Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Spotlight on The Renegade Wife by Caroline Warfield

Book spotlight of:
The Renegade Wife by Caroline Warfield

-- Author bio:
Caroline Warfield has at various times been an army brat, a librarian, a poet, a raiser of children, a nun, a bird watcher, an Internet and Web services manager, a conference speaker, an indexer, a tech writer, a genealogist, and, of course, a romantic. Having retired to the urban wilds of eastern Pennsylvania, she is now a writer of historical romance who sits in an office surrounded by windows and lets her characters lead her to adventures in England and the far flung corners of the British Empire. She nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the human heart.

-- Excerpt from the book:

We. The word hung between them. She couldn’t look away. They stood for a long time in the narrow hallway before he closed the space between them. He moved so gradually that she didn’t realize it until his mouth was inches from hers, his warmth surrounded her, and his eyes searched hers. She couldn’t say if those eyes searched for permission; she couldn’t think at all. There was only awareness: of the man, of his warmth, of his bedroom door feet away.

The kiss came gently, a touch, a caress. She let herself feel it, starved for tenderness, and she breathed in his scent—pine and wood smoke. Her hands slid up his rough shirt, around his neck, and into the hair that hung to his collar.

Long fingers cupped her head then, splaying into her hair, and he deepened the kiss softly, gently without force. She opened gladly.

When he began to unbutton her dress she stiffened and put her hands on his chest to push him away. Perhaps it was the sensation of cold. Perhaps it was the intrusion. Perhaps reason simply asserted itself. Meggy didn’t know what brought her to her senses. She had forgotten much for a few moments, but one fact came to her clearly.

“I’m married, Rand! Fergus may be a poor excuse for a human being, but he’s still my husband. Nothing changes that.”

She almost wept when he responded immediately, respectful and concerned. He stood back, but he reached out a hand to caress her cheek.

“I’m sorry, Meggy. You deserve better.”

-- Links for the author and the book:

author website – http://www.carolinewarfield.com
publisher website – http://www.soulmatepublishing.com

Interview questions:

-- When did you start reading, and what's your favorite book?
I don't remember! I read independently by the end of first grade. As a child my favorites were Little Women and its sequels. As a young adult, Dorothy Dunnett's The Game of Kings and its sequels were my favorites. Lately i would say CS Harris's Sebastian St. Cyr series.

-- When did you start writing, and what do you like to write best?
Like many writers, I wrote as a child. Much of that was fan fiction. In college I wrote poetry. I began, but never finished, a few historical novels. I wrote technical manuals and business prose professionally for several years. Some twenty years ago I began my first historical romance on the theory I should write what I love to read. It took time, courage, and the Central Ohio Fiction Writers to force me out of the closet and try to publish. I'm still writing historical romance, but I have some children's historical fiction on my laptop and a historical novel in process.

-- Where is your favorite place to write? What helps you to write?
I have a lovely office with windows overlooking my yard and bird feeders. Usually the office works for me; I can close the door and put up a do not disturb sign. Quiet actually causes my insecurities to rise to the surface. I listen to music. Occasionally I resort to writing in front of the TV.

-- What's your favorite tv show, past or present?
A recent favorite was Foyle's War.I like historical mysteries. Grantchester comes close.

-- What's your all time favorite movie?
All time? Gone With The WInd, although I will admit that Romancing the Stone is my guilty pleasure and I am a sucker for any costume drama.

-- Who or what has had the greatest influence on your writing?

As a romance writer I am a great admirer of authors who write strong characters, draw readers into profound emotion, and don't shy away from painful subjects. Writers I particularly admire are Mary Balogh, Grace Burrowes and Carla Kelly.

-- How do you get your ideas for what you write?

Lately the characters come and find me from the world I created in my Dangerous series. The story ideas, however, often come from my travel and non-fiction reading.

-- What are some of your favorite writer places on the internet?  -groups, websites, forums, pages, blogs, etc.

The Bluestocking Belles have built a strong community and I value that above all. We support each other on facebook, twitter, skype and email.  I like The Beau Monde, Risky Regencies, and The Romance Bandits. I'm attracted to some of the sites with a heavier history component such as Madame Gilflurt, Dirty Sexy History, Susana's Parlour, and History Imagined. I write for HI every three weeks.

-- Just for fun ­ if you could be any fictional character, who would you want to be? - either from movies, tv shows, books, comics, cartoons, etc. –

It would be fun to be Amelia Peabody (of Crocodile on the Sandbank etc.) and get involved in Egyptian excavation and murder investigation—every year another dead body and another shirt torn. Besides, that Emerson sounds like a hunk.

-- Tell us about what you're working on now, or your latest release?
I am launching a new series called The Children of Empire. It will involve the children of the heroes of my Dangerous novels. As they come of age, the needs and opportunities of the British Empire beckon. Each book will take place in England and other far flung locations. The first three involve the Wheatly boys from A Dangerous Nativity. One has gone to make his fortune in Upper Canada. His brother serves in the Bengal Army. Their cousin, the duke will take on a mission for the crown and a family friend that will bring him to Canton, China.  With luck there will be more. The sons of the hero/heroine of Dangerous Works want to be scientists, for example.

The first is The Renegade Wife.
Betrayed by his cousin and the woman he loved, Rand Wheatly fled England, his dreams of a loving family shattered. He clings to his solitude in an isolated cabin in Upper Canada. Returning from a business trip to find a widow and two children squatting in his house, he flies into a rage. He wants her gone, but her children are sick and injured, and his heart is not as hard as he likes to pretend.

Meggy Blair harbors a secret, and she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her children safe. She’d hopes to hide with her Ojibwa grandmother, if she can find the woman and her people. She doesn't expect to find shelter with a quiet, solitary man, a man who lowers his defensive walls enough to let Meggy and her children in.

Their idyllic interlude is shattered when Meggy’s brutal husband appears to claim his children. She isn’t a widow, but a wife, a woman who betrayed the man she was supposed to love, just as Rand’s sweetheart betrayed him. He soon discovers why Meggy is on the run, but time is running out. To save them all, Rand must return and face his demons.

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