Meet the Character Blog Hop! Meet Josh Stanton

21471Hi! I’ve been tagged by the lovely Australian rural romance author, Lisa Ireland to participate in the Meet the character Blog Hop!  You can meet Lisa’s character here  and read all about her novel Breaking The Drought, here! 🙂

So on with the character hop!

Untitled-5 Who are we meeting today?

Dr. Josh Stanton from Montana Actually, Book 1 in my new Medicine River series.If you check out my Pinterest board, there’s a photo of him there…can’t post here as I don’t own the photo.

Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Josh is fictional but drawn from people I know 🙂
 When and where is the story set?
Funnily enough, Montana Actually is set in Montana! It’s set in north-east Montana, about 50 miles from the beautifully rugged Rocky Mountains and gorgeous Glacier National Park.
What should we know about him?
Josh is American and has a shirtload of student loan debt he is trying to write down. Just like in Australia, if a doctor ‘goes rural’ they get to write down their bonded time and debt faster so he leaves Chicago and heads to Montana. He may as well have gone to Mars!
“The thirty cows blocking the road was a good indication to Dr. Josh Stanton that he was no longer in Chicago. That and the inordinate number of bloated roadkill with their legs in the air that he’d passed in the last few hours along Highway 2 as he traversed the north of Montana. Sure, Chicago had its fair share of flattened cats on its busy inner-city streets, but he’d stake his life no one living between North Halsted and North Wells streets had ever had to step over a deer.”
 What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Josh and his long time partner, Ashley, had made decisions to support each other’s’ careers, or at least that is what Josh thought when he moved to Chicago for Ashley. Three years later, Ashley refused to move to Bear Paw despite her firm being happy for her to telecommute for three years. Add that to his family’s disappointment he didn’t do surgery like the last five Stanton’s and the fact Bear Paw isn’t throwing him a ticker tape parade, life feels a lot like lemons when the book opens.
 When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
Montana Actually will be released in print and eBook in January 2015 and it just received a prestigious starred review from Publishers Weekly 🙂 🙂
Montana Actually

“In the first Medicine River contemporary, the charismatic little town of Bear Paw, Mont., hosts delightful characters whose interactions feel deep and real. Chicago doctor Josh Stanton decides to knock off some of his huge student loan debt by working in rural Montana. His fiancée declines to relocate to the boonies with him; heartbroken, he swears off lasting relationships. Nurse Katrina McCade returns to her hometown of Bear Paw to lick her wounds after an unhappy affair. Katrina and Josh are poleaxed by mutual lust, and they decide to become lovers with no strings attached—but as they begin confiding details of their lives, feelings change. The plot twists around medical emergencies, a second romance line involving Katrina’s brother, the troubles of a local youth, relationships between parents and children, and former lovers learning to be friends. All these elements contribute to the comfortable feeling of smalltown life. The witty conversations, family drama, and accurate (but never maudlin) descriptions of loss and grief will have the reader laughing out loud, wiping away tears, and eagerly awaiting future books. (Jan.)”

Read an excerpt of Montana Actually here!

Montana Actually releases on January 6th 2015 and you can preorder now and save money! Book Depository, Amazon, iBooksBarnes and Noble, Kobo, Google Play and at all stores where books are sold!

Now I’d like to tag and introduce you to the lovely Jennifer St George who will be doing the Character Blog Hop Thursday November 20th 🙂 Jennifer’s  Unknown-5a romance author whose sexy stories feature courageous, career-minded heroines, strong heroes in glamorous international settings. She has five books – Tempted by the Billionaire Tycoon (2014), The Billionaire’s Pursuit of Love (2014), The Love Deception (2013),Seducing the Secret Heiress (2013) and The Convenient Bride (2012) – published with Penguin’s digital-first imprint, Destiny Romance.

The Convenient Bride and Seducing the Secret Heiress have now been released together in print.  The Convenient Bride won the 2012 NZ Clendon Award. The Love Deception is nominated for 2013 ARRA Awards in the Favourite Short Category Romance section.

She spent the first 20 years of her career in corporate marketing and management consulting roles.  Some career highlights include launching Guinness beer in Russia; reaching 40 million people through a publicity campaign that  ‘gave away’ a pub in Ireland and launching the Ford Ka brand in Australia. Jennifer now lives in Byron Bay where she writes and undertakes the occasional marketing consulting role. She recently managed the Communications for the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

7 thoughts on “Meet the Character Blog Hop! Meet Josh Stanton

  1. I can’t wait for this book! “Life feels like lemons” – what a great way to describe his life when he moves to Montana. Thanks for introducing us to Josh. And whoa he’s hot! Had to jump over to Pinterest of course to check him out!

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