Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Rachel D. Russell & It’s Your Love

Posted November 17, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Rachel D Russell, romance / 5 Comments

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It's Your Love

IT’S YOUR LOVE by Rachel D. Russell
SERIES: Fox Bakery #2
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Sunrise Publishing
RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2023
PAGES: 325

When Grayson Fox is asked to return home to Deep Haven and run the wrangler activities for the local camp, the last thing he expects is to run into the one woman he never wanted to see again. Worse…she’s his boss. But Grayson has big hopes for a life back in Oregon, and he must keep the promise to the camp in order to keep his dreams alive.

Just because Beth Strauss has stuck around Deep Haven doesn’t mean she doesn’t want a bigger life. And becoming the camp assistant director is the first step to that bigger life. Of course, standing in her way happens to be the one man who has always managed to derail her dreams, way too arrogant Grayson Fox.

But if they want to keep the camp afloat and their dreams alive, these two must learn to work together. But will these enemies become sweethearts, and if they do, will they find something better than the dreams they’re striving for?

The next delightful installment of the Fox Family series!

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Rachel D. Russell guest post

behind-the-scenes facts & a playlist for It’s Your Love

by Rachel D. Russell, author of It’s Your Love

While It’s Your Love is a purely fictional story, here are 5 behind-the-scenes facts:

The first scene I “saw” in my head was the meet-cute and it was the first scene I wrote for the book. I wrote it from both Grayson’s and Beth’s points-of-view—so, the time overlapped. In the interest of not going back in time, my editor had me cut a huge chunk of Beth’s scene. I may have to offer it as a bonus scene in the future, though, because being in Beth’s head during that whole scene was hilarious.

The injury that one of the horses suffers is a lesser-version of a real-life injury that my own horse suffered & recovered from. A passer-by saw my horse roll in the field and catch her leg on the wire when she got up. She took off running and tore the fence—as well as her leg. They pulled into the barn yard, no one was home, so, they left. It was late winter and she had a long, waterproof blanket on. When the boarding barn staff brought her in that evening, they didn’t realize she’d cut her leg.

The next morning, she was put outside again, but, by evening, she was limping when they brought her in. They called me and, thankfully, the passer-by also stopped back in and relayed what had happened. Because 24 hours had passed, she had a systemic infection. Her leg was swollen from hip to hoof and the tendon sheath was breached—but not the actual tendon. It couldn’t have been any closer. He hit it hard with antibiotics while we dutifully kept her on stall rest, as well as cleaning & re-wrapping the wound. The vet came to watch me ride her two months later. He was thrilled with her recovery. More than 13 years have passed and it’s never slowed her down.

It was a surprising struggle to write a horse story that wouldn’t confuse non-horse readers with jargon or bore/over-explain horse stuff to experienced riders. When my first draft came back from the editor, it had hilarious comments on it asking me what different things meant. I had no idea how much horse-specific language I use in everyday life. I had to think through scenes to rewrite them for a broad audience.

I don’t want to give away the ending, but I can say that location of the last scene is a real place and one of my favorite spots to do what Beth does. Is that cryptic? Well, I’ll let it be cryptic. No one wants a spoiler.

I’ve been bucked off a horse that was stung—but I did almost make it 8 seconds. I’ve also been on a bolting horse and certain I was going to breathe my last when it appeared the horse would attempt to jump the five-foot arena panels. I knew we wouldn’t make it. He cut left at the last moment and I was knocked unconscious in the fall and had amnesia—while my husband saw the entire thing. When I came-to, for some reason, I tried to pretend like I was fine, despite not knowing my name for a few moments. I didn’t know I kept asking (and being told) what had happened.

It’s Your Love Playlist

Grayson makes a comment in the novel how he wanted to climb into a country song—writing this story felt like a country song. A summer song that lifts your heart, gets your feet tapping, makes you want to roll your window down and let the sunshine hit your face and the wind mess up your hair.

It’s Your Love/ Tim McGraw, Faith Hill
This Kiss/ Faith Hill
Cowboy Take Me Away/ The Chicks
Check Yes or No/ George Strait
Meet in the Middle/ Diamond Rio
Amazed/ Lonestar
Life’s a Dance/ John Michael Montgomery
One More Day/ Diamond Rio
I’m From the Country/ Tracy Byrd
She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful/ Sammy Kershaw
My Best Friend/ Tim McGraw
Bless the Broken Road/ Rascal Flatts
Love a Little Stronger/ Diamond Rio
Who I am With You/ Chris Young
Why Don’t We Just Dance/ Josh Turner
Piece of My Heart/ Faith Hill
Just to See You Smile/ Tim McGraw

Rachel D. Russell

Rachel D. Russell is a member of Oregon Christian Writers, My Book Therapy’s Novel Academy, and is a regular contributor to the Learn How to Write a Novel blog. When Rachel’s not cheering on one of her two teens at sporting events, she’s often interrogating her husband on his own military and law enforcement experience to craft believable heroes in uniform. The rest of her time is spent cantering her horse down the Oregon trails and redirecting her three keyboard-hogging cats.

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5 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Rachel D. Russell & It’s Your Love

  1. Roxanne C.

    I enjoyed all the behind-the-scenes facts and how the author rewrote passages for those not as well-versed in equine lingo as she is.

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