Shannon here: Paula Mowery shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest Contemporary Romance, The Crux of Honor. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated June 20 – 23 to enter the drawing for an e-book copy. Deadline: July 2nd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Paula:
- Are you open to your own romance?
Chelsea – After being hurt, I’m not sure I want to chance it. But also my mother warned me years ago when I was in love and facing a proposal that I shouldn’t hold the man back. I’m afraid I don’t have anything to offer a man but soiling his honor.
Kevin – I’m definitely open to romance but couldn’t see myself with anyone else but Chelsea, even though she turned me down at one time.
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
Chelsea – I want someone to just be loyal and love me.
Kevin – I want someone who is a Christian and is devoted to a lifetime of love.
- Where is the best place you can think of to find a mate?
Chelsea – I thought the best place was in my hometown. Someone I’ve seen and maybe even grown up with.
Kevin – Definitely in my hometown. Someone I’ve known and grown alongside. Someone I’ve attended church with.
- What’s the one habit or lifestyle that would make you run the other way?
Chelsea – From experience, I wouldn’t want to be involved with someone from such a different culture like the Amish. The upbringing and cultures influence more within the relationship than I first knew.
Kevin – I must admit that I am not attracted to high maintenance types who must have their designer clothes and nails done. Guess I’m just a small town guy who would rather not deal with the pretentiousness.
- What would be a reason to end a potential romance for you?
Chelsea – I would end a potential romance if I felt my reputation was looking bad for the man. My mother has always told me to not bring dishonor to her, my family, or anyone else.
Kevin – I would think that I would end a potential romance if the person were to cheat on me by seeing someone else while they were seeing me. I haven’t had much experience in the area of romance, so this is hard to say.
- Where do you dream of getting married?
Chelsea – As a girl I always dreamed of getting married in my home church in Integrity, Tennessee. The church is so beautiful decorated with flowers and candles.
Kevin – As to the location for my wedding, I would enjoy being married in the church my parents were wedded in. I guess I’m a little more sentimental since the two of them are gone.
About Paula: Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. Paula enjoys reading and reviewing Christian fiction, writing Christian romance and devotionals, and helping other authors realize their dream of publication.
About the book – The Crux of Honor: Chelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved.
Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong.
Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy.
Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house.
When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history?
The Crux of Honor is part of a series from Prism Book Group focusing on the Love Chapter in the Bible and examines the phrase: love does not dishonor.
Question for Readers: The Crux of Honor could be considered a second chance at love type of story. Do you enjoy second chance type love stories? Why or why not?
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