Shannon here: Molly Noble Bull shares how her heroine’s parents met plus 4 books up for grabs for 4 winners – 2 print copies and 2 e-book copies of her Gothic Historical Suspense, Gatehaven. Comment on any post dated March 10 -14 to enter the drawing – US residents only. Deadline: March 22nd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Molly:
How Shannon’s Parents Met by By Molly Noble Bull
You said you wished to ask questions of me, I believe. But we must speak in whispers least we wake the wee one now sleeping in the other room. So I shall begin by telling a bit about myself as Shannon did when you spoke with her.
I am Mrs. Aimee. My given name is Rachel. After I married, I became Mrs. Rachel Aimee, and my husband and I have been married these twenty and five years. Mr. Aimee is Shannon’s father, of course. He is also a farmer, and a good one if I say so myself. He is also a fine man, and though we have no wealth, he is trusted and respected in the community.
Mr. Aimee and I were born in France. But we left there on the night we married in order to practice our religion as we saw fit and for personal reasons. I understand you wish to discuss our courting days, and I find that humorous, considering that I shall soon be in my forty-fifth year. My dear husband is even older. Nevertheless, I said I would answer your questions, and I shall.
. What is the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?
Let me think. There are so many things. It would have to be the day he asked me to be his wife. I had been fleeing from an unwanted suitor that just wouldn’t leave me be, and I was panting because I had been running and running. All at once he appeared on the road before me. I must have looked a fright. He ran toward me, arms outstretched as if his heart cried out on my behalf, and he planned to hold me in his arms forever. I was still shaking, but he held me until I stopped.
At last he said, “I love you, Rachel. I want us to marry, and when you are my wife, you will never be frightened again.”
. What is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
After we married, we left France and lived in England for a short time before settling in Scotland. As the Lord would have it, while still in England we met a kindly earl and his wife who befriended us. It is unusual for an earl to befriend commoners. However, he was a Christian and so he did. Then he insisted that we stay in his beautiful mansion until we were ready to leave for Scotland, and we did that, too. I shall always remember his kindness and that lovely home of his.
. Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?
A favorite song? If you mean favorite hymn, I do have favorites. However, I cannot think of a title at the moment. Perhaps later a title will come to me.
. How soon after meeting your spouse did you know he was the one?
I am blushing on the inside at your question—perhaps on the outside, too. I fell in love with Mr. Aimee the first time I saw him.He was standing under a tree near the field he’d been plowing with my friend Marie and her brother, Anton. Had Marie not been standing there, I dare say I would not have walked boldly toward them.
Then Marie introduced us.
After a while Mr. Aimee said, “You look tired. Would you care for a cup of water from the spring? I just had some, and the water is very cooling to the tongue and throat.”
He gave me the water, and then he gave me his heart.
. Who said, “I love you” first, you or your spouse?
I wanted to—Oh, how I wanted to. But he said it first. It was on the day he asked me to be his wife.
. Where did you and your spouse go on your honeymoon?
Honeymoon? We had no honeymoon. We fled France in the dark of night, rowing for the ship off shore as fast as we could. It was a frightening time, but looking back, it seems very exciting. Mr. Aimee and I have had an exciting life as will our daughter, Shannon, when she comes to her senses.
About Molly: Molly Noble Bull was born in Kingsville, Texas—home of the famous King Ranch, and her father and maternal grandfather were real Texas cowboys. So does she write westerns?
But she also writes long historical novels like Gatehaven, her long Christian gothic. Gatehaven won the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest while still a manuscript. But Molly’ first two published novels came out from Zondervan. Her Zondervan novels were later reprinted and published as Promise Romances from Guideposts. Molly also sold novels to Steeple Hill, and Tsaba House, and Westbow Press published The Overcomers: Christian Authors Who Conquered Learning Disabilities, a non-fiction book she wrote with four other Christian authors.
Molly owns the rights to her Zondervan romance novels now, and she will soon self publish The Rogue’s Daughter as a e-book. Rogue is a western set on a South Texas cattle ranch in 1890.
About the book – Gatehaven: Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull is a Christian Gothic historical novel set in a haunting mansion in the north of England where Ian Colquhoun and Shannon Aimee battle a Frenchman with dark secrets—spiritual warfare vs. the occult. Will they learn enough about God’s words to defend themselves and others or will evil overcome them?
Set in 1784, a romance in the tradition of old books and movies like Gaslight and Jane Eyre. The novel is available in trade paperback and as an e-book. The e-book version normally sells for $9.99, but it is on sale for only $2.99 until midnight on March 17th.
Gatehaven’s book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRa4h167wHU&list=UUSud14a5OCxl_vBBb1IAf7Q&feature=c4-overview
Come back March 17th for Caryl McAdoo!