Periodically during 2017, I’m going feature authors from my home state, New Hampshire. We may be a small state, but we are BIG on talent. Please share and follow along with #GraniteStateAuthors, and join me in celebrating these wonderful…
Just the Facts:
Author: Cerian Hebert
Originally from Minnesota, Cerian is currently settled in southwestern New Hampshire with her husband and four children, working for a well-known children’s magazine company. She’s known she wanted to write since she was twelve, and between mucking stalls in New York and booking cruises in Maine, she’s been filling notebooks and flash drives with her stories in pursuit of her dreams.
Currently she has 10 published books (No Going Back, Where One Road Leads, The Staying Kind, Going Going Gone, and an upcoming release, The Storm Within from Soul Mate Publishing and The Better Man, Do Overs, Finally Home, Light The Way Home, and That Kind of Magic self-published at Amazon). She’s looking forward to adding to this list.
Cerian is a PAN member of RWA, Contemporary Romance Writers and New Hampshire Romance Writers of America.
Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/Ceri-Hebert/e/B003NTI0HU
How long have you lived in New Hampshire?
I’ve lived in New Hampshire for approximately 41 years (though I left for a time to live in Maine, Florida, and New York).
Does living here in NH provide inspiration for your writing?
It certainly does. I love writing about small town romances, and my area is perfect for that. I tend to combine attributes of different towns around me for my settings, and there’s so much to work with. Between the beauty of each of the seasons here, the proximity of mountains, forests, lakes, and ocean, and even Boston, there’s certainly no lack of diversity. I don’t think I’ll ever run out of places for my characters to call home.
Do you use New Hampshire and/or New England as a setting in any of your books?
Many of my books are set in New Hampshire, as well as a few in Maine. I like writing about areas that I’m familiar with and that I love very much.
What is your favorite time of year in NH and why?
Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year, especially here in New England. The fall foliage is absolutely breathtaking. Seeing the vivid colors against a blue sky honestly moves me to tears. It’s such a fleeting season, which makes it even more precious. I’ve always loved the cooler temperatures, and mornings when there’s a nip in the air. I only wish it didn’t have to be followed by winter.
The Storm Within: Soul Mate Tree Book 11
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: November 15, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance (with a touch of the paranormal)
Healed from her own loss, Juliana Hopkins wants nothing more than to mend reclusive artist Aidan Byrne’s heart, and help close a chapter in his life that has haunted him for over twenty years. Risking their newfound love, Juliana is determined to release the ghosts he can’t let go.
Aidan has been in love with Juliana since the first moment he saw her, but if she can’t leave the tragedies of his past alone, he won’t be able to make a life with her.
She offers him a love he never dared to want, but loving her could rip open all the old wounds he’d never been able to heal.
Aidan stared at her, only inches away from him in the tiny bathroom. The bloodied cotton ball tight in her grip, she’d broken down into heavy sobs. He wasn’t sure how to handle it. Weeping women weren’t his specialty. Hell, women in general weren’t his specialty, and now he felt completely at a loss on how to comfort her.
He’d sensed her earlier mood, when their eyes had locked in the mirror. At that moment, restless awareness turned into a new sort of tension. She’d been so close to him that he could smell the clean fragrance of her shampoo and feel her warm, tea scented breath on his neck. Fighting a similar attraction, he understood why she’d resorted to anger. He would’ve done the same thing in her shoes. Anger he could handle. Tears? That was a different story.
Quickly he grabbed a few sheets of Kleenex from the box on the back of the toilet and handed them to her.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you cry. Really, it doesn’t hurt,” he said softly.
Juliana wiped the tissue across her eyes and didn’t look at him. “It’s not that,” she replied with a catch in her voice. “It’s the stupidity of you driving out there. Crazy and irresponsible. You should’ve gotten a lot more than a dumb little scratch on your face. You could’ve been killed, and you could’ve killed Fred.”
Without thinking of the consequences, Aidan took the emotional woman into his arms and held her tightly against his chest, letting his body absorb the sobs as he realized why she cried so hard. Two years ago she’d lost her husband in a horrific car accident, one that almost took her own life as well. And now he’d piled into a ditch, nearly flipping his truck over at the end of her driveway.
“Shh,” he soothed, letting one hand stroke her hair, silky strands running through his fingers. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you.”
As much as he wanted to stop her tears, he used them as an excuse to keep her in his arms. The shudders ended as he murmured against the top of her head, anything to settle her. He didn’t even know what he was saying.
He studied her as she hid her face, pressing her cheek against his chest.
Finally, she pulled away. “Okay, I’ll forgive you if you promise not to risk Fred’s life again.”
Aidan laughed despite himself. “I’ll promise, as long as we can get out of this bathroom.”
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