Monday, August 20, 2012

Paragraph Challenge with Andrea Downing

KAREN: Andrea, thank you so much for participating in the Paragraph Challenge. Why don't tell us a little about your story, Loveland.

Andrea: I’m so excited to be here Karen! Thank you for having me. 
Here's a blurb for LOVELAND:
When Lady Alexandra Calthorpe returns to the Loveland, Colorado, ranch owned by her father, the Duke, she has little idea of how the experience will alter her future. Headstrong and willful, Alex tries to overcome a disastrous marriage in England and be free of the strictures of Victorian society --and become independent of men. That is, until Jesse Makepeace saunters back into her life... 
Hot-tempered and hot-blooded cowpuncher Jesse Makepeace can't seem to accept that the child he once knew is now the ravishing yet determined woman before him. Fighting rustlers proves a whole lot easier than fighting Alex when he's got to keep more than his temper under control. Arguments abound as Alex pursues her career as an artist and Jesse faces the prejudice of the English social order. The question is, will Loveland live up to its name?

  PAGE 98.

     “I really don’t wish to hear about this,” Alex retorted, keeping herself busy. Suddenly she was forced to think about Jesse with another woman, Jesse whoring, Jesse doing what men did. The incident the day of the circus with the soiled dove
had never bothered her; it had been funny if anything, yet hearing it now so plainly put by Bea, she was stunned. Confused, she put her brush down for a moment, then took it back up. One standard for men, another for women, she thought to herself.
Fine, let a man get experience, but I won’t be a virginal spinster, that’s for sure.
KAREN: SO WHAT DO YOU THINK, READERS? DO YOU WANT MORE? I'd like to know what Alex plans and if she's planning it with Jesse.
Andrea's Favorite line:

“Mama?” Sue Ann gave her mother a jab as
Annie filled a plate for her. “Are they kissing or
eating each other?”

KAREN: Andrea, who would like to play your characters in Loveland?

ANDREA: If the book became a film I would have Keira Knightley  as Alex (who I actually had in mind as I wrote) and Ryan Gosling as Jesse.
KAREN: I like the cast. :)  Readers, if you aren't sure who these fabulous actors are, click on the names and take a gander. Andrea, thank you again for being here with us today. I wish you the best success with your new release.

About the Author: 
Andrea Downing has spent most of her life in the UK where she developed a penchant for tea-drinking, a tolerance for rainy days, and a deep knowledge of the London Underground system .  In 2008 she returned to live in the city of her birth, NYC, but frequently exchanges the canyons of city streets for the wide open spaces of the West.  Her love of horses, ranches, rodeo and just about anything else western is reflected in her writing.  Loveland, a western historical romance published by The Wild Rose Press, is her first book.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Women Writing the West.
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Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hot-tempered and hot-blooded cowpuncher Jesse Makepeace-- Yeah, I want to know him better.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking the challenge. You have me intrigued. :)

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello Andrea,

Your story sounds really good. What time period does the story take place?

Andrea Downing said... Best Blogger Tips

Well thank you, Karen. I enjoyed it!

Andrea Downing said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Cathy: the story is set in the 1880s. There was a terrible winter in 1886/7 and they thought it was a second ice age. This proves to be pivotal to the story. Thanks for stopping by!

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your snippet. These are dangerous to my wallet. lol

I never ask questions but thought I'd ask one today.

what do you like the best about your cowboy, Jesse?

Andrea Downing said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Katrina, thanks for your kind words. As for Jesse, I love the way he stands up for his own principles but somehow learns to be patient with Alex when those principles collide with her beliefs. Sometimes it proves to be tough going for him!

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the heroine's attitude...not gonna have those double standards, by golly. Great paragraph. What drew an English writer to write a western? What kind of research did you have to do? Hot tea...a hug in a cup (according to the character, Patrick Jane in The Mentalist.) LOL

Andrea Downing said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Sarah, I have to tell you I'm actually American--went off to the UK many years ago to do my MA, got married and the rest, as they say, is history. But one good thing about raising a child in the UK is that the schools give a month at Xmas, a month at Easter and 2 months in the summer vacation. So, every Easter we went off to a ranch in AZ and every summer we went off to at least 2 in CO,WY or MT. So that was the start of my love affair with the west--or maybe a continuation as I always watched westerns on tv. As for research, I read a lot of memoirs of the period to get the voices correct and visited Loveland--of course! Actually, there's lots on the research I did in the author's note in the book :-)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


I enjoy stories that have a bit of history weaved through the story. Loveland is a real place?

LisaRayns said... Best Blogger Tips

Great paragraph! Loved the blurb too. Congrats on your release!

Andrea Downing said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, Karen, Loveland Colorado actually exists--north of Denver fairly close to the Wyoming border. It forms a triangle with Greeley and Ft. Collins..
And Lisa, thanks for your good wishes!

Nancy Jardine said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay, so I'm wondering. Was there whoring with soiled doves in Jesse's past? Guess I have to get the book!

Ilona Fridl said... Best Blogger Tips

Andrea, that paragraph was a great one! I'm ready to read the whole story. May you have many sales with it.

Andrea Downing said... Best Blogger Tips

Nancy, no spoilers here! My lips are sealed.
Ilona, thanks for your good wishes. I hope you'll enjoy the whole story!

Born2Command said... Best Blogger Tips

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