Let's meet Lee Ann...
Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy is a full-time romance author. A native of the old historic city of St. Joseph, Missouri, one time home to both Jesse James and the Pony Express, she now lives and writes in the beautiful Missouri Ozark region. Her romance novels include Wolfe’s Lady (December 2010 Evernight Publishing), Love Tattoo, (March 2011, Evernight), Love Scars (June 2011, Evernight), Love Never Fails (May 2011, Rebel Ink Press), Kinfolk (July 2011, Champagne Books) and The Marriage Cure (Astraea Press). Other works scheduled for upcoming publication include four other novels, short fiction in several anthologies and more.
So, Lee Ann, as a writer, how do you persevere and not give up?
In the depths of her cedar chest she had a manuscript, the class prophecy she wrote when she graduated from the eighth grade back in 1912. That was the end of her formal schooling but she knew about my aspirations to become a writer and so she showed me her only surviving work.
I read those faded, fragile pages with awe, recognizing a way with words and asked her why she had not become a writer. Her words, simple and honest, said it all.
“I couldn’t,” she said, very matter of fact. She didn’t need to explain the reasons – I knew them all. Her first marriage of abuse ended in divorce at a time when “nice women” didn’t divorce, her second marriage ended in suicide, and when my Pop died, she was widowed once again. Her oldest son died long before she did and she endured every manner of hardship possible.
Then she added the words that set my future.“But you should.”
At any time when rejection or my own life trials made me wonder if I should give up the dream, her words and the promise that I made to her on that day restored my dream.
I never gave up and as I succeed, it is as much for that small woman with an unquenchable spirit and force of will.
Wow, that is such an inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing it.
I think it would have to be a scene in my upcoming release, third in the series, “Love Knots” for Evernight Publishing….it’s a beach at night at Malibu in California, beneath the stars.
Sounds like a very romantic setting. So are you a true romantic at heart or not really?
I have to confess I truly am. When I made up my tagline, I came up with “Romance that lives and breathes the power of love” because, well, I really do believe that. I’m a firm believer in the power of love. I’ve had too many wonderful romantic things happen to me not to be!
So great to be a firm believer in the power of love. Can you share the Top Five Random facts about yourself?
1. I was born just before Halloween (October 27) and I’ve always had a touch of being fey or what the Irish call being a “dark one” who tunes into things most people don’t or won’t.
2. I am an American mix of many cultures and influences, Irish, German, English, a little Welsh, some Cherokee, Catholic, Jewish, Southern Baptist.
3. I grew up with two working parents and so my grandparents took care of me most of the time from the age of 2 months until just before I began school. Thus they raised me as they did their own kids so I’m a child of the 1930s and 1940’s far more than one of the 1960’s, my own generation.
4. I used to work in radio broadcasting and when I did my first on-air work, I was told that I had “star quality” and a voice that the airwaves loved.
5. As a child my dad taught me to shoot well and to hunt. I can hold my own with anyone who shoots and when I first got married, amazed my husband with my skills.
Thanks for sharing. We'd all love to find out more about your new book Love Never Fails.
When a late night phone call from the former love of her life interrupts both her sleep and her otherwise quiet existence, Caroline Cunningham finds she can’t refuse Reid Ramsay's request for help. As the call pulls Caroline back to her small hometown and into the heart of the search for Reid’s missing brother, Caroline finds the feelings she thought she'd buried where Reid was concerned are indeed alive and well.
And sometimes it refuses to die...
Reid Ramsay is still in love with Caroline Cunningham. As they work together searching for Reid's brother, Reid and Caroline find themselves attempting to rebuild the life they once shared together. But their future remains uncertain. Before they can find the happiness they seek, each must work through the emotional baggage of the past and test the theory they desperately hope rings true.
Sounds very intriguing. Can you share an excerpt with us?
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If he heard her coming, which she thought he must have he gave no indication, sitting with his back to her. His broad shoulders were tight beneath the old chambray work shirt he wore and his black curly hair was longer than she remembered, touching the collar of the shirt. She sat down next to him and put her hand on his arm.
At her touch, he turned and she felt the energy surge between them, electric as ever. Reid’s eyes, the deep navy blue she remembered so well, met hers and her anxiety melted.
His voice made her name an endearment.
They stared at each other as if they could bridge five years distance in a few moments and then he put his arm around her.
“You got here quick. I thought you might keep me waiting half the night.”
“You knew I'd come.”
“Yeah, I did.” It appeared he hadn't doubted her, even after the years of silence and separation and something deep within her stirred and rejoiced at that. Even now, it seemed he knew her well.
“Why did you have me come here, to the grotto?”
“Don’t you remember?” His voice was very soft.
“I do. This was our secret place, somewhere we came when we were troubled.”
Reid nodded. “We came here the day after my mom died.”
Caroline leaned against his shoulder, savoring the feel of his strength behind her, inhaling the long remembered but never forgotten masculine scent of him. En route, she worried that he was injured or ill but even though he looked tense, he also looked well.
“Are you all right?” She needed to know.
“I’m okay,” Reid said. He put his hand in the center of his chest. “That is, except for this pain I’ve had right here for about five years now. A deep, burning pain that never went away. Today though, it feels just a little bit better.”
She inhaled sharply, panicked at the idea of him having chest pains and then realized his heart trouble was romantic, not medical. Without analyzing it or planning what she'd say, she leaned forward.
“Maybe this will help it heal.”
She touched her lips to his, a very light kiss, her mouth barely touching his.
“It helps if it’s real,” Reid said, taking her face into his hands and kissing her with thoroughness that ignited fire in her veins. “Did you mean what you said on the phone?”
“I came, didn’t I?”
“You did, but do you?”
Her answer was a vow. “I do, Reid. I love you.”
He exhaled. “It’s about time you told me.
Very nice! Love it. Where can readers find your book online?
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937265056/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_alp_9fibob1AE1KMD
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Lee Ann, I'm so glad you stopped by today. It was great chatting with you and learning more about you and your books.
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