THE HUNTED SERIES
Saved by the Rancher, Lucky Like Us, The Right Bride
By: Jennifer Ryan
Fun Q&A with Jennifer Ryan on Saved by the Rancher.
1. What was the spark or initial idea that started your book?
For me, it's always the opening scene that comes first. It is, after all, the catalyst for everything else.
In Saved by the Rancher, the spark came from the thought that we'd meet Jenna at her lowest point. How would she fight her way back, take control of her life once and for all, and find a man she could trust, who loved her and would never hurt her?
Do you believe in love at first sight? Jack certainly didn't. Not until Jenna came into his life, hurt and broken, he's compelled to help heal her, but her strength and generous heart draw him in even deeper. He'll do anything to mend her broken heart, show her love can build a life, not tear one down, and protect her at all costs against a man, who claims to love her, but only wants to possess her, or kill her if he can't have her.
2. What was your favorite part of writing this book?
Discovering the characters and their complexity. Writing David, Jenna's evil ex, was a lot of fun. He's just so cruel and calculating and a lot off balance.
3. What is your favorite line from your book?
"Obsessed, she had become a virus to him, infecting his system, destroying his rationality."
One line and you can extrapolate David's character and Jenna's reasons for living her life on the run and why Jack becomes so important to her -a lifeline of love and happiness if only David were out of the picture - for good.
4. What movie or television show would you say is most like your book in tone, topic, and/or characters?
That's always a hard question for me. I'm not great at casting actors for my characters. I'd say the closest correlation is Sleeping with the Enemy - Julia Roberts.
Jenna's ex is a powerful businessman, accustomed to getting what he wants when he wants it. He's jealous and suspicious and throughout their short marriage, he tried to control her. Jenna escapes his brutality and runs. When Jack comes into her life, she desperately wants to believe in him and the love they share, but fears her ex will come after again - this time to kill her. Lucky for her, she's got Jack to stand beside her when she takes down her ex - and Jack will make sure he never hurts Jenna again.
5. If your book was made into a movie and you got to design the movie poster, what would the tagline say?
This one is a bit easier. I use this line in the book description.
Saved by the Rancher: The hunted becomes the hunter.
Blurb and Buy Links
Avon Impulse| On Sale: 2/26/2013| E-Book ISBN 9780062268020 | $.99
A million dollar mistake…
Marrying millionaire David Merrick was the biggest mistake of Jenna Caldwell’s life. Two years after their divorce, Jenna is still on the run, relocating to a new place every few months after each terrifying run-in with her ex. No matter where she hides, he always finds her, and each time his temper worsens. Bruised, battered, and bloodied, Jenna takes her lawyer’s advice and relocated to a quiet ranch in Colorado in the hopes that she can finally stop running…
Another chance at finding a safe-haven…
Jack Turner was also running; in the hopes of forgetting about his nightmarish experiences in the army, he’s retreated to his family’s ranch. But Jenna shows up and forces him out of his isolation—and right into her arms. All he wants to do is pull her close and protect her from the world—and especially from her stalker of an ex. But David Merrick is on the hunt for Jenna and he won’t stop until she’s dead.
…And a romance worth the risk
Despite the looming danger posed by Jenna’s ex, Jack and Jenna find themselves inexorably drawn to each other, and just being with one another is healing them—both externally and emotionally. But can Jenna get past the fear factor of giving herself over to another man?
Avon Impulse| On Sale: 4/9/2013| e-Book ISBN: 9780062271327 | $1.99
Too sweet for her own good…
Elizabeth Hamilton is almost where she wants to be in life: she’s got the best bakery in town, she’s the daughter of the most feared and respected judge in the country, and business is booming—but she’s got no one to share it with. No one, that is, except a grumpy cat named The Muffin Man, and a social climbing psychotic stalker of an ex-boyfriend.
But all of the sweetness in Elizabeth’s life goes sour when she sees Sam Turner lying unconscious in the street—with car speeding toward him—she saves him without a moment’s hesitation—and unwittingly puts herself in the path of a serial murderer. As the only one who can identify the FBI’s Silver Fox Killer, she’s ended up in the hospital with a target on her back.
A man who could use some sugar…
Special Agent Sam Turner owes Elizabeth Hamilton his life—and now, he’s the only one who can save hers. After the Silver Fox almost killed the both of them, Elizabeth and Sam can’t help but spend time together, and against his better judgment, Sam gets emotionally involved with the charming, brave woman who rescued him from certain death. Hell-bent on protecting her from an ex desperate to get her back—despite a restraining order—and a psychopath bent on silencing her before she can identify him, Sam is prepared to give up all he has to keep Elizabeth safe…even his heart.
They set a trap to catch the killer - putting Elizabeth in his hands, with Sam desperate to save her. If he’s lucky, he’ll get his man...and the girl.
High-powered businessman Cameron Shaw doesn't believe in love—until he falls head over heels for beautiful, passionate, and intensely private Martina. She's perfect in so many ways, immediately bonding with his little girl. Martina could be his future bride and a delightful stepmother … if only Cameron weren't blinded by his belief that Shelly, the gold-digging woman he's promised to marry, is pregnant with his child.
No matter how much his friends protest his upcoming marriage to Shelly, Cameron knows he has a duty to his children, so he's determined to see it through. Will he find out in time that Shelly's lying and Marti's the one who's actually carrying his child? It'll come down to the day of his wedding. After choosing Shelly over Marti at every turn, will he convince Marti she's his world and the only woman he wants?
Jennifer Ryan writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find. Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three children, dog (Bella), and cat (Shadow). When she isn't writing a book, she's reading one.
Twitter: @JenRyan_author / https://twitter.com/JenRyan_author
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