Kathy Otten, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.
A Place in Your Heart by Kathy Otten
Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Gracie McBride isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for respect. But in this man’s world of Civil War medicine, Gracie is expected to maintain her place changing beds and writing letters. Her biggest nemesis is the ward surgeon, Doctor Charles Ellard, who seems determined to woo her with arrogant kisses and terrible jokes.
Charles is an excellent surgeon. He assumed he would be well received by an army at war. He was not. Friendless and alone, he struggles to hide the panic attacks that plague him while the only person who understands him is a feisty Irish nurse clearly resolved to keep him at a distance.
But Charles is sent to the battlefield, and Gracie is left with a wounded soldier, a box of toys, and a mystery which can only be solved by the one man she wishes could love her, both as a woman and a nurse.
Know the Heroine from A Place in Your Heart
Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Gracie enjoys reading, or doing puzzles.
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
She likes apple cinnamon cake.
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
Being a widow, her dresses have all been dyed black. In the hospital she’s not allowed to wear a crinoline, so she wears extra petticoats, her favorite one is red.
Does she know how to fix things?
No, except when it comes to people’s problems. Then she’s right there trying to fix things.
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
She tried to help Doctor Ellard with his wish to have a family, but she was too intrusive and he resented her for it.
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
Gracie is good with children, having grown up in a large Irish family.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
She is a morning person. Get up and get going.
How does she handle things when in a “proper” social situation?
Being Irish and having worked as a maid, Gracie doesn’t really get involved in social situations. However, when she’s focused on accomplishing something she sometimes forgets social conventions, like seeing a man naked or spending time alone with a man in his tent.
Maid or takes care of herself?
Gracie pretty much takes care of herself.
Proper dress or casual clothes?
Gracie wears what is proper for her station in life.
Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?
Normally buttoned, but when she’s working she rolls them up.
Powdered wig or natural hair?
Carriage or horseback?
She can ride, but doesn’t have occasion to do it much. She usually walks or takes a carriage or taxi.
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!
Where to buy A Place in Your Heart
Publisher The Wild Rose Press
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-place-in-your-heart-kathy-otten/1128539862
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Historical romance author Kathy Otten, enjoys writing westerns with wounded heroes and feisty heroines. Multi-published, Kathy also writes contemporary romance and historical fiction, in all lengths of fiction from short story to novel. She was a finalist in the Utah/Salt Lake RWA Hearts of the West Contest and a winner of the Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star Writing Competition.
She lives in the rolling farmland of western New York and enjoys long walks with her German Shepherd, Max.
Currently, she has stepped outside her comfort zone and is putting the finishing touches on a contemporary young adult novel.
Still, romance is her favorite and she is playing with the rough drafts for a few more historicals.
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