We are excited to introduce Deborah Raney’s new series with a blog tour and giveaway for book #1 – Reason to Breathe – hosted by JustRead Tours.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Reason to Breathe
Series: Chandler Sisters #1
Author: Deborah Raney
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Romance
Phylicia thought life was passing her by, but maybe this was love’s plan all along. . .
At twenty-nine, Phylicia Chandler put her life on hold to care for her dying mother with her sisters, Joanna and Britt. Now Mom is gone and their father stuns them all by running off with a woman young enough to be their sister. Life is moving forward all around her, but Phylicia feels stuck—until her father’s protégé, Quinn Mitchell, presents the sisters with an intriguing business opportunity to purchase a trio of cottages just outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Joanna and Britt are convinced the three of them should launch a vacation rental venture, but Phylicia remains skeptical.
To complicate matters, Quinn soon finds himself falling hard for Phylicia. But how can he pursue this beautiful, talented woman twelve years his junior when she’s still reeling over her father’s hasty engagement to a younger woman? Quinn is determined to give Phylicia her happily-ever-after. But first, he must help her come to terms with her discovery of long-held family secrets and persuade her that true love can transcend their differences.
Q&A WITH DEBORAH
Becky: Hi Deborah! Welcome! What inspired you to write this story?
Deborah: My own sisters provided a lot of inspiration. My sisters are my dearest friends and I love that our friendship has carried us through our mother’s death and into adulthood. Of course, a novel must have conflict and an argument or two; and honestly, I get along very well with my own sisters. We hardly ever have arguments, and if we do, we’re quick to apologize and forgive.
Becky: Tell us a little bit about your characters.
Deborah: Like most sisters, the Chandler sisters, Phylicia (Phee), Joanna, and Britt have a lot in common, but they each have very distinct personalities as well. Best of all, they each have unique gifts that they bring to the table when the sisters decide to renovate three cottages and rent them out as Airbnb ventures. I loved writing about bossy oldest sister Phee, middle daughter Joanna who is discovering what she wants from life, and baby-of-the-family Britt who has some growing up to do.
Becky: I can’t wait to meet your characters. Any interesting facts that you’d like your readers to know about the writing process?
Deborah: The writing process is different for each author, but for me, it’s a discovery process. Because I write “by the seat of my pants,” I’m discovering who my characters are and what will happen to them throughout the story in much the same way my readers are. I’m a slow writer compared to many of my writing friends, with 1000-words-a-day being a good pace for me. That means a 90,000-word novel takes at least 90 days to write (but many, many more days are spent in the beginning researching the setting, my characters’ occupations, and just letting the story “brew” in my mind as I figure out the plot, and who my characters are and how they will change and grow throughout the novel.
For me, atmosphere plays a big part in being able to get “in the zone” and create. I can’t seem to write until the dishes are done, the bed is made, and the house tidy. Then I light scented candles, choose background music that will fit my scene, and fix a cup of hot coffee. Then and only then do the words begin to flow.
Becky: What do you hope readers take away from the story?
Deborah: This story is all about the precious gift of siblings, especially sisters. I’ve learned from my real life what a support my sisters have been for me going through difficult times, especially our mother’s decline into dementia, and her death two years ago. We also, with our brother, walked through the death of our middle sister, Kim, when we were in our early twenties (and still a teenager in our youngest sister’s case).
Becky: What is your favorite moment in the story?
There is a scene between Phylicia and her father that made me cry every time I edited or read through it. I can’t tell you about it without spoiling the story though!
Becky: Who would you say your favorite character is?
Deborah: Quinn is my favorite character in this book. He works so hard to win Phylicia’s heart and in the process wins the hearts of all the sisters—and this author too!
Becky: Characters that surprised you the most?
Deborah: I think the sisters’ beloved mother, Myra Chandler, probably surprised me as much as anyone. And that’s rather interesting given that Myra has recently passed away when the story opens. But she died with some secrets hidden from her daughters (and even her husband) that wreak havoc as the young women try to heal from losing their anchor.
Becky: If you could spend the day with any of the characters, who would it be and why? What would you do?
Deborah: I probably have the most in common with Phylicia since I’m the bossy oldest sister. I think Phee is stronger than I was at her age, and maybe a little less gullible. I would love to spend a day at the flower shop where Phee works and have her teach me how to design a beautiful, unique bouquet!
Becky: If the book were to be turned into a movie, who would your dream cast be?
Deborah: Since my first novel was turned into a film, it’s fun to think about that happening with this book too! I remember how I had to really shift mental gears to picture Ken Howard and Barbara Babcock as the hero and heroine in my first novel, A Vow to Cherish. But now I have trouble picturing my characters any other way! In Reason to Breathe, Phee would be played beautifully by Lily James (minus the British accent!) and Chris Pine would make a wonderful Quinn.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DEBORAH RANEY dreamed of writing a book since the summer she read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and discovered that a Kansas farm girl could, indeed, grow up to be a writer. Her 30-plus books have garnered multiple industry awards including the RITA® Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, shed light on the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and inspired the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. A Vow to Cherish continues to be a tool for Alzheimer’s families and caregivers. Deborah is on faculty for several national writers’ conferences and serves on the executive board of the 2600-member American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She and her husband, Ken Raney, traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deb’s novels—for life in the city of Wichita. They often travel to teach at writers conferences across the country and to visit their four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.
(1) winner will receive (US only):
- a print copy of Reason to Breathe
- $15 Amazon gift card
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