Today's guest is Christy Newton, author of Begin Again. She's here to talk to us about her novel and to share an excerpt. Before we start the interview, let's have a look at the blurb for Begin Again...
Maisie Scott lost not only her husband and unborn child in a tornado two years ago she lost her will to live. Keeping busy is the only way she can get by. This small town waitress won’t let herself get attached to anyone…until Ryan, the new veterinarian for exotic animals, starts making regular trips to her diner. As hard as she tries not to feel anything, Ryan ignites a spark in her broken heart.
Ryan Tucker craves a happy family of his own more than his Momma’s apple pie. Getting over his fiancée leaving him six months ago, he moves to Pleasant Valley for a fresh start. When he meets Maisie and notices the sadness in her eyes he is determined to put a smile on her pretty face.
What starts out as innocent flirting turns into two people finding something they no longer want to live without. The problem is Maisie has deep scars inside and out. Showing Ryan that part of her may just be too painful.
When another dangerous storm hits, Ryan stays by Maisie’s side. She fills the missing piece in his heart, but will Ryan share his secret? Can Maisie move on from the past and learn to begin again?
Tricia: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Christy: I’m a hopeless romantic writer, inspired by art, love and hope. I’ve always been a creative person. I just might be the only writer out there that doesn’t drink caffeine. Dark chocolate and warm cookies are my weaknesses.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Christy: Begin Again is a sweet contemporary romance. Think Hallmark movie.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Christy: One day, I thought, what if a young woman lost everything? Her husband, her child and her home. How would she ever get over such a big loss? Then a hero popped into my head. He’d have to be genuine and sweet and patient but persistent. There were lots of tears while writing this book happy and sad. Begin Again was a story I truly wrote from the heart.
Tricia: If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?
Christy: Hmm, like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. If I had to pick today it would be Begin Again, but please check out my romantic suspense books, too!
Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Christy: Maisie, I can relate to her.
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As she walked outside carrying the pie wrapped in foil, she looked up. I’m sorry, Luke, but I have to try to move on. A ladybug landed on her hand. She smiled and it flew off. Ladybugs were the only bugs she didn’t mind. In fact, Luke had once called her ladybug when they’d first met. Maybe it was a sign. She placed the warm pie carefully in the passenger side seat and then hopped into the driver’s seat.
Warm from the heat of the inside of the car, she cracked all four windows to let the air circulate. She could picture eating pie on Ryan’s deck and laughing and kissing. She sighed, happily just thinking about his sweet lips on hers.