Hi everyone! I was invited to participate in this blog hop by Dixie Brown. Thanks for the invite, Dixie You can read her post here.
First, a bit of info about Dixie:
Dixie has been writing stories for years, storing ideas and first drafts of manuscripts in every spare closet and drawer. Then one day she decided she wanted to be an author more than anything, pulled out one of those story ideas and got serious! Her romantic suspense novels are great for curling up and losing yourself in the story. Dixie’s first novel in the Trust No One series, All or Nothing, placed 3rd in the romantic suspense category of the 2011 TARA (Tampa Area Romance Authors) Contest. The second, When I Find You, has just been released. The third book in the series – If You Only Knew – is coming soon! Visit her website at http://www.dixiebrown.com.
Now, I’m supposed to choose one character from a work-in-progress or a recently published book and answer seven easy questions. Here goes!
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
My fictional character is Sophie Shaw, from Share the Moon.
When and where is the story set?
It’s contemporary and set in northwestern Connecticut in a small town on a large lake.
What should we know about him/her?
Sophie has lived her whole life in Northbridge. She’s a reporter for the Blue Moon Gazette, who lives by the creed of unbiased journalism. Only once in her life did she falter from that belief, and to this day she still regrets her actions—no matter how innocently they came about.
Circumstances have prevented Sophie from ever leaving her small town, the dreams of working at a large city newspaper vanishing when she gets pregnant during college and marries her high school boyfriend, Mike. She and Mike form a family, have other kids, but when the son who bonded them in holy matrimony dies, her marriage becomes unglued.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Sophie gets a chance to buy a vineyard, one she and her brother have always dreamed of owning. It’s on land her family used to own. It’s also the place where her son had died seven years earlier. She’s one step from owning the land, when a developer comes into town and outbids her offer—so far she can’t compete. The developer’s offer is contingent on zoning changes.
Sophie’s conflict, at first, comes when the only other reporter at the Blue Moon Gazette has a family emergency the night of a public hearing on the developer’s project. This leaves Sophie to report on the story. She grabs it, though; it’s a chance to redeem her reputation and prove she can even report without a bias.
Since she has a stake in land, she also hopes to uncover some dirt on this developer. Maybe zoning won’t approve his large-scale resort. Only her goals collide when a mysterious note about the developer’s family appears and she begins to see another side of him…a good side.
What is the personal goal of the character?
To own the land where she lost her son and run the vineyard of her dreams.
Is there a working title for this novel and can we read more about it?
Share the Moon released in August 2014. Here’s a blurb:
“Heart-tugging small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!”—Laura Drake, author of RITA-award winning The Sweet Spot
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.
Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.
Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.
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8/25 Stops on the “Meet My Character Tour” will include:
When not cuddling inn signs in her beloved Scottish mountains, Shehanne Moore writes dark and smexy historical romance, featuring bad boys who need a bad girl to sort them out. She believes everyone deserves a little love, forgiveness and a second chance in life. Visit her blog to find out about past releases and hear more about her forthcoming time-slip historical, The Viking and The Courtesan. http://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/
Pamela Turner drinks too much coffee, and wishes she could write perfect first drafts. Influenced by shows like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, and Twilight Zone, she writes paranormal suspense. Publications include the short novels Death Sword, a finalist in the Chanticleer Book Reviews’ Blue Ribbon Paranormal Awards 2013, Exterminating Angel (both from Kensington Publishing’s Lyrical Press imprint), and The Ripper’s Daughter (BlackWyrm Publishing). She’s published the following short stories: “It’s in Your Blood” (Bites – Ten Tales of Vampires), “Family Heirloom” (Scared – Ten Tales of Horror), “The May Lady Vanishes” (Beltane – Ten Tales of Witchcraft), “Obsession” (Spells – Ten Tales of Magic), and “The Murder Window” (Dragons – Ten Tales of Fiery Beasts). Her short, dark suspense story, “Family Tradition” (MuseItUp Publishing), was a finalist in the EPIC 2014 EBook Awards, and her short screenplay “Cemetery” placed second in The Writers Place Short/Teleplay screenplay competition. She’s a member of RWA, Sisters in Crime, EPIC, and a supporting member of HWA. Besides coffee, she likes cats, cemeteries, and old abandoned buildings. You can find her at http://pamelaturner.net
Teaching and shooting news and documentaries took me to work on the East and West coasts, the Midwest and an island in the Gulf of Mexico. I learned I love America and her rich heritage of many cultures. Born a fourth generation Texan, I live in Austin with an energetic mutt that waits patiently every day for me to come home and write.
Lyndi Alexander has been a published writer for over 35 years, including seven years as a reporter and editor at the South Dade News Leader in Homestead, Florida, where she found it much warmer than her current home not far from the banks of Lake Erie. Lyndi writes paranormal mystery, urban fantasy, science fiction and more, including her Clan Elves of the Bitterroot series and the Horizon Crossover series.
Her list of publications includes the non-fiction book 101 Little Instructions for Surviving Your Divorce, published by Impact Publishers in 1999, stories in A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women, in December 2008, and A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Parents, in June 2009.
Lyndi is the single mother of two special needs children, and volunteers making blankets for Project Linus as well as at her local domestic violence/women’s support agency.