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1. What inspired you to pick Texas as the setting for Trey and Maddie’s story?
True Texans are a breed all their own. I have family who live in Texas and have studied the ways of the people of the lone star state, the pride and work ethic and love of the land. In my experience with Texans, I found them to be men and women of honor and intense manners. And you’ll see that come through in Taming the Texas Cowboy, the first book in my Forever Texan series. Trey is a good man, who believes the very worst about himself, and Maddie is a woman who sees him for the fine man that he is. Getting him to realize that takes a bit of doing, and at times, Maddie isn’t sure she can get through to the stubborn, prideful, protective Texan.
2. Did you have a playlist in mind while writing this story?
I find inspiration in country music for all my books! My playlist includes some of Brad Paisley’s funny songs, including, “Waitin’ on a Woman”, Lady Antebellum’s , “Need You Now”, Tim McGraw’s, “Real Good Man”, Luke Bryan’s, “You Can Crash My Party Anytime”, and Carrie Underwood’s, “Mama’s Song” and “Something’s in the Water.”
3. How would you describe your hero, Trey? Did you have any actors or models in mind while creating the character?
Ah…my secret is revealed! In my head, most of my heroes tend to look like Chris Hemsworth, imagine that! (Ha!) But I have yet to find a picture of him in a Stetson. Now that would be glorious. Although, I have to say the cover model for this book fits my description of rancher, Trey Walker perfectly; a rugged, handsome, man of the land. Trey isn’t as immune to the wholesome, intelligent, pretty veterinarian, Maddie Brooks, as he thinks and when offers her a place to stay and treat her animals temporarily, he finds it a grueling test to his willpower.
4. If you could switch places with any character in this book, who would it be and why?
Let’s see. It would have to be Maddie. She’s lost a lot in her life, but it doesn’t let it get her down. She’s strong of character, tenderhearted with her animals and a girl who doesn’t give up. Maddie is one of the most independent heroines I’ve ever written, in that she is basically alone in the world and has to make some pretty hard decisions in her life. And…she’s living under the same roof as Trey Walker, which makes life eye-popping and exciting!
5. Can you give a sneak preview of your favorite scene in the book in one sentence or less?
There’s so many scenes I love, but this one is full of fun–a leaky pipe in the bathroom spurs a water fight between a near naked Trey and an unsuspecting Maddie, and things heat up real fast.
Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling author writing sexy contemporary romances and stories set in the Old West. Her stories have been honored with the National Readers Choice Award, the Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Award and she’s a double recipient of the Booksellers’ Best Award. She was recently honored with Romantic Times Magazine’s Best Harlequin Desire of 2014. Charlene is a member of the Orange County Chapter and Los Angeles Chapter of Romance Writers of America.
the sneak preview
Need to read for that leaky pipe scene now!!
Would love to win!
Congratulations on your new release!
Love the playlist.
Congrats on the new release! Looking forward to reading it!
Congratulations in your new book. I really enjoyed it.
I love the way Charlene has a playlist running through her head while writing. I love Lady Antebellum too!
Char knows her characters inside and out which makes it easy to brings scenes (like the leaky pipe water fight}into the heart of the reader.
My favorite would be who you would trade places with. It gives your reader a little heads’ up as to the emotional side of you!! Thank you for a short, but sweet and to-the-point interview!! Thank you for the giveaway, too!!
I enjoyed reading about why you would switch places with Maddie.
Thanks for the post. I really liked the Sneak Preview. Shows me they have a sense of humor and I always enjoy stories with humor mixed in. Thanks for sharing.
Enjoyed learning about the playlist! :D Congrats on your release!
Her answer to # 5.
Charlene’s post was awesome. I would love to switch places with Maddie. She is such a strong young woman. Standing on her own & making hard decisions in her life. Sexy, Trey is what she needs in her life & it sounds like he needs her too, just doesn’t realize it yet…Yep, a strong & stubborn Texan to boot. That bathroom parts sounds like a little tease. Enjoy reading your books. Thanks, for the chance to win.
My favorite – the sneak preview!!! I love the guy on the cover too!! Congrats on your release and I can’t wait to read your book!!
Chris Hemsworth does lend himself to be hero material.
I think the part about switching places with Maddie. Sometimes you have to live the part to understand how to write about it..
Congrats on the new release! Enjoyed reading about switching places.
I like that she’s a veterinarian it’s so interesting to me.