Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Welcome to the next installment of The Next Big Thing blog hop. I’ve been invited to join other authors, sharing our stories with readers. So here’s a little about my new book Somebody Like You, out now from Grand Central Publishing, and a little history on how it came to be.
So sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy!
What is the title of your next book? 
Somebody Like You is the title of my new December 4th release. It’s the first in my Maverick Junction series. Nearest Thing to Heaven will be out June, 2013 with Can’t Stop  Lovin’ You to follow.  

Where did the idea come from for the book?  
I started with a title, Princess By Default, and the whole idea of being forced into a position you didn’t want.  What if you were born royal but didn’t want the position? The idea morphed and my heroine became the heiress granddaughter of an oil baron. While it would be absolutely wonderful not to ever have to worry about money, constantly being watched by the paparazzi and security would seriously put a crimp in romantic relationships.

What genre does your book fall under?
Somebody Like You takes place in fictional Maverick Junction, Texas and is considered contemporary Western romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I think Ashley Greene would be perfect for Annelise Montjoy. For Cash Hardeman? Oh, so many come to mind. Josh Duhamel, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Shelton. Even though he’s a country singer rather than an actor, I believe I’d have Josh Turner play Cash. Bette Midler would make a wonderful Dottie Willis, the fond-of-pink landlady.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  
How about three sentences? J In Somebody Like You, rancher Cash Hardeman loves longneck beers, while heiress Annelise Montjoy prefers champagne. Both have a secret—she’s trying to save her grandfather’s life; he’s trying to save the family ranch. Cash belongs in Maverick Junction, Texas, Annelise in Boston, or could it be they belong together?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Somebody Like You is published through Grand Central Publishing and represented by Nicole Resciniti at the Seymour Agency.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
My first drafts are fairly complete. This one took six or seven months to write.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Several people have compared my work to Robyn Carr’s stories. It's similar in tone to Linda Lael Miller's books.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
I think a lot of us enjoy reading series, stories where we get to revisit old friends in familiar places. That’s one of the things that makes Somebody Like You fun. Maverick Junction, Texas, is a wonderful town with people who are caring, funny, and down to earth—and it’s full of cowboys. Who doesn’t love a cowboy? In the next two books in the series we get to spend even more time with Annie and Cash, with grandmotherly Dottie, with Sophie and Ty and Maggie and Brawley at Bubba’s Roadhouse and Sally’s Café. So slip into your jeans, a T-shirt, your cowboy boots and hat and come along for a good read.
I also write under the name Lynnette Hallberg. My Chantilly Lace and a Pretty Face is a Wyoming cowboy book taking place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Other books include Moonlight, Motorcycles, and Bad Boys, Just A Little White Lie, Night Shadows, and Enchanted Evening.

Come visit me at www.authorlynnetteaustin.com
Following me in The Next Big Thing blog hop next week will be fellow authors:
Jane Kindred
Alison Packard
Jodie Griffin
Amy Lillard
Tina Wainscott



  1. Nice to "meet" you! Can't wait to check out your book!

    1. So glad you came by, Heather. Nice to "meet" you, too. I really hope you like Annie and Cash's story!

  2. I love the blog, Lynette! I'll definitely be picking up the book. BTW-- if you'd be interested in guesting on my blog, I'd love to have you (https://lexxxchristian.wordpress.com/).

    1. I'd love to guest blog on your site! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Lynnette,

    Great first post to your new blog! "Somebody Like You" sounds like a great story with characters I'd like to hang around - I'll definitely check it out.

    Look forward to reading more posts, too!

  4. Congratulations on your blog, Lynnette. Its look is warm and charming, a perfect twin for your writing. Looking forward to reding the Maverick Junction series.

  5. Sounds like a great series, Lynnette. :)

  6. Annie and Cash, down in Maverick Junction, Texas, asked me to thank y'all for stopping by. So good to see you!

  7. Great post! Congratulations on your very first blog adventure, and may your book sales soar.

  8. Great interview and congratulations on finding such a super agent.

  9. Texas and Blake Shelton?? No way to go wrong there. :) Great interview and welcome to the world of blogging!

  10. You're right. Blake and Texas. A pretty hard to beat combination! I love country!

  11. I love stories set in Texas. Good to know about your launch book. Looks like a winner.

  12. Yay! Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging:-) So glad it worked for you today . . . you can count me in as a regular~cheers!

  13. Enjoyed your first blog post! Very interesting about your book and who you'd have play the characters!

  14. Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by to visit on my inaugural blog! Annie, Cash, and the entire Maverick Junction gang thank you, too.