"Amelia Adams has done it again. I absolutely loved Mail Order Molly
and laughed and cheered my way through this wonderful book."
Please join us in welcoming author Amelia C. Adams to Books & Benches. Don't forget to read through so you don't miss the e-book giveaway and excerpt from Mail Order Molly.
Noel Williams has his hands full running the theater that was left to him by his grandmother. He doesn't have time for romance, and would rather do away with the whole process altogether.
In this humorous quick read set in Kirsten Osbourne's world of Beckham, can an adventurous girl and a distracted businessman find what they've been seeking in each other?
Publication Date: May 19, 2016
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Q&A with Amelia C. AdamsHow much research do you do?
Because I write historical fiction, I do quite a lot of research (thank you, Google!) but I’m pretty specific with it. For instance, when writing a book in my Nurses of New York series, I’ll look up what kind of anesthesia to use for a major surgery, but I won’t necessarily read an entire medical journal from that era. It’s fun because I’ve written in so many different eras that I’ve picked up quite a lot of great facts I can bore people with at parties.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I start out with a basic idea, and then I let the story take off from there. The characters dictate a lot of the direction of the book, as does my research—for instance, if I learn that the small town where I’ve set my story didn’t have a doctor of its own in the year I’ve chosen, I might write a scene about having to ride for a doctor in the next town. (That was totally hypothetical—don’t be all flipping through my books wondering where that scene is.) Most of the time, the things that pop up along the way are much more exciting than anything I could have outlined at the start.
What is your best trait and what is your worst trait?
I think these are the same trait, actually. I don’t give up. That’s good because it’s led me to a lot of success I wouldn’t have otherwise, but it’s bad because sometimes it’s time to move on and let something go, and I have a really hard time doing that. It’s all about balance, I guess, and that’s a lesson I’ve been working to learn most of my life.
What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?
To be honest, I wasn’t all that interested in writing Western romance when I first got started. I was happy writing in other genres under other pen names, and Westerns just hadn’t ever crossed my radar. Then I met Kirsten Osbourne, and she convinced me to give it a try. It’s a lot of fun to do something I’ve never tried before, and when I saw how friendly and loyal the fans of Western romances are, I was pretty much hooked.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I haven’t really thought about my books in terms of television or movies, but I will say that I totally had Blake Shelton in mind the whole time I was writing Whiskey and Women.
The author is generously giving away a Kindle copy of Mail Order Molly, a Brides of Beckham novel. Simply comment to be entered. The winner will be chosen on 7/14/16.
Enjoy an Excerpt from Mail Order Molly
“Excuse me,” came a soft voice from the darkness of the theater. “I’m looking for Mr. Noel Williams. My name is Molly Wainwright.”
He squinted, trying to see past the rows of seats. He could make out her shadowed figure coming toward him. “Hello, Miss Wainwright. I’m Noel Williams. How may I help you?”
As she stepped into the light that was being cast from the stage, he saw a beautiful young woman of perhaps twenty years of age, blonde hair caught up attractively at the nape of her neck. “I believe you sent for me,” she said, giving him a smile.
What was this? He had been wishing for an actress, and now one had just appeared right there in front of him? He shouldn’t have joked about his mother’s faith—it was a real power, it seemed. “You must be here in response to my advertisement.”
“Yes, I am. I’m so pleased to meet you.”
“Tell me, Miss Wainwright, how much acting experience have you had? Or is this your first time on the stage?”
She lifted an eyebrow. “I’m not an actress at all, Mr. Williams. I’m here in response to your other advertisement.”
What was she talking about? He thought for a moment. “I don’t recall placing another advertisement. Could you tell me what it was for?”
She pressed her lips together and reached into the reticule that dangled from her wrist. She pulled out a newspaper clipping and handed it over. Noel looked at it with curiosity. It seemed to be an ad for . . . a mail-order bride? What on earth?
“Miss Wainwright, I apologize. There seems to be some sort of misunderstanding. I didn’t place this ad.”
She blinked. “I beg your pardon? You are Mr. Williams, owner of the Forsythe Theater, aren’t you?”
“I am, and this description in the paper does sound like me, but I didn’t place it. I can’t imagine how this might have happened.” The newspaper had made a terrible mistake. How could they have confused “actress” for “bride”? He’d go down there first thing and demand a retraction.
“I know exactly what’s going on, Noel dear.” His mother rose from her seat and beamed at him. “Miss Wainwright, I can’t tell you how pleased I am to meet you. Why, you’re everything I hoped for and more.”
“What do you mean, Mother?” Noel asked, a suspicion beginning to burn inside him. She couldn’t have. She wouldn’t have.
Oh, yes, she would.
“This is all going to work out beautifully,” she said, clasping her hands across her ample stomach. “You see, I sent for Miss Wainwright myself.”
Amelia C. Adams has lived many lifetimes, and is currently enjoying this stretch as the author of sweet and clean Western romance. She is the author of the Kansas Crossroads series, the Nurses of New York series, the Hearts of Nashville series (if you can call it a series when it only has one book in it so far), and contributed two books to the American Mail-Order Brides series - with ideas for many more.