Single mother Arabella Mackenzie never imagined that going to California with her sister Clara would have such a huge impact on her life. Since the end of a disastrous relationship, Arabella has been wary of wanting or needing anyone other than her family. But when she meets hunky actor, Jeremy Fowlis, she begins to have feelings for a man for the first time since her three year old son was born. Now, she needs to try to overcome her past and learn to trust again.
Jeremy is not used to women who don't want to date him, or at least show him off to their friends - he is an in-demand actor, after all. He is tired of the shallow, avaricious attention that he gets from the public, but when he meets intelligent, cautious Arabella, she doesn't even know his name. Arabella’s grounded beauty captivates him instantly, but, he is wary of getting involved with a single mother with a complicated past.
Can Arabella and Jeremy both overcome their doubts and fears in order to find love?
November 4, 2014
Anaiah Press: http://www.anaiahpress.com/LoveOvercomes.html
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/XU7x-TJ5ij4
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There were five of us kids growing up, my sister is nine years older than me so I drove her nuts. I was lucky enough to have an amazing family. My cousins were my best friends, I have a lot of cousins. I seriously lost count. We were always there for each other when it mattered most. I want my kids to grow up with the kind of love and friendship that is always there because you are family.
Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.
I like a hero who is rough around the edges. I want him to be sweet and caring but maybe others see him as unapproachable. But he is the kind of guy who would come over at eleven at night because you let your child’s pet out of the cage and need to find it before the kid knows. That sort of hero, he can’t be perfect because nobody is but as long as he is perfect for the heroine then it all works out.
My favorite heroines are women who are not afraid to go out and get their happy ending for themselves. They do not need a man to rescue them, they will do it on their own. If a guy wants to help, to stand by their side, help fight whatever it is she is up against that is great but she does not NEED a guy to save her because she has family, friends, and God. She does not need to be completed by some guy. But with that being said, realizing that there is a right guy out there for her is important too. I just want her to be able to realize she may not be perfect but she can do what needs to be done because she has to do it.
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
I have my classics. My Austen, Dickens, Lewis, Tolstein. And then I have Wendy Knight when I am in the mood for some urban fantasy with amazing battle scenes, Kelly Martin when I want a dark inspirational (she wrote a book about a “zombie” and it was still inspirational, that is incredible), Chanda Hahn’s An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series (it is something my daughter and I like to read together). There are so many books and authors that are on my “must read’ list. I could probably fill your blog with them, and with reasons why I love them.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Hmmm, anywhere in the world? I’d have to go to Scotland. I actually started a story where the main character moves to Scotland and I realized that I do not know the local slang. I think it would be fun to be able to go there to research.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
I want to write something that my kids can read, my momma, my aunts and uncles, the lady sitting next to me at church.
Plus I feel that you lose a lot of the story when you get into the heavier stuff. I do not write steamy romance, I blush writing a kissing scene.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?
I have my second book due out soon, I do not have an exact release date right this moment. I am done with content edits though. I have three other stories that I am working on, well four now. I wrote a Halloween short story for my street team and I really want to expand on it.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I think there is a lot of personality and experiences that go into writing. So far every main character I have written has been driven by family. That bond that comes from really loving your family. I think writing a character that is not family orientated would be a challenge.
Where do your ideas come from?
I have had ideas come from a conversation with my sister, a dream, a talk with my daughter, I had one after watching a television show then I got to wondering about something that happened in the show and what that would be like. A photo can do it too. Random things really.
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
I have two completed books. Love Overcomes is my first one published. My second one is contracted but no set release date. I have about four that are somewhere in the writing process. And ideas for so many more. Plus two children’s books that are not published. I have a cousin working on illustrations for them.
Love Overcomes is the story of Arabella struggling to leave behind the darkness of her past. She goes with her son and her sister to California and that is where she meets Jeremy. Jeremy is an actor but Arabella does not watch the kind of movies that he films so she has no clue who he is when she first meets him. They both have things that need to be dealt with. There is a strong sense of family in this book, if it were not for family Arabella never would have made her journey to California.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Family-orientated, loyal, loving, wary, considerate.
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
They are both stubborn. Arabella has been hurt and has problems trusting others outside of her circle because of that. She is a fun person and easy going but extremely cautious. She loves her family and would do anything for them.
Jeremy is so used to women using him to climb the social ladder. He is that guy who is sweet, offering to help with things but at the same time he wouldn’t allow someone to hurt somebody he cares for.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
Everyone has something in their lives that holds them back from something; they have something that they need to overcome to get to where they need to be so it is a book that many can relate to. Also it is a sweet love story.