Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blog tour: Dylan's Redemption by Jennifer Ryan

Dylan’s Redemption
The McBrides Book Three
By: Jennifer Ryan
Releasing August 12th, 2014
Avon Romance

There's a new sheriff in Fallbrook … Meet Dylan McBride.

Jessie Thompson had one hell of a week. Dylan McBride, the boy she loved, skipped town without a word. Then her drunk of a father tried to kill her, and she fled Fallbrook, vowing never to return. Eight years later, her father is dead, and Jessie reluctantly goes home—only to come face-to-face with the man who shattered her heart. A man who, for nearly a decade, believed she was dead.

Dylan accepted the position as sheriff of Fallbrook looking for a fresh start and a chance to uncover the truth about Jessie's disappearance. He knew he'd have to face a few ghosts … he just never thought one would be Jessie, all grown up, stunning … and alive. The pull between them is instant, but Dylan's heart has already mourned Jessie, and she has secrets she can never share. Can they escape the darkness of their past for a chance at a bright future together?

JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances. 
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper. 
Please visit her website at for information about upcoming releases.


Hello Jennifer! Welcome to Roberta’s Dreamworld and thank you for your time. 

It's absolutely my pleasure to be here. Thanks for inviting me.

First of all, tell us something about yourself, both as a writer and as a person.

I love being a writer. It's the job I'd do even if they didn't pay me. In fact, I wrote nearly twenty titles before I sold and have written even more under contract. 
I married my high school sweetheart over twenty years ago. We have three kids, a dog, and a cat who rule the house. I love to garden. I find it's a therapeutic way to get a little exercise and relax. My mind tends to wander and I think of some great stories while I'm pruning the roses. 

How/when did you realize you wanted to become a writer? 

When my youngest son turned five, I decided to go back to school to finish my degree in computer programming. I thought I'd go back to work part-time when he went to school. Then, I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. So, I had my degree and a new baby I wanted to stay home with, so I did. With little kids, I found that I needed an escape, something just for me, and I read all the time. One day, I created my own story in my head and wondered if I could actually write a book. The sense of accomplishment when I finished it stayed with me. If I did it once, maybe I could do it again and get that same happy, excited feeling I had when I finished the first. Many books later, I still get that same sense of accomplishment and joy.

Let’s speak about Dylan’s Redemption. We’ve read the synopsis, now can you tell us a little more about the book?

Dylan is a man living with regrets and doing his best to make amends each and every day. He's a single father to his adopted son, Will, the new sheriff of Fallbrook, and desperate to solve a nearly decade old mystery. What happened to Jessie? The rumors around town lead to only one conclusion - her father killed her in a drunken rage, hid her body, and got away with it.
When Jessie discovers her father is dead, she wants nothing to do with her brother, the funeral, or stirring up the past. She certainly doesn't want to see Dylan. He left her after the prom without so much as a goodbye. They run into each other at her brother's house, and she can't believe he thought she was dead all this time. He knew she was alive - or so she thought. His mother lied. Told her Dylan didn't want anything to do with her. When Jessie needed him the most, he let her down. But that isn't what happened and now it's too late to give him back what he lost - what his mother's lies cost him. He wants her back, but she can't let her heart lead her back into misery when he doesn't know the secret she's been hiding and the pain she's been living with these last years.

I’ll be honest: I’ve just discovered your books (and very happy I did) so I haven’t had the chance to read  book one and two (yet!). This is book number 3 in the McBride Series. I understand all the McBride’s stories have been told (book one and two were about Dylan’s cousins, Brody and Owen). Are you planning to add more books to the series or was it meant to be a trilogy? (I wouldn’t mind reading more about Dylan and Jessie as a family *winks*)

I'm so glad you enjoyed Dylan's book. He's one of my favorites. You might be surprised to know that the original series was just the first two books, brothers, Brody and Owen. I called it The Roth Brothers. My editor asked if I had another book that we could add to the series. I told her about Dylan McBride and Jessie. We added him in as their cousin and renamed the series The McBrides. A much better title. I reworked the original storyline to include Brody and Owen and the continuation of their stories in the book.
I don't have any plans to continue their story. There are no more characters in the books to add, but it might be nice to revisit them later and see what they are up to.

How did you come up with the idea for the series and how did you create the characters? (FYI: I fell in love with Dylan – I wished he was real so I could go look for him and marry him!!)

The series originally started with Brody and Owen. I wanted to write something that showed their family bond. I find it fascinating the way brothers are with each other. There's a competition and camaraderie in everything they do. No matter what, they have each other's back.
As I said above, Dylan was added later, but he definitely fits into this family dynamic.  

In THE RETURN OF BRODY MCBRIDE, Brody comes home after serving as an Army Ranger and is suffering from PTSD. Brody is loosely based on my husband who served in the Panama invasion in 1989 and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I've seen firsthand the aftereffects of serving in action and being wounded in action can have on soldiers.
Brody is a bad boy who did some wrong in his past, but learned from his mistakes and is coming home to make amends. He never expected the consequences of his actions would mean he'd come home to two daughters by two different women. The woman he loved so long ago, Rain, is raising his other daughter after Rain bought her from the woman he can't stand and wants to kill for putting Rain and his daughters through hell. (Definitely not based on my husband.) 

FALLING FOR OWEN is one of my favorite books I've ever written. I love Owen. You just can't help falling for him. He's dedicated to his clients and goes out of his way to help them. One of his clients takes his generosity too far and thinks there's more between them than her case against her abusive ex-husband. When his client's husband gets the address wrong and hurts his neighbor, Owen is compelled to make things right and keep her safe for reasons that go far beyond doing the right thing. 
A handsome man burned Claire in the past. Owen's charm and interest seems genuine, but she's not about to give up her heart so easily. When Claire becomes the target of Owen's client and they spend more and more time together, she just can't help falling for him.

If you should describe your book in three words, what would you pick?

Suspenseful. Sexy. Cowboys.

Do you have any favorite authors and did they influence your choice of the genre?

I have several favorite authors in my genre. Julie Garwood. Elizabeth Lowell. Sandra Brown. Great writers. 
You might be surprised to know that I love to read historical romance. I love being swept away to another time and place. It's a great break from writing. Some of my favorites are Hannah Howell. Monica McCarty. Stephanie Laurens. Elizabeth Hoyt.

What else do you enjoy doing, when you’re not writing? 

With three kids, I mostly spend time with them when I'm not writing. We love to take the boat to the lake and spend the day together as a family. We've been teaching our oldest to wakeboard. He's getting better. I also love to garden and bake. I'm a huge chocolate addict, so it's not unheard of for me to make brownies and cookies in the guise of saying they are for the kids.  

As a writer do you get support from your family and friends?

I have the best husband. He never minds when I sit in the chair next to him while he watches TV and I ignore him and tap away at the keys. He loves that I've found what I love to do and encourages me all the time. The kids call me a bookworm. I'm always reading or writing. It never stops. I also have some great writer friends who support me and help me out when I need a critique or just someone to read and give me feedback on the books. They love getting a sneak peek at whatever I'm writing.

You published through Avon. How did you find the experience and would you recommend it to aspiring authors?

I love working with everyone at Avon. I have had the best experience and often recommend other authors to submit their work. I like that with their Impulse line they publish so many different kinds of books that may not fall exactly in the genre. I wrote a book with the heroine in a coma for half the book - LUCKY LIKE US - and a guy who has two secret babies - THE RETURN OF BRODY MCBRIDE. They encourage their authors to push the envelope, try something new, and write the book of their heart.

What are your dreams and plans for your future as a writer?

I hope to have a long writing career. It's what I love to do. It never feels like work. I'd love to have more books on the bestseller list. I can't tell you the joy I felt when SAVED BY THE RANCHER became a NY Times bestseller. Most of all, I want to keep telling my stories.

Would you like to say something to the readers to encourage them to read your books?

I write about family, life, and love, Things that are real, but not always pretty. It's the hard times, the mistakes we make and overcome that make us who we are. It's family and love that see us through the dark times and brings us happiness. I hope you connect with my stories and characters and see yourself in them and their experiences. I hope you feel that sense of falling in love each and every time. Happy reading!

This was such a fantastic story! A real page turner, this book caused me a hangover and left me hoping there will be another book because I just wasn’t ready to let go of Dylan and Jessie (and Will, too!)

Dylan’s Redemption is book 3 in the McBrides series, but it works perfectly as a standalone. I haven’t read the other two books (yet!) but there were no gaps or missing connections, so if you haven’t read book 1 or 2, don’t let this stop you from reading Dylan and Jessie’s story.

This book has the perfect amount of chemistry, angst, tension, love and steam mixed all together to create the ideal romance novel that will keep you glued to the pages and will make you forget you should stop reading to eat, drink, sleep and whatever other activity you’re supposed to be doing.

Take my advice: make sure you have a whole day for yourself, because once you start reading it, you won’t be able to put it down!

First of all I loved Jessie. Hers is the first POV in the story so it was easy to connect with her before I fell for Dylan. What I didn’t expect was to keep loving Jessie and rooting for her all through the book, because, let’s face it, once we fall for the hero, the heroine usually becomes a sort of nemesis – or is it only me? Jessie is a fantastic heroine – strong and resilient. Not only she’s still standing on her own two feet after the tough hand life dealt her, but she has managed to build a successful career and a brand new life for herself. I couldn’t help but admire her courage and determination. By chapter two she had my full respect and I was in awe.

Then Dylan enters the story and, well, ladies, get ready to swoon! Having written a book about a cowboy, I’ve become pretty fond of heroes with a Stetson hat, and even though Dylan’s not a cowboy, his role as the town sheriff made me like him from the very start. As I got to know him, thanks to the dual POV, and felt the way he was aching because of what he thought had happened to Jessie, I was drawn toward him. Add a cute 3-year-old and my heart totally melted.

I really liked the way the author included several side characters to keep the story entertaining and intricate at the same time, and how she managed to make everything flow smoothly without creating confusion. There weren’t any unnecessary dull parts that made me want to skip ahead – every part, even the ones about the side characters, was vital to the story and even though it’s a long book, the story never dragged.

I liked how the author managed to touch delicate themes like abuse and teenage pregnancy, which so many other authors have written about, in an emotional way that made it feel totally different from other books. 
I loved the chemistry and deep love between Dylan and Jessie, and I liked it that it took them a while to get close again. It was perfect timing because it allows the reader to feel the old attraction build until neither of them can deny it anymore. There is a hot scene once Jessie finally pulls down the walls and let Dylan in again, but it isn’t very graphic. I really appreciated the way the author described this important step in their relationship and how even though it didn’t fade to black or happen behind closed doors, she managed to make it romantic and hot – but not annoying (if you’ve read my reviews, you know graphic sex scenes with lots of very detailed descriptions are my pet peeve). It was the perfect start to their new relationship as adults. 

I’m really happy to have discovered Jennifer’s books and I will definitely read the previous two books in the series. 

If you like second chance romance, this is a must read. 


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