I've been a bit under the weather as allergy season hits in the PNW. Lucky for us, Debbie Peterson stopped by to have a little chat and cheer us up!
SC: Tell me a little bit about your main characters of this book.
DP: Wolfaert Dircksen Van Ness is a charming, bold and fearless seventeenth century sea captain who was swept into a parallel dimension during a raging storm in the Bermuda triangle. With time and patience, he finally discovered how to make return trips to this dimension and does so whenever the whim (and the appropriate storm) hits. It’s during such a crossing that he encounters the one woman destined to steal his heart. There is one problem with that though…
Aliyana Rosa Montijo is a tenacious and daring undercover DEA agent. She’s also a bit of a spitfire. Her current mission is to gain enough evidence for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to arrest a particularly nefarious drug cartel leader and put him away for life. Yet, as tough as she in on the outside, on the inside she is vulnerable, with a heart far more fragile than she’ll ever admit aloud and she guards it with ferocity. The question is, can Wolf break through the wall she built around her heart before their mission is over?
SC: Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?
DP: Yes, actually I do. I have seen ghosts a few times in my life and at times when seeing a ghost would be the very last thing on my mind. One such occurrence happened when I was about sixteen. My family had traveled from Las Vegas to a small town in Utah to help my grandparents move into their new home. The old farmhouse was probably close to one hundred years old and sat on about ten acres or so. Anyway, here we were in the middle of the day, lugging boxes from the back of a truck and into the house, which was crawling with helpful neighbors. I, of course, didn’t know any of them.
I was given one particular box which was to be taken upstairs and so up I went. I followed the curve of a tight, winding staircase to the second floor. When I got to the top I saw this old man standing in the doorway of the bedroom directly ahead. He wore a plaid shirt underneath his overalls, a floppy hat that had seen far better days and a pair of round glasses. A typical looking farmer, right?
I thought that since he was kind of old he was probably directing traffic and so I asked him where he wanted me to put the box I was carrying. He didn’t answer me. He just stared. The longer he stared the more uncomfortable I became. Then, as I opened my mouth to ask the question again (maybe he was hard of hearing instead of just creepy?) he disappeared. Yep, right before my eyes he was just GONE. Do keep in mind that this ghost looked just as mortal as anyone else. He wasn’t the least bit “see-through.” My hospital ghost also looked mortal, but that’s another story for another day. These two ghosts are the reason that in my ghostly romances, the ghosts appear very mortal looking.
SC: What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?
DP: Right now I am working on a prequel of sorts to Heart of the Storm, tentatively titled Van Locken’s Witch, as well as a sequel to Bound by Oath and Honour, titled, Bound by the Promise of Eden.
SC: Thanks for stopping by. Let's take a look at your novel now.
Heart of the Storm
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: February 27, 2019
Print ISBN: 978-1-5092-2473-9
Digital ISBN: 978-1-5092-2474-6
Number of pages: 277
Word Count: 96478
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor
Tagline: Love is the perfect storm…
DEA agent Aliyana Montijo must stop a drug lord's killing orders and find a government mole. With a contract on her head, she trusts no one. While heading back to Florida with evidence, lightning strikes her plane. As it careens into the ocean, she thinks she sees a pirate ship. What she finds is a dashing and most unlikely ally.
Four centuries ago, Wolfaert Dircksen Van Ness captained a vessel for the Dutch West Indies Company. Then an unearthly storm in the Bermuda Triangle blew him into a parallel dimension. After rescuing Aliyana from a similar tempest, he finds himself drawn to the courageous beauty and wants to aid her mission.
In the midst of danger, the two find themselves falling in love. Then a misunderstanding tears them apart, perhaps forever…
About a half an hour before sunset, the unease she had carried for the past several hours turned into a sudden feeling of dread. Panic overtook all rational thought and settled into her soul. Something terrible had happened. She raced toward her supplies and grabbed her backpack. Her fingers shook as she unzipped the bag and yanked out her phone. She called Greg’s number several times over before it dawned on her that he had already boarded a plane headed for Colombia. She wouldn’t be able to contact him until the morning.
Despite all attempts to banish it, the dread grew stronger with each passing hour. A growing notion that Wolf and his crew never left the sub took firm hold. The conscientious men of the Wieven could very well have remained behind to ensure that all went according to plan. The thought of such an occurrence made her sick to her stomach. What if they could die as she had always feared? What if they died in that sub along with Mercado’s men? She couldn’t sleep, and she couldn’t eat. All throughout the long hours of the night, she restlessly paced along the shore, waiting, hoping, and praying.
By the time the gloomy morning arrived, what little hope she’d carried throughout the long night dissipated. Somewhere in her heart, she finally accepted that her beloved captain wouldn’t be coming for her. Not now. Not ever again.
About the Author:
Debbie is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance. She has-and always has had-a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an impossible love possible, and happily ever after endings. She loves music, art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and thunder storms.
When she's not busy conjuring her latest novel, She spends time with the members of her very large and nutty family in the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history (which she also teaches), mythology, and history.