Sunday, January 27, 2008

In the Arms of the Enemy by Patricia A. Guthrie



In the Arms of the Enemy
Heroine interview

Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book.

What's her name? Maggie McGregor (Margaret, but nobody calls her that

Why did you pick that name? I didn't. Maggie picked it for herself. Nothing else fit. She was a Maggie.

Give us a brief description of how she looks. Maggie's about five foot three-four inches. She has red hair, light skin that sunburns and freckles if she isn't careful, blue eyes like the Caribbean, fit from riding horses and doing barn chores. Wears mainly jeans, tank tops and over shirts, but "cleans up well."

Is there anything unusual about her appearance? Her hair. Curly, shoulder length and the color, as described by Adam, of a fire framing her face. (well, maybe he didn't exactly say that, but I'm in a poetic mood.)

Who does she love? She was engaged to Ricki Lane the owner of Lane Training Stables because he taught her to be a successful trainer. She was young and fell in love with not only his looks and manners, but what she thought he stood for. (Boy was she wrong)

Through the course of the story she falls in love with Adam Blakely a horse owner who brings his horse into her father's barn. Something about him moves her, he's there when he needs her, and something about his is like a Greek tragedy."

Does this person love her? Ricky Lane was more involved with himself and promoting himself and didn't mind screwing Maggie at the right opportunity. So, I'd say no to him. But he's not important, because he's murdered in the beginning.

Adam Blakely, despite a huge amount of misgivings falls in love with Maggie. He's smitten with her caring and fun-loving nature, her love of horses his attraction to her. But Adam has a secret. (see hero interview) and his secret makes it dangerous for him to fall in love with whom he thinks Maggie is.

Tell us about her family. The only family Maggie has left is her father Cullum McGreggor. He's very protective about his daughter especially with what happened before the story began. The community has also taken an interest and everyone interacts, has gone to school together and will protect "their own." They're like extended family. what happens to one of them, happens to all of them.

Where is she from? Michigan

Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Yes they do. they've always come together in friendship and trouble. You can see that with the keen interest the sheriff has in stranger, when an elderly horsewoman cross-examinated Adams intent toward Maggie on the trails and the threatening way the farmer questioned Adam at the hospital. Asking him if he was her boyfriend trainer and if he'd beaten her up. Fortunately, Adam was able to say no on both counts (Maggie fell off an intentionally broken ladder at the barn)

What does she want out of life? Maggie wants a career as a horse trainer. She's a loving woman who needs to be loved in return, and she won't settle for being second best.

What's her biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.) Maggie thinks Ricky Lane killed Black Autumn and whoever killed Ricky might be after her too. There are forces at work who would destroy her.

Did you write more than one story about her? No.

How would she describe you? I think she'd like to put me in a straight jacket and deposit me someplace where I can't take over her life and give her all those problems. She sees me coming and wants to run and hide.

Is there anything else about your heroine that we need to know? Feel free to share. Maggie is naive about a lot of things, but she's had to grown up fast between the prologue and the first chapter. She's wary of people and, although basically being outgoing, now she wants to shrink away. She feels guilty about leaving Black Autumn, a horse she'd loved and trained, to a man (Ricky Lane) she thinks might have killed him. Now, she's scared that someone might be after her.

Please provide your website link. www.patriciaanneguthrie.com www.paguthrie.blogspot.com

What is the link to buy your book? www.lightswordpublishing.com www.patriciaanneguthrie.com www.amazon.com, www.borders.com



It was wonderful to meet her. Thank you for bringing her to meet us. Maggie says as soon as things are back to normal, she would love to go out for lunch. Her treat. And--she'll even invite her author-mommy. (that's me.) That is if I haven't put her in the middle of another murder. In the

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Silk Palace by Colin Harvey


Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book.

1. What's her name?
Bluestocking

2. Why did you pick that name?
It means a scholar, which is appropriate given her fearsome intellect.

3. Give us a brief description of how she looks.
About 5 foot 6 tall, slim, mouse-brown hair.

4. Is there anything unusual about her appearance?
She has a slight gap between her top teeth, but otherwise she’s very ordinary looking.

5. Who does she love? Why?
She always thought that she’d never fallen in love because she’d never met the right man. It turns out that she’s never met the right woman. When she met Kyr, a slave, it was love at first sight.

6. Does this person love her?
Yes – but Kyr is much more capricious, and being a slave, is much more conscious of how vulnerable her position is, so is not so bold about showing her feelings.

7. Tell us about her family.
Mother died in childbirth; father was a drunkard who sold her to The Sisters of Beatitude when she was seven. They quickly realized how clever she was, and drilled her relentlessly so that her intellect would reflect the Glory of the Gods.

8. Where is she from?
Vurunkatta, a small village in the far East of the Karnacki Empire. It’s a small market town just like a thousand other such towns in the Empire, where the main harvest is cabbages and they still talk about when a minor Prince visited forty years ago, and the time when someone ran to a nearby rock in less than ten minutes.

9. Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Most of her attitudes are in contrast to her upbringing; when she moved to an urban environment she felt much, much happier straight away.

10. What does she want out of life?
She’s actually getting a lot of what she wants out of life. She works with translations of scrolls which is her great passion. Now she’s met Kyr, she seems to have found love. Life should be perfect. BUT…

11. What's her biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)
Her secret is core to the novel, and it would blow the plot. So, sorry – but you’re going to have to read the book!

12. Did you write more than one story about her?
No – The Silk Palace is entirely self-contained.

13. How would she describe you?
I’ve no idea – a contemporary man from our un-mystical world would be so far out of her frame of reference as to be all but alien.

Please provide your website link.
What is the link to buy your book?

Novels from Swimming Kangaroo Books:
Lightning Days -- SF, Finalist for the USA Book News Awards
The Silk Palace -- "compelling" Library Journal
"Intrigues, betrayals, murders, love affairs, transformations, and
revelations," Bruce Boston, author of The Guardener's Tale

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Mystick Moon by Terry L White



Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book.

What's her name?
Rebecca

Why did you pick that name?
It was a commonly used name for the times.

Give us a brief description of how she looks.
Rebecca is a child of wealth who has journeyed to New England where she lives a hard life taking care of her mother and raising herself against all odds. Her stepfather abuses her and leaves her alone much of the time. She has a pretty face with worried eyes and wears her dead mother’s cut-down clothing and the skins of animals she and her servant catch to eat.

Is there anything unusual about her appearance?
Rebecca looks like she had to grow up far before her time.

Who does she love? Why?
Rebecca loves her mother. She loves the Pequot woman, Squirrel because Squirrel teaches her how to survive. She also loves Adam, a young boy who befriends and helps her, and his mother Anneke.

Does this person love her?
These people all love Rebecca. Adam loves her as a boy and returns from a time at sea to love her as a man.

Tell us about her family.
Rebecca is alone in the world. Her mother died in childbed and her stepfather abandoned her. Her servant Squirrel is the closest thing to a family member she has.

Where is she from?
She is originally from London and lives in colonial Mystic Connecticut.

Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?
The people of Mystick want Rebecca to go to church and school as they do, but she is much too concerned with survival. She is only befriended and loved by people who are as different as she. The townspeople call her a witch and accuse her wrongly.

What does she want out of life?
Rebecca wants a home and to be loved.

What's her biggest secret?
Rebecca has developed more than one personality and the other persons inside her help her survive.

Did you write more than one story about her?
No. One was it.

How would she describe you?
I don’t think Rebecca would know what to make of me. Our worlds are too different. She would probably think I am a witch!

Is there anything else about your heroine that we need to know? Feel free to share.
Rebecca doesn’t give up, even when facing death, and she never stops believing in love.

Please provide your website link.
What is the link to buy your book?