Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne – Review and Giveaway!

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New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings you back to Haven Point—a place made for second chances…

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her hometown of Haven Point. It may be small, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family’s factory, leaving the town’s economy in shambles. Now his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point’s sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice.

What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.

 

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New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including four RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine. RaeAnne loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at http://www.raeannethayne.com.

Question and Answer with RaeAnne Thayne –

Q: REDEMPTION BAY is the 2nd book in your new Haven Point series. What would you tell someone who is coming to Haven Point for the first time? Is there anything you want first time readers to know before they jump into REDEMPTION BAY?

A: Haven Point is a series of books that explores healing in its various forms — healing hearts, healing bodies, healing families and healing a town. Haven Point – on the shores of beautiful Lake Haven, a few hours from Boise, ID – has seen some tough times and suffered some losses, but despite all the challenges, it’s a place where people care about each other.

Q: As a writer, what kinds of books inspire you? Do you ever find time to read when you aren’t writing your own novels?

A: Reading is such a part of me, I could never give it up. Even when my life is insanely busy. I find time to escape! Books provide solace and retreat and adventure all rolled into one wonderful package. I love any well-written story that captures my imagination and engages my emotions, whether it’s young adult, women’s fiction, or romance, both historical and contemporary.

Q: What would you tell someone who wants to start writing romance or women’s fiction? I’m sure you get a lot of questions like this. Is there one piece of advice that you always share with aspiring writers?

A: The best advice I can offer is not necessarily the most original: Read everything you can in the genre you want to write, continually hone your craft at every opportunity and never, ever give up on your dreams!

Writing is hard, physically painful, mentally exhausting — but it is also an incredible, magical joy. The ability to create characters and stories out of nothing but my own imagination still seems like a miraculous gift to me. I try to cherish that gift, even when the going is tough. If you dream of being a writer, do it, no matter how difficult you find it. As others have said far more eloquently than I can, on your deathbed you will never regret having tried to write. If you let your fears or sense of inadequacy hold you back, however, you will always wonder what you might have achieved.

Q: Every writer has her own routines and methods. How do you spend a typical writing day?

A: I generally don’t start in earnest until I get my boys off to school and my husband off to work. As soon as the house is quiet, I check my email and social media while I eat breakfast and then I either go to the gym or take a walk in the mountains near my home. I then go to my office to write and don’t get up again until the bus brings back our son who has special needs in the afternoon. I have to be present in the late afternoons and evenings for my family – dinner, homework, bedtime – then when they’re in bed, I’ll usually go back to my office to put in a few more hours. Summers play havoc with my writing schedule, of course, so I try to schedule my deadlines during the school year so I can relax a bit and have fun with them.

Q: Can you tell us what you are working on now? When can we expect the next Haven Point book?

A: I just finished EVERGREEN SPRINGS, book 3 in Haven Point. This is Devin Shaw’s book and will be out October 2015. Right now, I’m working on a new book in my long-running Cowboys of Cold Creek series, which will be out in December. After that, I haven’t decided what I’ll write next. Figuring it out is my favorite part of the writing process, facing that world of possibilities that awaits me!

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My Review –

This is the first book by RaeAnne Thayne that I have read. I have to say that I really enjoyed the book. She kept me captive with the storyline and vivid descriptions of the town and landscape. The characters were interesting and the romance tantilizing.

Although I found out later that Redemption Bay is the second in the series, I didn’t feel that I missed out by not reading the first book.

I am giving the book five stars. I liked the story. It was well-written. The descriptions were such that you felt you were a part of the community and living in the town.

GIVEAWAY!!

I have a handmade bookmark from the author to giveaway. Just leave your name and contact info in a comment to be entered in the contest!

Contest closes on August 7, 2015

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