Three River Ranch
by Roxanne Snopek
Entangled Publishing – August 2012
Needing a fresh start from her two-timing fiancé, Aurora McAllister answers a realtor’s ad for a guesthouse on the beautiful, serene Three River Ranch. She shows up at Three River tired, heartbroken, and with no one but her trusty Labradoodle as a companion.
Cowboy Carson Granger has enough trouble in his life without adding a woman and her dog to the mix. There’s the untamed mustang he’s prepping to release into the wild, not to mention his father’s crazy will, which stipulates that if Carson wants to fully inherit Three River, he’ll need to find a bride. Carson wants nothing to do with love and especially not a marriage of convenience. But he soon realizes Rory, and everything she represents, might just be exactly what he needs.
Sometimes love arrives on your doorstep when you least expect it…
Author: Roxanne Snopek
Genre: Category – Contemporary
Length: 293 pages
Release Date: August 2012
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Roxanne Willems Snopek is an award-winning freelance writer of everything from corporate newsletters to personal essays. Author of the Amazing Stories series of true life animal adventures, she now focuses on fiction. Snopek grew up in Saskatchewan and now lives in British Columbia.
Author Website: http://www.roxannesnopek.ca/
Today we are thrilled to welcome author Roxanne Snopek to My Book Addiction and More! Please sit back, read on and enjoy. Don’t forget to look for Roxanne’s new release THREE RIVER RANCH!
MBA: First welcome to our site, please tell our readers a little about who you are.
Roxanne: A little bit about me… I’ll skip the usual stuff and share a few Little Known Facts instead. Fact: I grew up Mennonite. This one fact leads to a whole lot of other Little Known Facts, ie: I can bake bread from scratch. I can sing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. I have an extensive collection of used plastic containers that I just KNOW I’ll need one day.
MBA: Your newest release is very exciting can you tell our readers in your own words what your book is about?
Roxanne: Three River Ranch is the story of a man who wants to create a wild horse preserve on the ranch his estranged father left to him. Unfortunately, he has to get married in order to inherit and he refuses to disrespect any woman – or the institution of marriage – in such a way. Then he meets a woman who insists on helping him, out of the goodness of her heart. A woman who’s scared of horses. And has an unusual dog. And is pregnant!
MBA: How did you come up with the idea for this book?
RS: The idea for this book emerged when I was working on a non-fiction project about wild horses. I’ve always been a horse lover, so I enjoyed the research. But then I started wondering: why not try writing a romance with wild horses in it? Then Carson Granger, the hot cowboy, emerged in my brain… whoa baby. Things just took off after that.
MBA: When you started writing this story did you have your characters’ images already in mind or did you find they evolved as you wrote?
Roxanne: Actually, I’d been thinking about the heroine for awhile, but didn’t know quite what to do with her. I knew Rory was a therapist who worked with autistic kids and had a Labradoodle service dog… then the idea of Rory intersected with the idea of Carson…
MBA: What was the biggest surprise you had while writing?
Roxanne: The biggest surprise I had with this book was that it zoomed to the Top Ten list on Barnes & Noble a month after its release!! Seriously, I haven’t slept properly since then!! The world is chock-a-block with so many incredibly talented story-tellers, and I’ve been writing for so long, with so little positive feedback. So when Entangled Publishing called to say the “loved” my book, I thought, “yeah, right, whatever.” I didn’t even bother getting excited. I’ve been there before. But they actually did love my manuscript, enough to turn it into a stellar book, far and away better than anything else I’ve ever written. The passionate team at Entangled is the biggest and best surprise of my writing life, I think.
MBA: What’s next for you?
Roxanne: On that note, the next thing up for me is the sequel to Three River Ranch, called The Reluctant Rancher, and featuring two characters introduced in the first book.
MBA: If you were not a writer what would you most wish to do?
Roxanne: If I couldn’t write, I’d most wish to be a Japanese pearl diver. Imagine being skinny, swimming for a living and having an extremely healthy blood-fat profile. In reality, I snorkel once a year in Maui, I spend my day storing up carbs like a bear before winter, and I have the cholesterol of a 60-year old smoker. Sad but true.
MBA: What has been the greatest piece of advice you’ve received about writing/publishing?
Roxanne: The best advice I’ve heard is “keep writing.” It’s the hardest to listen to, though. I know, because I came close to quitting. 2012 was my do-or-die year. I told myself that if I didn’t sell a book, any book, somewhere, anywhere, I’d give it up. Go back to school. Get a paper route. Become a Wal-Mart greeter. So thank you, Universe, Entangled and you, dear readers, for giving me a shot in the arm, when I needed it most.
MBA: What has been the funniest thing to happen during your time writing this story?
Roxanne: The funniest thing to happen recently is that, in the months before this book came out, I was writing dialogue for an interactive video game company. Some of this writing involved love scenes. Which I then had to read out loud to the rest of the team. Think about it: exactly what kind of dialogue is happening during a love scene? At some point the talking sort of… stops. Doesn’t it? Well, apparently some characters just don’t shut up!
MBA: What do you hope readers feel when they turn the last page of your story?
Roxanne: I hope, when readers finish Three River Ranch, they have that heart-clutch of satisfaction at the reminder that people can overcome the past and that love is worth the risk. Then I hope they feel an overwhelming urge to run to their computers and post glowing, gushing 5-star reviews everywhere!
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