Wednesday, October 02, 2013

TAMING THE TEXAS RANCHER - Rhonda Gibson - One Free Copy on This Blog, Plus a Different Free Book for Everyone This Week

Welcome back, Rhonda. Tell us about your salvation experience.
My family were evangelists when I was a child. My uncle preached and my mother, grandmother, uncles and aunts sang. When I was eight I accepted the Lord in a small church somewhere in either Texas or Oklahoma. I’ll have to ask Mom which state but I know in my heart that was the night Jesus came to live in my heart.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Wow, that’s a hard one but here is my short list: Janet Lee Barton, Aaron McCarver, Diane Ashley, and the rest of the Bards of Faith. Okay, that’s cheating but I can’t narrow it down. I have so many writer friends who have blessed and helped me in my publishing adventure. Of course, you are at the top of that list too Lena.

It has been a special pleasure in my life to know you so well for a long time. Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I have a small speaking ministry, meaning I only speak when asked. Recently, I spoke at the Southwest Christian Writer’s Association in Durango, Colorado, on Patience, Persistence, and Publication. I love talking about writing and the Lord, so I am willing to do both J

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
I also do a little acting, yeah didn’t know that, did you?  Anyway, the most embarrassing thing for me was that the mic that had been clipped to my blouse popped off while I was walking across the stage during a Christmas pageant performance. I managed to kick it back up into my hand without falling. The audience thought it was great fun but I’ll be honest, my face was red!

I didn’t know that about you Rhonda, and I’m surprised we never talked about it since I’ve been involved in drama most of my adult life. People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
I’d advise them to read the type of books they want to write, join a writer’s group, and do some powerful praying.

Tell us about the featured book.
Taming the Texas Rancher is the 3rd Love Inspired Historical in this series. It is Hannah Young’s story, she is in both The Marshal’s Promise and Groom by Arrangement. You don’t have to read the other two to read Taming J but I wouldn’t mind if you did. Hannah is a schoolteacher who is ready to return to her roots and prove that she can help run a ranch. Her hero, Daniel Westland simply needs a wife fast so that he can inherit his family ranch before his brother up and marries first. Imagine his surprise when Hannah arrives, and states she wants his love and to work with him on his ranch, before they get married. 

 Please give us the first page of the book.
Granite, Texas
Spring 1886

            “What are you doing here?” Daniel Westland scowled at his younger brother, Levi. He’d been running late and seeing his brother standing there looking freshly cleaned and pressed was not what he’d expected. The wildflowers in his Levi’s hands spun daintily in the breeze that swished about them as the stage coach pulled to a stop.

Dust filled the air, and both men shaded their eyes against the grit. As soon as the horses came to a complete stop and the dust settled, Levi answered. “I imagine I’m here for the same reason you are, big brother.”

Levi grinned. His green eyes sparkled with mischief. Daniel’s scowl deepened. Surely Levi hadn’t sent off for a mail-order-bride also. But then again, maybe he had. Daniel pulled his hat further down on his forehead to shade his eyes from both his brother and the sun.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love hearing from readers so they are always welcome to email me at or become a regular visitor at my website:

Thank you, Rhonda, for sharing your life and your new book with us on this blog.

Readers, here's the special Kindle book that is free all week.
If you don't have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle ereader to your PC, your smart phone, or your tablet. Here's a link to the book:
Her Christmas Angel

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Library Lady said...

I enjoyed reading Rhonda's interview.
I love the title of her book.
Thanks for the free Kindle book too.
Janet E.

Rhonda Gibson said...

So glad you stopped by Janet E. I hope you enjoy the ebook, it was my first historical novella. My writing has changed over the years but I still think it's a nice story :) I hope you do too.

Janet Lee Barton said...

Great interview Rhonda and Lena! I really enjoyed it!
Got to go check out those books now. :)

Heidi Reads... said...

Thanks for the free ebook! Looking forward to reading more of your work :)

Heidi, CA

Rhonda Gibson said...

Thanks Janet and Heidi!!

Melanie Backus said...

Lena, thank you for the great interview and the free ebook. What a wonderful surprise! Taming of a Texas Rancher sounds like my kind of book. I am married to a Texas rancher and I love my life. I know this will be a great read!
Thank you for the opportunity to be a winner.

Melanie Backus, TX

Brittany said...

Oh that book sounds great!!! I would love to win a copy. I actually also downloaded your free book yesterday :-)
Thanks for the chance to win.
Brittany McEuen

scottsgal said...

nothing like a good Texas cowboy - love western romances
cheryl in IL

Britney Adams said...

Oh, I love Love Inspired Historicals and TAMING THE TEXAS RANCHER sounds great! I would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you for that opportunity. I have already downloaded the ebook and look forward to reading it as well.

Britney Adams, TX

Melody said...

You always review such wonderful sounding books! Looks like another great one!

Donna, TX

Rhonda Gibson said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I am blessed to have Lena interview me and post my books! Can't wait to see who wins Taming The Texas Rancher :)

Lis said...

I enjoyed The Marshal's Promise, I remember Hannah from that book. I also downloaded the free ebook too!

from VA

Mary Preston said...

You had me at Texas and Ranger. How fantastic.

Mary P


Unknown said...

I love the ranches and mail ordered brides. Enjoyed the interview. Thank you for the free ebook. Thank you for the chance of a giveaway.

Barbara Thompson in LA


sam said...

Thanks for the free ebook! I enjoy novels about the west, cowboys and romance and this sounds good. Would love to win. sharon, CA

bonton said...

Hi, Rhonda!

Enjoyed your interview, & would really love to read your book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


Judy Cooper said...

Books about Texas, cowboys and ranching are right down my alley. I know I will enjoy this one. Thank you for the interview and the chance to win. Judy C. in Louisiana,

Rhonda Gibson said...

So happy to see so many of you downloaded the free book and are looking forward to reading Taming The Texas Rancher :) Thank you all for stopping by!

A J Hawke said...

Having read Rhonda's work before I know I can trust that this is another one worth the effort. Thanks for the opportunity to receive a copy.

A J Hawke

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

I love Historical Fiction. I've downloaded the free book, but haven't had a chance to read it yet -- It's our fall break and the kids are keeping me busy! Can't wait to read your stories Rhonda!
Tonja (Virginia)

rubynreba said...

Thanks for the free kindle book! I hope to read it this week. Taming the Texas Ranger sounds good - love the series!
Beth from Iowa

Merry said...

Oh, what an interesting beginning! I love this series by Rhonda and can't wait to read Taming the Texas Rancher.
Merry in TX

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me this book looks soo interesting and I can't wait to read it!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

A Cooking Bookworm said...

I always love mail-order bride stories!! Thanks for the e-book, too!

Binghamton, NY

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