Harmony Duprie, the main character in the mysteries, has agreed to do an interview with us. Read it and enjoy….then, of course, buy the book, HER LADYSHIP’S RING.
Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
I have a Masters in Library Science, and am currently working as a researcher for a group of writers. I like fast cars, although I know just the basics of maintaining them—my father taught me. I’m a big James Bond fan, both the books and the movies. . Oh, and my goal is to have a first edition print of all the Ian Fleming James Bond novels. I’m still looking for a copy of Moonraker that’s in good condition and reasonably priced. If it’s signed by Fleming, that’s even better.
What are a couple of random thoughts about yourself that will surprise the reader?
When I was in high school, I collected comic books. None of them were very valuable and I’ve traded or given them away. Now I have a small collection of graphic novels to go along with my collection of first-edition books. It’s my secret vice.
Another thing that might surprise people is that I have a tattoo on my left shoulder. It’s a dollar sign intertwined with daisies. I got it as a tribute to my parents who died way too soon.
What makes you blush?
Compliments, from either men or women. Even if they are deserved, they make me uncomfortable. I’m a private person and don’t like to draw attention to myself.
What upset your ordinary world and brought you into contact with Eli?
Long story. It started with getting arrested along with my ex-boyfriend for drug trafficking. The charge was bogus and didn’t hold up in court, thank heavens. But that set the wheels in motion for me to meet Eli.
What was your immediate reaction to each other?
I have no idea what Eli’s first reaction to me was because he’d been keeping an eye on me at the request of his cousin for some time before we actually met. And frankly, I wasn’t sure he wasn’t my imagination the first time I bumped into him—literally. But I’m a very “grounded” person, so I just checked it off as an interesting incident and didn’t place too much importance on our meeting. It took me being kidnapped and him rescuing me to really get things rolling. Although the roses he’d leave me occasionally didn’t hurt.
What do you think about “love and romance”?
I’m a practical person and don’t think about it too much. Sure, I like to read a good “trashy” romance novel as much as the next woman, but I never expected to find that kind of romance in my own life. I loved Jake, but didn’t expect him to change his life for me, which meant he was gone a lot. But when he was around, we had a good time together.
It’s tougher with Eli. The whole long-distance relationship is rough. There’s only so much that phone calls and Skyping can do to fill in the void of his absence. I’m not sure it will work out in the long run, so I’m trying not to get suckered into the “soulmate” routine. And we’ve avoided discussing the issue, so I’m not sure how he feels about it.
Who took the first step in heating things up between you?
I did. And I got shut down. Hard. Well, it seemed that way to me. I didn’t know how to make it any more obvious to Eli that I was interested in him, and he kept pretending he didn’t notice. Come to find out, he was afraid I wasn’t over my last boyfriend yet. Which happened to be his cousin.
Would you rather be caught in a wild moment of passion or tied down and taken?
Definitely a wild moment of passion. Especially since my abduction. Once you’ve been tied up and threatened and your life has hung in the balance, it’s hard to turn the concept of being tied up into a fantasy. Besides, I prefer to give as much as I take when it comes to the sexual matters.
What is the kinkiest sexual thing you’ve ever done?
I’m pretty vanilla. But I suppose sex on the dining room table counts as kinky, right?
Who made the first compromise in your relationship?
He did, I guess. And that was even before we really had a relationship. How many guys do you know that would be willing to drop everything and fly a thousand miles to rescue a woman that he hadn’t even kissed yet?
Thank you so much, Harmony, for sharing some interesting information you and Eli. I loved the part about him giving you roses occasionally. Oh, and him dropping everything to come rescue you.
BLURB – Her Ladyship’s Ring
Harmony Duprie is back, and so is trouble in Oak Grove.
When a man is murdered in the back yard of the old Victorian house she is remodeling, Harmony is determined to locate his next-of-kin so he can be put to rest properly. But with her ex-boyfriend Jake out of prison, back in town and one of the suspects in the murder, she takes on the challenge of solving the crime.
With Eli, her current love interest, in Florida and Jake close by, old emotions come back to haunt her. Can Harmony clear Jake’s name and solve the mystery of her own heart?
EXCERPT – Her Ladyship’s Ring
The first thing I noticed when walking into my apartment was the afghan I kept on the back of the recliner. It was on the floor and hadn’t been like that when I left. “So who’s been sitting in my chair?” I asked. “Eli?” I called hopefully to no response.
Then I noticed the dirty dishes in my kitchen sink. “So who’s been eating my porridge?” I whispered to myself. Surely a thief wouldn’t have stopped to make himself a sandwich.
I tip-toed down the hallway, holding my breath. The bathroom was empty, but my bedroom door was partially closed. I carefully pushed it open and peeked inside. A familiar head nestled on my pillow. “So that’s who’s been sleeping in my bed.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, P.J. MacLayne still finds inspiration for her books in landscapes. She is a computer geek by day and a writer by night who currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. When she’s not in front of a computer screen, she might be found exploring the back roads of the nearby national forests and parks.
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