If you've ever had a chance to read my Lady Scribes bio, you'd know right away who makes up my perfect trifecta of totally awesome contemporary romance writers: Carly Phillips, Lisa Kleypas, and Rachel Gibson. These talented women inspire me in so many ways (hot heroes really help, too) and I hope to one day join their ranks.
Well, mark off another number on my bucket list and text St. Peter, because today the Rachel Gibson is with us at Lady Scribes to talk about her upcoming release RESCUE ME!!!
Marquita Valentine: Your last novel, Any Man of Mine, was hands down my favorite, but I'm really excited about Rescue Me and the new direction you're taking with having Navy SEAL, Vince Haven, as your hero. One that just so happens to be the brother of Any Man of Mine's heroine, Autumn Haven.
What can you tell us about this book, which releases of May 29. Will it be first in a new series?
Rachel Gibson: Rescue Me is set in Lovett Texas, the same town I set Daisy's Back In Town and the e-book short story, Crazy On You. It was never my intention to return to Lovett or to write a Navy SEAL. There are many writers who are doing a fabulous job writing military men, and I never felt the urge to dip my toes in that pool. Never really thought that was my forte, but Vince Haven was such a pain in the neck while I was writing Any Man Of Mine, that I had to write his story. Once Autumn gets engaged, Vince doesn’t know what to do with his life. No longer the avenger or protector, he is a little lost. He is also dealing with some PTSD that he refuses to acknowledge.
Yes, this is the first book in a three book series. The e-book short, Crazy On You, is also tied to this series.
MV: Judging by your facebook page, you are very concerned with warning your readers away from wicked long toenail and fingernail trends as well as Hilliby Hand Fishin'--which begs the question: Why the heck aren't you on Twitter so I can stalk, er... admire you from the other side of the country...I mean follow you?
RG: This is a little embarrassing, but I’m not all that up on Twitter. Don’t really know how it works, but I do know it would eat up hours in my day. I’m not very good at balancing family and writing and promotion and blogging and facebooking. I’m afraid Twitter is just one more thing that would overwhelm me.
MV: I love the covers of Crazy on You and Rescue Me. They still say romance but don't have the highly coveted and sometimes dreaded man chest-ery that scream sexy times await. And that's true for all of your novels. Is this something that you've pushed for as an author?
RG: Yes. I don’t have anything against the bare chest covers. I just don’t think they convey what I write any more than a nice pasture scene would.
Until as recently as the cover for Any Man Of Mine, I haven’t had a lot of input in my covers or titles.
MV: On The Goddess Blogs you wrote that you don't read Contemporary Romance novels because it feels like work for you, and that you like to read paranormals and historicals. Care to share any favorites with us?
RG: I just finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy. I’ve read and enjoyed all of Jesse Petersen’s Zombie series and love Simon R. Green and Jim Butcher. The most recent historical I’ve read and enjoyed was Eloisa James’s The Duke Is Mine.
MV: For those of us who haven't already downloaded your novella, Crazy On You, how does it fit in?
The hero, Tucker Matthews, was an army gunner and is now a Deputy Sheriff in a small Texas town. I wanted to represent another branch of the military and give him a happily ever after. The heroine, Lily Darlington, is eight years older than Tucker and really doesn’t want to date a younger man, but Tucker is relentless in his pursuit of Lily. Readers might recognize Lily as Daisy’s crazy sister in Daisy’s Back In Town.
MV: One of the reasons I love your novels so much--besides your voice--is that you write the best alpha heroes. They're hot, smart (street or college) and real. They don't apologize for being men or thinking like one. And when I'm reading I don't think "oh this is what a woman thinks a man thinks." How do you get into the head of your heroes so well?
RG: It just comes naturally for me. Men don’t think like women. Women want to analyze and figure out why someone said what they did or why they behave a certain way. Women are much more critical of other women. Men generally aren’t worried about the what and why’s, and they don’t care if a woman wears three hundred dollar jeans or if she shops at Wal-Mart. They just notice if her butt looks good. I actually think men are easier to write.
MV: Has there ever been something you've written and gotten heat for, or something that you'd wished you written--naysayers be damned?
RG: Yeah, I get heat all the time. Mostly for silly things like readers who get really offended because the cars in my books are “gas guzzlers” or the heroine is stupid because she ran in heels and “will develop foot problems.” I know that I’m going to get flack anytime I write the word “gay.” Someone is going to write and accuse me of being homophobic. Those people look for reason’s to be offended. They have issues in their lives that have nothing to do with me. I know what I am and what I am not. My oldest daughter is gay and is more puzzled by the homophobic accusation than I am. I get offended by people who want to tie by hands with their views of political correctness.
If I didn’t have to worry about the naysayers, I’d be a lot less politically correct because real life isn’t always pc.
MV: What's the most crazysauce or awesomesauce email/letter/gift you've ever gotten from a fan?
Gloria Turnbull. She was a reader who lived in Florida, and she used to send me boxes of random stuff. Sometimes champagne and tiaras. Other times paper coasters from Chilis and scissors. One time she sent me a crazy photo of her collection of hot sauces. She died a few years ago and I miss her packages of random stuff.
MV: Any advice for those of us that are still waiting for "THE CALL"?
Just keep writing. It’s a learning process. You can learn something from every rejection. And for goodness sake, don’t keep revising the same book for five years. Put it away and start something new.
Thanks for stopping by Lady Scribes and helping my dream come true ( all thanks to Sue Grimshaw. Click on Romance@Random to read about my brush with Rachel and Colin Firth)!
Rachel Gibson is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of fast-paced contemporary romance novels. Publisher’s Weekly proclaims Rachel’s “clever, snappy dialog amuses at every turn” and “With humor and eloquent prose, Gibson brings substance and depth . . . to modern day romance.”
Four of her novels were named among the Top Ten Favorite Books of The Year by Romance Writers of America. Two of her novels, True Confessions and Not Another Bad Date, were awarded the RITA, Romance Writers of America’s highest honor of excellence. Some of Rachel’s other awards and achievements include The Golden Heart Award, the National Reader’s Choice, Amazon Editor’s Top Pick, Publisher Weekly’s Quill nominee and Borders bestselling romantic comedy.
When not writing, Rachel can be found boating on Payette Lake with Mr. Gibson or shopping for shoes.
What occupation do you love for a hero to have: NAVY SEAL, Hockey Player, Billionaire CEO, English Lord, Chicken Wrangler....
Rachel has generously offered ARCs of RESCUE ME to 2 commentors!!!