Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Series Spotlight & Author Interview: Her Loving Husband Trilogy by Meredith Allard

The Loving Husband Trilogy
Box Set- All Three Books
Meredith Allard

Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: Copperfield Press
Date of Publication: 6/10/14
Number of pages: 782
Cover Artist: LFD Designs

Trilogy Description:
Meredith Allard’s beloved best selling paranormal/historical Loving Husband Trilogy is now available together for the first time, with bonus material about the series. The collection includes the full texts of Her Dear & Loving Husband, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, and Her Loving Husband’s Return, plus a Q&A with Meredith Allard, series inspirations, and discussion questions. The Loving Husband Trilogy Box Set will please the most devoted James and Sarah Wentworth fans as well as fans new to the series.

Her Dear & Loving Husband

Book 1
James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties with anyone. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets 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 about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail. Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feelings for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be. Soon James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Do vampires and witches live in Salem? Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?

Her Loving Husband’s Curse

Book 2
How far will you go to protect the one you love?

Finally, after many long and lonely years, vampire James Wentworth's life is falling into place. Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth. If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer. Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?

Her Loving Husband’s Return

Book 3
What would you do to return to the only one you have ever loved?

Vampire James Wentworth’s secret is no longer a secret, and now he and his beloved wife, Sarah, have been separated. While suffering his own internment, James is reminded of his time with Japanese-Americans in the Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II, and he cannot allow the past to repeat itself. With the help of his friends—Chandresh, Jocelyn, Timothy, even the irreverent Geoffrey—James learns what it means to return, and he is determined to return to his Sarah no matter the challenges—or the consequences. In the end, it may be up to Olivia, the most powerful of witches, to grant James’s most fervent wish. Will James and Sarah be reunited once and for all despite the madness surrounding them?

PRFL would like to extend a very warm welcome to Meredith Allard, author of Her Loving Husband series. Meredith, to begin, can you tell us where you're from, and what inspired you to become a writer?
I currently live in Las Vegas, though I consider L.A. my hometown since I lived there most of my life. I first thought of myself as a writer when I was 12 and I was asked to write our 6th grade graduation play. In truth, I was probably only asked because I had the neatest handwriting in the class, but I felt like a writer. In subsequent years, I had teachers who used my writing as examples for the class, and that added to my feeling that I was a writer. I knew that writing was in my future, and I tried out journalism and screenwriting but neither felt right. Finally, I found my way to writing novels and I knew I found my home.

Can you say that your journey to publication was difficult? If so, what were the hardest moments to get through?
My journey to publication was most certainly difficult. The hardest part for me, as I think it is for a lot of writers, was the rejection letters. With the Loving Husband Trilogy, I felt I had written a story people would like if only they had a chance to read it. With previous books, I had given up after a certain amount of rejection letters, but I wasn’t willing to give up with the Loving Husband Trilogy. I was lucky that the indie author movement was taking off just as I was ready to publish the Loving Husband Trilogy. Sometimes in life you have to make your own luck, and that’s what I did.
How do you overcome I-suck-itis, that little voice in your head that tells you your writing isn’t good enough?
I keep at it. I suffer from I-suck-itis a lot when I’m writing my first drafts because my first drafts really do suck (thank you to Anne Lamott for making the phrase “shitty first drafts” popular). But I’ve been writing long enough by now to know that if I make my way through the first draft, the second draft will be much better—much more focused and cohesive. So really what I do is keep writing, no matter how bad it is, with the knowledge that it will get better in time.
What is your dream vacation?
London, and I’m lucky enough to be going again this summer. For book research, of course...
Describe your writing style in five words.
Keep writing no matter what!
What movies are you currently excited to see?
I’ve been wanting to see the new X-Men movie since it came out. Hopefully it won’t be out of the theaters by the time I get there.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. It’s the second book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy and I love it almost as much as the first, Wolf Hall.
If you weren’t a writer, what other careers would you pursue?
I would be a college professor, and I’m lucky enough to be able to pursue that dream as well.
For people who haven’t read your novels, how would you summarize the plot?
The Loving Husband Trilogy is about vampire James Wentworth and the only woman he has loved in over three hundred years, his wife Sarah. The first book, Her Dear & Loving Husband, is about James and Sarah finding each other again after more than a 300 year separation. Book Two, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, is about James and Sarah trying to piece their life back together again despite the fact that humans have learned of the existence of vampires. Book Three, Her Loving Husband’s Return, is about James making the ultimate sacrifice to stay by Sarah’s side.
To you, what makes a good story?
The characters are the most important thing in a story to me. Without interesting characters I care about, the rest of the story doesn’t matter. It could be the most interesting plot in the world with unexpected twists and turns, but if I don’t care about the character then I won’t care what happens to him or her.
What usually turns you off about a story?
I don’t care much for stories that don’t have a lot of detail. I like novels to be worlds unto themselves, but in order for me to feel like I’m in that world I need to know the details of what it’s like there. That’s a personal preference, since other readers prefer stories to be barebones so they can create the details in their own imaginations.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose, and why?
Charles Dickens because he’s been so influential in my own writing, but he’s pretty dead so I don’t expect that to happen.
What is on your nightstand?
A clock, a lamp, and my iPad and my phone, both of which are being charged at the moment.
What is your favorite book?
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. I decided I wanted to write fiction after reading that book. Dickens is the perfect example of giving enough detail so that you feel you’re in the story alongside the characters. 

Thank you so much for joining us today, Meredith. We really enjoyed the visit. Good luck and great sales with your Her Loving Husband Series. 

About the Author:

Meredith Allard is the author of the best-selling novels The Loving Husband Trilogy, Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother’s Battle (Copperfield Press). She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge. She has taught writing to students aged ten to sixty, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Tour giveaway 
5 digital copies of the trilogy box set