Shannon here: Donna Schlachter shares the inspiration for her latest Historical Romance, Juliette, The Switchboard Sisterhood (book 6). Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for an e-book copy. Deadline: Feb 4th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Donna:
When I first heard about this multi-author project, I was excited from the get-go. I’d recently read an article in the Smithsonian Magazine about women adventurers, and several had flown over the ocean, the North Pole, the Arctic Circle, and more. I was convinced that my gal would be like them.
Except, when I sat down to write about Juliette, that wasn’t who she was. So I had to restructure my story. Juliette is a recent widow who wants to start her life over again without her mother-in-law looking over her shoulder every moment. Having worked as a switchboard operator before her marriage, she reads an advertisement to travel to and work in Anchorage Alaska. Her goal is to earn enough money to move into her own house.
Which still makes her an adventurer in my books.
My hero is Patrick Bruder, a banker in Anchorage. He’s the town’s most eligible bachelor, but he isn’t looking for a woman because he’s too busy planning to expand his bank into the continental US. And he is supportive of local artists, so he’s hoping to combine both interests to make his trips to San Francisco and other cities in the US more profitable.
When Juliette literally runs into Patrick, they are both knocked back on their—uh, heels. Already having their plans in place, neither seriously pursues the other—until a mystery crops up. Nothing huge or nasty—just enough to make them think about working together.
Oh, a cute kitten makes an appearance, leading to cuddly moments of adorability.
Question for Readers: Have you ever moved somewhere, or thought about moving somewhere, that was totally off the wall?
I’ll go first: I sold my condo, my car, and my accounting business, and moved to Colorado to meet my future husband, having met on a Christian online dating group 6 months prior. We have been married 23 ½ years!
About Donna: A hybrid author, Donna writes squeaky clean historical and contemporary suspense. She has been published more than 60 times in books; is a member of several writers groups; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, traveling extensively for both, and is an avid oil painter.
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About the book – Juliette, The Switchboard Sisterhood (book 6):
Juliette Hart—or J.K. Hartling as her readers know her by—leaves Colorado to strike out on her own following the accidental death of her husband two years prior, after answering an advertisement in a ladies magazine for switchboard operators in Anchorage, Alaska. She knows nothing of the territory or its largest city—simply that she must get away from the suffocating grief of her mother-in-law. Once firmly ensconced in the Lawrence Boarding House for Single Ladies, she determines to use her off-time wisely and continue writing her romance novels. Someday, she hopes to write full-time and move into her own home. And get a cat.
Patrick Bruder lives and works in the social elite of Anchorage, Alaska, and should have the pick of any woman in town. Instead, his physical and emotional scars keep him in the background, spending spare time with married couples. As assistant manager of the Anchorage Citizens and Miners Bank, which his father founded after striking it rich in the gold fields, Patrick’s future has already been decided for him. Smallpox scars remind him of how precious life is, and following his fiancee’s betrayal many years before, he carries a broken heart and a strong resolve to avoid women. At all costs. He supports the local art scene, traveling to San Francisco and beyond often, but still finds evenings lonely. He needs a pet. Not a dog, as his father is allergic. Maybe a cat.
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