AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT 5 Sep. 2015

This week it's my pleasure to welcome Roseanna White into the author spotlight. Roseanna is her to tell us about her latest release: THE LOST HEIRESS

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close—but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession—and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.


*********************************************************************************

Roseanna, When did you first discover that you were a writer?


When I was 6 or 7, I was home sick one day, but my mom couldn’t get off work, so I ended up at my grandmother’s house. I remember being pretty bored and not knowing what to do, so I ended up with some paper and a pencil and a nice sunny spot in front of a window. I wrote a breathtaking, thrilling tale about two princesses from Illinois (which sounded to me like some exciting, exotic place—ahem) who got a magical hair bow for a gift, and had to use it to save their kingdom. There’s been no turning back ever since…though my subject matter has changed a bit over the years. 


How do you keep your sanity in this crazy fast paced world of ours?

 
Who says I do? Mwa ha ha ha!  Honestly, I limit the pace in my family. We homeschool, so we have a lot of time together, and extra-curriculars are limited to what I can do without getting overwhelmed and hence short-tempered. My theory is that it’s less important that they take part in all those sports and clubs and groups and more that they have a solid family foundation.


What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

 
Um…could very well be that I finished writing my first novel at age 13. That remains something I can smile about. Even more exciting is that The Lost Heiress is a rewrite of that novel! Only took me 20 years and 9 other published stories, but I finally got it out there, LOL.


Why do you write the kind of books you do?

 
At the moment I’m writing historical fiction because that’s what I first sold, LOL, though I’ve written contemporaries over the years too, and it’s conceivable that I may someday publish them (though historicals were my first love). But whether set now or then, my stories will always have a theme of God’s light shining best against the darkness we face in our lives…and also will always have romance.


Where was the location of the best vacation you ever had?

 
Hatteras, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My hubby and I have both been vacation in OBX since we were kids, and even got married down there, but we’d mostly stayed in Nags Head. Last year we went farther down the road to Hatteras, and it was exactly what we were looking for—small, beautiful, not commercial. We all had so much fun!


What can you tell us about your next project?

 
Next up is the second book in the Ladies of the Manor Series, The Reluctant Duchess. The hero is Brice, the Duke of Nottingham—a secondary character in The Lost Heiress—and the heroine is a young lady from the Highlands of Scotland who is desperate for an escape from a dangerous situation…but who then wonders if she’s just found even more danger with this man who has villains chasing him, seeking a rare treasure he has in his possession. It releases next spring, and the final installment in the series, about Brice’s little sister, Ella, will then be out next fall.


*******************************************************
Roseanna, will be giving away a copy of THE LOST HEIRESS at the end of the week. To qualify you must answer Roseanna's question in a comment.


If you could spend a week in any other era, which one would it be?

US addresses only for print books; for a non-US winner, Roseanna offers a digital of either A Stray Drop of blood, Jewel of Persia, or A Soft Breath of Wind.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE leave your contact info with your comment. Prizes will not be awarded if less than 5 comments are received. 

******************************************************


 Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. The Lost Heiress is Roseanna’s tenth published book. Her novels range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com

LINKS

www.RoseannaMWhite.com
www.RoseannaMWhite.blogspot.com


Add The Lost Heiress to your shelf on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22383696-the-lost-heiress

Pre-order at ChristianBook.com: http://www.christianbook.com/the-lost-heiress-roseanna-white/9780764213502/pd/642135?event=ESRCN


Sign-up for Roseanna's newsletter to get updates on availability at other retailers, like Amazon and B&N: http://eepurl.com/hIvJw

76 comments:

  1. I would want to be in the Victorian Era. That is my favorite era. Thanks for the giveaway. debradawn777@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My first love in historical eras! This book was originally set in 1860. =)

      Delete
  2. I would live in the roaring 20s, it seems like a fun and exciting time. l.bergh@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely! I just got my hair bobbed--I promptly came home and put on my hat to see if I looked like a swinging 20s girl. ;-)

      Delete
  3. I think I would like to live in the Colonial Era. I love historical fiction! But, what they must have all gone through. Sometimes I think we take for granted all our modern conveniences. I wonder what they think if they could take a peek into our century :) graceyost@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We definitely take them for granted. But where they save us time and effort in one respect, we make more for ourselves in others. I wouldn't be surprised if most of them would choose to stay where they are if they could peek into our time! LOL

      Delete
  4. I would have to agree with the Colonial era! lmortimer08@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A beautiful time period, to be sure! When I first started studying it in depth for my LFY in Annapolis, I completely fell in love. Hope to write another set in that era someday!

      Delete
  5. I would have to agree with the Colonial era! lmortimer08@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. I would have to say the era of Jane Austen because I love a lot of the movies but more importantly the whole idea of being swept off your feet appeals to me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. =) Of course it does! The Regency era has been one of my favorites since reading Austen too!

      Delete
  7. I think I would love to visit the World War II era, just to see what it was like for my grandparents growing up. It would give me such a unique perspective on their life. nawooster06@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a fabulous reason to choose an era! My book club just read a book set in WWII, and it was so cool having my grandmother there talking about it with us. She was 14 at the end of the war so remembers it all without having taken part in it.

      Delete
  8. Nicole WetheringtonSeptember 4, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    The Victorian era. catwoman0667@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Such a rich time, culturally! That was my first love as historical eras go. =)

      Delete
  9. I would like to live in the 1800's..this book sounds great!

    hspruitt at frontiernet dot net

    ReplyDelete
  10. I would choose the 1640's in the Highlands of Scotland because many faithful Scots had to stand for their faith even unto death; my ancestors are from the Highlands of Scotland.
    eehummel at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, excellent! The second book in this series is set in the Highlands, along Loch Morar. Not in 1640, ahem, but my heroine's father wishes they could go back to the old days. I have Scottish ancestors too, though they had to flee to Ireland during the clearances.

      Delete
    2. I think the problem with this period is that Literature, Fiction and popular history often cast 'the enemy' as the superlative evil 'English'- but the government of that- I am going to say Stuart era- because the Stuarts were Kings of Scotland long before they were Kings of England- period was not exclusively 'English'. There were Scots nobles, who got up to bad things too, and Anglo-Scottish.

      Its all too easy to simplify these things on a nationalistic level to Hero Scots vs Evil English, but few things in history are ever as 'black and white' as that. Its usually much more complicated, with good and bad on both sides.

      Delete
  11. I would choose the 1640s in the Highlands of Scotland or the Victorian era. I love both. steelefairytale6506 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Careful--if the Scots from 1640 hear you mentioning an era best known as taking place in England, you might run into some trouble... ;-)

      Delete
    2. I am assuming you mean the Stuart Era? The Stuarts were Kings of Scotland long, long before they ever assumed the crown of England, so I think its wrong to pin the blame on the English.
      They were pretty notorious in Scotland long before they ever came South. As pan-British Kings went- they were pretty bad news.

      Delete
  12. I would choose a time in the 1800's.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So many interesting eras to choose from in that century!

      Delete
  13. Just for the sake of seeing the pristine wilderness that once was our country, I'd say the mid-1700's. Can you imagine being in one of the first parties to cross the Cumberland Gap and see what beauty lay beyond?

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't tell you how many times I've wondered that sort of thing as I look out at my beautiful Appalachians. =)

      Delete
  14. Regency period in England! Love the accents.
    justcommonly(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
  15. The Pioneer era would be my first pick.
    lientjiehuman(AT)yahoo(DOT)com(DOT)au

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah, you must have that trailblazing spirit! I'm always like "Can I be anyone I want in my given era? Because I'd like to be in the nobility during..." Yes, I'm spoiled. At least in my imaginings, LOL.

      Delete
  16. That's a hard decision for me to make! There is so much about all the time periods that I would love to experience. I think I would like to have lived or just "watched" the time of Christ and to see his hand at work healing people, and teaching the people. That would have been fantastic. I also love reading and studying the pioneer time period and the "wild west". There is so much about history that fascinates me. My mom lived in the WWII time period in Germany, and she experienced so much and I would have liked to have been with her. Her times in war-torn Germany were very significant in the person she has become today. I can't say I would really want to have done what she did and go through the bad times, but I wish I could have someone been able to see better to understand the life she had. She is my hero! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. With you on the biblical times! And I can only imaging how those events shaped your mother!

      Delete
  17. Tough question! Hmm. American pioneer times. During Jesus' ministry. Victorian England.

    thissimplemom at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Annette!! Glad you stopped by. =) And (no surprise) we have most of those in common. ;-)

      Delete
  18. So many wonderful eras makes this a tough choice. I would enjoy the Regency era. Love the fashion!

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely a tough choice--but love the one you made. =)

      Delete
  19. Nice interview and Excerpt. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

    ReplyDelete
  20. It would definitely be regency times! Especially if it could be in England! Though I think that it would be highly interesting with my present personality I also think it would be awesome to spend a week in that era! But I'm not sure I'd want to spend more than a week! LOL!

    Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL. That's why I phrased it that way!

      Delete
    2. :) Excellent! Although there are some situations and eras that may be so awesome you wouldn't want the week to end! ;)

      Delete
  21. OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH this sounds so very good. If I could spend a week in another era, I believe it would be the antebellum south. Love the gentleness of the women and the masculinity of the men.

    rebunting(at)yahoo(dot)com

    thank you for a chance to win a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I would love to have lived in the early 1800s or 1940s/ 50s .

    ReplyDelete
  23. Tough question, probably the early 1900's when there was so much change and new inventions going on.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Then you'll love the setting of this book! Definitely a time of newfangled things co-existing with old-fashioned things. So much fun!

      Delete
  24. The Regency, Victorian or Medieval periods are all especially interesting to me, and I am in process on a novel set in the Regency but keep getting distracting by another project set in Medieval times... How do you handle distractions? My email is dsks88(at)gmail(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If deadlines permit me to indulge distractions just a bit, I'll give myself a set period of time to work on them--a morning, a day, a week, depending on what's distracting me--and try to get a specific goal done on that other project. Once I've achieved that, I usually feel more focused and can hop back to my main project.

      Delete
  25. I know this will sound crazy, but I really want to see life during the Great Depression - somewhere in the widwest where farming is/was a way and means to life. Sometimes I get so exasperated with entitled behaviors, especially if it is coming from my own children. I like reading about those times and experiences, b/c it reminds me of how everyone had to work together to provide and care for a family. A week would be all I could handle, b/c it would be hard for me emotionally seeing the devastation to the American farmer who had to withstand droughts, low crop prices and unfulfilled promises from the government.

    tlhcoupon (at) hotmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's a really excellent answer--and I'm with you on getting frustrated with the entitled behavior these days!

      Delete
  26. I would love to visit the old wild west in the 1800's! My second choice would be either 1700's Port Royal (I love Pirates) or medieval Europe. Oh, There are so many places in time I would love to visit! My email address is princessoftheocean@yahoo.com.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I would have to say the Regency era...the gowns, the balls & the charming gentlemen. Your book, The Lost Heiress, sounds so intriguing! I can't wait to read it!! Thanks so much for the opportunity of this giveaway. My email address is: nj[dot]bossman[at]gmail[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm a huge fan of Regency too! And I (obviously, LOL) hope you get a chance to read The Lost Heiress. =)

      Delete
  28. I love all periods of history especially the Medieval period. I am just now discovering your books and am looking forward to reading The Lost Heiress. Thanks for such great stories. My email is joycereavis@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely a fun era! I haven't written in it, but I've edited in it, and my critique partner is writing in it right now. (Dina Sleiman's Valiant Heart series--definitely worth reading, especially if you love Medievals!)

      Delete
    2. Joyce, have you ready any novels by Joyce DiPastena? They are in the Midieval time period too. I love her books and highly recommend them to you!! :D Dina L. Sleiman's Valient Heart novels are fantastic as well!!

      Delete
  29. I would have to say I am a die hard regency girl. I like other time periods too, but there is just something about the parites and fancy ball gowns. ;D I also like the Civil War time period and Midieval time period. It is always os hard to choose.

    sydneyjames68 [at] gmail [dot] com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lucky for us, we can enjoy them all. Through books, anyway. LOL

      Delete
  30. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Not entering the giveaway, but, like Joyce above I would want to visit the Medieval Era. As a Medievalist, I learn about it, but I am also seeing that it is so often maligned and unfairly represented in fiction as a byword for everything that is supposedly bad, barbaric, backwards and repressive.

    Many Medieval novels just seem to be an exersize in fatalism, almost revelling in presenting the worst of things.
    I would like to see more positive representations that celebrate what was good about the period that really was so formative in many ways. This was the period that, in England saw the birth of rule of law, trial by Jury, parliament, and even the scientific method.
    Universities were being established across Europe, and we invented spectacles and the mechanical clock, and women as well as men composed works of Literature, Music and poetry.

    It was so much more than just starving peasants and greedy, oppressive nobles.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree that it's important to present balanced, fair views of time periods--and love the medieval period too! Haven't written in it, but it's one of my favorites to read in.

      Delete
  32. I would want to spend so time in the 1930's to really see who people survived the depression. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Going to have to say Medieval Era, later as opposed to earlier when they were nearing the end of the dark ages. I think it is really misrepresented in films and books and being dirty and horrible and I would be interested in seeing what it really was. I've always liked medieval times and the clothes they wore :) a12s51@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't know- I think I think I have a thing even for the so called 'Dark Ages'. It was the age of Alfred, and some of my other favourite, almost legendary ruelrs. Oswald of Northumbria, Edwin, and Ethelflead of Mercia. Its a time when in can he hard to tell the difference between fact and myth, but there's something but it adds a certain mystique. No wonder it was the world which inspired Tolkien

      Delete
  34. Well, I have been to Hawaii, so I'm gonna say Austria for a week would be awesome. I love The Sound of Music. So, why not go and visit where it all began. Thanks for giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  35. I would want to spend a week in the Old West.
    grandaddya[at]Comcast[dot]net

    ReplyDelete
  36. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Either the Edwardian or the 1930-40s.
    posbus4me at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  38. The 1920's - love the clothes.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
  39. LOVED reading this interview!!! I love the premise for the next book, too!

    Hmmm. It's either 1800-1810 America or Medieval England/Scotland. Of course, when I think of myself visiting these time periods, I envision myself in a safe place and treated as a guest, not a servant. :) Haha! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Oh, dear! I forgot to leave my email address: nataliedmonk AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  41. I would LOVE to live in the Victorian Era, The dresses, the speech, Just everything about it seems amazing, Of course, All that I know about that time is from my books that I have read, but I think it would be so cool to live during that time. (Also I love the regency period as well, but Victorian is definitely my first choice.) My email is raptured416@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Excellent choice! :) I totally agree with you even though I choose Regency first! ;) LOL! Victorian would be awesome if it's like the books I've read! :D

      Delete
  42. I like the 1800's and the advancement in medicine. I do not know if as a women I would like that so many opportunities would have been missed.

    Sonnetta (underscore) jones (at) hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete