Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wellington Letters by Cheryl R. Lane Giveaway & Interview

Wellington Letters
Wellington Cross
Book Six
Cheryl R. Lane

Genre:  Historical romance; historical fiction

Publisher:  Cheryl R. Lane

Date of Publication: October 2017

ISBN:  1545598207

Number of pages: 244

Book Description: 

Two generations...two different war stories...two different love stories. Letters written about love and war.

This book follows William and Ginny's son, Liam, to Cuba in 1898 where he has joined Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders in fighting against Spain in the Spanish American War. As a field doctor, Liam will help many, see some die, and also surprisingly fall in love.

Meanwhile back at home at The Forest Plantation in Charles City, Virginia, his father Dr. William Brown reads Liam's letters to the family and is reminded of a story from the War Between the States.

This story involves his cousin Judy being a spy and how she fell in love with a Union soldier. As William tells the story to his family, a secret is revealed that even his wife Ginny doesn't know about.

About the Author:

Cheryl R. Lane was born and raised in Johnson City, Tennessee, and went to college at East Tennessee State University before marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Virginia Beach, Virginia.

She started writing as a hobby when she was in college after purchasing a couple of Southern Heritage cookbooks, which were filled with pages of beautiful old plantation homes. She used to sit outside in her backyard and type on a manual typewriter at a picnic table under tall maple trees. 

She continued writing after moving to Virginia Beach and visiting beautifully restored homes in Williamsburg as well as plantations on the James River. She has been working in medical and now legal transcription while writing on the side, and finally decided to self-publish her first novel in December 2012.  She enjoys the freedom and creativity of self-publishing. 

She loves being outside in nature and her hobbies include visiting historical homes and gardens, reading, traveling, exercising, and going to the beach.  She is still married to her sweetheart after 29 years, and they have one son who is an actor and a Havanese bichon.


1.      What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?  This past May, my husband and I went on a trip to England and toured Highclere Castle.  This was mostly because we are die hard Downton Abbey fans, but they also happened to be having a special presentation the day we visited on Jane Austen.  We learned that she had lived in the same area and so we were able to walk through similar gardens Ms. Austen may have walked through as well as saw quaint villages nearby that she would have mentioned in her books.  The rolling hills with grazing sheep, the foliage and fauna all contributed to the atmosphere you would read about in Jane’s books.  I loved it all.
2.      What is the first book that made you cry?  Oh, I’ve read so many, ha ha.  Probably the first book was Old Yeller, which we had to read in school.  More recently, The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans gave me happy tears with its ending.  His books are alwaysvery moving to me.  Also I had sad tears when a favorite character was killed off in the book Glory and Promise by Kim Murphy.
3.      Does writing energize or exhaust you?  It can do both at different times.  It energizes me when I’m in a groove and I can write several chapters within a short period of time.  It can also be exhausting when I’m on proofread number three and want to get it finished.
4.      What is your writing Kryptonite?  I often lose track of time.  I actually have set a timer to tell me when it’s time to stop writing and go cook supper!  I become very much involved in the world of my books and lose all sense of anything else around me.  I guess you’d consider that my Kryptonite.
5.      Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?  No, I’ve always used my real name.
6.      What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?  I am friends with S.W. Frontz, who writes crime books with a hint of romance.  She has helped me a lot with my books by telling me when something doesn’t sound right, if something isn’t historically accurate, and helps me find typos.  She encouraged me with my first book, Wellington Cross, to make it meatier and have more substance instead of just being sweet and possibly boring.  She helps give me ideas when I get stuck on something.  We like to take walks and talk about our book plots.
7.      Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?  I write two different series:  Wellington Cross, which is historical romance and an Angel series, which is modern day romance.  I’ve actually connected the two series with having characters in the Angel books who are descendants of characters from the Wellington Cross books.
8.      What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?  None.  If I don’t like an author, I most likely won’t read any more of his/her books.
9.      What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?I don’t know if it’s under-appreciated or not, but I really liked the book My Thomas by Roberta Grimes.  It told the romance of Martha and Thomas Jefferson, all the ups and downs with being apart and losing many of their children.  It was historically interesting, romantic, and also very sad.  Another favorite of mine that I had never heard of before I saw it on Kindle was Heart of the Ocean by Heather Moore.  The cover drew me in and I loved every bit of it.  A favorite, for sure.
10.  As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?Ever since the movie Bambi when I was a child, I have loved deer.  Such beautiful creatures.  I loved it in the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling when the Patronus of Severus Snape was a deer.
11.  How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?  I am in the process of publishing my 8th novel and I also have a novella.  I have just started novel #9.
12.  What did you edit out of this book?  Nothing major, just things that sounded awkward.  I added a scene in the epilogue after getting the idea from a story on talk radio – it was a story about a famous person from history from the 1770s at whose home someone had found old papers in the privy.  That’s all I’m going to say so I won’t spoil it for any readers.
13.  If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?  I am also a legal transcriptionist, which is quite interesting work.  I have only been doing it since August, so almost three months.  Before that, I did medical transcription for 30 years.
14.  Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?  There is one secret in this book that will come out at the end.  That’s all I can say about that. 
15.  What is your favorite childhood book?  So many, but two of my favorites are The Ghost on Windy Hill and Snow White. Also Nancy Drew books; I still have several of these.

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