Title: MONTANA LEGACY
Author: R.C. Ryan
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Release: March 2010
Format: Mass-market/ Paperback
Montana Legacy has been picked by Cosmopolitan for its June Red Hot Read, (that's a 2-page spread, folks!) Keep an eye out for when it hits newstands!
There’s nothing hotter than first love . . .
They’re the last of the McCord men . . . three rugged, restless cousins. They will inherit their family’s vast Montana rangelands — only if they seek the glittering treasure buried somewhere on the McCord land. But what these sexy cowboys will never see coming is . . . the women who can tame their wild hearts.
She was the one person who shook Jesse McCord’s quiet determination. She was the only one he ever let in, body and soul. Then suddenly Amy Parrish left without warning — or a word — and the oldest McCord cousin devoted his life to the family ranch. Now Amy is back, caring for her ailing father and offering Jesse help in finding the legendary McCord gold. With luck, his pride will keep him safe from her irresistible charms — and his own unexpected desire . . .
Amy isn’t about to give Jesse a second chance. She’s keeping her assistance strictly business, even if the hungry look in Jesse’s eyes is getting harder and harder to resist. But under the wide prairie skies an unseen enemy is fast closing in, threatening Amy and Jesse’s very lives and the promise of their . . .
Get to know the Author of the Day.
CSM: Please help me welcome New York Times Bestselling author, R.C. Ryan to Over the Edge. R.C., my readers and I are so psyched that have dropped by to spend time with us. Thanks so much!
RCR: I’m so happy to be here. Hi to all.
CSM: Tell us more about yourself. Readers love learning new and interesting things about an author, and this would give you a chance to make them feel close.
RCR: I grew up hooked on books. Could never get enough. I always had my nose stuck in a book.
I have 5 kids, and was always reading to them. When my youngest started Kindergarten, I was celebrating a birthday, and decided to give myself the gift of an hour a day to write something that was playing in my head. I set the timer on the kitchen stove and started writing. A year later (yeah, five kids, six loads of laundry a day, car pools, scouting, after-school activities, it took me a year) I had a completed ms. And sent if off to a pub Though it was later rejected, I had by then written another and another, and I was now hooked on writing as well as reading. I sold the first, and now, ninety-plus books later, I still love writing so much, I can’t stop.
C SM: Besides being a total book junkie I’m also a music junkie. When I’m writing I have a sound track playing either in my mind or in my cd player. What’s your sound track? What type of music is on it?
RCR: I write in absolute silence. I have an office in the house, with the door closed so I can’t hear the family or the TV. But I love music, too, so I do have songs playing in my head. Some days I can’t get them out of my head.
My favorites change from year to year, CD to CD, but I’m currently in love with Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, anything Harry Connick, Jr. I recently discovered a show on BET featuring gospel music, and I’m hooked, not just the singers, but the riffs on the piano, which I love. Oh, and country. And anything featuring a tenor sax, which I think is the sexiest musical instrument around.
CSM: How would readers find out more about you?
RCR: Visit my website http://www.ryanlangan.com/ or chat me up on Facebook.
My kids tell me they found me in Wikipedia. They think it’s cool. I think that’s a hoot.
CSM: When did you write your first book?
RCR: My first, JUST LIKE YESTERDAY, was published by Silhouette Books in 1981. Wow. That’s like a hundred years ago.
CSM: Where and when do you write?
RCR: I write in my home office. When I’m on deadline I write from 9 am to 5 pm. When my kids were young, I often set the alarm for 4 am so I could get some good quiet time before my regular day started. Now it’s an easier schedule.
CSM: What is your must-have book for writing?
RCR: Gee. I don’t have one. I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer. Sometimes I don’t even have an outline. It’s like starting a long journey without a roadmap. But I love discovering all those surprising twists and turns along the way. And if I get lost…I just have to find my way back.
CSM: What is your advice for aspiring writers?
RCR: Write. Every day. It’s a great discipline. Even if tomorrow you hate what you wrote today, at least you wrote something. Then, finish what you started, without jumping into another and another. More discipline. It’s easy to think of great story ideas. Easy, too, to write the fantastic opening. But hard, very hard, to fill the rest of those pages with something interesting enough to have your reader turning the page along with you.
You’ll notice, writing is really a discipline. Being crazy helps, too.
CSM: What genre(s) do you write?
RCR: Romance. Contemporary romantic suspense. Historical romantic adventure. Family sagas. But all have romance as a theme.
CSM: Among that you’ve written which is your favorite book and why?
RCR: Ouch. That’s like asking which of my children is my favorite.
I love them all (both children and my books) But I’m always fondest of the one I’ve just completed.
CSM: Tell us more about your latest release, “MONTANA LEGACY”.
RCR: Such fun. Cowboys. (I adore cowboys) First love. Such a tender, special topic and one I know first-hand, since I’m married to my first love. (we met in First Grade)
The set up is this: The McCord family continues the search begun generations ago when their ancestor found a fortune in gold nuggets, only to have it stolen. It is believed to be hidden somewhere on their vast holdings in Montana. There is a curse to go along with the treasure. Every McCord man has died searching for the treasure.
The death of Coot McCord brings his three grandsons, separated these past years by distance and circumstance, to carry on his search. While they struggle to settle old differences, the eldest, Jesse, is also struggling with feelings for Amy Parrish, his first love, who has recently returned to a neighboring ranch to care for her ailing father.
These two must battle, not only a raging passion, but also an enemy willing to do whatever necessary to keep them from their goal.
CSM: Any new projects, works in progress?
RCR: After MONTANA LEGACY, there are two more books in this series: MONTANA DESTINY, in May, and MONTANA GLORY, in November.
I’ve also completed yet another story for the next J D Robb novella THE OTHER SIDE, due for publication in 2011, with stories by J D Robb, Patricia Gaffney, Mary Blayney, and my story, ALMOST HEAVEN.
CSM: I want to take this time to thank R.C.Ryan for stopping by and sharing with my readers and myself a little bit about yourself. This sure has been loads of fun. I hope you enjoyed being here as much as we enjoyed having you.
RCR: I loved it. I hope you’ll invite me back again soon. And I sincerely hope I’ll hear from happy, satisfied readers after they’ve sampled my Montana series.