I’m excited to host author Luanna Stewart today to talk about her new Deerbourne Inn book with The Wild Rose Press. At the end, use the link for a chance to win a $5 Amazon card!
What made you want to write a Deerbourne Inn story?
Small town stories appeal to me, perhaps because I live in a small town. The cozy and friendly atmosphere lends itself to interesting characters and relationships. The flip side of which might be a sense of claustrophobia, which is also grist for the story mill. Another element of the Deerbourne Inn series that I like is that the fictional world is already created – I didn’t need to start from scratch.
If you lived in the fictional Willow Springs, Vermont, where would you hang out?
Definitely at the Love Sprinkles bakery. I’d be popping in there for a sweet treat every few days.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
We recently built our dream/retirement house but kept a few projects for ourselves to finish, one of which is the garden shed. We’re in the middle of putting shingles on the roof right now. After which we’ll build the chicken coop – a smaller project, thank goodness. When I’m not swinging a hammer, I relax by baking breads, cookies, and/or cakes. In the evenings I vegetate in front of a TV streaming service, and if my eyes aren’t too tired, I knit.
Do you spend more time reading or writing?
Many years ago, before I wrote my first novel, I was an avid reader – two to three books per week. Now I’m so busy writing, the only time I allow myself the luxury of relaxing with a book is before bed, and I usually fall asleep in the glow of my e-reader. Unless I’m away on vacation, and then I revert to old habits and read for hours at a time.
What are you working on now?
I’m developing a new contemporary romance series set in a small town, of course, loosely based on where I live. The first book just came back from my editor. It’s the story about a woman forced to return home to her whacky family, and a man doing a stint of mama-sitting after his world fell apart. The second book is almost drafted, and the third book is a vague plot idea, though I know who my heroine will be.
Do you write every day?
I do write every day, unless I’m editing something. Or unless I’m buried in promotional and marketing work for another book. I usually spend a few hours in the morning writing, and then devote the afternoon, when my brain is less fresh, to other writing-related work. I try to take the weekends off. Now that it’s officially summer, I’ll want to spend more time outdoors, hiking, biking, or paddling my kayak in the bay.
Luanna Stewart has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. At the tender age of twelve she discovered her grandmother’s stash of romance novels, after which all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after.
Luanna spends her days writing sexy romantic suspense, steamy paranormal romance, and spicy historical romance. When she’s not torturing her heroes and heroines, she’s either in her kitchen baking something delicious, or protecting her garden from the chickens. She lives in Nova Scotia with her incredibly patient husband and two spoiled cats.
Title: Deerbourne Inn series, Love Proof
Author: Luanna Stewart
Genre: contemporary romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Unemployed photojournalist Raynor Elliot stops at a bakery near the famous Deerbourne Inn. Not only does he get a lead on a job but the bakery’s owner is that awkward kid he knew in high school, only now she has fabulous curves and an irreverent sense of humor. The cozy bakery, with its aroma of sugar, vanilla and spice, has more to offer than tasty cookies.
Fiona MacLeod has been plagued for years by the need to make amends for telling The Big Lie. When the lie’s victim strolls into her bakery with his icy blue stare and killer charm, she feels like she’s standing too close to a hot oven.
Between running her bakery and frosting cupcakes for the Mad River Garden Party, she’s pretty sure she’s falling in love with this infuriating, sexy man. Can Fiona dredge up the courage to confess, face the consequences, and hope for forgiveness?
“I remember those days.” She pushed the calculator to the side, too tired to worry about planning the week’s baking schedule. “Why’d you study journalism?
“Truth is important to me. I was tired of all the lies in government, at every level. I wanted to change that. Ultimately make the world a better place. Easy peasy, right?” His lips quirked and he shook his head.
“That’s why I decided to be a baker. Brighten someone’s day with a special treat.”
He scooted his chair closer and pointed at the column of numbers on the page. “You want me to do the rest?” His arm, bare to the bicep, lightly tanned, dusted with blond hair, a little lighter than on his head, rested less than an inch from her own spindly pale arm. Not spindly compared to other women, hefting bags of flour and moving trays of baked goods did take some muscle power. But spindly compared to his manly toned muscles flexing under skin that she’d bet her last jar of sprinkles was smooth and warm. She clenched her hand.
No touching allowed.
“We have cupcakes to frost.” She bounded from the chair and rushed into the kitchen.
Holy moly, the guy oozed sex. In a good way. A very good way. She pulled a clean apron off the shelf and cinched it around her waist. An extra layer of armor between her and temptation in the form of Raynor. The seeker of truth. The man whose mission in life was to expose lies. The reporter who thought liars were not decent human beings.
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