Interview with Barbara Dunlop, Author of A Cowboy’s Temptation

 

Please welcome USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop to the virtual offices this morning! Barbara is celebrating the release of A Cowboy’s Temptation.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Barbara Dunlop] I write contemporary romance, most of it with a comedic slant.  I live in northern Canada.  And, though I write 3 – 4 books a year, I still have a day job that I enjoy very much.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Cowboy’s Temptation?

[Barbara Dunlop] A Cowboy’s Temptation is the fifth book in a six book series for Harlequin Desire titled Colorado Cattle Barons.  The series centers around two families with deep roots in Colorado ranching country.  In A Cowboy’s Temptation, rancher and current Mayor of Lyndon City, Seth Jacobs runs afoul of inn owner Darby Carroll over the extension of a railway into town.  They battle for the hearts and minds of the townspeople, while fighting a growing attraction to each other that culminates in a secret affair.  Cowboys are some of my favorite heroes, rugged, sexy, principled, so I’ve really enjoyed the writing I’ve done in this series.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Barbara Dunlop] It’s hard to go wrong with cowboys. And they seem to work extraordinarily well in the Desire line.  I also have an affinity for writing sibling relationships, especially brothers.  I love the way people who have known others their entire lives can manage push each other’s buttons.  I started Colorado Cattle Barons with two brothers, fraternal twins, actually—Caleb and Reed Terrell.  They’d been estranged since they were eighteen when their mother died.  Both blamed their hard-nosed father for her illness and death.  Caleb chose to leave the ranch, while Reed chose to stay and fight for his mother’s heritage.  In the first story, Caleb returns to the ranch to confront his twin brother and falls in love with Mandy Jacobs, bringing the Jacobs family into the series.  After that, there were many siblings, secret siblings, cousins and friends to choose from to carry the series forward.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Seth?

[Barbara Dunlop] He’s a cowboy, so rugged, sexy, principled.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Darby had a theme song, what would it be?

[Barbara Dunlop] Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Seth is never without.

[Barbara Dunlop] Seth is never without the multi-tool/knife on his belt.  There are a million things a cowboy can fix with that.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find on Darby’s bathroom?

[Barbara Dunlop] You won’t find a lot of makeup in Darby’s bathroom, or perfume, or fancy hair products.  She’s a  down to earth woman.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Seth’s greatest regret?

[Barbara Dunlop] Seth wishes he could have stayed on the ranch instead of running for Mayor.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Barbara Dunlop] The early, incredibly creative romance novelists like Sandra Brown, Iris Johansen and Kathleen Woodiwiss.  I also greatly admire work by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Kleypas and Aline Adams.  It’s a joy to read their stories.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Barbara Dunlop] A computer, a clear head and quiet.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] You are so prolific! What’s your secret to keeping your stories so fresh?

[Barbara Dunlop] Ironically, I think the more you write the better you get at it.  There are thousands of stories out there, and thousands of ways to approach them.  When you stay in practice, you have the tools you need to take on the next project.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  What has changed the most in publishing since you sold your first manuscript?

[Barbara Dunlop] When I published my first book in 2000, there were limited avenues for writers if they wanted to put their work in front of readers.  That’s all changed today.  There are many channels for publication, and there are authors succeeding in virtually all of them.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on A Cowboy’s Temptation?

[Barbara Dunlop] Although I love my day job, it does take up quite a lot of time.  I’m constantly balancing obligations and focusing on time management. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Barbara Dunlop] Most recently, I loved Lisa Kleypas’s trilogy: Sugar Daddy, Blue Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Barbara Dunlop] My first book was Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.  I don’t think I’ve looked back since.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Barbara Dunlop] If I’m not working, I’m usually writing.  Though my husband and I do try for movie night on Fridays.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Barbara Dunlop ] It’s easy to contact me through my web site www.barbaradunlop.com.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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About the book:

In this Colorado Cattle Barons novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop, a cowboy seduces the enemy 

Mayor Seth Jacobs has plans, and he won’t let do-gooder Darby Carroll ruin them. Her need for peace and quiet is standing in the way of a crucial railroad project. Now he must put his cowboy charms to good use and persuade Darby to see things his way. But seduction is a two-way street, and Seth soon realizes he underestimated his opponent. Now that he’s caught in his own trap, his desire for this woman could be his downfall….

About the author:

USA Today bestselling author Barbara Dunlop sold her first book to Harlequin in 2000.  Since then, she has sold more than 35 novels.  She has won a number of writing awards and is two-time RITA award finalist.  Married to her high school sweetheart, they live on a hobby ranch in Canada’s north amidst ruggedly beautiful mountains, where bears wander by their log house, and moose and deer graze in the fields.

In My Mailbox–April 22 Edition

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Not much is going on around the Café right now.  Trying to get prepped for the first horse show of the season. I’m a little nervous about driving Elle for the first time, but I am sure she will have nerves of steel Smile

New Arrivals at the Café:

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

Lance of Earth and Sky by Erin Hoffman

One Hot Cowboy Wedding by Carolyn Brown

Batman: Super-Villains Strike Choose Your Fate Adventure Book by Michael Teitelbaum

Black Heart by Holly Black

To Surrender To A Rogue by Cara Elliott

Gurin Digital Scale (We are having a Biggest Loser contest at work, and I didn’t have a scale.  So I bought one. Ugh)

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In My Mailbox–April 15th Edition

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I received a ton of surprises in my mailbox this week! That always helps the week fly by.

New Arrivals at the Café:

The Voyage of the Sea Wolf by Eve Bunting (I LOVED The Pirate Captain’s Daughter, so I was so excited to get this!)

Arise by Tara Hudson (For {teen} Scene Book tour)

Blood of the Wicked by Karina Cooper (From Avon Addicts!)

A Secret in her Kiss by Anna Randol (Also from Avon Addicts!)

The Night Sessions by Ken MacLead (This is a total surprise)

The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich (I enjoy historicals, so I’m looking forward to reading this)

I Only Have Eyes for You by Bella Andre (I am on a contemporary romance kick!)

Monster High 4 Back and Deader than Ever by Lisi Harrison (Wanted to see what this series is all about)

Revived by Cat Patrick (I love this cover!)

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi  (Now I have an excuse to read Ship Breaker!)

The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze (I thought that the premise sounded interesting – I like the cover, too!)

Rules of the Game by Sandy James (Another contemporary romance Smile  )

Surrender to the Roman by M K Chester (I love stories set in ancient Rome)

Desert Blade by Ella Drake (This looks really good!)

Serious Play by Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee (More contemporary romance!)

Zero Gravity Outcasts by Kay Keppler (I haven’t been reading enough science fiction lately)

Aidan Loyal Cowboy by Cathy McDavid (I love this author!)

Night’s Engines by Trent Jamieson (I have The Roil in my TBR, so I figured this would be a good time to catch up on the series)

Muse by Rebecca Lim (Had to order this from the UK – still no US release date Sad smile  )

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In My Mailbox-April 8th Edition

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Happy Easter if you celebrate!  Happy Sunday if you don’t!  I am hanging with my family today, and then trying to catch up on a few reviews.  Have a great day!

New Arrivals at the Café:

Touched by Jus Accardo

Untouched by Jus Accardo

A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards

Commercial Breaks: Famous for Thirty Seconds by P G Kain – Thanks to PG for arranging to have another copy sent to me after USPS destroyed the first one

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Rohan at the Louvre by Hirohiko Araki

Sports Illustrated Kids: Pro Files: Baseball

Skies of Fire: The Ether Chronicles ($1.99 – I couldn’t resist at that price)

Exile by Rebecca Lim – I loved Mercy and got tired of waiting for the US release of the sequel.  I purchased this from Totnes Books in the UK and received it in about a week – I love the internet!

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In My Mailbox–April 1st Edition

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There were many awesome Kindle sales at Amazon last week, and it was hard to resist, so I gave myself a budget of ten bucks and and scored a couple books I have been wanting to read.  The weather has been stupid again, too – 80s one week, rain, sleet and snow the next.  My sinuses do not like the variety!

New Arrivals at the Café:

Commercial Breaks: Famous for Thirty Seconds by P G Kain (This, sadly, came in pieces.  Thank you USPS for your careful package handling)

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

Drops of God Vol 3 by Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto

Compromised by Kate Noble

 

Can’t Buy Me Love by Maggie Marr

Horse Camp by Nicole Helget

The Wreck of the Nebula Dream by Veronica Scott

Darkest Knight by Karen Duvall

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove) by Tess Dare

EQUS Polo Wraps – I picked up a new set of polo wraps for my girls, because they deserve little presents, too!

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In My Mailbox- March 25th Edition

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Weird weather continues to be the norm here in usually chilly Michigan.  My cherry blossom tree is blooming, and it’s still March!  It is amazing how quickly all of the flora bursts back to life after a stretch of warm weather.  The world is starting to look green instead of brown.  I am enjoying the change of scenery!

New Arrivals at the Café:

Believe It Or Not by Tawna Fenske (Won this at Romance at Random)

Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper

Lockwood Lions: Always Upbeat and All That by Stephanie Perry Moore and Derrick Moore (Flipbook)

The Start-Up by Sadie Hayes

Borrowing Abby Grace by Kelly Green

Jack of Ravens by Mark Chadbourn

The Burning Man by Mark Chadbourn

Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill (99 cents for the Kindle version!)

Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (This was 1.99 for the Kindle)

Stepping on Roses Vol 7 by Rinko Ueda

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In My Mailbox–March 18th Edition

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The weather has been so wacky that I can’t restrain myself from discussing it again.  It was in the 70s most of the week, and next week it is supposed to be more of the same.  My poor flowers have started bursting out of the earth, and the trees are starting to bud.  It is the middle of March. MARCH!  What is going to happen in August?  Will it be over 100 degrees?  There has already been a lot of destructive storm activity, too, so I am very curious about what the weather will be like this spring and summer.  Are the temps out of control in your area, too?

New Arrivals at the Café:

The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen  (I loved the Elliot books)

Goddess Girls: Medusa the Mead by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams (For a blog tour)

Wicked as They Come by Delilah S Dawson (I want his jacket!)

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper (These look like a lot of fun)

Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men by Molly Harper

Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever by Molly Harper

Dororo Omnibus Edition by Osamu Tezuka (This is a great series, bound together in one convenient volume)

Holiday Affair by Annie Seaton (I am addicted to series romance)

Blackmailed by The Billionaire by Nina Croft

Weekend Agreement by Barbara Wallace

Ever Shade by Alexia Purdy (This was free for the Kindle last week)

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad (This looks creepy)

Belles by Jen Calonita

Chosen By Sin (Para-Ops) by Virna DePaul (This was free for the Kindle)

Gone by Michael Grant ($2.99 for the Kindle!)

Shadow’s Son by Jon Sprunk

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Santina Crown series (my first purchase from Mills & Boon.  The exchange rate kind of sucked, but it was a very pleasant shopping experience.)

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In My Mailbox–March 11th Edition

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I am chomping at the bit to read The Immortal Rules – it looks fantastic!

New Arrivals at the Café:

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (I am so excited to read this!)

Starters by Lissa Price

Triggers by Robert J Sawyer

Shadow’s Master by Jon Sprunk

The Last Real Cowboy by Donna Alward

The Werewolf’s Wife by Michele Hauf

Rake with a Frozen Heart by Marguerite Kaye

Not Just Friends by Kate Hoffmann

The Marked by Inara Scott

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

Summer Days by Susan Mallory

Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller

GTO: 14 Days in Shonan Vol 2 by Toru Fujisawa

Twin Spica Vol 12 by Kou Yaginuma

Trouble in a Pinstripe Suit by Kelly Hunter

Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater  (Ebook – 3.99!)

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