Raised in the St. Louis orphanage, Debra Moore has known more hard times than good. Riding with her brother and Gage as they raided the west brought about a longing for a real home, and for Gage to return her love. She’s found a comfortable haven in Revolving Point and wants Gage to cease to his bandit ways and put down roots with her. But Gage has never been the settling type, and lately he’s been more secretive than usual. Something’s bothering him. She’s going to find out what that something is and convince him there’s more to life than the tomfoolery of outrunning a posse.
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About Julie Lence
I grew up in an average-size city in upstate New York. All through school I enjoyed writing as long as I could choose the topic. I even tried to write a novel length story in middle school, but since I was young I didn't stick with it all that long.
I met my husband during the latter part of 12th grade and married him two years later. He had already enlisted in the Air Force and I enjoyed accompanying him on his twenty years of service. By marrying young and entering the work force full-time, the writing bug didn't bite again until the early 90's when I read Double Standards by Judith McNaught. I was already hooked on the romance genre and family sagas, thanks to Johanna Lindsey's Malory family, and the little critter of a muse dug his teeth in deep. By combining my love for romance, family and the old west, I have settled into a career writing western historical romance.
Debra's Bandit is the third book in my Revolving Point, TX Series and features outlaw Gage Cantrell and mercantile overseer Debra Moore. Currently, I'm taking the holidays off before I begin work on my next novel. I'm a stay-at-home mom who enjoys taking care of family and home, reading and anything to do with the American West. I also enjoy meeting other fans of the romance genre, so if you've got time, say hello at https://facebook.com/#!/Julielence.
Also by Julie Lence
The Weston Family Series
The Revolving Point, TX Series
An Interview with Julie Lence
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Julie, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Debra's Bandit and it's the third in your Revolving Point , TX series. First, what can you tell us about the series?
JL: Revolving Point, TX is a fictional town. Outlaws, card sharps, prostitutes and a sheriff unable and unwilling to enforce the law; the town's reputation is worse than that of any outlaw. When the first book opens, most of Revolving Point was destroyed by a fire. Some businesses survived, and some folks remained to help rebuild. Each of the books center around an outlaw turning toward the right side of the law, and in his own way, helping the town rebuild, become respectable and remain peaceful. They're aided by their leading ladies; women who give them reason to favor putting down roots in Revolving Point over returning to the trail.
HH: How do the first two stories kick it off?
JL: Zanna's Outlaw provides a good insight to just how much of the town was destroyed and how the townsfolk need leadership to gain respectability. Buck aids in their quest by agreeing to pin on a sheriff's badge and keep the streets safe. He recruits fellow outlaw, Roth, to help him. Roth is the hero in Lydia's Gunslinger, and though his foremost concern is to help Lydia with her orphanage, he also takes to heart the plight of the townsfolk and ensures men newly arrived in town to help rebuild don't jeopardize the peace that is finally settling over the land.
HH: How does Debra's Bandit continue it?
JL: Debra's Bandit continues the plight of Revolving Point with Debra managing the mercantile and Gage helping her. While Debra ensures her store is fully stocked, Gage's worries don't center around flour and spices. Debra likes Revolving Point and wants to stay put, make a home for herself. Gage will see to it that she is safe, because not every enemy from his past is aware that Revolving Point is now a respectable town, with outlaws enforcing the law.
HH: What do you like about Debra and what's her greatest strength?
JL: Debra's greatest strength comes from her unselfishness, which is what I like most about her. She genuinely cares about people, including those who have forced her to err and/or sin, and strives to help the folks in Revolving Point by keeping her store stocked and offering refreshment, conversation and friendship.
HH: What do you like best about Gage and what makes him different than most heroes?
JL:What I like best about Gage is his vulnerability. He's been harboring a horrible secret for six years, and has a Pinkerton on his trail ready to expose it. Gage loves Debra and wants to make a home with her. If he doesn't thwart the Pinkerton, she'll learn of his past and throw him out, and he'll end up in jail. Running seems to be his best option, until another obstacle is thrown in his path; one that forces him to stay put and confront that fateful night. Something that's not easy for him. He hurt a lot of people. People he cared deeply for.
What I think makes Gage a bit different from other heroes is that he truly believes he's not worthy of forgiveness. He made a deadly mistake and then ran, because there was nothing he could do to fix the mistake. And because he was under the notion that no one would believe his innocence. He's been dodging the Pinkerton ever since, and has it in his mind that even if he tells Debra, she won't forgive his past, because he took the coward's way out.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
JL: My latest work is Christmas Miracles. It's a short, western historical that features Tess Weston and James Landry separated by a blizzard two days before their Christmas Eve wedding.
HH: What are you most excited about in your career right now?
JL: Designing covers. I went into self-publishing last year. Editing 'word' files, uploading them and getting them to fit within the margins of other programs was a challenge, but the biggest challenge was making covers. I am not artistic, as in drawing, painting, or having a photographer's eye. Through stock photography sites and my husband's teachings, plus a few others, I learned how to make book covers using Powerpoint. I am by no means a wiz at it, but now I find I actually like putting a picture I'm familiar with on the screen and playing around with fonts and colors and cropping tools to see how I can better the picture.
HH: What are you looking forward to most in the rest of 2012?
JL: Enjoying Christmas. Last year I was working like crazy; crash-coursing myself in self publishing. I spent almost every waking hour uploading files, making covers, and editing that the spirit of the season never really had a chance to take hold. This year, I've lightened my workload so I can truly enjoy the weeks leading up to the big day.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
JL: Lori Wilde's, A Cowboy For Christmas.It's part of her Jubilee, Texas series, and I just love this story. It's very heartwarming, and heartwrenching.
HH: Do you have a writing hero and if so, who would it be?
JL: I do, and he's not mine. I absolutely love James Malory, Johanna Lindsey's hero from Gentle Rogue. James is tall and handsome and muscular. He has an off-the-wall-sense of humor, lacks manners, has a devil-may-care attitude and enjoys pummeling someone who needs pummeling. And I can't wait to see him in another Malory Family novel. Every time he is on scene, I laugh and laugh. He's one of those over-the-top characters you never forget.
HH: Thank you!