Before we get started today I'm going to hand things over to author May Williams for a few minutes.
During the colder months, I retreat to a little room upstairs in my old farm-style house. The space could be the fourth bedroom, but it’s too awkward in design with angles here and extra doors there to place a bed and dresser. Long ago, I claimed it as mine. Before I started writing, it was my sewing room. A couple sewing machines and a rack of fabric that I’ll probably never use (but can’t part with) still prove its double nature.
When I’m writing, I keep my back to the clutter (my grandmother had a clutter room and I’m dangerously close to achieving that honor myself). I have my desk in a little alcove, a bookshelf to my side for quick reference, and the banker’s style desk lamp I bought in high school perched nearby. I love the green glass shade. In the evenings I don’t flick on the overhead light. Instead, I use my little lamp and create a pool of light just on my desk’s surface. More intimate, more focused, great for writing.
My space is supposed to be pet free, but sometimes I give in and let Hillary enter. She’s my frenemy in the cat kingdom. I’m sure she despises me, but she loves my writing room and, hence, tolerates me when she must. Even now, she’s curled up behind me, her eyes half-open, plotting against me.
The window in front of my desk provides another view of the fire station, and when the leaves are off the lilac, I get almost as good a vantage point as my front porch. On the window ledge sit two of my favorite items. A lovely swan, graceful and elegant, carved from wood and a little sign reminding me that “they lived happily ever after.” I’ve managed to write several happily ever afters from this spot and plan to keep at it.
Title: Riveting His Attention
Author: May Williams
Published: March 17th 2014 by Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Historical romance
I also loved the cast in this novel. The mix of character types makes it seem like a real family. The lead characters were especially intriguing. Both were fighting against preconceived notions of themselves. She wanted to show her family that she wasn’t flighty, and he needed someone to prove to him that the burdens of the past didn’t fall solely on his shoulders. It made for some quite entertaining moments, as well as some heartbreaking ones. There were a couple of characters that I never did figure out what their purpose in the story was, but they didn’t detract from the story as a whole.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable, quick read that was perfect for a sunny weekend afternoon. I’d recommend it to those who enjoy historical romances with strong female leads.
About the author:
Since then, May has continued to read every genre of romance, but she writes mostly historical. Places and time periods have stories to tell. And she likes to listen. Her most recent novels are Victorian era pieces where she can imagine beautiful gowns and elegant teas.
When May’s not writing, she manages a houseful of children, pets, and flowers grown in her garden.
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