Monday, March 26, 2012

REDEMPTION RANCH - Leann Harris - Free Book

God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’m hope to be branching out with another publisher, continue to write for Steeple Hill, and teach writing at the local community college.

Tell us a little about your family.
My husband has just retired, so what do you do with a husband around the house? We’re learning how to deal with each other. My children are grown and I have granddogs, a white lab and a Great Dane.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
When I first started writing, I couldn’t enjoy a book because I was looking at the mechanics. Now, I can read anything. If the story isn’t good, I don’t finish the book.

What are you working on right now?
A couple of stories for Steeple Hill. Captain Brenda Kaye popped into a book and wouldn’t let me finish Redemption Ranch until I promised her a book.

What outside interests do you have?
I garden. I love it. I also taught deaf kids and love signing songs.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
It usually depends on the story. But I am drawn to setting in the Southwest or Rocky Mountains.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I’ve love to spend the evening with Winston Churchill. He was a man with vision and understood the face of evil.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wish I knew about a support system. RWA helped before there was ACFW. Both are great support to teach and encourage.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
I need to be in a regular Bible study. This is a year of learning for me. I’m doing a Beth Moore study now.

My church will have Beth Moore as a speaker at our women’s conference Pink Impact in April. We have a Frisco campus, which is closer to where you live.What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Write. Set writing goals for yourself, then do it. Also, with prayer, seek God about your writing goals, then go for it.

Tell us about the featured book.
Tyler Lynch is an Iraqi vet who is so shut down that he only wants to be with his dog. His dog doesn’t ask how he feels, why is he feeling sad, and what happened. His dog just loves him. Then Tyler meets a lady who changes his world. His dog introduces them. If his dog likes her, then Tyler thinks she might be okay.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Chapter 1
“Oh, Charming, what’s wrong with me?” Beth McClure ran her hands down the gelding’s broad back. His warm coat and steady heartbeat calmed her.

Twenty minutes ago her brother and his wife, her best friend and ex-college roommate, announced there would be a new McClure come spring. Friends and family gathered at the ranch cheered the news.

Beth was glad for them, really.

And sad.

It was selfish of her, but the news stabbed her in the heart, making her realize how alone she was. Oh sure, she had family, friends, but there was not a prospect of a boyfriend in sight. In some ways she was content to be alone, but her heart still ached.

Charming raised his head and stepped back, knocking Beth into the back wall of the stall. She stumbled, her skirt tangling in her legs, and she twisted her ankle. Wearing heels out in the stable wasn’t smart, but she wasn’t worried about that when she escaped.

“Charming, what’s wrong with you?” She pushed the horse away, as she searched for her shoe. Charming danced again, bumping her a second time. She fell against the side of the stall, losing her other shoe.

“Stop.” She glanced over her shoulder to see what made the horse so nervous. She spotted the black dog sitting outside the open stall door.

“Oh, sorry, guy.” Beth patted Charming on his back hip to quiet him. The black dog sat quietly, watching her. Beth recognized him. He belonged to the newest employee of Second Chance Ranch, Tyler Lynch. He was an Iraqi War Veteran like her brother, Zach. Tyler’s dog, Dogger, was known as a cautious critter, who didn’t offer his friendship lightly, much like his owner. In the month Tyler had been at the equine therapy ranch, she’d never known his dog to allow anyone to pet him, and she only had a nodding acquaintance with the dog’s owner.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Leann, for visiting with us today.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Redemption Ranch (Love Inspired) - paperback
Redemption Ranch (Love Inspired) - Kindle

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Coolestmommy said...

Looking forward to this story. I think the hardest thing for me to do as a reader was to learn to put down a story if it wasn't good. I'm glad to see I"m not the only one who now does that. :-)

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

Angela from KY

Susan said...

This looks like a great story. I would love to win a copy.

I live in West Texas.

Unknown said...

Robyn, and the rest. Yes, the most difficult part is definitely putting down a book that the story isn't good. i keep thinking maybe it will get better/ i'll enjoy it more soon, specially if a friend enjoyed it. i would love to win Redemption Ranch. Thank you for the opportunity, Lena and Leann

Marianne from Arizona

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

I used to have a hard time putting a book down when I couldn't get into it thinking that it might get better. Than discovered there are times that I will put the book down and pick it up at a later date and will enjoy it.

This sounds like a very interesting story and one that i would love to read. Please enter me!

Jo from Southern Arizona

Leann Harris said...

Good morning. Robyn, you're an early riser. I also I trouble putting a good book I'm reading. I stayed up until 2:00 the other morning finishing a book, then couldn't go to sleep once I finished the book. I hope Redemption Ranch is that way for readers. Thanks, Lena for having me.

Amada Chavez said...

ENTER ME PLEASE!!! Love love love the first chapter, now have to read more!

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rubynreba said...

Love to read this. Looks like a very good story.
Beth from Iowa

scottsgal said...

dogs make everything right with the world - love the premise
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win this book

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Mippy said...

Love the first chapter and am ready for more! :)
I would love to read this book!
Thank you for the chance!
~Mippy in Northern Utah, USA
bunnysmip (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

Mary Preston said...

My son has a profound hearing loss. One of my most beautiful memories of his school days is of the children signing Christmas Carols.

I look forward to reading REDEMPTION RANCH.

Mary P


Nathanael Richmond said...

Please enter me in the drawing,
Looks interesting!
Blanch, NC.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me I would love to win a copy of this book it sounds and looks like a great story!! Thanks and God bless.
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Unknown said...

Wow, what a tough topic-dealing with the after affects of war.

I look forward to reading this.

Ginger in AL

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Looks interesting!
Please enter me in the drawing!
God Bless,
Sarah Richmond

misskallie2000 said...

Love this book already and have added to my wish list. I do love second chances and cowboys.
If I don't like the story I can't read the book. Grammer etc does not bother me as much as a bad story.

Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Katie said...

Looks awesome! I've always loved the Love Inspired books and this looks wonderful! Please enter me. I'm from NC.

Katie G.

Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me!
Blanch, N.C.

Lourdes said...

Isn't Beth Moore the best. I too am doing a study of hers. James mercy trumphs.

Would love to win.

Lourdes in Huntington Long Island

Kristie said...

I just read a fiction story about a woman vet coming home from Iraq. She had PTSD and others did too. It is so hard to readjust, I think. Plus she lost part of her leg. I can't even imagine. Our soldiers are so amazing and brave. I may not support the war but I always support the soldiers. I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Unknown said...

Recently, I interviewed on my blog Leslie Raddatz, a survivor of PTSD. She has written the story of her life, soon to be published. It makes me wonder how many of our young people who have been in this detestable war suffer in such a way. I am drawn to this writing, Leann and will be sure and purchase the book if I don't win it. Thanks for your creative thinking to write this story, and the chance to win this much needed book. I live in Arlington, TX.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Bethany said...

Beth Moore is awesome! I'd love to be entered :)

cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Merry said...

Redemption Ranch sounds like a story that will pull at my heart. I'd love to be entered. Thanks!
Merry in TX