Friday, November 18, 2016

Interview and #Giveaway with Ruth Logan Herne

We are so happy at the CCC Blog to feature Gilead Publishing's, Ruth Logan Herne today!! Just in time for the holidays, a wonderful Christmas read giveaway with cowboys! Who wouldn't want that??
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Ladies!!! I’m so excited to be over here, I’m happy dancing in upstate NY but that might be partially due to the S-N-O-W in our forecast this weekend. But I digress!

Cowboy Christmas Homecoming is a delightful collection of historical Western romances and I’m over the moon in love with my contribution “A Cowboy for Christmas”. I was able to tuck the story into the beautiful, lush Kittitas Valley of Central Washington and it was a delight to roll back the clock about 120 years… and a Christmas romance, besides! Booyah! J


Of all your characters in this story, which one did you enjoy writing the most and why?

June Harper, absolutely… June is a woman who has worked to better herself. She lost her husband first to laziness, then to illness… And then her home and her job to the great 1889 Independence Day fire in Ellensburgh Washington. Homeless, with two little girls, June gathered other women to offer each other support, help and safety. When an opportunity to gather potatoes came via a successful rancher, June and the other women applied for work… and her willingness to do whatever proved necessary to get by brought her to a new opportunity: the chance to fall in love with Hugh Stackman, a successful rancher/farmer with a clenched heart and lost faith. Talk about a match made in heaven!

June isn’t afraid to stand up for herself… her daughters… her friends… and to encourage women’s rights. She was an absolutely wonderful character to write… With the grit and courage needed to build a country, starting in her own back yard.


Can you tell us about a scene that you wrote and eventually deleted? It’s always fun to know of the little details that didn’t make the cut J

Gosh, there weren’t many because it’s a novella. When I’m writing a novella, I’m careful to stick to the main protagonists and the romance… but there was a wonderful KISSING scene…. Sigh…… that didn’t make the final cut…. And it was a Really Good Kiss, I’m Not Even Kidding! J


How did you decide on the setting/location for this novel?

This one’s easy-peasy! I wanted to set it where my Waterbrook novels are set (Back in the Saddle, Home on the Range and Peace in the Valley) in Central Washington and the timing was perfect. Ellensburg(h) had suffered from a massive fire that roared through much of the town in 1889 and that left me wide open for June’s trauma and conflict… and then I was able to couple that with a “Man From Snowy River” type idea, to have Hugh and his brother drive a stand of cattle north. Their intent was to sell the beef and have a stake in a mine, but they changed their minds when they arrived in the Kittitas Valley. They saw opportunity stretching far and wide before them, and it was so much fun to bring it to life for the readers!

What made you pick these specific names of your main two characters?

My godfather’s name was Hugh and it’s such a strong, old-fashioned name… and June’s name came to me because of the old-fashioned sweetness of it.


Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We’ll help! What’s your least favorite household chore and why?

Cleaning the refrigerator. I hate it. Why? I HAVE NO IDEA. Possibly I suffered some long-forgotten childhood trauma that involved a washcloth and messy shelves…. I always put it off, and then I regret it when someone sees it. What is wrong with me, my friends????

What are your hobbies outside of writing?

Well, I love writing, so I’ve limited a lot of things but I’d say creating gardens and water features in gardens (little ponds, waterfalls, etc.) is a favorite thing. I fashioned two walkways in a fairy garden type setting this year, and landscaped the area because I love to get dirty!

Fall is upon us, and full of events. What is a special holiday tradition you celebrate with your family?

We’ve developed a new tradition called “Bake/Make a Memory Day”. All the local grandkids (10 of them!!!!) come to my house and we spend the day making ornaments for their parents and baking. We make cookies and candies and we rotate stations so all the kids get to bake and make…. And we drink eggnog, vanilla nog (a new fave with the younger peeps!) and eat cookies and chicken nuggets. Truly a kid-friendly experience including GLITTER and SPRINKLES!!! And Grammies never yell about using too many of either, so it’s a total bonus!


We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing?

My faith is a lovely backbone for my stories. It means so much to me to be able to incorporate the beauty of a faith-filled life to help characters deal with life’s turns and twists. We know that life is a winding road, so it’s marvelous to have that faith thread running through stories to help bind people to God’s love, self-forgiveness or forgiveness of others and the simple joy we’d all love to embrace!


Tell us a little about a day in the life of you? Wake up time? Lounging in your jammies all day, drinking coffee, living the luxurious life of a writer ;)

Laughing! I’m not a lounger, I never do jammie-days but that’s just part of my endearing “Take No Prisoners, Look Professional And Get The Job Done” easy-going personality. J
I get up between 3:30 and 4:00 AM and I work until 6:15 or so…. And I’m still working part time, so I have before and after school kids here, and then I get back to writing around 9:00 or so…. And then I have to do something physical or kill someone, because too much sitting makes me antsy! I’m such a YANKEE!!!!!


We have a bit of a war going on here at the CCC blog. Anne and Jaime LOVE coffee and Erica and Gabriella enjoy a joyful cup of tea. What is your preference? Help us break this tie…

Directing your attention to the question above: Yankee… New Yorker…. Coffee. That’s not even a question, ladies!!!! Bring on the Colombian brew!

And a few fun and quirky questions always reveal of lot from our authors who visit. So, first, if you were to take a boat down the Amazon river, what would you be most interested in seeing?

A keyboard….. ;)

If you had a choice of living in any era other than the present, what would you choose and why?

19th Century America, either in the east and follow the technological/industrial revolution or in the west, taming my own 160 acres of land. I love that era!!!


We’d love you have you share a snippet from your novel to entice us and hook us! J Please share something below:

“Hugh. Please. Just Hugh.” He felt tired saying it, as if asking her to treat him normally expended too much effort, or maybe it was because she made him think of things he’d cast aside long ago.
She worried her lower lip with her top teeth, just a little, just enough to make him wonder what it would be like to worry that pretty mouth on his own time, and wasn’t that an interesting turn of events? Here she was, concerned about people’s safety and ulterior motives, and he was contemplating a delightful ulterior motive all the while she convinced herself there was none.
“Hugh.”
She said it softly, and he melted inside.
He’d never sought love the past ten years. He’d kept himself too busy building this, acquiring that, and taking responsibility for Jacob and Lily, but now, gazing into sapphire-blue eyes and hearing his name from the prettiest lips he ever did see, a longing swept over him.
He smiled. Just that. He smiled at her and let his gaze linger for long, slow beats. “So, June.”
“Yes?” She held his gaze, too, a two-sided affair if ever there was one.
“I think this will do to keep folks sheltered and warm for a few months. Don’t you?” Did he lean closer?
Or did she?
He wasn’t sure, but the urge to put his lips on hers swept over him as strong as anything he’d ever desired in over thirty years of living.
Thanks so much for having me here! I love chatting with folks on facebook and I love hearing from readers through my website ruthloganherne.com (http://ruthloganherne.com) or e-mail me at loganherne@gmail.com

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31 comments:

  1. Cowboys are so rugged and manly but can also be tender. I love Christmas because it's Jesus birthday. We even bake a birthday cake.
    Ruth, I just love your books and your humor! A keyboard down the Amazon, now that's funny! And a coffee sister, yay!

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    1. Gail, great minds think alike! :) I love Christmas, too... but I get too caught up in the fun of the holiday sometimes. Easter makes me really think about what I'm doing. What He did.... The whole God-thing is unbelievable!!!!

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  2. And I can visualize Ruthy "taming" that 160 acres also, LOL. She is such a delight, so glad she has the good health and physical energy to go along with all her mental energy, ambition, and caring for others. Love the idea of the "Bake/Make a Memory" - those grandchildren will definitely have some wonderful memories. I also love 'Cowboy Christmas Homecoming'- Christmas is such a beautiful, special time of year, I love celebrating the day of my Christ's miraculous birth on the same day as my own birthday!!

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    1. Bonnie, you should see how fun Bake/Make a Memory is! IT'S CRAY-CRAY!!!! But it's such a good time, and the kids are a complete joy... and houses can always be cleaned, but memories are too special to take lightly!

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  3. I love the wonderful spirit that comes during Christmastime. All the lights in the neighborhood make everything seem so cozy!

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    1. Heidi, I agree. And Christmas comes at the darkest time of year in the north, so those 16 hours of darkness are pierced by the lights of joyous celebration... I think that's part of why I hate to take them down in January because it's dark for sooooo long at night... but then in February, we begin to notice the earlier mornings... and by March, we're anticipating spring! But how special to have these lights at the darkest time of the year.

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  4. I love that during Christmas the world is focusing on Jesus as we celebrate Him. Cowboys are special. They are hard working and have such depth to them.

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    1. Caryl, I agree. I love the simplicity of Christ's birth. A child of the poor, truly. Such a gift!

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  5. I guess I like cowboys (at least in books and movies) because they are hard-working and very manly men. This looks like a terrific novella collection; such great authors.

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    1. Pam, thank you! What a pleasure to work with these ladies... they're absolutely wonderful. And to focus on cowboys... and Christmas... oh, be still my heart!

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  6. Cowboys seem to be hard workers. Love their attitude.
    Thereadmaster@me.com
    Love Christmas stories.

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    1. Virginia, I think that's the allure... that cowboy code of honor and work and putting others and their animals first. So often we lose that in our daily lives... that makes it more special when we look back and see it displayed.

      Thanks for stopping over!

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  7. This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post.

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    1. Aw, Miranda, thank you. You caught me on a good day, LOL! :) And when I'm chatting with these great ladies... and their readers... it's easy. Because the company you guys keep over here is marvelous.

      The other thing is that I'm not shy. Shy, reserved authors have a harder time talking about themselves. Me? Oh my stars, I love talking!

      Thank you so much for coming over today!

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    2. Ruthy I can sense that you ARE shy, all the talk is just you overcompensating. And I respect that.

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    3. Yes, I'm a true introvert!!! :) Mary, thanks for stoppin' over here! Didn't we have so much fun working on this book together?

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  8. I did this interview, too, for later. I find the fact that Ruthy has all those hobbies a little demoralizing.
    I really need to do something besides read and write. Something ACTIVE. There's a Cornhusker game on today that involves some yelling, so that's active, though all done from a recliner.

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    1. My family bemoans my frenetic energy level. There are times (many, many times) that they'd like to just sit and chill... but there is STUFF TO GET DONE!!!! :) And the gardening is like MY ONLY HOBBY. Well, and baking. And I do like stripping a room and re-painting it. And I kind of like building things.

      See?

      IT'S A SICKNESS!!!! Pretend you're the normal one, darling.

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  9. Fun, informative interview, Ruthy! I'm a coffee drinker and love romance, both reading and writing it. But the idea of getting up at 3:30 or 4:00 AM gives me the shivers. I've got the collection and can't wait to read all these Christmas stories!

    Bake/Make a Memory sounds like great fun. I'm guessing the cleanup is going to be challenging. Might come close to cleaning the refrigerator. :-)

    Hugs, Janet

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    1. She's the ultimate achiever, Janet. The one against whom we must all measure ourselves.

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    2. Except it's not a contest, of course.... And Janet, when Mandy walked in last December and saw what happened to the kitchen... she and her husband rolled up their sleeves and jumped in because I'm pretty sure the 2 million sprinkles were having BABY SPRINKLES every second... It sure seemed that way!

      And Mandy was reminding me of that THIS VERY DAY. :)

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  10. Cowboys are my weakness. Handsome, rugged and gentle kinda like Sam Elliott. I love a man in cowboy boots especially my man even though he isn't a cowboy. Christmas must be really nice out in the open range covered in snow and a handsome cowboy who looks like Sam Elliott.

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    1. SAM ELLIOTT... Oh be still my heart! James Garner... James Stewart... Even Walter Brennan, not for looks but for the amazing characters that man could portray.

      #mustlovecowboys!!!!

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  11. I have been in love with cowboys since I was a little girl. Also love romantic western movies.

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  12. What I love most about cowboys was watching Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans as a child.

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  13. Christmas is the time for joy and giving gifts.

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  14. Cowboys are manly men! :-) This looks like a great read.

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  15. I like cowboys because of their strong work ethic, in books their usually gentlemen towards women and well you know their tight jeans are also nice to look at...lol

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  16. I like Christmas because it brings my family closer together!

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  17. I love Christmas because of the spirit of the holidays.

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  18. I like when family and friends get togather 4 the holidays and make lots of memeories and eat a nice meal:)

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