Dorothy Callahan is visiting the virtual offices today to chat about her book Taming the Stallion. Check out what she has to say.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Dorothy Callahan] I’m an avid animal lover who has always dreamed of being a published author. I’m also a chocoholic who refuses any 12 step program.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Taming the Stallion?
[Dorothy Callahan] Raylie really just wants to get a great promotion; she’s done with men and dating. Her baggage is tragic and too hard to deal with, so she represses it, focusing instead on her career. She takes a horse case despite dealing with her past, because she really thinks she can make one more headline arrest.
Ashton is the top horse trainer/breeder around, so the fact this Peace Officer wants to arrest him is ludicrous. He just wants to know who’s poisoning his horses, and the ones he’s losing point to someone being aware of his secretive past.
Neither one really wants anything to do with the other, but they just can’t fight their attraction, despite the risks to their professional careers. Who’s going to solve this case?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Dorothy Callahan] Working in a busy humane society gave me lots of ideas for stories, and, being an animal lover with a defined sense of justice, I knew my heroine would have to embrace those qualities as well. Plus, in all my years working at the humane society, no one ever stumbled on anyone as great a catch as Ashton! All I needed was a situation that put both of them at their personal worst, then stepped back to watch what would happen.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Raylie?
[Dorothy Callahan] Driven, empathic, unwavering. She is definitely NOT a closet romantic. Nope. (Ignore her artwork. She does.)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Ashton had a theme song, what would it be?
[Dorothy Callahan] "Unanswered Prayers" by Garth Brooks.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Raylie is never without.
[Dorothy Callahan] Her sidearm.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Ashton’s bedroom?
[Dorothy Callahan] Neutral colors, art work, potpourri.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Ashton’s greatest regret?
[Dorothy Callahan] Dropping out of college, despite how his life prospered.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Dorothy Callahan] Movies, so I can "veg" and let the juices flow, chocolate, because, well, it’s chocolate, and my husband, who is the best sounding board in the entire world.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Dorothy Callahan] A pen to chew on, a cat on my lap, and silence.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Dorothy Callahan] Ooh, it’s a tie between "Darkfire Kiss," by Deborah Cooke, and "Homer’s Odyssey" by Gwen Cooper.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Dorothy Callahan] A book I read as a child about a young boy whose father (a forest ranger) rescued a mountain lion cub, and as she grew into adulthood, the boy risked his life to return her to the wild. I can’t recall the name of it, but I read it about 8 times in elementary school. (I think the librarian hid it from me after a while….) After that, in middle school, it was Piers Anthony and Robert Asprin.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Dorothy Callahan] What do you mean?
I love to watch movies, read, renovate our house, and shop for antiques. I’m also a Facebook junkie. I love to repost!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Dorothy Callahan] Online at Dorothy Callahan Author on Facebook, or dorothycallahan.com to visit me. In person, just talk about movies, your pets, or antiques!
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog! I appreciate the opportunity to be here.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
You can purchase Taming the Stallion from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below.
About the book:
Peace Officer Raylie McPherson’s mission in life is to protect animals from abuse, and if that means throwing the abusers in jail, so be it. So when the report of two downed horses comes in—from renowned Starstruck Stables, nonetheless—Raylie assumes she can make a quick headline arrest. Despite having to face her horror from the last time she rode, making her relive her fiancé’s death every time she sets foot in a stable, she is determined to do her job. Her coworker swears the owner is innocent, but Raylie’s experience tells her he simply can’t be. But the suspect is anguished, grieving, and too rich to need the insurance money.
Ashton Lyre is devastated over the loss of his two favorite horses—a money maker and a brat. So he’s surprised that the pretty Peace Officer accuses him of the foul deed—for money, no less. She fears his horses, which intrigues him, for she’s obviously ridden before. However, he knows he must be cautious, for he just discovered his very empire was built on shaky ground. Should the pretty cop learn of his fraudulent start, he fears everything he owns could be forfeited, and every case that dips into his past dredges up his fears.
About the Author:
Dorothy Callahan lives in upstate New York with her wonderful husband, a pride of demanding cats, and two loyal dogs, all rescued from shelters (not the husband). When she is not writing, she enjoys shopping for antiques and renovating their pre-Civil War house.