Shannon here: Historical romance author, Liz Tolsma shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest release, Daisies are Forever. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Oct 4th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Liz:
INTERVIEW WITH GISELA CRAMER FROM DAISIES ARE FOREVER
1. What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?
The most romantic thing about Mitch Edwards must be how he takes care of the children Annelies and Renate. It’s so much fun to watch him play with them, to cuddle with them, to kiss them on their cheeks. I know he’ll make a great father one of these days.
2. Where is the most romantic place your hero and heroine have ever been?
It sounds rather crazy, but we had our most romantic moment in an apartment in Berlin during an Allied air raid. We were both wishing the moment was nothing more than a bad dream. We decided to count to three and wake up in our homes. But we couldn’t do it. Though we had to suffer much during the war, it was worth it because it brought us together.
3. What is your heroine’s favorite romantic vacation destination?
Since I grew up in California before my father brought us back to Germany in 1936, I would have to say California. The ocean is so blue and the sand is so warm beneath your feet. It would be so romantic to walk along the beach holding Mitch’s hand.
4. What simple gesture does your hero do that melts your heroine every time?
He smiles and those dimples of his get me every time. He has the best dimples I’ve every seen.
5. How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?
We were “married” within moments of meeting each other. He was a British POW who had escaped from a camp, and I had to protect him from the German woman who was accusing him of not being German. If she had been successful, the mob would have set on him and killed him for sure. The only thing I could think to do was to tell her he was my husband and a wounded German soldier. But I knew pretty early on that I wanted to really be married to him.
6. Who said, “I love you” first, your hero or your heroine?
Mitch said it first, in the apartment during the air raid. I couldn’t believe he said it, because it echoed what I felt in my heart at that very same moment. We were facing death, and I realized I couldn’t live without him.
7. If you hero and heroine end up married, where will they go on their honeymoon?
We would find a little hotel on the California coast, where we could wake up every morning to the blue sky and the sound of the waves against the rocks. And then we’d go to England so I could meet his family.
About Liz: Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband and their two daughters. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs.
Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013 and was a 2014 Selah Award finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist. Daisies Are Forever released in May 2014.
When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Please visit her blog at www.liztolsma.blogspot.com and follow her on https://www.facebook.com/liz.tolsma.9 and Twitter (@LizTolsma). She is also a regular contributor to the Barn Door blog.
About the book – Daisies are Forever: The fall of the Third Reich is imminent. As the merciless Red Army advances from the East, the German people of Prussia await the worst.
Among them is twenty-year-old Gisela Cramer, an American living in Heiligenbeil with her cousin Ella and their ailing grandfather. When word arrives that the Russians will invade overnight, Ella urges Gisela to escape to Berlin —and take Ella’s two small daughters with her.
The journey is miserable and relentless. But when Gisela hears the British accent of a phony SS officer, she poses as his wife to keep him safe among the indignant German refugees. In the blink of an eye, Mitch Edwards and Gisela are Herr and Frau Josep Cramer.
Through their tragic and difficult journey, the fabricated couple strives to protect Ella’s daughters, hoping against hope for a reunion. But even as Gisela and Mitch develop feelings beyond the make–believe, the reality of war terrorizes their makeshift family.
With the world at its darkest, and the lives of two children at stake, the counterfeit couple finds in each other a source of faith, hope, and the love they need to survive.
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