November 6, 2012
I am thrilled to have Diamond State Romance Author Chaptermater, Sandra Jones visiting us today. This is Sandi’s first visit to ENALR, so y’all be nice, ya hear?
Take it away, Sandi!
For me, November is Bro-Vember.
November is my family’s favorite month. It’s the time of year when the foliage is at its peak in my state. My parents were married November 1 so that they would always have beautiful scenery on their anniversary trips. We all love to eat and cook, so of course there are big Thanksgiving dinners. My sons, 17 and 21, enjoy taking time away from a razor for No-shave November, too. But with three former football players living under one roof, the main November activity is football.
Confession #1: God, I love football! I learned the game in the stands watching my kids play, but growing up I always wanted to be a football referee. Really! Now, I understand the basics. I’ve even had decent fantasy league teams, although I couldn’t tell you what a “flea-flicker” looks like! It’s probably a good thing there were no female referees when I was growing up, because I would’ve made a really, really bad one.
Confession #2: In November, there’s almost always a good football movie in the theatres. My alpha husband loves these. He instantly becomes beta, getting teary-eyed and emotional, completely absorbed in the bro-mance. I encourage these flicks wholeheartedly. Hot guys in football uniforms? “Why yes, dear, we can go see that movie.”
Confession #3: As an educator I can tell you, the boys in high school do not look like the football players in the movies. If they were anything like Taylor Kitsch from Friday Night Lights, this teacher would feel really a-w-k-w-a-r-d. Thank you, TV casting people!
My latest release, Moonlight Madness, features a time-traveling hero who was based physically on a football player’s physique. Rance Kingsley is powerfully built with wavy golden hair—exactly how I would imagine an alpha male from the Renaissance era to look, like some modern-day football jock, but he’s also tenderhearted and compassionate.
Romance means pure chemistry—both emotionally and physically. It’s finding the other half of you that you never knew was missing, and it’s wanting to share time with that person. The lovers in Moonlight Madness are just that way: two soulmates, separated by time but united by a curse.
While visiting Wales in the 17th century, Rance receives a warning that his daughter will soon be kidnapped by Spanish enemies. Before he can aid her, Rance tumbles into a mysterious portal to the future. His only hope is to find his soulmate, the key to returning. However his curse continues when all signs point to Tess Hartman, a straight-laced teacher, as his match. After a cheating boyfriend, the only male Tess wants in her life is Dante, a troubled teen she would like to adopt. To bond with the boy, Tess brings him on a class field trip to Britain. But the Shakespeare experience becomes too real when sexy, eccentric Rance seduces her. When Tess falls for Rance’s kisses and travels with him across four centuries, she’s convinced he’s made a mistake. How could she love a man who deceived her, separating her from everything she cares about, a man with MOONLIGHT MADNESS?
I enjoyed writing Rance and Tess’s story because to me they were a typical couple. Both were hurt by old relationships and bruised by love-gone-wrong, but when Fate put them together, they had a second chance to get love right.
So for me, November is really Bro-Vember, and it’s not just for the guys (wink)!
Sandra Jones is the author of sensual historical romances for Avon Impulse and The Wild Rose Press. Her latest book, Moonlight Madness, is a historical romance/time travel available now on Kindle (everywhere else on January 18). Click on the Amazon link below to purchase.
Sandra has worked as a bookseller and a librarian, where she first indulged in her love of old books. When not researching or writing her next novel, she enjoys being with family, reading, watching British TV, and attending Renaissance faires. A self-proclaimed history geek, she currently lives in a 1905 Greek revival home in the Mississippi Delta. Sandra loves to hear from her readers: visit her website www.sandrajonesromance.com