Today we have RaeAnne Thayne, author of Woodrose Mountain which releases on March 27, with us here at Peeking Between the Pages. Doesn’t this book have the prettiest cover? I haven’t yet had a chance to read this novel but it sounds wonderful and I’m excited to be able to share this guest post and giveaway with my readers. RaeAnne joins us today with her thoughts in a post entitled My Writing Journey…
I’m one of those rare and fortunate people who have actually been able to realize a dream – forty times over! I still have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure it’s real.
While I didn’t set out to be a writer when I was young, I was always a voracious reader who used to sneak books and flashlights under my covers at night to squeeze a little more reading time out of my day. I hated not having a book in my hands and by the time I reached junior high school, my favorite genre had become romance novels. I didn’t care whether I read historical romance or contemporary romance, I just wanted (and still do!) the kind of story where two deserving people confront difficult challenges and must grow and stretch and change before they can find joy.
My love of reading led me to a career in journalism. I enjoyed the excitement and diversity of working in a busy newsroom but throughout the decade I spent as a reporter and editor, I dreamed about writing a romance novel. My friends at the college newspaper where I worked used to hang out between deadlines trying to come up with pseudonyms for me!
Like many dreamers, I didn’t do anything more than talk about it for a while but I finally gathered the courage to start my first book a few years after college, when I was home on maternity leave with our oldest daughter, who is now twenty-one. Writing that first book was a magical experience, exploring this incredible, exciting world where I suddenly had ultimate power.
By then, I was the news editor for the daily paper where I worked, charged each day with reading through every wire service story to choose those that would run in our paper. Reading each day about murders and wars and political corruption was tough, grueling business. I found a much-needed escape through this fictional world I was creating during my time off. I would get up at 4 a.m. each day, write for a few hours, then rush to the newspaper office for my shift that started at six-thirty. Writing became my joy and my comfort!
For the next five years, I did all I could to learn my craft, reading everything I was able to get my hands on about storytelling. I completed two books in that time and endured some hard disappointments and rejection, a rite of passage for all writers! I had some successes, too, which fueled the fire inside me, most notably selling several romantic short stories to Woman’s World magazine.
In August of 1995, I received The Call, informing me Bantam wanted to buy my first two books for their Loveswept line. I don’t think any author ever forgets that moment! Mine was about two o’clock on a Friday afternoon. I remember it with brilliant clarity – my five-year-old daughter and a couple of friends running around the house laughing and playing, our wild German shorthair barking at them in the background and trying to join the fun, and me on the phone to an editor I had been working with, trying to sound calm. As I hung up, I sank to the kitchen floor (probably desperately in need of mopping!) and started to shake. I can remember thinking my life was now going to change, ready or not.
I wrote three more books for Loveswept before the publisher discontinued the imprint in 1998. It was a scary time, as I had only months earlier quit my job at the newspaper to write full-time and be a stay-at-home mom upon the birth of our second child. To my vast relief and delight, I quickly found a new home with Harlequin/Silhouette, where I’ve been ever since.
Forty books later, I still can’t quite believe I have taken a dream that once seemed impossibly out of reach and somehow wrestled it into reality.
In my latest book, WOODROSE MOUNTAIN – second in my Hope’s Crossing series for HQN – my heroine has dreams of her own, of finding peace and serenity in the small Colorado town. Evie Blanchard has struggled with pain and loss and wants nothing more than a quiet place to rebuild her life. When Brodie Thorne shows up at her doorstep pleading for her help with his brain-injured daughter’s rehab, Evie is torn between protecting herself and potentially changing a young girl’s life.
In the process, she discovers – as I have over these last two decades and 40 books, that sometimes dreams shift and evolve – becoming something better than we ever could have imagined.
What about you? What are your dreams and how are you working to make them come true? If you have already made it happen, what lessons did you learn through the process?
About Woodrose Mountain
Six months ago Evie Blanchard left her hectic life in Los Angeles for the peace of a small town. She loved her job as a pediatric physical therapist there when her adopted special-needs child passed away from complications of her condition, Evie was thrown into an emotional tailspin.
Walking away from the medical field and moving to Hope’s Crossing has helped Evie find the calm and serenity lacking in her life. While some part of her misses helping children gain or regain the skills they need for daily life, she loves her friendships with the clients at Claire’s bead store where she now works, as well as the creative challenge of designing custom jewelry on the side. She has even started a popular occupational therapy beading program for senior citizens to help arthritic hands maintain flexibility and strength.
Evie loves her life here. But her new-found peace is threatened when widower Brodie Thorne bursts into her life, along with his injured daughter, Taryn, seriously wounded in the crash in BLACKBERRY SUMMER and facing extensive rehabilitation.
Evie doesn’t want to become involved with Brodie or Taryn. It’s one thing to help senior citizens open jar lids. It’s something else entirely when the person in need is a girl who is now in a wheelchair and may never walk again or even be able to hold a pencil. Evie knows she must steel her emotions against giving everything inside her to another child. But she is no match for Brodie, 38, who will do anything for his daughter, even humble himself by asking Evie to help him care for Taryn. Brodie brings the same intensity to giving his daughter a new chance at life that he does to all his vast business and real-estate endeavors around Hope’s Crossing.
Despite Evie’s best efforts to keep a safe emotional distance, she finds herself inexorably tugged into the lives of Brodie and Taryn. The girl becomes a symbol to everyone in Hope’s Crossing of healing and recovery, of second chances, and the entire town becomes invested in helping her. Evie is heartened by the changes in the town she has come to love and she begins to realize she must confront the shadows of her past so that she and Brodie can work together to build a future for his daughter … and for themselves.
About RaeAnne Thayne
USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne started off as a newspaper reporter and editor for fifteen years. She sold her first book in 1995 and since then she’s published nearly forty more. Her books have won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine. RaeAnne finds inspiration from the rugged northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children.
I have one copy of Woodrose Mountain by RaeAnne Thayne to share with my readers. To enter…
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This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, March 17/12. Good luck everyone!