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Name Jan Scarbrough

Age
Old enough to have grandchildren

Where are you from
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have a master’s degree in English. Married. Three rescued dogs and two rescued cats. Children grown and gone. 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
One of my publishers, Resplendence Publishing, is going to place six of my Bluegrass Reunion series romances into the Kindle Unlimited program for 90 days. The publisher plans to run promotions on the books when they are in the program.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I was 38, I almost died. I was in intensive care for four days. Once recovered, I decided it was time to make my dream come true.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In the ninth grade because of a wonderful English teacher. Isn’t it terrific how a teacher can influence your life?


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I suppose in a way I was describing what happened to me when I got sick. I let my character live out what could have been. This book is Tangled Memories, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist. Today I have my rights back for the book and am preparing to self-publish it this spring.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I try to get into the main characters’ heads with deep point of view.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title of my latest book is Kentucky Blue Bloods. The books in my Bluegrass Reunion series start with the name “Kentucky” because of the setting. The “Blue Bloods” refers to the champion bloodlines of the thoroughbred horses and the people who raise them.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Most of my novels are about second chances. That’s because I was given a second chance, and I believe if you make mistakes, you must learn from them and move on.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
For Kentucky Blue Bloods, I read several books about the horse industry in Lexington, Kentucky. I live in Louisville, nearby, and have a general knowledge of the Bluegrass. Also, I took a tour of the Lexington area in September 2014 with a friend and met the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos. I wrote about it in my blog. http://www.janscarbrough.com/blog/researching-a-book-can-be-fun-meet-monarchos/ It was so much fun.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
As I said, I have been given a second chance so I enjoy writing about characters that also have second chances. I’ve also been a single mother raising two children. Many of my books have single mother heroines. And I ride American Saddlebred horses for fun and recreation. I often include that breed in my books.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I love the book Katherine by Anya Seton. That book proves a compelling story can also include a theme that will speak to the reader. I love that about novels – the stories and the meanings we learn from the stories.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas
I have so many unread books on my Kindle. Some of my to-be-read books are The King’s Curse by Philipa Gregory; The American Sniper by Chris Kyle; and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I just downloaded
Margaret Fletcher Gallop Girl: A Fall From Grace at Forty Miles an Hour, by a new author Genevieve Dutil, that seems like it should be a fun read.

 


Fiona: What are your current projects?
Two of my favorite novels, My Lord Raven and Tangled Memories, are “on vacation” until I can revise, re-edit and re-publish with new covers. I am also scheduled to write a romance called Mercer which is part of the Montana McKenna’s series with author Maddie James.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My writing buddies Maddie James, Magdalena Scott, and Janet Eaves. We call ourselves the “Sisterwriters.” Together we have written the Ladies of Legend series.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I am a technical writer by day, so I have been able to support myself by writing. But I am not able to support myself as a novelist. Maybe some day.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d have the hero not give in as easily.

 

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Ninth grade English class

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Kentucky Blue Bloods
No one crosses Parker Stuart, caretaker to his family’s thoroughbred racing empire. Parker retaliates against anyone who dares slight him or his blue-blooded British family, especially Regina Ward and her poker-playing father. The previous spring, Reggie had had the nerve to walk out on him after a torrid, three-week affair. Now, when Parker arrives in Kentucky to collect his family’s winnings, he’s determined to settle the score with the lovely Ms. Ward.

 

Regina Ward doesn’t consider herself a damsel in distress. After all, this is America, and she’s accustomed to depending upon herself. However, when her father loses four of the yearlings from their central Kentucky horse farm in a poker game, Reggie knows it’s up to her to save what’s left of her family’s homestead and her proud Kentucky heritage. Can she do it when Parker Stuart, the most arrogant and infuriating Brit she’s ever met, shows up in the Bluegrass?

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
All of it. It is the hardest mental work you can ever do.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Anya Seton – her research, compelling stories, themes


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I enjoy going to Novelist Inc. conferences, especially when it is held in St. Pete Beach, Florida.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Kim Jacobs of Calliope-Designs for my self-published books and those at Turquoise Morning Press. I’m not sure who designs the Resplendence Publishing covers.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding time to do it.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned how big the horse industry is in the Kentucky Bluegrass.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Finish that book and don’t quit.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
My website says “romances from the heart.” I hope my readers feel the heart in my books. If you want to keep up with my releases, subscribe to my newsletter (sent once a month) at http://www.janscarbrough.com/contact/.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I enjoyed the Black Stallion books by Walter Farley in the fourth grade.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My Pembroke Welsh corgi Cadi makes me laugh.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I always wanted to meet Ringo Star.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
It’s the same thing I once put on the headstone of my dog.
She gave love and was loved.
Because that is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I take a riding lesson once a week at a nice barn that trains American Saddlebred horses.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Castle – I love Castle’s goofiness and passion. He’s a writer too!

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Kentucky Hot Brown
Navy blue and dark green
The Beatles – I was once a Beatlemaniac and saw them back in the day TWICE!

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I was an English teacher for several years. Currently I’m a technical writer for my day job. If I were starting over, I’d work with horses.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

http://www.janscarbrough.com/

http://www.janscarbrough.com/blog/

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Kentucky Blue Bloods
book eight of the Bluegrass Reunion series

 

No one crosses Parker Stuart, caretaker to his family’s thoroughbred racing empire. Parker retaliates against anyone who dares slight him or his blue-blooded British family, especially Regina Ward and her poker-playing father. The previous spring, Reggie had had the nerve to walk out on him after a torrid, three-week affair. Now, when Parker arrives in Kentucky to collect his family’s winnings, he’s determined to settle the score with the lovely Ms. Ward.

 

Regina Ward doesn’t consider herself a damsel in distress. After all, this is America, and she’s accustomed to depending upon herself. However, when her father loses four of the yearlings from their central Kentucky horse farm in a poker game, Reggie knows it’s up to her to save what’s left of her family’s homestead and her proud Kentucky heritage. Can she do it when Parker Stuart, the most arrogant and infuriating Brit she’s ever met, shows up in the Bluegrass?

 

Release date: November 5, 2014

Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60735-833-6

AIN: B00P9IFDKU

Retail Price: $3.99

 

Official publisher link: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/

 

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ABOUT JAN SCARBROUGH

 

Jan Scarbrough is the author of the popular Bluegrass Reunion series, writing heartwarming contemporary romances about family and second chances, and if the plot allows, about another passion—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books, and the excitement of a horse race or a big-time, competitive horse show.

 

Jan also contributes to the LADIES OF LEGEND series, collaborating with writers Maddie James, Janet Eaves and Magdalena Scott. Set in fictitious Legend, Tennessee, these romances bring together the small town family atmosphere so many readers enjoy.

 

Leaving her contemporary voice behind, Jan has written a medieval romance MY LORD RAVEN, and FREELY GIVEN, sensual Medieval short romances. Her Gothic romance, TANGLED MEMORIES, was a Golden Heart finalist. TIMELESS is her newest Gothic romance.

 

A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing and Turquoise Morning Press.

 

Visit Jan at http://www.janscarbrough.com

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Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/janscarbrough

Short Biography

Jan Scarbrough is the author of the popular Bluegrass Reunion series, writing heartwarming contemporary romances about family and second chances, and if the plot allows—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books, and the excitement of a horse race or a competitive horse show. A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing and Turquoise Morning Press.

 

 

 

 

You might also enjoy these other books in the Bluegrass Reunion series

by Jan Scarbrough

published by Resplendence Publishing:

 

Kentucky Cowboy

Kentucky Woman

Kentucky Flame

Kentucky Bride

Kentucky Groom

Kentucky Heat

Kentucky Rain

Kentucky Blue Bloods

Bluegrass Reunion series: They thought the men they loved were out of their lives. They were wrong.

The Bluegrass Reunion Series was published in this order, but each romance stands alone:

  • Kentucky Cowboy—She dumped him in high school, because he was a risk-taker.
  • Kentucky Woman—She loved him when she was a teenager, but they never connected.
  • Kentucky Flame—She had his baby, but he left not knowing the truth.
  • Kentucky Groom—She can’t afford to fall in love with a lowly groom.
  • Kentucky Bride—She rejected him once, but he’s willing to try again.
  • Kentucky Heat—She doesn’t need to take on another project, but he won’t take no for an answer. (Sequel to Kentucky Bride.)
  • Kentucky Rain—She has responsibilities to her daughter and herself, not to the handsome guy next door. (Sequel to Kentucky Cowboy.)
  • Kentucky Blue Bloods—She wants to save the family horse farm, but he has other ideas.

 

The Bluegrass Reunion novels are heartwarming, contemporary romances about family and second chances. Each romance stands alone.

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