The Bride Gift.
When did you start writing this book? How long did it take you?
This book was started about ten years ago. I got halfway through and like many of my projects at the time I stopped and left it in my file of ‘pending projects’. But I always loved the idea of a man having to scale the sides of his castle to get to his wife. I picked it up again early last year to have it ready in time for the RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference, which takes place in July every year. I completed it in time to meet with Char Chaffin from Soul Mate Publishing at the conference. And here we are!
Are your characters or plots based on anyone or experiences in real life? Or are they completely fictitious?
There are always elements of me, or people I know, in every character I write. Sometimes just traces, but it’s there. To give you an example from The Bride Gift: Guy of Helston is a big man, a very skilled warrior, but there is a gentleness to him. He’s slow to anger and thinks through what he does, my husband is like this.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I love my hero, Guy of Helston. I had the idea to make him very non-verbal and had a lot of fun trying to find other ways for him to communicate. It made for an interesting dynamic between Guy and the heroine, Helena. Most women who are married, or in a serious relationship with man, can relate to Helena’s frustration when he just won’t speak.
If you stepped into your hero/heroine’s shoes, would you react the same way they did to adversity?
Our reality as modern women is so different from that of women in this period. One of the things that interested me so much about the women of this period is how they managed to have some control over their lives. Their entire social structure rendered them powerless and yet the Middle Ages produced some seriously gutsy women. Let’s face it, to survive in those times, you had to be tough. My personal favorite is Eleanor of Aquitaine. She leveraged her land holdings and her wealth constantly.
What are your feelings about sequels? Is this a possibility for your novel?
This novel is a standalone. But I do have another medieval coming out in September this year called Sweet Bea. Sweet Bea is book 1 in the series Sir Arthur’s Legacy.
What is your favorite time of day to write?
As a stay at home mother, I have to work around when my children are at school. I do most of my writing in the morning.
Are you a full time writer? If not, what fills your day?
I am pretty much a full time writer. Between writing new work, editing upcoming releases and social media, I spend about 8 hours a day at it.
What is the last book you read or are currently reading?
I read all over the romance genre. I am currently reading Queen of Hearts, the second in the Jayne series from good friend and fellow author, Jami Denise. But I’m a voracious reader and am always reading something.
Favorite Ice Cream? Haagen Dazs Strawberry
Favorite Song or Band? Depeche Mode
Favorite Super Hero? Spiderman
Favorite Princess? Buttercup
Food you can’t stand? Fish
What annoys you? Discourtesy
Jeans or Sweatpants? Sweatpants
The day is not complete without… My morning Latte
One Word that best describes yourself…Determined
Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.
She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
Take a look at the back cover of The Bride Gift
It’s 1153 in the period dubbed ‘The Anarchy’, King Stephen and Empress Maud are not the only ones embroiled in a fierce battle of the sexes.
Determined to control her own destiny, willful Helena of Lystanwold has chosen just the husband to suit her purposes. But, when her banished guardian uncle attempts to secure her future and climbs through her bedroom window with a new husband by a proxy marriage, she understandably balks. Notorious warrior Guy of Helston is everything Helena swore she would never marry; a man who lives by the sword, like the man who murdered her sister.
This marriage finally brings Guy close to his lifetime dream of gaining lands and a title. He is not about to let his feisty bride stand in his way. A master strategist, Guy sets out to woo and conquer his lady.
Against a backdrop of vengeance, war and betrayal, Guy and Helena must learn to forge a united front or risk losing everything.
Sit back and enjoy an excerpt from The Bride Gift
Spring, 1153, North of England
Guy of Helston hated heights.
Dangling sixty feet from the ground and hanging on by his fingernails was not what he’d had in mind when he declared at the tender age of eight summers that come what may, he would one day win a title. Mayhap it was his just deserts for foolishly declaring to his brother, Crispin, he would stop at nothing to achieve his ambition.
Guy grabbed the next handhold. It had seemed such a good idea from the ground. Roger had made it sound like the logical course. For certes easier than lengthy explanations yelled at the gatehouse for all within earshot to hear. The earl had led him to the hidden postern gate and they’d slipped undetected through the curtain wall into the inner bailey.
The castle bristled with men at arms. A witch’s cauldron of trouble brewed around their lady. Change crackled in the wind with new rumors circulating faster than flies on a midden heap. The war between King Stephen and Empress Maude ripped through the land and threatened all.
An owl hooted. Roger’s warning.
Guy froze. A soft tramp of feet signaled the guard.
Beneath him, two men at arms passed into view. All it would take was for one of them to glance up. The sentries stopped and changed direction. He counted a heartbeat more and continued his ascent.
Closer he climbed to the open casement. He forced himself to go slowly. One hand at a time, find the foothold before moving on. A slip now would mean certain death.
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