Monday, January 20, 2014

THE HEADMISTRESS OF ROSEMERE -Sarah E Ladd - One Free Book, Plus Much More

Bio: Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. Her latest release is The Headmistress of Rosemere. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever. Connect with her online! Visit her website, like her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

Welcome back, Sarah. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write what I love to read – Christian Regencies! I grew up reading both British literature (mostly from the Romantic era) and Christian fiction, so my stories are a combination of the two, I suppose!

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
There are two! The day I married my husband, and the day my child was born.

How has being published changed your life?
Being published is truly a dream come true for me! But beyond that, being in the publishing industry has taught be a lot about self-discipline, patience, and perseverance.

What are you reading right now?
I just downloaded Julie Klassen’s The Dancing Master to my Kindle – I can’t wait to get started on it!

I featured her on the blog with that book. You’ll love it. What is your current work in progress?
I am currently working on the 3rd book in the Whispers on the Moors series, which is titled A Lady of Willowgrove Hall. I am very excited for it – it will release in October 2014.

What would be your dream vacation?
England! I have been there once before, but it was so long ago, and it was before I started writing. I would love to go back one day!

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Regencies take place in England, so my setting is pretty much pre-determined. But I do tend to set my stories in the English countryside as opposed to a major city such as London.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love to garden! There is nothing quite like spending time in the warm sun.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Sometimes I get stuck while writing a paragraph or chapter, and instead of moving forward to another part of the book, I fret over what is not working. I have really worked hard lately on setting aside those tough passages and moving to something different. I have learned that if I take a break from the section that I am having a hard time with, it is easier when I come back to it when I have a fresh perspective.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
My first piece of advice would be to write every day. Even if it is just for 15 minutes a day, write! Like every discipline, writing improves and gets stronger with practice.
Secondly, I would suggest joining a writer’s group. If you write Christian fiction, American Christian Fiction Writers is a great place to start. Get involved with other writers in your genre or in your state … the encouragement and support will be a blessing to you on your writing journey.

Tell us about the featured book.
Here is a quick overview of what the book is about:
At twenty-five, Patience Creighton is already a spinster. The busy headmistress of Rosemere always expected a dashing man to sweep her off her feet and take her away . . . but that man never came.

And since her father’s death, keeping the school running and her mother happy has been plenty to keep her occupied.

William Sterling dallied his way into financial trouble and mortal danger. When he is assaulted by his creditors’ henchmen on the road home from a tavern, he guides his horse to the doorstep of his tenant, the Rosemere School for Young Ladies. After being tended to by Patience, the wounded William rides off into the dawn—but makes a point to learn more about the lovely headmistress.

As he spends more time at Rosemere, something delicate begins to develop between William and Patience. But that will not deter William’s creditors. With little money to repay his debts, and less for the upkeep of his estate, it becomes clear that sacrificing Rosemere may be the only way to preserve his legacy. But it may also cost him his happiness.

I’ve read this book and loved it. Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Darbury, England, February 1816
There was no doubt in William Sterling’s mind. He was being followed.

He was an easy target—now more than ever.

He knew better than to travel at such a late hour in the moors, when midnight’s haze shrouded the moon’s gray light and the new fallen snow gave the illusion of an even terrain.

An owl’s mournful cry sliced the night’s uncomfortable silence, and with a charp click of his tongue, William urged his mount into a faster gait.

He’d avoided the main road that leads directly to Eastmore Hall’s iron gate, for it was too broad. Too exposed. He chose, instead, the cart path leading from Darbury’s town square to Wainslow Peak. For although it was narrow and masked with snow, he’d be hidden.

The thoroughbred beneath him pranced and skittered to the left, tossing his magnificent head in tenacious indignation. William regarded the horse’s caution. Perhaps the stubborn beast was wiser than he was.

For more, a preview of the first three chapters of The Headmistress of Rosemere can be found here!

How can readers find you on the Internet?           
I look forward to connecting with you here!

Don't miss Sarah Ladd's latest Regency novel, The Headmistress of Rosemere. She is celebrating the release of book two in her Whispers on the Moors series with a fun "School" Your Desk Kindle Fire Giveaway and an Author Chat Facebook Party!


Between January 17–28, visit Sarah Ladd's Facebook Page to enter to win a new giveaway each day and be entered to win a Kindle Fire grand prize. Winners will be announced at the Facebook Author Chat party on January 28th! (Don't have a Facebook account? Enter here.)

RSVP today for Sarah's The Headmistress of Rosemere Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your Regency trivia skills, announcing the winner of the "School" Your Desk Giveaway, and giving away books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving partygoers an exclusive look at the next book in the Whispers on the Moors series!

So grab your copy of The Headmistress of Rosemere and hope to see you on the evening of January 28th! (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Headmistress of Rosemere -
The Headmistress of Rosemere (Whispers On The Moors) - Amazon
The Headmistress of Rosemere (Whispers On The Moors) - Kindle

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Lis K said...

I've only read great reviews about this book, looking forward to it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lis K from Virginia
garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

Amy C said...

Can't wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks
Amy C

Patty said...

Sounds like an intriguing read, I look forward to this story!

Patty in SC

Heidi said...

Thanks for sharing the interview and giveaway! I'm looking forward to reading books by this author!

Heidi, CA

Merry said...

I love inspirational Regencies and Sarah's books sound wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win The Headmistress of Rosemere.
Merry in MN

Martha Sturm said...

It is amazing to me how authors keep coming up with such good stories.

Anonymous said...

Cool! I love regency period books. Can't wait to read this book.
J. C. -Indiana-

Britney Adams said...

After reading the first three chapters, I hated to stop! I can't wait to grab a copy of this book. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy.

Britney Adams, TX

Melanie Backus said...

Sarah sounds like a delightful person and her book sounds wonderful. Thank you Lena and thank you Sarah.

Melanie Backus, TX

Mary Preston said...

"The Headmistress of Rosemere" sounds like such a fantastic read.

Mary P


Jean said...

Sounds like a "Must Read" book!

Jean K
West Palm Bch., FL

Anne Payne said...

I adored Sarah's first book and look forward to reading this one. Regency is my favorite era to read!

Anne, rural NC

Cindy W. said...

Would love to be entered to win this book. The cover intrigues me.

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.

Jackie McNutt said...

Lena, thank you for this post about Sarah. I would love to read this book!

Kandra said...

I would love to read this!
Kandra from OK

Rebecca said...

I enjoyed Sarah Ladds last book and am excited about reading her newest release.
Rebecca D in OR

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed Heiress of Winterwood and have been eagerly awaiting Sarah Ladd's new book.
Heather O
koho onefourthree at hotmail dot com
Idaho, United States

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

Susan P said...

Sounds like a good book. :) Thanks for sharing today - lovely review!

Charlotte Kay said...

I would love to win this book!!!!!!
Charlotte Kay, Ohio

kam110476 said...

Yikes! I hate that feeling of knowing when you're being followed, especially at night! I can't wait to read this and The Heiress of Winterwood!

Thanks for the chance to win a copy,

Kristen Anissa, Norman, OK

Shannah McClamrock said...

I hope it's not too late to enter! I would love to win a copy.

Shannah M. (NC)

A Cooking Bookworm said...

My dream vacation is England, too!! Someday...maybe! ;-)

Binghamton, NY

mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

Cyndi said...

Great interview! I love Regency books... particularly Sarah's! This one's high on the TBR list!

Cyndi in AL

rubynreba said...

This looks like a wonderful book! Please enter me. Thanks!
Beth from Iowa

Tonja Saylor said...

First pages sounds great! Please enter me.
Tonja VA