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Stronger Than the Rest by Shirleen Davies Book Tour & Giveaway!




Title:  Stronger Than the Rest

Author:  Shirleen Davies

Published:  January 13th, 2014

Word Count:  approx. 68,000

Genre:  Western Historical Romance

Content Warning:   Mild Sexual Content

Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis: “Smart, tough, and capable, the MacLarens protect their own no matter the odds. Set against America’s rugged frontier, the stories of the men from Fire Mountain are complex, fast-paced, and a must read for anyone who enjoys non-stop action and romance.”

Drew MacLaren is focused and strong. He has achieved all of his goals except one—to return to the MacLaren ranch and build the best horse breeding program in the west. His successful career as an attorney is about to give way to his ranching roots when a bullet changes everything.

Tess Taylor is the quiet, serious daughter of a Colorado ranch family with dreams of her own. Her shy nature keeps her from developing friendships outside of her close-knit family until Drew enters her life. Their relationship grows. Then a bullet, meant for another, leaves him paralyzed and determined to distance himself from the one woman he’s come to love.

Convinced he is no longer the man Tess needs, Drew focuses on regaining the use of his legs and recapturing a life he thought lost. But danger of another kind threatens those he cares about—

including Tess—forcing him to rethink his future.

Can Drew overcome the barriers that stand between him, the safety of his friends and family, and a life with the woman he loves? To do it all, he has to be strong. Stronger than the Rest.


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Excerpt for Stronger Than the Rest by Shirleen Davies:

“Hello, Drew.” She walked forward to stand a few feet away. “I hope it’s all right that I’ve come.” Her voice was unsteady, her nervousness apparent.

No, it’s not all right. “Of course. I’m glad to see you.” You look beautiful. He cleared his throat. “Did you have a safe trip?”

“Oh, yes, it was wonderful—so majestic and breathtaking. Sometimes we forget how beautiful some things are when we haven’t seen them in a while.”

Drew drank in the sight of her. “Yes we do, Tess. We certainly do.”


About the Author:

Shirleen Davies began her new series, MacLarens of Fire Mountain, with Tougher than the Rest, the story of the oldest brother, Niall MacLaren. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance. She grew up in Southern California and now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona. Between them they are the proud parents of five grown sons.


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Giveaway Details:

There is an international tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2 eCopies of Tougher Than the Rest
  • eCopy of Harder Than the Rest
  • eCopy of Faster Than the Rest

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Keep Calm Shirleen and Answer These 25 Questions: 

1.         Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? I would consider myself a lover of stories rather than a strict logophile.

2.        What is your favorite color? I love to be around shades of blue but I love to wear red.

3.        Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Southern California at the base of the San Bernardino mountains and grew up between that small town, a city on the coast, and summers on my grandparent’s ranch.

4.        What is your favorite football team? Arizona Cardinals

5.        Who is your favorite author?

I have more than one favorite author—each continually vies for a spot at the very top. I gravitate toward those who write similar genres and styles such as Linda Howard, Kat Martin, and Linda Lael Miller.

6.        What is your favorite book?

I get asked this question all the time, and honestly, I don’t have one favorite book. As with author question above, there are several books I consider favorites which span different genres. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, Angel Creek by Linda Howard, and a couple of books from the Cowboys series by Leigh Greenwood.

7.        What do you do when you are not writing?

There many other things I like to do but it’s often hard to pull myself away from writing. Spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, dancing, exercising, target shooting, fishing, traveling, and being the backseater on my husband’s motorcycle are a few of the activities that keep me sane.

8.        Do you have a day job as well?

I am the founder of a consulting firm focused on providing human resources support to small and mid-size businesses headquartered in Southern California. It has been around for many years. My residence is in Arizona and am fortunate in that my partner now handles the day-to-day operations.

9.        Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Keep writing. I’m a believer that the more you write and publish, the more readers will be able to find and enjoy your work. Find a good editor, cover designer, and social media guru and rely on their expertise. Focus your attention on the written word.

10.      Is being a writer a curse or a gift?

Both. I enjoy my time writing and feel blessed to able to have it as a career. The curse is that ideas can come at any moment and the most unsuitable times. Your instinct is to act on the idea right away but often it isn’t feasible with other family or work commitments.

11.      Where do you write?

I have a spot that looks out onto the mountains of northern Arizona with a small town between us. The daytime view is amazing and the night view is spectacular.

12.      Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write?

I prefer to have the television on with little or no sound. Usually an action-oriented movie.

13.      What do you typically drink while writing?

I move from coffee, to soda, to tea then water as the day progresses.

14.      What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life?

    Finding time to write, learning to accept input from my editor in the positive spirit intended, and overcoming the guilt I feel when deadlines impact family time. The support of my family has been critical.

15.      When did you first start and when did you finish your book?

Stronger than the Rest was started in September and ready for the editor in November.

16.      If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts?

Great question. There aren’t many that come to mind as Drew MacLaren is over 6 feet tall and an imposing, attractive, very manly figure. Either Liam Hemsworth or Alex O’Loughlin would be my choice for leading actor. Gwyneth Paltrow would be my first choice for the female lead.

17.      What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you?

I tend to write protagonists who I like, so I believe Drew MacLaren and I would hand out just fine.

18.      How do you market your book? What avenues work best?

I believe social media is essential in connecting with readers and other authors. There is much to learn from following discussions and asking questions through social media sites. I have a Facebook author page, and am active on LinkedIn, Twitter, and I’m starting to settle in at Goodreads. The site I’m becoming more and more impressed with is Google +. It has great potential without some of the frustrating restrictions of Facebook.

Social media has also made me aware of marketing opportunities such as book tours, book blogs, author interviews, and inexpensive promotional ideas. All of these have worked great, but I wouldn’t have known about them without first getting into social media.

19.      What has been the toughest criticism so far?

Most criticism has been what I would consider one-offs and have more to do with genre than my writing style. For instance, a couple of readers have commented that they want more romance while others have commented that the amount of romance is perfect. Some like the characters but are looking for sweet romance while a couple of others want me to include more graphic love scenes. I appreciate all input. It is hard sometimes to figure which way to go, so the best path is to keep with my own voice and hope the majority of my readers will enjoy it.

20.      What has been the best compliment?

It receive consistent feedback that my characters have depth. My readers tell me they’ve gotten to know the people in my books to a level beyond that provided by some other authors.

21.      Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Each books includes one or more experiences from my own life. They may be brief instances that are minor or more substantial plot themes. The rest is pure imagination.

22.      How did you come up with the title?

The theme of the series is “ _____ than the Rest.” A descriptive word for the main character sets them apart from the leads in the rest of the series. The first book in the series, Tougher than the Rest, comes from a Chris LeDoux song written by Bruce Springfield.

23.      Will there be a sequel?

There are four books out with six planned for the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series.

24.      What project are you working on now?

I have a contemporary romance, Second Summer, with my editor. It should be released in late February and is book one of the MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary series. Another western historical series is planned once book six, Wilder than the Rest, of my current series is released.

25.      What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer?

Do you have problems with the process of editing and slashing? Do you do your own editing or do you feel that it is a necessary part of the process to send it away to a professional Editor?

Editing is vital and a writer needs to find someone who understands the voice and believes in the story in order to have the best experience. It’s always hard to be open to suggestions but it is critical to not edit your own work. I use an independent editor and rely on her input to improve my writing. It is a necessary part of the entire process.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and Enjoy Each Day

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  2. Hi Kristy,

    Thanks very much for featuring my book, Sronger than the Rest,on your blog today.

    I welcome and will respond to questions or comments from your readers. My email is

    Enjoy your week. Hope it includes a cowboy!

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