I’m hosting a guest post today for the Finding Amy tour. Finding Amy is a romantic suspense novel written by author Carol Braswell. I’ll leave the stage to Carol now.
The Journey of Finding Amy by Carol Braswell, Author
When I got the idea from our local news paper for “Finding Amy” I started writing this thrilling suspense about a gorgeous Texas Ranger and a beautiful woman with long auburn hair and clear, emerald green eyes. The story came easily until I sent them fishing, skiing and just having fun in Montana. Then I thought, “Wait a minute. He’s a Texas Ranger on assignment and he’s taking the time to entertain the twins and a four-year-old.” I deleted 20,000 words and wrote it again.
I knew I had to have an awesome cover and couldn’t find any stock photos I liked. My cousin, Danny, posted a picture of a young lady, Courtney Bridges, and I knew instantly she was Amy. When I told him I needed a Texas Ranger he sent several pictures of great looking guys, but none of them quite fit. He called me one day and said, “You know we have the perfect ranger in our family.” Lights went off in my head. The very handsome Dustin Tallent, my second cousin, became Carson Garrett, Texas Ranger.
I have the perfect setting, the perfect characters, and my niece, Christy sent me to Elizabeth Noe Photography who took the pictures. So I had Liz, Danny, and Christy taking pictures and ended up with over 300 pictures for me to choose from. That was a job in its self.
My great friend and fellow author Barbara Ivie Green spent the best part of a day with me designing the cover. It never looked perfect for me until Barbara suggested a winter scene in the background since half of the book takes place in snowy Wyoming. That’s what it needed and the awesome cover was born.
Now I had to find the perfect editor. Up pops Wendy Ely and she has done an outstanding job for a reasonable price.
Bottom line, first you have to write a great book. That is the most important. Find a wonderful editor, as many beta readers as you can, get a talented cover designer, and an editor within your budget. You think your set. Not quite. Even after the edits, after the proof of the cover, after the reviews, I read the story again. I want it perfect for the readers.
Author: Carol Braswell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
What begins in Montana as routine for Texas Ranger Carson Garrett, quickly turns into a ‘run for your life’ chase in order to protect the two women and child he is returning to Texas.
How far would you go to protect the ones you love?
When Texas Ranger, Carson Garrett is assigned to locate and place in protective custody the wife of a man suspected of illegal activities with a Columbian drug lord, it turns into more than routine. The estranged husband has put out a hit on his wife and the only person who knows where she is hiding is her twin sister, Amy Summers.
Protecting the sister she loves may be the thing that destroys her…
It is a race against time for Carson to find Amy, convenience her of the imminent danger and get her to lead him to Jamie so he can escort both women and Jamie’s four-year-old child back to Texas.
Even if they make it can love on the run survive?
Besides the obvious problems of running from a man who is trying to kill them, Carson and Amy have an instant attraction to each other and it is clouding his usual sharp judgment and causing them both to make costly mistakes.
A determined hitman, a diabolical plan. There is only one way to stop them both…
I love to write. I love to put characters in situations that seems impossible to get out of. Almost. Then, out of the blue, along comes that sexy, breathtakingly, handsome hero who can and will save the day. Sometimes, (I like this part), it’s the heroine who steps up and saves the day. I love to write. Did I mention that? Anyway, I love mystery, suspense and the forever kind of love. When someone asks me, “what do you write?” I can’t say romance. It’s not that simple. I want action, adventure, suspense with caring, loving, sexy, characters that seem to find trouble wherever they go.
I am married to my real life sexy hero who finds my imagination intriguing, but refuses to read my books. Thank God. Our, live-at-home children greet us at the door with tongues hanging and tails wagging. They travel with us when we vacation and get depressed when we have to leave them. We have four grown children who live close enough for us to see often.
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