Monday, July 3, 2017

Summer Countdown Blitz: Day 13

Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. 

Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregon’s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based. 

Laurie’s women’s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a summer 2017 release, a re -release of a romantic comedy, and she’s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.

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Love and money don’t mix when three college friends launch a fledgling business, and two impulsively elope. When Hudson Bauer hears the wedding news he leaves town, stealing the company's first big contract and Olivia and Jeff's dreams.

Olivia McAllister has spent eight years blaming Hudson for all her losses, including her anemic marriage to Jeff and a recent, tragic accident that leaves her body battered and her dreams of a family shattered.

Widowed, and in desperate straits, she is forced to accept Hudson’s offer to recuperate at his parents’ empty house on Oregon’s Cannon Beach, but her return to the place where the three friends once summered casts new light on her hasty marriage and on the enemy she once called friend.

When Hudson offers Olivia a job doing humanitarian work, something hopeful and familiar awakens in Olivia, giving rise to long-denied feelings for Hudson. Stuck between grief and the promise of new love, Olivia must make peace with her confusing past, and forgive the man she once hated, before Hudson walks away again, closing the door on their possibilities forever.

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Q & A:

1. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? A cure for dementia, the power to teleport, and the Miss America answer--world peace

2. Where do you write? In my office surrounded by friendly clutter

3. How long does it normally take you to write a novel? a year for a good historical. 4 months for a novel

4. What are your inspirations? travel and interesting settings stir my imagination. The news also gives me great plot ideas.

5. How did you come to write this particular book or series? I fell in love with the rugged Oregon coastline, and envisioned a lonely woman sitting there, trying to heal inside and out.

6. What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? Tying all the threads together. I didn't want to leave any of those tangled questions unanswered.

7. How did you come up with the title? I was sharing the cave scene from the book with my critique group, and when I came to the part about Hudson's grandparents and the Indian legend, I said the words "sweet water," and romance author/friend Lisa Swinton said, "That's it! That's your title!"

8. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member? I'd have to name two. My wonderful critique group of talented, award-winning authors, and my first editor, Angela Eschler. Amazing, talented women all.

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