Shannon here: Contemporary Romance author, Stacy Monson shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest release, Dance of Grace. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Nov 7th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Stacy:
Stacy: Hey, Kurt and Vanessa. Thanks for sitting down with me for this interview. I know you’re super busy so we’ll keep this short.
Kurt: That’s good. I don’t have a long attention span.
Vanessa: That’s because your brain is overloaded with new ideas.
(they share a laugh)
Kurt: It’s called ADHD.
Vanessa: I call it creative thinking.
Stacy: So Vanessa, what simple gesture does Kurt do that melts your heart every time?
Vanessa: Oh, wow. There are so many.
Vanessa: (punches him lightly) Yes, seriously. I’m pretty much a walking puddle when you’re around. So, let’s see. Early on there were things like putting his hand at my back when we crossed the street, and matching his pace to mine when I was still using the canes. Simple things that made me feel safe, protected. He’s still like that even now. He makes me feel special and cherished.
Stacy: Kurt, what does Vanessa do that makes you feel that way?
Kurt: Are you kidding? Look at her. She’s gorgeous!
(Vanessa hides face against his shoulder.)
Kurt: Really. Just looking at her smile, which took a while in the early days to come out, still makes me wonder how I got so lucky.
Vanessa: See? It’s things like that that turn me into a puddle.
Kurt: And she has always encouraged me. River House never would have launched if not for her. And I wouldn’t be singing now, if she hadn’t pushed me. She’s always looking for what’s good in me (gets a bit misty). That was a new concept when we met because up to that point I was sure there wasn’t anything good in me. Now it’s easier to believe because of her.
Stacy: Okay, you guys are going to make me cry! Vanessa, how soon after meeting Kurt did you know he was the one?
Vanessa: (blushes) Well, I hadn’t dated much when we first met, so it took me a while to realize that all the goofy feelings meant I was falling for him. It was after Razzie told us about Kurt’s music background, and Kurt told me his whole story that I realized how much I liked him. I was jealous of Ashley and hoped he’d fall for me, even though I figured it would never happen.
Kurt: Maybe not when I knocked her down that first day, but not too long after that. I really liked being with her and just kept going back to spend time with her. (Turns to smile thoughtfully at her) There was something about her that drew me back time after time.
Vanessa: Even though I wasn’t very nice at first.
Kurt: But I knew you were hurting and I wanted to help.
Vanessa: His persistence wore me down. (laughs) And made me fall in love with him.
Kurt: That was my plan all along. I wasn’t going away so she had to fall for me.
Stacy: And the plan worked! Okay, last question. Kurt, who is more romantic – you or Vanessa?
Kurt: Ah, I’m not very good at that stuff.
Vanessa: Yes, you are! He is definitely more romantic than me. He brings me roses once a week, and he leaves the cutest notes on my desk. He has pictures of us all over the place. He takes me out for ice cream a lot, which is my favorite thing. He even wrote a song for me.
Kurt: (face gets pink) I just love making her smile.
Stacy: You two are just the sweetest couple! Thanks for spending time with me.
About Stacy: An award-winning author, Stacy Monson writes stories that show an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. A member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), she is the current secretary and past president of MN-NICE, as well as the area coordinator for Minnesota. Residing in the Twin Cities, she is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, mom to two amazing kids and two wonderful in-law kids, and a very proud grandma. You can learn more about Stacy and her books at www.stacymonson.com.
About the book – Dance of Grace:
A former dancer. An ex-con. A house on fire. Grace amidst revenge.
In one tragic moment, dancer Vanessa Jordan lost her family, her career, and her future. She blames God for destroying everything that mattered.
Kurt Wagner, an ex-con with a second chance at life and faith, aches to shed his past and see his dream of helping teens become reality.
The former dancer and the ex-con form an unlikely alliance to build River House, a safe haven for kids on the street. But when Kurt’s past threatens his dreams and his life, Vanessa becomes a target as well.
It will take a stubborn love, the grace of God, and one courageous teen to keep the River House dream alive.
From His Image Publications.
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