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Monday, January 25, 2016

VERONICA'S CANDY HEART by Veronica Lynch



MUSE MONDAY
Veronica Lynch has a new book out and it's one of the Candy Heart books for The Wild Rose Press. Read on to learn more about this enticing book. And be sure to comment to be eligible for the cute tote!
Did you always want to be a writer?  I wanted to be a doctor but my mother told me [this was the late 50's and early 60's] becoming a doctor wasn't something women did. I started writing in nursing school and never stopped.  As a nurse in the Operating Room right out of training I learned real fast that women indeed become physicians and were successful at it. It was too late for me by then.
Tell us about your new Candy Hearts book. As a Vintage Rose story, For Keeps takes place in the late 1980's when victim advocacy came into its prime. While advocates and cops 'hooking up' did happen, it was viewed by both sides of the issue as going over to the dark side. I wanted to show the conflict a professional woman might face with the idea of spending the rest of her life with a man who completes her versus remaining in an thankless occupation which often brings heartache and burnout.
What gave you the idea for the story? Personal experience. There comes a time in the story when the heroine responds to the hotline only to find the hero on the other end. The essence of that conversation [“if I was any better, I'd scare myself”] actually happened. I laughed the rest of the day and still smile when I recall that man's voice. It was a gift in the middle of a very stressful day. I'm sure that poor cop thought I was a raving lunatic. 
How do you normally come up with your characters? From news accounts, either print or electronic. I often receive a newsletter from one of the charities I support, such as Doctors Without Borders, and think, I'm going to do a story about a woman physician with PTSD.
What did you like best about your current hero and heroine in your Candy Hearts book? Keenan Rossi is patterned after a cop I once worked with. He had a great voice, the warmest hands in town and listened to my opinions. I miss him terribly. I like Meg Muldoon because she faced down detractors with grace and dignity. I wish I'd had half her courage back in the day. 
How about a blurb? 
Meghan Muldoon is at a crossroads: struggling to balance the demands of a high stress vocation as an advocate for victims of violence with her feelings for Keenan Rossi, a man who wants to make their relationship permanent.
On Valentine's Day,  a series of routine crises force Meg to question staying in a profession which fulfills her both professionally and spiritually—or devoting the rest of her life to the one person who completes her.
Which one is For Keeps?
CONTEST:  one lucky person who comments on my blog visit will win a small zippered tote fashioned in a Valentine's theme fabric. 

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4 comments:

  1. Great interview, Brenda. For Keeps sounds like the ageless struggle women have faced for centuries, vintage, but a contemporary issue at the same time. Another book added to my list. :-)

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    1. Hi, Casi
      thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love this story and its characters as they are part of my life.
      best wishes
      Veronica

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  2. Veronica, golly I just finished reading your CAPER MAGIC and what a treat. I can always count on strong willed and determined characters, yet they must face dilemmas when it comes to their personal lives. Oh my. I'm on my way to my Kindle to order FOR KEEPS--how can I not after readingn the blurb? Wishing you much success with this book and future ones. Thanks so much for keeping us delightly entertained.

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    1. Hi, Bev
      I can always count on you when I need a boost. Thanks so much for your continued support and kindness.
      Veronica

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