Well now, look who has dropped in to have a little chat with us today. It's Meredith Allard!
Welcome, Meredith. Tell us a little bit about your main character of this book.
MA: There are two main characters—James Wentworth and Sarah Alexander. James is a vampire trying to live as humanly as possible in Salem, Massachusetts. Sarah struggles with nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials. They run into obstacles on their way to falling in love.
SC: Salem, certainly a place of supernatural lore. Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?
MA: have never had a paranormal experience myself, but I know there are people who believe they have. Writing Her Dear and Loving Husband was a game of “What if?” for me. What if vampires are real? What if paranormal phenomenons were true? I don’t know myself one way or another, but it was fun to speculate.
SC: What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?
MA: I’m writing Down Salem Way, the prequel to Her Dear and Loving Husband. It’s more about James and Elizabeth’s experiences in Salem during the witch hunts. It’s written first person from James’ point of view, which makes it a lot of fun to write.
SC: Thanks for saying hello to the readers. And speaking of readers, let's take a look at your book now.
Her Dear and Loving Husband
The Loving Husband Trilogy
Genre: Paranormal/Historical/Sweet Romance
Publisher: Copperfield Press
Date of Publication: 4/19/11
Number of pages: 289
Word Count: 89,000
Cover Artist: LFD Designs
Love the history, fantasy, and romance of Outlander and A Discovery of Witches? Read Her Dear and Loving Husband.
Professor James Wentworth has a paranormal secret, and he lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties with anyone. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets librarian Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth. Though it has been years since Elizabeth’s death, James cannot move on.
Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares, and every night she is awakened by terrifying visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail–scenes from the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. As James comes to terms with his feelings for Sarah, he must also dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be. Soon James and Sarah discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?
Part historical novel, part romance, part paranormal fantasy, Her Dear and Loving Husband is a story for anyone who believes that true love never dies.
I am looking lovingly into the eyes of a man, though I cannot see his face because it is featureless, like a blank slate. We are standing in front of a wooden house with narrow clapboards, and there are diamond-paned casement windows and a steep pitched roof with two gables pointing at the laughing, hidden moon. I am certain I hear someone singing sweet nothings to us from the sky. From the light of the few jewel stars I can see the halo of his hair, like the halo of an angel, and even if I cannot see his eyes I know they look at me, into me. I stand on my toes, he is much taller than me, and I point up my face and he kisses me. As the warmth of his lips melts into mine, making me weak from the inside out, I feel my knees give from the thrilling lightness his touch brings. I know the face I cannot see is beautiful, like the lips I feel. His hands press me into him, clutching me closer, closer, unwilling to let me go. I grip him with equal strength, wishing he would carry me inside, yet I cannot bring myself to break our embrace.
“I shall never leave you ever,” he whispers in my ear. I promise him the same.
I do not know how I have been so fortunate to have this man in my life, but here he is, before me, wanting me. I am overcome with the joy of him.
About the Author:
Meredith Allard is the author of the bestselling paranormal historical novels The Loving Husband Trilogy, a great read for fans of Outlander and A Discovery of Witches. Fans of Downton Abbey will love her newest release, When It Rained at Hembry Castle. She is currently writing Down Salem Way, the prequel to Her Dear and Loving Husband. Meredith lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.