Friday, February 01, 2013

Interview with Ruby Vines

What inspired you to become an author? 

When I was a sophomore in high school, a favorite English teacher pulled me aside and told me I had a spark. She encouraged me to write and follow my dreams and at the time I had no idea I’d one day be published. I’ll never forget her. She was instrumental in inspiring me.

Do you have a specific writing style? 

I’m a total pantster, writing by the seat of my pants. I never know where my characters will take me. I’m always surprised but after 10 novels, I’ve never been disappointed yet. Scared, yes. Not knowing is not the most comfortable thing in the world but it sure does make the ride exciting!

Do you write in different genres? 

I write in many genres. Paranormal romance, historical romance, fantasy, vintage romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and children’s literature, including picture books for elementary school aged children. I blend genres within my books. I’m a total genre bending fool. 

If yes which is your favorite genre to write? 

Historical fiction for sure. I love history. 

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete? 

I almost always change the title of my books or wait until something just hits me in the face one day. Usually it’s something a character says that helps decide the title. This book actually had another title. Chasing Savannah. I changed it after remembering the amazing song by Tracy Lawrence, Texas Tornado and just knew I had hit a homerun with that title since the book opens with a tornado.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life? 

Colt Daniels’ personality is my husband’s personality. He’s very much an alpha male and likes to tell females what to do. Not a good combo for a strong, independent female. The dialogue was pretty simple to write since it would be the same kinds of conversations I have had with my husband. Infuriating and hot at the same time. He’s the kind of man who wants to take care of you and protect you from the world but a little too controlling at times. Keeping that in check is always a challenge, just as it was for Savannah but it makes for some magical, red hot chemistry too. 

Who designed the cover of your latest book? 

Erin Dameron-Hill. She never ceases to surprise me. Such raw talent. Such vision. Check out her work.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Keep at it. Never ever give up and don’t listen to those who make fun of your “hobby” as many like to call it. You can and will make money as a writer if you want to. Write the first book and keep writing. Just write the dang book. Finish it. Use it to learn or get it polished and edited and send it out in the wild blue yonder. Write another one. And another one. Keep reading all your favorite authors and read in a variety of genres. 

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?  

Here's the song that inspired MY LITTLE TEXAS TORNADO. Such an amazing song by Tracy Lawrence. I first heard it when I was dating a cowboy years ago and he told me the song reminded him of me. I never forgot that song. I still love it to this day.

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February 6 Interview
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February 7 Guest blog
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February 8 Interview

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February 10 Guest blog and review
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February 12 Guest blog and review
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February 13 Guest blog
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February 14 Interview

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Readaholic's Reviews 

My Little Texas Tornado
Ruby Vines

Genre: Contemporary Cowboy Romance (Sensual)

Publisher: Grapevine Press

Word Count: 69,000 words

Cover Artist: Erin Dameron-Hill

Book Description:

Colt Daniels is a Texas rancher known for his award winning steaks. The king rancher has known his good neighbor and vintner, Mr. Moon for years. In fact, he recommends the Moon Wines as the ideal label paired with his mouth watering steaks. When Mr. Moon dies and leaves the vineyard to his long lost niece, Savannah Moon, Colt offers to show her the ropes since the California girl is clueless, not only about Texas but about wine. Even his Southern Charm is lost on the snob who doesn't even have the decency to thank him for saving her life her first day in town. 

Thing is, he ain't cut out to train someone he can't stand, even if Mr. Moon was like a grandfather to him. But there's no denying it, the Moons know how to grow ' and women. Savannah isn't a woman he can easily forget. Bitchy or not, he finds reasons to teach her about grapes, among other things. And while he's finding reasons to stomp the grapes with his new neighbor, a plan is brewing to bring the wine heiress down.

About the Author:

Ruby Vines (AKA Alisha Paige) was born and raised in the South.

Her debut novel, Canyon Wolf Bride, published under the pen name, Alisha Paige, was awarded Reviewer Top Pick Award and nominated as best Ebook Paranormal Romance by Night Owl Romance Reviews for the 2007 Fall NOR Awards, and awarded Recommended Read by My Book Cravings Reviews.

Ruby loves to mingle real history and true life events within her romance novels and enjoys people watching and people listening when creating new characters and blending genres. She writes dark paranormal romance, fantasy romance, time travel romance and vintage romance under the pen name, Alisha Paige. All of contemporary romance titles are written under the pen name, Ruby Vines.

Ruby writes on her red porch while her kids play in the water sprinkler. She loves to read at the park, the beach in the summer, by the fire in the winter and in bed when it rains.

Her favorite things in life are the sound of her children laughing, her kitty cat curled at her feet, girls’ night out, hazelnut coffee, candle light, thunderstorms, good books, nostalgic music, dark chocolate and red wine.

You can visit her online at, tweet with her at @Alishawriter and email her at where she loves to answer every single email from her wonderful readers.

Twitter: @Alishawriter


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an ecopy of 
My Little Texas Tornado


Cathy McElhaney said...

Excellent advice and I will keep at it. lol. This is one of my favorite books! My Little Texas Tornado is powerful and fast paced (Like a Texas tornado!)...a must read!

PS I already have a copy, so choose someone else! :)

Alisha said...

Thanks for stopping by Cathy and for all your support! Have you read your Kindle copy yet? I look forward to reading your first book! Hurry up! Hugs!

Alisha said...

A big thank you to Roxanne for hosting me today and for putting this tour together! Bewitching Book Tours Rocks!! I highly recommend them!

Roxanne Rhoads said...

thanks for being here today Alisha/Ruby.

This sounds like a great book, I always love a cowboy ;-)

Alisha said...

Hey, readers...I'm giving away a copy of My Little Texas Tornado today so leave your email addy in the comment section! xoxox

Leslie Miner said...

This looks really good. I love to find new authors!

Alisha said...

Hi, Leslie! Thanks for stopping by. I'm always adding new authors to my reading list too. :)

Sky said...

Sorry I'm a day late on this. Great interview, sweetie!!! (((hugs)))

Alisha said...

Awww...sweetie! Thanks for stopping by, my beautiful friend, Sky!!! Big, fat hugs!! xoxoxo

Alisha said...

The winner of an ecopy of My Little Texas Tornado is Leslie! Congrats, Leslie. I'll email you soon! :)