"You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft—then you can add all the genius you like."
Phyllis A. Whitney
Incredibly happy to host my DP sister Kathleen Bosman! All yours!
This is the seventh
stop of my blog tour. Thank you so much to Cate Peace for hosting me on her
blog. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and 5 bags of swag with some South
African flavour treats.
Parts of my story that
I’ve never blogged about before are some interesting things about my hero,
Ryan. Ryan, like Tessa, is in a creative career – hence Dragonfly Moments being
Book 1 of The Creators Series. He’s a chef. Ryan has a passion for food. He was
a bit of a rootless fellow before he found his passion which I imagine many
Writing about a chef
was a challenge for me as I’m just a home cook and know very little about
cooking professionally. I had to do some research and my wonderful editor, Zee
Monodee, who had knowledge on “foodie” writing, helped me immensely. I’m
grateful to her for her expertise.
I think the greatest
treat that Ryan cooked up was what he served Tessa at the dragonfly picnic. It
wasn’t so much the food, but the thought he put into showing Tessa what her
heart really needed. I’m not going to tell you too much, but I think Ryan is an
amazing hero. Even though Tessa gave him many reasons to give up on her, he
never stopped trying to show her the real path for her life. His patience and
kindness was so romantic.
I’m going to quote
something from one of my favourite reviews from Sarah Says Read Romance:
She quoted a part of
“I want to give you memories. Dragonfly
moments. We have these moments in life that we never forget. They’re short, but
they impact us forever. I wanted to give you one of those moments.”
paragraph had me sobbing because it was so romantic and so sweet. Why can't
guys be this romantic?
Seven years earlier, a young and
serious Tessa Calitz wrote a letter to free spirit Ryan le Roux promising her
undying love. As time passed she forgot about that letter...but Ryan did not.
When he walks back into her life, Tessa
is in a relationship and busy setting up her art gallery in Johannesburg. She
has plans to start a family, and the arrival of Ryan throws her for a spin. He
is the worst thing that could happen to her dream of stability...or is he?
When everything she clung to starts to
crumble, Ryan is right beside her to inspire her to greater things. But her compulsion
for having marriage and children on her terms alone pushes Ryan away--until she
falls in love with an orphaned baby.
What can Ryan do to make Tessa realize
that being with him is what her heart has longed for all along?
making a mistake, Ryan. Coming in here and trying to bring up the past. It’s
too late now. I’m committed to Mark and have found a life for myself. You never
wanted me then. You loved Annie.”
didn’t love her. I loved you. And you promised forever….”
voice was resigned, and then he winked at her as if to dispel the tension. It
did no such thing.
letter at the back of the sketch had promised she would love him forever,
hadn’t it? She had believed she would never love anyone as much as Ryan and
that he showed her what true love was.
never loved me.” She dropped her gaze onto her lap. “We were just good
up her chin to pretend that her heart wasn’t zinging with emotion, she started
to walk toward the one wall to adjust a painting. He grabbed her hand. She
tried to pull away, but he firmly pulled her close.
and energy radiated off him and his manly scent encompassed her. Even his
breath was a sweetness she wanted to drink in. She took in the shape of his
face, his mouth which drooped slightly to the left, his skewed jaw line and the
prominent cheek bones. His eyebrows were dark and perfectly shaped, and he had
such long eyelashes. Yanking her burning hand away, she made sure her back was
was blind to the true treasure. All the time when I was going out with Annie, I
really wanted you, but I couldn’t do that to her—dump her for her best friend.
I’ve loved you for years, Tess. I’ve been trying to find you. No other woman
has measured up, and I’ve had several relationships. And you’ve become so
faced him, her mouth partially open, devoid of words. He’d loved her? Why
didn’t he tell her then before it was too late?
gaze followed her from head to foot, and heat branded her face while a spark
ignited her body.
I wasn’t then. You thought I was ugly. You must have because Annie was so
beautiful and you never looked at me.”
did. Besides the kohl and black clothes, you were adorable, especially in your
wasn’t usually one to blush easily, but fire lapped up her whole face and neck.
“But the way you used to look at Annie. She had the most stunning legs. Long
smiled. “You have better legs than Annie.”
pulled back. For a moment, he had her in a trance. Maybe she should leave Mark
and pursue this. Jump right in. No, of course not. Who was Ryan now, anyway?
She hardly knew him. He could disappear again. Mark cared for her and he was
the perfect match to build a family. That’s all she needed.
Kathy loved reading and writing from early
childhood, but her dream to write books was put aside until her kids were
small, and she had little mental stimulation. The writing became a passion as
well as her love for romance. She hasn’t looked back since writing her first
romance novel in 2007. She homeschools her three children so in between
deciphering algebraic problems for her teenage son (with little success),
conducting science experiments, and tackling piles of laundry and dishes, she
miraculously finds time to write books and read many others for fun.