Shannon here: My awesome critique partner, Lorna Seilstad her husband’s romantic gift, plus a chance to win her latest Historical Romance, When Love Calls. Comment on any post dated 27 – 31 to get your name in the drawing. Deadline: June 8th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Lorna:
Look closely at the picture. Did you notice anything different about the M & Ms?
Each bears the name of one of the heroines in my new Gregory Sisters Series–Hannah, Charlotte, and Tessa. There’s a matching container of dark blue, dark green, and dark red M & Ms bearing the names of the heroes.
Where did I get these delicious treats? My husband had them made, and they arrived on our twenty-third wedding anniversary. Needless to say, I was incredibly touched. Not only did he have to plan this well in advance, but he also had to “trick” me into giving him the names because it’s not like he keeps a list of my imaginary friends.
I haven’t eaten any of them yet. They are sitting on my desk, still wrapped, reminding me of what a wonderful gift God gave me in my husband. He’s a man who encourages my dreams and that’s something I treasure.
Speaking of treasuring, does anyone know the shelf life of M & Ms? We may have to crack them open at a book signing for When Love Calls.
I want to share another love story that goes with When Love Calls. I dedicated the book to my mother-in-love Vivian. The dedication says, “When love called, you stuck a Popsicle in your back pocket and answered.” Are you curious about that story now?
When Vivian was in high school, she was walking home from school eating a Popsicle. She spotted an upperclassman’s car, a boy she liked. She didn’t want him to think she was a baby, so she stuck the Popsicle in her back pocket.
He stopped and offered her a ride home. They sat in his car and talked for two hours. All the while, the Popsicle was melting.
She later married the upperclassman and the two of them had three wonderful children—one of which is my husband.
I’m sure glad she answered “when love called.”
Where were you “when loved called”? I’d love to hear your story.
About Lorna: Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from LubbockChristianUniversity. After her first child was born, she stopped teaching and became a professional wiper. “I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby’s bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote.” Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor.
About the book – When Love Calls: Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list doesn’t include following rules. So when she is forced to apply for a job as a telephone switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won’t be easy. “Hello Girls” must conduct themselves according to strict–and often bewildering–rules. No talking to the other girls. No chatting with callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.
Meanwhile, young lawyer Lincoln Cole finds himself in the unfortunate position of having to enforce the bank’s eviction of the three Gregory girls from their parents’ home. He tries to soften the blow by supporting them in small ways as they settle into another home. But fiery Hannah refuses his overtures and insists on paying back every cent of his charity.
When one of Hannah’s friends finds himself on the wrong side of a jail cell, Hannah is forced to look to Lincoln for help. Will it be her chance to return to her dreams of studying law? And could she be falling in love?
With historic details that bring to life the exciting first decade of the twentieth century, Lorna Seilstad weaves a charming tale of camaraderie and companionship that blossoms into love. Readers will get lost in this sweet romance and will eagerly look forward to championing each sister’s dreams.
Come back May 29th for Lorna’s romantic interview!