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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Welcome Amber Leigh Williams
My focus was pinned on northern Europe in the early ‘40’s until I watched a movie made by Hallmark based on a true World War II love story that took place in the Italian Apennines called In Love and War (based off the book by hero Eric Newby called Love and War in the Apennines). I was intrigued by not only the conflicts that waged in this little-addressed corner of the world during the time period but by the romance of the landscape. It was the perfect place to fall in love—but set against the wrenching violence of a deadly war.
I set out to create a setting that would be the quintessential backdrop for a romance: a vineyard in Veneto, Italy in March 1944 owned by my heroine, Lucille Renaldi’s, wealthy family. The beauty and quiet of their serene home is only interrupted by the distant sounds of raids…until an American fighter pilot lands his crippled plane in their fields, irrevocably throwing Lieutenant Charles Tyler into Lucille’s life. Over six drafts, I expanded the seeting to include Lucille sneaking underground in Nazi-occupied Milan to be with Charles who is doing dangerous reconnaissance work there, the severe scrutiny of those around them—especially Lucille’s family who had arranged for her to marry a much older and wealthier man—and Charles braving bombing raids over Florence to find Lucille amongst the ruins.
FOREVER AMORE is one love story you won’t want to miss. Despite enormous obstacles and conflict, it has both its dark and light sides. Charles makes Lucille smile in their darkest hour and begs to question: how far would you go for love?
Join me for a chat at Talking Two Lips from 8pm to 10pm to learn more about FOREVER AMORE, other titles, and a free ebook download giveaway! Hope to see you there! And thanks again to You Gotta Read for letting me share!