Lisa: We’re so pleased to have author Ruby Moone joining us today on the tour for her latest release, Promises. Welcome, Ruby! Let’s start by having you tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
Ruby: I wracked my brains a bit for this one. I’m fairly sure that none of you know that when I was eleven, I played the trombone in the school concert band. The box it came in was nearly as big as me and I had to carry it to and from school on the bus. I kept forgetting to pick it up out of the luggage compartment when I got off though, so the lost property lady got to know me quite well!
Lisa: What’s your favorite scene in Promises, and what makes it a fave?
I think my favourite scene is where Charles and Sebastian kiss for the first time. I absolutely adored writing both of them. They were perfect for each other but couldn’t see it. Hopelessly in love with each other but couldn’t admit it. This is the scene in the book. Charles has trouble sleeping as he is plagued by nightmares from his time fighting Napoleon, and he often goes walking in the garden in the middle of the night. Sebastian has seen him before, seen his pain and loneliness, but this time can bear it no longer and goes to him.
Lisa: Lovely! Would you care to share an excerpt from the scene with us?
The Excerpt: “Can’t sleep?” Sebastian’s voice was low and rough.
Hawkins shook his head. His gaze never shifted from Sebastian’s. There was such loneliness and longing, such yearning in those slate grey depths. Sebastian moved closer, like he would approach a nervous animal. When Hawkins didn’t move, just stood there staring at him, Sebastian reached out slowly, slowly, and placed a hand on his jaw. Hawkins eyes fluttered closed for a second, then opened again as he leaned into the caress a fraction. Sebastian’s heart leaped. He moved cautiously, angling his head, giving him time to pull away, shout, thump him… He did none of those things. He waited. Waited for the kiss he knew was coming and Sebastian’s heart clenched in his chest so tightly it hurt.
Their lips touched gently, and held for a moment, before Sebastian pulled away. Hawkins’ arms came up around his waist, and Sebastian leaned in and kissed him again, this time more firmly. Hawkins mouth opened on a soft sigh and Sebastian moaned. He pulled back and gently removed Hawkins’ glasses. He dropped them on the bench. He looked different without them. Younger. Sebastian moved slowly again and kissed him. This time in earnest. All the pent-up longing, aching and need poured into one long kiss that was utter perfection. Hawkins was in his arms and he breathed in the scent of his skin. Felt the muscle of his chest, the scrub of his chin, the long, hard length pressed against his. It was unimaginably perfect.
Lisa: Thanks so much for sharing that with us. What are your least and most favorite things about being an author?
Ruby: That’s a tough one! I think that my favourite thing about being an author is seeing characters come to life. They start out in my head with an initial scene and grow from there. My first draft is me telling myself the story, and getting to know the characters, and then the hard work of shaping the story starts. I love that stage. I love it when i’ve got to know then, know what their story is, and I can get it down properly onto the page. I lose myself for days on end doing this and it really is immense fun. My least favourite part is waiting to see what people think of it. Once the story is published, and out there, I’m a wreck!!
Lisa: Describe your ideal fantasy writing environment—the beach in Monaco, a sidewalk café in Paris, a thatched cottage in the English countryside—wherever you can dream of.
Ruby: I think my ideal fantasy writing environment would be on the English seaside where I can actually look out over the sea as I write. Where I can go for long walks on the beach to work out knotty plot problems, and then go to a lovely English pub in the evening to sit by the fire, have a large glass of red wine, and read.
Lisa: If you could choose one of your books to be adapted for film or television, which would you choose? Why do you think it would translate well to film?
Ruby: If I could have one of my books made into a film, it would be Thief of Hearts. I think this would translate well as it’s filled with action and gorgeous characters. A jewel thief who refuses to believe he is in love, an innocent footman who likes to dress as a woman, wrongful accusations and broken hearts with a chase from a country estate to the heights of London society. If that’s not enough, our protagonists unearth a spy ring, get thrown in prison and narrowly escape the gallows, all aided and abetted by a particularly talented trans housekeeper!
Lisa: Thanks for dropping in today, Ruby, it’s been a pleasure! And readers, don’t forget to check out the details of Ruby’s giveaway below.
About the Book
Length: 32k words approx.
Publisher: JMS Books
Blurb: Captain Charles Hawkins has returned from the Napoleonic wars desperate for solitude. When the man who saved his life asks a favour, he feels honour bound to agree, but the request fills him with horror.
Sebastian Farrah knows the only useful thing he can do with his life is join Wellington’s army. He has tried everything else and failed. He agrees to his brother’s ridiculous request to spend a month in the country because it is the only way his brother will agree to purchase him a commission.
Charles and Sebastian clash but quickly form a bond that deepens into much more. However, they are running out of time. Charles begs Sebastian to stay, but Sebastian knows to do so he will be forced to reveal what it is that stopped him from succeeding in everything. The shameful secret he carries from the schoolroom.
About the Author
My name is Ruby Moone and I love books. All kinds of books. My weakness is for romance, and that can be any kind, but I am particularly fond of historical and paranormal. I decided to write gay romance after reading some fantastic books and falling in love with the genre, so am really thrilled to have my work published here. The day job takes up a lot of my time, but every other spare moment finds me writing or reading. I live in the north west of England with my husband who thinks that I live in two worlds. The real world and in the world in my head…he probably has a point!