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