Friday, October 2, 2009

Tammy Barley ~ Interview + Giveaway!

Today author Tammy Barley is telling us about her book, Love's Rescue. Also, she has graciously offered to give away a copy of Love's Rescue (read to the bottom for details).

Hello Tammy! Welcome to my blog.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi all, and thank you, Carman, for inviting me to your blog! Each of you should note that I’ll tell you how to win a guest ranch vacation for two to Colorado later in the interview, so read on! =)

I’ve lived in 27 cities and towns in 8 states, including the South and the West/Sierra Nevadas where Love’s Rescue (and the next two books in The Sierra Chronicles) take place. My favorite place so far? Kentucky. Why? The horses, history, rolling green hills and forests, people, and climate. (Can I mention horses twice?) =) When I’m not writing historical romance, I ghostwrite biographies and self-help books, mentor writers, and judge a number of top published fiction contests.

C- Wow. I have only lived in one town my whole life! It is amazing that you have moved around so much.

How long have you been writing, and how many books do you have published?
Twenty years. Books with my name on the cover as author? I’m on my second one.

If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be?
I’m unable to compare. When I set out to write a book, I ask myself, “What hasn’t been done before?” and I strive to make my writing unique, as if you are there, in that time, living the adventure and romance of the main character. My writing is inviting and inspiring, but also real, so that a reader feels the heat of a July night on her skin, and the cool water as she sinks into a refreshing moonlit stream.

In your own words, tell us a little about Love's Rescue.
Here’s a quickie description: A headstrong Southern woman falls for her kidnapper . . . a rancher she blames for the deaths of her family. But there’s more to the deaths than she knew, and now those responsible are coming after her.

Here’s the one-liner I use in advertising: He saves her life. She shows him what it means to live.

Here is the official blurb:
A Dividing Conflict

In 1863, the War Between the States is dividing more than a nation. To escape the conflict, Jessica Hale and her family flee their Kentucky home and head for Nevada Territory. Her brother, Ambrose, committed to the Confederates, rejoins his Kentucky militia and is disowned by his father. But the worst is yet to come.

A Heroic Kidnapper

When Unionists presume the family to be Confederate sympathizers, they set a devastating fire to their home. All alone and then “kidnapped” by cattleman Jake Bennett, Jessica is taken to a ranch deep in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. Can she overcome her resentment toward Jake for failing to save her family?

The Depths of Love

When Jake launches a plan to help Jessica’s brother escape from prison camp, she sees him for the honest, good-hearted Christian man that he is and now knows the depth of his love for her. Through the lingering smoke and smoldering ashes from her ruined home and murdered family, will Jessica see a future with Jake?

What made you want to write this story?
After living in eight states, including the South where many Civil War battles were fought, I was sooo curious to know what took place in the West during the Civil War. The story grew as I looked for answers. During my research, I visited Old West towns still beautifully preserved, and the past seemed real to me, as if time had stopped and the year was still 1863. I wanted to make that real for others who enjoy journeying to an earlier time through fiction.
C- I have always liked reading about the Civil War era. It is one of my favorite time periods.
What research did you do for this book?
As I needed to know a great deal about a time and place that few know about, I did extensive research both on site and in historical documents. I also needed to know quite a bit about horses, so my years riding in different places including Western mountains came in handy.
Who would you pick to play the lead roles if this book was made into a movie?
Hugh Jackman would play Jake Bennett.

Jessica Hale would be played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.
C- She looks a lot like the model on the cover! That is so cool.
What are you working on now, or going to write next?
Hope’s Promise, book two in The Sierra Chronicles Series, in which Jake and Jess’s story continues, complete with romance, adventure, and suspense.
How can readers get in contact with you?
Here’s my Web site: Also, to introduce readers to The Sierra Chronicles and to encourage them to read Love’s Rescue, I’m giving away a one-week western guest ranch resort vacation for two to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado! For details and to enter, visit Currently, only about one reader out of every two hundred are entering the contest, so your chances of winning are phenomenal!!!
What are you currently reading?
For once, I’m in between books. I’m not sure which one I’ll pick up next (other than that it’s likely to be historical romance)! =)
C- That is my favorite kind. : D
Tell us something surprising about yourself that readers may not know.
Twenty years ago I worked as a travel consultant near Hollywood, and planned travel arrangements for various movie productions as well as vacations for actors and producers.
C- Cool!
 If you could be any animal, which would it be? Why?
Wow, I love these creative questions! I’d want to be several different animals, each for a day or a week, but long term I’d love to be a dolphin. I’d love to swim that fast, leap that high, and discover the world under the ocean.
C- I always wanted to be a dolphin too! How funny.
TV show, and/or movie?
I love movies more than TV, and I have several movie favorites. One of them is Evita. Antonio Banderas . . . need I say more? =)
Place to go on vacation?
Disneyworld, Florida.
Book this year, or month?
Forevermore by Cathy Marie Hake. Great realism, completely captivating. One I can enjoy again and again.
Love's Rescue released July 7, 2009. Hope's Promise is coming in July 2010.
The giveaway is open to anyone, and the book will be autographed!
Thank you for stopping by, Tammy!
Alright readers, here is your chance to win a copy of "Love’s Rescue"! To enter: Leave a comment with your email address (so I can contact you if you win), and please specify that you want to be included in the contest. *If you want an extra entry, become one of my followers.* The comment is mandatory. You will not be entered unless you leave a comment. If you are already a follower, and then you leave a comment, you will still get two entries in the contest. The contest will run from today (Oct. 2) till midnight on Thursday (Oct. 8). I will contact the winner on Friday the 9th, and then that person will have a week to reply. If the winner doesn't reply within that time period, I will pick a new winner. Thanks for visiting! Good luck!


Renee said...

I'd love to be entered to win thsi book! It sounds terrific and I've been reading about it on a lot of blogs! Thank you for the interview and the chance to win!

XOXO~ Renee

Tammy Barley said...

Hi Renee! It's good to see you! You are entered!



Tammy Barley said...

BTW, don't you LOVE that photo of Hugh Jackman?


Renee said...

Hahahaha! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

XOXO~ Renee

R@CH3!!3 said...

Hey So I would love to be entered.
My email is

I'm also one of your followers (:

Halle B said...

Would you please enter me in too?
hellokitty6010 at yahoo dot com
Thank you! ;]

Anonymous said...

hey, i would love to be entered in the contest for the book ...could you please enter me?!?!
thank you!

Lindsey B. said...

hey, i would love to be entered into the contest! =) sounds awesome! Thanks for having the contest! love.

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Tammy ~ your book has been on my wishlist for awhile now...I would love to be entered to win!

Thank you,
~ Lori


Tammy Barley said...

Hi Piano Chick, Halle, Pop Star Diva, Lindsey, and Lori! Good to see you all here. You are entered!

God greatly bless you where you need it most today!