Monday, January 23, 2012

Bittersweet Romance Takes Readers By Leaps and Bounds

Laura Browning is the author of tantalizing paranormal tales and contemporary romance. No matter what genre she writes, her stories will keep you breathless. Her new release is BITTERSWEET and she's giving us the inside scoop about this intriguing tale. Let's give her a warm welcome. She's running a CONTEST so read on to find out how you may be a winner!
Karen: Let’s start by telling the readers a little about yourself.   
Laura: Obviously, I love to write. It’s hard to remember a time when I haven’t been doing that. As a kid, if I wasn’t reading or writing, I was probably drawing. I studied Journalism in college and spent a couple of decades working in television news everywhere from Paducah, Kentucky to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I changed careers several years back and now teach high school English.

Karen:Your new is release Bittersweet. What is the story about? What inspired you to write the tale? 
Laura: In addition to reading, writing and drawing, I’ve owned and ridden horses for most of my life. Bittersweet is the story of a show jumper, Chris Stevenson and a veterinarian, Anna Barlow. They share a past, though only she’s aware of that. Chris was actually a secondary character in my book, Winning Heart, one of those situations where the character demanded a story. Teaming a vet with him just felt like a good fit. As a horse owner, I’ve worked with plenty of veterinarians over the years, most of whom are a very dedicated group of professionals.

Karen:Anna Barlow is heroine of the story. What is she like? What is her first impression upon meeting the hero of the story Chris Stevenson again after so many years? What are her weaknesses? Strengths?  
Laura: Although brilliant, Anna is a very insecure heroine in many ways. She’s not at all confident in her looks or herself as a woman. When she meets Chris again, one of the first things she realizes is that he’s changed significantly from the playboy star of the horse show circuit.

Karen:What is Chris’ impression of Anna? What is he like? What are his weaknesses? His strengths? 
Laura: Chris’s first impression of Anna is that she’s one of those militant women’s rights types. Of course his assumption that the vet coming to his farm would be male kind of set her up to react that way. Chris is a man struggling to change. He’s taken a look at his life, not liked what he saw, and returned home to get away from the show circuit.

Karen:What do you find most rewarding about writing?  
Laura: That’s tough. I enjoy creating and telling stories, but I also simply enjoy being able to get ideas and information down on paper. It’s an expressive outlet, like drawing, that I think I would end up doing whether I ever made money at it or not. (Please don’t let my husband read this…lol)

Karen:What are your current projects and works in progress?  
Laura: I am the world’s worst multi-tasker, so I always have several WIPs. However, I am working on the next story about the Barlow-Barrett family—this one’s about Seth, one of Anna’s elder brothers.

Karen:Tell the readers where they can find you:  
Laura: You can find me on my website:; on my blog: ; on facebook and on Twitter at LauraBrowning4.

Karen:Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

Laura: Contest Question: I do have a question for your readers. With more and more books coming out in ebook format, are you still a physical book lover or an ebook lover? I have to admit I’ve jumped into ebooks pretty whole-heartedly. I even have my mother, who’s in her mid-80s, using an ereader! 

Laura: Contest Prize: For everyone who comments about ebooks vs. physical copies, I’ll enter them in a drawing for a digital copy of BITTERSWEET.

Karen:. You can Purchase your own copy of Bittersweet at Lyrical Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for joining us today. You said you've ridden horses. I'm curious, how much work is involved to become a show jumper?

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Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

First let me commend you for chosing ateaching career--especially high school. It;s a tough job.
I love the premise of the story about a hunt seat jumper. I saw a kid in competition once whose horse locked down at the gate and the kid went flying through the air. She had to be taken to the hospital and ended up with only minor injuries but it was frightening to see that.
I like to read stories on my ereader. It's just so handy and I can pile on the books and it never gets any heavier. For research though, I have to have a book I can hold in my hands, reread areas easily, highlight passages and (I know this is horrible to some) I like to write notes in the margins. Go ahead and shoot me but, when I read a book for research, it bears the scars of my interest.
I enjoyed your blog, Laura and I wish you every success.

VampedChik said... Best Blogger Tips

Story sounds great!!! I don't mind e-books but I prefer to have an actual book in my hand. I've always just loved the texture and smell of books. Thanks so much for sharing!

Laura Browning said... Best Blogger Tips

Top level show jumping riders normally have been riding since they were kids and often compete past the age of 40. It's a sport where men and women truly compete on equal footing. Many riders also train young riders and other people's horses, so even once they quit competing, they're still "in the business." Horses also have a pretty long life-expectancy in competition if they're not started too young and they stay healthy. It's not uncommon to find horses in their late teens still in the ring. As to falling off? LOL...been there and done that so often I quit counting. I've banged up knees, noses, and tailbones, but overall have been very fortunate. I slid headfirst into a cement wall of an indoor arena once after getting bucked off over a jump. thanks to a sturdy helmet, I ended up with only a couple of black eyes and a broken nose.

divavixenqueen said... Best Blogger Tips

Your book sounds wonderful.

I've just discovered the ebook format and I must say, it's giving the paperback a run for it's money.
Especially for the convience of it and the fact you can download so many good books at one time. Which is a good thing.

I will always be a loyal to the physical book though,since there's nothing like sitting back, relaxing and opening up a good book to get lost in.


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Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love holding a book in my hand, but I do have a NOOK now and I like having the book the instant I want it. lol

So both work for me, but if I had to choose, I'd still go with a printed book.

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Laura Browning said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations to Cathy who is the winner of a copy of Bittersweet! And I hope you'll be happy to hear I've just been offered a contract on its sequel!

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks so much!! I can't wait to read it!!