Donna Schlachter shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest historical romance novella, Echoes of the Heart, included in a 9-in-1 novella collection titled Pony Express Romance Collection. Comment and I’ll send you a free download of the first book in my rodeo series, Rodeo Dust. Deadline: May 13th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Donna:
- Are you open to your own romance? As a little girl, growing up in my parents’ home, I was well-loved and well-treated. But when my parents died and my uncle became my ward—well, he is not loving. And when he squandered my inheritance and farmed me out into servitude, I was convinced I would never marry.
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate? My husband will be gentle and kind, completely unlike the master of the house where I worked, who was harsh and lascivious.
- What’s the number two quality you’d require in a mate? In complete contrast to gentle and kind, I want my husband to be my protector, completely unlike my uncle.
- Where is the best place you can think of to find a mate? I suppose I had always hoped he would find me, but working as a maid in a mansion in Boston brings me into contact only with men of that station and lower. I know I am better than that.
- Where is the worst place you can think of to find a mate? I’ve heard of some girls who marry the master of the house, but I haven’t met one yet I would consider wedding.
- What’s the one habit or lifestyle that would make you run the other way? Loose living and loose morals go hand in hand, my father always said. And judging by the behavior of the master of the house in Boston, he was right.
- What would be a reason to end a potential romance for you? I will not stay where I am not wanted.
- Where do you dream of getting married? Wherever my true love is.
- What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine? Benjamin came racing into what could have been a dangerous situation to save me. He’s my hero, my protector.
- How soon after meeting the heroine did the hero know she was the one? I came to Hollenberg Station prepared to marry Benjamin because I had feelings for him based on his letters to my best friend, Maggie.
About Donna: Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid publisher who has published a number of books under her pen name and under her own name. Her current release, Echoes of the Heart, a 9-in-1 novella collection titled “Pony Express Romance Collection” released April 1. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She will be teaching an online course for American Christian Fiction Writers in June 2017, “Don’t let your subplots sink your story”. Donna loves history and research, and travels extensively for both.
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About the book – Echoes of the Heart:
In nine adventure-filled novellas, you will meet the hardy souls who face the daily urgency and danger involved in moving the mail across country, and join them as they experience love and romance along the way.
Echoes of the Heart features a mail order bride and a crippled station master. With no way out for either of them—except with each other—can they surrender their hearts and find true love? Or will a mysterious woman traveling the trail, and the Pinkerton agent intent on catching this criminal before she robs another man keep them apart—forever?
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Question for Readers: Have you or anyone in your family worked as a mail carrier?
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