Shannon here: Historical romance author, Pamela S. Meyers shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest release, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Comment on any post dated May 20 -24 to get your name in the drawing. Deadline: June 1st, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Pamela:
- Where is the most romantic place your hero and heroine have ever been?
It would have to be the Riviera ballroom – the Riviera being the community recreation building that is the focus of much of my plot in my April 2013 release, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Lake Geneva is my hometown and I learned to swim at the beach that sits just west of the Riviera. The “Riv” was built in 1933 and it’s second floor ballroom became the go-to place of the Midwest to hear the big bands like Tommy Dorsey and Louie Armstrong.
At the grand opening of the Riviera my characters dance together for the first time. With the mirror ball twinkling above their heads and the subdued lighting. . . .ahhhh very romantic indeed.
- Do your hero and heroine have as favorite romantic restaurant? They have several meals at various cafes and restaurants in the small town of Lake Geneva, but none are what I would call romantic. I can tell you a romantic spot he takes her to. His family has a house on the lake and after the dock is put in he takes her to a bench that is at the end of the pier. It faces west and you can sit there and watch the sun set. Of course, she never goes inside his house since he is staying there alone and in 1933 no respectful lady would go into a man’s home without a chaperone.
- Do your hero and heroine have a favorite song?
During the grand opening dance, they dance to “Always,” and the hero sings the words in her ear. Very romantic J I like to think that would become “their” song in the years to come.
- What’s the most romantic present your hero ever bought your heroine?
In her eyes, he gave her a couple text books on writing for newspapers. Not romantic to her best friend, but to Meg it meant more than anything else.
- What simple gesture does your hero do that melts your heroine every time?
His heart-stopping crooked smile.
- What simple gesture does your heroine do that melts your hero every time?
She purses her cherry-red lips whenever she concentrates.
- How soon after meeting the heroine did the hero know she was the one?
Although Meg Alden is immediately attracted to Jack Wallace, she doesn’t want to be, and with so many conflicts and confusion going on, she isn’t ready to admit she’s falling for him until they share their first kiss. I don’t want to give too many details because it’ll give away some key plot points. But I’ll say it is a very romantic scene and by the time she floats home, she realizes she is falling hard for the guy.
- Who said, “I love you” first, your hero or your heroine?
I’m not telling. The book is just now releasing and I don’t want to give away too much.
- If you hero and heroine end up married, where will they go on their honeymoon?
I’ve thought about this a lot, even though the story doesn’t go into their future lives as a married couple. It’s 1933 in the middle of the Great Depression, and although the hero comes from a well-to-do family, they still have to budget. I was thinking of a train ride out west to the Colorado mountains. Maybe a mountain lodge or something like that. After you read my story, this will all make sense.
About Pamela: A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago. She served on the ACFW Operating Board for five years and has also served her local ACFW chapter in leadership roles.
Her debut novel Thyme for Love released November 2011, and its sequel Love Will Find a Way is set to release in March 2013. Her historical romance that is set in her hometown, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, releases in April 2013. She has published many magazine articles and is a contributor in a non-fiction compilation book.
You can often find her nosing around Midwestern small towns, looking for story ideas or coordinating the ACFW Genesis writing contest. She leads a woman’s life group in her church and enjoys reading and cooking.
About the book – Love Finds You in Lake Geneva Wisconsin:
Will she lose her heart to the man who stole her job?
A young woman wants to work in a man’s world. It’s 1933, the height of the Big-Band era, and beautiful Lake Geneva is already well established as a summertime playground for Chicago’s elite. Local girl Meg Alden works at the town newspaper, but she aspires to be a reporter—a job given only to men. When a position opens up, Meg spies an opportunity to break into the business. That is, until Jack Wallace, the son of a big-city newspaper magnate, is hired instead. Jack is drawn to Meg and suggests they combine forces to uncover a local scandal. But how will Meg be able to work with the man who stole her job…and makes her pulse race?
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