Sunday, October 3, 2010

Yvonne Harris author of The Vigilante's Bride interview and BOOK GIVEAWAY

Today’s interview and giveaway is of Yvonne Harris who has written “The Vigilante’s Bride.”
Thanks for answering my questions Yvonne.

How long did you write before you were published?
I sold the first piece I ever wrote to Woman's Day, the only place I sent it. It was an article on "Children and Clay." When we moved to another state, and teaching jobs were scarce, I took a job as Personnel Director for a hotel chain. I started writing articles on taxes and payroll and employee hiring, things I dealt with every day. About that time, I wrote my first novel, Hindu Kush, an international thriller set in Afghanistan. I sent it out to three publishers, and one of them bought it.

Tell us about “The Vigilante's Bride” the featured book.
This is my first historical romance. It has a western setting--Montana 1884-and I love this genre. I started my synopsis with a short statement about vigilantees and frontier justice to counter the negative impressions that usually go along with vigilantism. I had good guys doing bad things, and I wanted to justify it. Once that was out of the way, the story was easy to write.

What message do you want to be clear to your readers?
That it is never too late to change, and sometimes change is hard. In the case of my vigilante hero, he wants to hang up his guns and live a different life.

What are some of your likes and dislikes? Your hobbies, interests? Where do you like to vacation?
I love clay, used to be a potter, and had my own studio. Now I'm a news junkie, interested in politics, a good combination for plots. Until I wrote Vigilante's Bride, I wrote political thrillers. Hindu Kush was the first thriller, followed by one set in Spain, then one set in Russia, all good guys doing bad things for country and honor.

For vacationing, Chincoteague, Virginia, with the wild ponies across the channel, is a great spot if you love the ocean. We used to rent an apartment on the bay, take the turkey and all the fixings and spend Thanksgiving there, eating and looking at the lighthouse.

Tell us a little-known fact about yourself that readers may not know.
An ex-cheerleader, I was into figure roller skating and dancing. But, I had a secret yearning to join the Roller Derby. Helmets and knee-pads, little and loud--Oh, I'd have had a great time! Fortunately, I outgrew it.

How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day? Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?
No, to all of the above. I write every day, but not to a schedule. How long to finish a novel? I don't know. The books I sold before were finished before I sent them out. For the first time in my life, I have a deadline. I'll let you know how that works.

What are you currently reading?
Nothing for pleasure, unfortunately. I have a stack of Texas Ranger books I'm reading as research for the next book. Everything from Lone StarJustice to The American West to My Six Years As a Texas Ranger.

Do you grow flowers or vegetables? What are your favorite flowers?
No. I have no luck growing things. Even my cactuses (cacti?) die. I suspect I have two black thumbs. I love sunflowers.

What are you writing now?
A River to Cross, a Texas Ranger story set by the Rio Grande in 1874.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you so much for this wonderful interview Yvonne. We really appreciate it and wish you much happiness and joy.

To win this book. Leave a comment with your name and email address. You will not be entered unless you leave a comment AND your email address.
Here are the ways to get extra entries:

For extra entries:
~Be or become a follower +1
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Make sure to tell me in one/your entry comment on this post which
of the things you did to get extra entries. You can earn a total of 5
entries if you do all of the above entry options.
Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of
winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from
a non-biased third party-


karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

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karenk said...

i'm a follower :)

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csthankful said...

Being a Montanan I am always intrigued by books that take place here. Yvonne sounds like a delighful lady and her book sounds very interesting. Blessings, Connie Sue


Maureen said...

I loved this interview...enjoyed that you used to go figure roller skating and dancing. That is a big stretch from elegance to roller derby!


Maureen said...

I left a comment on Upside!


Maureen said...

I am a subscriber!


Maureen said...

I left a comment on Bringing Up Bobby!


Maureen said...

I am a subscriber!


Dulcimermom said...

Great reviews! I am anxiously waiting to dive into the story!! Thank you for the time you take to do reviews! It helps to get a friends view on things!

I am a subscriber, I read your reviews on the 2 DVDs and commented and I am a follower!

Joy Tamsin David said...

Hi ladies,

I have been wanting to read this book for a while. Roller Derby sounds like it would have been fun to try. LOL.

I am a new follower. I found this book giveaway from Carman's blog.


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Katie G. said...

Please enter me! Sounds like a great book. Carman sent me over :) . Thanks!

God bless!

~Katie G.

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Inspired Kathy said...

Please enter me!
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Katie G. said...

I am a new follower!

Thanks again!

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Inspired Kathy said...

I follow on GFC
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jenmmcclure said...

I found your blog from Carmans blog.

I enjoyed the interview with Yvonne. The book is on my list of one I would love to read.



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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Wow!! You sold the first piece you ever wrote, that is so awesome! Congrats on the new book, it looks amazing!

thanks for the contest!

+1 i'm a follower

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Renee said...


I found this giveaway through Carmen, I am a new follower and subscriber. Thank you for the great interview, I would love to win!
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Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

Please enter me! Carman sent me.


Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

I'm a follower.


Leah said...

Carman sent me.
I became a follower +1
I'm an email subscriber +1
and I Read and commented on the two DVD reviews. +2
Thanks for this chance to win!

Emma said...

Great reviews. “The Vigilante’s Bride”sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.
I AM following Trinity Rose's Garden.
I AM a Email Subscription. augustlily06(AT)aim(DOT)com.Thank you.

April said...

This book has always interested me, but I've never had the chance to read it. Thanks for this chance!
April D.

Julia M. Reffner said...

I am a follower.

Would love to read this one.


CarolNWong said...

I love the cover on this book and the more realistic writing in it.

I am a GFC follower of this blog.

Also, I am an e-mail subscriber.


Carman said...

Please enter me! I loved this book and would like a copy to give to my friends. :)


Carmen7351 said...

Carman--am I your friend??? jk

Please enter me. This sounds like a good read.
I'm a GFC follower.
I subscribe b email.

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rubynreba said...

I'd really enjoy this book and please enter me.

rubynreba said...

I am a follower. So glad I found your blog.

rubynreba said...

I commented on UPSIDE.

rubynreba said...

Commented on Bringing Up Bobby

Charlotte said...

I am grateful to be included in the book giveaway! Loved the interview! Due to interviews,I feel so much closer to the authors!

follower +1
email subscriber +1

God bless!
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Kristy said...
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Benita said...

Sounds great! Please count me in.


Benita said...

Email subscriber.


Benita said...

GFC Follower.


Cathy W said...

Sound really good. Thanks for the interview.
+1 I'm a new follower
+1 I'm an email subscriber
+1 Upside ~ Sounds very true to life. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
+1 Bringing Up Bobby ~ I have this on my to see list.
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noseinanovel said...

Would love to read this! Please enter me :)


Shonda said...

I would love to win this book.

Shonda said...

I'm a follower.