Genre: Historical Romance
Synopsis: Fighting alongside his two brothers, Garvin Campbell of Clan Campbell is content to remain in the shadows. After all, he’s lived most of his adult life as a Knight Templar, and that requires him being in the shadows, not seen or heard. “Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini tuo da gloriam; (Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name, give glory). That was the rule of the Templars until they were forced to disband at the request of King Philip IV “the Fair” of France.
Many of the Order’s members in France were arrested and tortured. However, Scotland did not get involved in the arrests and prosecution of the Knights. There was no recognized king of the Scots, and with the Bruce having already been excommunicated, the Roman Church had little say in Scottish politics, so Garvin returned to his clan to use his skills in the fight against the English for Scottish independence.
Having been told all her life to avoid the Campbells, the last thing Lady Helen is thinking about is falling in love with a Campbell, and a Knight Templar at that. She is aware the Templar Knight has taken a vow of abstinence, so when Garvin Campbell comes to her clan to deliver the decree from Robert the Bruce, Helen is unprepared for the connection she immediately feels for the knight. She dismisses it as butterflies at meeting a knight, but fate has other plans for her and Garvin, as he becomes her reason for living and he forgoes his training of remaining in the shadows as he surrenders to love.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Ju Ephraime. She loves to indulge her over-active imagination to write the high heat romances she enjoys reading. Welcome to my blog, Ju.
CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read this historical romance novel Valentine’s Day release.
JE: This story has many of the elements that make for a great romance: A knight’s first love, a beautiful female, strong alphas, all set against one of Europe’s most romantic and fantasy filled locations—the Scottish Highlands.
CH: Finding love is pretty special, so how did you come up with the premise for this book?
JE: The premise for the book is about finding love when you least expect it.
CH: What made you decide to write an enchanting romance?
JE: Again, it was not planned that way, but all the stars were aligned to make this happen.
CH: Did you have to do a lot of historical research to write this book?
JE: Yes, lots and lots.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?
JE: Oh. I can’t answer this without sounding vain and egotistical, but I’ve been told, I can hold my own with some of the best in the industry—tongue in cheek.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
JE: It was not hard at all. I did take a lot from real life and elaborated on it.
CH: Which character was hardest to write?
JE: The opposing side.
CH: Which character was your favorite to write?
JE: The youngest brother of the main character.
CH: Which character was hardest to develop?
JE: The main character. As an ex-Templar Knight, I had to be very careful what I had him saying in the dialogue scenes.
CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write historical romance?
JE: From places I’ve visited or want to visit, with rich interesting historical backgrounds.
CH: Are there any historical romance authors that provide inspiration for your writing?
JE: No one in particular, I read quite a wide selection.
CH: If you could work with any historical romance author, living or dead, who would that be and why?
JE: Stephanie Laurens, a #1 New York Times bestselling author.
CH: What is your next writing project?
JE: My third and final installment in this highlander trilogy.
CH: How to Find Ju Ephraime:
- Julia’s website: http://www.juliaeantoine.com
- Julia’s Amazon Link: http://tiny.cc/4k2xqy
- Julia’s Author Page: http://tiny.cc/fm2xqy
CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?
JE: This book is sold wherever fine books are sold and online at Amazon.
CH: Any closing remarks?
JE: I enjoyed doing this interview and hope my answers will give your audience an insight into the mind of an unbelievable romantic.
CH: Thank you so much, Ju Ephraime, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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