Monday, August 3, 2015

Moonlight on Butternut Lake by Mary McNear ♥ Spotlight & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Contemporary Romance)



On the run from her abusive husband, Mila Jones flees Minneapolis for the safety and serenity of Butternut Lake.

Ready to forge her new life, Mila’s position as home health aide to Reid Ford is more than a job. It’s a chance at a fresh start. Though her sullen patient seems determined to make her quit, she refuses to give up on him.

Haunted by the car accident that nearly killed him, Reid retreats to his brother’s cabin on Butternut Lake and lashes out at anyone who tries to help. Reid wishes Mila would just go away…until he notices her strength, and the secrets, behind her sad brown eyes.

Against all odds, Mila slowly draws Reid out. Soon they form a tentative, yet increasingly deeper, bond as Mila lowers her guard and begins to trust again, and Reid learns how to let this woman who has managed to crack through his protective shell into his life. While the seemingly endless days of summer unfold, Reid and Mila take the first steps to healing as they discover love can be more than just a dream.


1. Do readers have to read the other Butternut Lake books first to enjoy your newest novel?

No, each book in the Butternut Lake series can be read independently. All three books tells a distinctly different story, but they all take place in the beautiful setting of Butternut Lake and some of the same characters appear in all three books.

2. How closely does Butternut Lake resemble the Midwestern lake (and town) where you spent your summers?

The beauty and tranquility of the real Midwestern lake in northwestern Wisconsin where I have spent many summers is the inspiration for Butternut Lake. In my mind, the real lake and Butternut Lake are identical. Both lakes are pristine and surrounded by great Northern Pines. But the town of Butternut Lake, the stories, and the characters in the series are entirely fictitious.

3. Would you categorize yourself as a “romance” author?

I would characterize myself more as a writer or women's fiction, than as a romance writer. I think the themes and stories I'm most interested in writing about—family, relationships, personal change, overcoming hardships, love—are particularly appealing to women. On the other hand, I love romance and all my novels have a romance in them!

4. What do you love most about writing fiction?

Ever since I was a child, I've been making up stories. So, I guess I've been writing fiction in my head since I was very young. And although I think writing is difficult and sometime exhausting, it is incredibly rewarding and exciting when a story comes together. Being able to convey how a character acknowledges unresolved feelings of guilt, or how a character confronts buried secrets from the past, or even how two characters come to realize they are in love, is challenging and immensely satisfying. But mostly, I love telling stories that will resonate and reach a growing audience of readers who can identify with my characters and their predicaments.

5. What was your favorite part about writing Moonlight on Butternut Lake? What did you find most challenging?

The two previous books in the Butternut Lake series had more characters and several subplots. But this time, I really enjoyed focusing on just two people and the nuances of their characters. Also, Moonlight was the first book I've written that has an element of danger and suspense. I've never had to tackle that before and so pacing, the unfolding of the plot, and the interweaving of characters was particularly challenging—but fun too!




6. Who are your biggest literary influences?

I read voraciously in many different genres: literary, non-fiction, Young Adult, romance. But in terms of my early literary influences, To Kill a Mockingbird, Peyton Place, and Main Street all inspired me to write about small town life. As a city kid, I had an early fascination with what I saw as the mystery and glamour of small town life. In those books explosive secrets were hidden behind the placid exteriors of the tidy colonial houses that lined Main Street.

7. Do you plan to continue writing Butternut Lake stories? Any other books in the works?

I recently signed a contract with Harper Collins to write two more novels. Right now I’m working on my fourth Butternut Lake novel. It is about two sisters, who love each other but also drive each other crazy. And it is about how they change and grow over the course of one summer.

8. What is the number one thing you hope readers take away from your novels?

The number one thing I hope readers take away from my novels is that love--in all it's different forms, whether it's between a parent and child, siblings, sweethearts, or friends—is the most essential part of the human experience.

       
         
     


MARY MCNEAR, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Butternut Lake series, writes her novels in a local donut shop where she sips Diet Pepsi, observes the hubbub of neighborhood life, and tries to resist the constant temptation of freshly made donuts. Mary bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, two teenage children, and a high-strung, minuscule white dog named Macaroon.

 

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