Hello, Sandra, how are you today?
I’m wonderful…maybe a little tired, though. I’ve just returned from the Romance Writers of American National Conference in Atlanta. I had an awesome time, but now I’m resting my poor feet and trying to catch up on sleep.
Thank you for asking, I’d love to. It is a romance, of course, a story of love lost and then found again. On the eve of their wedding, Michael, the Earl of Daventry, believed the woman he loved, Lady Diana, betrayed him. Eleven years later, he receives a letter from his cousin, Leo (now dead), that changes everything he thought he saw that night. Reunited, Michael and Diana must struggle through the lies and secrets of the past if they are to find the happiness that was stolen from them. Michael, a man always with a plan, brings Diana to London, determined to see her reinstated into polite society. Diana, after years of abuse at the hands of Leo, the man she was forced to marry because of the scandal, feels she has lost herself. Her journey is one of rediscovery, of finding her lost spirit.
Michael popped up in a cameo role in THE TRAINING OF A MARQUESS, and I knew he would be my next book. What his story was, I wasn’t sure so I let the idea of him percolate in my mind for awhile. One morning, I woke up with the words of a letter in my head and took it from there. The letter begins the book, and it is not a love letter, but one from a vile, evil man.
Well, hello, Michael. This is a pleasant surprise. I don’t know, let’s ask. Michael would like to answer this question, so I hope you don’t mind if I step aside for a moment.
Hi, I’m back. I hoped you enjoyed your visit with Michael, a very special man, indeed. Of course, he’s handsome as sin, but what I love most about him is he makes me laugh. His antics in winning back Diana after she leaves him…well, how could I not adore a man who writes love letters using cats as an enticement.
Seeing a story come to life. It usually starts happening somewhere around the third or fourth chapter when my hero/heroine starts talking to me.
Oh, goodness, there are so many. Here’s just a few. Pat Conroy, his words are like music to my ears. As for Regencies, I love Grace Burrowes, Courtney Milan, Joanne Bourne, Jo Goodman, Jo Beverly and Mary Balogh. Truly, I could probably fill a page with authors I love to read.
I am. I’m working on two projects at the moment. I recently finished book two of my contemporary series of the men of K2 Special Services, all of them ex-SEALs. Book one, CRAZY FOR HER, finaled in RWA’s Golden Heart®. I’ve put book two aside for a few weeks before I start on revisions to work on the revisions for KATIE, LOVE, the Duke of Aubrey’s story (he made an appearance in my two published Regency books).
I love this question. I’d call it, THE ONLY THING MISSING IN MY LIFE IS A CAT. Why? I’m married to the man I love and have done pretty much everything I’ve set out to do (found a publisher that believed in me, jumped out of a plane, rode a Harley for years), but I don’t have a cat. I want another one so bad, but hubby and daughter-in-law are allergic. I guess out of consideration for them, I’ll just keep on wanting.
There is. Thank you so much for inviting me and Michael (although I’m not entirely sure you invited Michael, but those Regency men….they feel they’re entitled to appear where ever they wish). I’ve had tons of fun!
Blurb:THE LETTER is the story of a betrayal that wasn’t. Even so, it still tore apart two lovers for eleven years.
Sandra lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Most days, you can find her with her fingers on a keyboard, her mind in the world of her imagination. It's a land where romance and happy endings exist, a land where anything is possible.
When her husband can drag her away from her computer, she likes to travel with her very own hero in their RV, but she always brings her laptop. There are still stories to write, after all.
A few highlights of Sandra's life she fondly recalls are jumping out of a plane, flying upside down in a stunt plane, and riding her Harley in the mountains of Southern California and along the coast of Maine. She's managed a private airport and held the position of General Manager of a Harley-Davidson dealership.
Although those events in her life were great fun, nothing compares to the joy and satisfaction she gets from writing her stories.
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