Welcome Leah Braemel to Delighted Reader today to talk about her new book, Slow Ride Home.
Thanks to the Delighted Readers for inviting me to be on their blog today.
Tell us a little about your book?
Slow Ride Home is a contemporary western— it’s a hot contemporary, though it’s not erotic. Ben Grady and his brother have just inherited the family ranch, but they’ve just learned that someone else is claiming to be a part owner. In order to protect their family’s legacy, they have to work with Allie O’Keefe, who works for their title insurance company. Thing is, Allie and Ben have a history—they had a white-hot teenage affair, that ended, but each has a different version to tell of why it ended. Which creates a lot of tension between them as they try to work together while finding the flames of their still-mutual attraction while another part of their brain is reminding them how things between them didn’t end well last night.
Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why?
Allie was the hardest to write—as a lawyer she’s smart, and she knows what she wants, or at least she used to. But given some of the knocks life has thrown her, she’s felt she had to changed herself and her formerly balls-to-the-wall personality has become muted but it really really wants to come out, especially around Ben. So it was a tough balancing act to show when glimpses of her former self came out without making her appear fickle.
What is your favorite part of the book?
Oh wow, that’s really hard to choose. I guess it’s a scene toward the end where Ben has been given some crushing news and he’s reeling. Allie takes care of him — it’s a nice quiet scene, but for me it’s where they are really working as a couple and I can see the hope for their future together. Because for love to last, you have to be able to work a couple under the extreme circumstances, under the worst pressure, not just when it’s fun and games in the bedroom.
What are you currently working on?
I’m finishing up book 2 of the trilogy — it’ll be Ben’s brother Jake’s story. No Accounting for Cowboys will release next May. And from there I head straight into book 3— Wrangling the Past.
When you’re not writing or reading, what’s your favorite way to kick back and relax?
I am addicted to card games on my tablets, either that or those jewel matching games. I swear I need an intervention, or at least someone brave soul in my family to hide them on me for a few days.
In light of the lessons you’ve learned, what advice would you give to your younger self?
The advice I’d give is advice I’m still struggling to follow myself. It’s “Stop trying to please everyone—you can’t do it.”
Thanks Leah for joining us today!
Slow Ride Home by Leah Bramel
The Grady Legacy, book #1
Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O’Keefe. Ben’s never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.
Allie thought she’d moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she’s become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben’s sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories…
Allie has every intention of leaving Bull’s Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie’s lost her heart.
The only woman in a houseful of men (even the cat and dog are male), Leah Braemel loves hiding away from all the dust bunnies while she writes sexy heroes and heroines finding true love. To read more about Slow Ride Home or any of Leah’s other books, you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter, or on Facebook.