A Warm Wildflower Welcome to ROBENA GRANT and a giveaway!

Robena is giving away a copy of BACHELOR ISLAND…either print or e-book. Please leave a comment and check back tomorrow!

It’s so nice to be here. Thank you, Tanya Hanson, for this opportunity. Writing Bachelor Island was so much fun, and because I’m interested in the behind the scenes of a story, or film, and especially why a certain location or setting was chosen, I thought I’d share mine.

Bachelor Robena Grant

I also adore fish out of water stories. When I moved to the U.S. from Australia in 1973, I was part of a recruiting program for registered nurses with post-operative heart surgery nursing skills. The hospital I’d been hired for was in Texas. I was definitely a fish out of water. But I fell in love with Texas and have vivid memories, especially of the hill country from where my cowboy hero hails. My publishing house, The Wild Rose Press, also hold retreats every few years in Bandera, Texas.

Bachelor Island island pic

Kauai—the setting of many well-known films and TV shows—was chosen because it has an exotic feel, yet still has some small town aspects, and it has studios, casting companies, for the filmmaking that I needed. I put my Texas cowboy in a Hollywood production. You guessed it, another fish out of water story. A friend, who is a native of Hawaii, told me the history of Parker Ranch, and the paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys of Mexican heritage.) The backdrop of the ranch was perfect for my cowboy, and the other cowboy contestants, so I had to also include the big island of Hawaii.

Parker Ranch, Big Island

Parker Ranch, Big Island

Soooo… do you like fish out of water stories? What’s your favorite one?

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BLURB
Corie Benton, co-producer of television reality show, Bachelor Island, is scheduled to film the grand finale on Kauai. However, the season five BI winner drops out. Producer Brick Masterson, Corie’s boss and ex-lover, refers to the finale as Dante’s Divine Comedy. He needs seven finalists and wants diversity. Corie suggests re-filming with cowboys.

Wyatt Hardy, a Texas cattle rancher suffering through a 3 year drought, medical bills for his ten-year-old daughter’s cancer treatments, and the memory of her mother who died eight years ago, needs a stroke of luck, but the thought of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood spooks him.

Wyatt must fight to win for his two loves—the ranch, and his daughter…well, make that three—also his co-producer.

 

EXCERPT

“You might want to take two keys, just in case,” a female voice said.

Wyatt did a slow turn. What the hell? The woman seemed familiar. He’d know those eyes anywhere. He fast forwarded through his almost empty file of attractive women and hit pay dirt. How the hell did she get here? She gave him that same once over again, the same one she’d given him in his home town, little old Hardisburg, Texas. He’d never forgotten her, or her scent. His nostrils flared slightly as he inhaled. She smelled like vanilla pudding.

The woman smiled. “Corie Benton, executive producer of Bachelor Island. Most of us refer to it as BI, along with the number of the episode. You’ll be starring in BI 5. Welcome aboard.”

Wyatt blinked hard. “Thank you.”

He’d thought she was one of those romance authors who’d been doing a writing retreat at a ranch on the outskirts of town. Huh? Well, how about that? She looked different today. Her long rich brown hair fell in messy waves, whereas last time it had been pulled into a tight bun thing at the back of her neck. His head had ached at the thought of it. And she’d been in a damn suit and heels in the middle of Texas, in the rain, and with no umbrella. She’d given him a look like he smelled bad. He had.

Her shoulders were now bare and that sundress hung on by the tiniest of straps. He felt disoriented, pulled in a deep breath, and scanned the lobby again hoping for Luke to come save him. She looked up at him her hand jutting out. The bright, penetrating brown eyes were the same: Questioning.

 

BIO

Robena Grant is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart Finalist, and has placed in many contests. She writes both romantic suspense and contemporary romance, and this is her seventh novel published by The Wild Rose Press. Australian by birth, Robena lives in Southern California. She has two adult children, adores reading, coffee, red wine, chocolate, travel, and she’s never met a cowboy she didn’t like. Robena can be contacted through Facebook, Twitter, or her website: www.robenagrant.com

 

 

 

 

Tanya Hanson
A California beach girl, I love cowboys and happy-ever-afters. My firefighter hubby and I enjoy travel, our two little grandsons, country music, McDonald's iced coffee, and volunteering at the local horse rescue. I was thrilled last year to receive the CTRR Award at Coffeetime Romance for Sanctuary, my tribute to my cancer-survin' hubby!
Updated: March 4, 2016 — 1:58 am

32 Comments

  1. Hi Robena, so glad you could visit with us today! What a great book! I love fish out of water stories and actually have a historical with a cowboy on Oahu! We think alike, girl. I so much enjoyed Jude Devereaux’s Knight in Shining Armor. I read it on a plane and actually laughed out loud. This poor handsome knight gets launched into the present day. I still remember his rapture at Reese’s peanut butter cups. Then the heroine gets shot into medieval times with her big purse of modern-say stuff. Oh, it’s hilarious!

    Best wishes with Bachelor Island!!!

    1. Good morning! Thanks so much for the opportunity to guest blog, Tanya. I’m happy you liked Bachelor Island, because I had fun writing it. Now I need to find your book, and I adore the sound of Jude Devereaux’s fish out of water story. 🙂

  2. I can’t think of a fish out of water type book right off the top of my head. But I do like the different situations and seeing how someone copes with one. Your book sounds really good. I can’t wait to read it. Kauai is also one of my most favorite places on Earth.

    1. Hi, Janine. I also love seeing how a character copes in a different for them setting. I often think of Wyatt as, “You can take the cowboy out of Texas, but…”

  3. Hi Robena!!
    Love cowboys and Hawaii, so this book is a Don’t Miss!! Welcome to Petticoats today!! Thanks for sharing your insights into your story. Off to get me a copy!!

  4. Oh, hi Charlene! You’ll never guess what I’m reading…your latest Desire, One Secret Night, One Secret Baby. I figured I’d take a peek before going to sleep, and of course I read four chapters. Your book is the reason I arrived here late this morning. *wink*

    BTW to all who comment there is a giveaway of one print or eBook of Bachelor Island.

    1. Duh. I just added your giveaway. I had put it in the text when I loaded your first draft, but the computer kicked me out, and I just realized I hadn’t save it. I added it just now. Sheesh.

        1. Also, I just researched and found your book set on Oahu: The Christmas Room is now on my Kindle. 😉

    2. Ha! Robena how nice of you to say!
      I just got your book this morning via Amazon!! I’m looking forward to reading it very soon, after I finish a blog, a synopsis and the chapter of my WIP. You know the drill, not enough hours in the day!

  5. Hi Robena and Tanya!
    I love fish out of water stories. Aren’t we all FOW in some way. I am halfway through your book, Robena, and am totally enjoying it. The aspect of filming the reality show is very interesting. Plus, I’ve been to Kauai many times, and can picture all you describe.
    Good job!
    wishing you much success.

    1. Thank you, Lynne. And thank you for reading Bachelor Island. I’ve been to Hawaii quite a few times but never made it to Kauai. I did a ton of research and my neighbor has a condo there, so I picked her brain. Whew! Glad it’s resonating with you.

  6. Oh this sounds great… you definitely have my attention! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Thanks for coming by, Colleen. 🙂

  7. Ohhhh, I love the concept for your book and Kauai is such a beautiful island for the setting. I absolutely loved my trip there. Another must read for me…. Bachelor Island is calling me. LOL!

    1. Thanks for coming by, Casi. I have a love/hate relationship with all these books that call to me. Ha ha.

  8. I do love fish out of water story lines. 🙂 They always have fun tidbits and happenings.

    1. Hi, Susan. Yep. Poor old Wyatt didn’t get off the ranch much, but he sure cleaned up nice. 🙂

  9. Hi Robena,

    Congrats on your latest release! I’m a big fan of fish out of water stories, and island settings, and cowboys…basically Bachelor Island sounds like a Sam Beck trifecta. 😉

    1. You always know what to say to make me smile, Sam. Sitting here with a big grin on my face and my chest all puffed out. 😉

  10. Looking forward to reading this. A Knight in Shining Armor is a great, funny fish out of water story.

  11. Hi, Nancy. Now that it comes with two recommendations I’d better add it to the teetering TBR pile. Haven’t read one of JD’s for a while, so it is time. Thanks for dropping by.

  12. Hi Robena,

    Congrats on your new book! 🙂

    I love fish out of water stories, and I’m thinking about a literal fish out of water story: the movie Splash! It’s so sweet and a fun adventure. Tom Hanks’s character falls in love with a mermaid and feels jilted that THAT’S what he got: a fish, but then realizes he loves her and it doesn’t matter that she has fins. 🙂

    I adore the cover and setting of your book!

  13. You gave me a chuckle, Gina. I’d forgotten about Splash. I adored that movie. Thanks for the kind words on Bachelor Island, and for stopping by.

  14. I’m interested. Sounds like a great read based on some places I’ve been,

    1. Thanks, Susan. You’ve done many a stint in front of the camera. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  15. I love the premise of your book! If it is half as good as your last books I know it will be fantastic!

    1. Awwww, thanks for that Allison. Much appreciated.

  16. Fish out of water stories are always fun. They see things in a different way than those who “live” there and sometimes can’t really figure it all out for a while. Using Hawaii as the setting for your book was a good idea. There are ranches in both Texas and Hawaii, but they are literally and figuratively worlds apart.
    Off hand, I can’t think of a specific fish out of water story I have enjoyed, but it is a trope I have enjoyed.

  17. I do like fish out of water stories! My favourite is Miranda’s Viking by Maggie Shayne. It’s about a centuries-old Viking who wakes up in the modern age.

  18. THey are fun to read. Your a new author for me.

  19. Does Maria in Sound of Music count as a fish out of water story? Going from a nun to a governess to a lady in love? Would love to read your book, Robena!

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