I am so excited to welcome Stephanie Rowe to Romancing the Book today! I first fell in love with Stephanie’s work when I read Kiss at Your Own Risk. She has an amazing way of combining paranormal, sizzling sexiness and humor into brilliant stories that captivate and hold the reader from start to finish. If you haven’t read her work yet, I highly recommend that you do! You will quickly fall in love and want to grab every last one of her books!!
To get you started, Stephanie has graciously offered a chance for one lucky winner to win their choice of an ecopy of the following books: any of my “Order of the Blade” books (which are as follows: Darkness Awakened (Bk 1), Darkness Seduced (Bk 2), Darkness Surrendered (Bk 3) , Alaska Heat, or Dawn at Birch Crossing. Be sure to read until the end to find out how to enter to win!
Now, please help me in welcoming the lovely and talented Stephanie Rowe!
April: Can you please tell readers a bit about yourself? What you like to do for fun, types of things you like to read, your favorite “hide outs”, etc.
Stephanie: My biggest indulgence and best path toward sanity these days is tennis. I picked up tennis in my twenties, and it’s become such a great outlet for exercise, clearing my head and getting out there with friends. I have a six year old daughter, and between writing, being a mom and squeezing in some exercise, that takes most of my free time! Although I love all types of romance, my very favorite genre to read is historical romance. There is just something so magical about being transported to another time, be it Regency England, ancient Scotland or the old West. I also read a lot of chapter books with my daughter, and there are some really great ones out there!
April: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Stephanie: Mean people. Life is short. Why be mean? If you put good energy out there, it will come back to you, and the day is SO much better when good vibes are rolling your way instead of bad ones. Yes, I know that life can be hard. I really do know that. But I also know that the harder life gets, the more important it is to find a way to to put out kindness instead of bad energy.
April: Do you have any “have to haves” while writing? Be it a “good luck charm”, a certain place to write, certain drink, etc?
Stephanie: Well, I used to have all sorts of hand and shoulder problems, so I need to have my writing space set up right so I don’t injure myself. Other than that, I’m pretty easy. I can write with music or in silence. I write at my desk, on the couch, on the deck, in the car between errands, lakeside in Maine or wherever. I just need to be comfortable! Sweatpants, a nicely padded chair, a foot rest, and I’m a happy girl.
April: What is the title of your latest book? If you had to sell readers on a reason to read your book in 5 words, what would they be?
Stephanie: My newest book is a small-town, heart-warming contemporary romance, Dawn at Birch Crossing. It’s a second-chance-at-love story set in a small New England town. As for why to read it? Because it’ll melt your heart. Seriously, I really believe that part of the reason that romance is so popular is because a well-written romance can reach inside your soul and make you laugh, cry and fall in love all over again, and it’s such a gift to feel your heart come alive like that. We spend so much time with our heads down, trying to cope with everything that live is throwing at us, that sometimes it becomes impossible to remember to feel the love and the hope in life, and a romance can give that gift to you.
April: What is a book that you have read and loved so much that you wish everyone would take the time to read it?
Stephanie: Mine ‘Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas. The first time I read it was when my marriage was falling apart, and the beauty of the romance and love in that story was such a gift, giving me the ability to have hope that there could still be beauty and love in life.
April: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Stephanie: The ability to heal. I would love the ability to walk up to someone who is hurting, either physically or in their soul, and to take away their pain and their illness and their agony, and to bring them peace and a second chance at life.
About Stephanie Rowe: Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is a nationally bestselling author of more than twenty books. A life-long reader, she began crafting stories at age ten, but didn’t realize it was her dream until she was an adult.
Once the light dawned, she immediately left behind “work” as the world defines it and went to “work” as she defines it, which means getting up every morning with a smile in her heart so she can spend the day doing that which makes her spirit sing.
Stephanie believes in learning to listen to your heart in order to figure out what your dreams are, and then opening yourself to the inspiration that will direct you there. She believes we all deserve the right to enjoy life, and for the ride to be as easy as we want it to be, and that we all should accept nothing less than making our dreams come true.
Stephanie lives in New England, and spends every day doing her best to fill it with people, observations and activities that uplift her soul, which include writing, tennis, friends, and her amazing family.
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About Dawn at Birch Crossing:
Birch Crossing Series, Book One
The moment his ex-wife took his daughter and walked out, Griffin Friesé lost everything that mattered to him. After two years of agonizing failure to reconnect with his daughter, he’s heading to Birch Crossing to find her. Unfortunately for Griffin, he arrives to find the town has rallied against him to protect their own. His only ally is a single mom whose warmth and determination just might break through the scars on his heart.
Since the day she became an eighteen-year-old widow with an infant, Clare Griffin’s only goal has been to provide for her daughter. She has worked so hard to be strong, and the last thing she can afford is to open her heart to an outsider who will soon be leaving town. But when Griffin helps save her daughter’s life in a storm, an unbreakable connection is formed between Clare and the tormented business mogul.
For these two single parents, love is the last thing they are looking for, but in Birch Crossing, love always seems to find a way.
Ducking her head against the raging storm, Clare hugged herself while she watched the huge black pickup truck turn its headlights onto the steep hillside. She was freezing, and her muscles wouldn’t stop shaking. She was so worried about Katie, she could barely think, and she had no idea what this stranger was going to do. Something. Anything. Please.
The truck lurched toward the hill, and she realized suddenly that he was going to drive straight up the embankment in an attempt to go above the roots and around the fallen tree that was blocking the road. But that was crazy! The mountain was way too steep. He was going to flip his truck!
Memories assaulted her, visions of when her husband had died, and she screamed, racing toward him and waving her arms. “No, don’t! Stop!”
But the truck plowed up the side of the hill, its wheels spewing mud as it fought for traction in the rain-soaked earth. She stopped, horror recoiling through her as the truck turned and skidded parallel across the hill, the left side of his truck reaching far too high up the slippery slope. Her stomach retched as she saw the truck tip further and further.
The truck was at such an extreme angle, she could see the roof now. A feathered angel was painted beneath the flood lights. An angel? What was a man like him doing with an angel on his truck?
The truck was almost vertical now. There was no way it could stay upright. It was going to flip. Crash into the tree. Careen across the road. Catapult off the cliff. He would die right in front of her. Oh, God, he would die .
But somehow, by a miracle that she couldn’t comprehend, the truck kept struggling forward, all four wheels still gripping the earth.
The truck was above the roots now. Was he going to make it? Please let him make it—
The wheels slipped, and the truck dropped several yards down toward the roots. “No!” She took a useless, powerless step as the tires caught on the roots. The tires spun out in the mud, and the roots ripped across the side of the vehicle with a furious scream.
“Go,” she shouted, clenching her firsts. “Go!”
He gunned the engine, and suddenly the tires caught. The truck leapt forward, careening sideways across the hill, skidding back and forth as the mud spewed. He made it past the tree, and then the truck plowed back down toward the road, sliding and rolling as he fought for control.
Clare held her hand over her mouth, terrified that at any moment one of his tires would catch on a root and he’d flip. “Please make it, please make it, please make it,” she whispered over and over again.
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