Mid Week Tease is an event where authors are spotlighting a few lines or a paragraph or two from their stories. Readers, you get to sample some delicious snippets and be teased, titillated and tantalized into the weekend!
This week I'm happy to give my blog over to Elizabeth Morgan, author of Stepping Stones, a Sweet Contemporary Romance story from Bono Books/Decadent Publishing. Enjoy!
* Thank you for having me over today, CR. It is a pleasure to be here. :)
What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Elizabeth Morgan is a multi-published author of urban fantasy, paranormal, erotic horror, f/f, and contemporary; all with a degree of romance, a dose of action and a hit of sarcasm, sizzle or blood, but you can be sure that no matter what the genre, Elizabeth always manages to give a unique and often humorous spin to her stories.
* Like her tagline says; A pick ‘n’ mix genre author. “I’m not greedy. I just like variety.”
* And that she does, author of erotic ménage horror, Creak, paranormal erotic horror and UK, US & Australian Amazon best seller (Gay/Lesbian, Fiction, Lesbian), On the Rocks, and erotic romance, US, UK and Spanish Amazon bestseller (Erotica Short Story) Truth or Dare? She also has her hand in self-publishing.
* Razel Dazzle, her modern adult retelling of the fairytale Rapunzel, was her first taste of publishing her own stories, and now she has the hang of it, it will definitely not be her last. Look out for more information on her upcoming releases at her website: www.e-morgan.com
* Away from the computer, Elizabeth can be found in the garden trying hard not to kill her plants, dancing around her little cottage with the radio on while she cleans, watching movies or good television programmes – Dr Who? Atlantis? The Musketeers? Heck, yes! – Or curled up with her two cats reading a book.
What book are you going to tell us about today? Is it part of a series? If so, what's the order the books should be read in?
* June 17th marked the release of my sweet contemporary romance, Stepping Stones. It is a standalone novel about retracing your steps, realizing your wants, forgiveness, family, friendship, faith, love and second chances. The blurb and an excerpt are below for you to peruse. :)
How'd you/your muse come up with this story?
* The idea for Stepping Stones actually came in a dream. In the dream I was Maggie, or rather in her shoes, the taxi I was in pulled up outside this beautiful church on the edge of a cliff. As soon as I got out of the taxi the bride comes running up to me; her maid of honour couldn’t make it so I needed to take her place. As you can imagine I wasn't very happy about being her second choice or a last minute one, but I agreed.
* The scene then jumps to me dressed in a bridesmaid dress walking down the aisle, and then I nearly go face first because my ex was the Vicar. Awkward. I am uncomfortable through the ceremony and as soon as it is over I try to get away from him only to bump into another man, but I'm angry at this one, hurt by him, confused. So I storm off. End of dream.
* Well, there was a story there so I left the idea to stew in the back of my mind, I actually think it was stewing for two years in total, and then when I had the itch to write it, I did and Stepping Stones was born.
Describe the hero in five words.
* Kind, torn, forgiving, hopeful, and lonely
Describe the heroine in five words.
* In denial, stubborn, torn, selfish, and distant
If multiple partners, then pick a another hero to describe in five words.
* sweet, supportive, forgiving, religious and confused
Who's your favorite character in the book & why?
* Jessica - Jess - Maggie's sister is my fave character. She is just so kind and upbeat all the time, and she hasn't got a problem with getting her point across, or telling someone off, but she does it all with a light tone, and a smile. She is very care-free and positive.
What's your favorite line in the story?
* A line that Maggie says, "You have always been home for me, and nothing has been the same without you."
* If not for her baby sister’s impending marriage, Margaret West would never return home. But after six long years, she finds herself a maid of honor who must answer to the people she left behind.
* If her parents’ interrogation doesn’t drive her to drink, facing her foster brother, Adrian, just might. To make matters worse, her ex-fiancé is the vicar who will conduct her sister’s ceremony.
* Everyone demands to know why she ran off. But the more time she spends at home, the more Margaret realizes even she doesn’t know the real reason.
* Length: Novella (32,000/91 pages)| Content: Sweet Romance/Contemporary| Publisher: Bono Books
* “I think his flight is due in at three.” My mother placed a dish of bacon on the table and took a seat beside me. “He will be in time for the wedding rehearsal; don’t worry.”
* My stomach clenched. “Wedding rehearsal?” I coughed, trying to clear the chunk of toast lodged in my throat. “What wedding rehearsal?”
* “Today at four. We’re running through the service.” Jess scooped egg onto her plate. “I told you.”
* Nervous laughter bubbled in my throat and try as I may, I couldn’t stop shaking my head. “No.” I patted my chest. “No, you never mentioned a rehearsal.”
* “Oh.” She placed the bowl back in the middle of the table. “I could have sworn I did.”
* “Nope, you didn’t. Believe me, I would have remembered otherwise.” I grabbed my mug and knocked the coffee back before finishing my piece of toast.
* “Well, it’s no big deal.” Edward took the bowl of eggs and helped himself. “Just a quick run-through.”
* “Will everyone be there?” Forcing a smile on my face, I looked up at them both, hoping like hell my question would pass as innocent and genuine curiosity.
* “Anyone who is involved in the wedding itself will be.”
* Great. So that meant Jessica, Edward, the parents, and the bridesmaids, plus me. That left Adrian and…. “Will Vicar Taylor, be there?”
* Oh God, did my voice just go higher?
* “Yes, Margaret, William will be there. He is the one who is marrying Jessie and Edward, so he needs to be there.” My father skewered some bacon and tomatoes onto his fork.
* Grimacing, I reached out and grabbed another piece of toast. “Just a question, Pa.” A stupid one, but a question nevertheless….
* “It is normal for people to have wedding rehearsals, Margaret. Just because you—”
* Jess picked up the coffeepot. “Does anyone want more coffee?”
* I straightened, my focus fixed on Pa. “I’m aware of that.”
* My father’s shoulders went rigid. He lifted his head and our gazes locked. I didn’t miss the way the muscle in the side of his neck ticked. Arguing with my father in front of Jessica and Edward was not an option, so I looked away.
* “Please.” I held out my mug and Jess poured the dark liquid.
* I could kick myself. A wedding rehearsal hadn’t even crossed my mind. Having to stand at the altar before William on the actual wedding day would be hard enough, but having to do it twice…my stomach churned.
* “So, will Adrian come straight to the church?” Edward cut the awkward silence.
* “Yes. He will get a taxi to the church, and then we will bring him and his luggage back here.” My mother held her mug out to Jess.
* “Adrian is staying here? Tonight?” I added sugar to my coffee. “Won’t it be crowded? I thought—”
* “No more crowded than it was in your childhood.” My father took a bite out of his toast.
* More and more good news. Of course he would be staying here; it was his family home after all. I guess, it was stupid of me to hope that he would go to a B&B, but my parents wouldn’t have allowed it even if he did suggest it. I hadn’t seen him in six years, hadn’t spoken to him. And yet, in a couple of hours I would be locked in the same house as him.
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