Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Totally Devoted by E.M. Bannock


Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Thank you, Laurie, for inviting me to your blog.

I’d have to say that reading The Adventurers, by Harold Robbins when I was in high school was a big influence on me and it signaled a time of change in my life. Before that I had read all the generic kid stuff, Tom Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies. I had just started reading books like 1984, Animal Farm and The Illustrated Man. It was right at the time when I was exploring my own independence and sexuality. The Adventurers was the first ‘adult’ book I ever read and I thought it was great. It was one of the books that got passed around because there was sex in it. Back in the 60’s when I was in high school this was a big deal. Like most kids in high school, I was just getting into sex and it was new and exciting. Reading about it was extra exciting; maybe because it was forbidden. The logical part of my brain saw that you could write a very exciting book which included sex. It was a style of writing that I wanted to emulate.

I had dabbled with the idea of being a writer, or an artist, I liked doing both. But most of all, I liked having a boyfriend, and doing adult things. My boyfriend was older. He had a car. We went to avant-garde movies and were very much into art, culture and politics of the time.

I was exploring my independence from parents since my boyfriend and I were engaged to be married. Mostly we were exploring each other’s bodies. It was then that I was becoming confident that I had the skill to be a romance writer. I wanted my books to be sensuous and sexy, explicit without being vulgar. I wrote a few short stories. They had sex in them. Considering my inexperience and lack of knowledge of the world of sex at that point in my life, in retrospect, they were quite juvenile. But, they went over well with my friends. It was mostly for fun but I really liked it.

As it often does, life got in the way. You can’t live on dreams. My marriage imploded in less than a year and I had to get real serious about a job. One thing lead to another and it wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I was able to write seriously again. I haven’t stopped since. Totally Devoted is my first published book and, yes, there is sex in it. I’m working on three more right now and have just had a fantastic idea for a forth.


Totally Devoted
by E.M. Bannock

GENRE:   Western Contemporary Romance


Ten years after the death of her husband and young son, Marie Trousdale decides to move
from Los Angeles, California to a small rural Oregon town and hires Wil Townsend, a
local contractor, to build her dream home on property she inherited from her deceased husband.

Although they couldn’t be more different in every way possible the two fall in love. Things
get complicated when Marie changes occupations. When she is put in danger, Wil must decide if his love is stronger than the differences that separate him from Marie.


From the description she was given by the hotel desk clerk, she figured she wouldn’t have much trouble finding the guy—grungy black cowboy hat, well-worn cowboy boots, scruffy beard, jean jacket, and Levi’s, sitting at the corner table. She was right. He wasn’t hard to spot. It was Monday night, and there were only a handful of people in the place. There he was, sitting at his regular corner table, with his back to the wall, his chair up on two legs, and his feet propped up and crossed on the chair next to him. There was a glass of beer and a half-empty pitcher in front of him. She wondered how many pitchers he had drained before this one. The desk clerk said he had a lot of funny habits. The clerk said the guy always sat with his back to the wall, so no one could get the jump on him. He probably watched too many John Wayne movies.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

E.M. Bannock was born in 1950 and grew up in the Detroit suburbs. Her love for writing began during high school where she excelled in writing short stories and poetry. Born with the wanderlust, she found herself in Los Angeles, an exciting place to be in the early 70’s, and E.M. experienced all that it had to offer. It was here she met her husband. She has lived in California, Oregon, Alaska, Florida, and Wyoming, where she now lives with her husband, son, daughter-in-law, grandson and a menagerie of cats, dogs, chickens, and horses.

Buy Links:

E.M. Bannock will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having me, Laurie, and giving me the opportunity to introduce myself and your book to your readers.

Lisa Brown said...

I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

Victoria Alexander said...

I can't wait to read this one, thanks for sharing! :)

Bridgett wilbur said...

I would love to read your book.

Esther Habersrtoh said...

Thanks for the feedback and thanks for stopping by. 💜

Barbara Phillips said...

Loved the book! See you soon!

Kim said...

I liked the excerpt.