Kline, T.J.: The Cowboy and the Angel, Rodeo #2
The Cowboy and The Angel
By: T.J. Kline
Releasing August 5th, 2014
From our NaNoWriMo author T. J. Kline comes the stunning follow up to RODEO QUEEN. When a sexy cowboy falls for a not-so-angelic reporter, secrets and sparks abound.
Reporter Angela McCallister needs the scoop of her career in order to save her father from his bad decisions that have depleted their savings. When the chance to spend a week at the Findley Brothers ranch arises, she sees a chance to get a behind-the-scenes scoop on rodeo. That certainly doesn’t include kissing the devastatingly handsome and charming cowboy, Derek Chandler, who insists on calling her angel.
Derek has a rodeo to run and a chip on his shoulder. He has no time for the fiery woman who is clearly hiding something. But for some reason he can’t keep his hands off of her. Their connection is instant and explosive but Angela’s secrets could threaten his family and Derek needs to prove that he’s not the irresponsible kid brother anymore.
When the rodeo dust has settled, will the Cowboy and his Angel allow themselves to give in to the attraction that threatens to consume them both?
Thank you for spending a day with Room With Books. I know your time is in great demand during a tour and I appreciate your willingness to let our readers get to know you better!
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, I spend my time with my kids and husband. We’re a close family so we love doing things together whether that’s watching the kids play sports, going camping or just having a “family movie night.” The two things that I love to do for myself though, are reading (do it every night before bed) and working with my new filly.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
When I was a kid, I read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White over and over. I must have gone through at least five paperback copies. As I grew older, and my tastes changed, there are several great authors who have influenced me as a writer – Nora Roberts, Francine Rivers, Stephen King,
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I’ve had several books written prior to the first I had published but none of them were ever bought, no matter what I tried. But looking back at the work, I realize that it was not even close to the caliber it needed to be for readers. I think the hardest part of the journey is learning to write better. So often writers swing between two extremes – thinking your writing is great and thinking it’s awful. You need to find a way to improve while balancing in between those two.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I would choose one of two – either shape-shifting or mind-control. (The two together would be amazing!) Shape-shifting would give you the ability to be anyone or anything in every situation. Think about it, you really could be a fly on the wall. But mind-control, face it, there’s nothing better than that!
What was your first job?
I started baby-sitting for parents when I was twelve but my first “real” job was working in a local pizza joint at fourteen where I was lucky enough to wash dishes, work the register and spin a pizza like a pro. It still impresses my kids that I can throw pizza dough.
What types of books do you write?
As T.J. Kline, I write contemporary western romance and, as Tina Klinesmith, I write inspirational romance. Either way, I love writing stories with feisty characters who find love where they least expect it.
Who’s your main audience?
My audience is mainly women in their 20-40’s who enjoy reading about real life with a twist.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite? Why?
One of my favorite characters of all time would be Sydney (of Rodeo Queen). She is a strong, independent woman but with a heart of gold. She is willing to stand up for herself and fight for what she loves but kind enough that you simply fall in love with her.
What does your writing schedule look like?
I get up each morning, grab my coffee and sit down to the computer and start writing (whether that’s plotting, drafting or editing). I work for a few hours then get my kids up and off to school. When I get back home, I write until lunchtime. After lunch, I’ll either put in a few more hours or run any errands I have until my kids get home from school. Evening are usually family time and I try not to write if possible unless I have a deadline.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
Some parts of my stories are from my own experiences. I use a lot of the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years about horses, rodeo and living in the country. I’ve worked with horses and cowboys for years so that information comes from my own lifestyle. One example of my own experiences was a scene I added into Rodeo Queen where Sydney performs an act with the rodeo clown. It actually happened to me while I was rodeo queen.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
I always work with my editor for the titles of my books. She has her finger on the pulse of readers and I trust her so I might offer up suggestions but I definitely take her suggestions as well. As a matter of fact, Rodeo Queen was her idea.
Pick one profession you would choose if you were not an author. Why?
Horse trainer, hands down. I love working with horses and I’ve done it professionally since I was sixteen (training race horses). It’s a part of my life I never want to give up, even when I’m old and grey.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on edits for two more books in the Rodeo series and putting together a new series, also a contemporary western romance about three siblings. This one won’t take place in the rodeo arena but there will be plenty of cowboys.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Peanut butter chocolate or Jamocha Almond Fudge
Night owl, or early bird? Both (usually in bed around midnight and up about 6 a.m.)
Red, or white wine? Chocolate wine, seriously! Next best is red.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Water rides (I love water!)
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Pool (although I love the ocean, I don’t like the thought of things I can’t see swimming under me)
Walking or fitness club? At home workouts, we have entire gym set up at home I use.
Any last words?
I love hearing from my readers, whether they contact me, my editor or leave reviews. Readers don’t understand how much they mean to writers and how solitary writing really is. We actually get little feedback. So if you like something a writer pens, let them know. It will probably make their day.
T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has written several articles about rodeo for small periodicals, as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter, and has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah. In her spare time, she can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.
Two Digital Copies of RODEO QUEEN by T.J. Kline