Today I am part of the blog tour for Rekindled Dreams. I tell you a bit more about the book and there is an excerpt, an charcater interview with Vena and a tour wide giveaway!
by Linda Carroll-Bradd
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 7 October 2013
When museum curator Vena Fenton returns to her small Montana hometown, she’s forced to live under the same roof as Finnian Quaid, the star of more than one teenage fantasy. Finnian is now an environmental lobbyist, making a bid for senate, and is as dreamy as ever.
Finnian needs a more settled image if he wants to get ahead in the polls. In order to do that, he needs a wife. With Vena living under his roof, his problem seems solved. As the romantic sparks fly, there’s more at risk than Finnian’s political aspirations. Can they keep their eye on the prize, or will their growing love derail them both?
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This interview was conducted by Linda Caroll-Bradd with Vena Fenton, the heroine of contemporary romantic comedy Rekindled Dreams.
Linda: How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?
Vena: Vena Fenton, I’m a curatorial assistant at a Los Angeles museum and I’m back in Montana on vacation.
Linda: Where were you raised?
Vena: I grew up in a small town in northern Montana called Dry Creek. I’m told I lived abroad while my parents were on site at archeological digs but I don’t remember those places. Mostly, I remember living with Nana and Grandpop in a rambling two-story house that was built in the late 1800s.
Linda: Family members?
Vena: One sister, Thia, who is two years older and Poppy and Oswald, my scientist parents.
Linda: Are you a pet person?
Vena: As kids, we were never allowed because Poppy and Oswald didn’t want the responsibility. Apartment living in Los Angeles isn’t too conducive to most animals, and I’m allergic to cats. But someday, when I live in a house, I’d like to have a dog.
Linda: Did you always want to be a curator?
Vena: From the time I heard my first story about an earlier time. Nana told wonderful stories of when she was young. She made living through the Second World War sound romantic. Her own grandmother traveled west in a covered wagon and homesteaded in Oregon and she told me those stories. Plus Grandpop was a bomber pilot, although he only told a couple stories of his adventures. That’s how I came to love history.
Linda: Do you have any hobbies?
Vena: I collect vintage clothing and accessories. Hours can be lost when I’m hunting for a specific piece.
Linda: What are your reading tastes?
Vena: Historicals, of course. Mostly romances and ones where the author does description well. I never get tired of reading about the wonderful clothes of the late 1700s and early 1800s—especially in the royal courts Sigh.
Linda: What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Vena: Nothing exciting happened to me before coming back to my hometown. Your blog visitors will have to read the novel to learn about the chain of events that gets kicked off when I agree to be Finn’s temporary fiancée.
Linda: What attracts you first to a man?
Vena: His eyes. I’m partial to blue eyes and the expression has to be warm and non-judgmental.
Sounds specific, are you talking about a particular man?
(blushes) Finnian Quaid. My best friend’s oldest brother, the guy I was tongue-tied over in high school, the one I’ve dreamed about since puberty, imagining what “being together” would be like. In my story, Rekindled Dreams, I have a chance at loving Finn but so many obstacles are put in our way.
Finn stood at the entrance of the gazebo, grinning. “Should have figured you’d be here.”
“Hi.” Her jumbled thoughts prevented a clever response. “You look tired.”
“Today’s been hard—full of facts and figures.” He stepped forward and held out his arms. “Just seeing you makes me feel better. I need a hug, Elfie.”
Without hesitation, she walked into his embrace, melting against his firm body. His arms grasped her shoulders, and then crossed slowly over her back and molded her body to his.
Finn groaned. “You don’t know how much I’ve wanted this since this morning.” He turned his face into her hair and inhaled. “This is what’s important. Not what’s going on in some corporate boardroom.”
Vena stroked her fingers along the corded muscles of his neck and played with the ends of his hair. Their children would all have heads covered with masses of curls. Whoa. She was letting herself get carried away. What mattered was he was holding her, telling her with his body that he needed her. She could give him a calm place to come home to, could be his anchor in life’s storm.
His head dipped lower, and his lips nuzzled kisses along her neck to her shoulder. The brush of his stubble on tender skin made her shiver.
“Don’t you have anything warmer than this?” His voice was gruff, but his eyes were caring as he arranged the crocheted shawl over her exposed shoulders. Using his grip on the cloth, he pulled her close, and his mouth covered hers in a possessive kiss. “How was the rest of your day? I’ve been—”
Lips still tingling, Vena came to a decision. She didn’t want to talk. The hours since he’d left her in this exact spot had dragged, especially when every single thought came back to Finn.
From under the shawl, she twined her arms around his waist, hands locking behind his back. Pressing against the heat at the tops of her legs, she gave herself up to the rush of wanting. She tasted his mouth from one angle and then another, the pull of desire tugging deep in her belly. So often, she had thought of this, and vowed to make this night unforgettable.
No matter what came tomorrow.
About the Author:
As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication–a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Rekindled Dreams. One winner will win a 10$ gift card from Amazon and 2 other winners will each win 1 e-copy of Rekindled Dreams by Linda Carroll-Bradd.