Today I am thrilled to be joined by Z.A. Maxfield as part of her blog tour for My Cowboy Promises. I love this series and it was great to have a chance to ask ZAM some questions.
My Cowboy Promises
(The Cowboys Series, Book #4)
By Z.A. Maxfield
A real man needs a real love…
To become the man he’s meant to be, one cowboy will have to be the man he never wanted anyone to know he was…
Ryder Dent is a true-blue cowboy. A devoted son, husband and father, but one who is living a costly lie. When they were both young, Ryder and his closest female friend Andy thought they’d found the perfect solution to both their problems—she was single and pregnant, and he was secretly gay—so they got married and raised Jonas together.
When Ryder gets hurt at a party, his son’s new pediatrician comes to the rescue. The connection between Ryder and Dr. Declan Winters is sudden, powerful, and undeniable. Ryder loves Andy and the family they’ve created together—but they both need more. Can they pursue their hearts’ desire without destroying the life they’ve built and losing the son they love?
Thanks for stopping by today, ZAM, and for agreeing to answer some questions. I love your Cowboys series and I’m really looking forward to My Cowboy Promises. It’s pre-ordered and should hit my Kindle on 16th June. I know what I’ll be doing that day! 🙂
I found the earlier books in the series were about love and family. The stories were heartwarming, tender, and emotionally charged. What can your readers expect from My Cowboy Promises?
ZAM: Thank you so much for having me here today! In one sense, this story is more of the same. I generally hit the home and family notes pretty hard. I guess that’s because it’s what I enjoy reading.
On the other hand, this story is different in that Ryder already has a home and family he’s made with his best friend, Andi, and her son Ryder. He’s happy, but it feels a little like a lie to him, and he has no clue what he’s missing out on with regard to sex and romantic love, so when an attractive gay man comes into the picture—a man who seems to be interested in him—it throws him.
Can you share any secrets about the story, something beyond the blurb to tease your readers?
ZAM: I can tell you it’s not just Ryder who grows in the story. Andi has dreams too, and part of the story is about Andi coming in to her own.
Personally, I enjoy stories featuring kids but I’ve heard some authors find it difficult to write stories with children. Do you find it challenging to write younger characters?
ZAM: I actually really enjoy writing kids but it’s difficult. My biggest pet peeve is when kids seem too perfect and since my kids are so perfectly well adjusted *shakes head NOT* I just write what I know!
Kids in romance are a mixed blessing, anyway. People either love them or hate them. I just try to write a kid who doesn’t always say or do the convenient thing. A kid whose problems aren’t always solved by the words of an oh, so wise adult. You, the reader, are my best barometer of what works, and of course by the time you’re talking, it’s a little too late for me to go back and fix anything.
Of course if you find the kids in my books adorable, they’re patterned after mine.
I’d love to know about your reading habits. What book is currently on your bedside table? Anything interesting you would recommend.
ZAM: I just finished Tibby Armstrong’s No Apologies, and Barbara Ellsborg’s Falling. Both were excellent. My Audible is full of Jordan L. Hawk and Jordan Castillo Price and Charlie Cochet. There are a lot more books in the queue, and they’re not all m/m because I enjoy suspense and mystery and het romance, but those books are what was going over the weekend.
What are you currently working on? What can your readers expect from you next?
ZAM: Right now, I’m editing the third in the Deep series, Deep Deliverance, and I’m working on two different projects, One is a revision of Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost, which I plan to expand into a series of books in which a pair of meddlesome ghosts help folks find love, and I’m working on a new series, set in a fictional agricultural/tourist destination town in California. We’ll see how that goes!
Thanks again, so much for having me here. I am so grateful to bloggers and readers like you who keep the whole ball rolling!