Elizabeth Noble’s Run For The Roses
I am very excited to have Elizabeth Noble back today for an interview about her latest book Run For The Roses. I had the pleasure of being a part of her cover reveal a few months ago and I still love the cover even now. Today we are talking horse racing, The Kentucky Derby, and of course the famous Derby hats! Check out the fun interview below. After the interview read all about the book. At the very bottom is a giveaway for an e-copy of Run For The Roses.
Amanda C. Stone: So glad you could join me today Elizabeth! Run For The Roses is all about horse racing. Were you a fan of horse racing and the Derby before you wrote this book?
Elizabeth Noble: Oh, I sure was!
ACS: How long have you been a fan and what got you into it in the first place?
EN: I’ve been a horse person since birth I think. I remember watching horseracing when I was probably four or five. I’ve always loved everything to do with horses, so that sparked my racing interest. I think I was maybe 7-ish the first time I saw the Kentucky Derby on TV and learned about the Triple Crown. Actually I’m more of a Triple Crown fan. I get excited every year it looks like a horse might win all three races. The Belmont Stakes is my favorite.
ACS: I think the Triple Crown is my favorite too. It’s nice watching racing other times but there’s so much hype around those three races that I enjoy getting caught up in it. Have you ever had the chance to go to the Kentucky Derby?
EN: Unfortunately, no I have not. I have however, been to Kentucky horse country several times and visited some of the places Val and Wyatt went to in the book. I have pictures of myself in front of Man O’War’s statue and did tours of a few of the breeding farms.
I have attended the Ohio Derby and a few other races at Thistledown, which is near Cleveland, Ohio where I live.
ACS: If given the opportunity, would you want to go?
EN: Yes, I would
ACS: Same here! I’d love to go one day. Describe (or give a picture of) the ultimate Derby hat you could wear to see the race.
EN: I’m not a hat fan at all. The only one I’d ever want to wear would be a jockey helmet and I grew way too tall to be a jockey. Otherwise my head would be naked!
ACS: I know I’d have some kind of huge extravagant hat when I go to the Derby. But I’m a big hat fan. If you could name a race horse, what name would you give it?
EN: Hmmm…that’s hard. There are a lot of rules around naming a horse and I never really thought much about naming a race horse other than the names for my fictional horses in Run for the Roses. All my horses came with names. I think I’d follow the traditional method of incorporating the sire and dam’s names into the foal’s official name.
ACS: I prefer some of the more fun sounding names even if they do come from their parents. If you were a jockey, what colors would you pick to race under?
EN: Technically jockeys don’t pick their own colors. Jockeys are employed by the horses’ owners and/or trainers. Their silks (what the outfit is called) design and colors are chosen by the owner(s) of the horse. Both the colors and design are registered with the Jockey Club here in the United States, so no two are exactly alike.
ACS: Interesting. I never knew that! I always thought the jockeys got to pick their colors and wore the same silks every time. Learn something new today. Ok so if you could make your own outfit what colors or designs would you use?
EN: If I owned a race horse my colors would be silver and purple. The design would be something involving a comet. However, when I showed horses I could pick the colors I wore, and my outfits were dark green, cream and pale yellow.
ACS: I am a big fan of the silver and purple design. But I’m clearly biased in the purple department. Thanks so much for joining me today. I enjoyed getting to interview you!
Wanting to end his pattern of choosing controlling and abusive men, Vladimir ‘Val’ Mihalic figures it’s better to live alone than live in fear. Just when things are settling down—his biggest trouble recently is a Kentucky Derby hopeful that won’t load into a starting gate—his best friend Janelle’s violent ex-boyfriend kidnaps her. After she’s seriously injured in a car wreck, Wyatt Harig, Janelle’s estranged father, comes around to tend to his daughter. Despite Val’s determination to avoid relationships, Wyatt interests him in ways that make his resolve waver. As complications and repercussions pile on in the aftermath of Janelle’s kidnapping—including a gambling charge and a murder—Wyatt and Val must work together to seek answers. And the closer they get to each other, the more Val wants them to stay that way.
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
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April 29: Havan Fellows, Book Reviews, Rants & Raves
May 6: Hearts on Fire, Nephylim
May 13: Ramblings of a Dreamy Winter, My Fiction Nook
May 20: The Hat Party, Dawn’s Reading Nook
May 27: MM Goodbooks, Mrs. Condit & Friends
June 3: The Novel Approach, Gale Stanley, 3 Chicks After Dark
June 10: Prism Book Alliance, Book Reviews & More by Kathy
June 17: Parker Williams, Cate Ashwood, The Blogger Girls
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Your site is lovely! I had no idea your color scheme when I told you what color silks I’d like. Great minds and all. Thank so much for hosting me and for a fun interview.