Monday, September 23, 2013

Joselyn Vaughn's "Climbing Heartbreak Hill"

Publisher: Astraea Press
Cover blurb: Professional runner, Ryan Grant, blows out his knee training for another attempt at the Boston marathon and the dreaded Heartbreak Hill. Ryan retreats home, not looking for anything more than a fast recovery, but he finds solace in the arms of his tax preparer, Tara Mansfield.
Tara’s cheerleading career ended abruptly and she faces an upward climb beating the stereotype as dumb blonde in her new calling as an accountant. Framed with defrauding the IRS during the last weeks of the tax season, Tara’s tentative confidence is shaken, but Ryan coaches her in ensnaring the true perpetrator. She cheers him on in discovering his identity as a coach rather than an athlete.
With the help of the junkyard king and a mechanical bull, can Tara and Ryan find the courage to climb Heartbreak Hill together?
1) How did this story come to you?
 It started with Tara, a character from my first book CEOs Don’t Cry, being in her worst nightmare situation. Her boss goes into labor early, leaving Tara in charge of the office. It took a while to sort out who Ryan was. He went through several career changes: an IRS agent, a lawyer, a private investigator.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I have been very blessed that Astraea Press likes my writing and my stories, making the process of submitting less nerve-wracking. I always worry though, that the next manuscript won’t make the cut.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m training for my first marathon in thirteen years. It must have taken that long to erase the pain of the first one.
I write all my first drafts long hand.
I still have the first keychain my dad gave me when I turned sixteen on my keys. It glows in the dark and says ‘Smile God Loves You.’

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on a story set in a little town called Pine Bottom. There are canoe races, multi-level marketing schemes, and wedding dress shopping.
5) Parting comments?
Thank you so much for having me. It was fun to be here. I appreciate everyone who was able to stop by. I hope you have a wonderful day. Happy Reading!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Twitter: @joselynvaughn
Sweet, small town romances
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  1. Congrats!!

    I had no idea you wrote your first draft in longhand! WOW

  2. Kim, thanks so much for having me!

    Jennifer, my critique partners just shake their heads

  3. Thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  4. Enjoyed your post, Joselyn! Sounds like a lot of work - writing your first draft long-hand! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your book!


    1. Sometimes I think it's easier because I don't get hung up on having the manuscript perfectly typo free. It lets the ideas flow.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Please count me in. Thanks for sharing an author I haven't read.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

  6. Pleased to meet you here today Joselyn.

    I like the sound of CLIMBING HEARTBREAK HILL.

    Good luck with the marathon.


  7. Congratulations to Bonton! I'll be contacting you shortly about your prize!