Book Summary: Frustrated mother of two, Brianne Hunter, escapes her bland life in rural Fennelton by embarking on a weekend away shopping with her best friend. On the drive to her friend Darlene’s estate, Brianne crashes her Jeep off the Mausoleum Road, and makes her way, bleeding and injured, to a stone ranch seeking help. There she encounters Dr. Robert Moss, whose spouse is in Europe spending their money. Thus begins an immediate attraction, and a wildly sensual coupling that essentially changes them both.
When the weekend tryst ends, Brianne returns home to the demands of her predictable life. Shortly thereafter, life-changing losses occur for both Brianne and Dr. Moss. Then comes the day when Dr. Moss pays Brianne a house call, attempting to reignite their union; however, a revelation he delivers may be more than Brianne can accept. Yet Brianne cannot deny her heart’s passion, and returns to the ranch to deliver a disclosure of her own. In the end, the pair must decide if they will follow their passionate fate together or not.
1. Tell us about your novel!
Tell you about my novel, eh? Yay! My book tells the saucy, atmospheric love story of a frustrated, pretty, freckle-faced mother of two, Brianne Hunter, and a sexy, firm-bodied, to-die-for blond surgeon, Dr. Robert Moss, who meet as a result of a car accident. Robert discovers Brianne when she crash lands on the stoop of his stone country house on a horse ranch off the Mausoleum Road. They’re both married yet lonely. They shouldn’t do what they do. The pair spends a HOT HOT HOT weekend together that forever changes their lives. They’re naughty alright, but their love is real.
Writing this erotic tale was a blast because the characters showed me their faults, not just their strengths. It’s not your typical romance, it’s a bit messier with twists and surprises, and that’s what is cool about the story. Brianne and Robert rescue each other, but it’s not all perfect flowers and clear blue skies along the way. Life isn’t always easy. People are complicated and imperfect. Love can be complicated and imperfect. The path to happiness can be bumpy. That’s why this story is interesting, think NIGHTS IN RODANTHE meets THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY meets UNFAITHFUL, along those lines. I hope romance readers enjoy it, too
2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I first realized I wanted to be a writer when I was in grade four. I discovered it was fun to write stories on the black board in our country kitchen after school. I’d recite my words to my parents before dinner; bless their hearts, they always listened. My folks taught me to believe in myself and keep writing. I’m ultra grateful
3. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’d say my interesting writing quirks are 1) I always write on a teeny-tiny laptop that fits in my purse and 2) I devour popcorn with salt and vinegar flavoring dumped all over it when I’m editing, and whole pots of coffee, and a few chocolate bars from our kids’ Halloween candy stash, but they’re only snack size, so they don’t count, right?
4. What do you think makes a good story?
I think what makes a good story is the presence of complications and obstacles, both physical and emotional, between the main characters. Real life can be tricky and peppered by mistakes and regrets, so I like to see characters in books face challenges; that way, the reader can totally savor the sweet ending when they get one.
5. How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I’ve published one book so far, THE MAUSOLEUM ROAD AFFAIR, so it’s definitely my fave. Right now I’m fine-tuning my second book, SOPER’S HOLE TRYST, so that task is keeping me out of trouble and well caffeinated.
6. What authors do you like to read?
I like romances by Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts, especially in the summer when I look for a sweet book to read on the dock with a glass of bubbly blush wine in my hand. I loved TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer. I’m a fan of Timothy Findley’s writing, and I adored his novella YOU WENT AWAY. I enjoyed FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley even though I bawled because I’m a giant, mushy sap. I enjoy most books with a witch in them, because I have a little witch in me now and then. I like Stephen King’s work. And I lost myself in THE HOBBIT. Oh, I could go on, and on, and on … stop me now!
7. What’s the earliest memory you have of writing a story?
I remember being in early grade school and writing a story about a boy who saved a fluffy duckling that lived in a pond. One night, the moon fell from the sky into the pond and made a giant wave. The boy rescued the duckling by moving her to another pond. I made a cover for my story out of orange construction paper. I remember cutting a moon out of grey felt and gluing it on the paper. I was fairly young because I recall thinking the felt moon was a pretty big deal. Felt’s always a big deal, right? :) Hey, I just rediscovered my love of felt. You can bet I’ll be searching for felt crafts on Pinterest tonight lol.
8. What is your least favourite part of the writing process?
My least favourite part of the writing process is being interrupted when I’m home alone writing an intense scene, like when the front door bell rings and it’s someone trying to sell me a water heater I don’t want, or a telemarketing phone call from a duct cleaner. I try to reduce distractions and carve out quiet writing time at home whenever I can because our house is a zoo most of the time. We usually have our two kids and their neighbourhood friends running in and out of our place with freezies in their hands and a pet or two in tow. I’ve learned to write amid a buzz of activity, knowing a loud house is a blessing, but those unsolicited interruptions when the house is finally quiet totally get to me. Grrr. Can anyone recommend a good witch story? Because now I’m in the mood for one.