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Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour – Day 9 F.J. Thomas

Good morning everyone! I want to welcome you to the 2nd part of Day 9 of the 3rd Annual Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour. If you haven’t checked out Rosie’s post from earlier, then go by https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/ and get caught up.

Now on to today’s featured author, F.J. Thomas

Here’s the question I asked:

What has been the biggest inspiration for your writing?

Real life experiences! I’ve always said the horse industry is like a soap opera, and the rodeo industry even more so! Being a competitor and a judge, my life connects with so many people and stories that wind up in my books as pieces of characters or plots. It’s a great life and it’s definitely fueled my writing more than anything else.

Here’s a little bit about today’s author:

FJ Thomas

A cowgirl at heart, F.J. Thomas resides in east Tennessee on her horse farm with her husband Steve and their menagerie of horses, cats, and dogs. Working full time in the healthcare industry, F.J. spends the rest of her time judging open horse shows and competing in anything from huntseat to barrel racing and ranch events every chance she gets.

F.J. started writing in high school and never looked back. She’s written articles that have appeared in America’s Horse and Hoofbeats. Her real life pursuit of the cowgirl lifestyle has provided plenty of first-hand experience and inspiration for writing.

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE –  

http://www.amazon.com/F.J.-Thomas/e/B00ISY3R3M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1424548579&sr=8-1

 FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/fJTHOMASAUTHOR1

TWITTER – https://twitter.com/F_J_Thomas

INSTAGRAM – @F_J_THOMAS

 BLOGS: 

COWGIRLS WITH CURVES – http://cowgirlswithcurves.com/

TALKING IN THE BARN – https://fjthomasblog.wordpress.com/

MUSINGS FROM THE LEADROPE – http://www.fairweatherfarmtn.com/

(Guest Blogger) EVERYBODY NEEDS A LITTLE ROMANCE – http://everybodyneedsalittleromance.com/

Todays featured book is “Lost Betrayal“. If you haven’t checked out the her book, then here’s a little about it and where to find it.

LOST BETRAYAL BOOK COVER

 Book Description

THE FUTURE OF THE RANCH HANGS IN THE BALANCE Sage is just getting her life back together when a tornado touches down and destroys her family ranch in northern Georgia taking her hopes, her dreams and the very horse that the ranch’s future hinges on. An ex rodeo cowboy with a past, Garrett has sworn off rodeo and the last thing he needs is entanglement with a woman on a wild horse chase but there’s too many unanswered questions, such as how a horse could stay gone so long. Refusing to believe her horse was killed in the storm and refusing to give up on the ranch, Sage begins the journey of rebuilding her life once again and searching for the horse that to her, holds the past and her future. Sordid secrets and malicious betrayal jeopardize her efforts. Is she strong enough to push past the hurt and the lies in order to get back all she holds dear?

Buying links:

BOOK LINK FOR LOST BETRAYAL – http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Betrayal-F-J-Thomas-ebook/dp/B00ISGUJRC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406074402&sr=1-1&keywords=lost+betrayal

I hope you enjoyed it! Keep watching for more great authors all month and don’t forget to go by Rosie’s post at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/… Let’s make it another awesome tour for 2015!


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Interview with F. J. Thomas, Author

Good Saturday morning. This morning I have a guest author interview. I met F. J. Thomas several months ago through social media. She’s a southern girl like me and also has a tremendous love for horses as I do. I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her a little better. So here goes:
 
 
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1: Give us a bio on you, tell us what makes you, you…
 
I work full time in the healthcare industry and live on with my husband on my horse farm in East Tennessee. When I’m not working to pay the feed bill or writing, I’m judging horse shows, giving riding lessons, or competing in anything from barrel racing and cattle sorting to hunter and halter. Horses have always been a huge part of my life and honestly I think that’s a big factor in what makes me who I am. They have taught me to never quit.
2: When did you start writing and why?
I started out writing poetry for a competition in high school and actually placed well in a State Competition. It just kind of blossomed from there. In my late twenties I started writing horse articles and started a couple of books. With age comes discipline and it took me ten years to actually finish a book!
3: Tell us about “Lost Betrayal”. What inspired it?
In a nutshell, Lost Betrayal is about a gal who loses her horse in a tornado and the journey that brings them back together. It’s a big story that has drama, suspense, and romance. The inspiration for Lost Betrayal came from watching severe flooding during Hurricane Floyd on the North Carolina coast several years back. I became indirectly involved in some rescue efforts and that’s when I learned that large animals are the last to be rescued in a disaster and they receive the least publicity about their needs. It’s not uncommon for animals to be missing weeks or months on end and that gave me the idea for the story. I’m hoping that Lost Betrayal becomes a vehicle of awareness to the plight of large animal rescue efforts.
4: Who is your favorite character and why?
That’s a hard one! The heroine, Sage is a strong character that never gives up no matter how bad it hurts. That’s admirable in itself. What’s not to love about Garrett who is not only a real cowboy but has the heart of a gentleman and is good looking to boot? There’s a lot of interesting characters in this book that are partly based on real life so it’s hard to pick just one!
5: Have you got another book in the works? If so tell us a little about it.
I always have several projects in the works, mainly because my mind is always working over time! I just started a new novella, Lost Doesn’t Exist, that’s about a writer that’s lost all hope. I’m hoping to have it finished in a couple of months. I’ve also started another western romance with a paranormal element that the basis for the story actually comes from the New Testement. It’s turning into quite the book!  
6: Where’s your favorite place to write?
In my sunroom on the back of my house. It’s a magical place to write because it’s just a few feet from my back pasture and also over looking our woods so I get to hear and watch the horses and all the critters while I write. It’s a dream come true!
7: Some authors have music playlists, do you and if so, what are some of the songs?
I love all kinds of music from country and bluegrass to hip hop and classical. But when it comes to writing I love to listen to songs that break my heart or speak on a much deeper level because I think it brings out deeper feelings for my writing. I love listening to the Steel Drivers for that reason. Their music speaks to me on a totally different level and I just love it!
 
 
 
Then here’s the link to my author blog – 
 
 
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Talking In The Barn

Talking to authors, artists, competitors.
 
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My horse blog – 
 
 
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MUSINGS FROM THE LEADROPE

Daily life on Fairweather Farm as we try to work full time, work part time in the horse industry and get a little writing in!
 
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Frances J. Filson-Thomas
Published Author, Horse Show Judge, Riding Instructor
Fairweather Farm – Sweetwater, TN 
www.fairweatherfarmtn.com
http://fjthomasblog.wordpress.com/

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Go by and check out her book. I know you’ll love it.
As always, good writing and May God Bless You…