Back in February 2015 I wrote a character interview blog post here at Inspy Romance for a new release. Fast forward seven years, and I have the rights back for my traditionally published CCR books that I’m gradually rereleasing.
Winning Julia’s Heart (originally titled Winning Over the Heiress) will rerelease at Amazon later this month. I’ve made a few minor tweaks to the new version, but the story itself hasn’t substantially changed. I enjoyed writing the character interview where I penned myself into a scene with my characters, Sean and Julia. We were having coffee at a café opposite Manly Beach in Sydney, the Australian setting for the story. You can read the character interview here.
While I was chatting with the Inspy Romance readers in the blog comments all those years ago, I realized I’d used the same location as my first date with my husband in the mid 90’s.
Since I’m feeling nostalgic, I thought I’d share a little bit about my first date with my husband.
Our young adult children are baffled by the whole concept of Dad calling Mum on a land line phone that was answered by their grandfather. They have their own phones and technology is a normal part of their everyday lives.
On our first date, I met my husband in the courtyard of our church in Manly on a balmy January summer evening. Our church was hosting a mission week that included Christian rock bands performing each night. We listened to the band for a while before heading down The Corso to Manly Beach and a quieter café where we could talk.
The relaxed atmosphere and ambiance in the beach side café was conductive to long, heart-to-heart conversations. We talked, and drank really nice coffee, and talked some more. And, we haven’t stopped talking since, lol. We were engaged five months later and married the following year at the church where we met and started our first date.
Here’s the new cover and book description for Winning Julia’s Heart:
Can a former bad boy be redeemed?
Sean Mitchell has left his past behind, but his new boss, Julia Radcliffe, isn’t so sure. A year ago, Sean walked out on his brother’s wedding and her. Now the bad boy with the surfer good looks is back and determined to make a new life with Julia. She wonders whether she can truly trust that he’s a changed man.
It took time and faith, but Sean is finally on the right path. And his feelings for Julia have only grown stronger. But when Sean’s past threatens to jeopardize their future, can he convince Julia they both want the same thing; a love that can overcome every mistake?