A Convenient Risk by Sara R. Turnquist
Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
Make crazy faces in the mirror. Or on my phone’s Marco Polo app. Just to see what my crazy self looks like. It’s a problem.
What is your favorite quote and why?
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” ~ Helen Keller
This quote in and of itself is nice, but is made more profound when you consider the author of the quote. Helen Keller saw nothing but darkness (as she was blind). But she says here, to keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. What hope, what inspiration, what joy she must have had that went above her circumstances!
Who is your favorite author and why?
I love Melanie Dickerson’s work. She has taken popular fairy tales (and some obscure fairy tales) and set them in what could be a real place and time in history. Then she tells the story as if it actually happened (being Historical Fiction/Romance, of course). But they are amazingly well done.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Good storytelling, drawing the reader in, decent writing (no gross negligence in typos and other egregious errors), an intriguing plot, and well developed characters
Where did you get the idea for this book?
It started when I visited a cemetery with a friend who just enjoyed the history of places and people. So, we saw a set of tombstones that depicted what must have been a woman who married a much older man, he died, then she married a man much closer to her own age. It got me thinking about second marriages. Perhaps in that particular case, the first was arranged and the second was by choice. But it didn’t stop me from thinking about how we tend to memorialize people who have passed on and glaze over the negative. Could a second spouse with very human flaws compete with a first dearly departed spouse (who had flaws too, but we ignore them in our glossy memories). This was the nugget, the kernel, that grew and developed into this story.
GENRE: Historical Romance
He never imagined her heart would be so hard to reach.
Forced into a marriage of convenience after her husband dies, Amanda Haynes is determined she will never love again. Not that it bothers Brandon Miller. He needs her husband’s cattle. She needs financial stability and long-term support for her son and herself. But she never expected to care so much about the running of the ranch. Or the rancher.
Butting heads over the decisions of the ranch, adding to her frustration and grief at her loss. Her wellbeing is soon threatened as their lives become entangled with Billy the Kid and his gang. What has she gotten herself into? What kind of man has she married? Is there any way out?
A strong arm grasped Amanda, catching her upper arm and dragging her onto the horse. As soon as she was solidly on the animal, she grabbed ahold of Brandon as tightly as she could.
They took off. The bull pawed at the ground, making all manner of grunting noises, but as if by some miracle, he ran off to the left. All of this happened as if time had slowed.
The horse continued to push forward. And as they neared the edge of the fence, Brandon urged the horse to go even faster. Were they going to break through? What would happen to the cattle with the fence destroyed?
But as they approached the fence, the horse leapt. Amanda gripped Brandon impossibly tighter. Jolted when the horse landed, her teeth chattered.
Only then did Brandon slow the horse. He then placed a hand on her upper arm and pushed.
She released him.
He sucked in a deep breath and expelled it.
Had she been holding him too tightly? Her face warmed.
He took hold of her shoulders. “Are you all right?”
She nodded, and though their faces were but a breath apart, she was not quite able to meet his eyes, fighting tears in her own. Only then she found herself staring at his bare chest. Jerking her head away, she averted her gaze.
“Do you realize what could have happened?” His voice rose.
She nodded, still not able to meet his eyes. The force of his emotion hit her. Was he so concerned after her?
“I would have had to shoot that bull.”
What? Eyes wide, she tilted her face up to look at him.
“That bull is worth half my herd.”
So he was only worried about the cattle. Not her. His precious cattle.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sara is originally from Middle Tennessee. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Middle Tennessee where they currently reside. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. She enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara’s great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write clean Historical Romance. Sara has made several trips to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also the author of The General’s Wife, Off to War, Hope in Cripple Creek, and A Convenient Risk and a member of ACFW.
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