While readers in the US are getting over their turkey hangover, I thought we'd add a little romance to our lives and prepare for the next holiday with author Sherry Gloag and her Christmas novel, Name the Day.
Since Sherry doesn't drink coffee anymore, perhaps she'll show us her bio while the rest of us are filling our mugs.
Best-selling author, Sherry Gloag is a transplanted Scot now living in the beautiful coastal countryside of Norfolk, England. She considers the surrounding countryside as an extension of her own garden, to which she escapes when she needs "thinking time" and solitude to work out the plots for her next novel. While out walking she enjoys talking to her characters, as long as there are no other walkers close by.
Apart from writing, Sherry enjoys gardening, walking, reading and cheerfully admits her books tend to take over most of the shelf and floor space in her workroom-cum-office. She also finds crystal craft work therapeutic.
Amazon author page: http://tinyurl.com/buj6zj8
SHERRY: I must be the only Pisces who is afraid of water if I don’t know the depth of it.
Ally: Now that we've gotten acquainted with you, I'd love to hear more about your writing and what type of books you write.
SHERRY: I write contemporary , two flames, romances with a touch of suspense, and last year ventured into the Regency world of romance, too.
Ally: Romance novels usually require a happily ever after ending. Do you believe such a thing exists in real life? What about love at first sight?
SHERRY: I have seen married couples who have enjoyed the HEA. They are also the first to admit the walk hasn’t always been easy, but it is what you are both prepared to put into the relationship that makes the difference.
Love at first sight? Once again, it happens for some. I know one person who ‘got her man’ and they are blissfully happy. She will tell anyone who cares to listen that for her it was instantaneous. I watched a program on TV where the woman said she walked into a pub, saw this guy, and walked right up to him and asked him to marry her because she wanted his babies. At the time of the show, they’d been married for ten years and looked blissfully happy. (You could see it in their eyes.)
Ally: How, when and why did you begin your first novel?
SHERRY: My first attempt at writing a novel was while I was still at school. It was confiscated, and I was so upset, it took a while for me to try again!! Rofl.
Ally: What do you like the best about your main character?
SHERRY: My preference is for strong characters who are then challenged to such an extent they have to completely re-evaluate their former perceptions. My main female character in Name The Day finds that her childhood beliefs are sorely tested when certain facts come to light. My hero is a practical and very successful man, who, when he falls heart-line-and-sinker for my heroine, finds himself in unfamiliar emotional territory.
Ally: Let's finish up with a few Quick Answer Questions:
- who is the hardest person to buy for on your Christmas or other holiday list? My husband – because I like to give presents that will be used and he’s got everything he wants and needs!!
- favorite time of day to write: Either early morning or later in the evening/night when I am less likely to be disturbed.
- one item on your bucket list: I’d love to visit Alaska to see the aurora borealis. While this may not seem like a big wish, it is something that has always fascinated me.
- soaking bath or quick shower: bath
Renowned portrait artist, Samantha Brown is through with men. After dealing with an overbearing father and cheating ex-fiance, Samantha is not in the market for romance, of any kind. Give her a blank canvas, some paints and brushes and she’s in charge of her life. There was no room in her life for love, so why did she find herself giving in to Rafael Santini’s outrageous demand that she paint his portrait?
Satisfied with his upcoming marriage of convenience Rafael Santini isn’t in the market for love. So, how come he finds the pint-sized artist stirring up emotions he didn’t have time for?
An accident forces Rafael to re-evaluate his life and wonder whether he can teach Samantha the art of love.
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Why couldn’t the stubborn man get it? She wasn’t giving him any favours at the expense of her other clients. In his case, money would not talk. Almost all her clients were well-heeled, but most understood the time restraints. After all, as she told each person, including Rafael Santini, who contracted a commission they wouldn’t want her to rush their painting and offer them a sub-standard product, would they?
“Give me the names of your clients and I will arrange to exchange places in your queue.” His unequivocal belief pulsed across the airwaves. Did the stupid man expect her to break the confidences of her clients?
“Tell me, Mr. Santini,” she asked in her most dulcet tone, “if I asked for a list of your clients would you hand them over, simply because I wanted something?”
“Don’t be stupid woman. It’s not the same thing at all. I’m a businessman.”
Would someone please save me from stupid arrogant men, Samantha offered in silent plea to the ether without expecting any response.
“I may not deal in electronics and communications systems, or equipment for the world of espionage, secret agents, and private investigators, Mr. Santini, but I do maintain a strict code of integrity and honour and customer confidentiality.”
“Why would you need confidentiality to daub a few colours on a piece of paper?”
Is this guy for real? Does he think insults and condemnation will get him what he wants?
“Let me get this straight. You want my agreement to let you queue jump the rest of my clients, who, incidentally have all signed contracts to be here on specified dates at specific times, and then you will be quite happy for me to go around publicising the fact you are not only having your portrait done, but that you bullied, harassed and threatened me into agreeing to your terms? I don’t think so. Not to mention that in many cases the commission is usually a gift for someone special and total secrecy is not only expected it is essential.”
The silence at the other end of the phone was almost deafening.
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Thanks for taking time to visit with us today. Happy Holiday Season! Come back soon!