Thursday, August 15, 2013

Guest Post with Sherrill Bodine (+Giveaway)

Today, I'm happy to have one of the co-authors of Written in the Stars on the blog. Please welcome Sherrill Bodine. :)

Sherill: Gotta Love Your Heroine and Hero

In the Art of the Novel, Henry James wrote: “What is character but determination of incident?  What is incident but the illustration of character?”

I know – weighty stuff.  I say: “I’d better create characters who readers are interested in and I’d better put them in a situation that makes the reader worry about and root for them.”

In other words – I’d best love my heroine and hero or no one else will care about them!

In Written in the Stars, the reincarnation epic love story I co-wrote with Patricia Rosemoor (I wrote the historical portion/Patricia the contemporary), I created characters I loved.

I have always been utterly fascinated by the Elizabethan era – the intrigue, the adventure, the role of women to be used as pawns in the game of power between families and nations.  And understand how some women had the strength and power to resist and forge a new destiny for themselves.

I breathed life into such a strong woman.  Lady Elizabeth York is honor bound by her duty as she fights her forbidden passion for Will Grey, who has his own code which has shaped his life.

But their destiny – their connection – is too powerful to be defeated by the mores of their time.

Do they have great sex – of course, because more importantly they have a spiritual and physical bond which is the definition of true intimacy.

Actually, isn’t it true that what we all want is a love which defies everything and everyone to survive.  Even time and space.

That kind of love is what Elizabeth and Will possess and its one of the many reasons I love them.  I hope it makes the reader feel the same way!

Blurb: “A passionate tale of destiny, danger and dark magic—and a love so powerful that it conquers time.” Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling Author.

A love so deep that it can last through centuries?

In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York’s star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a child of magic. When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, heir to the Duke of Lennox, but finds enchantment in the eyes and touch of Will Grey, the Duke’s bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.

Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the victim, but which man is her enemy, which her soul’s mate? Can a journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her the answers…in time to save her true love?

Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight the villain’s curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are destined to love.

Excerpt: "There was little Will had not seen in court, the battlefield, or the bedroom, yet watching Elizabeth walk to the warm, spring-fed pool at the edge of the woods behind his grandfather’s cottage filled him with wonder.

He slipped his arm around her waist and her head rested on his shoulder. Freed of her ribbons, her ebony hair blown by the evening winds flowed across his throat and chest, filling the air he breathed with the scent of lavender.

At the far side of the pool they came to the limestone rim, festooned with vines and heavy purple blossoms.

Laughing, she slipped off her kid boots, slowly uncoiled her celestial girdle and placed it carefully on the ground. Wearing only her loose gown with hanging sleeves, she walked into the shallows.

Turning back to him, her thick, wavy hair cascading over her breasts, her huge eyes lit by the setting sun, she beckoned to him.

“Come, Will. Join me in paradise.”

Leaving most of his clothes in a pile next to hers, Will waded toward her. He felt the warm spring water rush over his feet and calves.

To him, Elizabeth was a creature of magic, of desire, of love he would follow through eternity.

Available for purchase atAmazon

Author Bio: I’m sure growing up in my grandmother’s house, taking care of my developmentally disabled mother, forged who I am, but I don’t believe any one thing defines me. My philosophy of life is that we are all in this together—and we need to embrace one another with as much grace, humor and compassion as we can muster. I see life as big, bigger, biggest, and I want to take everyone along with me on the journey. I not only attend black-tie affairs and work on charity board projects, but I am also just as likely to be taking a grandchild to lunch and a movie. I’m happily married to John, with whom I eloped when I was an 18-year-old freshman in college. It was quite the scandal. We have four beautiful children and 11 grandchildren.
I won my first writing award in the seventh grade in a statewide essay contest about a television broadcast of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. Instead of Silver Skates, they sent real skates, which I enjoyed immensely. I’m only sorry I don’t still have them so they could hang in my office.

While moving 22 times across the country and rearing our children, I sold stories to Fate Magazine, Home Life Magazine and True Confessions. In 1988, I sold my first novel and a week later received a two-book contract from Fawcett. Sixteen novels later, I’ve seen The Other Amanda win the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Write Touch Readers’ Award and Talk of the Town chosen by Cosmopolitan magazine as its “Red Hot Read” for February 2009.

Sherrill is also known as Lynn Leslie and Leslie Lynn
Be sure to visit Sherrill at: Website



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  1. Oh it sounds wonderful. I do love when an author feels so passionately about their characters and these two sound like ones I could easily love as well. Glad I stopped by today and saw this one :) It's going on the tbr list :)

    1. Thanks so much! I truly do love these characters and this story! I hope you feel the same way! Please let me know!
      xo Sherrill

  2. I can't imagine what it would be like to have a co-author.

    Beautiful cover! Congrats!

    1. Thanks, Stacey! I agree - love the cover!! Working with Patricia, who has been a friend and critique partner for years, was great - it was fun to bounce ideas off one another. But ultimately we each was the final goddess of our parts of the story! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did writing Written in the Stars!
      xo Sherrill