Shannon here: Cozy Mystery author, Elizabeth Ludwig shares insight into her characters’ romance. Comment on any post dated July 18 – 20 for a chance to win a copy of Died in the Wool. Deadline: July 27, 11:59 am central time. Here’s Elizabeth:
1. What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?
First, I guess I should give you a little background about my latest release. Died in the Wool is book two in the Massachusetts Mayhem series. It features characters introduced in book one, Where the Truth Lies. The main character, Monah Trenary, is sweet, strong and intelligent, but she hides a crippling insecurity regarding her birth, which is why the hero of the story, police detective Mike Brockman, is willing to put his badge on the line in order to prove her innocence. That gets harder to do when the evidence begins mounting, but despite the facts, his faith in Monah never wavers—and neither does his love.
2. What is your hero’s favorite romantic vacation destination?
Knowing Mike as I do, I’d have to say his favorite romantic destination would be a cabin in the mountains, with lots of snow and evergreens around and large stone fireplace where he and Monah can sit and sip hot chocolate.
3. What simple gesture does your hero do that melts your heroine every time?
This is going to sound odd, I’m sure, but Mike has a habit of pushing up Monah’s glasses when they slip down her nose. Normally, this probably wouldn’t seem very romantic, but Mike only does it when Monah is upset, and this gentle touch is usually enough to calm her nerves.
4. How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?
Monah knew long before Mike did that he was “the one.” In fact, the first time she saw him, her heart fluttered inside her chest. Oh wait. . .that may have been because he was arresting her. . .
5. If you hero and heroine end up married, where will they go on their honeymoon?
Colorado. Definitely. They’ll probably have a winter wedding just so they can go skiing.
About the book: Hone your investigative skills with Died in the Wool, a mystery filled with humor, suspense, and romance. Monah Trenary is battling for city funds for her beloved library. When a rival for the much-needed monies winds up dead, Monah is considered one of the prime suspects. When a second corpse weighs in, police detective Mike Brockman discovers that, according to the evidence, Monah and monkshood are a lethal combination. Can Monah and proven sleuth Casey Alexander find the real killer before this librarian is booked for murder?
About Elizabeth: Elizabeth Ludwig is an award winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Journey, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies, which she co-authored with Janelle Mowery, earned her the 2008 IWA Writer of the Year honors. This book was followed in 2009 by “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” part of a Christmas anthology collection called Christmas Homecoming, also from Barbour Publishing.
In 2010, her first full-length historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned Four Stars from the Romantic Times. Books two and three of Elizabeth’s mystery series, Died in the Wool, and Inn Plain Sight, respectively, are slated for release in 2011 from Barbour Publishing.
Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, and often attends conferences and seminars, where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Her popular literary blog, The Borrowed Book, enjoyed a wide readership in its first year, with more than 14,000 visitors in 2010. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more about her work, visit her at www.elizabethludwig.com and www.theborrowedbook.blogspot.com
Come back July 22 for a very special post.