A jewel heist...
|An unexpected marriage...|
Then Sayuri’s widowed father, Sean, marries Alyssa James, a woman Sayuri has never even met. The three live uneasily together in the Point Grey mansion until the unexpected arrival of Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, a devastatingly handsome, charming Irishman who immediately begins a campaign to bed and wed the delicious and wealthy Sayuri.
Things take a dangerous turn...
Accidents begin to happen. Or are they accidents? Nothing is as it seems. Michael distrusts Hugh James and fears that Sayuri’s life may be in danger.
Night Owl Reviews - 4 Stars
Deb Sanders Romance
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About Blair McDowell
Blair McDowell is a widely published author of professional books who has only recently turned her talents to writing fiction. Since 2011 she has published three novels, The Memory of Roses, Delighting In Your Company and, most recently, Sonata, released in November 2012.
Also by Blair McDowell
The Memory of Roses
Delighting in Your Company
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Blair, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is Sonata and is not-to-be-missed romance. How did this work come about?
BM: I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, British Columbia, Canada. My home is on the Sunshine Coast, a bit of land between the coastal mountains and the sea, with the spectacular city of Vancouver is just a forty minute ferry ride away. I wanted to set a story here. Once I decided that my characters simply suggested themselves, and the story followed.
HH: What do you like best about Sayuri and why will readers be cheering for her?
BM: Sayuri is a musician, a concert artist with an international reputation. She has spent her whole life dedicated to furthering her career, to the extent that she has no personal life. At twenty-nine, she realizes she wants more from life than just a steady procession of concert venues and hotel rooms. She makes the decision to return home to Vancouver, to try to get some perspective on her life.
HH: What do you like best about Michael and why will readers love him?
BM: Michael Donovan is a cop who loves his work. He’s steady, calm, and reliable. He hasn’t a temperamental bone in his body. He’s the exact opposite of all the musicians Sayuri has met in her career. He’s tough, good looking, and the kind of man you’d turn to in a crisis. He’s also a good cook. What woman wouldn’t love that?
HH: What sort of research was required for this work?
BM: I’ve never written a police story before. It was important that I get my facts straight. Things were complicated by the fact that that Michael is an officer in the Vancouver Police Department (the VPD), but part of the story happens on the Sunshine Coast, where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the RCMP) have jurisdiction. I was fortunate in being advised by a member of the VPD throughout the writing of Sonata.
HH: What do you think readers will enjoy most about your book?
BM: I hope they will enjoy the unexpected twists and turns in the plot, and the interplay between these two very different people as, against all odds, they fall in love.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
BM: I’ve just finished a woman-in- peril story of suspense and intrigue, Romantic Road. It takes place in Europe, with my heroine being pursued through German, Austria and Hungary, where at the request of her dead husband, she is trying to retrieve a missing manuscript certain people do not want to see in print. Along the way she is rescued frequently by a handsome and mysterious stranger.
HH: What do you enjoy most about being an author?
BM: I love being able to simply unleash my imagination. Everything is possible. Some of it may not be probable, but this is fiction. It’s a wide open game. I love it.
HH: How has your writing career changed since you started out?
BM: It has changed unbelievably. I was a bestselling college book author with six books to my name. My career as an academic was secure and safe. I could call my publisher (one of the big six) and say “I have an idea for a new book,” and get a contract by return mail. Now I spend as much time marketing and trying to find the right publisher for each new book as I do writing. Fiction is a whole new ball game. But I wouldn’t go back for anything. I love what I’m doing now.
HH: What do you think has been the most positive change?
BM: I feel free. Free to write what I want. It’s like coming out into the sunlight after being in a closed room.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
HH: Thank you!
HH: Thank you!
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