Friday, December 7, 2012

Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Today I'm participating in the "Next Big Thing Blog Hop" and answering questions about my "next big thing."  I was invited by Historical Romance author, Linda Carroll-Bradd.  Check out her blog here:  
What is the title of your book?

An Unexpected Gift.  It officially releases on February 1, 2013.
Where did the idea come from for the book?

The hero, Lazarus,  of An Unexpected Gift is a secondary character in my novella titled The Muse. He intrigued me so much I had to write his story.
What genre does your book fall under?

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

Hugh Jackman to play Lazarus.  (Actually I would choose to have Hugh Jackman play any of my heroes, but I have to admit I'm biased toward him. :o) ) As for my heroine, Olivia, I think Anne Hathaway would do a great job.
What is the two-sentence synopsis of your book?

Desperate to learn the truth about her brother’s reputation and why he’s disappeared, Olivia St. Germaine strikes a bargain with a man trying to escape his criminal past.  Now she must choose—try to save her brother or risk losing the man who has stolen her heart.
Will your book be self-published or published by a publishing company?

It's being published by The Wild Rose Press
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Approximately 5 months, but it needed a lot of work in revisions.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?

 I'm not sure if any one thing or person inspired me. I've always been interested in the time period and as I mentioned above, Lazarus kept talking to me and fighting to take over my novella so I had to give him his own happy ending.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
My heroine, Olivia St. Germaine, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, although it wasn't recognized or labeled as such during the Regency period.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about An Unexpected Gift.  For the next few days, my publisher is offering the digital copy for free on Amazon as a pre-release promotion.  You can get your copy here:

I've invited Historical and Paranormal Romance author Dawn Luedecke to be the next participate in this blog hop.  Check out her blog to learn about her "Next Big Thing" on December 10, 2013 at

Happy Reading!


  1. OOoooo! I've been waiting for this release! I loved Lazarus in Impetuous and can't wait to read about him more. :)

  2. Thanks Melissa. I have to admit I love Lazarus too.