Join me today for an interview with time travel romance author Leslie Bowes. Leslie is here to tell us about her newest release, HEART HEALER. Take it away, Leslie!
Where did you get the idea for your new novel?
Heart Healer started out as a historical romance called Rose Hill but it did not get published. So I started on a contemporary romance called A Second Chance At Love. When I was in middle of writing, I noticed something was missing. So, I pulled out Rose Hill again and put parts of Rose Hill and A Second Chance at Love together and it became Heart Healer.
Why did you choose this genre?
I love reading romance books and when I stared planning to write my book I knew that it had to be a romance book.
What do you want readers to come away with after they read Heart Healer?
It’s a different kind of romance something you have never read before
Did you always want to be a writer?
No. Writing was just something I did for fun. I was going to school to be a movie editor but then I had to take a writing class and I was hooked.
Tell us a bit about you. Where do you live, and how long have you been writing?
I was born and raised in southern Maryland. When I was thirteen I moved Summerville, South Carolina where I fell in love with the Lowcountry culture and history. South Carolina was my inspiration for my book Heart Healer. Recently, I moved to central Va and now I am enjoying the beauty and history of this area. The rolling hills and pastoral views will surely inspire ideas for future stories. I have been writing for as long as I can remember.
Name two authors we might find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Nicholas Sparks, Tracery Jane Jackson.
What are two (or more) of your all-time favorite books in any genre?
Safe Haven, Bound By Blood
What do you like best about your hero in Heart Healer?
Christopher (our hero) is not the traditional alpha-hole romance hero. Rather, he's the perfect Beta. He's kind and genuine and as real as it gets.
What do you like best about your heroine?
Catherine is a wonderful sweet lady who gives so much of herself. Life has not treated her good since her mother’s death, with her father leaving her to raise her brother. On his return after a few years he brings home a man and tells her she will be his slave until she works off his debt. Blake turns the tables and said no she will marry me. Catherine isn’t happy about this but there is little she can do. On getting to his home he becomes abusive and something happens to make her run. In return she turns up in 2014. Christopher finds her and their journey begins.
How can readers reach you or find you online?
What’s your tagline? Why did you choose it?
In darkest hour can time and love truly heal all wounds? I thought it gave a hook to the book.
Blurb, HEART HEALER:
Christopher King is living in 2014 doing his best to raise his young son Ryan after his wife left him. One night, Christopher finds a woman in the river unconscious and barely breathing. She is also wearing old fashioned clothes. Christopher does everything in his power to help the young women. When Catherine regains consciousness, she finds herself in a strange and unbelievable situation. Terrified, she does her best to keep her guard up against Christopher. But as she gets to know him, she can't help but fall for the man who saved her life. When Catherine's dangerous past comes back to haunt her, it has Catherine and Christopher fighting for each other and their love.
“That’s true, but I don’t need a servant. I need a wife.”
Catherine dropped the spoon as her whole body shook. What was her father planning to do? Hard work? A wife? What was going on? She was not her father’s slave to trade as he wished. She was his daughter. Too nervous to turn around, Catherine prayed that she heard wrong.
“What did you say?” her father asked, shocked.
“You heard me.” Mr. Von-Clyer laughed. “You had no problem selling her to me as a servant Mr. Andrews, but now that I want her for my wife your conscience haunts you. What’s the difference? Either way your debt to me is paid.”
“Catherine, get over here now!” her father yelled drunkenly. The longer she stared at the vein in her father’s neck; she realized that she was making him angrier than Catherine had ever seen before.
She slowly walked over to the table and stood in front of her father. Her heart was pounding in her chest as she watched him drink his last bit of wine.
“You will be Mr. Von-Clyer’s wife to pay off my debt.”
“What debt?” Catherine asked angrily.
“Catherine, do not speak unless you are spoken to,” her father snarled.
“What debt?” Catherine yelled.
Her father jumped up from his chair with an angry shout, bumping the table, but James jumped in front of him.
“You cannot treat Catherine like that, Father. She is your daughter and my sister, not your slave!” James yelled.
Catherine’s father was having none of that. He lunged for James, but Catherine got in between them before her father could do anything. She knelt in front of James and wiped his tears. All the while she prayed for strength.
“Thank you, James, but I need you to go to your room.”
“No buts. Go to your room and stay there until I come for you.”
As soon as James was in his room, Catherine’s father grabbed her arms and shook her hard.
“Don’t you ever speak to me like that again, Catherine! Do you understand me?”
“Yes, sir,” Catherine whispered, scared for her life.
“Good. Now go with Mr. Von-Clyer and pay off your debt.”
“Father, I beg of you. Tell me what my debt is."
I was born and raised in southern Maryland. When I was thirteen I moved Summerville, South Caroline where I fell in love with the Lowcountry culture and history. South Caroline was my inspiration for my book Heart Healer. Recently I moved to central Va and now I am enjoying the beauty and history of this area. The rolling hills and pastoral views will surely inspire ideas for future stories.