Guest Eden Carson is a self-published author of historical romance. Her upcoming release, Widow, Spy, & Lover. placed second in the Laurie Award contest sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Chapter of RWA. She also placed second place in the Silken Sands Readers’ Choice contest sponsored by the Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA and was a Quarterfinalist in the ABNA Romance Category for 2012 for her first novel, Untamed Journey. Eden has a unique writing venue to share.
I write in a café four mornings a week on a tiny laptop, before heading off for the day job in IT. I switch up the café sometimes for a new view out the window, but most days, I end up in the Bad Ass Coffee around the corner. Their tables are not crunched together and the music not so loud that I can’t block it out while I immerse myself in my book world (the scones are awesome, too). There’s also a four-man IT company working out of this same café, most days, so there must be something special in their brand of caffeine.
As I was finishing up the final touches on my latest book, Widow, Spy, & Lover, I learned the name of one of the ladies that works in the café – Much to my surprise, it was Savannah, which is also where my book starts off. I figure that’s a good sign and Bad Ass Coffee is now my ‘desk’ of choice.
Eden’s featured story, Widow, Spy, & Lover, is a historical romance set in the West during the Civil War. While she finished Widow, Spy, & Lover in ten months, her first romance, Untamed Journey, took three years to complete. Her plan is to complete one story each year.
The year is 1864. The place – the Deep South. There’s typhoid in the town, soldiers at the door, and a dead husband in the springhouse. When gun smugglers come calling, Morgan Edgeworth has only one thing to barter – a deadly knowledge of bomb-making no woman should have.
To escape a violent past and protect his brother, Liam Griffin crosses an ocean to America — only to step off the boat into the middle of a deadly war. The Irishman is forced to join the North – as scout, tactician, and the gun guarding his brother’s back.
When Griffin steps into the Bleu Pig Tavern, he’s looking for information. What he finds is a woman – An elegant southern lady serving whiskey to thieves and deserters. She’s beautiful, well-spoken, and entirely out-of-place in a rowdy tavern. As she circles the room, pausing only for hurried conversations with men in Confederate uniforms, Griffin is forced to look beyond his interest in Morgan as a woman. Could she know something about the black powder making its way up the Mississippi?
When Griffin rescues Morgan from a dangerous situation, he offers his protection in exchange for information. Can she survive on her own, or should she trust the charming Irishman to keep his word?
Widow, Spy, & Lover is an action-packed romance that begins during the Civil War in Union-occupied Louisiana, and ends on the Texas frontier. It’s about fresh starts. Love and Redemption. And the meaning of family. There’s adventure, humor, romance, and passion.