Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Love Is Lovelier...Isn't It?

Welcome to my friend, Donna Simonetta, who's new book, Love Is Lovelier, is releasing . She agreed to stop by today and provide us an interview with one of her characters, so I hope you'll join me with a cup of coffee or tea and get to know Mrs. Wilson!

The population of Rivers Bend has been watching with great interest as the single members of the Braden family have been falling in love one by one. And the person with a front-row seat to it all is Mrs. Wilson––head of housekeeping for Jeff Braden and the Retreat at Rivers Bend. Let’s see if she’ll let us in on any behind-the-scenes action.

Q. Welcome, Mrs. Wilson! In A Sweeter Spot, you were right there when Jeff and Magda fell in love. What can you tell us about that time?

A.  (Claps her hands together, and beams) Magda brought such happiness and love to Jeff and his daughter, Sam. It seemed like circumstances were going to keep them apart, and that about broke my heart. Anyone could see those two were made for each other!

Q.  In Love is Lovelier, it seems like Jeff’s sister, Heather Braden, and Mick Evans, who both work at the Retreat with you, get off to a rocky start. What’s going on there?

A. Oh my, yes they did have a rocky start. Heather was not at all pleased to have Mick working with us––and as her boss, no less. But, I’ve seen a lot in my years on this earth, and I suspected mutual attraction was at the root of their animosity. I also had a hunch there was some history between them, from back when they both lived in Portland years ago.

Q. You’re a wise woman, Mrs. Wilson. Can you let us know, just between us, if things worked out in the end between Heather and Mick?

A. (Shakes her head and wags her finger) Oh, no! You’re not going to trick me into spilling the beans. Those two have a lot of issues to work through, but if you want to know if they get their happy-ever-after, you’ll have to read Love is Lovelier like everyone else.

Q. You’re a hard woman, Mrs. Wilson! Okay, then, let’s change direction. The youngest Braden brother, Jason, is quite the ladies man. With the Bradens being taken off the market one by one, do you think he’s the next Braden to find love and get his own H-E-A?

A. (Tsks her tongue) That one may never settle down. It’s going to take a mighty special woman to tempt him away from his playboy ways. But, I get to see a different side to him, when he’s with family, and he’s a good man at his heart. (Smiles and winks) One little secret about Love is Lovelier that I can tell you, is that in it, I saw some signs that he might have met his match, and his time might be coming sooner than he thinks!

Mrs. Wilson, thank you so much for being here today, and giving us a glimpse into the goings-on in everyone’s favorite small town, Rivers Bend, Virginia, in the second book of the Rivers Bend trilogy––Love is Lovelier.

Love is Lovelier Blurb:
Heather and Mick have a long history together, and Heather wants to leave it in the past where it belongs. Yet, here Mick is, very much in her present, thanks to her brother Jeff, who hired Mick to be her boss at the Retreat at Rivers Bend.

It wouldn’t be so bad, except Heather and Mick are still attracted to each other like metal to a magnet. Oh, and her brother is considering offering Mick a partnership in the Retreat, which by rights should be hers. And even if they act on their attraction, Heather is a small-town, country girl, and proud of it, whereas Mick can’t get far enough from his West Virginia coal-mining roots.

Will they be able to get a second chance at their first love and find their happy ending together in Rivers Bend?

“Stick close. I’ll get you out of here.”
He used his broad shoulders as a wedge to propel himself though the crowd; Heather scurried to keep up with him so she could take advantage of the gap he created, not wanting to be so close that she could feel the warmth of his body through his elegant suit, but because she needed somehow to beat this crush of people to the Retreat to make sure that everything was in place for the post-christening party she’d planned for Bethanne – only perfection would do for her BFF.
She watched Mick’s back as she stuck close to him; he looked so strong and fit – it was hard to imagine him the way he was ten years ago, when he’d suffered his NFL career-ending injury, but the same business acumen that kept him with the Portland Pintos organization back then was the reason Jeff and Cisco hired him at the Retreat.
He’d be good for business – she’d just have to keep chanting those words in her head like a mantra, or else she’d do one of two things she’d regret – kill Mick, or kiss him, and she’d gone the kissing route with him before. It did not end well. And tempting as the killing option was at the moment, it probably wouldn’t end any better.
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Author Bio:
My career has been a winding road. I worked in the business world for years, got my MLS and worked in a school library, and am now living my dream as an author. I love to read and write contemporary and fantasy romance. I live in Maryland, with my husband, who is my real-life romance hero. We both enjoy traveling to visit our far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.

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  1. Thank you so much for letting Mrs. Wilson and I stop by today, Jennifer!

    1. Very happy to have you here, Donna, as always! Welcome, and good luck with your book.

  2. Mrs. Wilson sounds like a hoot! Good luck with your new release!

  3. Fun interview! Wishing you great sales, Donna! :)

  4. Mrs Wilson sounds like an intriguing character. All the best of luck on your new release.

    1. Thanks, C.B.! She's in the background in all the Rivers Bend books, so she has a unique perspective on events.
      ; )

  5. Lovely interview and excerpt! And your cover is amazing. Good luck with this one Donna!!

    1. Thank you, Claire! I loveloveLOVE the cover! Debbie Taylor did it. Fingers crossed for this one!

    2. She always has the best covers, don't you think?

  6. I enjoyed reading the fun interview and the excerpt. Sounds like a great story. Best of luck!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Cat! I'm glad you liked the interview and excerpt! Character interviews are fun to do; I'm glad when other people enjoy them too.