|Lydia Tyler has no use for guns and violence. All she wants is to build her orphanage and give her children a safe and loving home. Trouble is, Papa has hired a headmaster without her say-so; an arrogant man who schemes to usurp her authority, a man Deputy Roth despises. When Roth offers to rid Lydia of the troublemaker, Lydia doesn’t approve of his methods. But that doesn’t stop her from melting every time Roth holds her hand. The more she gets to know him, the more she reconsiders his menacing ways. He may be a gunslinger, but the warmth in his gaze hints there's more to him than his pistols.
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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 me 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.
Lydia's Gunslinger is the second book in my Revolving Point, TX Series and features outlaw Roth and prim and proper Lydia as the hero and heroine. Currently, I'm working on the third book in this series. I'm a stay-at-home mom who enjoys taking care 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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An Interview with Julie Lence
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Julie, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Lydia 's Gunslinger and it's the second in your Revolving Point , TX series. First, what can you tell us about this irresistible series?
JL: The Revolving Point, TX series features outlaws turning toward the right side of the law as heroes. Each hero has a tormented past and must learn to face his demons and overcome them if he is ever to have a normal life. The women in the series come from different walks of life. One is a former soiled dove. Another is rich, and the third was raised in an orphanage. As a little quirk of mine, my heroine’s names end in an ‘A’.
HH: How did Zanna's Outlaw kick off the series?
JL: Zanna’s Outlaw reintroduces Revolving Point, TX from one of my other books. Nestled along the Rio Grande, and a border town to Mexico, Revolving Point was once ruled by outlaws, card sharps and prostitutes. A fire nearly destroyed the town, but some folks stayed behind to help rebuild. Now it’s up to my outlaws to ensure Revolving Point becomes and remains a respectable place to live. Zanna’s Outlaw also introduces the reader to Roth, the hero for Lydia’s Gunslinger, and mentions Lydia several times. The townsfolk believe she is a woman to be reckoned with.
HH: How does Lydia 's Gunslinger continue it?
JL: Lydia’s Gunslinger continues the series by showing growth to Revolving Point in small increments. The tonic shop is now open and someone with money is buying up empty lots under the pretense of bringing new businesses to town. And Lydia’s orphanage is near completion for her and her orphans to take up residence.
HH: How did you bring their world so convincingly to life?
JL: When I first began writing, I had to know where everything was in relation to each other, such as how did one get from the parlor to the kitchen. I made rough drawings so that when my characters were moving around, I could convey those movements properly within the story, letting the reader visualize, as I was, how someone got from one room, or place, to another. For the Revolving Point series, I wasn’t as picky with the inside of houses and buildings as I was the town itself. I knew some businesses had remained after the fire and others were gone, and through each story new ones would arrive. To keep everything in perspective, I again made rough outlines of the town, so from one story to the next I wouldn’t forget where the mercantile was in relation to Miller’s saloon. As for the Rio, I drew on imagination of a winding river and brush and bushes growing along the banks. For the characters, I keep notebooks on each story so I don’t forget eye color or if someone has a limp or wears glasses. I also keep a record of re-occurring townsfolk, their names and descriptions and what each one does.
HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in the series?
JL: The last book in the series is Debra’s Bandit. Debra is Roth’s sister. She’s a retired lady outlaw of sorts and her hero is Roth’s former raiding partner, Gage Cantrell. Since she grew up in an orphanage, Debra longs for a home and family of her own. She’s certain Gage wants the same, though he won’t admit it. But unbeknownst to her, Gage is keeping a secret that just might tear them apart.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
JL: At this time, I’m working on Debra’s Bandit. After that, I’m playing with the idea of revisiting the Weston Family and giving runaway sister Rachael her own story.
HH: How much of your life is spent on your writing career?
JL: Probably about 70 percent. I write Monday thru Thursday, try to keep up with a blog and promotions, but I do make time for family. And I keep up with house work. I hate clutter.
HH: What does it mean to you to be a writer?
JL: That I’m fulfilling a dream I never knew I had. Back in school, I enjoyed writing. Later in life, I enjoyed reading. I never imagined combining the two until I read Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Both ladies made it look so easy and instilled in me the passion to try to write. Once I began creating settings and characters and stories, I was hooked. Many years later when I was offered a contract to have Luck of the Draw published, I cried. It meant someone liked my work and I just couldn’t believe I was going to see my book in print. Now that I have progressed to five books and am working on a sixth, I couldn’t be happier. I get to stay at home and do what I love best, writing in an era that is most dear to my heart.
HH: What would we find in your to be read pile right now?
JL: Western romances. I’m reading Lissa’s Cowboy by Jillian Hart. Next up on the Kindle are Outlaw’s Bride by Maureen McKade and Lost and Found by Karen L. Syed, though that one might not be a western.
HH: What plans do you have for the summer?
JL: To relax, enjoy the season, spend time with my son and finish writing Debra’s Bandit.
HH: Thank you!