Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Getting to Know Author Rita Hestand

I sweep into the room, majestically…like Loretta Young used to…(what you don't know who Loretta Young is?) I'm telling my age already. Any who…I am more than a little excited to be a part of the Sweet and Sexy Divas.  Thanks to two talented ladies, Sarah and Tina, I'm here today. Since this is a brand new site and I want to start things off right, I want to introduce myself and let you know I'll be here on the third Wednesday's of the month.  Some of you may be familiar with me, and some may not. In any case, my name is Rita Hestand, and I write a mixture of things. I started off writing contemporary romances, like Nick's Baby, and Pretend Mom. Then I began a contemporary western series, The Travers Brothers series, starting with Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, Courting Abby, Hannah's Man, and lastly Along Came Love. 
After a few more contemporaries, I ventured into the historical western romance genre. And if you are wondering why, it's very simple,  I love the western.  I love it so much I had to write about it. Mainly because they aren't making many western movies these days. At least not often enough for me. Although I did go see the remake or newer edition of True Grit.  And I liked it, all but the end. Even though it stuck closer to the book, I still cater to the older version, where Maddie invites Rooster to be buried by her and her family. It doesn't leave Maddie as a cold and unfeeling person, but shows the warmth that grew between the age gap.
If you get curious about my work, drop by Smashwords or Amazon where you will see all my books. You'll find my books, some short stories and some children's books which I also dabble in. You'll also find a few freebies at Smashwords, so help yourself, enjoy.
Another thing you might notice is that my historicals are with regular e-publishers. Well, I say regular, but I consider these publishers special and all three in different ways.  Two of my historicals, Beyond the Dream Catcher  (available now) and Love Rules, coming soon are with Decadent Publishing, wonderful publishing company that I am proud to be a part of. 

Another was just contracted by Secret Cravings Publishing, as she saw what I saw in Always Remember, she took a chance.  The third publisher is Whimsical Publications, which has Jodi's Journey for sale and Better Off Without Her coming soon, another publisher worth their salt.  These publishers are all very good to be with and I feel I have found a home for my historical, so check them out.
I'll keep you abreast of my new books coming out, but right now help me celebrate this new and wonderful place to be at the Sweet and Sexy Divas!!! Now I want to get to know you all and hope you stop off regular. We'll explore some topics that may just blow you away!


Tina Donahue said...

Congratulations on your newest contract, Rita!! We look forward to many many more of your wonderful books. :)

Virginia C said...

Hello, Rita! So nice to see you here at "Sweet & Sexy Divas" : ) I am a longtime fan of yours, and we are both lovers of the West, cowboys and western romance! Your books "Wandering Heart" and "Beyond the Dream Catcher" are both terrific romance reads! I look forward to following your posts here each month. I wish you much continued success : )

Redameter said...

Guys you always blow me away with your sweetness. You two stay in the best of spirits, and have the best attitudes on the net. I want to mimic them.

It is a true pleasure to be here. Honestly. Yesterday I had my nose stuck in edits, and I've got two more rounds of that for that book, Love Rules, plus two more books to be edited by two other companies, so it's an exciting year already.

This site rocks I want you to know. I couldn't do this kind of job in a million years. I get nervous just knowing I'm up.

Glad to be here and will be checking in from time to time. Hope everyone enjoys the Sweet and Sexy Divas site. Oh...by the way, I wrie sweet and sexy stuff.

Thanks for having me here today!

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I'm going to see the new True Grit tomorrow, Rita. I love Westerns, too. I loved Tombstone with Kirk Russel. It's always so good to hear from you because you always have something interesting to say. I have your book, Beyond The Dream Catcher and I am so eager to read it. I can't tell you how happy I am to have you here with us at Sweet N Sexy Divas. You make my day.

Beth Walker said...

Great blog, Rita. Your coming release with Secre Cravings Publishing is definitely a book to read and I think it will do great!

Keep them coming girl.

~ Beth

Delaney Diamond said...

Rita, I look forward to getting to know you.

Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect said...

I know who Loretta Young is. I guess that gives me away, too. Anyway, I love old movies.

Sounds like you've been a busy lady, Rita. Congrats on all your work.

Sweet N Sexy Divas looks like a fun place.

Paris said...

Hi Rita,
Congratulations on your new contracts! I look forward to reading more of your blogs and your books:-)

Rie McGaha said...

Hi Rita, so nice getting to know more about you and your writing. And yes, I know who Loretta Young is...I don't mind standing up and showing my age, I worked hard to get this old! :)

Teresa K. said...

Hi Rita,

My son and I love Westerns also. Do figure. We'll Native American and we always pull for John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. True Grit was one of my favorites growing up. Especially when Glen Campbell was in it. At least I hink he was. My mind tends to wander sometimes. I think my all time favorite of Johns was the Sons of Katie Elder and Big Jake.

Congratulations on the great blog and I love the cover of Beyond the Dream Catcher.


Anne Patrick said...

The Sons of Katie Elder and True Grit (the original) were always my favorite too. Great post, Rita, and congratulations on your latest contract. I wish you continued success in all you do!

Anonymous said...

Had to come and visit with Miss Rita today. Always a pleasure. :-)

Heather Bennett
Decadent Publishing

Maureen said...

Sounds like you sure keep busy! ;-)

Redameter said...

Yo, everybody, gosh, some of you actually know who I'm talking about Loretta Young? Wow, she was so graceful (unlike myself in that regard) And do you know she had Clark Gable's illigitimate child, a baby girl, that he never claimed. He got her in a way during the filming of Call of the Wild. Wow. And Teresa, I finally found someone who loves The Sons of Katie Elder. Gosh that was so good. I watch it over and over. The cast was absolutely perfect in that movie.

Yes, I have been a busy beaver and will have three more westerns out before too long. Always Remember is a book that puts you the reader in the middle of the civil war, and let's you see some of the true to life problems during that time. Love Rules is a romantic look at young love and the consequences of it. Better Off Without Her, well, it is not for the squeamish. This book truthfully details the death of the famous outlaw, Sam Bass, a Texas bandit, and it takes a look at a serial killer in the old west. Don't miss any of these, as they are all three unusual.

thanks all of you for stopping by, you guys are the very best. And I won't forget to return the favors. LOL
Love and blessings

Gracen Miller said...

Howdy, Rita! Congrats on the upcoming release and joining the blog!!!

I know who Loretta Young is and I'm not old.


Redameter said...

Hey Anne, Miss Heather. Wow! Thanks for stopping by. You guys are the greatest, every one of you. Oh wow, it's wonderful to meet fellow western lovers. I really thought I was in some closet because no one ever said they liked The Sons of Katie Elder to me. And such good acting. Earl Holliman and even a very young Dennis Hopper was in that one. He was the son of the bad guy.

Just finished round one of Love Rules edits. Two more to go. Then the other two should be coming my way soon too. Busy, busy.

Started a sequel to Beyond the Dream Catcher, thought I would tell Lee's story now.

Got lots to do but when I know edits are headed my way I don't like to get too busy, as I like to concentrate on getting them done.

Again, thank you all for coming by.

Love and blessings

Redameter said...

That's the spirit Gracen, we aren't really getting older we really are getting better. At least with some things. Aw...Loretta could enter a room like no other lady.

You guys rock.

Love and blessings

Redameter said...

Virginia you are a lady that gets around, girl. I've seen you everywhere. And I'm so glad. Thanks for the sweet words. I'll treasure them.


Fiona said...

Loretta Young was in one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies, though it took me years to forgive her for staying with her preacher husband, David Niven, instead of flying off with that sexy angel, Cary Grant! (The Bishop's Wife). Great post, and looking forward to sharing this space with all of the "regulars" who will be monthly bloggers.

Kathy Otten said...

Hi Rita,
Great to meet you, a fellow Diva blogger and western writer. I should go see the new True Grit, but I can't get over the fact that they re-made an iconic John Wayne movie. It's like messing with the Beatles. I prefer something new like 3:10 to Yuma or Open Range (which was one of my all time favorites).
Congrats on your new books. Best Wishes.

Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect said...

I forgot to mention, my mother named my sister after Loretta Young.

I love to hear all the scoops on the old actresses. I haven't watched a western for a while, but would like to see True Grit.

All the best, Rita

Redameter said...

Someone mentioned Glen Campbell, and yes, he was in the one with John Wayne. I liked him too. And I liked the first Maddie better, Kim Darby. You are right, don't mess with the John WAyne movies. Hollywood never understand that they can't mess with perfection. they always think they can make it better.

Thank you one and all for coming and commenting. It is a lot of fun to see you all and hear some of your ideas and thoughts. I do like that.

Well, most women thought Loretta was really one of the best when it came to being a woman. I agree, she had a flair about her. My mom named me after Rita Hayworth, wish I had been half as beautiful as that woman.

thanks for making this Wednesday so specail.

Love and blessings

Rawiya said...

Hey Rita! Congrats on your latest contract and glad to have you as part of the Divas! :D

Redameter said...

Thanks Rawlya, I appreciate that. Glad to be here. Love and blessings

Estella said...

I know who Loretta Young is. Guess that dates me, too.
Looking forward to enjoying more of your books.

Marianne Stephens said...

I remember Loretta Young...and love all the John Wayne westerns...what not to love about a guy in a cowboy hat and jeans?
Great to see you at Secret Cravings...looks like we'll have fun there!
This blog sounds like a fun place!

Nan D Arnold said...

Whoa, are you popular or what? And I loved loved your lead in about Loretta Young (I still remember her flouncing in at the intro of her t.v. show (of course, I was little and don't remember the shows too well) She had style and you, my darling, have style, too. Best with SSDivas and books.

Carol L. said...

Congrats Rita on your new contracts. I'll be going off to check out your books. I loved Loretta Young and the way she swept in with her beautiful gowns. The Bishop's Wife was a favorite movie of mine. And your cover Rita of Beyond The Dream Catcher is beautiful. That is Jimmy Thomas right ? He's just gorgeous. :)
Carol L

Judy said...

I might as well tell my age also. Loretta Young was one of my favorite actresses when I was younger.
I enjoyed your post and I enjoy your books, of course.