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Interview & Giveaway with Roxanne Snopek

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Welcome to Books-n-Kisses Roxanne, can you please share with us a little about yourself

Married with three daughters. We once had five cats, three dogs, three birds, a rotating population of hamsters and a couple of fish tanks. Now, one of our daughters has moved out, we’re down to one cat, one bird and one betta in a bowl. The hamsters are running joyously on that big wheel in the sky. Still have three dogs, but they’re not the same ones.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

I remember sitting in a coffee shop with a girlfriend, when I was about 20, telling her I would write a book one day. Didn’t know what it would be about, didn’t know anything about the business. But I loved to read and it seemed the epitome of existence, to belong to that club of people who created stuff to read.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?

Interesting? I’m so dull your teeth would fall asleep. But I do write in my car sometimes. Scares passers-by, I’ll tell ya!

http://www.roxannesnopek.ca/why-i-spent-five-hours-in-a-walmart-parking-lot-and-loved-it/

Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?9781622661015_FC

Fake Fiance, Real Revenge is a (wait for it) engagement-of-convenience story with a side of revenge! (bet’cha didn’t see that coming). It features Mitch Granger, the estranged older brother of Carson Granger, from Three River Ranch. Hm. I guess that makes it a prodigal-son story, too. Anyway, Mitch needs a cover fiancée in order to land a business deal, and who better than high-school sweetheart Sabrina Becker, now the town midwife. Unfortunately, they didn’t part on good terms…

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I had this one in my pocket, way back when I came up with the series idea. (Can’t remember where I put Snipe, my water-bottle – 15 times a day, I go Snipe-hunting – but a whole town of imaginary characters have real estate in my brain, that I can remember from five years ago. Sigh.)

Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?

I’m wrapping up a novella for an Entangled Bliss Christmas 2013 anthology. It’s about a passionate do-gooder who “liberates” a bunch of what she thinks are reindeer, and gets caught releasing them, while trespassing, on Three River Ranch property. While it’s being house-sat by none other than the deputy sheriff. During a blizzard. Of course!

Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?

Lordy. So many authors! I’ve got a group of favorite Barbaras – O’Neal, Freethy, Rogan and Kingsolver – some of whom I’ve already met, but all of whom I’d happily buy drinks for! (You listenin’ ladies?)

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

Three pieces: Invest in yourself. Be patient. Hang in there.

I’ve been working at this for almost 25 years, first building a freelance career, then working on the holy grail of fiction. Even with all my experience, I nearly gave up my dream of being a fiction author. Then I gave it One Last Year. I submitted like crazy, went to three conferences, joined two or three more writers associations, submitted some more, took several on-line workshops, plus a couple of classroom workshops, submitted up down and sideways, took a position on the board of my local RWA chapter, entered contests, judged contests… in short, I spent money and time I didn’t have, so that IF I decided to give up my dream, I’d be able to say I’d tried, really, really tried.

About a month before my self-imposed deadline, I sold.

Oh, and do yoga. Sitting is more hazardous to your health than you might think!

Can you share with us something off your bucket list.

I want to visit the Galapagos Islands! I have a thing for turtles and tortoises. (Oh! I forgot, I used to have turtles, too! Did you know they carry Salmonella? Another story for another time.)

What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?

I’m reading RaeAnne Thayne’s Hope’s Crossing series right now and it’s just great! http://www.raeannethayne.com

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I think I’ve gone on long enough!  Thank you so much for having me, Kelly! I love to hear from readers so if anyone’s interested in dropping me a line, go to:

www.roxannesnopek.ca

www.facebook.com/RoxanneSnopekAuthor

www.goodreads.com/RoxanneSnopek

Twitter @RoxanneSnopek

I’ve also got some pretty sweet cowboy pictures on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/RoxanneSnopek

PS: don’t forget to enter the contest – grand prize is an iPad Mini!

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Real-estate tycoon Mitchell Granger has a problem. In order to secure a lucrative deal with an eccentric client, he told the teeny white lie that he was engaged…and now he needs to prove it. Even worse? The only name that came to mind was Sabrina Becker, the girl he was never good enough for growing up, and who still lives near his family ranch.

Sabrina doesn’t mind posing as Mitch’s fake fiancée—no, she doesn’t mind at all. One, she’ll make him pay with new construction for her business. And two, Sabrina’s got a plan to exact revenge on her first love, the boy who left her and Three River Ranch behind. She’ll pretend so well, he’ll fall in love with her…and then he’ll get a taste of what true heartbreak feels like.

But as Mitch sheds his corporate skin and picks up his dusty jeans and cowboy hat, will both his and Sabrina’s grand plans get derailed by love?

Buy Links

Fake Fiance, Real Revenge:  AmazonB&NiBookstore

His Reluctant Rancher: Amazon

 Three River Ranch: Amazon

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14 Responses to Interview & Giveaway with Roxanne Snopek

  1. Jeanne September 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I would love to win this prize because I don’t have one yet. My email is: jtagee@bham.rr.com

    Thanks for the chance.
    Jeanne

    • Roxanne Snopek September 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      You know what, Jeanne? Neither do I! I keep looking at it… thinking… do I *really* have to give it away? :)

      Thanks for joining us today! Good luck in the draw!

  2. Diane Sallans September 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    this would be great – I don’t have an eReader!

    • Diane Sallans September 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

      forgot to leave my email – sallans d at yahoo dot com

    • Roxanne Snopek September 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      Oh, hon, you really need one! Make sure to follow the tour all the way through – you need every entry you can get!

      Thanks for stopping in, Diane!

  3. Aly P September 11, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    The cover is mmmm. The blurb is very interesting/

    email: alinutza4u2004[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

    • Roxanne Snopek September 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      Thanks, Aly! I love my cover too, very Linda Lael Miller, I thought. I hope you enjoy the book – thanks for joining us!

  4. EJ Russell September 11, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I beg to differ with your “dull” claim, Roxanne! After all, who agreed to brave the Vegas Haunted House with Robin Bielman? (BTW, my daughter is constantly on me about getting a standing desk. She says I sit way too much. I’d be tempted, but wouldn’t I lose parental authority if I actually take her advice?)

    Loved FF, RR!

    –E

    • Roxanne Snopek September 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      EJ! Hey, great to see you! I think I used up about 50 weeks of this year’s excitement in one week in Vegas, :^) If you get a standing desk, let me know how it goes. We’re killing ourselves with all this inactivity! We have to stay in shape for next year’s Vegas adventures!

    • Roxanne Snopek September 12, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

      PS: So glad you enjoyed the book

  5. Lori H September 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    Nice interview :) I haven’t read this yet and I’m looking forward to reading it. I have 3 daughters as well and life is never dull.
    Thanks :-)

  6. Roxanne Snopek September 17, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Hi Lori H! Kelly at Books ‘n Kisses gives good interview, it’s great fun to talk with her. My girls are pretty much grown now; I miss the children they used to be, but it’s wonderful to have such lovely young women as friends!

    I hope you enjoy the book! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Donna D September 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    my email: donna(dot)durnell(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

    I like stories about ‘Fake’ Fiance(e)s. I remember one movie, “The Proposal,” with Sandra Bullock where she was going to be deported, so she ropes her assistant in pretending to be her Fiance.

    I relate when you say you look for your water bottle 15 times a day. It’s either my glasses, or my cell phone, I can’t keep track of.

    • Roxanne Snopek September 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

      Donna, I loved that movie! What a great couple they are. I have four pairs of glasses so I think I’ve conquered that problem – which shouldn’t even BE a problem, since I’m blind as a bat and always have one pair on my nose. The cell phone thing, well I remain defeated on that score.

      Memory… I think it was great, can’t really recall.

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