Shannon here: Regina Rudd Merrick shares insight into her upcoming Contemporary Romance, Heart Restoration. Answer the question in this post to enter Monday’s drawing. Deadline: June 13th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Regina:
Interview with Lisa Reno from Heart Restoration:
- Are you open to your own romance?
Yes, I’m completely open to romance, but romance seems to have left me behind. I mean, really. My DAD has had a romance since I have! Did I tell you he’s getting married in a few weeks? It’s a cool story, but I’ll save it for another time. Me? I’m so busy keeping the business running since Dad’s semi-retired and my brother, Del, broke his leg, that I don’t have time for romance. Not that it would matter. Who am I going to meet in my rural small town? I did have a crush on Del’s roommate, Nick, in college, but he got married a few years ago, and then his wife died in a car wreck. Who can compete with those kinds of memories?
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
He would have to be a leader, in a spiritual sense. I know Dad was somewhat of a workaholic, but he and Mom worked together and demonstrated their love for each other as they supported each other, and us. That’s what I’d like. A hard worker who is spiritually aware.
- What’s the one habit or lifestyle that would make you run the other way?
Drug or alcohol abuse. I’ve seen too many marriages crumble under the weight of addiction. As a wife, I can’t change my husband, and I don’t want to try. Only God can do that.
- Where do you dream of getting married?
Ooo, I like that question. It’s one I’ve thought about ever since I was a little girl living close to the Ohio River in Kentucky. I want to get married on a bluff overlooking the river. There are so many pretty places in Crittenden County, but there is an old chimney on one of the prettiest spots where I’ve heard there used to be a house. It would be gorgeous.
- Where do you dream of spending your honeymoon?
As much as I love Kentucky, my dream honeymoon would be Charleston, South Carolina. There, you have the beach, the history, the architecture. Just thinking about all those old houses to tour makes me giddy!
- What would be the best gift a potential mate could buy for you?
I don’t mention my art very often. I love to paint and draw. Probably the best gift my husband could give me would be an art studio, even if it’s just a corner of a room. Actually, the best gift he could give me would be to appreciate my art. That would mean the world to me!
About Regina: Regina Rudd Merrick is a multi-published writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, lover of all things beachy and chocolate, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Married to her husband of 35-plus years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY.
She began reading romance and thinking of book ideas as early as her teenage years when she attempted a happily-ever-after sequel to “Gone With the Wind.” That love of fiction parlayed into a career as a librarian, and ultimately as a full-time writer. She began attending local writing workshops and continued to hone her craft by writing several short and novel-length fan-fiction pieces published online, where she met other authors with a similar love for story, a Christian worldview, and happily-ever-after.
Active in their church, Regina and her husband’s daughters share her love of music, writing, and the arts. She is the author of three books, Carolina Dream (Apr. 2017), Carolina Mercy (July 2018), Carolina Grace (February 2019) in the Southern Breeze Series, her novella, “Pawleys Aisle,” a Southern Breeze novella in the Coastal Promises collection, published by Mantle Rock Publishing, LLC. Her story, “RenoVating Christmas,” was part of the Hope Is Born collection with the Mosaic Collection. Book one of her new RenoVations Series, Heart Restoration, releases in August of 2020. Learn more & connect:
About the book – Heart Restoration:
For interior designer Lisa Reno things go from bad to worse when her contractor brother falls off a ladder and breaks his leg. Now she has to deal with the past coming back to haunt her, an old house with a corpse in the creepy cellar, and her best friend trying her best to fix her up with any man that moves.
Nick Woodward is willing to do his old college roommate a favor – especially since it involves renovating his own inheritance. The last thing he wants is to get involved with anyone. When he lost his wife and unborn child so suddenly, he had made the decision to keep God and everyone else at arm’s length.
So far, so good.
Ah, the difference a trip to a dingy basement makes.
Releases August 2020
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