Winner of the Chatelaine Award For Romantic Fiction--got muscled off my 5 Things never to do posting by Sophie Shaw, heroine of Sharon's up-coming title Share the Moon. Sharon didn't put up a fight, so never a fan of slapsies, I figured she knew something about Sophie that I didn't. Hence, I ducked and let the pair of them get on with it...(and I'm very glad I did, looks a mega cool book).
5 Things Never to do When You Meet that “Special Someone”
By Sophie Shaw, Senior Reporter, Blue Moon Gazette
Small town life is great, but it has its limitations. Since my divorce, I’ve concluded the available men in Northbridge, Connecticut are as predictable as the assortment at the dollar rental video store, filled with decade-old hits I’ve seen so many times they hold little interest.
So the day I stumbled upon Duncan Jamieson at the lake, I was ready to high-five the trout!
It’s not like I’m desperate. Let’s just say my dating life has been as meager as the line of men waiting for a pedicure. It isn’t non-existent, simply short. So a man like this falling from the sky was kismet.
Or so I thought.
We both tripped up in our courtship journey and did stupid things along the way. I’d like to offer this advice to my readers—both male and female—about what you shouldn’t do when you meet the man/woman of your dreams.
2. If you believe that the handsome dude, who galloped into your life like a knight on a white horse, may also have lied to you, please check the facts before your anger explodes. This reporter learned the hard way that if you 1. Abruptly end an interview, 2. Get the last word, and 3. Storm into your car and peel out, it may initially go down with the satisfaction of a smooth merlot. Only when facts became clearer and perhaps a lie isn’t a lie….Well, let’s just say I had a side dish of crow with my lunch.
3. When you apologize for your mistake ladies, please don’t toss out another insult. Really…Reel in your anger (How could I resist. Here in Northbridge, CT we love our fly fishing.)
4. Listen up men, (and I mean you Duncan Jamieson!) I don’t care how darn easily the charm oozes from your pores…think twice before you use it on a bedazzling blond while the woman of your dreams stands at your side, thinking you’d just been flirting with her!
5. Lastly, ladies, never…ever…continue a “behind his back” hunt for details about this hot man’s family secrets once he confesses his feelings for you. What if he finds out you’ve been snooping?
“There is not a detail of setting or character left for us to guess at. Struth gives her readers exactly what is in her head to create a fully-realized town and the people in it. We know every facial tick, every thought--what we don't know is the mystery hiding just behind each face, in each head. Struth gives her readers just enough to pull us along, to make sure we keep turning the pages--and just when you think the mystery is solved, it takes another turn.”
Blurb Share the Moon Blue Moon Lake Novels, Book One
Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it's a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson's counter offer blows hers out to sea.
Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.
Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.
Book Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOsUDbViLQk
Sharon Struth is an award-winning author who believes it’s never too late for a second chance in love or life. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail. Sharon writes from the small town of Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she's ever lived. For more information, including where to find her other novels and published essays, please visit www.sharonstruth.com