Part two–Taming the Beast

18 09 2009
The healing powers of nature

The healing powers of nature

When thinking about what makes the perfect hero, the following comes to my mind: intelligence, courage, compassion, sex appeal, etc.  But for a Beauty & the Beast-themed story, where would the Beast be without Belle? Her influence over him helps him make the change from a miserable creature to a man–complete in every sense of the word.

Belle is a hero in her own right. Much like the heroine in my time-travel romance, Wish for the Moon.  Optimistic, buoyant, and friendly, Carrie Greer is the complementary opposite to Matthias Thorne’s reclusive beast. She’s an expert herbalist and small business entrepreneur. But her biggest obstacle in life is the only thing she can’t change: her health.

Carrie is an epileptic.

My sister-in-law Jennifer was a helpful source of inspiration for writing about Carrie. No shrinking violet herself, she has battled and endured her disability her entire life. Her multiple treatments and their side-effects have caused Jennifer setbacks but never changed her positive attitude.

Southern “belle” Carrie is determined to find the rare herb chronicled by medieval monks as a cure for seizures–an herb long-thought extinct until its rebirth during archeological excavations on Matthias’s property in Wales.  Little does she know the fearsome welcome that awaits behind the crumbling ancient walls.

Her physical appearance contradicts her attitude. Though she may appear frail, she has the stubbornness and heart of a Celtic warrior, herself!

Wish for the Moon

Wish for the Moon

Read an excerpt below:

With his hands on his hips, Matthias gave the attendants a sour look, and they scampered out immediately.

“Matthias,” Carrie crooned softly, “you know you’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

“And what’s that supposed to mean, Miss Scarlett?” he drawled mockingly.

She grabbed his hand and pulled him down to the bed, grinning. “It means, if you’re nice to people, they’ll be nice to you.”

He lifted a brow. “And how many men have you commanded?” His hands closed around her waist as he lowered a kiss to her neck.

Dying to touch him, she loosened his tunic and ran her fingers underneath the fabric, skimming

across his skin. “One.”

Win a Soothing Lavender Spa Basket plus a signed copy of Wish for the Moon!!!

Win a Soothing Lavender Spa Basket plus a signed copy of Wish for the Moon!!!

As today is the Official Release Day of Wish for the Moon, I am giving away a fantastic basket of lavender spa products which Carrie would heartily approve of, along with a signed copy of Wish for the Moon in a drawing. All you have to do to get your name in the drawing is to answer the following questions and/or post a  comment:  What characteristics do you like to see in a heroine/hero? In your opinion, do their imperfections make them less heroic or more? If you read last Monday’s post, Taming the Beast pt 1, and commented on both parts, you’ll get two entries in the contest today! Double the chance of winning!!

I’ll post the winners this Saturday at midnight.  Good luck!

Sandra

–author of Wish for the Moon, available now at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

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9 responses

18 09 2009
Amanda Barnett

Dear Sandi,

Just wanted to say how excited I am Wish For The Moon is out! You did a fantastic job, my dear.

Amanda Barnett/Editor/The Wild Rose Press

18 09 2009
sandrajones

Thanks, Amanda! Your help and encouraging words always make my day!!

18 09 2009
Amanda Barnett

Honey, you wrote the book, I just fine tuned it.

Amanda

18 09 2009
Abigail Maupin

Oh, flaws are absolutely necessary—perfection is boring! Outside obstacles and impediments are all well and good, but I love watching a character struggle with him/herself. As a reader, I want to feel connected to the characters, and lord knows, I’m only human, so I want them to be as well, lol.
Can’t wait to start reading about Matthias and Carrie!

18 09 2009
sandrajones

I love to feel those little tugs on my heartstrings, too.

Thanks, Abigail!

18 09 2009
Mary Ricksen

You can add a new draw to what makes one choose a book to read.
Comments like this convince me! Good luch and many sales.

18 09 2009
sandrajones

Thanks, Mary!! I appreciate your comments, too.

18 09 2009
Estelle

Huge Congrats on the release, Sandi!

18 09 2009
sandrajones

Thanks, Estelle! It’s been a long journey, but it was worth the wait. Holding that first copy was almost as memorable as holding a newborn. LOL

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