Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?

By: Abigail Sharpe

Congratulations to "Jonetta", the winner in Abigail's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hi, everybody, and thanks for stopping by today.  I’m Abigail Sharpe, a newly published author.  A REALLY newly published author.  Green even.  So new, in fact, that as of the day my blog piece posts, my first release, Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?, will still be under a month old.  I’m as green as the fields in my story.

“We started the market research for turning the ranch into a singles retreat before Dad died,” Molly said.  “It was put on hold, but now we’re ready to make it happen.”

Riley shook his head.  “You’re turning the Crescent Ridge into a meat market.” 

Since I’m so new to most of you, I thought I’d start by introducing myself.  I’m 41, like long hikes in the woods and looking up at the stars (though not at the same time), a fan of the sweet and salty (chocolate-covered potato chips, anyone?) and not a coffee drinker.  I respond to Abby, Gail, and Abigail (sometimes I have trouble remembering who I am) and have the kind of face where folks think they know me.  Sometimes they’re right.

I write contemporary stories of love, laughter, and happily ever after, and I have two traits that are different from most writers:  I did not spend my childhood crafting stories for my friends to read, and I am not an introvert.  Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? is my first complete novel, but it was rewritten so many times I could have finished three others in the time frame it took for me to sell it.  Still, when I reread it, some parts make me laugh, some parts make me cry, and the ending gives me a glow of satisfaction.

Riley stiffened and avoided Ainsley’s face before clearing his throat.  “It’s messy and wet work.  You don’t want to go.”

“I wish you’d stop telling me what to do and what I want, Cowboy.  How do you know I don’t want to get wet and messy?”

His mouth quirked and she became grateful for the layer of dirt hiding the blush suffusing her cheeks.  She stayed still, letting him get the immature images out of his mind.  Finally, he gave her the barest of nods. 

When I’m not writing, you can find me singing karaoke or naughty wench songs (I perform at the local medieval faire) or being walked by my dog.  I like to act silly and don’t care who sees me (sometimes to my husband’s chagrin) and live for the times where I can giggle with my kids (I have two boys, 9 and 11).

“I’ve always wanted to ride a mechanical bull,” Meagan said.

“Really?” Ainsley asked.

“No.  But now that I’ve heard about it, it seems like fun.”

My pet peeves are all word related:  When the word UTILIZE is used the wrong way (which is it ALL the time), people who end sentences with the word AT (as in, where’s the party at?), and modifying the word UNIQUE by adding very or most in front of it.  Something is either unique or it’s not.  There’s no such thing as very unique.  The hero in my next story, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor, has the same unique peeve.

Riley reined in when he saw the lamb.  The animal moved a few feet to one side, stopped, and moved a few feet again, pawing the ground and bleating.  “I don’t think he’ll try to run, but get behind him just in case.”

“If he does?”

He grinned at her and her heart slammed against her ribs.  “Chase him.”

I write instructions for a living, which made writing the love scenes hard (no pun intended… well, maybe a little) at first – insert tab A into slot B.  But I learned quickly, even if I still write them with my eyes closed. 

“I told you, when I have you beneath me, it will last all night,” Riley told her, and silenced any protests by kissing her once more. 

So that’s me.  Tell me about you...

Abigail will be giving away a digital copy of  WHO WANTS TO MARRY A COWBOY to one person leaving a comment or email entry.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 5th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. US and CANADA submissions only.


29 comments:

  1. Maureen, thanks for having me here today! It was a lot of fun going though my story and picking up those snippets to include. <3

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  2. Thank you so much for being here, Abigail. Your post is really unique. Really really unique! (ducks head before Abby throws something at it)

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    1. *laugh* You are so very, very mean.

      When I read your response, my mind went THAT'S NOT A PHRASE! and when I kept reading, I told my mind to shut up. *grin*

      I would never throw anything at you! Probably...

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  3. SO GLAD to see you in print Abigail !! This is so exciting !!
    ~Angi

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    1. Thank you, Angi! Glad to see you here. :)

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  4. Hi Abigail
    Congrats, your book sounds like a fun read! I'm happy to finally meet another writer who is a non-coffee drinker ;0) Here's hoping for big sales and lots of future success.
    Tammy

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    1. Can I also admit that I don't drink wine? Give me an amaretto and orange juice any day. :)

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  5. Hi Abigail,

    I have your book already and adore Riley! Congrats on the release!!

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  6. Congratulations on the publication of your first book, Abigail! I chuckled when I read your word pet peeves. I remember when, as a young girl, I would ask "Where is the ---- at?" my Mom would answer, "Behind the preposition 'at'." It didn't take me long to break that habit and I resist making that comment every time I hear questions ending with the word. I also flinch when I hear "very unique" and thought it was just me. Thank you for reviving a fond memory.

    Best of luck in your writing career. Your book sounds wonderful.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. It's like you're my long lost sister! *laugh* Every time my kids say "Where's the whatever at?" I ask them, "What?" until they say it right. They roll their eyes a lot. :)

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  7. Love, love, LOVE how you interspersed snippets of your story's dialogue into the blog. Great blend of story and author...and maybe that's why I loved your debut novel so much. You wrote this with your heart and soul. Now before I get slammed for using a word in a non-functional manner, I'm out! LOL!
    BTW, I already OWN the book, read it, and it's a real keeper!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Jaye! Muah! Let me tell you, picking out those snippets was really hard! There's so many parts that I adore and wanted to share.

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  8. Congratulations on your debut, Abigail, Abby, Gail!!
    You were one of the 1st GH sisters I met in Orlando--and I can still remember you laughing!
    Thrilled for you!

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    1. Yeah, that's me being loud and obnoxious! *laugh*

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  9. Well, this is awkward. I too am 41, not a coffee drinker, did not write stories for my friends, and am not an introvert. Plus, my debut came out less than a month ago. This blog is like looking in a mirror, but seeing someone cuter looking back. :)

    Congrats on this one. I love the title. Every time I see it I think, "Who wouldn't??" Put me in the running! terriATterriosburn.com (I'm buying it if I don't win so no worries. I can't believe I don't already have this on my kindle.)

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    1. You and me at the bar in Atlanta, my other long lost sister. We can be cute and extroverted there together. :)

      I love the title, too! So many times you hear "don't stay attached to your titles," but I got to keep it, yay!

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  10. Congrats on the release Miss Abigail. Although I don't understand not drinking coffee. Just can't do it. Maybe it's an extrovert thing - which clearly I am not. But I am often walked by my dogs. :)

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    1. Hmmmmm... here's an experiment - don't drink coffee for a week and see if you change from being an introvert :)

      Oy, and when the crazy princess puppy sees another dog? Sheesh!

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  11. Hi Abigail, Abby, Gail!!
    What a fun post and what a fun, fun book. I mean, Who WOULDN'T want to marry a cowboy?? I knew when I first met you that you were like a sister from a different mother. And this glimpse into your life shows me why: I'm not an introvert, I have so many word pet peeves my family just doesn't want to hear about them anymore (thank you for the "utilize" comment--it's a word that really doesn't need to exist), I love to be silly--and embarrass my husband, I love to laugh, and I don't drink coffee.

    I'm so excited for your books, my GH sister. I'm so glad to know you!! Congratulations. And, trust me, you won't feel green for long; this biz moves way too fast!!

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    1. Liz, you made me laugh! You can be my third long lost sister. *laugh* I write technical manuals and cringe every time I see utilize. Oy. And I don't embarrass my husband on purpose... it just happens.

      You, me, and Terri at the bar in Atlanta. *grin*

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  12. Congratulations on your debut novel, Abigail! I love how you interspersed your interview with your book. Kind of how I'm reading "Cowboy" during my writing breaks! Loving it so far! Happy Trails to you!

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    1. Heather, that is so sweet. I love that I'm a break for you. :)
      Just call me a kit kat bar!

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  13. Abigail, I love the snippets from your novel. Riley oozes masculinity and I can't wait to curl up with his story!

    Lets see, I'm more a slightly extroverted introvert. 😀 I'm up for karaoke but won't be the first one on stage. Best if luck with your first release! It sounds as full of fun and energy as you!!

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    1. Awww, thanks, Pris. You, me, Liz, and Terri singing karaoke at the bar in Atlanta. *grin*

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  14. Had a similar situation with my current mss recently where I was laughing and then in tears. I can certainly appreciate the challenge of writing a sex scene when you write instructions for a living. Too funny.

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    1. Awww, Reese, don't you LOVE when that happens? The laughing and tears, not sex-scene instructions.

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  15. Hey, we have a few things in common! I love hiking, sweet and salty (I devour chocolate covered pretzels but now that I know chocolate covered potato chips exist, I'll be on the hunt for those!), and I am also a "late bloomer" as far as writing goes. Like you, I'm having a blast with it. Who Wants To Marry a Cowboy sounds like a lot of fun and I am so looking forward to reading it. :)

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