He’s a rugged outdoorsman, she’s a California princess out to prove she can make it on her own.
Fans of contemporary romance are sure to love debut author, Rebecca Thomas’, sensual story where opposites attract in HER ALASKAN HERO.
After being left at the altar, California girl Sabrina Tate needs to make a fast getaway. With her famous overbearing parents and the paparazzi hot on her heels, where else is a jilted bride to go to lick her wounds but Alaska? With only her tropical honeymoon clothes in tow, she makes her escape. For two weeks, she’ll live on her own and prove to herself—and her family—that she can make it without a husband.
Zak Forrester is a man on a mission. He’s turned his rugged yet luxurious Alaskan lodge into a hotspot for hunters, all in the hope to make up for a painful event in his past. But when Sabrina—one of the rare women to enter his rugged realm—stumbles into his world, he can’t get rid of her fast enough. He has no time for her yoga, vegetarian meal requests, or Scrabble.
Soon, neither can resist the other, and two hearts collide. With time ticking away, they have to decide where they belong. Is a life in a different world better than being a world apart?
About Rebecca Thomas
Rebecca Thomas enjoys a love-hate relationship with Alaska. She lives there with her bush pilot husband and two teenaged sons. When she isn’t reading, writing, or playing board games, she is cheering for her sons at their hockey games and tennis matches.
A reluctant reader as a child, she didn’t become interested in books until her teen years when she discovered historical romance. Now she loves all sub-genres of romance and can’t decide which one is her favorite.
Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska and was employed in the airline industry for several years before working in her current position as a program manager in higher education.
Rebecca kindly agreed to write a guest post for the blog today. Thank you Rebecca 🙂
Write What You Know and making it work for you
We’ve all heard it—write what you know—either at a writing conference or on a blog post. I scoffed at the “write what you know” idea for years. I’m not writing what I know—writing what I know is boring. I wanted to write YA historical fantasy.
I did write a YA historical fantasy, and you know what? It didn’t sell. I received lots of requests from agents and publishing houses, I got really close a few times. I revised and endured the query trenches a second time and still nothing. I was frustrated. We’ve all been there. My husband kept bugging me to “write an Alaska story.” My standard answer was I don’t want to write about Alaska, I live Alaska every day. When I write and read it’s to escape Alaska, not be in it.
I wrote my historical romances and they are published and I’m thrilled about that, but honestly I get bogged down with the research. Or, maybe I should say, I let it bog me down. For whatever reason my husband’s nagging wouldn’t leave my head. “Write an Alaska story.”
I’ve lived in Alaska all my life—it’s what I know. I wrote an Alaska set romance and when I sent it out to one of my critique partners she said she loved all the Alaskany details, and added that “we” meaning all the readers in the continental United States loved that kind of stuff. Well, I don’t know if “we” means everyone, but she can’t be entirely wrong because look at all the shows on television that are set in Alaska. Those television networks know something. And furthermore, what Alaskany stuff? I didn’t even realize I was adding these details into my story because it’s what I live every day, it’s intrinsic to me, and Her Alaskan Hero feels authentic because of it.
One of my critique partners is a nurse and she’s married to a doctor. I’ve always told her she should write a medical romance. I think I finally convinced her. Another critique partner was in the military and I’ve told her she should write a military romance—she scoffs at me just like I scoffed at my husband. Another critique partner worked for an attorney…well, you get the picture. Look at your world and how it’s different from others. Your career or job, the place you live, the places you’ve traveled. Maybe you have experience with a particular illness or disability. Whatever is different about you, you might think it’s boring, you may think it’s not worth writing about, but I challenge you to give it a try.
I read a blog post or something on Facebook by Cora Carmack. She is my ultimate favorite New Adult contemporary author. When she started writing she wrote YA fantasy. I believe she still wants to write YA fantasy just like I do, but she’s had huge success with her college age romances. Maybe it’s because she’s young and was in college or just finished college. Her NA romances feel authentic because it’s what she knows.
I’m not saying everyone should do this. Please everyone—don’t do this! George RR Martin would never have written Game of Thrones if he listened to me. I’m offering this idea as something for you to try, if you need to shake up your writing world a little bit. You view the world differently than anyone else. You have a perspective that’s unique; you just need to discover what it is. If you don’t think anything about you is unique or different—I disagree. Ask one of your critique partners or drop me a line, I bet we can figure it out.
Great advice! Thank you for sharing this Rebecca and I completely agree, I’d also add that writing what you ‘know’ is a good way to find that unique thing all writers search for: voice.