Monday, January 5, 2009

Guest Post from Tracy Wolff (and a Giveaway)

I’ve never been what you might call the adventurous sort—at least not when it comes to the great outdoors. Like the old joke, camping to me is basically an overnight stay at Motel 6. Anything more rustic than that and I’m heading in the opposite direction as fast as my jeweled high heels can carry me.

The same can be said to describe my feelings regarding exercise—why should I walk/jog outside in Texas’s hundred degree heat when I can work out on my gym’s elliptical machine in all its air conditioned glory? And when my best friend decided to hold her wedding outside in the middle of July, I was traumatized. Forget the heat, didn’t she understand that there were bugs outside? Big, huge, ugly Texas sized bugs? Of course, she understood, she just didn’t care. The joke was on her, though, as she has several important wedding pictures with her maid of honor (me) looking possessed, as I tried my darnedest to shrug off the giant bug that landed on my back smack dab in the middle of the ceremony. I figure she shouldn’t complain, though—at least I didn’t run screaming down the aisle as I so desperately wanted to, shrieking “Get it off, get it off!”

I bring this up, now, so that you understand my horror a few years ago when my husband suggested we go on a swamp tour of Louisiana’s bayou. Actually he did more than suggest—he insisted, telling me that all he wanted for his birthday was for me to do this one thing with him. And when he put it like that, how could I refuse?

I couldn’t, and so off I went with him to bayou country. I didn’t go gracefully, or particularly happily, but I went—armed to the teeth with mosquito repellant and antibacterial spray. And much to my husband’s pleased surprise—and my complete astonishment—I had a great time. Despite the smell. And the alligators that came too close to our boat. And the rain that started halfway through the trip. And the mosquitoes. And—well, you get the point. There was something about being out in that swamp with the man I loved, watching my big strong alpha hero’s childlike enjoyment of nature and all things creepy-crawly, that made me happy. And finding out that alligators like marshmallows was pretty cool too.

Maybe that’s why, when I sat down to write my very first novel, I couldn’t resist setting it in the bayous of Louisiana, with a hero who was more at home in the isolation of the swamps than he ever would be in the city. Of course, keeping him out in the bayou meant he had to have a job that didn’t require going into the office every day.—or interacting with people very often, as I decided I wanted him to be kind of a recluse. After much debate, I decided to make him an iron sculptor with a bad boy attitude, and just that easily, Kevin Riley—and with him, Full Exposure—was born.

Though it’s my second book to be published, Full Exposure is the first book I ever wrote, and as such has a very special place in my heart. I agonized over this book in a way I never have again, laboring to make sure my hero was the strongest, sexiest man imaginable and that my heroine was equal to him in her own right. I struggled to make every sentence perfect, to make every scene the best it could be. And more than anything, I worked to get the tone just right—to describe the sounds and sights and smells of the bayou, just as I remembered them. I only hope I succeeded.

To celebrate the launch of Full Exposure, and with it my career as a single title author, I’m offering a copy of A Christmas Wedding (the second book I wrote, but the first to get published). Leave a comment on this blog and you’ll be automatically entered to win!

(Note from Amy: I loved A Christmas Wedding read my review here)


Julie P. said...

I would love the chance to win this book. If Amy likes it, it must be wonderful! Thanks for the guest post and giveaway!

carmen alexis said...

There's always time for a little romance. Count me in. =)

Shelley said...

Please enter me in your contest. My email is tabby2002 [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Cindy said...

Great Review Amy. Sounds like a great book. count me in please.

I Heart Book Gossip said...

Ooh how interesting. Count me in.

Tracy Wolff said...

Thanks so much for having me back, Amy! You've got such a great blog and wonderful readers. I've become a regular here since November.

Now it's time to go down stairs and get a cup of hot coffee. Two days ago it was eighty-five where I live. Today it's 34 degrees out and I am FREEZING!

Oh, and I'll post the winner late tonight at the end of this thread-- s odon't forget to check back and see if you've won!


wordlily said...

Sounds like a good book, I'd love to win it!

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Nely said...

Count me in please. Sounds like a great book.


Thanks - Nely

Stacie said...

Count me in! I would love to read a good romance!

cheryl c. said...

Christmas is over, but I am STILL reading Christmas stories. I just love them because they are so heartwarming. Please enter me in the drawing. :-)


The Holistic Knitter said...

Thanks for this review. Count me in for the giveaway please ;0)

darbyscloset said...

If Amy sayes thde book is good then I know I'd enjoy it! Your first book written yet the second book published sounds like a good read too! I'm adding it to my tbr pile!
Thanks so much for the opportunity!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

tracy wolff said...

And the winner, courtesy of my twelve year old picking the number out of a bowl, is comment #4, which was made by Cindy. Cindy, if you e-mail me at, I'll get your book in the mail to you.

And thanks everyone for your warm welcome!

valerie2350 said...

I'd love to read this - sounds great!

Rae Ann said...

Sounds great! I have a soft spot in my heart for bayou country. Good luck with book nubmber two!

The Giveaway Diva said...

i'd love to be entered to win! thanks so much!


silverhartgirl said...

I would love to read this.

Seachanges said...

Lovely account of how one comes to write a book and how you go about it! I did enjoy this post.

Anita Yancey said...

I would love the chance to read this book. It sounds great. Please enter me.

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