Today we have Juliana Haygert here for an author interview and a giveaway! This post is part of the blog tour for Bittersweet Junction, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.
1. Without spoiling anything, could you tell us what was your favorite scene to write in Breaking the Reins?
The monster truck race scene!
Let’s just say that the original scene was “hotter” than it is right now, but it’s still pretty hot ;)
2. What is the best writing advice you've ever received?
Bah, there are so many.
I would say for someone starting this journey now: study craft. A lot. You won’t always follow all the rules, but you should know them before you break them.
3. If you had to pair up your main character Hannah with any other character from any other book, who would it be and why?
Do I really need to? Lol That’s so unfair. She’s perfect with Leo. Period lol
Okay, okay … I would say with Trick from The Wild Ones by M. Leighton. Because he loves horses as much as Hannah does, and he has this yearning to tame a wild horse – which is similar to what Hannah does in Breaking the Reins.
4. What comes easier for you, description or dialogue?
Dialogue. When writing a fast dialogue scene, I skip all description and just follow the characters’ “discussion.” Then I come back to it, and try to slow down the scene and add the details.
5. How do you go about naming your characters?
I have a list of names I like (including their meaning) and I always chose a name for my protagonists from there. I also try not to choose very common names that are used in a lot of books (like Anna, for example).
6. What is one message you'd like readers from Breaking the Reins?
GiveawayHm, this is hard one. I guess I would like readers to take Hannah as an example of how strong they can be – to break free from domestic violence, to go after what seems an impossible dream, or whatever their hearts desire.
As part of the blog tour, the author is giving away a signed paperback of Breaking the Reins, an ebook of Breaking the Reins, a signed paperback of Destiny Gift, an ebook of Destiny Gift, and a $25 Amazon/B&N gift card, open internationally. Enter using the form below!
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Make sure to check out all the other stops of the tour, and keep your eye out for Breaking the Reins, which has already been released.
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Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.
After a fire takes her grandma’s life and kills her horse, Hannah’s immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can’t turn away even though she’s not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.
Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.
But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.