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Blurb from The Gift Horse:
Never look a Gift Horse in the mouth?
Carson Reynolds would dispute that statement. A gift horse got him into this mess in the first place. His mission: transform a run-down horse farm into the premium facility in the Pacific Northwest and a disorganized horse trainer with a penchant for self-sabotage into a winner.
After six years, Samantha MacIntyre has returned to the scene of a horrific barn fire allegedly caused by her carelessness. She accepts the head trainer position at that run-down facility to prove her innocence and to ride the talented, temperamental horse Carson received as a birthday gift. But first, she must pass the test: compete the horse for one season, impress Carson, and best his sister's preferred trainer.
As Sam and Carson get closer to the truth and mishaps escalate into serious accidents. With the help of an opinionated equine, they face a surprising reality--that love is more important than ambition, money, or blue ribbons.
Note: Some parts written in the horse's point of view.
Let's get to know, Jami!
1.) You write for both Bookstrand and Siren. What is the difference between the material in the two Siren-Bookstrand lines?
Siren is the erotic romance line. The books are steamier and the sex scenes more explicit. Bookstrand Publishing (there’s also a Bookstrand retail bookstore) concentrates on mainstream romance with either fewer sex scenes or the bedroom door is closed.
2.) How important is setting when writing a book, both in where you write and what you create for your characters?
In my first two books, setting was very important. They were both set in the San Juan Islands in Washington state. I love the San Juans and have spent hundreds of hours exploring and boating around those islands. I have pictures on my website and my Facebook if readers would like to see what the San Juans really look like. My husband and I vacation there once or twice every year. In fact, we’re heading there in a month. The San Juans have this special magic which I tried to illustrate in my books. This magic makes for a great romance. My third book, The Gift Horse, was set on a horse farm near Seattle. Again, the setting was where almost all the action took place. My fourth book, which is currently under consideration with three publishers, is set in Seattle also. The fifth, which I’m currently writing, is back in the San Juans. I’m really enjoying returning to the San Juans in my writing.
3.) Do you have any advice to offer aspiring authors that you wish you knew before you started your career?
Actually, I do. First of all, watch out for all those well-meaning people who tell you “rules” such as “you can’t have a hero who is a rock star.” I found out the hard way if the story is good enough, it doesn’t matter what rules you break. Do your research. It’s all out there on the internet for you to discover. Check it out and know what you’re doing. Learn the craft or writing. Join an RWA chapter or other writer’s group. Explore your options. Big publishing houses in NY are what every writer focuses on. It’s becoming harder and harder for an aspiring author to break into NY. If you write out of the box, like I often do, NY won’t touch your book. Your stories are better off with a small press so explore all the possibilities. Everyone has their own process when it comes to writing. So expose yourself to all the methods and develop your own. There is no right or wrong way to write a book.
4.) I see a lot of horses, both in your book content and cover art. Are horses a passion of yours?
I LOVE horses. I’ve been a horse nut since I was three years old. I’ve been a dedicated dressage rider since I graduated from college. I currently have a Hanoverian mare named Gailey. In fact, if you read The Gift Horse, you’ll see Gailey’s personality reflected in the equine star of the book. I usually have horses in my books, either in the background or as secondary characters.
5.) What are you working on now and what can we expect from you in the future?
I just finished Fourth and Goal, a reunion romance with a football star and his former college sweetheart. This is a book I started over ten years ago. Well meaning author friends told me “sports heroes don’t sell” so I put it on the shelf. When I finished The Gift Horse, I dug it out and decided to finish it. With all the option available now with small presses, I’m certain it’ll find a home somewhere. I’m now working on another book in the series. This is the one set again in the San Juans.
I’m really excited about Fourth and Goal. Personally, I love football. According to recent statistics, 45 percent of football fans are women. I’m hoping I will find an audience for this book and the rest of the series.
Some other books by Jami Davenport:
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Thanks so much for being a Guest Blogger today, Jami!
I love horses too and your sports hero books sound interesting and unique.
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