|Reviews for Kentucky Rain
"I am never disappointed by anything written by talented author Jan Scarbrough. Kentucky Rain, her latest 'reunion' story, is an emotionally satisfying read that has us rooting for Kate and Scott the whole way. We love them, hate Kate's ex-husband, and enjoy her supporting cast. Highly recommended for everyone who loves a happily-ever-after ending." Karen Block
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An excerpt from Kentucky Rain
About Jan Scarbrough
A professional technical writer by day, Jan Scarbrough spends her nights writing romance. She is a member of Novelist, Inc., the Romance Writers of America, and the Kentucky Romance Writers, where she manages their award-winning web site. Jan has written for Kensington and ImaJinn Books, and currently writes for Resplendence Publishing and the Turquoise Morning Press. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and rides American Saddlebred horses for fun and recreation.
Books from the Bluegrass Reunion Series published in this order:
- Kentucky Cowboy -- Bull rider/veterinarian -- She dumped him in high school, because he was a risk-taker.
- Kentucky Woman -- Banker/exercise rider -- She loved him when she was a teenager, but they never connected.
- Kentucky Flame -- American Saddlebred Horse trainers -- She had his baby, but he left not knowing the truth.
- Kentucky Groom -- Teacher/software designer and Saddlebred groom -- She can’t afford to fall in love with a lowly groom.
- Kentucky Bride -- American Saddlebred Horse trainer/CEO -- She rejected him once, but he’s willing to try again.
- Kentucky Heat -- Country music singer/artist -- She doesn’t need to take on another project, but he won’t take no for an answer. (Sequel to Kentucky Bride.)
- Kentucky Rain -- Divorced single mom/security consultant -- She has responsibilities to her daughter and herself, not to the handsome guy next door. (Mentions characters from Kentucky Cowboy.)
An Interview with Jan Scarbrough
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Jan, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Kentucky Rain. It’s part of your Bluegrass Reunion series. Where did the idea for this series originate?
JS: Write what you know. I live in Kentucky, I’ve been a single mom, and I love horses. My first book was Kentucky Flame. In it the hero and heroine have a past. They reunite in the story and must deal with that past. Writing Kentucky Flame gave me the idea of doing a series where reunions would be part of the theme of each book.
HH: What can you tell us about the books that came before in this series?
JS: Each book in the Bluegrass Reunion series can stand alone. As I noted, they each have similar themes -- reunions, single moms, horses if I can fit them in -- and all are set in Kentucky.
However, Kentucky Bride and Kentucky Heat are connected. The stepbrother from Kentucky Bride turns up with his own story in Kentucky Heat.
HH: How does Kentucky Rain continue it?
JS: When I decided to write Kentucky Rain, I used the same setting that I made up for Kentucky Cowboy, a small town in central Kentucky. I sprinkled a few of the characters from Kentucky Cowboy into the new book. You’ll find out what happens to Judd, Mandy and Georgia if you pick up Kentucky Rain.
HH: What do you like best about Kate and why will readers be cheering for her?
JS: Although I write about single moms, it’s taken me twenty years to be able to write a divorced heroine. Because of my own experiences, I wasn’t ready until now. I like Kate because she deals with a situation many of us have dealt with, she grows, and she survives.
HH: What do you like best about Scott and why will readers love him?
JS: Scott is an animal lover. And he defends Kate, which is my kind of man.
HH: What do you like best about their relationship?
JS: They love each other, sure, but they also respect each other and give each other room. Some relationships wouldn’t be strong enough for that.
HH: What do you have in store for lucky readers?
JS: I’m working on a ghost story for the SPLINTERED category romance line from Turquoise Morning Press, and I’m having fun writing it.
HH: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
JS: Recently, during my riding lesson, I rode a very expensive, five-gaited American Saddlebred horse. This horse is a champion, but now retired from showing and in a lesson program. The mare was professional. Her gaits were smooth. She was responsive and game. It was like riding a dream. I said to myself that I’ll never be able to afford a horse like this. But my characters can. I can create characters who live out my dreams. I can create heroines who are stronger and spunkier than I am. In short, I can make my stories into the world of my dreams.
HH: What keeps you writing each day?
JS: I want to continue to get better. I’m not satisfied with my writing. I’m constantly learning the craft. Plus, when I have a story to tell, it’s exciting to find out how it happens on the page.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
JS: Website: http://www.janscarbrough.com/Top
Follow me on Twitter @romancerider
HH: Thank you!