S. Dionne Moore – Romantic Real Life & Character Interview – Part 2 of 3

Shannon here: Historical romance author, S. Dionne Moore shares insight into her real life romance & her character’s romance. Comment on any post dated July 15 – 19 to get your name in the drawing for a copy of her latest release, A Heartbeat Away. Deadline: July 27th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Dionne:

S. Dionne MooreA Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore

  • What’s the most romantic present your spouse ever bought for you?

The most romantic present my husband ever gave me was one he made himself. We were tight on money and getting ready to celebrate our anniversary. When I went to bed the evening before, I knew my husband had something rattling around in his head but figured it was simply a card he was trying to shield from me.

I woke to a beautiful day, nothing amiss, and while we wished each other a happy anniversary, nothing more was really said. I left to do something and when I returned, he was very enthusiastic–like a little puppy excited to see a special visitor. He led me into our bedroom and there, taped to our huge window, were 20 paper hearts, each with their own little sweet-nothing message, one for each year of marriage. Truly, that was so precious to me. Far better than a card or any dinner at a fancy restaurant. 

  • What was the single biggest attraction to draw the hero and heroine together? 

Being that “A Heartbeat Away” is set before, during, and after the Battle of Antietam, and that Joe is one of the wounded brought to Beth, her attraction to Joe is his frailty. When the battle begins in earnest, tending Joe is a distraction to her. What she doesn’t expect is the closeness they share when, in his lucid moments, they are able to talk and share the heartaches they have faced. When Beth discovers Joe’s true story of the sacrifice that got him wounded, she is endeared to him that much more.

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 19th for part 3 of S. Dionne Moore’s interview!

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