm..hell yea I want a cowboy. Have you read the Rough Rider series by Lorelei James? She writes about the sexist cowboys.

    Great interview BTW. :)

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  6. Geeks in chaps? Hmm... I'll just take the cowboy!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I really hope to win this one! Me want! missie at theunreadreader.com

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  7. Thanks for the interview Joanne :)

    Chase rocks!

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  8. Great interview, I enjoyed reading your responses Joanne. :) I'm sorry to say I haven't had the pleasure of reading your books before, but that's going to change!

    I'd love to be entered in this giveaway please---though I'd take the actual cowboy over the book, I think...What? You mean that's not a possible prize? Dang! LOL.

    Enjoy!
    TBQ
    The_Book_Queen (at) yahoo.com

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  9. You know normally, I wouldn't ask for a cowboy, but if it is a literary cowboy... then yes! I'll take one. ;) Now, I would love to see a geek cowboy in a story. How interesting would that be?? :)

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  10. I enjoyed reading the interview.This sounds like a great book.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    elaing8[at]netscape[dot]net

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  11. Great interview. Sounds like a fun read!

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  12. Great interview ladies!!!!! What a wowser for a cover!!!!!! This is awesome and of course I want a cowboy.... Have to have one for my lair! =)
    Please include me!
    alliwantandmorebooks@ gmail.com

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  13. AAhhhh I love Cowboys! Great interview :) I'd love to win this one!

    teddybrgrrl@sbcglobal.net

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  14. i forgot to leave my email!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  15. Oh I want a cowboy! Just look at those yummy bodies! I would just swoon for a tall, dark, and handsome Alpha cowboy.

    angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  16. I'd love to have a rugged, sexy cowboy, that would be awesome.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  17. (not entering). Thanks for the interview, I enjoyed reading it ladies.
    Hmmm a cowboy or a geek? One works hard outdoors, the other indoors ... i'll go for the geek.

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  18. Great interview! dont count me in but I think almost everyone will opt for the cowboy!

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  19. Jenny, I love that cover! It's my first headless/shirtless cover. It definitely stands out on the shelves!

    Carole Rae, thanks for the giggle! I don't think we're having an actual cowboy giveaway, but it's a great idea!

    Stephanie, I'm trying to think of a cowboy I've met that I'd call a geek. Somehow, even if he's a tech guy, the roping and riding cancels out the geekiness!

    Ing - Yes, I've read Lorelei James. She lives not too far from me (in Wyoming terms) but I've never had the chance to meet her. Her cowboys are very sexy!

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  20. Missie, I agree - I'm not sure the chaps would help.

    Blodeuedd, thank you for having me! They were great questions!

    Book Queen, I'm glad you're going to give my cowboys a try! Good luck in the contest.

    Melissa, there are definitely literary cowboys. They say ranching is long stretches of boredom punctuated by short spurts of disaster. The long stretches turn a lot of ranchers into readers!

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  21. elaingi, thanks for stopping by!

    Carrie, I agree- gotta love 'em!

    Mary, I try to make 'em fun! Good luck in the contest.

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  22. Cecile Smutty Hussy, I love your "handle!" Good one! And yes, that cover is a wowser. I was pretty excited the first time I saw it; it's always tense wating to see how the art department is going to interpret your book. This works for me:)

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  23. Jessica, good luck with the contest!

    Amy, he is pretty swoonworthy. Wait 'til you read about him:) It gets better and better...

    Barbara, come on out here to Wyoming sometime - you're liable to find one!

    Aurian, that leaves more cowboys for the rest of us! And geeks do have a certain appeal...

    Mystica, thanks for stopping by!

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  24. Awesome interview Linda! After your review of this book I automatically placed it on my TBR list...you just can't help but love a sexy cowboy! I love Joanne's about me part of the interview. I am a single woman getting ready to set out on my own and build a life of independance, I've been very concerned about ever finding love and I have sworn of men, lol, so it's nice to see that she ended with a HEA and I hope that I can too...one day...when I'm ready for it. Thanks again for this awesome opportunity and I'll cross my fingers for a chance to win one of the copies.

    paperbackdaydreamer (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. Thanks everyone for stopping by :D

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  26. Great interview ladies, I'm adding this book to my wishlist, especially after reading your review post Blod.
    Chase Caldwell sounds like quite the hero! Cowboys are definitely hotties.

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  27. This looks great, I would love to be entered for the giveaway! Of course I want a cowboy ;) lol

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I'll take a cowboy, but a cowboy who used to be a geek is one that I'd take, too :)

    lenikaye@yahoo.com

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  29. HOw fun was that post? I like her!

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  30. Ooh, how exciting! I love the cover of this book (seriously, how ridiculously hot is that!?) and I've been meaning to read a contemporary western for a while now. Sign me up for the contest!

    rebelprince89@live.com

    On an unrelated note, I completely agree with Joanne. Nerds can be cute, but cowboys are where it's at! :)

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  31. Twitted about your giveaway at: http://twitter.com/#!/cherrymischivus/status/133862265370845184

    Goodluck to everybody entering! :)

    Cherry Mischievous
    (not an entry)
    (non-US/Can)

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  32. Winners:
    Deanna and Jessica peace love books

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