Bethanne here, welcoming Becky Lower to Through Heart-Shaped Glasses. Thanks for joining us, Becky and for sharing your writing story with all of our readers. Readers, friends, fellow authors and strangers, don’t forget our October giveaway sponsored by Sutton Fox–a $10 Amazon GC and an eCopy of her book, Beyond The Winner’s Circle.
Many years ago, I was uncertain of what I wanted from my life. I was unhappy sitting behind a desk all day, getting fat on doughnuts and cake, since it was always someone’s birthday. I left the corporate world and tried to make it as the owner of a small crafts store. But making quilts as a pastime, and trying to make money at it were two entirely different things. So, when the call came from my mother that she needed my help, I didn’t hesitate. Well, I did a bit. I grabbed a friend, loaded up my car, and took off on a three-week cross-country trip. We meandered all over the place, following the Santa Fe Trail, just as so many others had done before us. In honor of this momentous shift in my life, I began hand-piecing an elaborate quilt pattern, appropriately enough called The Wild Goose Chase. When it was my turn to be the passenger, I’d haul out little triangles of cloth and piece them together as we sped down the road.
Years came and went. I spent a few seasons with my Mom and Dad in Arizona, migrated to Texas, and eventually worked my way back to where I began—Virginia. With every move, I packed up the triangles and blocks, and the fabric I was using for the quilt, and brought it with me. It was always in the back of my closet, and in the back of my mind, as an unfinished project, just waiting for the right time for me to complete it and put it on my bed.
I have a manuscript that reminds me of the Wild Goose Chase quilt. Over the years, I’ve done research on the book. I’ve written it and rewritten it numerous times. I’ve taken classes and workshops in an attempt to better my writing. I’ve entered the manuscript into contests and won a few. But, for some reason, I could never finish it to my satisfaction. I guess I’m waiting for the right time to complete it and send it out into the world.
I’m happy to say the quilt has been finished for about ten years now. It’s on my bed every day, and I have noticed some of the fabric has faded, and developed a softness that comes with age. I think the same will happen with my manuscript. Some of the plot points that I originally hit hard need to mellow and the parts I thought insignificant need to be sharpened. I think about it constantly as it rolls around in my head. I’m just waiting for the right time to complete it. I think I’m almost ready.
It’s Jasmine Fitzpatrick’s year to shine at this season’s Cotillion and men will be throwing themselves at her. But she sets her sights on a man she’s never met, the Viscount of Foxborough. He’s wealthy and has an English title. Only a few things stand in her way: a wealthy, young, beautiful widow who captures the viscount’s attention immediately, her fear of riding horses when he owns a breeding stable and racetrack, and the viscount’s stableboy, Parr.
Parr O’Shaughnessy loses his heart to Jasmine the moment he meets her. However, he has no title to interest her. He left behind an impoverished existence in Ireland when the viscount offered to bring him and his famous horse to America to build a dynasty together. He believes Jasmine barely noticed him when she was introduced–she only had eyes for the viscount. He struggles with his loyalty to the viscount and his love for Jasmine. But winning her love might mean losing all he has worked for.
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Ever since submitting my first screenplay to Bonanza at age twelve, I have had a love affair with the American west. Perhaps it has something to do with an old family legend that I have a Cherokee Indian great-great grandfather. That might explain why I tend to plunk my characters into the middle of momentous historical events that helped shape the United States. I pursue my passion for history by watching The History Channel, visiting old graveyards and civil war battle sites and by writing about it.
I also like to intersperse my historical writings with lighter novels about mature women who are getting to reset the dial on their lives with a second chance at love. Romance isn’t exclusive to the young, and there are as many tales of love after forty as there are stars in the sky. I want to write about them all.
I am a graduate of Bowling Green State University and currently live in Oberlin, OH with my puppy-mill rescue dog, Mary.