31 August 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Her Alaskan Hero (Alaskan Hero #1) by Rebecca Thomas

He’s a rugged outdoorsman, she’s a California princess out to prove she can make it on her own.

Fans of contemporary romance are sure to love debut author, Rebecca Thomas’, sensual story where opposites attract in HER ALASKAN HERO.

Her Alaskan Hero (Alaskan Hero #1)
by Rebecca Thomas.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: August 25, 2015.
After being left at the altar, California girl Sabrina Tate needs to make a fast getaway. With her famous overbearing parents and the paparazzi hot on her heels, where else is a jilted bride to go to lick her wounds but Alaska? With only her tropical honeymoon clothes in tow, she makes her escape. For two weeks, she’ll live on her own and prove to herself—and her family—that she can make it without a husband.

Zak Forrester is a man on a mission. He’s turned his rugged yet luxurious Alaskan lodge into a hotspot for hunters, all in the hope to make up for a painful event in his past. But when Sabrina—one of the rare women to enter his rugged realm—stumbles into his world, he can’t get rid of her fast enough. He has no time for her yoga, vegetarian meal requests, or Scrabble.

Soon, neither can resist the other, and two hearts collide. With time ticking away, they have to decide where they belong. Is a life in a different world better than being a world apart?

Reviewed by Kelly.

This was a cute and quick read. I just wished there was a little more building in the story.

Sabrina was literally “Dear John’d” at the altar. So, embarrassed and a little relieved as she was (she was really marrying Kyle because that’s what she was expected to do not because she loved him), she ran off to Alaska with only her honeymoon clothes that was in the limo paced for Hawaii and flip flops to boot! (Pun intended)

There she meets Zak one of the owners of the lodge her friend told her to go to. The lodge was all booked up. She hadn’t counted on that, she had just run and gone with whatever her friend said. But Zak took pity on her and let her stay in her brother’s apartment. He and all the lodgers were out hunting moose. So the lodge with the gorgeous surroundings of mountains and hot springs and the hand built fireplace was all theirs alone in a cold quiet part of the world. Romance builds quickly.

The description of the area had me wanting to go there and find a lodge. I have been in hot springs in the winter before and there is nothing like it!

I had a hard time with Sabrina at first. She was a little off. And Zak saw that too. I was surprised he was so easily taken by her with his thoughts on her in the beginning. I was a little behind in warming up to Sabrina. But I was all in with Zak. He is a wonderful, caring and doting man. When I did warm up to Sabrina, she was schmoozin’ it up with the people of Alaska and they were warming up to her quickly.

Eventually, Sabrina has to go back and face the press. She is a politician’s daughter and her wedding is making the front page as soon as the paparazzi finds her. She also has a function she is hosting.

When she leaves, they both have to figure out what they really want. Sabrina also needs to talk to Kyle.

Anyway, the rest you have to read about. So if you like Alaska, Moose hunting, hot springs, cold weather, sitting in front of a beautiful roaring fireplace, Scrabble, yoga, politicians, paparazzi getting in the way, events with men in tuxedos, mushing, puppies and finding love then this might be for you.

Guest Post...

What gives you inspiration?

In the case of this Alaskan Hero series I think my home state of Alaska gives me a lot of inspiration to keep writing the next story. There are so many aspects of the state that I love, but there are some that I hate too. So…like many love affairs, the relationship is sometimes rocky. I suppose in the big picture the good outweighs the bad, but I’m not currently looking outside at snow either, so ask me in a few months what I think about my beloved state and I may have another answer for you! Some things to consider, from my perspective.

1- The friendliest people in the world live here and they will give you the shirt off their back if you need it.
Example: if you are stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire at -40 degrees Fahrenheit, someone will stop to help you. No question about it.

2- Traffic jams don’t exist. The closest thing to a traffic problem is when you’re trying to pass a tourist driving a motor home.

3- Summertime is coveted. We don’t sleep much because we don’t want to miss a second of it.
We are accepting of all types of people here. Big, small, tall, short, black, white, and everything in between. We are all interested in keeping warm in the winter and for that reason we are bonded, we are family, we look out for one another. We are proud to call ourselves Alaskans.

4- Anyone who tells you the winters aren’t that bad is lying. The cold and the dark can mentally wear you down. Only the strong survive. The rest will leave.

What do you do when you need a break from writing?

I will usually take a walk or jump on my treadmill, depending on the time of year. I also love to listen to audiobooks.

What is your favorite book?

Such a tough question because I have so many favorites, but okay one at the top of the list is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Is there something you want readers to know about?

Regarding this series I really struggled with whether to call snowmobiles—snowmobiles or snowmachines. It’s a weird thing I know. But Alaskans call them snowmachines, but everyone else in the world calls them snowmobiles, so I struggled with what to call them in the book. Ultimately, I decided to go with the majority and say snowmobiles, but I wonder if that was the right way to go. Funny things authors think about after the fact!

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Rebecca Thomas enjoys a love-hate relationship with Alaska. She lives there with her bush pilot husband and two teenaged sons. When she isn’t reading, writing, or playing board games, she is cheering for her sons at their hockey games and tennis matches.
A reluctant reader as a child, she didn’t become interested in books until her teen years when she discovered historical romance. Now she loves all sub-genres of romance and can’t decide which one is her favorite.
Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska and was employed in the airline industry for several years before working in her current position as a program manager in higher education.

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