Today I welcome Joyce DeBacco, author of women's fiction, who's not afraid to tackle emotional issues and who gives us characters you can really care about.
Hi Joyce, tell us about your book:
Running a successful resort in present-day Montana has its challenges for the Storm family. Falling in love is only one of them.
In Book 1 we meet Bonnie who runs the resort with the help of her grown children. Son Richard is scholarly and level headed. Nicknamed the money man by his brother and sister, he keeps the family business afloat. Brawny Nick handles the day-to-day operations. Then there’s daughter Andi who hasn’t yet found her niche. Andi is strong-willed and used to getting what she wants—until she doesn’t. When Bonnie learns their newest hire Luke is the illegitimate son of her dead husband, she feels threatened. Learning that Andi has taken a liking to him forces her to take steps that endanger her life and the resort’s future.
In Book 2, a killer is caught, a rift develops between the Storm brothers, and Andi goes to great lengths to get the man she wants.
In Book 3, the family finds the path to love riddled with potholes; in one case even bullet holes. In spite of the obstacles, one Storm says, “I do,” and another, almost.
Book 4, releasing in mid-April, will tie up loose ends for all the Storms. Whether they’re happy endings or sad endings remains to be seen.
Storm Country is presented in serial format with the story in each book continuing into the next one.
What inspired you to write this book?
I love to explore the intricacies of families, what makes them bond or become estranged, how they’re alike and how they differ. This series was inspired by my memories of a favorite TV show I used to watch many years ago. I based my characters on the people in the show but gave it a whole new spin with new characters and situations appropriate for the current time period.
What kind of research was involved?
Because so much of it is based on family situations the only research I needed to do was to learn about the terrain, the weather, and the wildlife of the area.
After reading women’s fiction for many years, I knew I wanted to create stories of my own. As the mother of four grown daughters, I’m familiar with the problems women face finding love, raising children, and stepping back when necessary. My books place an emphasis on love and family dynamics with a touching love story threaded through each. I’m happiest when I’m secluded in my office creating new worlds and people to populate them. When I’m not taxing my brain with plot, structure, and grammar, I like to sew, particularly quilts. When I really want to rest my brain, I sprawl out in front of the TV and try to stay awake.
For information about all my books, please visit my website, http://www.joycedebacco.com. And while you’re there, sign up for my mailing list on the contact page to learn about new releases, ARCs, or sales.
You’ll also find me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoyceDeBacco
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Book 1: Amz US: http://amzn.to/1QAzd88 Amz UK: http://amzn.to/1HYDuB9
Book 2: Amz US: http://amzn.to/1PsL6bR Amz UK: http://amzn.to/1ndJlZj
Book 3: Amz US: http://amzn.to/1QxR7p5 Amz UK: http://amzn.to/1L7joWG
Book 4: Expected release in mid-April
This scene occurs after Andi’s horse throws her, and she breaks her leg. A local mountain man finds her unconscious and brings her to his cabin in the woods where he sets her leg. This is the second day.
Blinking the sleep from her eyes, she stared at him. “You shaved,” she said, stunned to see skin on his face instead of hair.
Smiling, he ran his hand over his clean shaven cheeks and chin. “No one can mistake me for Big Foot now.”
Amazed by the transformation, Andi openly stared. She had no idea how incredibly good looking he was under all that hair.
He handed her a plate. “Hungry?”
She looked at his hand as he offered her breakfast, surprised to also find his fingernails clean and neatly trimmed. He even appeared to be wearing a fresh change of clothes and didn’t smell anymore.
“How long was I asleep?” she asked.
“Long enough for me to get most of my chores done. I still have to scrape that bear hide, but that can wait.” He nodded toward the plate on her lap. “Eat up now. I have a surprise for you.”
She grinned. “My crutches?”
“Ah, you spoiled my surprise.”
“How could it be a surprise? You said you were making them today.”
“I didn’t think you’d remember. You were too busy pestering me with questions when I told you.”
Andi stuck her fork in her egg yolk, then dunked her “ham” in it. Although the meat still had a gamey taste, it filled the empty spot in her gut.
“So what kind of work did you do before you became a—a hermit?” she asked.
“Would you believe I was an accountant?”
She giggled. “No, I wouldn’t. Come on, now, really.”
He thought a moment. “Okay, how about an actor in adult films?”
She burst out laughing. “As private as you are? No, I don’t believe that either.”
“A wilderness guide?”
“Okay, now that I believe. Were you really?”
He grinned. “Yes, I really was.”
“So why’d you give it up and move out here?”
“Don’t you have a family?”
His smiling eyes darkened. “No,” he said, rising abruptly. “Look, if you’re through playing twenty questions, I’ll bring in your crutches.”
Thanks, Joyce. Good luck with the books, and come back any time.