So very pleased to present to GLIAS readers, Debut Author Abigail Sharpe, who just so happened to write. . . .
Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? (With This Ring)
Something Borrowed, Someone New . . .
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?
Hi, Abigail: Yay! Welcome to Get Lost in a Story. GLIAS Readers, Abigail is one of our 2010 Unsinkable Golden Heart Sisters, so we’re thrilled to welcome her to Get Lost in a Story. Quite a blurb isn’t it? I’ll let you in on a secret. I hate reality shows. But reading that blurb and the motivation of the protagonist, I could really get into one like this. I’ll settle for WHO WANTS TO MARRY A COWBOY? instead. Sounds terrific.
So, let’s get to our fun questions!
DONNELL: Abigail, do YOU like reality shows? And list some of your favorites?
ABIGAIL: First, Donnell, thank you for having me here. I’m a big fan of Get Lost, so I jumped at the chance to be on here.
I used to watch reality shows a lot more often than I do now. I preferred the shows that focused on talent – The Voice, Dancing With The Stars (which I totally want to be on one day), American Idol. However, I’m a Florida Gator, so when former UF quarterback Jesse Palmer was on The Bachelor, I had to watch that, too.
DONNELL: You're quite welcome. We're delighted! So, did the plot occur to your first, or the characters of WHO WANTS TO MARRY A COWBOY?
ABIGAIL: The plot. While watching Jesse, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be funny if the bachelor didn’t want to be there?” And POOF! Story was born.
Coming up with the characters was much harder.
DONNELL: What is the biggest change you’ve noticed going from unpublished to published?
ABIGAIL: The surrealness of it all. Is that even a word? Also embracing that maybe I’m not a fluke and might actually have some talent. Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? is my first completed manuscript, though it was rewritten 20 million times, but when I wrote the second book, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?, I thought, I can do this!
DONNELL: If you’re not writing, where will we find you?
ABIGAIL: I have two kids in school, so hanging out with them or driving the Mom Taxi. I don’t write until they go to bed (or are doing homework (and they don’t need help)). If I’m not being Mom, I like to sing karaoke. I’ve also performed in community theater (my last production was Singin’ in the Rain). In case anyone is wondering, I’m an alto that sometimes sings tenor. But not soprano. Never soprano. Even if I could hit the notes, you wouldn’t want me to.
DONNELL: Pretend you’re a bookstore ad: What aisle and section would we find your book, e.g. romance, humor, emotional drama….?
ABIGAIL: Fun and snappy contemporary romance.
DONNELL: What’s in your refrigerator right now?
ABIGAIL: Ooh, thanks for reminding me I have to take the steak out for dinner. I think a better question would be what’s NOT in my fridge. Did I mention I have two boys?
DONNELL: What’s the most unusual thing you have in your closet?
ABIGAIL: My college roommate’s master’s thesis on international communication. She’s from Germany and asked me to hold on to it because she couldn’t take it home yet – too heavy and too expensive to ship. (Jessica, if you’re reading this: yes, I still have it.) She went back to Germany in 1996 and her thesis has been through two moves with me.
DONNELL: What do you want readers to take away from your books?
ABIGAIL: I want them to smile and laugh and enjoy themselves and be satisfied at the end.
Thanks for joining us, Abigail! Readers, Abigail will be doing a book giveaway, either Kindle or Nook e-book but, first, she has a question for readers.
ABIGAIL'S QUESTION FOR READERS: Do you like books that make you laugh? Or do you prefer the darker ones? What does your perfect hero do?
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