Susan and Kimberly and Charlotte and Lucy

Tuesday  I introduced you to Manderley, heroine of my soon-to-be-released novella Buttonholed. ( “Buttonholed” by Anita Klumpers (aka The Prude): Meet Manderley ) My book is part of a series, Ponder This, based on the virtues listed in Philippians 4:8.

The first two books in the series release this Friday! Charlotte’s Dilemma by my dear friend Susan Karsten, and Lucy in Love by Kimberly Miller (a new cyberspace friend) are delightful. I know—I read them both!

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Charlotte’s Dilemma by Susan Karsten

Charlotte’s Dilemma is a Regency novella. Susan excels at this genre. Here she is. Isn’t she beautiful? me at anniv.

Here’s her blurb: She was part of a London scandal through no fault of her own. Now she’s been banished to the countryside to live as a schoolteacher under a false name. How can she go on, so alone, living in a rustic cottage, bereft of family and friends?

 

Here are some questions she graciously answered:

What is your favorite thing about writing Regency?

I am very familiar with the era because I am a huge fan of the genre, having read hundreds of Regency romance novels, and that adds to my enjoyment as I write my own. I also enjoy the language and slang that was used in that day, as well as the fashions, literature, and music.

If you could have lived at that time, what would you love?

I’m sure I would have loved the relative freedom brought in by the style of the dresses. English fashion was inspired by France. France’s revolution had liberated women from the physically restrictive, heavy clothing. The clothing was much more comfortable, and was very pretty, but not always very warm.

What would you definitely NOT love?

I would have hated the lack of indoor plumbing, as well as the lack of central heating.

Your “Ponder this” virtue is “Whatever is pure…” Tell us why this was a perfect attribute for you to write about.

My heroine, Charlotte, is a pure maiden, but is embroiled in a scandal for which she shouldn’t have been blamed. She kept her chin up even thought her purity was cruelly thrown into question. But in the end….no, you’ll have to read it to find out her outcome.

 

Susan’s bio: (Personal aside—she has raised three of the most wonderful children that walk on God’s good earth.)

Susan Karsten lives in a small Wisconsin town, is the wife of a real estate broker, mother of three married children, and grandmother of three. Her hobbies include fitness, quilting, and reading. Her interest in writing developed while in college, and she enjoys doing speaking engagements about writing, books, and other topics. With child-rearing days at an end, Susan now invests time in fiction writing. With her first cozy mystery and her four Regency historical romances— all  published—she is working on an Amish Romance with a twist.  She loves reading reviews of her books, so hop onto Amazon when you’ve finished her book(s) and leave a review.

 

AND here is her buying info. This book is good. Did I say that already?CharlottesDilemma_prc5483_680 nice

Buying info: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, or PelicanBookGroup.com

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Lucy in Love by Kimberly Miller

Kimberly Miller wrote a fun contemporary romance with a thread of bittersweet woven into the fabric of the humor and love story.

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Here’s her blurb:

Things are finally looking up for Lucy Leti. Her bakery is doing well, her friends are amazing, and her family is supportive. She’s even so close to being past the heartbreak of her broken engagement that she can taste it.

But what’s missing is trust and love. And until her old friend Henry Lee comes back into her life after a ten year absence, Lucy is convinced she’ll never find either one.

Henry is handsome, successful, and has been secretly in love with Lucy for years. But the musician isn’t the same man Lucy knew in high school—he’s lost weight and gained confidence. And in no time at all, he’s in love with Lucy all over again.

And she could be in love with him too.

But when the couple’s first date goes terribly wrong, they’ll both need a little perspective to see things clearly.

 

She also graciously answered some quick questions and I’m glad she did. It was a fun way to get to know her better.

Tell us about your high school experience. Were you more Lucy, Henry, or somewhere in between? I had a great time in high school. Though I was probably more Lucy than Henry I wouldn’t say I was popular– even if I did have a good number of friends.

We know Lucy had regrets about high school, in spite of her popularity. If you could go back to those high school years, what would you change? If I could go back to high school, I’d probably be more brave and try more things and not worry so much what other people thought of me.

Music and baked goods play a big role in the story.

What’s your favorite music genre? I am pretty eclectic in my musical tastes, and they shift often depending what I’m writing. In HS I was pretty rock and roll, but now I’d say I like everything from Harry Connick Jr. to Jon McLaughlin (a current favorite!) to Matchbox 20 or Queen.

Favorite baked good? Now you’re asking really tough questions! I love chocolate- so probably a good chocolate cake

 

And here is her bio, so we can get to know her even better!

Kimberly M. Miller is a writing and film professor by day, author by night. She enjoys watching movies, making jewelry, and creating fun stories for her readers. Currently, Kimberly has two published novels, Picking Daisy and Forgiving Tess, but she looks forward to bringing more romance your way soon!

 

Buying info? Of course:

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Here’s the link for Amazon:

The Doctor’s Daughter (by the hobbits’ mother)

Susan Baganz is a personal friend, my very own editor, the reason I am published, and an inspiration! She is mother to 3 curly-haired young’uns and with a last name like Baganz—you can see the connection to my favorite Middle Earth folk!

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In the middle of preparing for a wedding to the man of her dreams, and packing and moving and all the crazy things both entail, Susan agreed to visit the Tuesday Prude with a bit on her Christmas novella, “The Doctor’s Daughter.” It is a Regency-era story of the challenges faced by doctors and the even greater challenges faced by women who practiced healing arts! And since it is written by Ms. Baganz, there is a healthy dose of romance and proof that “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

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Blurb:
Miss Silvia Burnett is left without a home after her father, a local physician, passes away unexpectedly. She appeals to a friend from boarding school, Mrs. Katrina Tidley, who resides in the same area where her father’s mentee set up practice. With a calf-love on her part, they’d once agreed to wed each other if she remained unattached at a certain age. But are youthful promises meant to be kept? Would the handsome physician want her now?

Dr. Bruce Miller has watched all his friends from university marry and begin their families. Living in the village of Didcot did not provide him with a wife. When a letter from the daughter of the doctor he interned with in Bristol arrives at his door, hope soars within that maybe this woman is the answer to his lonely nights.

As influenza spreads and Silvia uses her talents in medicine to aid the doctor, will he find her competition or a viable companion? With Christmas dawning, will dreams be shattered or fulfilled?

 

I had a few questions for this busy bride-to-be:
You write contemporary dramatic romance and Regency era novels. Which is your favorite? And if you ever branch out to another time period to set your books in, what would it be?

Which is my favorite? They both have their fun aspects and challenges. Regency is fun because of the language and the culture. I can use a wider vocabulary and the moral strictures on women and men make it fun to play around with. The challenge is to get the details correct and to not let contemporary slang slip in! Contemporary romance is fun too, because you can delve more into the emotional pain and lingo – the technology makes it more challenging to keep a story relevant and accurate as anyone can fact check so many things I might choose to write about – so one needs to be careful there as well. Another challenge is not to hit too close to home to people and experiences you want to put in your stories, even in a veiled way.

A different time period? I don’t know. I did write a novella set in the last 1800’s in Wisconsin, kind of a “prairie romance.” I’ve dabbled in romantic suspense (contemporary) and hope to co-author some military romances in the future.

 
Your contemporary novels involve real people with real pasts and honest problems who find love. Yet even then, they don’t necessarily live “happily ever after,” but rely on God to help them work through knotty problems and even heartache. (The question is coming. Honest) How much of your own love story is identified with the lives of your protagonists?

When I’ve done workshops at writer’s conferences, I’ve confessed that there is much of our history that shows up in our fiction. I think I’ve lived vicariously through my characters and some of their struggles have been ones I’ve had at some level. I, however, have not until now, had my own real-life romance. I wrote romance to fill that need and because I believed at my core that even though I had not experienced it, that it existed. Yet for all of that I sometimes feel like I’m living a fairy tale with my new love. It will be interesting to see how a real-life romance impacts my writing from here on out!

 
Tell us how you came up with the idea for “The Doctor’s Daughter.”

I had the last of my Black Diamond Gothic Regency Romances release this year and knew I wanted to do a novella for the Pelican Christmas Extravaganza – so I figured I’d take a recurring character, Doctor Bruce Miller, and give him a sweet romance – no gothic but plenty of drama! It is fun is to see some of the characters from the series playing a part in his romance.

Bio:
Susan M. Baganz chases after three Hobbits and is a native of Wisconsin. Susan writes adventurous historical and contemporary romances with a biblical world-view.

Susan speaks, teaches, and encourages others to follow God in being all He has created them to be. With her seminary degree in counseling psychology, a background in the field of mental health, and years serving in church ministry, she understands the complexities and pain of life as well as its craziness. Her favorite pastimes are lazy…snuggling with her dog while reading a good book or sitting with a friend chatting over a cup of spiced chai latte.

You can learn more by following her blog susanbaganz.com, her Twitter feed @susanbaganz or her fan page, http://www.facebook.com/susanmbaganz.

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I pray for every happiness for this godly, genuine woman. And if you are looking for a quick, inspiring Christmas read, grab “The Doctor’s Daughter” available on ereaders.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Daughter-Christmas-Holiday-Extravaganza-ebook/dp/B07JHPWV2L