Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meet Sara R. Turnquist (#giveaway #historical #interview @sarat1701)

A Convenient Risk cover

Today I'm hosting Sara Turnquist's blog tour for her new historical romance, A Convenient Risk. I've got a couple questions for her. Then we'll take a look at the book. And be sure to enter her giveaway at the end of the post!

Lisabet: What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?

Sara: My husband knows I love my author swag. So he indulges me…maybe too much. For our anniversary, he bought me bangle bracelets, one for each of my books, with a picture of the cover of each book on each bracelet.

How would you spend ten thousand bucks?

Probably on swag.

Where do you get your best ideas?

When I’m searching the internet or watching television…some random history tidbit will cross the screen and I’ll be drawn in.

What comes first, the plot or characters?

First, I’m usually inspired by the plot, but I definitely develop the characters first.

What does your main character do that makes him/her special.

My main character in “A Convenient Risk” is Amanda. She is strong-willed and determined that she is not going to be a burden to anyone or need anyone for anything. Though she is trapped in a situation in which she cannot help herself. But I digress… She is very capable on the ranch. Pretty much as capable as any ranch hand. And she is not afraid of hard work. Her domain extends beyond the house to the stables and fields.


He never imagined her heart would be so hard to reach.  

Forced into a marriage of convenience after her husband dies, Amanda Haynes is determined she will never love again. Not that it bothers Brandon Miller. He needs her husband’s cattle. She needs financial stability and long-term support for her son and herself. But she never expected to care so much about the running of the ranch. Or the rancher.  

Butting heads over the decisions of the ranch, adding to her frustration and grief at her loss. Her well being is soon threatened as their lives become entangled with Billy the Kid and his gang. What has she gotten herself into? What kind of man has she married? Is there any way out?


A strong arm grasped Amanda, catching her upper arm and dragging her onto the horse. As soon as she was solidly on the animal, she grabbed ahold of Brandon as tightly as she could.

They took off. The bull pawed at the ground, making all manner of grunting noises, but as if by some miracle, he ran off to the left. All of this happened as if time had slowed.

The horse continued to push forward. And as they neared the edge of the fence, Brandon urged the horse to go even faster. Were they going to break through? What would happen to the cattle with the fence destroyed?

But as they approached the fence, the horse leapt. Amanda gripped Brandon impossibly tighter. Jolted when the horse landed, her teeth chattered.

Only then did Brandon slow the horse. He then placed a hand on her upper arm and pushed.

She released him.

He sucked in a deep breath and expelled it.

Had she been holding him too tightly? Her face warmed.

He took hold of her shoulders. “Are you all right?”

She nodded, and though their faces were but a breath apart, she was not quite able to meet his eyes, fighting tears in her own. Only then she found herself staring at his bare chest. Jerking her head away, she averted her gaze.

Do you realize what could have happened?” His voice rose.

She nodded, still not able to meet his eyes. The force of his emotion hit her. Was he so concerned after her?

I would have had to shoot that bull.”

What? Eyes wide, she tilted her face up to look at him.

That bull is worth half my herd.”

So he was only worried about the cattle. Not her. His precious cattle.

About the Author

Sara is originally from Middle Tennessee. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Middle Tennessee where they currently reside. 

Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. She enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. 

Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write clean Historical Romance. Sara has made several trips to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also the author of The General’s Wife, Off to War, Hope in Cripple Creek, and A Convenient Risk and a member of ACFW.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Sara Turnquist said...

Thanks for hosting me today!

catedid said...

Enjoyed reading the interview.

Lisa Brown said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Unknown said...

Interesting Q & A session, also interesting blurb.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the interview, thank you for hosting. Congrats on the tour!

Anonymous said...

Fun excerpt and interview!


Sara Turnquist said...

Sorry, I can't seem to figure out how to reply to individual comments...but I did want to say thanks to each of you for visiting and for your comments!

Jodi Marinch said...

enjoyed the blog post today

Lori R. said...

Thanks for sharing your book excerpt with us.

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

Mary Preston said...

I enjoyed the excerpt thank you.

Nikolina said...

This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

Sara Turnquist said...

Once again...I wish I could reply to each of you, but am not able to figure that out...
Thank you all for stopping by and for your words!

orelukjp0 said...

Thank you for the wonderful excerpt.

raineloveswater said...

Love, love, love strong females in historical settings. Weren't enough of those back then. :)

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hi, Sara! So sorry I wasn't around to welcome you.Thanks for being my guest.

I'd love to know more about your Czech novel. I adore the Czech Republic!

Sara Turnquist said...

Thanks, all, for visiting and for your words!

Sara Turnquist said...

Lisabet, My Czech novel was my debut novel "The Lady Bornekova" and is set on the cusp of the Hussite Wars, the Czech civil wars. It's sequel will come out late this month or early next month: "The Lady and The Hussites" and follows these characters through the first crusade of the Hussite Wars.

Ally Swanson said...

Happy 4th of July!!

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