Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cross the Ocean

Today's special guest is Holly Bush. Holly was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out.  Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.


Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.


ABOUT THE BOOK

1871 . . . Worlds collide when American Suffragette, Gertrude Finch, and titled Brit Blake Sanders meet in an explosive encounter that may forever bind them together. Gertrude Finch escorts a young relative to London and encounters the stuffy Duke of Wexford at his worst. Cross the Ocean is the story of an undesired, yet undeniable attraction that takes Blake and Gertrude across an ocean and into each other’s arms.

AN EXCERPT


Blake found his guests in the music room listening to Melinda play the pianoforte. “Miss Finch, may I beg a moment of your time?” he asked as he touched her elbow.

The two of them retreated out of hearing distance from the rest.

“Yes?” Miss Finch clipped off and folded her hands at her waist.

“I find I do owe you an apology,” Blake began.

“And every other woman in the room as well,” she replied.

“I am not concerned with every other female in the room.” Blake stood tall. “I have many faults, but hurting a guest’s feelings cannot be one of them.”

“I agree with you there,” Miss Finch said and clapped politely.

“Agree with what?” he asked.

“You have many faults. The least of which are poor manners.”

“Yes, well, in any case, I apologize for what I said.” Blake looked away ashamed. “I was wrong. You are really quite attractive.”

Gertrude Finch put her hands on her hips, and her voice rose with each word. “I could care less what you think of me.”

“Now, now, no need to call attention our way,” Blake said and glanced at the assembly listening to Melinda. “No need to be defensive, either. I am aware of the tender sensibilities women associate with how attractive they are. My own mother made us all kiss and coo over Aunt Constance, and she had whiskers longer than . . .”

“Listen to me, Sanders. I meant what I said. I couldn’t care less whether you think I’m attractive or not. You dismiss ideas and brains for the lack of a pretty face. I think you’re a pompous idiot. What do you think of them apples, Your Highness?” she said.

Blake held his hands behind his back, and a muscle twitched below his eye. “Miss Finch, the title ‘Your Highness’ is reserved for the royal family. You Americans bandy about titles as if a one of you could trace a history further back than the last mule you shoed.”


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13 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Holly Bush said...

Good morning! How's the weather in North Carolina? I'm in PA and woke to a beautiful 65 degrees and blue skies!

katsrus said...

Pretty book cover. This book sounds so good. One I wouldn't be able to put down.
Sue B
katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

p.m.terrell said...

Good morning, Holly! Thanks for visiting us here today. NC is rainy but cool today - a blessed relief from the scorching heat. Sounds like you have a picture-perfect day in PA! Your book sounds fabulous. Can't wait to read it. Best of luck on your book tour!

Catherine Lee said...

Holly...p.m. is being an optimist when she finds the good in our dreary weather today. She and I live not too far from each other in the same SE NC region and it is grey and rainy today...and probably will be for the next few days. I'm at a college and our Fall semester classes begin tomorrow and I hate to have it be a rainy day on the first day of school. It somehow seems to send a negative message to students. I always want to picture the first day to be a bright, sunny, cheerful start to the term.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Rita said...

Sounds like a great story, I've added it to my read list.

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Holly Bush said...

When it's really hot, I always wish for cooler weather, then when it's cool, I wish it was hot! But today was perfect! I know what you mean about a nice day to begin school. Dreary and rain = Blah :( at the beginning of the year.

Mary Preston said...

The weather is beautiful here!!

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Holly Bush said...

Where are you at, Mary?

Andra Lyn said...

Sorry I missed you all on Thursday Ladies! I was in the hospital dealing with my traitorous kidneys. Sounds like this was a great stop!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOt com

Kate said...

What a great excerpt! I'm loving this tour!

hense1kk (At) cmich (dot) edu

Karen H in NC said...

Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
kareninnc at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

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