Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review, Interview, & Giveaway: Courting the Country Miss by Donna Hatch

Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.

Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.

Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?

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Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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I loved reading about the characters again from Courting the Countess and seeing the story continue. I'm not a fan of "rakes" so it took a while for me to warm up to Tristan, but as the story progressed his vulnerabilities were revealed and his choices to become better and worthy of Leticia made him easier to like. Leticia's disappointment in her love life is the focus of her thoughts early in the book, so I was glad when she put her efforts into creating opportunities for education  for the lower class. The action in the plot that came later made things exciting and it was great to see Leticia and Tristan's relationship develop from sibling-like to romance. Another lovely Regency from this author!

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed are my own)

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

I have been married for almost 30 years and we have 6 children and one grandchild. I recently moved to the Pacific Northwest and I love the beautiful area! My first book was published in 2008 and to date, I have 19 published titles.

What do you do besides writing? 

I enjoy going for walks, hiking, and music in all its forms: listening to it, singing, and playing the harp. I enjoy old movies and browsing antique stores. Since my move to the Pacific Northwest, I have taken up gardening a little which I enjoy much more than when I lived in the Arizona desert.

Do you have images you can share that come close to how you picture your characters? Do you like to find visual inspiration for your characters before or during your writing process? 

The female model on the cover of my book looks a lot like I'd pictured my heroine, Leticia, of this book. My hero, Tristan, looks nothing like the model. My hero looks more like the hero on the cover of my book, The Suspect's Daughter.  The appearance of the characters usually develops during the first few chapters of the rough draft.

What are some songs that you listened to or inspired you while writing your book? 

I like to listen to new age piano music such as Yanni or David Lanz or to the Regency Age music channel on Pandora. I can't listen to any lyrics or a drum beat or it bumps me out of my writing groove.

What message would you like readers to ultimately take away from the book? 

Take your pick; love conquers all, we all deserve second chances, forgiveness heals wounded hearts, serving others makes us better people and creates meaning and purpose to our lives. Readers might pick out others.

What can we look forward to coming from you in the future? 

I am working on book five of the Rogue Hearts series and I'm also plotting a third book in the Courting Series.

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