Hi, Susan! So glad to have you back! Tell us a little about your new book.
This novella is a historical romance, and it’s a sequel to The Christmas Tree Bride, in which Polly had received a Christmas card from her friend Ava. In Blue Moon Bride, Ava rides the railroad to Cheyenne, Wyoming, to visit Polly. On the way, she finds danger and romance.
Gotta love the wildness of Wyoming! I was blessed to visit the historical Cheyenne Railroad station a couple years ago and took a photo beside the brass lady statue there (wish I could find the pic, I'd include it here). Fun! Alrighty, here's another question:
If you were in your heroine’s shoes when the story starts, would you react differently than she? How so?
Probably not. Ava’s younger sister is getting married before she does. I never had a younger sister, so I’m not sure how that would feel. I know being single does not have the stigma today that it did back then. But I would definitely see the trip to Wyoming as a grand adventure!
How would you label the overall mood of your stories: dark, gritty, poignant, sensitive, heart-warming, light, witty, humorous, adventurous?
A sneak peek into what you're working on right now?
My son and I just finished writing a seafaring novel, about a nineteenth-century merchant ship manned by women. It was great fun writing the story, and we hope to continue the saga. Right now, publishers are looking at the concept.
What do you do for a fun break if you find yourself overwhelmed with writing pressures?
Where I live, Jeopardy comes on at 3 p.m. That makes a great break for me—relaxing, enjoyable, and not too long. I also have a piece of exercise equipment near where I watch, so I can work out while watching if I want to.
Do you blog? If so, leave us the address.
I’m a regular on www.hhhistory.com. The formal name of the blog is Heroes, Heroines, and History. It’s presented by 31 historical fiction writers. Once a month, each of us blogs about the historical topic of her choice. My day of each month is the 23rd. In June, I blogged about the color orange, and what English-speaking people called “orange” before they knew about the fruit by that name. It’s lots of fun, and the topics are widely varied. Come see us and leave a comment. We have several giveaways each month, too, so it’s a great place to win a book by a historical fiction author.
Bonus fun questions:
Where is your favorite spot to read?
In bed, under a cozy quilt, or out on the back deck.
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than fifty published novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. Susan lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of nine. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com
Book blurb.In Blue Moon Bride, two young Easterners travel West, Ava to visit her childhood friend and Joe on business. They meet on the train and find themselves allies when they are robbed by an outlaw gang. While Ava emerges unscathed, Joe loses his job in the aftermath of the robbery. Will he land on his feet—and will he ever see Ava again? It only happens once in a blue moon.
Blue Moon Bride is available as an e-book in the Twelve Brides of Summer collection #1 for Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XIW4FQ2 and for Nook at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-12-brides-of-summer-novella-collection-1-susan-page-davis/1121957907?ean=9781634095723
It is also found in the paperback anthology Old West Summer Brides, in Wal-Mart stores.
Susan is generously giving away either an e-book copy of Blue Moon Bride, or a paper copy of the collection it’s found in, Old West Summer Brides. Winner’s choice! Comment on the blog WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS (email at server dot com) to win.
What about you, readers? Where is YOUR favorite spot to read?