Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Tina Wheeler & Ranch Under Fire

Posted February 3, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance, Tina Wheeler / 12 Comments

Ranch Under Fire JustRead Blog TourWelcome to the Blog Tour for Ranch Under Fire by Tina Wheeler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Tina on the blog today to chat about her debut novel!

Ranch Under Fire

RANCH UNDER FIRE by Tina Wheeler
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: January 24, 2023
PAGES: 220

A witness on the run.

A mission to survive.

Fleeing after witnessing a shooting in her office, Bailey Scott must rely on cowboy Jackson Walker for protection when the gunman turns his sights on her. With a drug ring determined to silence her, Jackson promises to protect her at his ranch. But he’s an undercover DEA agent with secrets he can’t reveal. Can he take down the criminals before their pursuers lead them straight into an inescapable trap?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


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Hi Tina! Welcome to the blog!

Tina: I live in Arizona so my winter may look like your summer. During the winter, the weather here is nice enough to dine on restaurant patios and shop without wishing you had a portable air conditioning unit.

Carrie: living in Georgia, I can understand that!

Tina: I drink coffee with flavored creamer every day – unless hospitalized, which is a rare occurrence. I need a jolt of caffeine to wake up. I am NOT a morning person. My cousin and I joke that our ancestors guarded the cave during the night shift.

Carrie: haha!

Tina: I’m a big fan of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, especially their cozy mysteries. You might notice scenes with a cozy mystery-type twist when you read my books, especially when the couple in danger is trying to hide.

Carrie: I love their mysteries too! In fact, I’m looking forward to the new one coming on this weekend 🙂

Tina: My favorite vacation spot is a balcony overlooking a California beach. Watching water helps clear my mind and relaxes me, not swimming in the ocean. Jaws scared me to death.

Carrie: that’s how i prefer to do the beach too!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Tina: That’s a difficult question. I had to read over a list of superpowers before selecting the power of healing. That popped out at me because I’ve reached the age where every gathering of family or friends involves a comparison of ailments, syndromes, and mystery symptoms.

Carrie: healing would be a marvelous superpower to have!

Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.

Tina: I’ve mainly been reading Love Inspired Suspense books for two years now. When you target a Harlequin line, it’s important to know what readers expect and what the editors are buying. Of course, you want to follow up that reading with a story that twists popular hooks in a different way and is written in your unique voice.

Carrie: that’s my favorite kind of research – reading 🙂

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?

Tina: Yesterday, I Googled how to get rat poison out of the yard. I want to use rat poison in my third Love Inspired Suspense, but I don’t want the dog to get hurt.

Carrie: oh good! I don’t like dogs getting hurt in the books I read… I’m not sure what that says about me when I don’t mind people being murdered in those same books 😛

Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?

Tina: I heavily plot each scene before writing. Twenty years ago, I used an entire wall in my dining room. I hung up bulletin board paper and color-coded my sticky notes. For my next book, I’m taping sticky notes to the back of four legal pads.

Carrie: i love sticky notes! they make my office-supply-loving heart happy haha

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Ranch Under Fire?

Tina: In this story, Bailey learns to forgive herself and others. This helps her move on from the past. God forgives us, but if we don’t also forgive ourselves, it can keep us from living a happy, productive life.

Carrie: amen!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Tina: My second Love Inspired Suspense is a follow up book, featuring another Walker brother. Ranch Showdown is Cole’s story and will be available in August.

Thank you so very much for helping me spread the word about my debut inspirational romantic suspense. I have enjoyed my time with you.

Tina Wheeler

Tina Wheeler is a retired teacher and award-winning author. Although she grew up near a desert in Arizona, her favorite place to plot a new story is on a balcony overlooking the ocean. She enjoys spending time with her large extended family, brainstorming with writing friends, discovering new restaurants, and traveling with her husband.

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Ranch Under Fire JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive an autographed copy of the book and a $15 Amazon card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight January 30, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 6, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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12 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Tina Wheeler & Ranch Under Fire

  1. Roxanne C.

    Tina Wheeler is a new author for me, and her book looks like one that I will enjoy, including the lesson that she wants her readers to get from Ranch Under Fire.

  2. Lori Smanski

    thanks for sharing your interview. I love mysteries with a lot of twists and turns to keep me guessing. I also love Hallmark. But we have Netflex and recently some of the Hallmark mysteries came up. Oh boy we had fun watching these.

  3. Bea LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your Q&A, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Ranch Under Fire

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