Interview with Rebecca Thomas, Author of The Blacksmith’s Son and Giveaway!

 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Hi, Rebecca!  Welcome to the Manga Maniac Café!  Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Rebecca Thomas] Stories must have a happy ending—tennis player, reluctant jogger, hockey crazy, board game lover, wife and mother who writes romantic fiction.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Blacksmith’s Son?

[Rebecca Thomas]Sure. My story opens with the heroine trying to end the suffering of an injured horse, but she doesn’t realize whose horse she’s trying to help, until it’s too late.

 

But the back cover blurb describes the story best:

Captain Quentin Drake returns home after his naval commission ends to find a groom being beaten in the village stables. He refuses to turn a blind eye to the lad’s mistreatment and intervenes, taking the lad to his room. Only to discover the boy…is a woman.

After Ally Lockwood witnesses an earl committing murder, she fears for her life. She flees his estate and masquerades as a blacksmith’s male apprentice. Her ruse is up when a handsome stranger tending to her wounds disrobes her. Captain Drake lures Ally into believing she can return to life as a woman, but it may draw the killer back on her trail.

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

[Rebecca Thomas] I start by thinking about an event that would be difficult or funny or unique. In the case of The Blacksmith’s Son I thought about how difficult it would be to put down an animal, even when it’s the most humane thing to do. I put myself in a stall with a horse and imagined what I would feel like. And from there, Ally started to take root in my head. Many writers think of the character first, I tend to think of a situation first. Maybe a funeral, or a wedding, or maybe going to a tattoo parlor, whatever the situation, I first think what it might be like for me, then I think in terms of what it would be like for a particular character. How might they think, feel, or react in a given situation.

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

[Rebecca Thomas] Little Moments by Brad Paisley, because truly it’s the little everyday things in life that touch our heart. When my son was about 6 years old he’d say, “Mom, let’s sit on the couch and drink Tang.” So silly really, but I never want to forget those moments. Or the look on your friend’s face when you surprise them by throwing a snowball their direction. Yep, life is all about little moments.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

[Rebecca Thomas] My cell phone. I can’t possibly be disconnected with anyone.

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

[Rebecca Thomas] A comfortable seat, some kind of liquid to drink (warm or cold depending on the weather), and no distractions.

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

[Rebecca Thomas]  A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

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

[Rebecca Thomas] The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. This book rocked my world as a pre-teen and was an easy transition to becoming an avid reader of historical romances where horses are the main mode of transportation.

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

[Rebecca Thomas]  That varies depending on the time of year. In winter, playing board games, watching my favorite reality television shows, or snuggling up with a good book. In summer, I love to be outside walking, jogging, or playing tennis. Any time of year I love to travel!

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

[Rebecca Thomas] Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beccawriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rebecca_Thomas3

Website: http://www.rebeccathomas.org/

Blog: www.fromheretothereromance.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

About the book:

The Blacksmith’s Son by Rebecca Thomas

Entangled Flirt

ISBN: 9781622663798

Book Description:

Captain Quentin Drake returns home after his naval commission ends to find a groom being beaten in the village stables. He refuses to turn a blind eye to the lad’s mistreatment and intervenes, taking the lad to his room. Only to discover the boy…is a woman.

After Ally Lockwood witnesses an earl committing murder, she fears for her life. She flees his estate and masquerades as a blacksmith’s male apprentice. Her ruse is up when a handsome stranger tending to her wounds disrobes her. Captain Drake lures Ally into believing she can return to life as a woman, but it may draw the killer back on her trail.

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About Rebecca Thomas

I enjoy a love-hate relationship with Alaska, where I live with my husband and two teen-aged sons. While I struggle with some aspects of the 49th state (darkness, cold) I have grown to appreciate the unique things the last frontier has to offer (no traffic, 24 hour daylight, privacy). When I’m not reading, writing, or playing board games, I’m cheering for my sons at their hockey games and tennis matches. I write historical and contemporary romantic fiction and I’m a member of Romance Writers of America.

My first book, a historical romance, will be available on November 25, 2013.

The Blacksmith’s Son is with Entangled Publishing’s Flirt imprint.

Awards: My work has won first place in the Ignite the Flame, Emerald City Opener, Gateway to the Best, and Merritt writing contests.

Website: www.rebeccathomas.org

Blog: www.FromHeretoThereRomance.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rebecca_Thomas3

Facebook: www.facebook.com/beccawriter

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