August 15, 2013

Written in the Stars by Patricia Rosemoor and Sherrill Bodine {Author Interview with Patricia Rosemoor & Giveaway}

“A passionate tale of destiny, danger and dark magic—and a love so powerful that it conquers time.” Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling Author.

A love so deep that it can last through centuries?

In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York’s star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a child of magic. When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, heir to the Duke of Lennox, but finds enchantment in the eyes and touch of Will Grey, the Duke’s bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.




Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the victim, but which man is her enemy, which her soul’s mate? Can a journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her the answers…in time to save her true love?

Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight the villain’s curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are destined to love.




Contemporary

He leaned into her so close his breath laved her face. “How about I make you an honest offer—a partnership.”

She stuck her right hand against his chest and backed off. “I don’t think so. You and I have very different goals.”

“I thought we both wanted to find the motherlode of The Celestine.”

“I’m a marine archeologist and—”

He captured her hand before she could remove it. “And I’m a pirate?”

“I didn’t say that, but you are looking for treasure, while I am looking for artifacts.”

“Not that I see the difference, but how about I offer you this.” From his pocket, he pulled a diamond-studded gold chain from which hung a crescent moon set with sapphires.

Cordelia’s eyes widened.

“Exactly.” He took her right hand from where he’d trapped it and placed the artifact in her palm.

The touch of metal and jewels to her ring electrified Cordelia. Startled, she gasped at the power but wrapped her fingers around the jeweled moon so she wouldn’t drop it. Her heart beating too fast, she took a closer look and recognized its age. This was no modern copy of something old.

Fearing he’d found this on his earlier dive, would somehow beat her to the motherlode, she panicked. “All right, partners, then, but we need to work out details—”

Before she could finish, he curled his fingers over her hand with the crescent and kissed her.

Her wrist burned.

Her ring tightened.

Her head went light.

The chain trapped between their hands connected them like a live wire, kept them from pulling apart. The current spread to every pore of her body, to her head, to her toes, to her feminine center.

She had never felt so alive, so sure of herself.

Until the kiss ended.



Thanks so much for stopping by the Authors' Cafe today, Patricia. I'm very excited to host you and your book, Written in the Stars, and I just LOVE the cover! Okay, so let's get right to the interview.


At what point in your life did you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?

Being a cautious person, I couldn’t immediately give up my other career as a supervisor of television production at a community college just because I sold one, two, three books. It took badgering on my husband’s part – he wanted to be able to spend more time with me – and my saving enough money we’d need for a year in case things didn’t work out. So I had been published for five years/fifteen book sales before I became a full time writer.

Which of your characters is most like you?

I never write a character who is just like me, but many characters have pieces of me in them. For example, Skye Cross in Animal Instincts (November, Entangled Ignite) is an animal lover/rescuer. That part of her is me.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Written in the Stars would you want with you?

Sorry to say I can just say the contemporary hero, but since I have two men fighting over the heroine in my part of the story, you’ll have to wait to find out who.

Where do you write?

I write in the bay window of my living room on a big recliner chair.

Do you have any “rituals” you go through before you write?

Nope, no rituals.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Written in the Stars to write and why?

Danger scenes are my favorite, so the “big finish” in which Cordelia and the hero have to fight the villain underwater was my favorite.

How did you come up with the title?

My co-writer Sherrill Bodine and I came up with the title together. It’s a reincarnation story, so it fits the theme. And we use celestial references throughout.

What would YOU like your readers to know about this book or you in general?

Written in the Stars doesn’t just push the edge but crosses it in terms of what a typical romance novel is. I’m hoping readers will enjoy reading a reincarnation romantic suspense story in which they get both lives of the heroine, hero & villain – both the historical romance and the contemporary.

What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Write what makes you happy, not what you think the market wants.

Do you have a favorite author?

I have favorite authors, all for different reasons – Suzanne Collins, Tami Hoag, Karen Marie Moning, Dan Brown, Michael Connelly.

What genre of books do you read for pleasure?

Thrillers & urban fantasy

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Gardening. My backyard is a garden – no grass. I’m trained as a Master Gardener via U of I Extension, and as such, attend events where I can help others with their gardening questions.

Wow - That's really interesting! If all TV shows were real, what show (all time) would you most like to live in?

Hum. That’s a toss up. I would love to be part of The Closer because I loved all those characters. (Major Crimes is good, but not special.) And, of course, there’s Castle. But unless I could be Kate, that would make me the other woman. :)

LOL - Castle is one of my top favorite shows - Absolutely LOVE Nathan Fillion!!!


Party dress or blue jeans? Jeans, always

Plotter or Pantser? Plotter with the ability to pants

Print or e-Book? Both

Coastal walks or extreme sports? Give me water

Cookies or cupcakes? Don’t tempt me

Super hero or super villain? How bad is the villain?

Peanut Butter: Crunchy, Creamy, or I hate peanut butter and am addicted to Nutella. Crunchy

You suddenly realize you live in a haunted house. Do you:

  1. Run screaming for the door.
  2. Bravely go to a church, load up on holy water and try to get rid of the ghost.
  3. Set up ghost hunting equipment to capture phenomenon.
  4. Call in the Ghost Adventures crew so that you can ogle the lead guy Zac’s amazingly stiff hair when you’re not ogling his….physical attributes.
  5. Deny you have a ghost and just let it scare the bejesus out of your visitors.
#4 Call in Zac :)

Could you tell us five random facts about yourself?
  1. I teach Writing Popular Fiction and Suspense Thriller Writing at Columbia College Chicago (three of my former grad students had their class novels published by traditional publishers).
  2. I’ve had rescued animals all my adult life, some I rescued myself. My current companion cats are Blossom and Blitzen.
  3. In addition to being a writer, I’ve had experience in multi-creative endeavors – theater, photography, video, animation, designing cover art to name a few.
  4. My writer friends think I’m the techno expert with a desktop, laptop, netbook, Kindle and Kindle Fire, and a Smartphone. I created and keep up my own website – ran a major writers blog for three years, taught myself to create booktrailers (I was a video producer) and I do the covers for my backlist. Give me a computer and I can pretty much figure out how to do anything...
  5. My late husband Edward was my soul mate, and it’s his fault I became a full time author.
This has been a fabulous interview, Patricia - Thank you so much for joining me today!!!




With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with “dangerous love” – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.

Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction.

SKIN is her first original indie thriller. With 53 Harlequin Intrigues since 1985, she is now writing romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing.




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