Today I am chatting with romance author Donna Shields. Donna, please tell us about your latest release.
As if the violent murder of Lena Dixon’s fiancé hadn’t been bad enough, now his brother, Nicholas Hunter, is court ordered to live with her for the next thirty days. And to top it off, the murderer’s ghost is asserting his innocence and refuses to leave until Lena and
Nicholas prove it.
The skeptic in Nicholas believes Lena has lost her mind until he witnesses some unexplainable events and is forced to believe in her psychic abilities and his heart’s desire.
As their sexual chemistry heats up, so do their guilt levels. Can they make their newfound relationship work, or will it be too late when the real killer comes calling for her?
What inspired you to write this book?
I believe there are spirits all around us wanting to communicate but can’t for whatever reason. This sparked the idea and turned into Nicholas and Lena’s wonderful story.
How did you choose the title for this book?
It was originally Doves Cove Murders, but when it was said aloud it didn’t have the ‘flow’. I changed the town to Swan Cove.
Can you share an excerpt from the book with us?
The door slowly opened, and she slid through the slim opening. The purple smudges under her beautiful hazel eyes spoke volumes to him, crushing his heart. Be strong.
“What do you want? The sheriff already delivered the papers.” The glare radiating from her hazel eyes spoke of wanting to set him on fire, burning him alive. She’d been crying.
She crossed her arms over her chest. “Well, you also know Earl left me the house.”
“A small technicality which will be fixed the day after tomorrow in court.”
She sighed. “Then what do you want today of all days?”
“I would like to get into my attic.” When she didn’t answer, he smiled. “Please.”
Suspicion crept into the fiery gaze. “Why should I let you?”
“I have a key. I can come and go anytime I please.” Vixen. “I thought I’d be nice and ask, before forcing my way in.”
“You certainly aren’t winning me over.”
He put his hands together as if in prayer. “Please. I just need the trunk.” His and Earl’s trunk. After the funeral, Lena had insisted Nicholas take the treasure trove with him, but the memories inside had been too much to handle at the time.
Her swollen eyes softened a little. “Well…” She pushed open the door and waved him in.
He made his way through the foyer, pausing when he spotted the family photos hanging on the wall. “I see you haven’t changed anything.” He hadn’t been inside the house since Earl’s death.
“Why would I?”
His eyes caught the flower arrangement on the side table near the staircase along with the card sticking up in the middle. “Secret admirer?”
Her face flushed. “How about none of your business? Do you want time with the trunk or what?”
Now can you please tell us a little about yourself?
I’m married with children (lol, not like the TV show either) and a gramma living in the Upstate, South Carolina. I have a full-time normal paying job (you know, the type that pays the bills) while writing when I can.
What publishers do you write for?
Soul Mate Publishing.
How long have you been writing?
On and off for as long as I can remember. Pretty much since sixth grade when my English teacher insisted we had to write our own short story and found I loved creating stories
What made you decide you wanted to write?
I found that I enjoyed creating stories with a slightly different twist than all the others.
What do you think is the most important to remember when writing romance?
Conflict. You need to have both internal and external conflicts.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
A good amount of my personality is found within my heroine, Lena. But truly no life experiences were weaved into the story. Purely my imagination.
What are you working on now?
Boneknapper. I’m loving this story. A little voodoo curse going on!
Do you have any events coming up?
Today’s my release day! So over at my blog (http://donna-realworldwriting.blogspot.com) I’m having a release day blog party and giving away a $10 gift certificate good for
Soul Mate Publishing’s website. And I’m over at Kristi Knight’s website (http://kristiknight.blogspot.com) tomorrow the 10th doing another interview. On the 21st
I’ll be over at Southern Fried Gothic (http://www.southern-fried-gothic.com) talking about the South.
Where can readers learn more about your books?
Do you have any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
All I can say is never give up on your writing. And never give up on shopping your
story around to all publishers.
Thanks Donna for joining us today.
Happy Reading Everyone!