Today, I’m proud to introduce Pamela Thibodeaux, but many of you will already know her and be familiar with her books, but maybe you’ll learn something new about a lovely lady and a fine writer.
Tell me three words that describe yourself starting with A, B, and C
Attentive, Blessed, Caring
Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?
I write Inspirational romance and women’s fiction. I absolutely LOVE reading these genres so writing them comes naturally. Faith is very real and personal to me so it’s only right that it be the same for my characters.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Nothing in particular gets my creative juices flowing but being organized and setting aside quality time to write helps. The members of my writing group get together on Facebook to write every Tuesday night and I try to join them as often as possible because as busy as my life is, that may be my only time to write so I make the most of it.
Who would you love most to meet ‘in person’ and why?
Nora Roberts – well I met her in person a long time ago and so much has happened since then so I’d love to meet up with her and be able to have a sit-down conversation about how she juggles her life and writing while maintaining her prolific career.
Do you have a favorite snack that you like to munch on while writing?
Not really but I always have my glass of water next to me.
Do you have a hobby?
Other than read? LOL! I love to travel! I also enjoy hiking, horseback riding and dancing. I’ve found playing Word Scapes or Yahtzee or Solitaire on the phone is fun too.
Do you read your reviews on your books? Do they influence your story at all?
Sometimes I read them, but I don’t think they truly influence my stories or writing.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I do not listen to music while I write. I know many authors do, but I tend to get too caught up in the music and lyrics to pay attention to my story so no radio or CD or I-pod…I write better when it’s quiet.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
Yes, I am a licensed insurance agent and sell Home, Life and Medicare plans. I also have an accounting and tax background.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I would love to go back in time to Jerusalem to Jesus’ time. I know things weren’t near as convenient and easy as they are now, but I would love to have known Him and the women He touched.
What’s the one thing you would do if you could be your character for a day?
I’ve been my character for a day – in fact for years. You see, My Heart Weeps is the story of one woman’s journey from wife to widow to individual. In other words, through grief after her husband’s death into new life and the possibility of new love and parallels my own after the death of my husband in 2009.
What was the inspiration for “My Heart Weeps”?
The first gentleman I dated after my husband’s death was a very sweet man and when he professed his feelings for me, I told him…. “I feel your love with every fiber of my being and my heart weeps because I’m not ready for anything more than friendship.” My next thought was That sounds like the title of a book!
Will there be more books in your series, or can you tell us about any previous books?
My Heart Weeps is not part of a series but a stand-alone women’s fiction novel. I do have my 5-book Tempered series as well as a spin-off story, two more WF novels and 1 novella, 1 more romance novel, 1 WF novella, an anthology of romantic short stories and a WF Christmas novella.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I think my favorite part is when Melena stands up for herself with her family on decisions that she felt were necessary to her ultimate healing. This shows strength of character and faith.
What are you currently working on?
My current WIP is titled Kyleigh’s Country Christmas OR Kyleigh’s Cowboy. I’m also working to get my books in audio. Tempered Hearts, Tempered Dreams & Tempered Fire are already up & Tempered Joy will be available this fall. I’ve also completed the 5th Tempered book Tempered Truth. It too will be released sometime this fall or perhaps early next year depending on how busy Medicare season is for me. After that, who knows? I have a whole slew of ideas in various stages of development to work on.
Title: My Heart Weeps
Blurb: After thirty years married to the man of her dreams, Melena Rhyker is devastated by her husband’s death. Relief comes in the form of an artist’s retreat at the Crossed Penn ranch in Utopia, TX. She rediscovers a forgotten dream as her artistic talent flourishes into that of a gallery-worthy artist. Will she have the courage to follow the path she was destined to travel?
Garrett Saunders has been on the run most of his life. Abused and abandoned as a child, he escapes the clutches of a past filled with pain and shame, and hides from his calling as a Native American healer. His years as a CIA agent aid in overcoming his childhood and honing his talent and skill as a fine art photographer.
Follow their journey as two people who come from totally different backgrounds, but share gifts of gigantic proportions, find meaning and purpose in the Texas Hill Country.
Excerpt: With the energy of a wet noodle, she eased out of the sauna, rinsed the sweat off her skin, and tied the sarong around her waist. She tossed the damp towel over her shoulders, put on her sandals and headed to her room to shower and change. Fresh fruit and pastries left over from breakfast lay spread out at the buffet like a feast for the famished. Melena filled a plate and had taken two steps toward the stairs when Anne Penn entered the room flanked by a handsome hunk of man Melena hadn’t seen before.
“Hi, Melena. I’d like you to meet Garrett, our new part-time wrangler, part-time maintenance man.”
Eyes the color of Texas bluebonnets swept over her in a gaze as potent as a caress, then locked with hers. A dimple danced in the cowboy’s cheek when he tipped his hat and grinned.
“Ma’am,” he drawled.
Melena tugged the ends of her towel together and down over her skimpily clad bosom, muttered a quick hello, and escaped. Racing up the stairs as fast as possible on legs that wobbled, she entered her room, all but dropped the plate on her nightstand, and sat down onto the bed.
Never had she felt the pure sexual punch of such raw masculinity in a single look.
Purchase Link: https://bit.ly/MyHeartWeeps
Author bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” Sign up to receive Pam’s newsletter and get a FREE short story!
Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com
Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1jUVcdU
Pam is giving away 1 Ebook, 1 Autographed Print Book, 1 Audio Book, a $15 Amazon Gift Card, a 1-month Audible membership and a SURPRISE Giftpack to 6 lucky winners! (1 prize per person) Names will be collected throughout the tour which ends Sept. 30th. Winners will be notified, and prizes awarded by October 10th so be sure to leave your EMAIL Address!
Blog Tour Dates/Stops:
8/11 Gail Pallotta’s Peering Through Life’s Window
8/13 Liz Flaherty’s Word Wranglers Blog
8/15 Clare Revell’s The Word Can Wait Blog
8/18 Southern Writers Suite T Blog
8/18 Alina K Field’s Simply Romance Blog
8/20 Penelope Marzec’s Bookish Thoughts Blog
8/25 Jana Richards’ Romance Story Board Blog
8/27 Beverly Bateman’s BLOG
9/1 Valarie Goree’s Facebook Page
9/5 D. V. Stone’s Campfire Blog
9/9 Jacqueline Seewald’s BLOG
9/11 Linda Rondeau’s Snark & Sensibility Blog
9/14 Patricia Kioyno’s Four Foxes, One Hound Blog
9/18 Diane Burton’s BLOG
9/22 Alicia Dean’s BLOG
9/25 Jeny Hickman’s BLOG