August 5, 2013

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point #1) Book Spotlight and Giveaway

The Wanderer
By: Robyn Carr
ISBN: 97800778314479
Published: March 26, 2013
Type: Mass Market Paperback

Synopsis: From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point-the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget. Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands. 
Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful. 
With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

A friend of mine had a great idea that a few us do a blog tour to help spread the word about the great writing that Robyn Carr does. I am behind in my reading so I have not got to read my copy yet but will be very soon (I have one book in front of it) so please check back in a week or so for my review. So for now I am doing this little spotlight on the book. I also received a signed copy of this book from Robyn and I had already purchased a copy for myself so I am going to share with everyone. I have a brand new copy that I am going to giveaway. So be sure to check out the giveaway below which ends on August 11th. I am confident that this book will be just as great as both the Grace Valley and Virgin River series and will fall in love with a new set of friends. 

I had the pleasure of being able to do an interview with Robyn. Let me tell you that I was nervous in contacting her to ask for an interview for more than one reason. The first reason being that I had a bad experience with another author's manager recently. The second being I am such a big fan of Robyn's that I did not want to be disappointed if she said no. But thankfully even though she is extremely busy at this time she was able to squeeze in a small interview which I am so grateful for. Here is the interview:

1. I am a fan of your Grace Valley and Virgin River Series and from what I have seen of the Thunder Point series this is going to be another community that you fall right in love with and would love to move to. Where do you get your inspiration for these towns?

I have always loved to write with ensemble casts -- maybe I don't have the attention span for just one hero and one heroine for a whole book.  And since my very first book, a historical romance published in 1980, I've has a tendency to fall in love with supporting characters and give them as complete a story as the main characters.  I'm always asking myself questions like, "Who is significant in his life?" and "What happened in her past to make her feel/act this way and with whom did it happen?" and "Who are their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers and how are they shaped by those people?" and "What are they up against?"  Just like our lives, we have a lot of people and events happening at the same time.  We just don't live in a tidy, vacuum packed little world that consists of two or four people.  Whether the community is a town or a cul-de-sac or an office building, it consists of a setting that holds a group of people and everyone in that group has weight, has issues.  I ask myself about each one of them.  Then the really fun part is bringing it all together at the end!  Not surprisingly, my favorite chick flick of all time is Love Actually -- there are 10 plots that have to converge and everyone is connected to someone else or to several people.  

2. One question a lot of people are asking is how long is the Thunder Point series, I know you have three planned. Will there be more than three in the future? Also do you think they may at some point interact with the Virgin River or Grace Valley folks. 

I'm at work on three more Thunder Point novels for 2014, so it will be at least six.  Most of the time the answer to that particular question is 'how is it working for the readers?'  Thus far, the response is phenomenal - which bodes well for even more books.  But I can only think a year at a time, otherwise the canvas just gets too big.  

3. Do you have anymore series like Thunder Point, Grace Valley and Virgin River planned for the future? 

Not at the moment, but that could come.  Right now I'm thinking about Thunder Point and working on developing that town and its people.  

4. Last question - what types of books do you like to read? What are a couple of books you would like to recommend to your readers? 

My favorite reading is contemporary romance and women's fiction.  I read some historical and paranormal, but not too much.  I like Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Marie Bostwick, Jo-Ann Mapson, Susan Andersen, Susan Mallery to name a few.  I like books that leave me feeling uplifted and happy that I was able to spend time with the characters.  I love happy endings.  I also read my share of mainstream fiction, which doesn't always have happy endings but can still be so satisfying, like The Shell Seekers and The Prince of Tides.  

I encourage you to check out the rest of the blog tour below:

August 5th - Griperang's Bookmarks (you are here)

August 6th -   My Recent Favorite Books

August 7th - PJ's Book Nook

August 8th - Create With Joy

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  1. Angela,
    I really enjoyed reading Robyn's answers to the questions you asked. The first answer about how Robyn gets her inspiration was very interesting indeed. When I read her books there are so many characters to get to know. It does get confusing sometimes, but what she said about having so many people in our lives and how we interact with one another just makes so much sense!

    The next answer I liked was her addition of at least 3 more books in the works for the Thunder Point Series! Something to really look forward to. Maybe I'll have all of the Virgin River books read by then!! 15 more to go for me. LOL!

    Looking forward to your upcoming review of this book. I will be sharing mine on Wednesday.

  2. I love all the Virgin River Series books.


  3. I really enjoyed reading Robyn's answers to your questions!
    This book is really good!! =)


  4. I have not read any books by Robin Carr yet, but this book "The Wanderer" sounds like a very interesting read to follow what happens at Thunder Point

  5. Robin is a new author to me but I love the sound of the storyline for The Wanderer. The Oregon coast is one of my favorite places!

  6. I loved the entire Virgin River series.

    lag110 at his dot com

  7. Lovely interview! I would love to read this book.

  8. Oops, I forgot to mention my favorite Robyn Carr book. I haven't read any of hers yet, so I don't have one. :)

  9. I haven't read any of her books. I hope I win the giveaway, so I can read this one. :)

  10. I have to admit also I haven't read any of hers yet! I hope to soon amend that!!
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

  11. Never read any of her books...sounds good. The cover is very intriguing.