Let me begin by sharing with you all that Sharon’s book SHARE THE MOON takes place in Connecticut. If you haven’t been to New England- it’s a must see and Connecticut should be high on your list. The history, the stone walls, giant sunflowers, lots of dairy farms with fresh ice cream, Mystic Pizza, coastal cities and island getaways. You can get a little taste of it in Sharon Struth’s new book SHARE THE MOON
Hi Kristi! Thanks for hosting me today.
First, let's talk about the book. Tell us what it's about.
SHARE THE MOON is about a small town, a large lake, and some very old secrets. Here’s a blurb:
Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.
Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.
Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.
“Heart-tugging small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!”
—Laura Drake, author of RITA-award winning The Sweet Spot
Ok, let's just jump right into the questions.
1. I imagine setting your book in CT was easy because you have so much visually to draw from. Did you pick a specific town? If so why. Or is your book set in a town similar to…?
I moved to Connecticut (from NY) thirty years ago. During that time, I’ve lived along the Long Island Sound and now live in the Northwestern part of the state. This area—it turns out—is where my heart belongs. My smallish town is one of the nicest places I’ve ever lived, with wonderful people, parks, lakes, and history. One of my favorite places to go is Lake Waramaug, just over twenty miles from my town. It’s a large lake with a nearby vineyard, B & B’s, little shops. Between the town where I live and the large lake I visit, let’s just say I was inspired to write this story.
That sounds lovely!
2. While doing your research did you just visit or did you approach a few of the vineyards and see the behind the scenes? If so, what was that like.
My husband and I love to tour the Connecticut Wine Trail, a mapping of the 25 wineries in our small state. It’s been a real education. They vary so much in size and location. Typically on our visits, I try to talk to the people who work there, or the owners, to learn a little about what they grown and bottle, the process. Many vineyards do behind the scene tours, which I find quite fascinating. Every single trip, I’ve learned something new.
3. So- is this a series and will the others involve vineyards? Give us some hints:-)
All stories in The Blue Moon Lake Novels take place around Blue Moon Lake, not necessarily the vineyard. Book two—HARVEST MOON—catches the vineyard in its operating phrase (it was just a dream in book one.) However, the third may focus on another aspect of the island. Ideas are forming as I type this blogpost…
Ah, don't you just love the creative process? Now that SHARE THE MOON is out I'm sure there has been little time to just sip wine and relax. I bet you're hard at work. Tell us what you're working on now.
I’m putting the finishes touches on Harvest Moon and tidying up to send to my agent “The To Do List,” a romance taking place along coastal Connecticut. But here’s a peek at what’s to come in HARVEST MOON…
With every small act of faith comes a second chance…
All Veronica Sussingham wants is a man who doesn’t make her engine purr; someone safe and dependable is good enough. She hasn’t always thought this way, but a single night in graduate school changed her outlook forever. A return to her hometown of Northbridge let’s her hide from the horror. A chance at a normal life…and it worked for twenty years. But now a man she's met on the internet has opened her eyes to what she’s been missing in life, weakening the barrier previously raised around her emotions. Then a case of mistaken identity when she meets Trent Jamieson knocks out a few more bricks, and even Veronica can’t ignore the message Fate is sending
For the first time in Trent Jamieson’s adult life, he has hope. Substance-free for several years, his brother’s job offer as marketing manager at Litchfield Hills Vineyards in Northbridge is the fresh start he needs…despite his less-than-pristine past in the small town. He meets Veronica, a woman who hides something deep and dark. She’s determined to hold him at arm’s length, but he’s equally determined to win her approval. Breaking her shell isn’t the answer, but somehow getting her to shed it willingly would be worth the struggle.
Sounds wonderful and heart tugging and that these two will really need to trust themselves and take a leap of faith. I can't wait!
But now that you've teased us with these two wonderful books- How about a little EXCERPT from SHARE THE MOON:
“I treat reporting the old-fashioned way. I only got your story in the first place
He raised his palm. “My accusation wasn’t fair. Listen, I’m sorry to have outbid you on the land so close to the closing date. A pure business decision and not personal.”
“I never thought it was. Besides, the land isn’t yours yet.” Her brows arched.
“For the record, though, I write news. Not opinion pieces. I want to clear up any misconceptions since Mr. Steiner requested we put together a favorable piece.”
“I didn’t request special treatment.” He squirmed in his seat. “Write the story as you see fit.”
“Trust me. I will.”
Once again, she’d left him as winded as if he’d hit the bottom of a huge crest on a roller coaster. Her stare burned through him.
“May I switch gears?” Duncan ached to reclaim control.
“Sure.” She crossed her shapely legs.
“The other night, in the parking lot, you told me I’d never understand why you wanted the area to remain unchanged. It’s understandable you’d be unhappy about my bid. Is there something else I need to know?”
Her dark gaze averted to the tip of her jiggling foot and she blinked, making her long lashes flutter. He wanted to look, too, but didn’t want to appear as if he were checking her out again. His earlier trip past her pleasing calves and nicely rounded bottom had given him the urge to unpin her knotted hair and do something that would earn him a slap across the face. Instead, he watched her expression, now more sad than angry.
Her hand lifted to her slender neck, where her fingers slowly massaged beneath her chin. “No. Just the vineyards.” She met his gaze, but a story rested in the pain behind her empty stare.
Sophie switched topics, but the need to understand her overwhelmed him in the most unsettling way.
So there you are my friends. Sharon's new book SHARE THE MOON is available now and once you finish it you can anxiously wait for the next one. I know I will because I just love a good series! I wish you great success Sharon. Thanks for popping over for a visit.
Here's a little about Sharon
Sharon Struth is an award-winning author who believes it’s never too late for a second chance in love or life. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail. Sharon writes from the small town of Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived. For more information, including where to find her other novels and published essays, please visit her at www.sharonstruth.com