Rain, rain go away.
Is it raining where you are?
Maybe it’s sunny, and you’re on a beach some place, iphone in hand and toes in the sand.
Regardless, sit back, relax, and join me as I welcome author Angela Hayes and her time-travel romance, LOVE’S BATTLE.
Love Howard has more than a knack for matchmaking. Born from a forbidden passion and a twelve-hundred-year-old promise, she and her sisters can literally see true love. And while Love has no problem bringing other couples together, her own romantic life could use a little help.
Danton DeAngelo has always been well grounded in reality. So it throws him for no small loop when the woman he’s fallen for believes that she’s been reincarnated eleven times and can actually see true love.
Now Danton is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Accept Love for who she really is, or walk away from her forever.
So Love is not just the title, she’s the main character. Interesting. Tell us Angela, do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?
The title and blurb is usually the first thing I come up with when writing a new book. When brainstorming, I try and come up with a title that would snag my own attention and lure me into reading it. When it comes to naming my characters, I try and pick a name that has meaning to it. To help, I use Babynames.com and after making a list, narrow it down to one that is both easy to spell, read, and type.
I can’t work on a story unless it has a title. “Story 1” or “Untitled” just don’t motivate me.
Speaking of motivation…and of course, LOVE’S BATTLE…how about an excerpt?
The hand Love pressed to her brow was visibly shaking. “There’s something I need to tell you. I just need you to keep an open mind.”
“What is it? Are you sick?” Danton asked.
“No, I’m not sick.” Her voice trembled on a forced laugh. “It’s something else. Something I‘ve been trying to prepare you for. This would be so much easier if you believed in magic. If you could believe that what I’m about to tell you is the honest truth.”
Turning, Love opened the iron chest, the hinges groaning with the effort as specks of rust littered the floor. From its depths she pulled out a clear plastic bag that she held tight to her chest, eyes closed, before handing it to a confused Danton.
“This is my tartan, my plaid. Before it faded and was dinner for the moths, it was once patterned in checks of green, gray, and brown. The purple and white stripes that ran through the hem identified the wearer as part of the royal family.” Love tapped the plastic, her finger pointing out where each color should be. “It was a gift from my father. The first and only time my sister’s and I met him, he was on his deathbed, we were eighteen. A week later our mother died in the same moment he drew his last breath.” Needing the extra air Love drew a breath of her own. “That day was the thirteenth of February, eight-hundred and fifty-eight AD. My father was Cinaed mac Alpin, crowned king of the Picts and Gaels. He was Scotland’s first king.”
“Eight- hundred and fifty-eight?” That couldn’t be right, she was only twenty-five. “Don’t you mean Nineteen-eighty-seven?”
“No. I was born for the first time in Scotland during the middle of the ninth century.”
Hmmmm. What would it take you, blog reader, to believe Love’s story if she was talking to you? What finally convinces Danton? If you would like to read more about Love and Danton, LOVE’S BATTLE is on sale until the end of July
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I would like to thank Angela for stopping by today (Thank you, Angela!), but before we say good-bye, I asked Angela a couple of questions.
Favorite book (or favorite movie)?
My absolute favorite book that I’ve read over and over is Julie Garwood’s The Bride. There’s just something special in the way Julie created Alec and Jamie.
What are you reading now?
I just picked up Lynsay Sands, The Loving Daylights and it is hilarious. I highly recommend it.
If they were to make a movie about you, who would play you and why?
I think Kate Hudson would make a great Angela. She’s got an infectious laugh and bubbly personality that I do my best to maintain.
Well, thank you Angela. And thank you, blog reader for visiting with us.
Read on for more information about Angela and where you can find her.
A married mother of two, Angela splits her time between bringing characters to life by computer, and yarn to life with needle and hook. You can find her at http://www.authorangelahayes.blogspot.com where Angela enjoys connecting readers and the author’s they love.
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Thank you again, Angela & readers, and good-bye. (And if you are sitting with your toes in the sand, please remember to reapply your sunscreen regularly.)