Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Wife for Humphrey by Christina Lorenzen Wife for Humphrey

by Christina Lorenzen
Genre: Sweet Romance/Clean Romance 

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Runaway bride Danna and her handsome new husband Eric Harmon are happily setting up a new home and business in the small town of Harmony, where only months before they’d been stranded strangers together. While unpacking boxes, Danna finds the gift from Minnie she’d never remembered to open. After finding the delicate silver locket with a young soldier’s picture in it, hopeless romantic Danna has to find out who he is. Once she finds out that the soldier was the only man boutique owner Minnie ever loved, and lost, she’s determined to find out if Humphrey Lewis still loves Minnie. Is there a chance for Minnie to have her happily ever after? It couldn’t hurt to check, could it? Though she should be working side by sweet with her new husband in their soon to be opening antique shop, Danna becomes more and more invested in this decades old love story. And when she finally tracks down Humphrey, nothing, not even his disapproving grandson or a minor fall, will stop her from reuniting these two sweet people who never stopped loving one another.

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Off and running! In her frenzied quest to escape from a groom her father has chosen for her, Danna Rashba ‘borrows’ a limousine parked on Main Street. The last thing on her mind is finding a groom from another wedding in the backseat. What are the chances that the bride and groom from two different weddings running from the altar on the same day? The last thing Danna wants is a hostage as she tries to escape from her nuptials. 
The last thing Eric Harmon wants is to be saddled with yet another spoiled, needy woman. He’s furious about this wrench in his plans, he accuses Danna of stealing. He wants to send her home in a cab as soon as they get to the nearest town, but Danna refuses. Much to Eric’s frustration, one thing after another seems to keep them tied together. 
Soon the generosity of a local shopkeeper and several people in town have them mistaken for newlyweds. Danna and Eric find themselves stepping into the role as husband and wife leading them to realize they just may be each other’s ‘match’. But will Danna be able to stand up to her rigid, old fashioned father and choose her own husband? 

25 Fun Facts about My Book or Myself:

1. I wrote the rough draft of this book in 1 week. I went through 6 bags of M&M's doing so.
2. This book was written for a contest being held by author Debbie Macomber and her publisher. The winning novella was going to be published in the back of a reissue of her book, Family Affair. Needless to say, I didn't win.
3. I was inspired to write this story after watching a bride and her father arguing out in front of a church in town. She was upset about something and I, being a writer, was playing the 'what if' game. What if the wedding wasn't even her idea? What if the groom wasn't her choice? 
4. The whole time I was writing the book I could picture it as a movie. I would run the scenes through my head and could see Danna and Eric.
5. I'm a HUGE Hallmark Channel fan and my ultimate goal would be to see A Husband for Danna turned into a Hallmark Channel movie.
6. After Hallmark movies, I am a big cat lover. My family calls me the crazy cat lady. At one time I was feeding 15 stray cats in my backyard. I own 3 indoor cats. You would have thought I might have worked a cat into this book. Nope. Not a one. 
7. My favorite color is purple and I did manage to work that into the book. The giant sized stuffed bear that Eric wins for Danna at the fair is a bright purple. I was thrilled that the cover artist included the bear on the cover.
8. I haven't told anyone this yet but I'll share it here - If I had to pick an actress to play Danna my first choice would be Mindy Kaling. I think she would be perfect.
9. As long as I'm going there, I think Antonio Cupo (he's made a few Hallmark movies) would be an ideal Eric. A girl can dream, can't she?
10. I am a bookaholic and recently found the perfect sweatshirt for me. On the front of the sweatshirt it reads "I'm a Bookaholic on the road to recovery.....Just kidding. I'm on the road to the bookstore". And it's purple too! 
11. If I have money to play with I'd much rather buy books than shoes, clothes or bags.
12. If I'm not writing or reading I'm playing with beads, designing jewelry for my shop on Etsy, Addie Frank Designs. I started jewelry making when I'd hit a bad spell of writer's block. I thought a creative pursuit completely different from writing would 'fill the well'. I was right. Now I find myself going between Barnes & Noble and the local craft store. 
13. I have a dog that grew up around my 3 cats so he's more of a cat than a dog. We like to call him 'cat-dog', a character from an old Nickelodeon cartoon. When the cat treat bag comes out he's the first 'cat' to stand in line to get one.
14. Prior to submitting my book to Astraea Press, I had sent it out to a number of other publishers. Several thought the story was fun but not quite what they were looking for, but one publisher told me "put it away and call it practice". I'm tempted to send her a copy of my book for her e-reader lol.
15. I based the character of Minnie, the boutique owner, on a woman who owns an antique shop in my town. I'm not sure who's older - the woman who owns the shop or the antiques she sells. Either way, as soon as I talked to this antique shop owner I knew she would find a way into one of my books.
16. I carry a very large, very heavy handbag. It doesn't matter how far from home I'm going; my bag weighs a ton. Besides the usual stuff I carry my Kindle, planner and at least one notebook. My daughter jokes that I've got a 'small child' in there.
17. As a member of the RWA, Romance Writers of America, I've always dreamed of attending Nationals, their annual conference. In 2011, I started a blog called Countdown to Contract. My goal was to blog every day about my progress in selling a book. My reward would be to attend the conference in 2011. Well the blog fizzled but my drive didn't and 3 years to the date of starting that blog I received my first book contract.
18. I keep a large running list of life goals and one goal was to have a book published by the time I turned 50. I turned 50 on January the 19, 2013. On February 19, 2014, one year and one month to the day of that 50th birthday, I signed my first book contract. As they say, better late than never.
19. I'm fairly new to the world of fiction, but I have been writing for publication since I'm 18 and have more than 300 articles published to my name. In my other life I was an award winning journalist.
20. I grew up afraid of fire - candles, matches, anything to do with fire. One of my first jobs as a waitress required waitresses to light the candles on all the tables in the dining-room. I always had to find one of the kitchen workers to light them for me. Ironically, I'm married to a firefighter. Oh, and I can finally light my own candles.
21. I live on Long Island, New York but I don't like the beach. I much prefer the pool and would prefer to live in a small town out west. As long as I have access to books and beads, I'd be happy.
22. I have a nice sized office in my house painted in my favorite color, purple, but I rarely write there. I much prefer to write in the den, living-room or out at a coffee shop. But when it comes to editing you will find me glued to my office chair.
23. I love having plants all around me in my house but don't particularly like flowers. The overwhelming scent of flowers somehow brings to mind a scene from a funeral home and that's one scene you will not find in any of my books.
24. I have one movie that I have seen at least 25 times. I turn to it when I'm stressed and need an escape. The main character, Andy Farmer, and his wife move to the country so he can pursue his dream of becoming a novelist. Call it living out a dream from my armchair, but I can watch Funny Farm over and over again. 
25. After books and beads, I love to collect teas and have an entire cabinet dedicated to my tea collection. I mainly drink green tea and Oolong but I have a diverse assortment of tea flavors - cinnamon, vanilla, hibiscus, chocolate mint, Earl Grey, ginger peach, rooibos, you name it. When people come to my house they always ask to go through my cabinet to see 'what's new'.

Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. Her love of writing has sustained her through a myriad of jobs that included hairdresser, legal secretary, waitress and door-to-door Avon lady.
Luckily for her, writing proved to be successful and a lot less walking than going door to door. A Wife for Humphrey is Christina’s second novel, the sequel to A Husband for Danna. She is busy working on a Christmas novella. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.
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