Hey, I know what you’re thinking but that’s not even close to where I’m headed.
Duncan Jamieson, hero in SHARE THE MOON, is an American of Scottish decent. So ladies,
you won’t find kilts in this man’s closets.
But I am of Scottish decent and love thinking about my family’s traditions brought
to us from other countries. My grandmother’s life changed in 1928 when, at the
young age of twenty-one, she made a decision to board a steamer from Glasgow,
Scotland. After twenty-one days at sea, she arrived in the Back Bay area of
I have such fond memories of my dear Nana, with her wonderful brogue and
scrumptious scotch shortbread. While writing SHARE THE
MOON, I had a little fun with my own ancestry and incorporated my Scottish
heritage into both my main character’s lives. In real life, I’ve enjoyed making
sure my daughters feel ties to the roots from all our family that came to this
country from places far away. From my father-in-law’s early years spent in Germany
to my grandfather’s Swedish immigrant parents.
Tapping into our pasts is like a map to who we are today.
What are your ethic roots? Do you follow any traditions from the old country?
I’ve included an excerpt, where we learn a little about the Scottish heritage for
both my hero and heroine in SHARE THE MOON.
Exclusive Excerpt from SHARE THE MOON
For half a second he considered telling her the real reason the land
mattered to his brother, but he didn’t want to violate any confidences. “I have my
“Did you ever stop to consider how some of the things you love about the lake
could be lost by your business proposition?”
“I don’t think they will.”
“Perhaps you’re not seeing the big picture.”
“I’ll address the environmental impact. I don’t want to hurt the lake, but this
will boost the Northbridge economy and create jobs.”
“The area may suffer too. If Zoning passes those changes, they’ll lead to
additional development along the shoreline.”
He shrugged. “I can’t control everything.”
“No. You can control what you do now, though.”
“Communities are often resistant to change.” Duncan tried to sound convincing but
felt weakened by her demanding gaze. “Things seem to work out.”
She cocked a confident brow, like someone about to yell the word checkmate. “Won’t
this be the first time you’ve stuck around long enough to find out?”
“I visit my sites.”
Sophie twisted her mouth, not even bothering to hide her skepticism. Idealistic.
Yes, that described her. This woman preached high standards for everyone,
including herself. Duncan considered her perseverance as appealing as it was
She lowered the pad to her lap. “Living there is different. I’d go so far to say
you’re…” She pressed her lips together.
“Listen, I don’t wish to end up apologizing twice in one day.”
He opened his arms to each side. “Come on. Hit me with your best shot.”
She gave him a you-might-be-sorry grin. “Well, Jamieson is Scottish, right?”
“My Nana was born in Scotland. She once told me a story about a Scotsman who was
asked to express an opinion about the pyramids who replied, ‘A lot of masonry work
and no rent coming in.’”
He snorted. “Then you think I only care about money?”
“No, but you’re approaching this purely from a practical, business- like
viewpoint. Stop. Think about why you love the lake.” Her potent gaze settled on
him, saying more than her words. “I’ll bet one thing is the simplicity.”
Her honesty was unexpected and refreshing, so unlike his wife’s.
Sharon Struth is an award-winning author who believes it’s never too late
for a second chance in love or life. When she’s not writing, she and her husband
happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail.
Sharon writes from the small town of Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place
she’s ever lived.
SHARE THE MOON, book one in the Blue Moon Lake Romances, is a finalist for
a RONE Award and a Chatelaine Award for Romantic Fiction!
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Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of
owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past
tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.
Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the
lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer,
however, hinges on a zoning change approval.
Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot
deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret,
trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.
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