Thursday, May 1, 2014

Author Thursday: Interview with Leah Braemel

Leah Braemel holds a special place in my heart because she was next to me at my very first book signing. We bonded over imported chocolate (imported by her, from Canada). ;) I really enjoyed her Hauberk Protection series, and I'm thrilled to have her as my guest today.

1. What flavor is your writing? (Spicy? Action? Space odyssey? Ninjas? All of the above?)

It depends upon the book, some books are spicier than others. I have quite a few erotic romances, several involving ménages. But my latest series of westerns—The Grady Legacy—are more mainstream contemporary westerns. While the love scenes are explicit, the sex isn’t the main focus. I love reading stories that have a good strong external plot, so that’s the only type I can write. At the moment all my stories, erotic or regular, are contemporary, with the exception of Tangled Past which is a historical romance and it is a connected story to Texas Tangle.

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

This question always makes me chuckle because it reminds me that writers see plots everywhere but non-writers don’t. I don’t know if that makes us a suspicious or paranoid bunch, but I can take any headline or even just at throwaway line in an article or blog post, or in a conversation I overhear on the subway, and come up with a plot for it. A backstory. A character. And it still amazes me when I remember that my non-writing friends don’t see those same possibilities.

3. What drew you to write about cowboys? (Other than the fact that they’re sexy and make your book covers look fabulous.) ;)

I grew up watching Bonanza and must confess to having a crush on Little Joe back then. (When I was at the tender age of 7…I guess I was ahead of my time.) I love that slow drawled “ma’am” and “darlin’”. The strength of the cowboys and their “get ‘er done” attitude. Plus they don’t need to go to a gym to build up all those muscles and abs – they just have to go out to the field and haul those bales of hay. (I grew up in the country and had to haul a few myself—those suckers are heavy!) There’s something comforting to their slower pace of life, and yet their lives are still filled with life and death decisions. They have animals they have to care for, crops to worry about. And there’s a sense of home and loyalty that comes through them that seems clearer, stronger. And that quiet confidence is sexy as hell.

4. What are you reading now, or what books do you have in your TBR pile?

I’m currently reading Laura Drake’s Nothing Sweeter, the second book in her Sweet on a Cowboy series. I read her first book before it was nominated for two RITA awards, and I have to say she deserved both nominations and I’ll have my fingers crossed for her in July. I’ve also been re-reading JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series—I’m finding books I didn’t care for the first time around are coming alive, and there are layers to it that I’d missed the first time around.

5. What are you working on now?

I’m writing Wrangling the Past – book 3 in my Grady Legacy trilogy. It’s Gabe’s story as he deals with his change of fortune and has to come to terms with decisions made by the Gradys, and him, that changed the course of his life. It’ll be out in December of this year. And of course I’m working on trying to promote book 2 – No Accounting for Cowboys, book 2 in the Legacy trilogy. I really loved how Jake’s story turned out—I really tortured the poor guy, so I’m hoping the readers like it too. It releases on May 17th.

You can find out more about Leah at these links:
No Accounting for Cowboys

Jake Grady loves Bull’s Hollow ranch and all the challenges and hard work it entails. But the past year hasn’t been easy—his father’s good name has been tarnished, and new financial problems are threatening to destroy everything the Gradys have built. Performing live under a stage name has become his escape, a way of blowing off some serious steam.

Accountant Paige Reynolds found Jake’s guitar-playing alter ego intriguing, but her connection with the real Jake sends her attraction into overdrive. When she’s summoned to make order out of the chaotic paper trail at Bull’s Hollow, he sets her world a-rocking—both in bed and out. But Paige has a plan; she’s determined to create her own path for the future, but is soon left scrambling for firmer ground.

Good news about Jake’s potential singing career is followed by the revelation of another family secret, one that has him questioning whether he belongs at Bull’s Hollow at all. But leaving the ranch would mean leaving his family…and Paige. How much is he willing to give up for a real shot at fame?

1 comment:

RT Wolfe said...

Great interview. Great blog. Best wishes, ladies!
-R.T. Wolfe