To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
My historical romance, Heart’s Desire, is my newest release. It is a very powerful tale of love and loss. Set in the medieval age when causes and cures were unknown, Gareth and Katherine have quite an obstacle they must overcome in the loss of a child born prematurely. Even though I have not personally dealt with such a loss, the tale seemed wrenched from me and I felt keenly the pain and confusion of both my characters. Thus how Heart’s Desire came to be.
Do you have any guilty pleasures? A stash of candy I keep in my office would certainly constitute as a guilty pleasure. I try and chew gum when I have the munchies, but sometimes only a box of Good & Plenty or a Hershey’s bar will help those key scenes come to life. 😉
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? One of two places capture my muse the most, one of which would be anywhere by the ocean where I can hear that purr, or a quaint cottage in the English countryside.
Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released? Jumping up and down and squealing like a little girl is considered celebrating, right? But seriously, when I’m done with my happy-piggy jumping jacks, I get to work. I’ve spent my past two release days working on blog tours and spreading the word. Would a nice dinner out be fun? Sure, but I really like to be in the midst of it all as it’s happening.
Could you tell us a couple of favorite books that inspired you to write? I think I’ve always known I was going to end up an author. In fact, when I was thirteen, I self-published a YA novel, but when I picked up my first romance, I found home. That first novel (and subsequent others) came from Lisa Kleypas. The title eludes me, in fact, I’m awful with titles, so I’ll share instead the authors who molded me: Lisa Kleypas, Teresa Medeiros, Shana Abe, Shana Galen, and Tessa Dare. These ladies have inspired me to no ends. They have been, and will continue to be, my trusted go-to authors.
Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest? My contemporary romance, Twice Tempted took me a weekend to write. I kid you not, three days and that sucker was done. No looking back. That just doesn’t happen to me. I’m notorious for agonizing over every word, every page, and yet that story just rolled from my fingertips. I wouldn’t say Heart’s Desire was difficult to write, although it did take a couple more weekends than my previous book, but I did worry it wouldn’t see the light of day, given its darker topic. I was elated when my acceptance letter came from Secret Cravings and the feedback I’ve received from readers.
If you could collaborate with one author who would it be? This question excites me to no end. I would be on cloud nine if I ever was asked to collaborate with Shana Abe. I admire her for so many reasons, and being able to work closely with her would be like a dream come true.
Blurb for Heart’s Desire:
During the three years Gareth Havelock was away in France fighting the crusade, his only thought was of the bride he left behind. When the turrets of Waverly appear from the mists, heralding his homecoming, he no longer has to live with only the memories of her. But when her warm welcome suddenly turns cold, Gareth can’t help but jump to conclusions.
Katherine Havelock can hardly believe her eyes when her husband returns home after all this time away at war, but love and loss threaten the happiness she feels. Can she find a way to tell him the truth of what happened in his absence? And is their love strong enough to endure it?
Excerpt from Heart’s Desire:
Rising to her feet, Katherine poured the water the fire had warmed into the basin at her husband’s side. She dipped her cloth in the water, then gently cleansed the nasty gash atop his thigh. It appeared as if he had worked with it himself, but the injury was a far cry from healed. With the blood rinsed away, she set to the binding of it.
“You have been quiet,” Gareth said softly. Reaching out, he cupped his hand around hers, bringing it to his mouth.
The feather-light kiss did dangerous things to her, causing her to yearn for that which could not be.
“Pray tell why that is,” he beseeched.
Katherine looked up, finding herself ensnared by the heat of Gareth’s slate green eyes. Her breath hitched, and quickly she looked away, afraid of what would become of her strength of will if she fell prey to his hypnotic depths.
Gareth’s hand enveloped hers, so much larger than her own. The heat of his breath fanned the back of her hand as he brushed his lips across her skin, awakening a flush of color that rushed across her entire body, warming her to distracting heights.
“I—” Katherine stammered, not entirely sure what he’d even just asked. She was too mesmerized by the way her husband’s mouth moved over her skin.
Lowering their joined hands, he pressed her palm against his chest, where she felt the steady beat of his heart.
He took the wet cloth from her other hand, dropping it back in the basin before taking that hand and joining it with the other.
Nerves fluttered in her chest like butterfly wings. She glanced down at his injury, grasping for excuses. “I fear you need a salve. I will call for a physician,” she said.
“Are you anxious, love?” he asked. “I admit, it has been awhile, and in all that time, you have been the one thought keeping me going. You have haunted my every dream. Now that I am returned, here before you, I find my imagination is lacking.”
Katherine’s lashes fell over her cheeks, a rush of crimson burning her face. “No. ‘Tis not nerves,” she replied softly, her eyes still averted. “I have missed you overmuch.”
Gareth gently brushed the hair back from her forehead, then his touch dropped to trace the line of her jaw with one finger. Running the pad of his thumb across the curve of her lower lip, he stared, transfixed at her mouth.
“And I you,” he murmured. “I’ve missed the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand, the taste of you…”
The sweet pull of desire lulled her, reminded her of all they once had, while veiling all they could not.
The pallet moved beneath her as Gareth shifted, throwing her off balance enough to slide into his embrace. He was all heat and hard lines, giving her a sense of protection she’d missed so dearly. With the palms of his hands, he made languid, swirling strokes up and down her back. For a moment she abandoned herself to the whirl of sensations the gentle motion created, closing her eyes to fully enjoy the sensation of Gareth touching her, holding her, saying such intimate things. She’d waited so long for this.
“You are a vision Katherine Havelock.” His voice turned to a raspy burr. Everything about him in that moment seemed to change.
Katherine’s lashes fluttered up, and she was immediately aware of what that change was. Her back stiffened, but he tightened his hold. She knew all too well where this was headed, and what he wanted of her. But she wasn’t ready—they weren’t ready.
She lay her hands against his chest—a gesture meant to stop him—and felt the way his muscles rippled under her touch.
“My dear wife, you did an exceptional job of wrapping my wound,” he replied, voice deep and sinfully rich. “So if that be your only worry, you need not concern yourself.”
He leaned toward her, and she felt the breath of his kiss against her lips.
“It’s not that,” she argued on a sigh. “We—”
But then his lips were against hers, firm and persuasive, and just like that, the last of her resolve was shattered.
Where you can find Lindsey:
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Purchase links for Heart’s Desire:
All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-heart039sdesire-1149244-148.html
Other books avail by the author: Twice Tempted (contemporary romance)