Shannon here: Sherri Wilson Johnson shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest Historical Romance, To Laugh Once More. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated, Jan 12 – 14 to enter the drawing for an e-book copy of To Laugh Once More and To Dance Once More. Two winners – one e-book each. Deadline: Jan 24th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Sherri:
- What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?
Hamilton bought Lydia a new horse for their wedding after her horse died.
- Where is the most romantic place your hero and heroine have ever been?
They went to Shell Island, Panama City Beach, Florida for a week with Lydia’s family before they were married.
- What’s the most romantic present your hero ever bought your heroine?
Hamilton gave Lydia a leather journal on their wedding day so she could write about their journey together.
- What simple gesture does your hero do that melts your heroine every time?
He whisks her off to the dance floor to cast her cares away.
- How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?
Lydia has known Hamilton all of her life but always thought of him as a brother. When he returns home from school one summer, she’s instantly attracted to him. She, however, resists the lure of love, wanting to be more than a wife and mother. But it doesn’t take her too long to fall for him. However, she discovers a terrible secret that will keep them apart and what she once didn’t want, she now wants but can’t have. It’s a tangled web.
- Who is most romantic, your hero or your heroine?
My hero, Hamilton.
- What is the most caring thing your hero has ever done for your heroine?
Lydia falls from her horse and is knocked unconscious. The horse has fallen on her legs and he is injured and can’t get up. Hamilton is forced to put her horse down in order to save Lydia’s life.
- Who said, “I love you” first, your hero or your heroine?
Hamilton tells Lydia he loves her first.
About Sherri: Sherri Wilson Johnson is an Inspirational Romance novelist, a speaker, and a former homeschooling mom who’d rather have laugh lines under her eyes than worry lines across her forehead. She lives in Georgia with her husband, her two children and her Chihuahua, Posey. Her favorite thing to do when she’s not with her family is to curl up with a good book or work on her current work-in-progress. She loves to dream of visiting romantic places and is passionate about the Lord, motherhood, homeschooling, and writing. Sherri is the author of To Dance Once More, Song of the Meadowlark, and To Laugh Once More. She is a columnist with Habits for a Happy Home and Choose NOW Ministries. Learn more: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Choose NOW column, Habits for a Happy Home column, The Book Club Network.
About the book – To Dance Once More:
Marriage was the last thing on her mind. Now it may be her only choice.
Debutante Lydia Barrington lives a carefree, protected existence on Live Oaks Plantation in Florida. While her sisters happily prepare for their traditional roles as women and talk of courting, Lydia dreams of adventure and independence. She counts the days until she can leave home to explore the world, to dance with cultured gentlemen, to explore politics and art, to leave behind the confining expectations of her family and community—and her God. Even her friendship with handsome Hamilton Scarbrough isn’t enough to hold her back…until they dance, and her heart considers love.
Confused by her heart’s betrayal, Lydia struggles to gain her independence. Then she overhears a private conversation about a business deal that has everything to do with her future. Now she’s faced with the biggest decision of her life—to concede or to fight. Either choice will require great sacrifice…and, perhaps, countless rewards. In an attempt to escape her imminent destiny, Lydia scrambles to find a solution—at all costs. Amidst the trials that follow, as Lydia runs out of time, she learns the meaning of sacrifice, forgiveness, hope and faith. Stripped of her future, will she concede or fight?
Will she ever be able TO DANCE ONCE MORE?
Romance. Scandal. Desperation. Hope.
Psalm 30:10-12 10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
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About the book – To Laugh Once More:
To Laugh Once More is a Victorian Inspirational Romance set in Florida and Georgia in 1895 and follows Lydia Barrington Scarbrough on her quest for purpose.
The War may be over, but the battles still rage.
A dissatisfied wife. A misunderstood husband. Three tragedies will alter their path forever. Will their choices tear them apart, or will they allow them To Laugh Once More?
Three years after her marriage to Hamilton, former debutante Lydia Barrington Scarbrough is dissatisfied with life. She has yet to have children, and she spends most of her days sitting in a circle of women chatting about homemaking. She thought life would be more than what it’s turned out to be. Hamilton travels on business and never takes her with him. What’s a lonely wife to do when she has no children to raise? She longs for adventure and romance, and really, she longs for the fulfillment of her purpose in life. A purpose beyond being a wife and raising children.
Lydia faces a series of hardships that stretch her faith beyond capacity. Leaving her childhood home in Florida for Georgia proves to be more difficult than she ever imagined, and her marriage may not survive the trials. Lydia’s own personal battles drive a wedge between them. What will it take to make Hamilton attempt to save their marriage and draw Lydia back to him?
As Lydia strives to etch out a place for herself in a new world full of unfamiliar prejudice against the poor and uneducated, and she attempts to overcome her private battles of infertility and insignificance, she must help Hamilton understand her deepest longings and learn the true meaning of joy. Will she surrender her will in order to find her purpose? Will her future hold a happier marriage, motherhood, and a calling greater than she could ever have imagined?
They won’t find their place in this world until they find their way back to each other.
This journey through the historic Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia exposes both the beauty and the pain of the heart of the South.
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Question: Do you journal? Why or why not? Is so, do you have a special journal?
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