KB welcomes Eva Charles, author of the Meadows Shore series
KB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!
First, thank you so very much for having me today! I’m the author of the Meadows Shore series, sweet contemporary romance with some sizzle. Before embarking on my writing journey last year, I spent decades as an advocate, counselor and attorney, working on behalf of women and children, most of it in the field of domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect. I have two adult sons, and I live with the love of my life and two adorable dogs in Western Massachusetts.
KB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.
The most recent release is Petite Madeleine, a second chance romance. Cassie and Drew were college sweethearts, separated by tragedy, but after ten long years they meet again by chance. He’s now the sexy general manager of the Boston Blues baseball team, and she’s an award-winning baker in Baltimore. But ten years is a long time, and while Drew’s life is back on track, Cassie is struggling with the aftermath of breast cancer.
KB: Describe how you came up with the idea for your series?
My own ethnicity was the inspiration for the series. I gave the characters a Portuguese heritage because there are few, if any, romance novels written in the United States about Portuguese families. As a first generation Portuguese-American woman, the series has afforded me an opportunity to share bits and pieces about the culture, like the food, customs, and the central role that family plays in the lives of individuals. Some of the books have more cultural references than others, but family plays a significant role in each story.
If you could have drinks with anybody (real/fiction, living/dead,) who would you choose and why? What would be the topic of conversation?
Mary Rose Tudor, the fun-loving youngest sister of Henry VIII. I’m a history buff, especially drawn toward the role women played in shaping our world. I’m currently revisiting the Tudor era through the eyes of Antonia Fraser, whose work is flawless. As the darling of Henry’s Court, Mary enjoyed an unusual amount of freedom, and was privy to many things that others were not privy to. She wasn’t afraid to stand up to the king, and risked everything to be with the man she loved. I would ask her about her relationship with Katherine of Aragon, Henry’s first wife, and beg her to dish on Anne Boleyn
What is something nobody would guess about you?
I collect perfume—especially hard to find perfume. If you rummage through my bedroom, you’ll find my vast collection in the second drawer of an antique dresser, away from damaging light. I hoard it, wear it, and occasionally share it with others who are drawn to scent. My harmless addiction shows up in all my books. I try to match the character with the kind of scent that best suits her personality. For example, classy Sophie Clayton wears the light and beautiful Après L’Ondee on her wedding day, Alexa Petersen falls in love with Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, a dark grapefruit fragrance, and Ella Clayton will wear Tobacco Vanilla and Carnal Flower in an upcoming book that takes place in New Orleans.
Tell us about your first kiss.
My very first kiss was during a game of spin the bottle, played in a friend’s basement after school. We were twelve, and the only thing special about it was that it was illicit. My real first kiss happened a few years later on a deserted beach, behind the seawall, under a moonlit sky. The boy was two years older, and had a lot of experience with kissing. I still remember the breathless feeling, and the heat that swept through me while his mouth explored mine. His kisses were intoxicating. I often summon that night when I’m writing about a first kiss.
Prepare to fall in love with the Claytons and Harringtons and their rich Portuguese heritage. A Wedding at Meadows Shore is the first book in the series. In it, you’ll meet the family and visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled along the moody Atlantic in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor.
It all begins with Sophie’s story, where she discards the past and learns to trust herself and others. The series follows the lives of her sisters and cousins while they, too, sort through their baggage and fall in love. Travel with them on their romantic journeys, stopping in rural Minnesota, New Orleans, and other enchanted places along the way.
They are wealthy and powerful, but suffer pain and loss much like the rest of us. Even great privilege can’t shield them from those experiences. But despite their wealth and power, I think you’ll find them approachable and down-to-earth—or as Cole Harrington would say: “We put our pants on one leg at a time, same as everybody else.”
There’s an old Portuguese adage, “the rooster crows loudly, but it’s the hen who’s in charge.” And so it is with the Claytons and Harringtons: strong women, alpha males, and of course, Avó Angelina, the family matriarch who keeps them all on their best behavior.
Bem vindo à família, Welcome to the family!
The waitress brought a dish of plump dumplings with golden, crispy skins. “These little suckers are amazing. Close your eyes,” he said carefully lifting the plumpest dumpling off the plate with chopsticks, and giving it a quick dunk in the sauce.
“Close my eyes?”
“Yeah. Everything’s better with your eyes closed. Your sense of smell, and all the sensations on your tongue, will be heightened.”
She leaned toward him, resting a hand on his thigh. “Are we talking about dumplings? Because I remember that you liked me to keep my eyes open.”
His groan sent a shudder, a powerful surge through him that nearly dislodged the dumpling from the chopsticks and sent it toppling into her lap.
His Adam’s apple bobbed, and he leaned closer to her. “We’ll try it both ways, first with your eyes open so I can watch you come apart, and then you’ll close them, and I’ll use my imagination when you begin to tumble…” He leaned in even closer. “But I’m not sure if I can trust you not to peek, we may need a blindfold to keep you honest.”
She gulped softly, and a small moan escaped from her lips.
He smiled. “Just remember, I’m not the one who keeps steering the conversation in that direction. Now close ‘em,” he commanded, bringing the succulent morsel to her mouth.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Eva Charles is the author of the multi-titled Meadows Shore Series chronicling the lives and loves of the Clayton-Harrington family. She invites you to visit their beloved Meadows Shore, nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you’ll enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food, Portuguese style.
After being a confirmed city-girl for more than thirty-five years, Eva moved to beautiful western Massachusetts in 2014. There, she found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkeys, deer, and coyotes roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she’d been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into a romantic tale.
When she’s not writing, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Charles/e/B0140FZ442
Eva Charles will be awarding a $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.