Three siblings, an extraordinary family, a lasting heritage—in the irresistible Silver Creek Ranch trilogy, they’ll fight for the land and the people they love.
Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his good friend and neighbor asks him to help run the winery next door. His neighbor’s niece, Mia Bodell, is in charge—and she has made it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reid vows to win her trust.
In a life marked by loss, Mia knows that nothing comes easily—love included. In high school, her heart was crushed by Reid, and even though years have passed, the hurt lingers. Mia is achingly aware that the teen heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome playboy, and the budding winemaker refuses to let down her guard. But one taste of unbridled passion changes things. From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could tear her heart to pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.
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Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
LM: And I am so glad to be here! Nothing I like better than romance junkies–especially if they’re also chocoholics! So I have new book coming out on May 27. It’s called Once Tasted and it’s the second book in my Silver Creek series. A three thousand-acre spread located in northern California, Silver Creek ranch is owned and run by the Knowles family. Once Tasted tells the story of Reid Knowles.
A smooth-talking, laidback cowboy, Reid and his bright blue eyes can dazzle just about any woman–except for Mia Bodell, whose youthful infatuation for Reid was killed years ago. For his part, Reid would just as soon steer clear of Mia and her pointed disdain. Unfortunately, he’s made a promise to Mia’s uncle to help Mia manage the winery she and her uncle own that neighbors Silver Creek Ranch. All too soon the sparks begin to fly between Mia and Reid as their long-denied attraction becomes impossible to deny.
RJ: When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
LM: That’s a great question. I came to writing fairly late–in my twenties. I’ve always loved creating. I drew and did photography, ceramics, and sculpture but I didn’t really try my hand at writing (in fact, I resisted writing because I have writers in my family and so know from close observation how darned hard it is) until I was in graduate school studying art education. A story came to me and I started scribbling it down in the back of my notebook during some of my less than captivating classes. That story became the first book I sold, Ride a Dark Horse.
RJ: Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
LM: Mine is one the great Nora Roberts shared with us all: ‘You can’t fix a blank page.’ I thinks she may have also given me my second favorite piece of advice, the one about ‘keeping your butt in the chair’.
RJ: Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
LM: The perfect hero is confident even when he’s struggling with his inner demons. He’s smart, loyal, and follows a code of honor. He’s a protector. He’s also a man who possesses an appreciation for life’s absurdities, because I think a man with a sense of humor is extremely sexy. Finally he has a smile that makes you light up inside.
My own perfect hero is a man I can see growing old with even when we know all each other’s jokes and stories, even when we’re no longer lithe or buff. My perfect hero is a man I still want to walk hand in hand with.
RJ: What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
LM: I like to be active. I ride horses, swim, bike, and garden. I love walking with my dog Hardy and then cooking a really good meal at the end of the day.
RJ: What has been your biggest adventure to date?
LM: Being married to the man I love for close to thirty years and raising two wonderful children with him.
RJ: If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
LM: I enjoy traveling and exploring new places and there are lots of exotic destinations I dream of visiting. But after the winter we’ve had here in the northeast, I would be so happy simply to go to a place like the Florida Keys to scuba dive and submerge myself in that blue water and watch the fish dart around the coral reefs.
RJ: When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
LM: I love trying new things and making new recipes. It’s one of the problems I have with the Internet. I spend way too much time on food sites bookmarking cool recipes to try my hand at.
RJ: What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
LM: I actually had to look this one up! Did you know the toothbrush was invented in 1938 (at least the one we know with synthetic brushes)? And while I love my computer and adore my delete button, if I had to go without my toothbrush for a day, I’d go nuts. How about you all?
RJ: What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
LM: An ‘ideal romantic evening?’ hmm…I’d say a really nice dinner out, then some dancing, preferably under the moonlight. Afterwards we might walk on the beach, and then head home to bed…
RJ: How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
LM: I’m an optimist and an incurable romantic. I’m a little shy but I love spending time with my friends. Family is incredibly important to me. I’m definitely a ‘pleaser’. Re-reading this, I’m a little worried that I sound like our black Lab. He’s an incurable romantic too–never met a greyhound he doesn’t love!
I have a feeling my friends and family might mention that in addition to all the above, I sometimes weep at TV commercials and have to leave the room if an animal is being abused in whatever movie or show we’re watching.
RJ: What is your favorite comfort food?
LM: Macaroni and cheese followed by warm chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk.
RJ: What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
LM: Spring. I love the promise that comes with the season, the lambs, the calves, and the foals and the brilliant colors of the flowers, trees and shrubs as they burst into bloom.
RJ: What project are you working on next?
LM: I’m currently writing Once Touched, the third book in my Silver Creek series. It’s about Quinn Knowles, a cowgirl who devotes much of her time to rescuing animals. Quinn loves her life at Silver Creek Ranch, considers it perfect, and the last thing she wants is man in it…until wounded war photographer Ethan Saunders comes to stay.
RJ: Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
LM: I’m going to be blogging a lot this next month on different sites and there’ll be plenty of giveaways, too, so if you don’t win a copy of my book, please visit my website www.lauramoorebooks.com so that you can check out my schedule of appearances.
You can also follow me on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LauraMooreBooks
And I’m on Twitter, too! www.twitter.com/LauraMooreBooks
I’d like to thank you all at Romance Junkies for having me. This interview has been so much fun! Now I’d like to leave you with a question and whoever answers will have a chance to win a signed copy of Once Tasted. The winner will be picked at random and contacted by Romance Junkies.
So here’s my question for you readers: What do you look for in a ‘perfect’ hero? Can’t wait to read your thoughts!