To Love and to Cherish
(Cactus Creek Cowboys, #2)
By Leigh Greenwood
Release date: 4th November 2014
Torn Between a Desire to be Free…
When Laurie Spencer said “I do”, she never realized she’d be trading one pair of shackles for another—until her husband’s unexpected death leaves her with an opportunity to escape her controlling family for good. Determined to be independent, Laurie approaches sexy rancher Jared Smith with an offer she hopes he can’t refuse…
And a Longing to be His...
Jared’s determined to make it in Texas, but with the local banker turned against him, it looks like his dream may be slipping through his fingers. When unconsciously sensual Laurie offers a partnership, his luck may be changing…but when she throws herself in as part of the deal, Jared’s not sure he’ll be able to respect the terms of their agreement and keep his eyes—and his hands—to himself.
There’s something about Laurie that awakens every protective instinct Jared has…and when all hell breaks loose, there’s nothing and no one who’ll be able to keep this cowboy from her side.
Interview with Leigh Greenwood
What or who inspired you to become a writer?
It was really an accident. My wife dared me to write a book (I was trying to get her to write one) and I took her up on the challenge. I was teaching music and directing choirs in high school at the time.
Who is your favorite Author & what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have lots of favorite authors, but it’s probably a tossup between Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Georgette Heyer. I love their characters. They’re so real you can almost feel like you know them.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
Making myself sit in the chair and write when there are at least a dozen exciting things other people want me to do with them.
What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
The first chapter. Everything is new and you can do anything you want. It’s also the hardest.
What was the most surprising thing you’ve learned in writing your books?
That I could write a book people would pay money to read.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
No. If things go wrong, it’s because I’ve taken the story in the wrong direction. As soon as I figure that out and fix it, everything flows again.
What is the last book you read?
An autobiography of the opera singer Beverly Sills.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. With whom would it be?
Probably Augustus Caesar. I’d love to experience Rome at its zenith. Besides, the idea of absolute power is very seductive.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Mainly work in my yard and garden.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
The plots are all pure imagination. My characters and how they feel and react reflect how I think a person should feel and act. I’ve never knowingly put any part of a person in my books, but I’m sure some elements have found their way in.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a cowboy, policeman, or fireman. That’s what all little boys wanted in the 40s and 50s.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Anybody tall, dark, and handsome.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write because you can’t NOT write. If you write just for the money, it doesn’t come from your soul and readers will know it.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?
Read, read, read! It feeds your brain, your heart, and your soul.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined, analytical, optimistic
What’s one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a fanatic about thoroughbred horse racing.
What scares you the most and why?
People who want to kill you because you don’t believe what they believe. You have no defense against that kind of madness.
When was the last time you cried over a book?
Not that I can remember, but I’ve gotten choked up over several.
Tell us about your first kiss?
I can remember who I kissed, but I can’t remember the first time. It probably was forgettable because it was the first.
Some quick questions..
Light or Dark chocolate?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Dogs or Cats?
Tea or Coffee?
Favourite Disney movie?
Leigh Greenwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular Seven Brides, Cowboys, and Night Riders series. The proud father of three grown children, Leigh resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He never intended to be a writer, but he found it hard to ignore the people in his head, and the only way to get them out was to write. Visit him at www.leigh-greenwood.com.