Shannon here: Historical romance author, Lorna Seilstad shares a glimpse into her fictional characters’ romance in her latest release, The Ride of her Life. Every time you comment on any post dated May 14 – 18, your name goes in the drawing for a copy. Deadline: May 26th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Lorna:
- What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?
Okay, let’s be honest. My crit partners, of which Shannon is one, teased me about the romantic scenes in this book. They involve a camel, a snake, and going mushroom hunting to name a few. I don’t want to give anything away, but I promise you camels, snakes, and mushrooms can be VERY romantic.
- Where is the most romantic place your hero and heroine have ever been?
On the Lake Manawa roller coaster, of course! Next to that, Lilly and Nick have a wonderful time mushroom hunting in the woods. Lilly is reluctant to ride the roller coaster so it symbolizes their relationship. The whole Lake Manawa resort is a romantic place with all its dance pavilions, sailboats, and the Midway. It’s a great place to create that swept away feeling for the reader.
- What simple gesture does your hero do that melts your heroine every time?
I think what always melts Lilly’s heart is the way Nick is with her son, Levi, who is six. There is something so sexy about a man tenderly caring for a child. As a widow, Lilly knows her son needs a man in his life, and Nick does a great job applying for the position.
- Do your hero and heroine have a favorite romantic restaurant?
Lilly works at a diner in the Lake Manawa resort. There romance is formed within those walls. I have no doubt that place would always hold a special place in their hearts. Besides, how can you not love a man who helps with the dishes and makes biscuits?
- How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?
I think Lilly “knew” much sooner than she’d admit to herself. Because she’d been widowed and worried about losing someone again, she was reluctant to get involved with anyone—especially someone who had a job that took him all over the country. She and her son needed a home, a solid place to land. She actually realizes what is happening when she has to jump into his arms from a tree branch.
- Who is the most romantic, your hero or your heroine?
Definitely Nick. Lilly is a practical, stubborn, salt-of-the-earth kind of girl. She’s so busy trying to raise her son, she doesn’t have time to entertain a lot of romantic notions. Nick, on the other hand, can turn anything into a romantic adventure.
About Lorna: Iowa native and resident Lorna Seilstad received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she quit teaching and became a professional wiper. “I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby’s bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote.” Today, she writes inspirational historical romance with a generous dash of humor, and lives with her husband and three children. Read more at www.LornaSeilstad.com.
About the book: The only man pragmatic Lilly Hart needs in her life is a six year old. Widowed two years ago, Lilly leaves the shelter of her intrusive in-laws’ home to stand on her own and provide for her young son by working for the summer as a cook at Lake Manawa. However, her in-laws find that life utterly unsuitable for their grandson, and when a row ensues, a handsome stranger–who designs roller coasters, of all things–intercedes on her behalf. Still, Lilly is not about to get involved with any man, especially this cocky (though charismatic) gentleman. Little does she know she is about to begin the ride of her life.
Filled with delightful characters and the romance of summer, The Ride of Her Life is another supremely entertaining story from the witty Lorna Seilstad. Readers will laugh out loud and sigh contentedly as they spend the summer of 1906 in Lake Manawa.
Come back May 18th for Lorna’s excerpt from the book.