THE INN AT LITTLE BEND | Genre: Historical Romance | Melange Books LLC | July 9th, 2011
In antebellum America, life for an abandoned woman was difficult at best. But when young Grayson escapes her sadistic guardian, she finds freedom just as hostile. Grayson Ridge struggles to survive her fated trials and conceal the secrets that plague her.
And so begins a turbulent journey that spans two decades and chronicles the exploits of the lonesome, starving wanderer. Her adventures collide with the life of Drake Somerset, a sullen and uncommunicative drifter who wants nothing to do with her. While at first using him for her own safety, his dark, mysterious magnetism draws her and binds her to him-in a clearing, in a heartbeat and in love.
SEASON OF THE SHADOW | AuthorHouse | Historical Romance
It was a time of chivalry and grace but also a time of turmoil in antebellum America. Fletcher Stedman is the crown prince of Virginia's famous Seabrook Plantation. The handsome rakehell is a man of dreams with headstrong passions and an ingenious mind. Suddenly his dreams are shattered and his life ripped from him by a jealous cousin, and Fletcher is put to the test fighting for his life and his sanity.
Kyndee Brock always dreams of marrying her handsome Fletcher--her kindred spirit and dearest love. One day, however, Fletcher mysteriously disappears. Kyndee must spend the next decade defying fate, following her heart to reunite them and recapture the love that they had been denied.
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Please tell us your latest news!
My latest Historical Romance, THE INN AT LITTLE BEND, was released July 9th with Melange Books LLC. THE INN follows in the same time period, American Civil War. Many of the characters will be familiar to my readers since they lived in my other romance, SEASON OF THE SHADOW. While not a sequel to SEASON, THE INN intermingles several characters. I am busy researching for my latest romance, INTO THE GREY, creating new characters and joining others from both former novels and involving them in the intrigue of the Civil War. SEASON OF THE SHADOW and THE INN AT LITTLE BEND will soon be available on Kindle.
On another note-my juvenile title, FUN IN THE YELLOW PAGES, a family adventure filled with humor, horses and the complexities of family relationships, is now released in ebook and available on Kindle and Nook.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've been writing since I could hold a pencil. I have drawers of stories and poetry. I was the family journalist, writing the family stories for future generations. It grew from there.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don't give up. Write for the fun of it. Write what interests you. If you are passionate about something, it will come through in your words. Artists paint with color; writers paint with words. Most of all-don't give up!
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?
When I start a new story, I search the internet for pictures of people who resemble my heroes and heroines. Then I frame them and place on the desk before me. When I am in the hero's head, I stare at the picture of the heroine. When I'm in the heroine's head, I stare at the picture of the hero. Then I feel as if I'm actually speaking to the other and the POV comes easily. I also just enjoy having them around so they become very real and the words flow. When I finish the story, I actually miss them in my life as I hang their pictures on the walls of my studio and look for new characters to bring to life.
Please describe your writing environment.
I changed the nursery in my home into a studio devoted to my writing. It has a large picture window overlooking my garden and the wallpaper is filled with horses and hunt scenes. I have pictures of my heroes and heroines framed on the wall as well as posters of my book covers. It's a small, cozy place just for me!
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
The most challenging thing for me is finding the time. Imagine-my family wants dinner and clean laundry!! Luckily, I am also an insomniac so the nights are mine to research and create.
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
As any writer knows, rejection letters come with the territory. Some are 'good' rejection letters, others are 'form' letters and most depressing. Certain days they are easy to take; other days, a rejection letter just plain hurts. I remember opening my email one day and I saw an email from a publisher. I'd had a really bad day and I just couldn't take another rejection so I didn't open it. I fed the dogs, did laundry and other chores. Later in the day, after a large cup of coffee, I opened it. It started like many others, "...we liked the story..." I turned away and yelled out loud, "We liked the story BUT...yeah, yeah. Just get it over with." Then I turned back and saw, "...we liked the story and would be pleased to publish it." I don't even remember the rest because I was screaming too loudly!
What inspires your writing?
Anything and everything. There is a whole section on my website devoted to my inspirations. My horses, freshly fallen snow, a roaring fire on a cold winter's day, remote solitude, sunrise peace. Music, people. Ideas are everywhere.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
A whole menagerie of them-horses, dogs, cats, bunnies. They certainly influence my writing. There are horses and dogs as named characters in all my books, characters that play important roles. The animals also get my characters to to do things that wold normally be 'out of character' for them.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
I would love to have dinner with Jill Kinmont Boothe. As many will remember, she was an Olympic skiing favorite who had a tragic accident and ended a quadriplegic. Her story became a movie THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. Her drive and attitude are inspiring. She never looked back, only forward and did so much for others. Her accomplishments are exemplary. I'm truly in awe of her.
Signing Off: Bobbi Groover