Thursday, 18 August 2016

Fearless Destiny by Annette Bower #WomensFiction #Romance

Annette Bower will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Who would you want to play your main characters if your book was made in to a movie?
I’m in trouble here because I don’t know movie stars. I watch movies and I am captivated by the story and the actors are the characters for me. When I prepared my background for each character, I collect photos from magazines.
How do you come up with the titles for your books?
In the first draft I have one working title, the next drafts, when I have a clearer idea of the story, the title changes again and when my editor is involved we brain storm and come up with the final title. Fearless Destiny is perfect because it implies that you have to be fearless when taking control of your future.

What does your writing space look like?
I have a lovely office but more than that I have a view with daylight and nightlight. The view is the most calming. I can watch the weather come and go, here on the Saskatchewan prairie. I have a cousin who farms on the horizon. I text her and tell her I’m waving to her and she waves back.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I enjoy walking or riding my bicycle around Wascana Lake which is part of my city’s 2,300-acre urban park, which is larger than New York City’s Central Park and Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The lake is a mile from my home and I walk approximately two and a half miles around. It is one of those places in Regina that residents of all cultures take time to visit.

What is your favourite color?
I enjoy sprinkling crimson throughout my wardrobe. It has a strong red color with a tinge of purple.

What is your favourite food?
Ice cream, can you hear me scream for ice cream. This week’s favorite is mint chocolate chip.

What is your favourite season?
Recently is it fall because we have great travel deals as it nears the end of tourist season for Europe, so we take advantage of reasonable rates and book a long-stay trip. This year we will return to Albufeira, Portugal. We checked and our favorite restaurant, Johnny Hooper’s will be open.

What is your favourite television show?
Death in Paradise and Mr. Monk. Both of these shows are similar to the Sherlock Holmes novels where only the brightest minds can put all the clues together. I just have to watch the shows knowing that it will be solved. Sometimes I guess, but most often I watch.

What is your favourite movie?
The Spitfire Grill “To a town with no future, comes a girl with a past.”

Who is your favorite actor?
Sandra Bullock, for her smile.

What is your favourite song?
This week, Kacey Musgraves “Biscuits”
Refrain: Just hoe your own row and raise your own babies
Smoke your own smoke and grow your own daisies
Mend your own fences and own your own crazy
Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy
Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy

What is your favourite comfort clothing attire?
I always have a loose fitting sweater to put on when I’m chilly and take off when I’m hot.

What books might we find on your bedside table?
I’m reading an Avon book published in 1973 by Constance Beresford-Howe The Book of Eve. It is a story of a woman who one day walks out of her forty-year marriage, her comfortable neighborhood, her emotional desert to start all over again.

I also have a young adult book by Lori Saigeon, Fight for Justice. It is a book about being bullied.

Finally, I have a poetry book by Katherine Lawrence, Lying to our Mothers. Poetry uses language differently than prose writers. They need to convey their message with sparse words and imagery. It is a good lesson to be reminded of.

Describe yourself in three words.
Impossible. I’m verbose.

From the Romance Review Readers Choice nominee, Annette Bower, comes a new small town romance, Fearless Destiny.

Tiffany George, riding high on her commission as a fresco artist, returns home for some deserved rest and relaxation.

The drive is uneventful until she rescues Will Cleaver on the side of a highway. While savoring memories of a kiss and a well formed butt, her future goals do not include a romance.
Once in town, she discovers the hopes and dreams of her community hinge on the development of a new resource mine and Will Cleaver’s designed neighborhood. Her parents demand she give up art and resume her working partner role in the family business.

Tiffany George is pulled by her community roots and stretched by her newly discovered independence.

Will Cleaver knows about taking charge of destiny. He models the courage she uses to become the woman she needs to be.

Turning onto the highway that led into the town of Apex, Tiffany George saw an abandoned gray compact car. Her father’s voice rang in her ears, Don’t drive by stalled cars on the highway. You never know who needs you. Slowing to a stop, she grabbed her flashlight and tucked her cell phone into her pocket.

She expected to see an empty vehicle. Tiffany felt like an unprepared Girl Scout when the light illuminated dark eyes. A hand pushed through black hair. The man’s discomfort was obvious. His shoulders braced against the seat.

“Can I help you?” she called through the window.

“I’m not sure.” His jaw muscles tensed, while he shaded his eyes against the flashlight.

“I’m going to open the door.” Her forearms and biceps bulged, and her sandals skidded on gravel but the driver door wouldn’t budge.

“Locking system jammed.” His speech was slurred.

“That doesn’t happen. Have you been drinking?” She sniffed for alcohol.

“No. Pain.”

“What kind of pain?” She watched him with first-responder alertness. “Heart attack?”

“No.” He bent down toward the floor.

Growing up as her father’s helper in the family plumbing business, Tiffany knew her way around vehicles.

The man’s head slumped onto the headrest. “Okay, Mister, tell me what’s happening.”

“Muscle cramps in both legs.” He sucked air through his teeth. “Need to get out of this sardine tin.”

“Push on your knees,” she said calmly.

“Thanks, Nurse Nancy. I’ve tried. I need out.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Annette Bower sets her romance novels in Saskatchewan because she believes home can be as exotic as anywhere else in the World. Annette travels extensively, but always returns home to Regina, Saskatchewan. Born in Regina, her experiences as a nurse, administrator, town councillor, teachers’ assistant and student inform her stories and reflect the experiences of many readers. Annette’s stories are read around the world and have been shortlisted on many national and international stages.

Annette Bower writes about women’s roles in families, in communities and women’s emotions at the beginning and end of love in her home office in Regina, SK. Her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom. 
Her women’s fiction novels with romantic elements, Woman of Substance and Moving On are published by Soul Mate Publishing.

Annette Bower’s day-to-day experiences as a nurse, administrator, town councillor, teacher’s assistant and student means that her stories are the real thing because they are about you and your neighbours. Her short stories and novels are read around the world. Her romance novels are set in Saskatchewan because she believes home is as exotic as anywhere else in the wide world she has visited.

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  1. Congrats on the blog tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Good morning Lisa,
      In my world you are an early bird. Thank you for following Day 4 of my VBT for Fearless Destiny. Good luck.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower

  2. Good morning Louise,
    Thank you for your insightful questions and thank you for hosting Day 4 of my VBT for Fearless Destiny.
    I look forward to replying to comments by your followers, followers new to both of us, and my followers.
    Looking forward to a great day.
    Yours truly,
    Annette Bower

  3. Enjoyed the interview and excerpt. Sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

    1. Good morning Marcy,
      Thank you for joining Fearless Destiny's VBT. Louise asked some great questions. This VBT with interview questions has brought me back to thinking about myself rather than my characters.
      Good luck.
      Yours truly,

  4. Really great post, I enjoyed reading the interview. My favorite food is ice cream too!!! Mine is usually pretty consistent though: Rocky Road :)

    1. Hello Victoria,
      Yes, these questions were pretty cool. I've been enjoying A&W Rootbeer floats recently too.
      Thanks for joining Day 4 of the VBT.
      Yours truly,
      ice cream Annette

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    1. Hello Rita,
      Thank you for joining Day 4 of the VBT. I enoyed answering the questions too. Three words to describe myself was tough.
      Good luck.
      Yours truly,
      Annette Bower