Lovina McCalla is small and feisty, with a free-owned deed on a homestead, which makes most men judge her worth by her property, not as a woman. Her life is hard but she still dreams. She imagines a man resembling the ones in the novels she reads. Her hero would be a smart man who would see past her godawful orange-red hair and skinny frame to notice the woman under the outside façade of toughness. She wants someone to look past her rough edges, and treat her like a lady. A man she can trust. He could even be bit of a scoundrel as long as he makes her swoon like the damsels in her books.
Nathaniel Forrester has a past that haunts him but he intends to leave it behind. He has taken control of his life, and he has plans, but there is one little problem standing in his way: a walking temper tantrum with flaming red hair and eyes so blue a man could drown in them. One look and Nate is smitten. He doesn’t need refinement and gentility in a woman if he can build a blaze of passion between the sheets with a certain red-headed spitfire.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains elements of power exchange and old-fashioned discipline.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Eighth grade, when my teacher asked the class to write a fictional story, and my story turned into a book. He was a very inspirational and he encouraged me to listen to my ‘inner voice’ and to turn in the project when it was completed. I did, and he graded it with an A+++.
What is your writing process like?
Most of my days are creative. I write early in the morning, take a break and sculpt, return to writing but interrupt the flow quite often with painting, or reading or errands.
What do you love most about books?
I like to become invested in the characters of the books, both books that I read, and those I write. I read to enter someone else’s world. If a book can make me cry—it’s a good book! I can’t read horror, or any kind of scary or depressing subjects. I want a HEA.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, Maeve Binchy, Jan Karon, Susan Wiggs, Robyn Carr, Patrick Taylor, Linda Lael Miller… the list goes on and on.
Libraries or bookstores?
New Bookstores for hardbacks
Used Bookstores, for paperbacks. (I can’t afford my own habit.)
Do you like to outline or just dive right in when writing?
I dive straight in and usually have the first six chapters written in a couple of days. After that, it could be weeks or months to complete.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!
Favorite color? Pale Aqua Green
If your mood was a song right now, what would be playing?
When a Man Loves a Woman
How much research do you typically do on a novel?
I research everything! If a town, product, invention, book, song or a canning jar is mentioned—it has been researched to make sure it fits the time period.