Friday, April 6, 2012
Friday Friend Isabella Macotte
It is my pleasure to welcome fellow Chicago-North member and fellow Wild Rose Press author Isabella Macotte to Heroines with Hearts today.
Isabella Macotte grew up in Chicago and now lives in the Midwest. Ever since she can remember, she was reading. Not just fiction but everything she could get her hands on. Science, romance, history and paranormal. Especially paranormal...anything scary, creepy, or gory, she loves it. From light paranormal elements to terrifying monsters, she'll make up a story to amaze or scare you.
Isabella Macotte writes the kind of romance she loves to read: a story with delicious dialogue, seductive encounters, a dash of the paranormal, and an irresistible hero you will never forget.
Passionate about books, Isabella keeps busy reading, writing and working in a library. But if a few moments remain at the end of the day, she spends them with a wonderful family and sweet bichon pup named Daisy.
Tell us about The Heart Gem.
The Heart Gem is my current release. A historical romance novel set in England, the story incorporates paranormal elements, a heroine who plans to be a businesswoman, and a sexy hero who needs to wed to leave the Fae world behind. I really love stories with a paranormal twist and hope readers do too.
What's the best writing advice you've ever gotten?
Just let the story flow. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. Get the story out and let the characters come to life. Later, go back to edit and shape the story. Very structured and methodical in the writing process, I’m working on letting the creative right side of my brain take over.
What are you currently working on?
I’m keeping very busy writing Book 2 of The Artifacts of Love series, The Heart Compass. This is Malone and Tilda’s story, two characters introduced in The Heart Gem. I’ve also completed a young adult novel, The Monster Mirror.
Where can we find you and your books?
Please stop by my website at www.isabellamacotte.com
I’d love to hear from you!
We'd love to read the blurb and an excerpt from The Heart Gem.
In 1885, a proper Victorian woman's place was in the home. Convention never appealed to Hallie Pinefoy.
But plans for financial independence through a successful doll-making venture have one impediment. She's inherited a curiosity shop and a handsome business partner who's proving to be a delicious distraction.
When Bremen Tyler inherits a shop in coastal England, he breaks from the mystical Ancestral clan to live a normal life. The only way to guarantee a permanent break is to marry his Heart Match, a perfect soul mate. Bremen recognizes the captivating Hallie as his true love, but she isn't cooperating with his courtship.
If he can retrieve the stolen Heart Gem, an Artifact of Love, he can use it to prove their match. The surface of the Gem reflects the essence of a couple's future life, but the risks are great. More importantly, will Hallie realize true love doesn't need proof?
Hallie’s bottom shifted from Bremen’s lap onto the cold stone garden bench. Why was he stopping just when the moment was getting interesting? Then she heard the footsteps in the distance, rustling along the garden path. Her head still blissfully dazed, Bremen’s possessive hands moved to straighten the aquamarine gown’s bodice, which had drawn away completely from her breasts.
Clay’s face was an angry red, even in the dark night. She jumped at the intrusion and attempted to yank her hand out of Bremen’s, but his firm palm held on without releasing.
“Bremen Tyler, how dare you encroach on our relationship? Hallie and I have a long-established agreement among our families. You must honor this arrangement and withdraw your presence.” The shrillness of Clay’s voice reverberated through the grounds.
“I haven’t been informed of a promise or understanding. In fact, I have heard from the lady she is uncommitted. A state I’m determined to reverse.” Bremen’s deep voice was low and controlled.
“She would be committed to me if it were not for you. You are confusing her; she loves me but you are filling her head with promises and nonsense.”
“I have given Hallie neither false promises nor nonsense. She knows my true feelings.”
“She also knows my feelings and has said she will consider my offer.”
“If Hallie tells me it is you she wants, I’ll say no other word.”
“Hallie, tell him you will marry me. I believe my request was clear at supper,” Clay demanded.
“My love, make your wishes known, and we will visit the reverend directly,” Bremen countered.
Both men stared, waiting for a decision.