Sweet Redemption is a sequel to Make Me No Promises, also available in Nook.
Christopher Monfort, the current Earl of Leicester, is awarded the stronghold of Bognor Bluff for services rendered on the battlefield. However, the peasants he inherits along with the domain defy him at every turn. Angered, when they torch a valuable piece of land, he decrees that the next person who causes trouble will be publicly whipped to set an example for the rest.
Jaimie Belhaven, daughter of the ambassador to France on behalf of his Majesty King George II, grows up a near hoyden thanks to her indulgent father. In desperation Sir Francis sends her to an aunt at the coast so she will learn proper decorum. Yet impetuous as ever, Jaimie dresses in rough garb one afternoon and sneaks away from the aunt’s strict supervision and runs straight into the arms of the angry earl. She cannot risk revealing her true identity, too much is at stake. Instead she chooses the only way out, even though it might well be her death.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born in Germany, close to the French border and grew up in a very small town. My ancestry is half German, half French and I grew up speaking both languages. One of my grandfathers served under Napoleon Bonaparte, and there was even a witch in the family annals. I guess she must have had ESP, which runs in the family and changes gender from one generation to the other.
My father was a general practitioner, mom was a nurse. I was just 13, when he passed away and my mom moved my sister and me to Heidelberg. Since I changed high schools so late, I made no real friends. Books and travel kept me happy, and that is how I met my husband. Mitch was vacationing in Greece to see his grandmother at the same time as my mom and I visited the island of Rhodos. We met on the shuttle to the airport. Little did I know that Mitch went on to the island of Corfu that night and told his tour guide that he’d just met the girl he was going to marry. Men are so gullible. I guess he never considered that I might turn him down.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Surrender To Temptation is a historical romance that takes place in England. I’ve always been intrigued by the English coast and the many caves along its shores. I am a seats-of-my-pants writer. I get an idea and then I run with it. Many times I sit in front of my PC screen and gape, wondering how that particular scene came into the making.
What inspires you and what got you started in writing?
There was a headline in the Sunday newspaper that read: “So you think you can write a novel?” I thought I could and I wrote Bewitching Angel. It relies heavily on my French background and the fact that ESP runs in our family. In that novel I refer to the lady in green and that is something that really happened. Zebra publishers was interested in it, but I couldn’t type. I was naïve back then and tried to have someone type it for me. By then Zebra lost interest. Bewitching Angel won third place in the Indiana Romance Writers Golden Opportunity contest. Of course, once you have written one novel, you feel the need to see if you can write another. Since then I have written 24 novels in all, though not all of them are published yet. As soon as I get done with one I have ideas for another. Check out my website www.heidekatros.com and if you want to leave a comment you can go to firstname.lastname@example.org I love to hear from readers.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I use the antique desk my French grandmother used. I am inspired by her entrepreneurship. She was a shrewd businesswoman in her day, stylish and rather pretty. She also had second sight. I like complete quiet if possible, though I can work through noise. I write exclusively in the afternoon when I am a bit tired. It helps to think in only one language.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I quite often get my ideas from editorials or things that happen around me. My contemporary suspense novels are all based on real life situations. I’ve traveled extensively through Europe before I met my husband and he loves to travel as well. He is also my biggest supporter and plans trips to places that might interest me.
What do you like to read?
I like to read romantic suspense. Cindy Gerard is one of my favorite authors, so is Judith McNaught. Kat Martin and Roxanne St. Claire are personal friends, and I do selected reviews for some of the large publishers. I used to write a bi-monthly column with my own bi-line. But then the paper had to downsize and that fell by the wayside.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regard to writing?
Follow your heart. Don’t let someone tell you that a certain topic is the way to go. Know as much as possible about what you write about. Feel the ambience of the people and the place where your novel begins. If you decide to publish yourself, make sure you have an editor and a cover artist. Yes, it costs money, but it is worth it.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Success is not easily come by. Don’t begrudge someone else their success. There is room for all of us, but some have yet to learn that.
I’m an avid tennis player. I love animals, love going out to eat and enjoy all kinds of music.