Interview with historical romance author Holly Bush

I have a quick-hitting interview with historical romance author Holly Bush today as she tours her novel Cross the Ocean.


Holly will be giving away one $50
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Bio:
Holly
Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room
in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality
industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales
and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with
building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from
twenty-two states, booked two years out.  Holly has been a marketing
consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.
Holly
has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of
fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has
written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She
frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a
writer’s group.
Holly
is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library
board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two
daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

Blurb for Crossing the Ocean.
1871 . . . Worlds collide when American Suffragette, Gertrude
Finch, and titled Brit Blake Sanders meet in an explosive encounter that may
forever bind them together. Gertrude Finch escorts a young relative to London
and encounters the stuffy Duke of Wexford at his worst. Cross the Ocean is the
story of an undesired, yet undeniable attraction that takes Blake and Gertrude
across an ocean and into each other’s arms.

Excerpt from Crossing the Ocean.
Blake
went to the stables, had his horse saddled, and rode to Anthony’s estate. Maybe Elizabeth will ask me to stay for
dinner
, he thought. Then she’ll go to bed, and Anthony and I can drink a
bottle of brandy and get stewed. He could stay there if he couldn’t ride home.
A room was kept ready for him with a fresh change of clothes. Blake smiled and
felt better than he had in days.  
As
the butler escorted Blake down the hall of Anthony’s home to the drawing room,
he heard a loud but feminine . . . snort and Elizabeth’s trill laughter in
reply. Damn. He remembered now. A cousin of Elizabeth’s from America, sent as
an escort to another cousin, was staying with them. Anthony had described and
dreaded the arrival of Cousin Gertrude with horror. A spinster remotely
connected to Elizabeth’s father’s side, she was big, bold and here for a month.
Her arrival had curtailed Anthony’s visits.
Blake
stopped and hissed at the butler. “Think I’ve changed my mind, Jenkins. I don’t
want to disturb their company.”
“Quite
the coward are we, Your Grace? Leave your life-long friend alone with this
Amazon from America.” Jenkins stared as he spoke. “In any case they saw you
ride up the drive.”
Jenkins
spoke his mind to all including Anthony and Elizabeth. There’d be no expecting
servile behavior for him. “I’m sure you did not miss the opportunity to point
out my arrival,” Blake said.
 “Of course not, Your Grace.” The butler opened
the drawing room doors with a flourish. “The Duke of Wexford.”
“Blake,”
Anthony said and jumped to pump Blake’s hand. “I am so very happy you are
here.”
Blake
watched the woman sitting beside Elizabeth stand, and walk across the room to
him. She was every inch as tall as he, and Anthony made the introductions. She
held out her hand. Blake grasped it and bent to place a kiss there and was
surprised when she began to shake it, hitting him squarely in the nose. Blake
covered his face with his hand.
“Oh,
dear,” Miss Gertrude Finch exclaimed. She threw a look at her cousin Elizabeth.
Welcome, Holly. What is the first
book you remember making an indelible impression on you?
One
of the first novels I read that had significant impression on me was Agnes
Sligh Turnbull’s The Rolling Years. It was the first time I was lost, literally
lost, in a story, and especially as it was set in the 1850s. I’d never read a
historical novel before. I was mesmerized. Another one I read early that I
vividly remember was Christy by Catherine Marshall about the young teacher in
the Smoky Mountains at the turn of the twentieth century.
If you could only eat
one food the rest of your life, what would it be?
Steak.
I like them all. I like t-bones and strip steaks and chopped steak. I’m a
carnivore from way back.
If you were a
shifter, what animal would you like to be?
I’m
not sure what a shifter is, but I’m guessing it’s a person that can become an
animal. So if I get to choose an animal to be it would be a cat. My cats live
like queens.
Favorite season? Why?
I
love fall. I don’t know whether it’s the smell of the leaves or my intense love
affair with sweaters, but Iate September to mid-November is my favorite.
Although, I love spring, too, when the crocus are pushing up through snow and
daffodils are blooming. Hmmm. It’s a toss-up.
Best
movie ever made?
Ang
Lee’s 1995 depiction of Jane Austen’s Sense
and Sensibility
is my all-time favorite. From the music to the casting to
the costumes to the script. The acting was superb as was the cinematography. Is
there a more nuanced depiction of love and love’s foes, money and power, ever
told? Emma Thompson’s screenplay triumphs.

What are some ways readers can connect with you or find out more about your writing?
I’m on Twitter: @hollybushbooks
Thanks, Holly. Happy touring!

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7 thoughts on “Interview with historical romance author Holly Bush

  1. Karen H says:

    Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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