Welcome to my tour stop for Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne. This is an adult contemporary romance published by Harlequin.
The tour runs July 21-31 with reviews, author interviews and guest posts.
Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne
Release: July 2014
Imprint: Harlequin HQN
A big-city, high-powered advertising executive and a small-town firefighter learn that no matter where you started or what you’ve lost, if you open your heart, you can find joy and love again. WILD IRIS RIDGE is the latest book inUSA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s charming Hope’s Crossing series.
Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common.And it’s likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan’s late wife, Jessie—and Lucy’s best friend—who’d brought them together in the first place. And since Jesse’s passing, Brendan’s been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he’ll steer clear of her. She’s always been trouble with a capital T.
Lucy couldn’t wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she’s back in Hope’s Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she’d managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering…
An Interview with RaeAnne Thayne!
I am so blessed to be able to welcome beloved author RaeAnne Thayne to my blog today!
Can you tell us a little about your latest book? WILD IRIS RIDGE is the seventh (and final planned) book in my Hope’s Crossing series, centered around a small resort community in Colorado. When Lucy Drake returns to Hope’s Crossing after a life crisis to renovate the home she inherited from a beloved aunt, she must finally face her feelings for Brendan Caine, father of her two godchildren.
What inspired you to write it? I almost finished the series with CHRISTMAS IN SNOWFLAKE CANYON, my December 2013 book, but I had many loose ends I hadn’t yet tied off so persuaded my publisher to let me write one more book. Brendan was a character I felt great sympathy for when I introduced him in previous books and I couldn’t wait to give him a happy ending.
What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much? I love books about small towns and communities, probably because I live in a very tight-knit, loving community which has been a pivotal part of my life. I love writing about people learning how to take care of each other, building connections and friendships and, of course, finding love.
What made you want to become an author? I have always loved telling stories. My friends and I used to come up with our own version of fan fiction (the Bay City Rollers and Shaun Cassidy figured prominently. LOL!). I’ve always loved to read and I think a natural byproduct of that can sometimes be loving writing as well. I turned that love of storytelling first into journalism, where I spent ten years as a reporter and editor, but in the back of my mind, I always knew I wanted to write the kinds of stories I loved best, romance novels.
Who, or what, inspires you? My family inspires me. We are very close and they are incredibly supportive. I have three children, a daughter who is 24 and married and two sons, 17 and 11. I also have an amazing husband who has been my biggest cheerleader from the day I first came up with this crazy idea to tell stories for a living.
Where is your favourite place to write? On my back patio on warm summer evenings while the sun sinks and the stars begin to pop out. The air is sweet with my flowers from the garden and it feels close to heaven.
Tell us a random fact about yourself. I once was caught in a flash flood in Marrakech.
Tell us an interesting fact about where you live. It is the cheese capital of the Intermountain West.
What are your (writing) plans for the future? I have two new series starting this Christmas time. In November, my new Hope’s Crossing spinoff series, Haven Point, will premiere with the release of SNOW ANGEL COVE. This is Aidan Caine’s book and I loved merging a familiar, beloved place with somewhere all new. In December I’m beginning an all-new Cowboys of Cold Creek trilogy for Special Edition with my title THE CHRISTMAS RANCH. The series features three very different sisters who run a Christmas-themed attraction in the Cold Creek Canyon area. Right now, I’m beginning Book 2 in Haven Point and looking forward to returning to this town I have come to fall in love with.
Tell us one thing that’s on your bucket list. I want to visit every country in Europe, all 50 U.S. states and at least one spot on each continent. I’ve got about 17 states to go, four continents and most of the countries in Europe. LOL. I love to travel and especially planning trips.
USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. This led her to a fifteen-year career in journalismas a newspaper reporter and editor. But through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best, romance, and has since published more than 40 titles. RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website,RaeAnneThayne.com
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