Saturday, March 9, 2019

Character Interview with Warner Gray (based on the novel A Tender Hope by Amanda Cabot)

Readers: we have a giveaway today.....

Amanda Cabot’s dream of selling a book before her thirtieth birthday came true, and she’s now the author of more than thirty-five novels as well as eight novellas, four non-fiction books, and what she describes as enough technical articles to cure insomnia in a medium-sized city.  Her inspirational romances have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists, have garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and have been nominated for the ACFW Carol, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers Best awards.  A popular workshop presenter, Amanda takes pleasure in helping other writers achieve their dreams of publication.

As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it’s time for a change. With her husband murdered and
her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek’s midwife, she has no intention of remarrying. So when a handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep with an abandoned baby, Thea isn’t sure her heart can take it.

Ranger Jackson Guthrie isn’t concerned only with the baby’s welfare. He’s been looking for Thea, convinced that her late husband was part of the gang that killed his brother. But it soon becomes clear that the situation is far more complicated than he anticipated—and he’ll need Thea’s help if he’s ever to find the justice he seeks.

Heidi here. Don't you just love that cover?! I've read so many of Amanda Cabot's novels, I adore her writing. A Tender Hope has a unique premise and draw you in. I've interviewed her here for our blog. Amanda recently had the pleasure of chatting with Warner Gray a few days ago and wanted to share that conversation with you. If you remember Warner from A Stolen Heart and A Borrowed Dream, you know that his life hasn’t been easy. Fortunately, there’ve been a lot of changes in Cimarron Creek, and Warner just might have his chance at happiness in ATender Hope.

Amanda: I’m so glad to meet you, Mr. Gray. I know you’re Cimarron Creek’s apothecary, and some of the ladies have told me you’re one of the town’s most eligible bachelors.

Warner: Eligible bachelor? That’s the first I’ve heard that. The truth is, ma’am, I doubt anyone would be interested in marrying me, what with all the trouble my family has had. I’m the only one of the Grays left in town, you know.

Amanda: I’m so sorry to hear that. I imagine you’re lonely without your family. Is that why you offered Jackson Guthrie a room in your house?

Warner: Partly. I am lonely, no doubt about that, but mostly he seemed like a man I’d like to know better, and what better way than having him stay with me? Besides, he’s a better cook than I am. He doesn’t burn the eggs.

Amanda: Other than being able to scramble eggs, what’s he like? Someone said he’s a Texas Ranger.

Warner: Yes, ma’am, he is. I don’t mind telling you that I’m impressed with the Rangers. Those men are braver than I’ll ever be.

Amanda: I suspect you’re selling yourself short.

Warner: Nope, but I tell you, Jackson’s brave and he’s determined. Rumor has it that he’s looking for the Gang of Four. If I were a betting man, I’d bet that he’ll find them, and not a minute too soon. Robbery is bad enough, but I heard they’ve started killing folks. That’s just plain evil. The sooner the Gang is behind bars, the better.

Amanda: I agree. But let’s talk about something more pleasant. I also heard you’re good friends with Nate Kenton. What’s he like?

Warner: If you’re looking for an eligible bachelor, Nate’s your man. The problem is, he falls out of love faster than his goats can eat their supper. ’Course now that we’ve got three new ladies in town, maybe he’ll settle down with one of ’em.

Amanda: I know you’re not, but if you were a matchmaker, which one would you pick for Nate?

Warner: Well, ma’am, I don’t know. The new midwife – her name’s Mrs. Thea Michener – is mighty pretty, but so is that French lady she brought with her. I’m probably bungling it, but she’s called something like Amy.

Amanda: Aimee?

Warner: That’s it. Eh-MAY is real easy on the eyes.

Amanda: You said there were three ladies.

Warner: You’re right. I did. The other is the new schoolteacher, Patience. She’s pretty in her own right, even if she does talk too much, but she’s Nate’s cousin. That means he’ll have to choose between Thea and Aimee. Did I pronounce that right?

Amanda: You did. And now, Mr. Gray, I don’t want you to think I’m a gossip, so I suppose I shouldn’t ask this, but which one of the ladies would you choose for yourself?

Warner: Me? You’re joshing me, ma’am, aren’t you? I’ll never marry.

Amanda: I don’t want to contradict you, Mr. Gray, but men have told me that before, and before I could say “you’re wrong,” I heard wedding bells.

Warner: It won’t happen this time. No, ma’am, it sure won’t. 

Heidi again. Thank you Amanda and Warner, that was fun!

Amanda: I enjoyed it too. I'd like to offer my new novel, A Tender Hope, as a giveaway, US addresses only. Just leave a note in the comments section and I'll randomly select one person to send the book to! Please include your email address so I can privately contact you about your postal address. Again, Heidi, thank you so much for having me.

Heidi: You are welcome, Amanda. Stitches Thru Time readers, make comments below to enter the giveaway­čśŹ Amanda, we'll see you when your next book publishes!

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  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful interview. Have a great day!
    melback at cebridge dot net

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the conversation with Warner. If you've read the previous books, you know he deserves a happy ending, and he just might get one in A Tender Hope.

  2. What a great interview. Thank you for sharing it. I’m looking forward to reading this one.
    Anne at rightler dot com

    1. Warner's quite a character, as you'll discover if you read the book. Of course, so is Nate, and then there's Jackson, the hero. So many interesting men in this book.

  3. What a fun interview! It definitely sounds like something I would enjoy reading.
    Perrianne Askew

  4. I loved the ebook of this but would like a print copy to share with friends! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. There's nothing quite like print books, is there? I read a lot of ebooks, but I also enjoy the experience of a real book or, as I've heard them called, a tree book.

  5. This was so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Readers: A Stolen Heart, on kindle, is at a discounted price today, it is book one in this trilogy......

  7. Really enjoyed the second book in the series and would love to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity.
    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

    1. Of course I'm delighted that you liked A Borrowed Dream. I've been thrilled by the number of people who've told me that A Tender Hope is even better. What a wonderful compliment!

  8. Cute interview! Three guys, three gals! Could be very interesting! Can’t wait to read it. Thanks. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    1. It was lots of fun having three romances going on at the same time.

  9. I enjoyed this interview with Warner and Amanda. I've read A Borrowed Dream and loved it. I'm hoping our library will have A Tender Hope since they have A Borrowed Dream. Thank you for sharing.

  10. The insights from an interview like this are great. I want to read this book. fishingjan(at)aol(dot)com

  11. Great interview. Sounds like my kind bf book.

    1. I hope you have a chance to read it and that you enjoy it.