Sunday, June 21, 2015
RIW AUTHOR BLOG FEATURED AUTHOR
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny U.S. Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Barbara loves looking back at the short stories and two books she wrote in grade school and realizing that—except for the scorpions—she’s doing exactly what she planned. She has now hit double digits with published novels and still has a file drawer full of stories to be written.
Barbara’s thrilled to share news of the debut of a brand-new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, about a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series has just kicked off with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise and will be followed by A Rancher of Her Own in July and The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal in December.
RIW: Tell us about your latest book. What motivated the story? Where did the idea come from?
BWD: The Cowboy’s Little Surprise is book one in a series in which a matchmaking grandpa wants to find mates for his three granddaughters. Book one tells the story of the youngest granddaughter, a single mom whose life is turned upside-down when her former high-school crush—who dissed her in front of everyone in the school cafeteria—returns to town and discovers the secret she has kept from him.
RIW: Bubble baths or steamy showers? Ocean or mountains? Puppies or kittens? Chocolate or caramel?
BWD: Bubble baths—where I get my best ideas. Ocean—the sound of the surf is relaxing. Puppies—they’re so adorable and it’s fun to watch them grow. And chocolate—just because.
RIW: What can we expect from you in the future?
BWD: Books two and three in The Hitching Post Hotel series will be out later this year. Book two pairs a successful New York-based photographer who travels the world with a rancher who doesn’t care if he never leaves his hometown. He’s sure ready for a fling, though…until she tries to get between him and his kids.
Book three involves our matchmaking grandpa’s biggest challenge—a recently widowed mom who reunites with an L.A. cop recovering from the trauma of an undercover op gone bad. Though he’s the boy she left behind, the attraction between them is as strong as ever—and Grandpa Jed intends to make the most of it.
RIW: Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
BWD: In Rancher at Risk I wanted to write about a woman like any other woman, who just happens to be deaf. After the book came out, I was thrilled to receive a letter from a reader who said she has many deaf family members and that I “got it right.” Lianne makes her first appearance in an earlier Flagman’s Folly book, A Rancher’s Pride (mentioned here in another response), along with her four-year-old niece, Becky, who also is deaf.
RIW: After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever read it?
BWD: Yes, I do—to make sure I’ve grown as a writer, to find ways I can improve, and to revisit the settings and characters I love.
RIW: Among your own books, do you have a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?
BWD: As I imagine many moms say about their kids, “They’re all special in their own ways.” But I will admit Sam from A Rancher’s Pride required extra attention. He comes home one day to discover he’s the daddy of a little girl he’d never known anything about. Then he discovers he can’t communicate with her because she’s deaf. He travels a long, tough road in his story.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-White-Daille/e/B002J6B0QQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1410105101&sr=8-2-ent
A Reason to Stay
Ranch manager Pete Brannigan has no interest in playing tour guide to a city slicker like Jane Garland. But spending a few days with the headstrong photographer is a small price to pay for everything her grandfather has given the single dad. Though Pete's drawn to Jane's sharp wit and striking beauty, he won't hurt his young children by falling for another woman who puts her career before family.
Jane's seen the world through her camera…and used it to shield her emotions. With Pete, she can finally let her guard down. If only he could do the same. Despite their powerful bond, Pete still can't trust Jane with his kids or his heart. But if he keeps pushing her away, he may ruin any chance their relationship has to develop.
Review: **** RT Book Reviews Wrote: “This slow-burning romance with an antagonistic edge addresses love, loss and learning to forgive.” http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/rancher-her-own
Since the divorce, he hadn’t dated or even brought anyone new around his kids—and in fact, he’d pretty much kept himself to himself. He had no plans to jump into another relationship. But, for his kids’ sake, he couldn’t rule out the idea of marrying again someday. He just needed to find the right woman to make his family complete.
No way was a smart-mouthed city slicker like Jane Garland the right woman to be a mom to his kids.
And no way was she the woman for him…no matter how much he wanted her.
Barbara loves to connect with readers and will be checking the comments to answer any questions you may have or just to chat.
Thank you, Barbara, for being my guest, and thanks for visiting my blog. Rochelle