HER ONE AND ONLY
(Porter Family #4)
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Bethany House Facebook
Date of Publication: May 3, 2016
# of pages: 368
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After ten years in the NFL, superstar Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself? Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt--none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she's determined to find Gray's stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.
Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they'll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives—and their hearts—to one another.
Praise for Her One and Only
"Down-to-earth, in-depth characters give the story an authentic feel. Dru, being the youngest Porter, is headstrong and sympathetic, and when she matches wits with Gray, their connection is as electric as their budding romance is sweet. A delightful read."--RT Book Reviews
How has being a Texan influenced your writing?
My love for Texas and Texans inspired my entire Porter Family series! The Porters are born and bred Texans, and like most people who were raised in the Lone Star state, they can't imagine living anywhere else. I tried very hard to capture the flavor of Texas in my descriptions of the setting and to highlight the ruggedness, manners, integrity, confidence, and independence of my Texas characters.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
My particular genre is contemporary-set inspirational romance.
I first discovered love stories as a middle schooler and they've been my favorite type of novel ever since. In my early twenties, when I began writing, I penned and published books in what was my preferred sub-genre at the time, general market historical romance.
Then my oldest child was born and I set writing aside because I was completely overwhelmed by the demands of caring for a newborn. I didn't have the energy or the desire to write during that season. But seven years later, God called me back to it. By then, my values and goals had shifted. Motherhood had changed me. I knew for sure that, this time, I wanted to write inspirational romantic fiction.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
It came from a retro 1970s sofa in my childhood home. Before I was old enough to read, my mom would sit me on that sofa beside her and read aloud to me. We went through The Secret Garden and all the Little House on the Prairie books. Whole worlds came alive in my imagination! My passion for story began right then. Right there.
What did you enjoy most about writing Her One and Only?
I most enjoyed the story's heroine, Dru Porter. Dru is a professional bodyguard. She's also a former Marine, a black belt, and a pistol shooting champion. It was a joy to inhabit the character of such a brave and unflinching woman while working on Her One and Only.
What did you find most useful in learning to write?
Plugging into a writer's organization was the most useful thing I did. In my case, Romance Writers of America was the first group I joined. Through their chapter meetings, conferences, and magazine I learned a great deal about the craft of writing. I connected with a critique group. I met writer friends who delighted in discussing writing as much as I did, who shared information, who encouraged me.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer?
I'm a part-time writer because my kids are 15, 12, and 7 and still require a lot of hands-on care. I drive car pool, shepherd them to and from after school activities, rustle up dinner, nag them to do their homework, and make sure they're tucked into bed at a reasonable hour.
I write while they're in school unless I'm on deadline. When I'm on deadline, I work full time hours but have to squeeze a lot of those hours in on weekends or evenings.
Do you have any strange writing habits you’d like to share with your readers?
During writing sessions, I often pop up from my chair without consciously meaning to and amble to my pantry to stare at the shelves. This almost always happens when my brain is working out what should happen next in the scene. More often than not, I'll return to my computer with chocolate. And more often than not, the chocolate will power me through the thinking and the writing until the scene is through.
Thank you, Lone Star Book Blog Tours, for interviewing me! I'm very proud to be a Texas author.
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart and the Texas-set Porter Family series: Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine, and A Love Like Ours, and Her One and Only.
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