Spotlight & Giveaway: Her Secret Husband by Andrea Laurence

Posted October 12th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 34 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Andrea Laurence to HJ!
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Hi Andrea and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Her Secret Husband!

Hi, Sara. Thanks for having me and thanks to everyone visiting today.

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

HSHIn the fourth and final book in the Secrets of Eden series, Heath and Julianne return to the family Christmas tree farm to keep the business running and finally have to face their past – what happened with the mysterious Tommy Wilder and what happened between the two of them in Europe.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

“Your dad’s heart attack was pretty serious this time.”

The doctor’s words did little to make Heath Langston feel better about his foster father’s condition. He stood outside Ken Eden’s hospital room, listening to the doctor’s prognosis.

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

• I had half of the book written, and then left on a two-week trip to the UK and France. When I got home, I wrote the scenes in France, so the memory was very fresh.
• Gibraltar is the Vegas of Europe. They have the least stringent requirements to marry, which is why I chose it.
• I watched a lot of pottery videos on YouTube to figure out how Julianne would make pots and vases. Even then, I probably still couldn’t make an ashtray.

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Heath is the youngest of the foster boys that came to live with the Edens. Throughout the series, he’s been the funny one, the lighthearted one, but he’s keeping some pretty big secrets from everyone. In this book, I got to find out what those things were. I wasn’t entirely sure when I started.

Julianne is the Eden’s only biological child, always struggling to be good enough for her parents. In her quest to be perfect, she’s prone to sweeping issues under the rug that she doesn’t want to deal with. Unfortunately, a teenage marriage and murder are hard to ignore for long.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Aside from my first-hand research is Paris, which was great, I had to do a little bit of research on a lot of different things like making pottery, the divorce process, police procedures for charging someone and how a child could get taken from his parents and put in foster system. Paris was a lot more fun, although I would like to try working with a pottery wheel some day.

The First kiss…

They had a lot to work through before they got to this point, but when they did… it was a doozy.

She looked up at him in surprise, not quite sure what to do. His lips found hers before she could decide. At first, she was taken aback by the forceful claim of her mouth. This was no timid teenager kissing her. The hard, masculine wall pressed against her was all grown up.

In their youth, he had never handled her with less care than he would a fragile piece of pottery. Now, he had lost what control he had. And she liked it. They had more than a decade of pent-up sexual tension, frustration and downright anger between them. It poured out of his fingertips, and pressed into her soft flesh, drawing cries of pleasure mingled with pain in the back of her throat.

Did any scene have you crying or laughing while writing it?

I got a little misty when I was writing the epilogue for the book. It wasn’t just the end of Heath and Julianne’s story, but the end of the series I’ve spent two years working on. I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to everyone, but I knew it was time.

Molly felt a warmth at her back, then the slide of Ken’s arms around her waist. He hugged her to his chest, pressing a kiss against her cheek.

“Look at our beautiful family, Mama,” he whispered into her ear.

Molly relished the feel of his still strong arms holding her and sighed with contentment. “It’s hard to believe there was a time we thought we might not have any children,” she said. “And here we are with a full house. And grandbabies.”

“It’s better than I ever imagined or could even have hoped for. I think the fairy tale I promised you on our wedding day is finally complete.”

“Yes,” Molly agreed. “We’ve reached our happily ever after.”

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would be absolutely crucial to include and why? 

The pottery studio scene would have to be included. It’s my own little tribute to the movie Ghost. I knew the minute I decided Julianne would be a sculptor that I wanted a scene like this.

“Okay, first, dip your hands in the water. You have to keep them good and wet.”

They both dipped their hands in the bucket of water, then she cupped his hands over the clay and covered them with her own. “Feel the pressure I apply to you and match it with your fingers to the clay.”

They moved back and forth between the water and the clay. All the while, Julianne forced herself to focus on the vase and not the heat of Heath’s body at her back. The warm breath along her neck was so distracting. Her mind kept straying to how it would feel if he kissed her there. She wanted him to. And then she would realize their sculpture was starting to sag and she would return her attention to their project.

“This feels weird,” Heath laughed, gliding over the gray mound. The slippery form began to take shape, their fingers sliding around together, slick and smooth. “And a little dirty, frankly.”

“It does,” she admitted. On more than one occasion, she’d lost herself in the erotic slip and slide of the material in her hands and the rhythmic purr of the wheel. That experience was amplified by having him so close. “But try to control yourself,” she said with a nervous giggle to hide her own building arousal. “I don’t want you having dirty thoughts every time you see my artwork.”

Heath’s hands suddenly slipped out from beneath hers and glided up her bare arms to clutch her elbows. The cool slide of his clay-covered hands along her skin was in stark contrast to the firm press of heat at her back. It was obvious that she was not the only one turned on by the situation.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

A lie is always going to hurt more than the truth. Stop trying to protect each other and just tell the truth. That’s really the core of everything that goes wrong in the book. A lie is never better.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2014?

I’m currently working on my third Brides and Belles book, coming out in November of 2015. The first two – Snowed In With Her Ex and Thirty Days to Win His Wife, will be out in January and February.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Giveaway: 1 autographed set of the Secrets of Eden series including – Undeniable Demands (out of print), A Beauty Uncovered (out of print), Heir to Scandal and Her Secret Husband (US only). 1 digital copy of Her Secret Husband (Int’l)

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Excerpt

“I’ll be coming to stay at the farm until Dad is better,” Heath announced to the group. “I can handle things.”

“I know it’s only the beginning of October, but Christmas will be here before you know it,” his oldest foster brother, Wade, pointed out with a frown furrowing his brow. “The last quarter of the year is always a nightmare. You can’t take all that on by yourself.”

“What choice do we have? All of you are busy. My business partner can run Langston Hamilton for a few months without me. And I’ve got Owen,” Heath added, referring to the Garden of Eden Christmas Tree Farm’s oldest and most faithful employee. “He can help me with the details. When Christmas comes, I’ll hire some of the high school and college boys to bag and haul trees.”

“I’m coming home, too,” Julianne announced.

The whole family turned to look at her. She’d been fairly quiet since she had arrived from the Hamptons, but only Heath seemed to realize the significance of her decision. She was volunteering to come home, even knowing that Heath would be there. While she visited the farm from time to time, it was very rare that the boys were there aside from Christmas celebrations. Volunteering to spend months with Heath was out of character for her, but she wasn’t exactly in a good headspace.

Despite how small and fragile she looked, there was a sternness in her eyes. Unfortunately, Heath knew that look well. The hard glint of determination, like emeralds, had set into her gaze, and he knew she wouldn’t be dissuaded from her decision. Once Julianne’s mind was made up about something, there was no changing it.

Book Info:

Love, honor—and vow to keep the marriage a secret!

Years ago, Heath Langston eloped with Julianne Eden. Their parents wouldn’t have approved. So when the marriage remained unconsummated, they went their separate ways without telling anyone what they’d done.

Now family turmoil forces Heath and Julianne back into the same town—into the same house. Heath has had enough of living a lie. It’s time for Julianne to give him the divorce she’s avoided for so long—or to fulfill the promise in her smoldering glances and finally become his wife in more than name only.
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Meet the Author:

Andrea LAndrea Laurence is an award winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she’s working on her own “happily ever after” with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody’s business.
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34 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Her Secret Husband by Andrea Laurence”

  1. Winnie Lim

    I didn’t really have a very big wedding but it was still costly and not worth it. I really regret having the reception. I think I should have saved the money for my honeymoon instead.

  2. Kristy dean

    Just got married for the second time. The first wedding was more expensive but nothing like most brides. The second one was a simple event and nothing white about it

  3. belindaegreen

    You asked: If you’re single, what is your idea of the ideal wedding?

    An ideal wedding to me is a small intimate affair with close family and friends. No more than 50 people. Then a nice dinner afterwards. It’s about us not about the lavishness of it. Save the money for an awesome honeymoon!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Belinda G

  4. Terri Shortell

    When I got married we had a small wedding. Even then we couldn’t escape the drama that was our families. We are now divorced. If I should ever get remarried, I would elope. No drama, no family, and a good time. The book sounds great. Would love to win the whole series. Thanks for the giveaway and review.

  5. Vicki Clevinger

    I had a fairly good size wedding. I’m not sorry I had one even though we are divorced now.

  6. Lori H

    We didn’t elope and no big wedding. We did marry in a church with our family and friends. It was how we wanted it 🙂

  7. DebraG

    I was married in a medium size wedding. It was perfect for us and 37 years later we are still married.

  8. BethRe

    My parents eloped and they have been married for 51 years
    I had a semi big wedding and sometimes I wish I would it have kept it small.

  9. janinecatmom

    We wanted to run off and do it on our own, but it didn’t happen. Now, I wish we had. Too much family drama with his family.

  10. Sue C

    I had a big wedding and don’t regret. It was more like a big party with friends and family.

  11. Andrea Laurence

    I find it interesting that as much as little girls are supposed to dream of these big weddings, they can be ruined by all the family drama. It’s a shame, really. Instead of it being about you and your new committment, it somehow ends up being about whether you’ve offended your second cousin and how to juggle your divorced parents who can’t stand to be in the same room together. Just what we’ve always dreamed of!

  12. Kim Perry

    I would like a wedding, but on the smaller side. I would want my family and friends there to celebrate with me.

  13. Cathy P

    My husband and I had a big wedding. Afterwards we wished that we had eloped though. It seemed like all we did was pose for pictures and didn’t enjoy our wedding.

  14. Joye

    We eloped to Las Vegas and when we returned home, our friends had a big reception for us. We had so much fun there-no regrets.

  15. Tammy Y

    i di dnot elope – First wedding was in a church. Second wedding was outside in a garden.

  16. ndluebke

    We had a fairly big wedding but we saved on a few thing. My mother in law made my dress. my bridemaids made their own dresses. I typed all my invitations. And I had a lot of pressure about a few things. But all in all, it was nice.

  17. Taswmom

    We had a fairly small, intimate wedding, with a little larger reception. It was nice, and we didn’t have many problems. We’re still together 35 years later! My mother in law said she and my father in law went to Vegas, being both of their second marriage, and she regretted it. She said it would have been nicer to just have even a courthouse wedding.

  18. Erika

    I had the big wedding but I might have changed it to a smaller one outdoors somewhere more beautiful if I did it over. No eloping though 🙂 Thanks!

  19. mrsmac19

    I’ve eloped & had a big wedding (both with the same guy!). We got married quietly shortly after we got engaged because I needed health insurance (COBRA was going to be 1500+/month). We then had a larger church wedding & reception about 11 months later. I don’t know that I would’ve done it any differently. We still celebrate both anniversaries. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Kai W.

    My ideal wedding is just close friends and family. Nothing grand, just where everybody knows everybody instead of this is the cousin of a cousin of a cousin. I got lost in one of my sister’s wedding where there were just too many people.

  21. Melody Gonser

    I would enjoy a semi small wedding but I would want as our friends and family. I would prefer a church wedding with the wedding March and the old fashioned wedding vows.

  22. Cari White

    I don’t know that it was “big” – 75 guests, I had the princess dress and a fun reception with drinks, food and a dj. It was absolutely a perfect day! Yes, some things didn’t go as expected, but I was calm and happy and married the love of my life! 24 years later, I’m still happy!

    I loved my wedding! I’m glad I didn’t elope! I planned for only one wedding (still the plan), and its a treasured memory’

  23. kateivan

    I was married at the county clerk recorder’s office with only my parents, his parents, my grandmother, and my best friend in attendance. My parents offered money to put toward either a wedding or a down payment on a house, and we chose the latter. I’ve since divorced but probably wouldn’t do much differently were I to marry again, other than I’d be spending my own savings and could do whatever I wanted.

  24. Judy Goodnight

    No elopement. We didn’t have a big wedding either. Our wedding was small and on a budget due to some unusual family circumstances at the time. I liked our intimate wedding; I just wish we could have had the bigger reception with music and dancing that was our family’s tradition. Instead we just had a dinner for the small number of guests who attended.

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