Today, we interview the lovely Penny Ehrenkranz. She has three short stories: Love Delivery, Lady In Waiting, and Mirror, Mirror that look really fascinating. Personally, I have my eye on Mirror, Mirror. Readers, leave a comment at the end of this blog for a chance to win one of Penny’s e-books.
Welcome, Penny. So nice to finally have the opportunity to interview you. Tell us about your three books, starting with the most recent.
Stephanie, first I want to thank you for inviting me to talk about my books on your blog. I will pick one person who leaves a comment as the winner of one of my books. I will send any one of the three featured today, so your readers need to let me know which of the three they would prefer to receive if chosen.
My three romance novels (available from MuseItUP Publishing) are all in different subgenres. Mirror, Mirror is a time travel romance; Lady In Waiting is an historical romance, and Love Delivery is a contemporary romance.
Lindsey Baker is intrigued by everything about the middle ages, but when she purchases an antique mirror and a costume to attend a Renaissance Faire, she suddenly finds herself transported back in time. There she learns she’s been called by a witch to right a terrible wrong.
Graham loves Prudence, but he can’t marry her because he’s landed gentry, and she is only the baker’s daughter. Before Lindsey can return to her own time, she must convince Graham to marry against his father’s wishes. Unfortunately, she also finds herself falling for the handsome gentleman.
Can she find her way back to her own time, or will she be stuck in a time when women had no rights?
Lady In Waiting:
Mabriona is cousin to the beautiful and spoiled Princess Alana. When Alana is forced to marry a man she despises, Mabriona is torn between her loyalty to her cousin and her attraction to the handsome Prince Blayne.
Tragedy befalls the cousins on the way to Prince Blayne’s castle. Servants, believing Mabriona to be Alana, refuse to listen when she tries to explain.
While she waits for Blayne to recover, Mabriona meets his equally handsome younger brother, Madoc, a bard.
When Blayne awakes, will Mabriona choose life with a future king, will she be sent home in disgrace because of her inadvertent lies, or will Madoc win her love with his poetry?
A waitress in a donut shop, Ann is happy with her single life and her cat, Mittens, until she finds herself interested in Tom, the handsome man who makes deliveries to the shop. Unfortunately, Tom comes with some baggage, including five cats; Maria, his vicious ex-wife; and Maria’s adorable daughter he calls Kitten.
When Maria is hired at the donut shop and learns Ann and Tom are beginning a relationship, she does everything she can to tear them apart. Will Ann and Tom’s love prevail, or will the evil ex-wife win in the end? Love Delivery is a sweet romance, which will bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your lips.
I can’t imagine going back to a time when women had no rights. Must have been tough.
I have to agree. I used to think it would be fun to live in a different century, but the more I’ve read about different times, the more I enjoy living now. In the timeline of human history, it hasn’t been very long that women have had the right to vote, own property, and make their own choices. At least not in Western civilization. I do know there are some cultures that are matriarchal and women have had more rights than men.
Now that we know what you do in your ‘imagined’ life, I’d love to know what real life is like for you. You talk about cats in one of your novels, do you have one?
I retired in 2008 from my position as Office Manager of our County District Attorney’s Office. I thought I would have so much more time for my own writing, but now I wonder how I ever got anything done when I was working! For several years after retiring, I did work as an editor for a couple of publishing houses, but this past winter, I “retired” again, and now, I only take on an occasional free lance editing job.
We do have animals. Right now, we have two small dogs which are Lhasa Apso and Poodle mix: Ricky and Lucy. At certain times in our married life, we have had over a dozen cats. Now, we are down to just two: Loki and Tyra. I can’t imagine not having animals in our home. Over the years, we’ve had rabbits, birds, ducks, goats, fish, a turtle, and of course, there are always a couple of dogs and cats. Some of the stories Tom tells about his cats in Love Delivery are things our cats have done. My children’s picture book, Boo’s Bad Day, is based on an event which happened to another of our cats during an ice storm.
We also have three grandchildren who are, naturally, adorable and ever so bright. I love spending time with them and often watch the two who live nearby. Until last November, I was primary caretaker for my 98-year-old mom, but we had to have help, and she now lives in a nursing facility where she is surrounded by her peers and lots of caring staff.
When I’m not gardening, I spend a lot of time reading, and I also enjoy crocheting and sewing crafts.
Where can we buy your books?
Mirror, Mirror, Love Delivery, and Lady in Waiting are all available at MuseItUP Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online bookstores. (Links are above for MuseItUP’s bookstore.)
My children’s picture book: Boo’s Bad Day, is available from 4RV Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, online bookstores, and can be ordered for delivery to any brick and mortar bookstore.
My collection of short stories: A Past and A Future is available on Smashwords as an eBook and through Sam’s Dot Publishing as a print book
Thanks, Penny. It’s been charming to have you. I can’t wait to read your books.