Tule Author Q&A: Jamie K. Schmidt takes aim on skills & squirrels

Tule author Jamie K. Schmidt took some time to talk about her second installment in her Three Sisters Ranch series, The Cowboy’s Hunt.

What initially drew Emily into the Peace Corps?
Emily wanted to show her family that she was a responsible adult, and getting the heck out of Last Stand, Texas, was high on her list because of her father’s temperament.  She also wanted to help make a difference in people’s lives, so the Peace Corps seemed like the best choice.

 

Are you a hunter? Have you ever been?
I’m not a hunter, but my father is.  While we don’t live on a farm, our family is lucky enough to have about thirty or so acres of forestland. For a chance of pace, every year he would go to a cabin in Vermont for the weekend to hunt. Without fail, we’d see three full rack bucks in our front yard while he was gone. One of my favorite stories he tells is when he and his friend, Bobby, were walking across a cow pasture and one of the cows didn’t like it.  So she charged them.  My father stayed put, but the cow chased Bobby all across the pasture and up a tree.

I only fired my father’s deer rifle once.  It was a .357 magnum, which is a weird caliber for a hunting rifle. My grandfather used a 12-gauge shotgun. I could barely lift that thing. My father’s rifle had the prettiest strap for it.  It was wide leather with a field of deer pictured on it, which is ironic if you think of it.  Anyway, we had a fifty-gallon drum with a can on top set up for target practice. He told me to tuck the butt of the rifle below my shoulder, take a deep breath and fire.  I knew the rifle was going to kick, but I hadn’t expected to be blown back.  I landed hard on my back, deafened – because I wasn’t wearing ear protection (It was the 80’s), with my finger still on the trigger, the rifle still tucked in my shoulder, but facing to the sky.  You wouldn’t believe the bruise I had on my chest.

When my mother started talking to him again and my bruise faded, he decided to have me try out his .22 rifle. Which for the curious, doesn’t kick at all. Or at least, not that I noticed.  This time, we were in my grandfather’s yard and the can was on his fence post.  My father takes the first shot. Clang! The can wobbles. I line up my shot. Clang! The can doesn’t wobble.  Well, that’s strange.  I take my second shot. Clang! Again – no wobble. So we go check it out. The can has one hole in it.  I’m so proud of myself.  I put the bullet through the hole my father made in the can. Not once. But twice. Sound impossible?  It was. But we had no other solution. A few days later, my grandfather calls us yelling his head off, “Who the hell put two rounds into my wheelbarrow?” My father threw me under the bus.  “The baby did it.” (I was sixteen.) My grandfather immediately deflated and was like, “Oh, all right.  I shouldn’t have left it out there.”  It was to the way right of where I was aiming, so far off the mark my father and I didn’t even consider that’s what I had shot.  Which is why you always stand behind someone who’s firing a projectile.

I took up the bow after that. My father had a beautiful longbow that was almost as tall as I was, and you’d string it by wrapping it around your leg. I loved that bow. I can’t remember the test weight, but I remember they told me it was too hard for me to drag back.  Well, that was all you had to tell me. I practiced and practiced until I could draw it back to my cheek without quivering too much. And once I could hold it steady, my father gave me some arrows without tips and told me to go shoot a tree. I was pretty good. That big oak tree never stood a chance. And then I saw the squirrel. I knew I could hit it. I hated squirrels. Not only were they destructive, they would eat my dog Christopher’s food right out of his bowl and taunt him while doing it. But Christopher was a gentle giant, a collie-husky mix, and just sat there forlornly and let them eat his food. So, this was going to be for Christopher. I drew back, aimed—but before I released the arrow, I realized I didn’t want to kill the squirrel. I knew that if I killed it, something in me would be forever changed. I knew how much I cried when I accidentally ran over a squirrel in the road.  What would I do if I deliberately chose to do it?  I decided I didn’t want to find out.

 

 

What is something you can find on the Three Sisters Ranch that you can’t find anywhere else in Last Stand?
Ghost.  Ghost is a rare white elk. She travels all around the back forty acres of the ranch, but she’s been known to come closer to the ranch house on occasion.

 

 

 

Donovan wants to go to Alaska. Has he ever been there or is it just his escape destination?
Yes, he was there tracking rabid animals. While he liked the challenge of pitting himself against a crafty predator like a cougar or a grizzly bear, he doesn’t hunt for sport.  He hunts to protect people and put suffering animals out of their misery.

 

 

As an eco-warrior, Emily loves all flora and fauna. What is her favorite animal and why?
Horses. She adores them and has been horse crazy since she was a little girl. She considers her palomino Sunflower one of the family.  When she was younger, she would barrel race in the Last Stand Rodeo. She goes out riding with her father when they move the cattle from pasture to pasture and also goes exploring their land not only with Sunflower, but also with the other trail horses on the ranch. Emily loves to exercise them and take care of them. Her sister, Janice, has a retired racehorse named Synergy that she sneaks peppermints too and takes him out for fast rides.

 

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt, writes erotic contemporary love stories and paranormal romances. Her steamy, romantic comedy, Life’s a Beach, reached #65 on USA Today, #2 on Barnes & Noble and #9 on Amazon and iBooks. Her Club Inferno series from Random House’s Loveswept line has hit both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble top one hundred lists. The first book in the series, Heat, put her on the USA Today bestseller list for the first time, and is a #1 Amazon bestseller. Her book Stud is a 2018 Romance Writers of America Rita® Finalist in Erotica. Her dragon paranormal romance series has been called “fun and quirky” and “endearing.” Partnered with New York Times bestselling author and former porn actress, Jenna Jameson, Jamie’s hardcover debut, SPICE, continues Jenna’s FATE trilogy.


Tule Author Q&A: Leslie Marshman delves into character creation

New Tule author Leslie Marshman stopped by to answer some Qs on her new release, Goode Over Evil.

 

What was Samantha’s favorite part about training to be a Texas Ranger and why?
Sam moved up the ladder from being a Texas State Trooper to a Texas Ranger, so she’d already gone through the police training necessary for the job, as well as the required number of years on the street.

As a Ranger, she enjoys working major crimes, becoming more adept at studying murder scenes and hunting down killers. And of course, working with the Joint Operations & Intelligence Center while she was posted in El Paso was very satisfying for her. In that capacity, she helped to bring down drug smugglers and hamper the cartels’ long reach across the border. She hates drugs and the devastation they wreak, and for good reason!

 

Who would you want to play Clayton if Goode Over Evil was adapted for the screen?
Scott Eastwood would make the perfect Clayton Barnett. He’s tall, rugged in denim, and handsome in a tux. I mean, look at these two pictures and tell me this isn’t Clay Barnett!

 

 

 

 

How does your psychology degree help you create your characters?
I specialized in both child development and criminology while I was getting my degree. I’ve always been fascinated with what makes people turn out the way they do. I spend a lot of time getting to know my characters, and I like to figure out what traumatic incidents affected them when they were younger, and how the resulting damage manifests itself in them as adults. This is true of all my characters, but I especially enjoy figuring out how the bad guys get to be such twisted psychos.

 

 

What added benefits does a Texas setting lend to your novel?
Well, the obvious benefit is being able to have a Texas Ranger as a heroine. The Rangers are the Texas equivalent to other states’ Bureaus of Investigation, but the long history of the Rangers is a fascinating blend of sacrifices and scandals.

Aside from that, Texas is quite an amazing place. I grew up on the West Coast and Colorado, so there were some things I had to get adjusted to when I first moved to Houston. Like humidity, giant flying cockroaches, and armadillos in the back yard. But I learned a long time ago that life’s too short to hate where you live, so I made it my mission to discover the wonders of Texas. It takes more than a day to travel it, east to west. Within its borders are deserts, mountains, forests, bayous, plains, beaches, boggy swamps full of cypress stumps, and crystal clear waterfalls. I can set stories in big cities with oil billionaires or small towns with cowboys and horses. There’s a mystique about the state and its Wild West history that readers and writers alike love. I’ve got more Texas-set story ideas churning in my head than I have time to write. And that’s always a good thing. (This is a picture of the lake I often camp and fish at that inspired Crystal Lake in Goode Over Evil.)

 

What are you currently reading?
I’m almost always reading two books at any given time. I’ve just started Stephen King’s The Institute. He’s been a favorite author of mine since his first book (Carrie), and for a long time my one hardcover book Christmas gift each year was his latest release. I still can’t resist grabbing his newest ones as soon as they come out.

I’m also reading Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz. I’m running behind on the Orphan X series, and trying to catch up before the new one comes out in January. I met the author at a signing in Houston at Murder By The Book, and the level of research he does is intriguing and impressive.

 

About the Author
Award-winning suspense author Leslie Marshman is (finally) putting her psychology degree to good use, getting inside the heads of her characters and figuring out what makes them tick. She writes novels that feature kick-ass heroines, the heroes who love them, and the bad guys who fear them.

Leslie called Denver home until she married a Texan without reading the fine print. Now she lives halfway between Houston and Galveston and has learned to embrace the humidity. Her household includes two miniature poodles named Harley and Davidson, and a three-legged box turtle named Stumpy.

If she’s not at her computer making things up, you’ll probably find her camping at a lake, a fishing pole in one hand and a book in the other.

 


Tule’s 6th Anniversary

Tule is turning six this year!

We are so grateful for all of our authors and readers — Tule wouldn’t exist without you. We launched our first book, Tempt Me, Cowboy, on September 8, 2013. Now, on our 6th anniversary, we have over 600 titles and are running full steam ahead to put out more of the books you love!

We thought we’d take a trip down memory lane to look at some of the fun times we’ve had on our journey so far. Thank you all!

Love,

Team Tule <3 


2013

Our four founding authors at RWA 2013: Jane Porter, Megan Crane, C.J. Carmichael, and Lilian Darcy

 

Meghan Farrell, Kelly Hunter, Jane Porter, and Sinclair Jayne at RWA 2013

2014

RWA 2014 with ¾ of our founding authors: Lilian Darcy, Jane Porter, and Megan Crane

2015

Some wonderful authors at the 2015 Romance Writers of Australia conference

2016

The Tule team with authors Sinclair Jayne and Debra Salonen at RWA 2016

2017

Authors Shelli Stevens and Sinclair Jayne with Managing Editor Meghan Farrell at the 2017 PNWA Conference

 

Some Tule authors at RWA 2017

2018

The Tule Team with some authors planning for our Last Stand, Texas series

 

Some lovely Australian authors at the RWAus 2018 conference

2019

The Tule team at our author’s retreat in Hawaii

 

The team with some Tule authors at our Hawaii author’s retreat

 

Some wonderful Tule authors at our RWA 2019 dinner

 

Thank you for all the memories!


Tule Author Q&A: Robin Bielman talks sweet about new release

Tule author Robin Bielman took some time to answer questions about her second book in her American Royalty series, Sweet Talker.

For this series, what inspired you to put the perspective in first-person?
I love reading books written in first person and so when I came up with the idea to write about three close-knit brothers, I couldn’t wait to really get inside their heads. I’m a pantser, meaning I don’t plot very much, and so I’m always following my character’s lead and having the book unfold through Ethan and Pascale’s eyes was lots of fun.

 

How did Pascale and Ethan meet during that “incredible summer”?
They met on a beach in Hawaii (of my favorite places!). Pascale was playing frisbee with her best friend and Ethan was tossing a football with his friend. She lunged for a catch at the same time Ethan dove for one, and they bumped into each other—literally. Ethan, being the charming and confident twenty-two-year-old that he was said, “Crash here often?” And that was the start of an unforgettable summer.

 

If Pascale had to wait tables, could she do it?
Absolutely! She wouldn’t hesitate to jump in where needed. Funny story — I’ve never been a waitress, but I’ve had lots of dreams about being one. And I’m always terrible at it, messing up orders and being totally flustered! LOL Pascale would rock waiting tables.

 

Is there a celebrity you envisioned when you were writing Ethan?
Yes! So, one of my favorite actors is Luke MacFarlane. He’s been in several Hallmark Channel movies, but he’s also one of the lead actors on Killjoys on the SyFy Network and I love him! Here’s a picture! *sigh*

 

 

 

 

What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Stranded and Seduced by Charlene Sands. It’s so good! Romantic and sweet and super fun with a fake engagement and amnesia tropes. There’s also some enemies to lovers action between the hero, Risk, and heroine, April, which adds some great sexual tension. I’m dying to see how everything is resolved!

 

About the Author

Robin Bielman is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels. When not attached to her laptop, she loves to read, go to the beach, frequent coffee shops, and spend time with her husband and two sons.

Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas. She writes with a steady stream of caffeine nearby and the best dog on the planet, Harry, by her side. She also dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. To keep in touch, sign up for her newsletter on her website! www.robinbielman.com


Tule Author Q&A: Madeline Ash opines on possessions & possibilities

Tule author Madeline Ash took some time to discuss her second book in the The Morgan Sisters series, His Billionaire Bride.

 

Who is Edwin’s favorite artist?
His idol, David Bowie. “He is everything,” Edwin says about him. Bowie’s creativity, aesthetic, and humility aside, Edwin is also drawn to the musician’s fluid representation of identity. It’s complicated, authentic, and undefinable. In a world of categorization, Bowie always suggested a different way of being. Identity that is as untouchable as a final guitar chord—and just as magical.

 

What is Carrie’s prized possession?
As a self-made billionaire, Carrie lives in a luxury penthouse with the financial freedom to acquire anything her heart desires. But her heart only cares for one thing—the health and well-being of her family.

 

Is there an actor you would want to play Edwin?
I would love a younger Eddie Redmayne. Not only would he look the part, but he’s adept at nuance, so would be able to capture Edwin’s unique blend of strength, compassion, vivaciousness and vulnerability.

 

What is (Carrie’s sister) Emmie’s favorite movie and why?
Tough question! Emmie’s favorite movie will have changed from before the events of The Wedding Obsession (The Morgan Sisters book #1) due to *spoilers*. In the past, it would have been something thought-provoking like Ex Machina or The Truman Show. Now, it’s much more likely to be Return to Me—a movie with a heart transplant patient heroine and a gorgeous romance!

 

 

What are you currently reading?
A couple of things. I often pair romance with young adult fiction, so am reading Obsidio, a gripping and compelling YA sci-fi by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (it’s SO good!) as well as How to Blow It with a Billionaire, a quirky and queer erotic romance by one of my all-time favorite authors, Alexis Hall.

 

About the Author

Madeline Ash is an Australian contemporary romance author and two-time RITA Award finalist. She has won Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year award (RUBY). She delves deep into the hearts and minds of her characters, creating flawed and compassionate leads—who are always rewarded with a happy ending.



Tule Author Q&A: Justine Davis delves into dialogue

Tule author Justine Davis took a moment to discuss her latest release set in Last Stand, Texas, Lone Star Nights.

 

 

How does Slater integrate his Ivy League education into his bartending?
Since his degree is in philosophy, he looks at people from that perspective. He’s always that half-step back, observing, and tends to categorize people in that way. People in all their varied types intrigue him, and he is fascinated when someone is a dichotomy, philosophically. He likes to draw them out to get them to see the conflict and see if they cling to it or change.

 

There definitely some history there, how did Slater and Joey first meet?
Joey was fourteen when she first saw Slater at the Last Stand Bluebonnet Festival, when she was doing a story reading at the library booth. (her career path was set early on!) When she finished she looked up and saw him, and he told her it was the best telling of that story he’d ever heard. She fell for him like the proverbial ton of bricks, but was mostly in awe and a little bit afraid, since he was an “older man.” (He was eighteen) And unfortunately for Joey’s tender heart, he was there waiting for her glamorous older sister. And that is a shadow she has trouble stepping out of.

 

Slater and Joey have such great dialogue. What inspired you to write it?
I’ve always collected quotations, from serious to funny. Sometimes the quotes themselves are meaningful, some are meaningful—or funny—when you consider who said them. So when I threw these two together, she being a librarian, and him a constant reader, somewhere along the line they fell into conversing in quotations, and trying to trip each other up on knowing the source. I used several from my collection for the book, but some of my favorites didn’t quite fit. For instance:

 

  • Wise men speak when they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something. ~Aristotle
  • Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75. ~Ben Franklin
  • Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. ~George S. Patton
  • Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party. ~Jimmy Buffett
  • Words fascinate me. They always have. For me, browsing in a dictionary is like being turned loose in a bank.  ~Eddie Cantor (this one is truly me!)
  • Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted, counts. ~Albert Einstein
  • There’s more treasure in books than all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. Best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life. ~Walt Disney
  • Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. ~Rudyard Kipling
  • And one of my all time favorites: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~Wayne Gretzky

 

What is the fastest way to ruffle Joey’s feathers?
Compare her to her beautiful, glamorous, and utterly self-serving older sister. Joey has lived in her shadow all her life, and she’s tired of it. And that Slater was engaged to that sister first makes her doubt…everything.

 

What are you currently reading?
Besides keeping up with the Last Stand authors, I’ve been on a Regency binge for some reason (probably having recently discovered Darcy Burke!). But it’s been interrupted to re-read the brilliant Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Prophecy in preparation for the next book, Archangel’s War coming next month. (That noise you hear is me champing at the bit…) There are not many authors I reread, but she is definitely one. I’m in awe of her world building and Raphael is the most incredible hero ever created in romance.

 

About the Author

Author of more than 70 books, (she sold her first ten in less than two years) Justine Davis is a five time winner of the coveted RWA RITA Award, including for being inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame. A fifteen time nominee for RT Book Review awards, she has won four times, received three of their lifetime achievement awards, and had four titles on the magazine’s 200 Best of all Time list. Her books have appeared on national best seller lists, including USA Today. She has been featured on CNN, taught at several national and international conferences, and at the UCLA writer’s program.

 

After years of working in law enforcement, and more years doing both, Justine now writes full time. She lives near beautiful Puget Sound in Washington State, peacefully coexisting with deer, bears, a pair of bald eagles, a tailless raccoon, and her beloved ’67 Corvette roadster. When she’s not writing, taking photographs, or driving said roadster (and yes, it goes very fast) she tends to her knitting. Literally.


Tule Author Q&A: Mel Teshco talks heroes & high bids

Tule author Mel Teshco took a moment to talk about her new release, Highest Bid.

What would you notice first if you stepped into the Black Pearl Nightclub?
People everywhere! The Black Pearl Nightclub is extremely popular. You’d also notice a stage for bands and other acts, a long bar and a big dance floor. Everything about the nightclub is modern and trendy. It also has a beautiful Garden Café upstairs along with two function rooms.

 

Galan is immediately attracted to Layla. What is he drawn to most?
Galan knows women, he recognizes the beauty beneath Layla’s glasses and her men’s uniform. But more than that, he admires her courage and her spirit, and knows from personal experience how much effort it takes to present a normal façade to the world. She’s a fighter and he loves that in her.

 

Which actor would play Galan in a movie?
I’ve chosen Eduardo Verastegui as the hero in my story. He’s got that certain mysterious look about him. And of course the ladies would love him.

 

Layla is a bartender/server currently. What is her dream job?
She didn’t really know what she wanted beyond have a stable and secure job at the nightclub. It was only when she did some work behind the scenes and as a waitress at the many wedding receptions inside the function rooms that she realized something in that industry was her calling.

 

What are you currently reading?
I’m reading Real by Katy Evans. The hero Remington Tate is a fighter in the ring who has earned his bad boy reputation long before he meets the heroine Brooke, who is hired as a sports therapist to keep his body working like a well-oiled machine. My goodness the sexual tension is off the charts!! It’s a seriously great read.

 

About the Author
Mel Teshco is an award winning, Amazon best selling author with a love for the written word, along with a short attention span that sees her juggling a variety of genres and heat levels in her stories. From contemporary to paranormal, inspirational to erotic, she hopes there’s a little of something for every reader out there to enjoy.

Her gypsy-like upbringing saw her living in many places along Australia’s east coast. Each new home stimulated an already over-active imagination, where she spent as much time dreaming about fantasy worlds as the real world – the fantasy sometimes being much better.

Now living on a beautiful rural property with views of the mountains keeping her two horses, three cats and one hyperactive Belgian shepherd happy, she is happily married to Mr Patience, and adores her three children and two grandchildren.


Tule Author Q&A: Rebecca Crowley starts off Phoenix series with ‘Insider’

New Tule author Rebecca Crowley sat down to chat with us about her first installment in the London Phoenix series, Insider.

You delve into two pretty complicated industries: Journalism and Medicine. What kind of research did you have to do?
Being honest, I cheated on the journalist front – I’m married to one! But having a peripheral view of the fast-paced news industry for more than a decade now is what inspired me to write about it. There aren’t many jobs where people constantly try to balance profitability with serving the public interest, which is what journalism so compelling.

 

I guess the same could be said about medicine, which is something I have zero exposure to (English major, hello!) yet it fascinates me. I recently realized that Grace is the third heroine I’ve written with a medical background (I have an orthopedic surgeon and a clinical psychologist in two novellas). I haven’t quite figured out the reasoning behind this yet – maybe I like the idea of the otherwise strong, capable female healer needing to heal herself as well? Either way, I have to admit that my scientific knowledge doesn’t extend much past a teenage devotion to the show ER!

 

 

 

Oren and his brothers buy the London Phoenix — what this the name of the newspaper before they bought it or is it symbolic?
They kept the Phoenix’s name, but it is also symbolic of the paper’s long and storied life as a broadsheet.

 

We find out Grace’s exes are bad news. In the past, was Oren more often times the dumper or the dumped? 
Oren would only really consider himself as having had one capital-R Relationship, which his ex-girlfriend Natalie. She ended things with him which I suppose puts him more firmly in the dumpee category, but the truth is he’s steered well clear of ever being half of anything that could be considered a relationship since then.

 

Is there any particular incident growing up that drove Grace to pursue emergency medicine?
Perhaps surprisingly for someone otherwise fairly level-headed, the unpredictability and spontaneity of emergency medicine is what attracted Grace. And scratching the surface, it’s possible that she liked the relatively low commitment inherent in emergency medicine, as opposed to a specialism with long-term patient care. Just like she hesitates to confront her relationship with her father, in emergency medicine she doesn’t have to work on building or maintaining long relationships with her patients – she can patch them up and ship them off.

 

What are you currently reading?

OUTLANDER – SEASON 4 – EPISODE 401

For the last couple of summers I’ve started reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series so that I’m caught up ahead of the next season when it airs on Starz in the fall (I have a thing about reading the book before seeing the film or TV adaptation!). Per tradition I’m spending 1400 pages of my summer with Jamie and Claire and at the moment I’m about halfway through The Fiery Cross.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Crowley inherited her love of romance from her mom, who taught her to at least partially judge a book by the steaminess of its cover. She writes contemporary romance with smart heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, and never tires of the happily-ever-after. Having pulled up her Kansas roots to live in New York City, London and Johannesburg, Rebecca currently resides in Houston.


Kobo’s 40% Off Romance Sale!

Check out the Kobo 40% off Romance sale to get some of your favorite Tule titles for a discount!

Make sure to use the code 40ROM from August 22nd-26th to get some sweet deals!

Titles included in the sale:

The Other Side of the Bridge by Katharine Swartz
Ranger’s Legacy by Vella Munn
One More Round by Shelli Stevens
Challenging the Doctor by Patricia W. Fischer
Outback Brides of Wirralong: Lacey by Fiona McArthur
The Sheriff’s Mail-Order Bride by Ann B. Harrison
Cowboys Don’t Cry by Anne McAllister
A Cowboy and a Promise by Pam Crooks