What fun to celebrate the release of the second book in my fun and lighthearted Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series! Just in case you’d love to help me celebrate (read the book and review? 🙂 ), then here’s the link! Amazon
Interviewing today Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, the male protagonist in Knight in Shining Apron. . . Since Joel is helping figure out what’s going on in Starli Cameron’s life, and why all the the seemingly threats and odd incidents happening, I thought it best to ask Joel to give us some ideas about the mystery half of the book. Joel . . .
I know Starli speculated briefly and not quite convincingly that you might be the cause of some bad attitudes from some of her employees. What do you say to that speculation?
Rubbish. The thought might have been a passing one in Starli’s mind, but I’m sure with further contemplation, she realized that attitudes come inside an individual. I only encouraged and strove to become friends with all her employees. If they imagined otherwise, then that is their problem. I can only be myself and do as my God would have me do.
Moving on, what did you think of all the odd situations that arose throughout the book?
What bothered me the most was her brother-in-law’s treatment of Starli. I am a christian and strive to act like one, but he seriously pushed my buttons. I’m a bit of a pushover for the underdog, so it came easily to be quite annoyed at Roland Stratton’s overbearing and abusive attitude.
The other little things that kept questions playing over and over in my mind were: the smoke bombed coatroom, the firecracker, the outdoors unscrewed light bulb, the scratched reception desk, and the unexpected Valentine’s candy heart–all of it kept us–Starli and me–on edge, wondering who could possibly be so annoying. And why. That was probably the hardest, trying to decide who and why he or she would want to inflict aggravation on Starli when she was such a good employer.
I see. So it never occurred to you that she might be imagining all this?
Seriously? Only one time did I wonder if Starli was indeed overreacting, but that was before I truly comprehended the depth of her fear and mistrust of men, in particular.
Did you ever doubt you’d find the criminal behind it all?
I never even considered that eventually we wouldn’t discover who was responsible. I wavered between two different ones, and it was only toward the end that I suspected it could be someone else. Fortunately, a few small clues helped us find out the who and why.
Finally, I won’t say what it is, but how do you think the final incident played into the plot?
It was a horrible experience and nearly broke my heart to see how it hurt Starli, but I think in three ways it benefited:
- it brought the guilty party to justice
- it gave closure to Starli’s bad memories and past suffering
- and, finally, it drew Starli to the place where she could forgive and fully trust God for her future, which included me!
Thank you, Joel, for enlightening us on some of the more serious issues in this book.
Readers, be sure to let me know what romance means to you for a chance to win a Kindle copy of Knight in Shining Apron. As always, I’d love an honest review of the book, if you will, but not required. Thanks for reading!
Knight in Shining Apron Cover Blurb:
Starli Cameron gave up her career plans to be a concert pianist to marry the man of her dreams. He turned out to be a nightmare. When he dies in a car accident, Starli takes the insurance money and builds a successful and upscale restaurant: Apple Blossoms in rural West Virginia. Threats from someone determined to ruin her life and the suspicious romantic advances from her new chef force Starli to search her heart and finally turn to God for real healing.
Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, top notch chef from England, is roped by his uncle, into filling in as head Chef at Apple Blossoms. Joel, with his sanguine-personality, has always laughed and flirted his way through life. But now, confronted with and attracted to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, Joel has to prove his sincerity and depth of character to his icy-cold employer. Can his love for God and for this woman reach out far enough to rescue her from her own mistrust and bitterness? Will he learn that life is not all play?
And can they both work together to find the source of threats that seem to be coming from Starli’s past?