September 16, 2015

Luanna Stewart author of Portrait of a Girl @Luanna_Stewart #RLFblog #romantic suspense

Luanna Stewart author of Portrait of a Girl answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.
Author Bio
Luanna Stewart has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. As soon as she discovered her grandmother's stash of romance novels, all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna now lives in Maine with her dear husband, two college boys and two cats. When she's not torturing her heroes and heroines, she’s in her kitchen baking something delicious.
Writing under the pen name Grace Hood, she has two novellas published with The Wild Rose Press. She is excited to have a book published under her own name with Entangled Publishing.

What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole (the kind with a streusel topping), roasted Brussels sprouts, and gravy. Chocolate cake for dessert.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
If I got to choose the cuisine, it would be Italian. I would get either a vodka cream sauce, or a mushroom cream sauce over pasta, a green salad with the house vinaigrette, and I’d dip my crusty bread in olive oil. I would have wine with dinner, and a limoncello liqueur afterward. I would also have dessert, because I always eat dessert, hehe.
Describe the perfect vacation.
The vacation I’m dreaming about, and saving for, is a trip to Scotland. I’ll rent a cottage in the highlands for a couple weeks and immerse myself in the culture. I’ll visit the area my ancestors hailed from and sprinkle a pinch of my dad’s ashes there.
What are your hobbies?
My current #1 hobby is knitting. I learned to knit as a child and dabbled now and then, but got serious about it within the past ten years. Everyone in my family gets something hand knit for Christmas. And I’m building a good collection of sweaters, socks, and shawls for me. When I sit down in front of the TV in the evenings, I pick up my knitting.
Before the knitting, I was mad about counted cross stitch. And yes, everyone in my family got something cross stitched for Christmas, hehe.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Sometimes I’m in the mood for mysteries - British set, cozy style are my favorites. Other times I prefer a nice, thick, historical romance that whisks me away to a time when ladies wore gloves and changed their gowns a few times a day, and men knew how to waltz.

About the Book
Title Portrait of a Girl
Genre romantic suspense
Author Luanna Stewart
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When her wealthy art dealer father died, Heather James was expecting a fortune. Instead, his bank account was empty and Heather’s working in a bakery, wondering exactly what happened to her father's millions...until someone tries to kill her.
Tony Simons is on the trail of an art theft cold case that's practically giving him frostbite. He's hoping that by sticking close to Heather—the daughter of his deceased prime suspect—he'll find the answers he needs. Instead, he's finding himself distracted by a gorgeous woman who drives him crazy in every way imaginable…
Now Tony's in serious trouble. Even if Heather can't—or won't—tell him where the stolen paintings and money are, she may well have stolen his heart.
And now someone wants her dead…

Buy This Book
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15 comments:

  1. Thanks for inviting me to your blog, ladies. I just reread my answers and would like to change something, hehe. Instead of the chocolate cake in my perfect home-cooked supper, I'll have the spiced zucchini cake with maple cream cheese frosting that I made yesterday. Oh my heavens, it is scrumptious!

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    1. I'm heading right over to enjoy your cake with my morning cuppa Joe! That sounds delicious!

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    2. Do you have any idea how difficult it is being in the same house with that cake? It's just sitting there under its glass dome, taunting me.

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    3. Oh my. Yes, yes I do know. It's nearly impossible. In fact, I'll be right back... :)

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  2. I LOVE your perfect holiday. Scotland is on my bucket list as well. I hope your book is flying off the virtual book shelf! That cover is one of my favorites!

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    1. Thank you, Nina!! I also love the cover - it perfectly captures the hero of the story.

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  3. Great post, Luanna, now I'm hungry. :) Who can resist chocolate cake? Not me! I hoe you make it to Scotland one day. It's beautiful. And once you go, you always want to return. Love your cover!

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    1. Thank you, Brenna! No one can resist chocolate cake, at least not in my family. It's the usual birthday cake, except for hubby - he prefers an apple pie. Go figure. I will travel to Scotland, and soon. I have a file filled with specific castles, villages and other places I want to visit.

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  4. Go to meal...I'm so hungry right now! Please share your zucchini cake with maple cream cheese frosting recipe!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marianne. Here's the link to the cake recipe: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/spiced-zucchini-cake/ In case you're wondering, it's just as good the second day and third day, so you won't have to eat it all in one sitting, which you'll want to do, trust me. This is dangerous stuff.

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  5. Great post, Luanna. After reading all about your food chooses, I'm hungry. Oh, anytime you want to make a chocolate cake, you can drop it off at my house :). I hope your dream comes true of going to Scotland and if you need a travel companion, I'd be happy to come along. Love the cover.

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    1. Thank you, Emily. Reading about food always makes me hungry too. And I love reading cook books and cooking magazines and cooking blogs, so I'm frequently hungry, hehe.

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  6. Love all your answers! Count me in on that home-cooked dinner and the cottage in Scotland.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Susan. Hm...maybe that roast chicken dinner IN the cottage in Scotland? With a fire burning in the cozy sitting room and heather blooming in the fields. And a kilt-clad fellow to wash the dishes, hehe.

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  7. Kilt-clad fella doing dishes - sounds as yummy as all the cakes. You're going to need a huge suitcase to fit us all in for the trip to Scotland. And several roast chickens. Love the book - couldn't put it down - a page turner, with a wonderful and subtle sense of humor among all the adventure and suspense.

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