Shannon here: Brenda S. Anderson gives insight into her hero and heroine’s romance from her latest Contemporary Romance, Place Called Home. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a print copy U.S. or a Kindle copy for International. Deadline: Sept 22nd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Brenda:
- Are you open to your own romance?
Tessa: Absolutely not! I’ve just escaped from a bad relationship and need to learn to be on my own. I’m craving independence, freedom!
Nate: (Wrinkles his nose) Romance? Uh-uh. I’m gonna be heading out on the road in my skoolie—that’s a renovated school bus—pretty soon and will have no time for romance. I plan to be free! No commitments. No time constraints. Just me and my bus.
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
Tessa: Someone who offers me freedom. Someone who doesn’t want to control me and my choices. Been there, done that. I don’t want them to do things for me, make decisions for me. I can do it on my own, thank you very much.
Nate: While I like someone who’s independent, I’d also like someone I could take care of, someone I could cherish. Like my parents’ relationship. My mom doesn’t let anyone boss her around, yet she loves it when Dad opens doors for her, and pulls out chairs, and stuff like that. Guess I’m a bit old fashioned.
- What’s the one habit or lifestyle that would make you run the other way?
Tessa: I’ve always wanted a stable home. I grew up in a family of traveling gospel singers, so all I want is a regular house like everyone else has. So, if he doesn’t want a stable home, then I don’t want him.
Nate: Since I plan to travel the country in my skoolie, AKA The Draken, I’d want someone who’s looking for a traveling adventure. If they want the cute cottage with the white picket fence, I wouldn’t look twice at them.
- Where do you dream of getting married?
Tessa: Definitely a church. There’s something special about the grand old buildings with steeples and stained-glass windows.
Nate: I think a destination wedding would be awesome. Maybe a beach or someplace where it’s just me and my bride and a few friends and family and God. How cool would that be?!
- If you could order a carbon copy of an actor/actress with the perfect character traits and beliefs for your mate, who would it be?
Tessa: Oh, that’s easy. Chris Evans. Wait. No, not really. It’s not the actor I crush on but his character, Captain America. I fell in love with him during his first movie. (Sigh)
Nate: (wrinkles nose) Are there any out there? I used to think Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez were cute, but well, my tastes have grown up. Now, the character Peggy Carter in the Marvel movies? She’s obviously too old for me, but she’d be a pretty good catch. She’s intelligent and feisty and gorgeous. Yeah, someone like her.
- What would be the best gift a potential mate could buy for you?
Tessa: (looks to the ground) Well, my, uh, friend Nate already gave me the sweetest gift: an Ovation 12-string guitar. I can’t think of anything better than that. That showed he really knows me, though we’ve only known each other a few weeks.
Nate: Boy, since I plan to live on the road, I really don’t want a lot of things (taps chin, thinking) … Oh, I know! I’d love season passes to Six Flags. They have passes that get you into all their amusement parks. That’d be an amazing thing to do as I … we travel around the country. Hmmm. Maybe traveling with someone wouldn’t be a bad idea after all.
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, and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 31 years, their three children, and one sassy cat. Learn more & connect:
About the book – Place Called Home:
All she wants is a settled place to call home.
He can’t wait to make home a life-long road trip.
All Tessa Chanson ever wanted was a stable place to call home. She thought she’d found that when she moved in with Jared—until his home became her prison. When his control escalates, the only answer is to escape—an escape that’s hampered when she falls and fractures her ankle.
While building his graphic design company, Nate Brooks is focused on the future he’s dreamed of: traveling around the country from the comfort of his renovated school bus. But when he picks up a wounded, mysterious hitchhiker, those well-laid plans take a backseat to protecting her.
Hobbled by her injury, Tessa fears she’ll never find freedom. Or has she found it with the family who graciously opens their home to her? And will Nate’s protection put his family—and his heart—at risk?
PLACE CALLED HOME is Book 11 of “The Potter’s House Books,” stories of love, hope, redemption, and second chances.
Question for Readers: Would you prefer to have a stable home or travel around the country? If you want a home, where would you like to live? If you’d like to travel, where would you want to go?
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