Friday, April 25, 2014

Resisting the Rancher Blog Spotlight

Title: Resisting the Rancher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Roxanne Snopek
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Format: Ebook


Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble. A misunderstanding from her past is rearing its ugly head and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke—her family’s lawyer and, as it turns out, her brother Zach’s best friend and her childhood crush. She always wanted Jonah to see her as a bona fide woman, but as a woman who’s being wrongfully blackmailed for seducing a married man? Not on her life.

Jonah is happy to help little CeeCee Gamble, if only she’d come clean about why she’s being blackmailed. But with Zach’s wedding on the horizon and Zach’s fashionista fiancée Desiree giving CeeCee a makeover, the little duckling Jonah remembers is turning into a definite swan. And the unwritten law on sisters is clear—hands off. Jonah must resist Celia or lose the only true family he’s ever known.

Book Title: Resisting the Rancher

Series: Three River Ranch #4

Author: Roxanne Snopek

Release Date: 4/14/14

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Author Bio:

Roxanne Snopek has been writing professionally for more than two decades and her work has appeared in publications varying from The Vancouver Sun and Reader’s Digest to newsletters for Duke, Cornell and Tufts Universities. She’s done corporate copywriting on topics ranging from pet food for Iams/Eukanuba, to employee profiles for VersaCold to air-conditioner maintenance for Home Depot. (That’s right. Air conditioner maintenance.)

But she’s also had a HYPERLINK ""bunch of other stuff published, including one mystery novel, a couple of literary short stories and a non-fiction series. One summer, she wrote video game dialogue and narrative for HYPERLINK ""Silicon Sisters Interactive, a project that combined her two favourite genres – mystery and romance – with the world of casual gaming.

In 2012 she sold her first romance novel to Entangled Publishing. THREE RIVER RANCH made the Barnes & Noble Top Ten list, The Amazon Top 100 list and is now the foundation of a multi-book series. Recently, the first three books sold to France.


Dressed to Chill
"The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this." –Mark Twain

You know those dreams where you’re walking down the crowded hallway of your old high-school, stark naked? The classical interpretation is that it represents a fear of vulnerability, of being literally "naked" and targeted for judgment.

However, some say our choice of clothing is revealing too.

The CLASSIC personality is sophisticated, organized and well-groomed, with tailored outfits and simple jewelry, like pearls or simple chains.

If you favor jeggings, a trendy tunic and gladiator heels (what are these, I ask?) you’re probably a CONTEMPORARY, confident, direct and independent.

Maybe you’re more of a spontaneous, trend-setting CREATIVE, preferring unique, one-of-a-kind items, paired with multi-colored jewelry and sequined jackets.

Or you’re an adventurous, open-minded DRAMATIC, in black skinny jeans, a black bra under a sheer scarlet blouse, a cropped leather jacket and stacked-heel boots.

The friendly, casual NATURAL wears jeans and T-shirts, canvas running shoes and simple stud earrings.

And of course, there’s the empathetic, sensitive ROMANTIC, decked out in a flowy, ruffled dress, charm bracelet and espadrilles.

In my latest release, RESISTING THE RANCHER, my heroine Celia, hides behind baggy T-shirts and old jeans. She’s afraid of her femininity, unsure of her sex appeal and terrified of looking, as she puts it, "like a pig in drag."

But in preparation for her brother’s wedding, she’s forced into a makeover, from underwear to mascara. In the process, she discovers aspects of herself she never dreamed existed. Jonah, my hero, is of course delighted to see Celia embrace the beauty that he’s always been able to see.

For myself, I like to be comfortable, to feel relaxed and good about myself in my clothes. But, every now and again, I love to get my sexy on, too.

What about you? What kind of clothing do you feel best in? Do you think your clothing matches your personality?

Birth Order and Personality
I’m a first-born. According to birth order studies, I should be:
Reliable and conscientious

This amuses me because unless there’s a definition for reliable and conscientious that includes usually late, this is not me. However, if cautious also means paralyzed by anxiety and achievement-oriented stretches to a border-collie-like tendency to keep going when it might be smarter to spend a weekend watching Friends reruns, then I’m in.

Middle children, they say, tend to be:
Somewhat rebellious
Socially gregarious

In my latest release, RESISTING THE RANCHER we get to know the Gamble family of Lutherton, Montana, who are adjusting to the tragic loss of their middle son. Without Cale’s peacemaking presence, oldest son Zach and youngest daughter Celia have to create a new family dynamic before they can move forward with their lives.

Youngest kids, like Celia Gamble, are usually:

In HIS RELUCTANT RANCHER, we get a glimpse of Celia’s self-centeredness. But in RESISTING THE RANCHER, we finally see her fun-loving and outgoing side. She’s also a tomboy who can handle 1000-lb steers without batting an eye and who will rescue every stray dog and cat that comes her way, but is terrified of her feelings for her big brother’s best friend.

Of course, I didn’t create Celia Gamble with birth order traits in mind; she’s certainly not uncomplicated, for instance. But then, I think we’re all complicated. That’s what makes people so interesting!

What aspects of your personality align with your birth order? What about your siblings?

Wedding Bliss!
This summer, our oldest daughter is getting married, right in our own backyard! I’m so excited to be a mother-of-the-bride. Thankfully, Bridezilla is nowhere to be found!

My own wedding, many years ago, was a small affair in a beautiful old stone chapel near where my husband and I met. As we lived in Ontario and the wedding was in Saskatchewan, this meant planning-by-distance. I do not recommend this.

We flew in a week before the whirlwind event, and flew out the morning after. Thanks to my family, it was a lovely ceremony. My sister - and only bridesmaid – made it even more special by singing for us, a beautiful song that had everyone in tears.

My daughter is also planning her wedding from a distance. Fortunately, she’s super-organized, a good thing, since she has seven – that’s right, seven – bridesmaids! But if I know my girl, it will still feel intimate, focused on friends, family and fun. And of course, the celebration of love.

In my latest release, RESISTING THE RANCHER, the story unfolds in the weeks leading up to a garden wedding at which my hero Jonah and heroine Celia are best man and maid-of-honor. I confess that as I wrote the wedding scene, I was imagining the flowers and decorations that will adorn our own yard this summer.

Lao Tzu said, "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Celia’s love for Jonah gave her the courage to stand up at her brother’s wedding and pay tribute to the happy couple, a memory they will always cherish.

There’s something special about every celebration of love. Whether you were there as the bride, bridesmaid or guest, is there a special wedding memory you’d like to share with us?

Best Kisses
Today I’m talking about kisses, specifically movie scenes. There are so many great love stories on the silver screen; here are a few of my favorites. If you’re like me, they turn you to mush, every time!

Titanic (of course!)

From the current blockbuster, Divergent:

Twenty-Seven Dresses

Sleepless in Seattle

The Notebook

I could go on and on.

In my current release, RESISTING THE RANCHER, my hero Jonah gives Celia a first-kiss that shocks her them both completely. It’s sweet and tender and spontaneous and confusing.

But later on, they kiss again and this time, there’s no confusion whatsoever. I absolutely loved writing this scene. And this is the incredibly romantic song that inspired it:

What do you think? Is that a great kiss, or what?

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1 comment:

Fedora said...

I tend to go around in comfortable clothing--yoga pants (even when I'm not doing anything remotely resembling yoga!), t-shirts... I don't know that it resembles the glamorous person I think might be hiding deep, DEEP inside, but it's practical ;)