Davalynn Spencer’s new release The Rancher’s Second Chance released August 1st. I’m always tickled to have the opportunity to interview another Heartsong Presents author. Welcome, Davalynn. Please tell us about your book.
Laura Bell returns to her childhood home in the California foothills bearing emotional wounds from a failed engagement. Thanks to the old dog belonging to rancher Eli Hawthorne III, Laura and Eli are soon reacquainted. A veteran of battles in Afghanistan, Eli bears his own more visible scars and bristles at Laura’s insistence that our wounds do not define us. God can make all things new, she says, pointing out the fire-gutted oak that still grows and thrives in the lower pasture. But she is as reluctant as Eli when it comes to trusting the Lord for a second chance.
Is this book part of a series or a stand alone?
The Rancher’s Second Chance is a stand-alone title, my first with Heartsong. I’ve contracted with Heartsong for a three-book historical series set to release in 2014.
Congratulations on your historical series!
How long have you been writing?
In the sixth grade I realized that words were important little things, and I liked the challenge of arranging them and making them reveal what I saw or felt or heard. My sixth-grade teacher had me read an original story for an activity at science-camp that spring, but I didn’t write seriously until many years later as the wife of a rodeo bull fighter. I sold many pieces to Prorodeo Sports News, Western Horseman and other national publications, and eventually took a job as a crime-beat reporter and religion editor for our local Colorado daily.
What an interesting way to get into the business ( I mean that in a good way). Do you still write for Colorado daily?
I string (freelance) for the Canon City Daily Record and write a regular column for them.
If you could have a conversation with your heroine what would be the topic?
I’d like to ask Laura how she can be angry at Eli for allowing his scars to define and limit him when she does the very same thing.
What are you currently reading or can you recommend a couple books that you’ve read recently?
I just finished Chocolate Beach by Julie Carobini and Shadows in the Sand by Gayle Roper. They are not my genre of western romance, but they are so well written and full of such witty moments that they are at the top of my favorites list.
Thanks, Davalynn. I think I have Chocolate Beach on my kindle. Maybe I’ll have to move it up on my to be read list. 🙂
Davalynn is giving away a copy of The Rancher’s Second Chance to one lucky commenter. You must answer the following question to be entered.
What leads you to read other titles by the same author after reading that author’s first book?
Rules: You must have a U.S. mailing address. You must answer the question to be included in the drawing. There must be at least 10 qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. Void where prohibited by law. The winner will be notified August 19, 2013. You will have until 8/25/2013 to respond or forfeit the book. No other winner will be drawn.
Novelist and speaker Davalynn Spencer is an award-winning journalist whose background spans the city crime beat and the national rodeo circuit. These authentic experiences help her craft fictional characters who face struggle and heartache but find faith and fresh hope along the way. When she’s not writing inspirational romance or teaching as an adjunct English professor, she enjoys speaking and leading worship at women’s retreats. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Mike, and their Queensland heeler, Blue, and has absolutely no trouble at all being amazed by God’s creative splendor.