Interview with Charlene Raddon, author of To Have and To Hold

Romance Promo Central is happy to welcome Charlene Raddon to the blog! She here to share some information about her self and her book, To Have and To Hold. If this sounds like the type of book you are interested in reading, please find some buy links at the bottom of the post to pick up a copy or two.



RPC – Tell us about your new release.


Charlene – To Have And To Hold is a western historical romance set in one of Utah’s deep, winding canyons. A widow with two small children, Tempest Whitney had to mortgage everything to repay money her husband stole. Now a nefarious rancher has bought up those debts and demands she either marry him or get out. At the last minute she’s rescued by a dark-haired stranger who claims to be her dead husband.


This book was published in paperback in 1997 by Kensington Books and has now been released as an e-book by Tirgearr Publishing.



RPC – Tell me a little about yourself


Charlene – I’m not one of those authors who grew up dreaming of becoming a writer. The idea never occurred to me until I woke one morning from a vivid dream that compelled me to drag out a portable typewriter and begin writing. Several of my book ideas came from dreams, but many came from other sources as well. My office, or my cave, as my husband calls it, is my haven where I spend most of my days, often typing with my cat in my lap. Besides writing, I also do genealogy, scrapbook, and sell antiques on e-Bay. I grew up in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area and always dreamed of living on a farm, which horrified my mother. She grew up on farms, dirt poor, the eldest of twelve children in Kansas and Oklahoma, and hated anything to do with farming. Some of the stories she told me about living in dugouts were used in my book, To Have and To Hold, bringing new life and reality to the story.



RPC – State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers.


Charlene – A part of me believes I lived my happiest lifetime in pioneer days.



RPC – What are your guilty pleasures?


Charlene – Dark chocolate, and buying antiques on e-Bay; I’m addicted to both.

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A woman without a prayer…


A widow with two children, Tempest Whitney had to mortgage everything to repay the money her husband had stolen. But even as she struggles to hold onto her Utah homestead, a scheming rancher buys up her debts, demanding she either get off his land or marry him. Then a dark-haired stranger shows up, claiming to be her dead husband…


A man without a past….


Buck Maddux spent two years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now a death bed promise has brought him to Tempest’s dugout. A man without roots, he doesn’t plan to stay—or to feel so fiercely protective of this feisty beauty he saves from a forced marriage. Suddenly, Buck yearns for a home, a family, a lasting love. But what can he offer Tempest? The surprising answer lies in the forbidden canyons of an ancient Anasazi tribe, where fortune and danger await—along with a passion more precious than gold…

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Charlene first serious writing attempt came in 1980 when she awoke one morning from an unusually vivid and compelling dream. Deciding that dream needed to be made into a book, she dug out an old portable typewriter and went to work. That book never sold, but her second one, Tender Touch, became a Golden Heart finalist and earned her an agent. Soon after, she signed a three book contract with Kensington Books. Five of Charlene’s western historical romances were published between 1994 and 1999: Taming Jenna, Tender Touch (1994 Golden Heart Finalist under the title Brianna), Forever Mine (1996 Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee and Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist), To Have and To Hold Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist); and writing as Rachel Summers, The Scent of Roses. Forever Mine and Tender Touch are available as e-books and after January 24, To Have and To Hold will be as well.

When not writing, Charlene loves to travel, crochet, needlepoint, research genealogy, scrapbook, and dye Ukrainian eggs.

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