Sweet sweet story! And, for me, different. For no reasons, I’ve never read many books where there was dancing… A shame, really. I’ll start with this.
The book is Lion Dancing for Love (Deerbourne Inn Series) by Laura Boon, a Contemporary romance, small town romance, novella.
Licking her wounds after a bad relationship, San Diego accountant Caitlyn Summers travels to Willow Springs to help her friend gear up for the annual Maple Sugar Ball. She isn’t planning on staying long, but one encounter with the delicious Corey Duncan has her re-evaluating her plans.
Corey swore off love when his wife Annie died from breast cancer. Caitlyn is too young, too citified, and vibrates with a passion and energy that will upend the safe, comfortable rhythm of his life. Corey has to choose between playing it safe and taking a risk on love. Caitlyn needs to find the patience to let Corey lead. If not, the Maple Sugar Ball might end in a sticky mess, instead of a slow dance with the man who has captured her heart.
Will their fire burn hot enough to erase doubts and past hurts?
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The Wild Rose Press (publisher): https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/6584-lion-dancing-for-love.html
“You don’t have to be good at it. You have to be able to follow and count to three.”
She put her hands on her hips. It was his turn to raise a brow. “I can follow—if I choose to.”
He chuckled. “Such sass. Prove it.”
He held out his left hand, and she moved forward and placed her right inside it. He twined their fingers and pulled her into position. A heady combination of scents rose from her, vanilla and pheromones and something uniquely Caitlin. Her skin was slick against his. “Rest your head against my chest,” he murmured.
“I don’t recall that as an official position.”
“It’s the one I favor. Stand on my feet. That’s it.” He adjusted her arm, so she had a good hold around his neck and drew her even closer. “Step with your right foot first…back across, together. Forward, across, together. Back, across, together. Forward, across, together.”
Halfway through the song, he let her feet slip to the ground. At the end he kept a firm grip on her waist while he hit replay, then led her through a series of fast twirls, their bodies so close they were almost one. When the song ended, they collapsed in a heap against the wall. She was giggling.
“I get why it was considered scandalous when it was first introduced.”
He smiled and tipped her chin toward him with a finger. “It’s only scandalous if you do it properly.”
He brushed his lips softly across hers, then claimed her mouth as she breathed into him.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Laura Boon stole her first romance from her father’s bookshelves as a teenager, The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and was immediately captivated. After holding a variety of positions in publishing, from bookseller to sales rep and publicist, she eventually found the courage to write her own stories. She was born in Zambia, grew up in South Africa, and went to university in America. She now lives in Australia with her husband and their adorable dogs Beau and Arro. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys sleuthing for artisan chocolate and beautiful stationery, watching tennis, and walking alongside Sydney’s beautiful harbor.
Hi Laura, and thank you for being here! So, how did you come up with the idea for your book?
The Wild Rose Press created the world of Willow Springs, Vermont, in which the Deerbourne Inn series is set. Browsing through the series bible, I read about Corey Duncan, a third-generation family business owner and widower. I immediately knew that he was much too young to be on his own. I wondered who could pull him out of the safe zone he had buried himself in. As I asked the question, sassy Caitlin walked into the story. From there, it was just a question of how to get them to believe in each other.
Did you always have the reins of the story or the people in it tried to take over?
My characters always take over and redirect the plot. However, since they know their story better than I do, it works out well. J
Do you have a day job?
I’m a book publicist and editor. I used to work full-time, but now I freelance, thanks to the support of my husband, which gives me time to write.
What does your writing space look like?
I have a couple of writing spaces, but the one l like best is a small red desk in the TV room. I like to work surrounded by my family and dogs – like Jane Austen!
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
I was honored to be named Favorite Debut Romance Author of the Year 2018 by the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA). It’s really affirming to get positive feedback from readers.
Which kind of scenes are the hardest for you to write? Action, dialogue, sex?
I love writing dialogue. My characters always have a lot to say! And sex scenes are fun – hot, intimate and emotional. Action scenes are the hardest for me because not only do I have to do research, but I also need to make sure everything happens logically and clearly. It’s easy to leave a small but critical detail out.
Is there anything about the writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?
I don’t think the public understands that writing is work. It’s a skill that improves with practice and dedication like any other. Successful writers don’t lounge around waiting for the Muse to strike. They need hours at the keyboard to produce, so even although they work from home, they’re not available at the drop of a hat to go for coffee, watch a movie or take a walk.
Can you describe your writing style in ten words or less?
Witty, passionate romance with heart.
How long does it take to write a story?
Ha! How long is a piece of string? My first book took five years. The next one took six months. How long it takes depends on a number of factors including my level of skill, my relationship with the characters, how much research I need to do, what word length is required, how much else is going on in my life, and whether or not I have a deadline. Deadlines are very motivating.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, play tennis and take my doggies for a walk. And eat chocolate. <j>
What are your top three favorite books of all time?
My favorite books are a moveable feast influenced by my ongoing reading. At the moment, they are:
The Last Hellion by Loretta Chase
Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan
Moonshadow by Thea Harrison
If you were stranded on a deserted island and can have only 2 people with you, a person from your books and a person from any other book, which would they be?
I would take my Corey Duncan from Lion Dancing for Love. He’s very calm, good at growing things, and he cooks. I expect he also knows how to fish – not that I’ve asked him, but surely everyone in Vermont knows how to throw a line? Then, I would take Lydia Grenville from The Last Hellion. Lydia is the most competent woman on earth, has a huge heart and is an excellent mimic. When she’s not organizing all of us into ‘un-stranding’ ourselves, she’ll make us laugh.
A pet peeve.
Reality TV. Do people really believe it’s unscripted? Maybe the “actors” don’t have to memorize lines, but they’re ‘guided’ by the film crew who manipulate who spends time with who, how much sleep they get, how much alcohol they consume, etc. It’s all guaranteed to make something “newsworthy” happen, so why are the people who participate always surprised when the final edit makes them look bad/stupid/gullible, etc? “Real” people volunteering to be the actors cut the costs for the film makers – it’s so much cheaper than having to actually hire professionals. And most of it is soooo trite. (I’ll stop there otherwise this rant could go on forever!)
What bill do you hate paying the most?
Traffic fines. They are the biggest waste of money ever.
Is marriage outdated?
No, I don’t think so. Marriage is about declaring your commitment in front of your community, friends and family, whether in a civil ceremony or a religious one. You don’t have to be married to be committed, but it shows intent. It’s an emotional commitment as much as a legal one. Without marriage, it’s tempting to walk away at the first speed bump. It’s easy for those of us who are heterosexual and free to choose to be blasé about the value of marriage. It will only be outdated when couples who have been denied the right to be married, and individuals who’ve been denied the right to choose their partner, feel as casual about it as we do.
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