Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Spotlight on Joanne Sundell, author of Meggie's Remains

I am so excited to be a participant of the Virtual Book Tour for Meggie's Remains, written by Joanne Sundell, and brought to you by Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book Promotions. I will be reviewing the book Thursday, but until then, here is a little sneak peak about the book and its author:

About the Author:

Born in a tiny hospital in rural Virginia, tucked snugly away in a bureau drawer, Joanne ever cherishes her country beginnings. Fond memories of toddling along after her older sisters along the Appalachian Trail, catching tadpoles in the local creek bed, chasing after lightening bugs, or falling asleep to the evening hum of katydids, remain with her still, despite the family move to more urban Arlington where Joanne spent her formative school years, and then on to Richmond for college. Though nursing was her chosen vocation, her chosen avocation has ever been the romance novel. Joanne grew up reading romance, falling in love with heroes and heroines from Regency England to the American West, from London’s pubs to Colorado’s ski slopes, loving that moment when the hero and heroine meet and fall in love. That moment to Joanne is the moment when Jane Eyre meets Edward Rochester, when Elizabeth Bennett meets Mr. Darcy—that’s the heart-stopping, passionate moment for Joanne in romance. That moment is what led Joanne to attempt traditional, old-fashioned, historical romance. Her first sale was in 2005 and since then, she’s sold five more historical romances to Five Star-Gale, Cengage Learning, in their Expressions line. Her books have been reviewed nationally by such notables as Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and Romantic Times. With her three children grown and off on their own adventures, Joanne now lives part-time in Colorado and in California with her husband and their entourage` of felines and huskies. Joanne’s writing groups include Romance Writers of America, Colorado Romance Writers, Los Angeles Romance Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Women Writing the West. You can visit her on the web at www.joannesundell.com.

About the Book:

Meggie’s Remains is a romantic suspense unlike any other. Meggie struggles with far more than meeting the man of her dreams. In fact, she’s scared to death when she does. This story could happen to any woman, in any time. It is you. It is me. It is private … but must be told.

Afraid of men, afraid for her sins, afraid for her sanity, and right now afraid for her life, Meggie McMurphy flees Boston once the fiendish terror–so long stalking in her nightmares–surfaces in the light of day. She escapes west to Denver in the wild Colorado Territory, hoping to lose herself among the multitude of townsfolk. The year is 1874.

Twenty-five years old, alone, and near penniless, Meggie struggles to find honest work and to keep the dark secrets of her past just that: a secret. Not so easily done when the handsome, foreboding westerner Ethan Rourke, stumbles upon her on a snowy Denver street. Why it’s as if he’d stepped right out of the pages of her beloved romance, Jane Eyre! Safe to encounter such a man on the romance page, it is certainly unsafe, even deadly, for her to encounter such a man in the flesh. Men belong … six feet under, six feet away … where to stay safe, the devil must stay!

Hired as a teacher, not in Denver, but in an isolated mountain town in rugged Ute country, Meggie is determined to make a home for herself in Hot Sulphur Springs. There she keeps up her masquerade as Rose Rochester, yearning for a normal life–for companionship and even love–all the while knowing it’s only a matter of time until the monstrous changeling from her nightmares will find her, killing any possibility of a life at all.


I am excited to be able to giveaway two signed copies of this book. If you would like to receive a copy of this book, please leave a comment to this question:

Joanne Sundell mentions those amazing romantic literary moments that hooked her on the genre...when Elizabeth Bennett meets Mr. Darcy, or when Jane Eyre meets Edward Rochester. What is your favorite heart-stopping romantic moment in literature?

If you are a follower, you will be entered a second time in the drawing. I will use random.org to draw a number and announce the winner on October 3rd. Good luck!


Beth F said...

When Eve Dallas meet Roarke in the In Death series. The books that made me realize I liked romantic suspense!

I would love to be entered in this giveaway and I'm looking forward to the review.

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Craftymoose Crafts said...

I would love to be entered to win one of these books!

traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. A romantic moment that captivated me was with Catherine and Heathcliff. Emotional and beautiful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

MariaD said...

Oh, I want in, please!


Andreea said...

This book sounds great, Sandy! I would like to be entered. Well, you already mentioned it - my favorite romantic moments are when Elizabeth meets Mr. Darcy and when Jane Eyre meets Mr. Rochester:) These two are my favorite books!

Unknown said...

Fun question, Sandy! One of my favorite romantic moments is one Emma realizes she loves George Knightley and he confirms that he loves her. It's a wonderful, fun book by Jane Austen.

Please include me in your giveaway! I'm looking forward to your review!


Iliana said...

One of the most romantic moments I've read in a book lately is the letter Captain Wentworth writes to Anne in Persuasion by Jane Austen. Oh my, that is a beautiful letter.
Thanks for the giveaway, Sandy, and looking forward to the review.

Alice said...

I'm looking forward to the book review! (No need to enter me for the giveaway, though)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

this sounds good; please enter me:

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Reading said...

Great question. Mine is when Rhett and Scarlet meet. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

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Jonnie (JB) said...

The moment I can think of right now is when Allie shows up on Noahs porch in The Notebook
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pippirose said...

I can't think of a specific moment, but it was the romance of Dr. Zhivago and Lara.
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Mystica said...

When Elizabeth met Darcy unexpectedly at Pemberley - that was a moment which was so suspended in time!

I would like to be entered in this giveaway.

Thank you.



MariaD said...

Oh, sorry!
I forgot to answer the question!
In favorite moments in literature, I would say it's the end of Cyrano de Bergerac, when he reads the Letter, even though he is blind.

Strangelove said...

That is a question to make us review Romeo and Juliet!
One moment?
I choose the all play!

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Edu Chico said...

For me there is no greater declaration of love than the writing of Alice in Wonderland, Carrol loved in all purity a girl and gave her what he had best, his imagination!