Writing Space Tour with Janice MaynardAuthor of MINDING HER BOSS’S BUSINESS By Janice Maynard
I don’t write at a desk. I have a desk…a very beautiful, oak, roll-top desk. But I tend to roam around the house when I write. Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, I love writing outdoors. We have a small screened-in porch. It’s so peaceful to work out there and watch the birds and hear the wind in the trees. This is my view across my yard and into our neighbor’s yard. The ridge in the background is one of the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Just out of the left side of the frame are several bird feeders my husband keeps filled faithfully. As I’m writing, I often see brilliant yellow finches, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and several varieties of woodpeckers from the very petite ones to the super-sized ones who make a real racket. The natural world, for me, feeds my creativity and helps keep me focused.
JANICE MAYNARD knew she loved books and writing by the time she was eight years old. But it took multiple rejections and many years of trying before she sold her first three novels in 1996 and 1997. After teaching kindergarten and second grade for sixteen years, Janice turned to writing full-time in the fall of 2002. Since then she has written and sold over twenty-five books and novellas. Her publishers include Kensington, Penguin/NAL, Berkley, and Harlequin. Janice lives in east Tennessee with her husband, Charles. They love hiking, traveling, and spending time with their daughters, Caroline and Anna, sons-in-law, Jamie and Chris, three granddaughters, Anastasia, Ainsley, and Allie, and the newest addition to the family, Levi.
MINDING HER BOSS’S BUSINESS
By USA Today bestselling author Janice Maynard
Diplomat Alex Ramon's Miami mission is on the rocks. Convincing the exiled Montoros to give up their American life and return to Alma's throne has become personal. Not only is his trusted aide Maria Ferro flirting with a potential prince, but Alex is actually jealous! So jealous, he might sabotage his goals so he can take Maria to his bed—a prize more tempting than any commission from the crown. But Alex doesn't know that Maria has a longtime crush of her own—and it isn't on the playboy prince.
Q&A with Tina Leonard author of
HEART OF A BULL RIDER
1. With more than 70 books and special projects to your name, how do you create such original storylines and characters time after time?
I love to write! And I love to create. It honestly makes me happy! I can’t imagine not writing—I love getting to know readers and other authors, and the adventure is endlessly meaningful to me. So the creative process gets charged by making new friends and constantly admiring my writing sisters’ works. If I ever get a little rundown, I head to the beach for two days. It works!
2. You’re known for ‘sexy hunks with attitude and heroines with plenty of sass.’ Do you consider this sass to be a part of your own personality as well?
When I read this question to my husband, he exclaimed, “Yes!” Women are supposed to be intelligent and fun and sassy. We’d be boring if we weren’t!
3. You have bull riders as the subject of quite a few of your romance novels. What draws you to this profession?
My teen years were spent in a town where there was a large FFA group. I never wanted to date the football players; I was much more interested in the FFA boys. Many of them were my friends. Several of the guys tried their hand at bull riding. I have a black-and-white photo of one of my boyfriends on a bull in mid-jump. This was before PBR was huge and all the fun that goes along with it now. It was just small-town guys giving it their best shot. I admired that. But I’ve written about just as many other fields, too, like military heroes. Both my dads were in the military, and all my uncles. I was born on a military base. All my heroes work hard, no matter their profession—my heroes are tough and stubborn, but they’re always chivalrous!
4. What inspired you to create the story of the long-lost twins in HEART OF A BULL RIDER?
I thought it would be fun to see what would happen if two completely diverse worlds collided. What would they have in common? Would they be able to relate to each other at all? I liked the idea of the inherent conflict. They had a lot to learn from each other, and about themselves.
5. What upcoming books or projects do you currently have underway?
I’ve just finished a Hell’s Outlaw trilogy for Random House Loveswept, which is releasing in May, and am starting a trilogy for Diversion Books about a magic wedding dress, and lots of small-town angst and drama. And sex. My heroes and heroines fight their attraction to each other, but great chemistry is hard to override.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Tina Leonard has sold over 3 million copies of her titles. She has made the USA Today Bestseller, Waldenbooks, Bookscan, and Ingrambook lists, and has written and contracted 71 books and special projects. She is best known for her sparkling sense of humor, endearing communities, snappy dialogue, and memorable characters that include sexy hunks with attitude and heroines with plenty of sass. For more information, visit www.tinaleonard.com or follow her on Twitter: @Tina_Leonard.
ABOUT THE COVER:
The cover features real-life professional bull rider Reese Cates, whose father and grandfather both rode professionally before him. Reese says he was riding horses before he could walk (his mother, aunts and grandmother were all barrel racers). He competes as a part of the Professional Bull Riders, which includes more than 600 bull riders from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. To learn more about Reese, follow him on Twitter: @reesecates. For more information about the Professional Bull Riders, visit www.pbr.com
HEART OF A BULL RIDER
By USA Today bestselling author Tina Leonard
When New York billionaire John Carruth is summoned to No Chance, Texas to save the local rodeo he has no idea he is going home. Now the long-lost twin to the town’s favorite son is determined to win over the people he left behind—and capture the heart of Chloe Winters, a Texan who has her own ideas of what it means to be part of a small town.
Jake Fitzgerald, champion bull rider, didn’t know he had another half. John may be kin, but he’s still a stranger in these parts. With his billionaire brother hell-bent on changing Jake’s world, Jake knows he has to take a stand. Will he choose family—or will he take a chance on Erin O’Donovan, a woman who has always meant family to him?
Appétit and a Book
SHEIKH’S SECRET BABIES
· 1 tablespoon curry powder, medium or hot
· 4 bay leaves
· 11/2 tablespoon paprika
· 2 cardamom pods
· 4 cloves
· 5 black peppercorns
· 1/4 tablespoon crushed dried lemon
· 1 cinnamon stick, broken into a few pieces
· 3 teaspoons cooking oil
· 2 large onions, chopped
· 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
· 4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
· 2 chicken stock cubes
· 1 whole skinned chicken, cut up
· 700ml water
· 400g basmati rice, washed in water a few times
Prep: 20 minutes, Cook: 1hour, Ready in: 1hour and 20 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes, Cook: 1hour, Ready in: 1hour and 20 minutes
Mix the curry powder, bay leaves, paprika, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns, crushed dried lemon and cinnamon stick into a bowl. Add the cooking oil to a frying pan and fry the onions on medium heat. As the onions are almost half way to becoming brown, add the bowl of spices to the onions and mix together thoroughly.
After a few minutes, add the chopped garlic. Once the onions are brown, add the tomatoes, chicken stock cubes and chicken. Fry the chicken until it’s fully sealed. Continue to fry the chicken for about 5 minutes on medium heat after the meat is sealed. Add the water, stir well and simmer until the chicken is no longer pink at the centre, stirring every few minutes. Taste the juice and add salt accordingly.
Once the meat is fully cooked, and enough salt added, add the rice. Bring it up to the boil, stir it every 3 minutes for approximately 6 minutes. Then turn the gas down to the lowest flame possible, put a lid on and allow it to slowly simmer, stirring every 2 minutes. As the rice is cooking, the water will slowly disappear.
When you can see the water is almost completely gone, taste the rice to see if it’s fully cooked. If the rice is still not fully cooked, add a little drop of water, allow it to cook further. Taste again, and continue this process until the rice is fully cooked (carefully add a little water at a time to avoid soggy rice)
Once the rice is fully cooked then it's simply a case of just serving and enjoying with friends and family!
It’s delicious with yoghurt, chopped mint and a fresh cut salad.
You can use beef instead of chicken, just cook the meat until it’s fully cooked. The rest of the cooking remains the same.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Irish author Lynne Graham (with 26 million books sold worldwide!) returns with a story of twin royal heirs. Prince Jaul of Marwan's royal duty is to marry a suitable bride. But first he must divorce the woman who betrayed him. Locating his estranged wife? Easy. The intense passion still burning between them? Manageable. Discovering he has two royal heirs? Impossible! Devastated when her handsome prince deserted her, Chrissie Whitaker's beautiful twin babies were the only balm to her broken heart. Now Jaul will stop at nothing to claim his legitimate heirs, but can Chrissie forget their painful past and recognize him as her husband in every sense of the word?
THE SHEIKH’S SECRET BABIES
By USA Today bestselling author Lynne Graham
Prince Jaul of Marwan's royal duty is to marry a suitable bride. But first he must divorce the woman who betrayed him. Locating his estranged wife? Easy. The intense passion still burning between them? Manageable. Discovering he has two royal heirs? Impossible!
Devastated when her handsome prince deserted her, Chrissie Whitaker's beautiful twin babies were the only balm to her broken heart. Now Jaul will stop at nothing to claim his legitimate heirs, but can Chrissie forget their painful past and recognize him as her husband in every sense of the word?