Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wild Iris Ridge Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of being part of the promotional tour for Wild Iris Ridge, the seventh book in RaeAnne Thayne's Hope's Crossing series. RaeAnne was nice enough to answer a few questions about her latest contemporary romance, so I hope you all enjoy the interview! Be sure and check out the bottom of the post for the full list of participating blogs as well as all the details on a fabulous giveaway. Welcome to Supernatural Snark RaeAnne!

Wild Iris Ridge is set in the small town of Hope's Crossing. What are three things you love about a small town setting for a contemporary romance novel? 

I love the chance to build a community of caring people, the opportunity to show that life isn’t necessarily idyllic in a small town, and show people banding together to help each other through difficult situations.

Lucy and Brendan's love is of the second chance variety given the kiss they shared years before Brendan loved and lost Lucy's best friend, Jessie. Do you have a favorite second-chance couple from any book, movie or TV show?

I don’t know if I could pick a favorite as it’s a trope I really enjoy, both reading and writing. I will say that the very first romance novel I ever read was THE ENCHANTED LAND by Jude Devereaux. It’s really a second-chance romance as the hero and heroine are separated by circumstances and only come together because of a near-tragedy. Loved that book!

If you could write yourself into any one of your books (or series), which one do you think would best suit you and what role would you play? 

I would write myself into Hope’s Crossing and be one of the bead-store regulars. I love the idea of a group of women who meet frequently to share their lives with each other.

You primarily write books that are part of a larger series. What do you enjoy most about writing separate-but-linked stories over stand-alones? 

This is usually quite self-indulgent on my part. I have a tough time saying good-bye to my characters. If I write linked books, I don’t have to … I can catch up on what’s happening with my hero and heroine when they appear as secondary characters in a subsequent story.

If Brendan were asked to describe the Lucy he knew prior to the events of Wild Iris Ridge, what one word (besides “trouble” ;-)) would he use?


After the events of the book? 


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(available now from Harlequin)

A big-city, high-powered advertising executive and a small-town firefighter learn that no matter where you started or what you’ve lost, if you open your heart, you can find joy and love again. WILD IRIS RIDGE is the latest book inUSA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s charming Hope’s Crossing series.

Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common.And it's likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan's late wife, Jessie—and Lucy's best friend—who'd brought them together in the first place. And since Jesse's passing, Brendan's been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he'll steer clear of her. She's always been trouble with a capital T.

Lucy couldn't wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she's back in Hope's Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she'd managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering…

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USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. This led her to a fifteen-year career in journalismas a newspaper reporter and editor. But through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best, romance, and has since published more than 40 titles. RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website,

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  • 1 book from the Hope's Crossing series
  • 1 beaded HOPE bracelet,
  • 1 Iris necklace (US/CA)

Be sure and check out the other stops on the tour for more interviews, reviews, guest posts and more!

Bookhounds - Author Interview

Paperrdolls- Review

Maureen's Books - Review

Paulette's Papers- Guest Post


Fiction Dreams- Author Interview

Every Free Chance- Author Interview

Kinky Vanilla Romance- Author Interview
Candace's Book Blog- Guest Post

readful things- Review & Top Ten

Supernatural Snark- Author Interview

Bookfan- Review


  1. I LOVE when books are linked by characters like that. It seriously adds a little more excitement to it for me.

  2. A community of caring people in books is pretty addictive for me. Once I start a series that centeres around one, I have to read all of it no matter what. They're all rainy day comfort reads for me. Ohh, and I'm a big fan of second chance romances! That part would work for me too.

  3. Ah, Jude Devereaux! I don't remember that particular book offhand but I'm sure I read it -- I read everything by her back in high school! Unless it's new...then I'll have to check it out. Nice!

  4. I love reading linked books where you get to see some of your favorite characters make an appearance, and like RaeAnne mentioned, it's nice not having to say goodbye :)

  5. This sounds like a good one :D Cut and nice

  6. I love the author's description of a small-town setting. I think that's definitely why I love these romances set in small towns. :)
    This sounds like such an adorable read, Jenny and you know how I feel about second chance romances! :)
    Lovely interview!

  7. Oh I love this! This was such a sweet read. :)

  8. I agree about the small town setting. I really love to read books with that setting. I also like companion novels in a series for the same reason she mentioned. It's always hard to say goodbye! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop Jenny!

  9. Small towns just have a feel all of their own and the people seem to look out for each other more. It's a great post.

  10. Love linked stories. This book was awesome. Thank you

  11. I'm not very keen on contemporaries or romances, but I really think I'd totally end up giving a chance at this one if only for the small town/village setting! I love those!
    Great interview as always Jenny!

  12. I love small town stories, and I have read some good things about this one. I think it sounds perfect for summer.

  13. Aw... to be someone's everything? Sounds like a good romance. I have this one on my wishlist!

  14. I haven't heard of this series but I'm glad you mentioned that it was linked and not all stand-alones. I'll be looking into this author's work for sure--this romance seems too sweet to pass up. ;)

  15. I love this series. I haven't been all the books yet but I will soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Okay so I've been seeing this one around lately and the more I see it, the more I am tempted to pick it up. I've always loved me a good second chance romance and while this one sounds a little uncomfortable (I mean her best friend was married to this guy!) I still want to read it... :P

    On a weird side note, as soon as the author mentioned The Enchanted Land, I paused and had to go look it up :P And I may have to read it.

    I have a weakness for second chance romances. IT CANNOT BE HELPED.

    Thanks for sharing this interview with us, Jenny!!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

  17. I have being seeing this book around. I love romance and second chance ones (where the have history) always makes me giddy. I love me a good romance.

  18. Nancy Luebke at jluebke@frontier.comJuly 31, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    I like to read about second chances too with romance in a small town, sounds like a great book.

  19. I need some Jenny advice - do you read all the books you interview authors for? I have to do one for a book I'm not sure I can muster the courage to read. Hopefully I can pull it off. Your questions are always so interesting and fun! I love the idea of a second chance romance, but they also make me uncomfortable too. This one is particularly interesting with this guy having been married to Lucy's best friend. Thanks for the review!