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Love by Association
(Where Secrets are Safe #7)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin
Love isn’t part of the job…
A tough-as-nails cop, Chantel Harris faces whatever life throws at her, and then some. As part of Santa Raquel’s High Risk team—created by the town’s women’s shelter, The Lemonade Stand—she goes undercover to expose one of the community’s elite as an abuser.
Looking the part is easy, but gaining acceptance into upper society circles is a different matter. That’s where gorgeous and successful lawyer Colin Fairbanks comes in. But Colin is so much more than Chantel could have dreamed. Wanting him is dangerous. Falling for him could ruin everything…
This wild stallion can’t be tamed
Todd Williams is still the naive idealist he was in college. Only now he’s endangering lives—Nora Hoffman’s to be exact. Nora hasn’t seen Todd since he decided that saving the rain forest was more important than their relationship. Until the night she’s nearly crushed by the stampede he causes. Now Todd is determined to make amends, for everything.
She may not agree with his methods, but even Nora can’t deny the importance of his fight to save the wild horses. With the attraction between them still sizzling and the fate of the horses in the balance, Nora must decide just how much she’s willing to risk.
The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.
Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb.
Claire enjoys discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling, and reading, of course! She loves to write complex heroes and heroines, who grow and find themselves through their search for love.
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~ Guest Post ~
What Makes a Great Western Romance?
I love reading western romance. Put a hero in faded jeans a flannel shirt and a cowboy hat on a book cover and I will very likely buy that book! But sometimes I end up feeling like the cowboy on the cover is the only part of the book that is western. And since I write western romance as well, that got me thinking about what makes a story a western.
I was raised on the old Hollywood westerns. John Wayne movies especially, thanks to my dad’s obsession with them. And what I love about those old movies is that the hero has to overcome obstacles you’d only find in a western setting. They’ve got to move those cattle! I really like the characters in my western books to have problems they wouldn’t face in another setting. In my new book, Wild Horses, there is a conflict with — you guessed it! — wild horses and ranchers who want to graze land for cattle, and the government that wants to open land up for resource extraction. In my July book, Return to Marker Ranch, day-to-day issues of cattle ranching come up, as well as a lack of water due to drought.
But to be a good western romance, the book can’t only be about these issues. There has to be big emotional drama as well. All that wide-open space in western settings requires sweeping emotion! I need my characters to have some big troubles, and to grow and change a lot during the story. And when they fall in love, I want them to fall hard!
And I want my characters to be tough. They should be capable of taking care of themselves, even if they might need a little help once in a while. It feels realistic to me because when people live in a really rural area, they have to solve a lot of problems on their own. So I want my heroes and heroines to be strong people who try to face their problems head on.
Part of the appeal of a western is that it can take us into another world that’s very different from most of our daily lives. So setting needs to play a bigger part in the story than it might in another sub-genre of romance. When I read or write westerns, I want to be transported to a new place. I want to be able to see the ranch, climb the fences, smell the dust and know what the views are like. Then I know for sure that I’m in a western romance!
Thanks for joining me today! I’d love to hear your ideas. What do you enjoy about reading or writing western romance? Or is there another type of romance that you love the best?