Today I’d like to introduce my fellow Rose, Sadira Stone, and her debut romance novel entitled
Through the Red Door
Release date: November 14th, 2018
Sadira, welcome. Is this a paranormal romance or a different genre?
Hi Jeny, no, unlike The Sea Archer, this is a contemporary romance set in a bookshop in Eugene, Oregon. No paranormal elements except for the heroine’s late husband, who appears in dreams and signs to helping Clara to move through her grief and open the door to new love.
Sounds fantastic! Why set the series in a bookshop?
Ever since I was a wee lass, I dreamed of owning one. Add to that my fascination with historical erotic art and literature, and you’ve got the Book Nirvana series, set in an indie bookshop with an extensive erotica collection behind a locked red door.
Your characters are older, why did you choose the ages you did?
I enjoyed the chance to feature an older couple—though at 39 and 41, Clara and Nick are hardly seniors. Late-in-life love, second chances at happiness, and reinvention are themes that pop up in my stories again and again. As pioneering female writer George Eliot said, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Nick and Clara’s sizzling chemistry proves that love can burn just as hot past that first flush of youth.
That’s so true! Here’s an excerpt.
The amber flecks in his eyes danced in the candlelight. Their glow drew the truth out of her like a magnet tugging metal. Deep breath. Just ask. He won’t bite.
“Nick, how did you know when it was time?”
“To move on. To let someone in.”
He shifted away, but the saggy sofa cushion slid him back against her thigh. “Can’t fight gravity.” He chuckled and draped his arm across her shoulders. “Honestly, my body was ready before my heart was. Even if the heart is withered, nearly dead, the body goes on—eating, breathing, feeling, wanting.” He fingered a strand of her hair, his gaze far away. “A friend saw how closed off I’d become, and she…helped me.”
“By seducing me. There was wine involved, and music. She wouldn’t take no for an answer.” He cupped her shoulder. “And I’m so glad she didn’t.”
Avoiding his penetrating gaze, Clara focused on the flickering candles. “Did you love her?”
“Not really. And yet—yes, very much.”
“You see, I’ll never love anyone the way I loved Diana. She was unique in all the world. But she wouldn’t want me to spend the rest of my life pining for her, miserable, alone. My friend helped me see it’s okay to enjoy my life. She helped me realize that one day I might even love again. She told me it’s not something you can rush, but it will come in time if you relax and open your heart.”
I really love the honesty and realism. I’m excited to read it. Congratulations Sadira and thank you for joining me today.
Thanks so much, Jeny, for the chance to meet your readers.
Again, the release date for, Through the Red Door,” is November 14, 2018. Don’t miss out click on one of the links below to preorder and purchase
If you’d like to know more about Sadira, and the novels she writes, please go to her website at www.sadirastone.com