Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Blog Tour: Two Hearts


Two Hearts
James Eric Richey

Jaxon Tagget is a cattle-rancher's son, born and raised on the Double T, just outside of Dillon, Montana. In love with his high-school sweetheart, Annie, Jaxon proposes on graduation night, presenting her with a wedding ring made from gold he mined himself. Annie accepts immediately, to the horror of her bitter, man-hating mother.

Jaxon's a wonderful husband, but the warnings of Annie's mother linger in the young bride's ears. And it doesn't help that women continue to fall all over the markedly handsome Jaxon.

Unaware of his wife's persistent doubts, Jaxon is struggling with his own troubles when he finds out his dad is sorely in need of money to save the ranch. But hope glimmers gold when he rediscovers the old mine on the Double T.

While Jaxon travels to verify the mine's productivity, Annie grows increasingly suspicious. Is Jaxon's absence what it seems, or does he have another, less faithful reason for his travels? When Annie sees a picture of the beautiful laboratory owner whom Jaxon is visiting, she's sure the only gold he's interested in is long, blond hair. Is Annie right, or will it be her doubts that forever sever their Two Hearts?

About the Author

James Eric Richey was born and raised in California. He attended Brigham Young University, studying English with an emphasis in Literature. After graduating from BYU he returned home to California to further his education by attending law school. After passing the bar, James practiced in California for several years, but he quickly learned that he did not have a passion for the law.

In 1998 James obtained his real estate appraiser license, which has given him a flexible work schedule and allowed him to pursue his true passion, writing books. Besides his writing, he also enjoys reading, running, and sailing. James currently lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his wife, Heather, and their two 

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Author Interview

Can you tell us little bit about yourself?

I am the youngest of nine.  I have five brothers and three sisters.  We had a full house.  My father owned his own construction company and all of my brothers and I worked in construction starting at the age of 12.  From that I learned the value of hard work.  I attend college and studied English knowing I would be attending law school.  I practiced law in California for a short time prior to moving to Wyoming where I am a real estate appraiser.  I have been married for twenty years and I have two daughters.

What were some books that inspired you?

When I was younger, I really didn’t enjoy reading.  In fact, I didn’t really like school that much.  My mother, knowing the value of reading, one summer purchased a Louis L’AmourWestern.  I devoured it.  During that summer my mother kept a list of L’Amour books in the pantry closet.  Every month she would purchase several new ones and mark them off the list as I read them.  I still love to read Louis L’Amour.  That summer was a big turning point in my life.  I love to read, and I haven’t stopped reading since.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Right now writing is my hobby.  I have a full time day job that is very time consuming.  So, when I’m not writing, I’m usually working.  I work at home doing residential home appraisals.  When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my family.  We go to the movies, hiking, sailing, and we love to travel.  I exercise on a regular basis by running three to four times a week.

How did you come up with the idea for Two Hearts?

Before I started on Two Hearts, I was writing a fantasy story-other world creation, magic, and monsters.  I was having a hard time with the details.  For a couple of weeks I kind of just stared at the computer screen struggling with the story.  On April 2, 2012 I had a very specific dream.  When I woke up I knew I had my story.  I quickly wrote down my dream using bullet points for the main ideas.  I immediately started writing Two Hearts.

Why did you choose to include a mine in Two Hearts?

Several years ago I knew a man who had made his wife’s wedding ring.  I thought that was a cool thing for him to do and I also thought that it showed how much he cared for her.  In building the relationship between Jaxon and Annie, I wanted Jaxon to do something that really showed he cared about her.  I wanted him to do something that showed how he felt about her.  I wanted him to work for it instead of just going out and buying a ring.  In my research about Montana, I discovered that one of the state’s nicknames is the Treasure State.  I found that there are hundreds of abandon mines in the State.  It worked out perfectly for there to be a mine on the Double T ranch and for Jaxon to find the gold in the mine that he would use to make Annie’s ring.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published you would change?

No, it has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience.  Two Hearts is the first book that I published.  I learned a lot from the entire process and I would do it all over again.  Having gone through the publishing process once already, the second time should be faster and smoother.

Is there any advice you would like to give or anything you would like to say to your readers?

Set goals and work your hardest to achieve them! Don’t let anything hold you back from accomplishing your dreams. Don’t be afraid to try new things. 

True love grows when, together, a couple goes through experiences that test their love. When they turn to each other to get through the challenges that is when they experience the devotion and comfort of being together. When problems arise it is easy to give up, but true love grows when the couple weathers the storms together and their two hearts knit as one.


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  1. I like the premise of the story. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  2. Emily, thank you so much for your honest and well thought out review of Two Hearts. I truly enjoyed your interview questions; it was fun for me to answer them, allowing me to share my background and journey so far as an author. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your blog. Thank you again for the review of Two Hearts.