You may have heard of Kaylea Cross' military romances, but she has a new civil war romance out- The Vacant Chair!
The Vacant Chair
Author: Kaylea Cross
Format: E-book & Paperback (378 pages)
Publisher: Kaylea Cross
Publishing Date: May 2013
The Civil War has torn Brianna Taylor’s family apart and made her a widow. Determined to ease the suffering of the wounded crowding the Union hospitals and honor the memory of the man she loved, she embarks on a career as a nurse. But then he arrives—a patient who makes her feel alive again in spite of her resolve to stay detached.
Captain Justin Thompson understands the cost of war all too well, yet he felt compelled to fight for the Union his father died defending. Wounded at Cold Harbor and left to die at a military hospital, he owes his life to Brianna, who seems determined to guard her professional boundaries despite his best efforts to breach them. Just as he’s winning the battle for her heart, he’s forced to return to the front of a cruel war that could very well separate them forever.
Share 4 fun facts about yourself!
1. Okay, first off, I’m a huge Civil War buff (like you didn’t realize that already).
2. I’m addicted to Starbucks hot chocolates. I’m down to a tall from a venti size now, and I get it with nonfat milk and half the syrup so I feel less guilty about my daily indulgence. That’s totally healthy, right?
3. I once belly danced on stage in front of four hundred people, wearing nothing but a sequined bra and skirt. It was terrifying.
4. I have a giant crush on all Air Force Pararescuemen. Yes, all of them.
I find I write better when I have music on in the background, but no other distractions. I used to be able to write through anything when my kids were small, but now that they’re in school, I can’t write unless it’s quiet. That’s really my only ritual. I have playlists for every book I work on, but when I’m not in the mood for one of those I put on old jazz like Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.
Can you tell us a little more about The Vacant Chair?
I’d love to! I actually started this book back when I was fourteen, and poured my heart into the story. I do a lot of research for whatever story I’m working on, but especially so for The Vacant Chair because it took me years to get all the details down. I even dragged my poor hubby back to Virginia to a re-enactment, then to each and every battlefield mentioned in the book. Poor guy!
I packed quite a lot of info into the story, so I hope you’ll learn a lot about the cavalry and medical practices during the Civil War. The men of the 5th Michigan Cavalry went through so much—I couldn’t have made up anything nearly as dramatic as what history tells us happened.
What made you want to write Historical romance, after writing romantic suspenses?
As I said, I started this book back in my teens, and it’s always been there in the back of my head, calling to me. I finally decided to go for it and finish the book and I’m so glad I did because it means so much to me. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Who would you cast as Brianna and Justin?
Wow, that’s a toughie. Hmm, for Brianna I’d say maybe Emma Stone. She’s a redhead and has the most amazing eyes!
For Justin, Gerard Butler but with blue contacts and no sexy accent this time. Ack! I love him, with or without an accent. *faints*
Would you like to share with us a little of what you’re working on now?
Absolutely! I’m currently finishing up the second book of a new romantic suspense series, called Titanium Security. Book one (Ignited) comes out in July, and I’m hoping to release this second book (Singed) at the end of the summer. I have plans for at least four books in the series, maybe more. And the third and final book of my Bagram Special Ops series, Lethal Pursuit, comes out in September.
Thanks so much for hosting me today!
About the Author
Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She and lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and two sons.
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