Friday, February 17, 2012

Big Sky by Stacey Coverstone #Interview Excerpt

Contemporary Western Romance
February 10, 2012 from
The Wild Rose Press

murder mystery set on a ranch with paranormal elements
Taylor never expected her reluctant homecoming to include a murder, a ghost…and a hunk of a ranch foreman.

Photographer Taylor Young fled to L.A. following her sister’s betrayal six years ago. Now Jamie’s dead, Mama has broken a hip in a drunken fall, and Taylor’s stepfather begs her to return to her family’s Montana ranch to make amends.
After a bitter divorce, Brett Austin, foreman of the Slash Y Ranch, believes horses are more of a sure thing than women. But the boss's daughter changes all that when she sets his heart bucking like a wild bronc.

When Taylor’s mother insists Jamie’s death was not suicide—a theory confirmed by Jamie’s ghost—Taylor wonders who could have wanted her sister dead. With a list of suspects as long as her camera strap, Taylor needs an ally. Could that person be a tall drink of water in a cowboy hat?
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Here in Montana, what you saw was what you got when it came to men. And Taylor liked what she saw in Brett Austin.  The cowboy was great looking, sweet, and had the physique of a Greek god. Her body ignited and flamed at the possibilities.  But what would be the point in starting something, unless it was only a short fling? Once she went back to L.A., they’d probably never see each other again. She wondered if he was the kind of man who would respond to that type of non-committed relationship. 
         Taylor entered the back door of her parents’ house and stopped short. What had gotten into her? She hadn’t come to Montana to start something with some guy—any guy, no matter how short-lived it turned out to be. He probably wasn’t thinking about her that way. Hadn’t he told her he’d never mess around with the boss’s daughter?
         “Get a grip, Taylor,” she said out loud, tramping into the kitchen. She closed the laundry room door behind her and swung around. The shopping bag slipped from her hands and slumped to the floor the same time her mouth fell open.
There sitting cross-legged on the granite counter was her sister—or what appeared again to be a ghostly apparition of her. Taylor’s heart began to race like a thoroughbred horse. Since this was the third time seeing Jamie, she knew she wasn’t hallucinating and decided to see if Jamie could communicate.
         “Is that you?” she whispered. Jamie smiled. Absolutely sure this was not a dream, Taylor could feel shimmering energy surrounding her like a warm, protective blanket.  She said, “That was you earlier, wasn’t it? Touching me on the staircase and sitting on the back of the couch?”
         Jamie nodded, and Taylor nervously shifted her weight from one foot to the other. “Why are you showing yourself to me?”
         Jamie didn’t speak—didn’t even try. Maybe she couldn’t. But her luminous green eyes spoke volumes. She pled with a sort of psychic, non-verbal communication that pierced Taylor’s heart.
         “I’m sorry to be so direct,” Taylor began, “but I need to know something. Did you kill yourself? Mama needs to know the truth. You owe it to her.”
         Jamie’s smile faded and she slowly shook her red head.
Taylor swallowed hard. “Were you...murdered?”
            With her eyes narrowing into pinpricks, Jamie’s gaze delved deeply into Taylor’s, and then she disappeared into a halo of light.

Tell us about your current release.  
Big Sky is a contemporary western romance/murder mystery with paranormal elements. It’s set on a ranch in Montana, and is available now in digital and print formats, and on Kindle. Two of my own animals are featured in this story: Bill, our paint horse, and Caesar, my gray cat. My heroine experiences two things that actually happened to me.  One involves a horse riding accident.  The other has to do with a mechanical bull.  You’ll have to read the book if you want to know more.
Tell us about your next release. 

Tularosa Moon is a romantic suspense set on a guest ranch in New Mexico.  This story catches up with Cole Roberts, one of the characters in my novel, Lucky in Love.  This book is being published by the Wild Rose Press on May 4.  It will be available in digital and print formats, as well as on Kindle. Here’s a blurb: 
You can run, but you can't hide from love...
Cole Roberts has been unlucky in love—twice—and he’s sworn not to get involved again.  Renovating the New Mexico family horse business into a guest ranch is a good distraction, until the ranch's new masseuse arrives.  Captivating but secretive, the brown-eyed beauty intrigues him.
Three years ago, Lindy Grainger testified against a murderer and landed in witness protection.  Her latest identity is masseuse at a guest ranch, but how long before she must reinvent herself--again?  She can't get involved with anyone, no matter how big-hearted and charming he is.
Cole's heart can't take another rejection.  Lindy has to steer clear of relationships.  But as their attraction grows, a murderer bent on revenge closes in, and Lindy must trust Cole with her secret or lose him.  Will the truth set her free, or tear them apart?
Where do you dream of traveling to and why? 
I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve traveled to almost every state in the U.S.  I’ve also lived on the island of Guam and visited Japan, Indonesia, France, Israel, and the islands of Rota, Saipan and Majuro. Someday I’d love to visit Ireland (where my ancestors are from) as well as Scotland and the Azores Islands (where my husband’s ancestors hail from). The problem is, my husband doesn’t like to fly, and I wouldn’t want to experience those places without him, so I don’t think it will happen. However, we do have dreams of seeing the U.S. in an R.V. one day. 
Do you have a critique partner or beta reader? 
I do have a critique partner, and she’s terrific.  We’ve been CPs for about three years now.  I live in Maryland and she lives in Colorado, so we’ve never met in person.  We got to know each other through the author group of a mutual publisher.  We write in the same genre, and I trust her to help me be the best writer I can be.  I’m very lucky to have her, and would feel lost if something happened and we couldn’t work together anymore.
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career? 
My husband is one hundred percent supportive and very proud of me.  He’s happy that I’m living my dream. I wouldn’t be where I’m at if it weren’t for him and his encouragement.  My daughters are happy for me, although I don’t think they understand just how important my writing is to me. My parents are proud, too. They are my biggest public relations team.  They hand out my business cards to anyone they meet.  My brother has also been supportive, as well as my sister-in-law, Nelda, who has bought all my books and even bought an entire set for her daughter.  I thank them all for their encouragement.
Do you have a favorite quote or saying? 
I have three favorite quotes.  The first is by Larry McMurtry, one of my all-time favorite authors.  It is: “If you wait, all that happens is you get older.”  That is also my husband’s philosophy, which is why he encouraged me to get my master’s degree later in life, which led me to my writing career. The second quote is something I heard on the radio one day.  It sums up the way I feel about humanity in general:  “Too many people who don’t know anything about anything say too much about what they don’t know.”  And the third is one many people might be familiar with.  It’s the Serenity Prayer, and I try very hard to live by it each day:  “Oh, God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Stacey Coverstone is a multi-published author of western romance novels and ghost stories. Her Work in Progress, a romantic suspense, detours from the western romance genre, and is set in a fictional beach town in Maryland. Married with two grown daughters and a baby granddaughter, Stacey lives on the East Coast in a house on a hill in the country. When she’s not writing, she enjoys the family pets—two German Shepherds, two talkative cats, and the sweetest horse in the world, Bill.  She likes camping and traveling with her husband, photography, and creating scrapbooks of her adventures. She also enjoys cheering on her husband in Cowboy Action Shooting competitions, as well as watching him and Bill compete in western riding events.


Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Oh wow what a hunky cowboy! Great interview & review too!

I met Stacey at the Silver Spur Guest ranch in 2010 during The Wild Rose Press's "Saddle up and write" retreat and would love to win this book!

Good luck & God's blessings.

Rhonda D said...

Thanks for the great excerpt! I can't wait to read the book!

Kari S. said...

The excerpt has definitely peaked my interest! Thanks for the giveaway!

menina.iscrazy said...

Very interesting interview. Love the quotes. :)

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Isabella Macotte said...

Great interview! Big Sky looks like a great book, especially love the hunky cowboy.

Kathryn Merkel said...

Great excerpt & I love the blend of genre's.

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Suzy said...

Great excerpt, look forward to reading it.

Anonymous said...

Big Sky sounds so good! I love the book cover...that guy is gorgeous!Books set in Montana, on a ranch, a yum yum guy, and a ghost...there is nothing more a person sould ask for!

Melissa Blue said...

I didn't know you've lived in Guam! How fun.

I am such a sucker for a good western. I can't wait to check out Tularosa Moon too!


Kat said...

looks interesting :)

Laurie said...

Thanks all for all the comments and entering the giveaway! The winner is Kari!