by Elaine Cantrell
GENRE: Romantic comedy
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Aimee Sherwood never dreamed that following her fiancé into the witness protection pro-gram would land her in a haunted house in a town that’s downright creepy. She’d have laughed if she had been told the guy who lives down the road might be her soul mate, not the man whose ring she’s wearing. Life in West Virginia is nothing like life in Los Angeles, but between bean ball battles with Marilyn Monroe, remodeling a crumbling farmhouse, and starting a new online business, life in the country is anything but boring.
Without warning the blonde jerked the plastic container away from Aimee. It scooted across the table and crashed into a gelatin salad, taking a corner off its molded perfection. The blue bean balls went everywhere, rolling around the table like marbles on steroids. ”Look what you’ve done,” the blonde wailed. “Nobody will want to eat them now.”
She snatched a bean ball and hurled it at Aimee, who ducked just in time. “You missed me,” she taunted. She had no sooner finished speaking before a second bean ball flew through the air. This one caught the shoulder of her new blouse.
The blonde laughed.
Aimee grabbed a bean ball from the table and threw it at the blonde. She hit the woman right in the chest. “Help me!” the blonde shrieked. “She hit me in the heart. Where’s the sheriff?”
From the corner of her eye, Aimee saw the priest hurrying their way. She fired one final bean ball, which hit the blonde’s forehead with a beany thud.
Rocky grabbed her arm. “They’re circling the wagons. Let’s get out of here.”
Practically running, they made their escape from the church. Rocky took the precaution of locking the truck doors. He sighed. “I guess we can’t come back to this church either. Are we going to become atheists?”
“Of course not!”
Q & A with Elaine Cantrell
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
I believe that every time you read a good book you learn more about your craft, and if that’s true almost anyone can be an influence on an author. Specific authors that I believe influenced me are Elizabeth Peters, Danielle Steele, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Bet you didn’t see that last one coming, did you? Wilder taught me that drama exists in everyday life.
Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
Okay, talk about everyday life, I can’t stand to fold clothes which is funny because I used to enjoy the sense of a task completed. I think maybe I dislike it now because I now have to carry the clothes up a flight of stairs.
Share a funny incident in your life.
It’s hard for me to make something sound funny without writing it as a scene, but here goes. A few weeks ago I went to get a haircut.
“What are you doing here?” one of the other cosmetologists asked. “I have an appointment for a hair cut with Nancy,” I answered. “She’s not here. It’s Tuesday.”
“But it’s the 14th. I have an appointment.”
“Today’s the 15th.”
“Are you sure?” I asked
“Oh, yeah. It’s the 15th.”
What's your pet peeve?
I think this is more than a pet peeve. I despise people who abuse animals. Every time I hear about an animal being abused I get so angry because animals are defenseless against humans. I sign lots of petitions and send letters to my congressmen all the time.
When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music do you have a playlist?
No, no music. I prefer things to be really quiet. That way I can immerse myself in the world I’m creating. My writing is more authentic that way. If music or TV is playing my attention wanders.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators and Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.
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