Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

My fellow Five Golden Rings anthology author, Karen Erickson, tagged me to participate in The Next Big Thing blog hop and answer a few questions about the book I'm currently working on. So let's get to it!

What is your working title of your book?

The working title was the name that stuck: Moonlight Madness.

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Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’d published a time travel (WISH FOR THE MOON), and that story had an enchanted Druid portal. I just couldn’t resist the idea that other couples from other time periods might fall through the same opening between the past and the present!

There are also two teenagers, and being a school librarian, I'm surrounded by teen angst 24/7! The two kids in the story provide plenty of conflict for the hero and heroine!

What genre does your book fall under?

My publisher categorizes it as historical romance, but purists need to know the couple spends a large amount of time in present-day Wales.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I have a hard time with this, because the hero was a conglomeration of several of my Hollywood crushes. To single out one actor, I’d say he’s probably a lot like Chris Hemsworth. Think big, fair, and ripped. But he also has a lot of Taylor Kitsch in his flirty, self-assured personality.

For the heroine’s actress, she’s an intelligent brunette.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Only one woman can unlock the enchanted portal of time before it's too late--his soulmate.

Will your book be self-published or published by an agency?

It will be published by The Wild Rose Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

(Hangs head in shame) I started this right after the first book, back in 2008! I had it 2/3 finished, hit a dry spell and put it away for a while to work on some other romance genres. When I picked it back up earlier this year, it practically finished writing itself. Easy breezy.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

This is so hard, because I have so many influences. Maybe books by Anne Stuart or Lynn Kurland.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I love the Renaissance era. The hero is a swashbuckling, Shakespeare-quoting rake. Honestly, I kept comparing him to Errol Flynn!

Also The Princess Bride. Yes, there’s a little Wesley in my hero!

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Rance comes from a time when women were often treated as chattel. However, after traveling through time and meeting the heroine—whom he must rely on—Rance discovers the strength of the fairer sex. It’s fun to watch his struggles and Tess’s ability to put him in his place! But it’s also a poignant story with both characters torn between their responsibility to the people they care about and their growing love for each other.

I've tagged a paranormal romance author to blog next week (12/26). Charlene Wilson is my blog-sister at Ravencraft Romance Realm and she’s one of the sweetest authors you’ll ever meet. That’s my new catch phrase for her, by the way! LOL. Stop by and show her some love!


  1. Great post! We have the same taste in heroes. ;)

  2. Thanks, Viv! I bet we do have the same taste. I loved Ethan in Five Golden Rings!

  3. Looking forward to reading it! It sounds great!

  4. Thanks, Rena! I hope you enjoy it.