Greetings! Today I’m interviewing Patty, from Madison Michael’s time travel romance Our Love is Here to Stay. This post is part of Madison’s blog tour for the book.
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LS: How did you get started swing dancing? Why do you enjoy it?
I grew up in the 1950’s when everyone danced. We danced to records in the house after dinner, at every party and backyard barbeque. By the time I was sixteen and went on dates, going dancing or to the movies, was just what we did.
But I do love dancing, especially with a special guy. First, I love the energy of the movements, and the music. Second, I love an excuse to be held in the arms of a boy I like, if he knows how to dance, of course.
LS: What was the first thing that entered your mind when you saw Matthew?
Oh gosh, Matthew stood out like a sore thumb the first time I saw him at The Green Mill. He was Cary Grant in a room full of Donald O’Connors. Taller, better dressed, more muscular. He was so handsome he took my breath away.
LS: Have you ever been in love before? If so, how did it end? If not--how do you know that what you feel for Matthew is love?
I might have had a crush or two before Matthew, but nothing serious. All my friends were getting married, and I was starting to feel like an old-maid at age 21, but no one really caught my eye. Perhaps because they were boys, while Matthew was a man. He had a confidence like none I had seen before, and the way he looked at me made me all fluttery and excited. I knew he was special.
LS: What's the most aggravating thing about Matthew?
He talks about things that I can’t understand, using words I don’t know and strange slang. I think he must be really smart, but it doesn’t make it less aggravating. And I thought he was a little forward at first. I am not that kind of girl.
LS: Do you can make your relationship with Matthew work? How?
Do we make it last? You’ll have to read the story to find out, but are we madly in love – oh yeah!
Can love transcend time?
Thirty-year old Matthew Herrington is weary of solo nights in strange cities. He is ready for a change. And that is exactly what he gets when he steps into Swing Night at The Green Mill and is instantly immersed in the sights and sounds of another era. Intrigued by the club’s authenticity, Matthew is enchanted when he meets Patty, a mixture of sexy and sweet who steals his heart.
Patty Dennison has never met a man like Matthew in all her twenty-one years. A sophisticated man, he stands out from the usual Swing Night crowd. He is self-assured, smart, charming, and handsome as hell, even if he is a lousy dancer. Once he takes her in his arms, Patty is more than willing to give him a few dance lessons along with her heart.
Repeated missed dates and unanswered phone calls strain the relationship and frustrate the pair. But unraveling their mystery exposes an impossible scenario, one that will torment their sanity and test their love.
How can they make their fairytale last? Can love transcend time?
A waitress came to take it off his hands. “Another?” she queried and he nodded agreement, placing a crumpled dollar on her tray. “Too much,” she told him shaking her head no. Matthew was surprised by her response but the tray was covered with loose change so he removed his bill and left the equivalent in quarters. Everything was so inexpensive but the server still needed to make a decent living.
She gave him a grateful smile and turned to move to her next customer, carefully balancing her tray above the heads of the young people around her. In the process, she nudged Matthew slightly causing him to lose his footing and fall gently against another body. Turning to apologize he found himself staring into the clearest, lightest blue eyes he had ever seen. He couldn’t look away.
“Sorry,” he mumbled when he finally regained his composure.
“That’s okay,” she replied with a quick, bright smile. She was lovely, in a wholesome girl next door way. She had her blond hair pulled into a ponytail that curled like a hair product ad, clear-skinned cheeks that were pink with warmth and perhaps exertion, and a curvy body displayed under a bright red sweater and a flared plaid skirt.
Matthew felt his mouth go dry and his palms get sweaty. She did something to him, this fresh faced woman that he found incredibly sexy. Her red lipstick was a slash of bright color mimicking the red of the sweater. Until this moment, bright red lipstick screamed “tough broad, stay away” to Matthew but on this girl it whispered “come hither.”
“Matthew,” he squeaked out, extending his hand to shake hers. Thinking twice about it, he retracted his arm, running his palm against his pants swiftly, and hopefully surreptitiously, before he extended his hand again.
“Patty,” she responded, placing her soft fingers in his large palm. She shook like a girl. After all the bone-breaking handshakes Matthew had endured across the globe, this limp, fingers-only shake surprised him. She looked athletic, not tough but toned, and not sickly pale like most Chicagoans in winter. The handshake didn’t match the image and normally would have bothered him. Nothing about Patty bothered him. Everything about her bothered him.
Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.
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