Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Guest Post - Sharon Struth

From Daydream to Reality…Sort of.

I’d love to own a vineyard. Daydreaming, I’ll picture myself wandering vine-filled hills on a beautiful sunny day, inspecting the grapes, and choosing artistic labels for our latest Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend. Later, I imagine I’ll greet visitors to my tasting room and pour them the samples from the fruits of my labor. Only reality shouts reminders that that owning a vineyard is hard work. Then I remember how I didn’t even want to empty last night’s clean dishwasher (do we ever?). And, Poof! The fantasy vanishes, but as a writer the idea of a novel about wine and vineyards seems within reach.

The result of my mental musings is my latest release, Share the Moon. A small town, a big lake, old secrets and ever-raw losses set the stage for this series set in beautiful rural northwestern Connecticut. Toss in the very charismatic Duncan Jamieson and set him against hometown gal Sophie Shaw, whose dreams of owning vineyard land are crushed by the handsome developer, and you’ve got Share the Moon. A blurb, trailer, and excerpt are below. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy!

About the book:
Title: Share the Moon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kensington Books/Lyrical Press
Number of Pages: 285

Blurb:
Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.

Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.

Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.

Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.

Excerpt:

Thud!

Air whooshed from Sophie’s lungs. Pain coursed through her shoulder blades, neck, and spine. The ground’s chilly dampness seeped into her cotton khaki pants, raising goose bumps on her skin. Seconds passed without breath before she managed to swallow a gulp.

Lying flat on her back, she stared at the cornflower blue sky and spotted a chalky slice of the moon. The night Henry died, a similar crescent had hung from the heavens, barely visible nestled among the glittering stars. She prepared for the scrape that threatened to tear the gouge of her scarred heart. Seven years. Seven painful years. She closed her eyes and after a few seconds, the weight of sadness lifted off her chest.

Tears gathered along her lower lashes. She pushed a strand of unruly long hair from her face. Footsteps crunched on the ice pellets and headed her way.

“Matthew Shaw…” Fury pooled in her jaw as she resisted the urge to yell at her son. “You’d better have a good excuse for taking so long.”

A man with cinnamon hair, short on the sides with gentle waves on top, knelt at her side. She studied the strong outline of his cheeks and the slight bump on the bridge of his angular nose that gave him a rugged touch, but he wasn’t familiar.

“Are you okay?” He searched her face.

The stranger hovered above. Tall treetops, clinging to the last of their earth-toned foliage, served as a backdrop to her view. A vertical crease separated his sandy brows. She couldn’t pry herself from his vivid blue eyes, in part stunned from the fall, but also by her first responder.

Author Bio:
Sharon Struth is an award-winning author who believes it’s never too late for a second chance in love or life. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail. Sharon writes from the small town of Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived. For more information, including where to find her other novels and published essays, please visit her at www.sharonstruth.com.


"Heart-tugging small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!"

—Laura Drake, author of RITA-award winning The Sweet Spot

"Superb… throw in a hunky dad, a small town and a savvy heroine who gets the job done and you've got me hooked!"

—Rachel Brimble, author of A Man like Him

Share the Moon Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOsUDbViLQk

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