December 8, 2012

Character Interview: Sarah Alexander #amreading

Sarah's Cowboy.

Terry Irene Blain, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Sarah' s Cowboy - The New Year's Eve Club.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy links (coming soon):
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 37,000
Heat rating: moderate
Tagline: Sarah Jane Alexander is in for the ride of her life.
Practical school teacher Sarah Alexander decides she'd like a little adventure. She signs on as a teacher on a western movie set and meets cowboy stuntman Kit Stewart. The man is adventure with a capital A and Sarah just might get more than she bargained for.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Sarah Jane Alexander - late 20's, a high school history teacher hoping to get a college teaching job.
Christopher 'Kit' Stewart - age 31, a movie stuntman, working his first job as the stunt coordinator.


Only two weeks after New Year's, and Sarah had fallen back into the same old rut. What had happened to the sense of anticipation she'd had from New Year's? She really had to do something to change her life. After all, wasn't she the practical one? She could do this.
Almost time for afternoon classes, she cleaned her place, and took her trash to the trash can. And there, right above the trash can was the bulletin board. And right in the middle of the board was a new notice.
"Attention Teachers! Need a summer job? Applications now being accepted for tutors for child actors while on location movie sets."
Sarah stopped and stared. Teaching on a film set? Wouldn't that be a change? Quickly, she wrote down contact information. Wouldn't that be a kick if she could get a great summer job?
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The July sun was bright and warm as Sarah stepped out of her car at the film location. The tourist town of Timberline, which had been taken over by the film company for summer, was nestled in a Sierra mountain meadow, a perfect setting for a Western movie.
The drive from the town of Mountain City had taken her half an hour along a winding two-lane road. The dirt lot where the guard at the gate instructed her to park turned out to be behind the buildings making up the main street of Timberline. Some were actual complete buildings, but toward the end of the street the buildings became just false fronts. They must have been shooting on the main street; two camera cranes loomed over that area.
Her first day of teaching wouldn't be until the students arrived. Today she'd brought in her teaching supplies, wanting to find the school trailer and to get her classroom set up for Bobby and Justin, her two students who weren't due on set until the day after tomorrow. She'd try to find the right trailer before she started carrying boxes.
Shouting male voices came from the far side of parking lot. Curious, she walked in their direction and stepped out between two SUVs into the open alleyway.
And straight into the path of several galloping horsemen.
Before she could react, from behind, strong arms grabbed her around her shoulders and under her knees, scooping her up and twisting her out of the way. The horsemen galloped by yelling and shooting in the air.
Heart pounding, gasping and dizzy from being spun around, her feet hit the ground with a thump. Her rescuer kept a hand on her shoulder to steady her as he swore under his breath. Gathering her wits to thank him, she looked up into his face.
This was not a happy man. He glared at her, his blue eyes narrowed. A cowboy hat pushed back off his forehead revealed curly dark blond hair. His voice was tight with anger as he said, "Watch where you're going, lady." He put both hands on his hips, regarding her. "What do you think you're doing, anyway?"
She swallowed, getting a breath to speak. She brushed her hand over her hair to make sure it was still in place. Gather your wits, girl. "I was going to thank you."
"Don't bother." With that brief remark he turned and stomped away, trailing after the horsemen.
Taking a deep breath she leaned against the nearest SUV for support. Wow. Who was that? Darn if he really wasn't dressed as a cowboy complete with hat, a checked shirt, jeans, boots and chaps. Wouldn't you know she'd meet a good looking guy who'd be mad at her? Her hand rested to her still thumping heart, she watched him go, never before realizing how a pair of chaps outlined a guy's butt. Blinking, she watched him disappear as he ducked between the line of cars. Wow again.
Her heartbeat steadying, she straightened. And gasped.
"Oh, my god!" She'd just been swept off her feet.
New Year's Eve Club

Interview with Sarah Jane Alexander

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I enjoy being a history teacher. I believe that we need to know where we came from so that we have a foundation to choose where we want to go in the future.
What do you think is your strongest point?
To relate the past to the present and making history interesting.
Do you have a weakness?
I tend to be a little too concerned about what other people think.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want to be the "good guy?"
I know that being nice is a little boring, but doing good can make you feel good.
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Watching old western movies on television.
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
Probably about 26, having just finished my Master's and the world looked open to all possibilities.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
My Teacher Makes History Interesting.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
In a resort town in the hills, not too far from a major city, with lots of trees and maybe just a little snow in the winter.
What song would best describe your life?
This Kiss by Faith Hill
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
A pencil, useful and practical.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Books, sporting equipment, movies and needlework.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Getting good grades.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Trivia dispensed without asking.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with onions, green peppers and black olives.
I'm always ready for a good book or movie.
When I'm alone, I eat chocolate and watch old movies on television.
You'd never be able to tell, but I like riding on motorcycles.
If I had a halo it would be on straight, but would need a little polishing.
If I could afford it I'd travel the world.
I can never go on a roller coaster because I'd get sick.

About the Author

New Year's Eve Club Authors
Terry Irene Blain was lucky enough to grow up in a large Midwestern family with a rich oral tradition. As a child she heard stories of ancestors' adventures with Indians, wildlife, weather and frontier life in general, so she naturally gravitated to the study of history and completed a BA and MA then taught the subject at the college level. Married to a sailor, now retired, she's had the chance to live in various parts of the country as well as travel to foreign places such as Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland.

Previous Books:

Kentucky Green
Colorado Silver, Colorado Gold

Books Coming Soon:

Sarah's Cowboy (The New Year's Eve Club)

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  1. Thanks for being here today, Terry. This looks like a fun series.

  2. Loved the interview. Great excerpt.


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