Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Welcome Jess Buffett!

Jess Buffett was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. She married her high school sweetheart and they live on the Central Coast with their two children. Jess is a hopeless romantic who loves stories about true love that sizzle with a happy ending—which is probably a good thing given what she writes. She is a huge fan of M/M and M/F romance—anything with hunky men in all their glory, whether they be shifters, vampires, cowboys, or the boy next door. Jess is a firm believer in soul mates, happily-ever-afters, and love at first sight, but that sometimes people need a second or a third meeting for the brain to catch up. 

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Joshua Kell signs a deal that will set his ranch up for life and then spends the night with the woman of his dreams. Waking up alone, he returns home, nursing a broken heart.

Brianna Evans struggles to overcome a horrific trauma. After two years, she's finally taking back control of her life, but she panics when she wakes up next to Josh.

Bri has to find him again, and when she does, hopes he'll understand and forgive her for running. She wants the chance to be happy again. But when a ghost from her past threatens to take everything away, Bri has to trust her cowboy will stop at nothing to keep her safe.

Inside the Book
Describe your setting and why you chose to write about this place.
The story is based on a ranch called Silver Stone Ranch, in a small fictional town, Bricker where the antique stores outnumber the other shops 5 to 1. We’re talking country Texas, small towns, and cowboys. I chose it because I love Texas. I’ve never been there, but there is just something about a good love story set out on a ranch in the middle of Texas. And cowboys…come on, I really shouldn’t need to say more. Lol
What is one thing about your heroine you hope readers connect with?
I hope they realize that she is a strong woman. Her actions aren’t always going to be heroic or brave, but she has been through a great deal and come out the other end still intact. She has a few dents, but the main thing is, she isn’t broken.
What makes your hero a hero?
Josh’s heart and soul. Even though he has a ‘not so shinning’ moment, he truly has a heart of gold. When he loves, he loves completely. He is a big man with a gentle soul. People respect him for his generosity. He is just one of those old fashioned good guys.
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
Some came from a picture I once saw of a beautiful couple on a ranch. But the reference to the colour lavender, which will come up a lot, comes from my parents. My Dad always called my Mum was his lavender girl. Since this story was very much written for my Mum in the end, I felt it was important to put that in there.
Here is a scene I couldn’t keep between secondary characters Mel and Caleb. It gives a sneak peek as to why there is some tension between them:
“Why do you hate me?” Caleb’s gaze bore into her, and she felt it to the very depths of her soul. She resented that.
Mel tried to move again, but he blocked her way. Sighing in aggravation, she narrowed her eyes. “Why do you suddenly care?”
There had been a time where the very thought of surrendering herself to the arms of this cowboy had made her weak in the knees. That was before she saw him for who he truly was. Knew it wouldn’t be just him she gave herself to.
“I have always cared.” He shook his head, confusion marring his handsome features. “I just can’t work out what I did. What I said.”
His breath caught when Mel leant forward, bringing her lips to his ear. “Oh, you didn’t say anything, but Lisa was more than happy to share the details.” She felt a slither of satisfaction at his shocked expression. “You know, if you and Noah are going to play around, you might want to make sure the girls know to keep it a secret.”
He stuttered. “I…we…Mel, look—”
Refusing to give him anymore of her time, she shoved hard against his solid chest. In his surprise, he stumbled back, giving her the chance to side step him and move away. Just as she reached the front door, she threw an icy glare over her shoulder. “Oh, and you both may want to learn to lock a door. You never know who may stop by for a visit. It was quite a show.”
Is there something that was edited from the book you wish could have stayed?
The ‘deleted scene’ from above. Since it wasn’t between the main characters, it was removed. But through the story there is an underlying tension between the secondary characters that isn’t fully explained. I wanted to hint at it, suggest it for a sequel, but in the end it was removed.
If you could choose one actress and one actor to play your lead characters in a movie, who would they be and why?
For Josh it would have to be Simon Baker. His smile, his mannerisms, are very much my cowboy. As for Bri, probably Olivia Wilde when her hair is dark, almost black. The hair, the skin, even the gentle beauty is everything I envision Bri to be.

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