Shannon here: Brenda S. Anderson shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest Contemporary Romance, Hands of Grace. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for an e-copy. Deadline: Feb 29th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Brenda:
- Are you open to your own romance?
Rita ~ I’m definitely open to romance, but I’ve done such a lousy job of choosing the right man. They all use me and lie to me. I don’t know if I can trust anyone anymore.
Daniel ~ Absolutely not. I’ve been burned by past relationships, so I’ve had it with romance.
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
Rita ~ Besides being a believer, they have to be trustworthy. So far, the guys I’ve chosen have all been liars, and I’ve been too gullible in believing them.
Daniel ~ Well, IF I wanted a relationship again, they’d, naturally, have to be a Christian, but they’d also have to be understanding of my profession. I’m a police officer who does a lot of undercover work and my past relationships haven’t weathered my career choice.
- What’s a character trait you’re attracted to?
Rita ~ Someone who puts others first. I learned this from my best friend who always placed others’ needs above hers.
Daniel ~ Someone who serves others. My mother modeled that while being a caregiver for Grandma, who had dementia in her later years. IF I could find someone with a servant’s heart, like Mom, I might be convinced to give up my bachelor status.
- What’s the worst place you can think of to find a mate?
Rita ~ Probably at home. I’m the full-time caregiver for my momma who has dementia. After meeting her, guys would run away faster than I could say Pop Rocks (which happens to be my favorite snack.)
Daniel ~ On the job. Obviously, I’m dealing with a lot of criminals, so yeah, romance is not a good thing. Also, women seem to be drawn to a man in uniform, but they only stick around until they realize how dangerous my job actually is and how time-consuming it can be. Plus, being undercover requires not only secrecy, but misdirection. Not a good foundation for a relationship. I know all this from experience.
- What would be a reason to end a potential romance for you?
Rita ~ If I learned he lied to me, that would be the end. I need to be able to trust him.
Daniel ~ If they don’t like my career, it won’t work between us. I gave it up once, I refuse to do that again.
- What actor or actress do you favor?
Rita ~ Probably a slightly younger version of Krysten Ritter. She rocks the dark hair and the red lipstick. If she added some red streaks to her hair, we could almost be twins.
Daniel ~ Chris Hemsworth? (Laughs out loud.) Okay, okay. Thor I’m not. BUT, not to brag or anything, my sisters have said that if you took five years off of Chris Pine, we could practically be twins. Just sayin’ …
About Brenda: Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball (Go Twins!), and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of thirty-plus years and one sassy cat. Learn more & connect:
About the book – Hands of Grace:
She’s always looked for love in the wrong places.
He wants nothing to do with love.
Rita Dunlap has a history of looking for love in the wrong places, but this time, she’s got it right. Her heart surgeon boyfriend has hinted at proposing, along with letting her sickly mother live with them once they’re married.
But then she learns her boyfriend isn’t a doctor at all, but a drug trafficker who’s involved her in his scheme. Not only did she get love wrong, but she’s unwittingly placed both her and her mother’s lives in danger.
Love is the last thing on Officer Daniel Winter’s mind. Twice-burned, he’s locked up his heart for good. But when he goes undercover as a handyman to protect the cute and quirky Rita Dunlap, he discovers he’s not only guarding her and her mother, but his heart as well.
Rita wants to trust Daniel, wants to believe his work around her house doesn’t come with a price, but she’ll need to let go of her past mistakes to open her heart to the future.
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Question for Readers: The theme of this book plays off the title Hands of Grace. People with hands of grace are those who’ve served others without expecting anything in return. Tell me about a time when someone has served you with hands of grace.
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