Shannon here: Women’s fiction author, Tanya Eavenson shares insight into her characters’ romance & an excerpt from her debut novel, Unconditional. Comment on any post dated March 25 – 29 to get your name in the drawing for an e-book copy. Deadline: April 6th, 11:59 pm central. Here’s Tanya:
- What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?
Win her back by fighting for her and their marriage.
- Do your hero and heroine have a favorite song?
Chris’s favorite song is, “Afterlife” by Switchfoot and Elizabeth’s is, “You Were On The Cross” by Matt Maher.
- What is your heroine’s favorite romantic vacation destination?
Elizabeth has always loved the beach. That is where Chris had asked her to marry him one night after dinner.
- What simple gesture does your hero do that melts your heroine every time?
When Chris whispers scripture to her.
- What simple gesture does your heroine do that melts your hero every time?
Be his companion.
- How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?
Oh, it took a while. Elizabeth knew Chris was interested in a relationship with her, but she wasn’t so sure about him. She wanted God’s approval first.
- How soon after meeting the heroine did the hero know she was the one?
For Chris, it was love at first sight. When she walked through those church doors, never had he wanted someone in his life.
- Who is most romantic, your hero or your heroine?
My hero. He felt he had a lot to make up for when he hurt Elizabeth, so he prayed for their marriage, and God directed him with words of love for his spouse, but also putting them into action.
- Who said, “I love you” first, your hero or your heroine?
Excerpt from Unconditional: Chapter One
Elizabeth pushed herself up from the bed. Her gaze swept the dark room and fixed on the hall nightlight. Her hand grazed over her husband’s shoulder when a thought gripped her. Katherine. The baby monitor stood silent. Darkness shrouded the red and green lights that indicated movement.
Her chest tightened. She hurled the covers away and leapt to the floor. Panic made her clumsy as she rushed to her daughter’s room. She lunged over the crib. No sound. No movement. Not even a stirring of air from her tiny nostrils.
“Katherine!” Elizabeth snatched her daughter from the mattress. The infant drew a heavy breath as her eyes flung wide open.
Lord, what’s happening?
Elizabeth’s bare feet pounded the cold tile as she ran back to her husband. “Chris, wake up! Katherine quit breathing again!”
Chris rubbed his eyes and scowled. “What is it?”
“We need to take Katherine to the hospital. She stopped breathing.”
He studied their child. “She seems to be breathing now. Are you sure?”
“Of course, I’m sure.”
“She’s fine.” Chris fell back against the pillow.
“We don’t have the money to take her to the hospital when there’s nothing wrong with her.”
“But there is. She stopped breathing.”
He sat back up. “You’ve been worried about her since before she was born. You’re all worked up because she hasn’t rolled over yet. The doctor said that’s normal for being early.”
She’s called a preemie. She glared into his eyes. “If you were home more often you’d know she’s not fine.”
“I’m home, Elizabeth, and she’s fine.”
Heat flushed her cheeks as tears filled her eyes. “I’m scared. Can’t you see that? I need you to pray for our daughter. I need you to hold me and tell me everything will be all right.”
“Look, she’s sleeping.” His voice softened as his hand ran down her thigh. “Come to bed.”
“How can you care so little? I’m worried about our baby.”
Chris’s hand dropped to the sheets. “Shut the door when you leave.” He turned away from her.
Elizabeth stood for a moment unable to speak. With their baby in her arms, she slowly closed the door behind her and sank her teeth into her lip to keep from crying. If tears came, it would be for her daughter, not for the stranger in her bed.
About Tanya: Tanya Eavenson and her husband have been involved in ministry for fifteen years teaching youth and adults, and doing counseling. Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes for Christ to the World Ministries sharing the Gospel around the world. Readers can find her at: http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/, http://twitter.com/@Tan_eave, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tanya-Eavenson/129609683872033, http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6913760.Tanya_Eavenson, https://plus.google.com/111621198804346509165#111621198804346509165/posts
About the book – Unconditional:
He will fight for her at any cost…
Elizabeth Roberts can’t remember her past, and the present is too painful. She turns to nightclubs and drinking to forget her infant daughter’s death, her husband’s affair.
When his wife’s coma wiped out the memory of their marriage, Chris Roberts found comfort elsewhere. He can’t erase his betrayal, but with God’s help he’s determined to fight for Elizabeth at any cost.
She wants to forget. He wants to save his marriage. Can they trust God with their future and find a love that’s unconditional?
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