Pull up a chair, pour your favorite drink, and join this week's author chat. Our guest today is Barbara White Daille.
What may I get you to drink, Barbara?
BWD: Tea drinker here. Black, no sugar, not too strong.
Ally: While I fix our drinks, please tell readers something about yourself.
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Barbara loves writing, reading about cowboy heroes (among many others), and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!
Barbara’s new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series began in April 2015 with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise and continues with A Rancher of Her Own in July and The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal in December.
And you asked for something unusual: I usually read my favorite authors’ books in chronological order, but once in a while to mix it up, I read them alphabetically. I guess that qualifies as unusual, if not downright odd. :) But I’ll bet some of you do that, too. If not, you should try it!
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-White-Daille/e/B002J6B0QQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1422840898&sr=8-1
BWD: My books are short contemporary romances, home and family stories with a touch of humor. They’re set in small towns and usually feature cowboys and ranchers. And there is always a cast of fun secondary characters—family and friends, matchmakers and meddlers—who interfere in the heroes and heroines’ lives because, of course, they know what’s best for them. The heat level ranges from sweet to slightly heated, although I sometimes see spicy ratings if the book has a love scene.
In my opinion, my largest audience is anyone who likes what they’ve read above! : ) Overall, my readership is female and probably enjoys books from authors such as Debbie Macomber and Kristan Higgins.
Ally: How do you best reach your readers? Online? Book conferences? Etc?
BWD: Blogging, Facebook, and Twitter, for the most part. I love to chat with readers, and the Internet is such a great tool for being able to meet and stay in touch. Readers can also contact me through the Contact form and Newsletter link at my website.
Ally: Do you have other books or write in other genres, under other names? What is your present work in progress?
BWD: Currently, I’m working on a three-book series that’s going in to my editor any day now, so everyone, please cross your fingers and think good thoughts.
I also have a couple of mysteries and some romantic suspense manuscripts, which for now live in file cabinets or my computer hard drive. And I have lots of ideas for other books in the works, all living in those same locations.
Ally: Let's do a few quick answer questions:
- a. favorite color of nail polish - fingers or toes? French manicure with white tips. On both.
- b. name a guilty pleasure: Long soak, hot bath, good book.
- c. strangest thing in your handbag/purse: The best I can come up with is a small plastic tube filled with a stash of peanut M&M’s for emergency purposes.
- d. favorite outdoor activity: Walking from the parking lot into the library or the bookstore.
- e. last time you took a selfie: You know, I hate to confess this, but I’ve never taken one.
A REASON TO STAY
Ranch manager Pete Brannigan has no interest in playing tour guide to a city slicker like Jane Garland. But spending a few days with the headstrong photographer is a small price to pay for everything her grandfather has given the single dad. Though Pete's drawn to Jane's sharp wit and striking beauty, he won't hurt his young children by falling for another woman who puts her career before family.
Jane's seen the world through her camera…and used it to shield her emotions. With Pete, she can finally let her guard down. If only he could do the same. Despite their powerful bond, Pete still can't trust Jane with his kids or his heart. But if he keeps pushing her away, he may ruin any chance their relationship has to develop.
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