Single mom Hazel Loveless, too, has been down on her luck, but that’s all about to change. She received a surprising invitation to Stonem Manor, home of the city’s most eligible—and mysterious—bachelor. Her arrival is the beginning of captivity—and hope. A mystery lurks here, one that must be solved. And while trusting John is not easy, his sensual nature has awakened her own. Both this tortured man and his manor harbor deadly secrets, but through her love Hazel has the power to conquer all and mend two broken hearts.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-40
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Dark love stories clouded in mystery are great reads. When I was younger, I devoured V.C. Andrews books. I love to write blatant paranormal mysteries, but there’s something even more frightening when it’s human beings behind really horrific acts. In my stories, though, there has to be a happy ending and plenty of closure. I hate loose ends.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The Heart of Stonem Manor is like Jane Eyre’s Rochester meets the governess from The Turn of the Screw. John Stonem is a brooding, yet irresistibly sexy, bachelor. Hazel is a young mother suddenly thrown into a dark world where she witnesses frightening occurrences that cannot be explained away.
John’s allure is matched with the increasingly bizarre time spent in the mansion, but the end result is a secret tragedy that is finally solved–and two people able to move on from their own broken pasts.
Love for the Loveless
“You, not extraordinary?” His words were roughened with passion.
“I’m just Hazel, John. There is no larger-than-life anything about me. I’m a mother. I wanted to be a writer, but all I do is scribble on notepad. I worked a bunch of lousy diner jobs. And now, I schlep coffee for the St. Jerome paper. At least, I did…”
“That’s far from the truth, which you continue to shield from everyone. Tell me what you write about.”
He brushed his lips against her neck before meeting her gaze. “I want you, Hazel. But I can see the hesitation in your eyes.” He leaned closer to her, never breaking her gaze. “Let go of your reservations. Let me make love to you. Let me give you something you’ve never had.”
“I’ve had sex before, John.”
“But you’ve never made love with a man who would go to so much trouble just to have you.”
Lana Moon grew up in Southeast Missouri. She has a background in Medieval and American folklore, and spent a brief period moonlighting as a ghost hunter. When that group dissolved, she still had a strong desire to explore old buildings and abandoned properties in Missouri and Illinois. As a result, many of these “forgotten” places are settings in her stories.
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