S. Dionne Moore – Romantic Character Interview – Part 3 of 3

Shannon here: Historical romance author, S. Dionne Moore shares more about her characters’ romance plus a chance to win a copy of her latest release, A Heartbeat Away. Comment on any post dated July 15 – 19 to get your name in the drawing. Deadline: July 27th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Dionne:

A Heartbeat Away by Sandra D. MooreS Dionne Moore

What’s the most important thing your hero ever did for your heroine? 

Joe Madison is a man who has known heartbreak and hard times. A Confederate soldier caught up in the tug between North and South, he finds himself injured and in the care of a young woman prelude to the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). Elizabeth Bumgartner is a Union loyal woman with a desire to become a nurse, but she has a limp, a souvenir of her attempt to rescue a small child from a burning building. Joe’s gift to Elizabeth is his ability to see beyond the disability that has scarred Beth’s heart and soul for so long. She feels it makes her unlovable, a fact verified more times than naught by situations in her past. But Joe’s is a heart that understands, a great gift for a woman like Beth. Only Joe’s severe injury hangs like a shadow over the tender threads of their fledgling love. 

*  Do your hero and heroine realize the message of the quilt?

Beth’s mother had poured her heart into creating the blocks of fabric, with their intricate color scheme, in the hopes that her daughter would come to understand and grasp the bigger message. It is Joe that first correctly interprets the secret message of the quilt’s colors. Beth realizes that the message matches her mother’s heart and even as the battle rages around her and Joe she learns, first hand, just how much she needs to hear her mother’s message. 

*  What simple gesture does your hero make that is the final hurdle in stealing the heroine’s heart?

Beth has a terrible limp. Ever since trying to save a young boy from a terrible fire, she has been crippled, and the rejections she has endured from would-be suitors since then has scarred her heart. She doesn’t believe any man capable of looking beyond her limp, until Joe tells her that it doesn’t make a difference to him.

About Dionne: Born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, S. Dionne Moore moved to Greencastle, PA in 1993, then to Mercersburg in 2008. Moore enjoys life in the historically rich Cumberland Valley where traffic jams are a thing of the past and there are only two stoplights in the whole town.

Moore is author of the LaTisha Barnhart Mystery series as well as new historical romance release A Heartbeat Away. Learn more: http://www.sdionnemoore.com/

About the book – A Heartbeat Away: When a band of runaway slaves brings Union-loyal Beth Bumgartner a wounded Confederate soldier named Joe, it is the catalyst that pushes her to defy her pacifist parents and become a nurse during the Battle of Antietam. 

Her mother’s mysterious goodbye gift is filled with quilt blocks that bring comfort to Beth during the hard days and lonely nights, but as she sews each block, she realizes there is a hidden message of faith within the pattern that encourages and sustains her. 

Reunited with Joe, Beth learns his secret and puts the quilt’s message to its greatest test—but can betrayal be forgiven?

Purchase Link: “A Heartbeat Away.”

Come back July 22nd for Jude Urbanski! 

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