Today, I’d like to welcome fellow Astraea Press author Heather Gray to tell us more about her new release Queen (Regency Refuge #3).
To whet everyone’s appetite, let’s start with the striking cover and the blurb …
Queen’s world was shattered, and she was banished to a foreign land. Years pass before she dares to return, but what she finds is of little comfort. Greed and dishonesty have festered and grown in her absence. Embittered and cynical, Queen trusts few people.
Owen pursues a clandestine investigation and finds himself working side-by-side with a veritable ghost, an agent few have seen, a master of disguise known simply as Queen. He craves her trust…but then uncovers a secret from his family’s past that could destroy her.
Queen once sought refuge in America and now seeks it in disguise. Owen has always found his refuge in God, but will his faith be strong enough for the challenges ahead? Can he convince Queen to stop hiding, or is he doomed to become her most hated enemy?
And a quick excerpt …
“I don’t want him knowing what either of you look like. You need to leave until I get him back to the inn.”
“It’s not safe.”
“The situation is a disaster, but he’s safe. I trust him.”
Owen listened to the voices. The first was Isadore/Iola. Thankfully, she’d dropped the horrible screech she’d been using as part of the barmaid act. The other belonged to a man. Older, he guessed, but he couldn’t say by how much.
“I don’t like it. This isn’t part of the plan.”
A woman’s voice, also older. Isadore/Iola’s parents?
The voices talked some more in a hushed whisper, then a door opened and closed.
“You can stop pretending to be unconscious, Mr. Loring.”
“How do you know my name?” Owen sat up, his movement slow. He winced at the pain while taking in his surroundings. He was on a pallet in the main room of a small cottage. His hand explored the source of his discomfort and found a tender lump on the back of his head.
“I make it my business to learn things about people.” She stood near the front door, not very far away in the smallness of the room. Her frizzy red hair looked as if it might take flight were it not held down by the small linen cap that was part of her uniform at the inn.
“I’m at a disadvantage, then, because I’m fairly certain I don’t know your name. Isadore. Or should I say Iola?”
A kind of tired silence was her only response, and Owen decided to go for the jugular.
“Maybe it’s Queen?”
Her hissed intake of breath told him he’d hit the mark.
“I stopped to visit Peter on my way here. He mentioned you two went fishing.”
She smiled then, and the lines of tension eased from around her eyes. “Peter never mentions anything on accident.”
Owen stared, puzzling out her words. “You didn’t go fishing, did you?”
A quick shake of the head. “But you and I appear to be fishing in the same pond.”
Peter had always been a sly fox. He’d told Owen, but the younger agent hadn’t listened.
“Nobody’s seen you in these parts for a long time.”
She tipped her head in agreement. “Four years.”
“Where have you been?”
“Does it matter?” She frowned at him.
“You told someone in this room that you trust me. So trust me now. Tell me what’s going on.”
“Where do I start?”
“Your name would be a good place.”
Her mouth again stretched wide, her eyes crinkling at the corners, and light danced in the blue orbs. “Let’s stick with Queen for now.”
Sounds intriguing! So tell me …What is your heroine Queen’s most admirable quality?
Queen is brave. She is intelligent, compassionate, and beyond loyal, but her courage is what stands out as her most admirable quality.
She sounds like a fantastic heroine! Have you started your next book yet, and if so, can you tell us a little about it?
The working title is Believe It. Maddie is an ICU nurse. She has a patient who wakes from a nightmare yelling about the toilet. What better way to start a relationship, right? Had Maddie – who has an extreme phobia of all animals without fur – known the dream was about an albino horned toad stuck in a toilet, she would have backpedalled out of Holden’s room before he could get the first word out. That’s not quite the way it happens, though…
That has to be one of the most unusual beginnings for a story I’ve heard in a while! Where do you do your writing?
I live in a teeny tiny house, and my “office” is a small corner of my living room with my laptop on a TV tray.
If you could have your dream space to write, where or what would it be?
A cabin in the mountains. Definitely a cabin in the mountains. I’d turn the deck into my outdoor office, and I’d find some spot inside right in front of a window for my indoor office. Sunshine, pine trees, and writing all at the same time? Perfect! (And if I can’t have a cabin in the mountains, any room that has a window with a nice view of greenery outside will do just fine!)
That sounds just gorgeous! Now, this is an old question, but I always find it so telling … If you were stuck on a desert island, what would be:-
Your top 3 movies?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, and Annie (the original). I don’t know why those are my favourite movies, but they are. Whenever I’m sick or under the weather, those are the movies that find their way into the DVD player.
Your top 3 books?
White Chocolate Moments, The Bowers Files boxed set, and A Radical Worker in Tsarist Russia (an autobiography). I’d pick these three because they’re different genres and are all either books I’ve either read more than once (and still plan to read again) or books I’ve always wanted to read again.
Top 3 albums?
I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but I have no idea! I’m the worst at remembering albums or singers or bands or any of that. I can sing along to dozens (if not hundreds) of songs on the radio, but I can’t tell you who sings most of them or what their titles are.
Great getting to know you, Heather! Thank you for visiting.
Queen is available at:
Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P8ACR1C/
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00P8ACR1C/
Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/queen-heather-gray/1120679916
Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/490805
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Heather Gray authors the Ladies of Larkspur inspirational western romance series, including Mail Order Man, Just Dessert, and Redemption. She also writes the Regency Refuge series: His Saving Grace, Jackal, and Queen – plus contemporary titles Ten Million Reasons and Nowhere for Christmas. Aside from a long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather’s greatest joys are her relationships with her Savior and family. Heather loves to laugh, and this theme is prevalent in her writing where, through the highs and lows of life, her characters find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her.
You can find Heather online at:
Website – http://www.heathergraywriting.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/heathergraywriting
Twitter – http://twitter.com/LaughDreamWrite
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/LaughDreamWrite
She can also be found most days at The Inspired Inkpot, a street team, prayer group, and all around awesome place to hang out – http://www.facebook.com/groups/theinspiredinkpot