Jill Hughey, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Little Witch: Historical Romance Novella, the fifth installment in your Evolution Series.
Genre: Historical Romance
Cover artist: Rae Monet
Length: 49,000 words
Heat rating: Warm/Sensual
Tagline: The night is dark. The moon is bright. She brings his heart into her light.
A vicious neighbor uses a series of coincidences to label Salena as the local moon-charmer, making her an outcast in rural Francia. When Salena encounters her brother's childhood friend, Nox, out on business for the Lord of Ribeauville, she fears he will accept the locals' tales about her, especially since they relate to the death of his family a decade before. He is, instead, as charmed by her as she is by him.
Nox's sympathy for Salena evolves into affection in spite of his strict rule against close ties with people. Afraid to risk another loss like that of his youth, he abruptly ends their relationship, unaware that Salena has already been downtrodden by her father denying her request to venture farther out into the world.
A threat to Salena's family prompts her to run away in the hopes of protecting those she loves while forging a new path for her life. Too late, Nox discovers that she has also run away with his scarred heart.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Salena is 22 years old. She is the daughter of a tenant farmer in the year 848, so her main occupation is helping her family survive by growing and gathering food and supplies, but she longs to get out into the world.
Nox is 24 years old. He has worked for the Lord of Ribeauville since he was orphaned at age14, and has been promoted from stableboy to the lord's representative with the tenants and landowners in his domain.
Salena did not recognize the man. He sat with his back mostly to her, arms braced on bent knees. She did not know him. She should turn away before he noticed her.
He dropped his chin to his forearm. There was something forlorn yet intense about him as he stared forward.
She moved her head to one side and was just able to see the rooftop of a small cottage.
Sydney's old place, she thought. She squinted
at the man's profile. Despite what Dina claimed, not all of Sydney's family had died in 837 from the illness
supposedly caused by Salena's tantrum. Nox, the eldest son and Grant's best friend,
had survived, though she had not set eyes on him since. After he had been orphaned,
as the little community reeled from the epidemic, he had been taken in by the Lord
of Ribeauville, brought into the grand household as a servant, and rarely seen by
any of his old neighbors. Even Grant had only crossed paths with him three or four
times in eleven years. Just like Grant, he would be a grown man now, though Salena's
last memory of him was as a lanky, cheerful fourteen-year-old.
She stepped forward, still cautious, craning her neck for a view sufficient to confirm her suspicion. He looked so sad and alone on the hillside as he pondered the house where he had probably been born, now long occupied by a man named Burke and his family.
The snort of a horse made her gasp and jump. The young man's head swung first to the left, where the horse must be, then to the right where he immediately spotted her, frozen in an awkward stance, one foot behind the other, ready to run, eyes wide and alert, heart pounding against her breastbone.
She was alone.
She was not sure she knew him.
People around here did not, as a rule, like her very much.
She and the stranger studied one another warily until his face broke into a tentative smile. "Salena?" he asked, as he rolled spryly to his feet.
Her breath hitched. The fact that he recognized and remembered her deserved some contemplation. She watched as he stepped down the hill to the road, brushing bits of crushed dry leaves from his cloak as he walked.
Perhaps he had heard the stories. Perhaps he had spent the last eleven years blaming her for making him an orphan, though he probably wouldn't be smiling at her if he had.
He strode toward her and touched a large hand to his chest. "I am Nox, Grant's old friend. You have to be Salena. No one else could have eyes like yours."
She backed up a step, startled by his words and his aggressive approach. He stopped as he recognized her fear. His grin faded. A flash of hurt feelings chilled his pleasant brown eyes.
|Jill Hughey Books|
What websites do you visit daily?
I visit Kindle Direct Publishing, Facebook, and Tweetdeck every day.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
Mary Balogh. I enjoy her books immensely and, based on her Facebook posts, she seems like a friendly, genuine lady.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Start writing romance right after graduating from college. I never considered writing as a career choice back then and now I wonder why?
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I'm a pretty good self-starter. Any daylight hours that I am not at my part-time job, or running kids around, I am working as an author, one way or another. I used to do social media tasks at night, but I found I wasn't sleeping very well, so I've given myself permission to relax at least part of the evening.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Of course! In Little Witch, I especially enjoyed writing the sibling relationship between Salena and her older brother, Grant. We've all experienced or observed the younger child struggling to assert herself against the older, "wiser" one.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read mainly historical romance. Surprisingly, I've recently been enjoying a paranormal contemporary series too, which is a real shocker to me!
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
It would be a hard choice between
Australia and Hawaii,
but I'll say Australia.
I'd take hiking clothes, beachwear, sunglasses, my laptop and my ereader, and hopefully
it would be a trip for two so I could bring my hubbie!
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas, because I love Christmas music and all the traditions that surround the holiday, though I must say it requires more work as the mom than it ever did as a kid.
What good book have you read recently?
"First Grave on the Right" by Darynda Jones starts the series I referred to in the earlier question. Really, really awesome concept and fun characters. I am not normally a fan of contemporary or paranormal romances, but she grabbed me with this one.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."
Please complete the sentences
I love pizza with bacon.
I'm always ready for coffee or wine, depending on the time of day and the circumstances.
When I'm alone, I write.
You'd never be able to tell, but I can sing really, really high.
If I had a halo it would be tarnished.
If I could stop worrying I'd U!
I can never enjoy skiing because I am terrified I will fall.
Sass Meets Class - a sweet American historical romance
The following books are all part of the Evolution Series:
Second Love: A Short Historical Romance Story
Books Coming Soon
I'm starting to outline a New Adult apocalyptic series.
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