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Over the Moon with Joanne Rock

Today I have the lovely Joanne Rock on the blog to tell us about what puts her OVER THE MOON. Check out her video below!

Giveaway: Joanne is giving away a Harlequin bag, a water bottle, a copy of His Accidental Heir/Unbridled Billionaire, and some swag. Comment below and tell Joanne what you would do to upgrade your backyard.

Her most recent release is Second Chance Cowboy, which came out earlier this week, on 08/20!
 Dancer Larissa Martine is ready to start over and Las Vegas seems like the perfect city for a shiny new beginning. But first, to honor her pact with her girlfriends, she wants to make a quick stop in Cheyenne, WY to make amends with her first love, the guy she left to chase her dreams of Broadway fame. Except rancher Matt Briggs isn’t nearly as interested in her regrets as he is in keeping her in town for his sister’s wedding. It’s a request she can’t deny when his family takes up the cause to make her stay for just one more week, but it’s difficult to maintain her friends-only boundaries with a man who attracts her as much as ever.
After losing his father and inheriting the family ranch in addition to the one he’d bought on his own, Matt’s life is all about obligations. But Larissa’s unexpected arrival during the wedding mayhem is a bright spot he won’t ignore, even if that means tempting her into far more than just a dance. He figures one night with her will bring them both some peace with their past, which is all she said she wanted. But one night leaves Matt wanting a whole lot more and this time, he’s willing to gamble everything to make her stay.

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Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

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    56 Responses to Over the Moon with Joanne Rock

    1. Lynn Brooks says:

      You’re adorable Joanne … and it recorded this time! 🙂

      One thing I would love to have in my backyard is one of those cute gazebo’s that’s screened in so I could sit out there and read in the evenings after dinner without getting eaten alive by bugs.

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Thank you, Lynn!! I was laughing when I filmed this since I had *just* filmed the whole thing…. and realized I recorded only a nanosecond of myself. But I’m excited to have a phone that at least takes good video (user error aside!!) so I can do more of them. I know I like to see my friends in video mode.. makes you feel like you really got to visit when you hear their voice and see their expressions. Re: screens on the gazebo…. yes! Up north we had flies and mosquitoes, which aren’t as much a problem in FL. But we have tiny, biting gnats sort of things that come out around sunset. Right at the time it’s cooling off and you really want to be outdoors!!

    2. denise says:

      I would add a fence since the neighbors just took down the trees between our yards. Lost my privacy. 🙂

      Congratulations on your latest release and having 75 books published with Harlequin.

    3. Joanne Rock says:

      Thank you, Denise!! The 75 book milestone was really special and Harlequin made it a very memorable event! We have new neighbors on one side as well and they took down all the trees too. Those trees had realllly helped hide the old fence that is now a highly visible eyesore. My husband is an ebay/craigslist fan though, so I’m waiting impatiently for someone to sell oodles of slightly used but still lovely vinyl fence ;-).

    4. Shari says:

      I would love to screen in my upper deck, hate bugs. I love sitting out on my deck with my morning coffee and reading. Don’t enter me please. It was great meeting you at RWA.

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Ahh!!! Shari, so nice to have met you too!! My photo of us came out a little fuzzy, but I’m so glad to have it so I remember our meeting. I adore my coaster! I have an upstairs deck too. and I love it because it more shaded than a lot of the patio area outside. This time of year especially, shade is critical!

    5. Joyce Van Kirk says:

      Get a decent backyard to start with, then I would fill it with all kinds of plants

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Hi Joyce, I have struggled to keep plants alive over the years. And it’s sad, because, I’m a farmer’s daughter and I ought to have great skills! Mostly it’s a commitment problem, I think. But I love lots of gorgeous plantings when i see them in other people’s yards.

    6. Cheryl Hastings says:

      Oh geez, so much! Replace the horrible fence, enlarge the deck, plant more lilac trees, plant a perennial garden…the list is endless!!
      Congrats on the new release…love your books!!

    7. Jo Ann Hunter says:

      I would build an enclosed patio, complete with a flower garden

    8. Patricia says:

      Hi, and you did good with the video 🙂
      So in my back yard I would build a back porch and screen it in. Then add some more scrubs and a tree, and my own fairy garden 🙂 🙂

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Thank you, Patricia! Next week I’m going live for a Book Club appearance with the Tule Book Club, so I had to practice. I lobbied for years to get a front porch on my house and I love it. There’s something so inviting about just *seeing* it, even if I’m not sitting outside.

    9. We live in a mobil park home so if I could change things I would need to move the people next door to me farther back! Actually , I would need to move 3 double wides back. Then I could get a much bigger shed…. a two story shed to hold everything ! Then I could have a clothes line to hang out laundry to dry. I would love it. I could also have some more brush or flowers as well. I would want it to look beautiful .

    10. Dawn says:

      If I could upgrade my backyard, I would start with an outdoor kitchen ( I’ve always wanted one). Then I’d add a pond with waterfall (something the animals could enjoy as we have lots of birds, rabbits, squirrels, deer & wild turkeys. Then add more fruit trees and flowers. Maybe even add to my existing deck that we lounge on with our fire pit and shade sail. Sometimes we watch movies out there with our outdoor theatre screen. It’s peaceful in our backyard. I love it!

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Hi Dawn, when my kids were younger, my husband built a wooden box on a post behind the hot tub so he could sit the projector up there. We broadcast movies on the side of the house to watch while seated in the bubbles. So decadent!

    11. I can’t do anything more beautiful to my backyard as it backs up against the super green Shenandoah National Forest and I have a wonderful view of the Shenandoah Valley from the pool’s deck.

      I guess I would do a couple things if it was in my power. rid Virginia of its humidity and bugs, or move this great place next to the ocean where I grew up and miss so much.

      Please don’t enter me in the contest. I just wanted to tell you I’ve read your books for years. So wonderful to have sold 75 books! Congratulations! Have a wonderful day….

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Thank you, Christine!! I wouldn’t have 75 books if not for readers like you– I appreciate that so much. I’m envious of your view. How beautiful that must be! And comforting to know that, as a protected piece of land, you’ll always have the same gorgeous forest greeting you for as long as you live there.

    12. Anita Hayes says:

      I love you woman but don’t enter me as I have that book. lol My back yard was a junkyard when we got it and has come a long way. I would love palm trees, a pool, and more gardens (I will have those) but do not think the palm tree will grow here in upstate NY. lol You done good with the video. Hugs and ttyl.

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Thank you, Anita 🙂 :-). I didn’t know there were so many kinds of palm trees until I started spending more time in FL. Some are thorny and downright mean! But there are some really pretty ones.

    13. carole fiore says:

      I would love to put a patio in my backyard, also an outdoor kitchen for we need it. love your video! thanks for the chance!

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Thank you, Carole! I love seeing the outdoor kitchens they install on home decorating shows. We just put in a pergola last year so now I have room for my table, at least. One thing at a time ;-).

    14. Eileen AW says:

      I would add a pergola, maybe a new fence, and a greenhouse that is accessible all year. I need the pergola because I have a southern exposure and it gets warm out there.

      BTW, I just finished your Second Chance Cowboy this morning. ❤️❤️ Loved it.

      • Joanne Rock says:

        I’m so glad, Eileen! Thank you! We had greenhouses on the farm when I was younger. I always liked the feel of the air inside there and the scent of green, growing things 🙂

    15. Mary Lawson says:

      I would redo our pool area and enlarge deck area. Add a walkway of brick with plants and flowers.

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Our pool deck needs resurfacing too. We’ve debated putting in pavers. I just want something that will last a long time! So many parts of a home and yard need frequent upkeep.

    16. Caitlin Warrow says:

      I would put in an outdoor kitchen and maybe a water fountain somewhere in my backyard. I already have an indoor pool and a nice deck so I guess I’d just add more to what I already have.

      • Joanne Rock says:

        How cool, Caitlin! I remember watching a neighbor put a huge addition on their house and then, when we spoke to them, they told us it was for an indoor pool. It turned out so well!

    17. ANN Kirwan says:

      Would love to have a water feature in my back yard. Love your palm tree.

    18. Bonnie Jackman Gonzales says:

      Replant part of the lawn that is just not doing good and fence the whole thing.

      • Joanne Rock says:

        It’s an ongoing battle to grow grass in FL! I’d like to try swapping to all native plants and forget having traditional lawn, but haven’t convinced my spouse yet ;-).

    19. Janine says:

      Congratulations on your new release! I would just love to have something in my backyard. We have nothing at all, not even a tree. But we do have some grass.

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Hi Janine! I’m excited to have more books out in the Road to Romance series. I loved the first one, so couldn’t wait to get back to it. And as for your backyard, you can look it like a fresh canvas, just waiting for your artistic touch ;-). Good luck filling it out!

    20. Vickie Gerlach says:

      Love the little video Joanne….. I easily know what I would do…. I’d have a nice pool put in….. but…. the hubby says no…. we have the perfect yard space for a pool, a big yard… but we also have a beautiful giant oak tree…. and the beautiful giant limbs of that tree stretch across my whole yard… and yo know, these trees shed all year long, but worse three times a year… so…. a pool wouldn’t work… even if we screened it in…. but in my dreams… I’m gonna build a pool!!

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Hi Vickie! Pools and trees don’t play well, do they. We had a lot of trees go down in Irene several years ago, and while I mourned their loss, it did help us with the pool!

    21. Janet W. Vautard says:

      Hi, Joanne. If I could, is plant Palm trees, but as you know we don’t have those here in Louisville, KY. So, instead, I’d add more planting needs. I’ve really gotten into gardening in the last few years, and I’d sit back with one of your books and a mint julep and enjoy it!

    22. Janet W. Vautar says:

      Hi, Joanne. If I could, I’d plant palm trees,too, but as you know we don’t have those here in Louisville, KY. So, instead, I’d add more planting beds. I’ve really gotten into gardening in the last few years, and I’d sit back with one of your books and a mint julep and enjoy it! (Daggone auto correct, anyway!)

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Hi Janet! I remember U of L was once closed for a whole week after a snowstorm, so no palm trees there!! Although the severity of that storm was pretty darn unusual. A mint julep sounds like the perfect KY backyard drink And it pairs well with romance!! 🙂

    23. Trudy Miner says:

      I live in a condo so what I can do to my back yard is very limited. 18 months ago, I painted a shipping pallet with the intention of using it as a sound barrier for the upstairs air conditioner which is right outside my bedroom window. Unfortunately, the property manager saw it before completion and I was written up for it! After I battled the BOD, it became a decorative planter supported by shepards’ hooks with flowering plants. The neighbors think it’s beautiful!

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Clever you, Trudy!! I can picture it perfectly…. they show things like that on home decorating shows all the time. And I’ll bet you saved a pretty penny taking the DIY approach.

    24. Mel K. says:

      Hi Joanne! I live in an apt. and have no back yard. But if I did I’d like a fire pit, deck, and tons of mosquito repellent. 🙂

    25. Nicole Laverdure says:

      Hello Joanne! I love your cute video! I love my backyard the way it is right now, filled with beautiful flowers!
      Thank you for your giveaway!

    26. Kelly Braun says:

      What a beautiful backyard! I would change our fence (make it higher for the dogs) add more flowers and a raised garden for the veggies we eat the most! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!
      Kelly Braun

      • Joanne Rock says:

        Kelly, we had to lay a section of plastic fence– I call it snow fence., not sure what the name for it is, but it’s flexible– over the top of our wooden fence to keep our cat from leaping out! She climbs up the fountain and that gets her just high enough to reach the top of the fence, so we laid the plastic fence over top of it so she couldn’t get a grip. Poor cat. And poor us… it makes the fence look even worse ;-). But it works until we can get a vinyl fence. Thank you for stopping by the blog!

    27. Jeannie says:

      Hi Joanne! Thank you so much being on the blog! Your backyard looks beautiful. We had a brand new patio installed two years ago, and we love it. We spend as much time as possible outside. When we added a firepit table last fall, that made it perfect.


      • Joanne Rock says:

        I bet you do love it! And a firepit table sounds perfect… gets the warm a little closer to you on those nights that turn cool! I’m so glad I got to visit, Jeannie. Thank you for having me!

    28. Anita H. says:

      Hi Joanne, love your video! I would love to put in a pool in my backyard and a little gazebo would be awesome too. Congrats on your new book, love reading about hot cowboys!

    29. Voule Walker says:

      Thank you to everyone who commented! Joanne will be in touch with the winner soon!

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