Wednesday, November 27, 2013

{Tour Stop} RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally—Author Interview + Giveaway

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Racing Savannah
by Miranda Kenneally


HUNDRED OAKS BOOK FOUR

They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication date: December 03, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pre-order: Amazon  B&N  Kobo • Books-A-Million  iBooks

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with Miranda Kenneally


LM: What was your inspiration for writing Racing Savannah (or any of the Hundred Oaks series)?

Miranda: I wanted to show girls they can do anything they want to do as long as they work hard.

LM: Was there anything particularly challenging about writing Racing Savannah?

Miranda: Yes! In the book, Savannah grows into the idea of becoming a horse jockey and also going to college. I knew where I wanted her to "go," but it took me months to figure out the circumstances of her life that led to her wanting to become a jockey. I worried I would never figure it out!

LM: Describe the dynamic between your main characters, Savannah & Jack, in just three words.

Miranda: Stubborn. Tense. Sexy.

LM: Can you share with us one of your favorite quotes or scenes from Racing Savannah?

Miranda: Here's one of my favorite lines from Jack:

“I liked dancing in the wedding tent with all the candles and sparkling lights," I say.

“Oh yeah?” Jack murmurs, swaying slowly. “I prefer this. It’s quiet and private. Not to mention puppies are present.”

He lifts my chin with two fingers and softly presses a kiss to my lips, and it feels so right it’s wrong, so wrong it’s right. I pull back, touching my mouth.

“What if someone’s watching?” I say, my eyes darting around.

“Who’s gonna see us?” He looks around the barn. “Charlie the mule? George Washington the duck? Ash the dog? I doubt Ash will notice us. She’s got twelve babies to deal with. And ducks and mules are generally stupid. But you’re right, James the pig will probably say something.”

LM: If this book had a theme song, what would it be?

Miranda: "Love is a Battlefield"

LM: What would you say is the most valuable piece of knowledge you've gained from the publication process?

Miranda: If you don't absolutely love what you're writing, no one else is going to love it either. Make sure you are completely "into" whatever you're writing. PS - Don't write to trends.

LM: Tell us what you like to do when you're not writing!

Miranda: I love reading trashy books, eating Mexican food, going to the gym, taking long walks, and spending time with my husband.

LM: What is your biggest pet peeve?

Miranda: People who can't stop talking long enough to hear my point of view.

LM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Miranda: I was a pretty rebellious teenager. I did stuff like sneak boys in through my bedroom window via a ladder. Once I told my parents I was going to Bible study at church, but took their car and went to an Aerosmith concert in Nashville. I got grounded for a month for that one.

LM: If you could speak to your past self, what would you tell her?

Miranda: Not to waste time on guys who don't like me back.

LM: Thanks so much for answering my questions today! Is there anything you'd like to add? Anything you'd like to say to your readers?

Miranda: Thanks for having me! And to my readers - I wouldn't be anywhere without your support and feedback! I am much appreciative!

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Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

You can find Miranda Kenneally here:
Website • Goodreads • Twitter • Facebook

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Thanks so much to Miranda Kenneally for being a guest on the blog today! ♥

Readers, continue on for the giveaway! ~


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