Saturday, February 12, 2011

meet Naomi Musch

Naomi loves stories rich in American history, but writes in several other genres as well. Her recent novella, Heart Not Taken, is a contemporary romance. Naomi's aim is to surprise and entertain readers while telling stories about imperfect people who find hope and faith as they seek to overcome their struggles, whether the setting is past, contemporary, or even fantastic.

For that reason, she also enjoys sharing true accounts of changed lives for the Midwestern Christian newspaper, Living Stones News, and encouraging homeschooling families and young writers in other non-fiction venues.

Together, she and her husband Jeff celebrate thirty years of romance and continue to enjoy epic adventures around their home in the Wisconsin woods with their five young adults. She invites readers to say hello and find out more about her stories, passions, and other writing venues at www.naomimusch.com or to look her up on Facebook (Naomi Musch) and Twitter (NMusch).

The Green Veil

Lumberman's daughter, Colette Palmer has understood the industry since her youth -- and she's always loved timber cruiser Manason Kade -- even though he only remembers her as a child. Leaving Michigan to settle with her family in the Wisconsin wilderness, and separated from him by miles and years, compassion compels her to marry another.

Manason longs to plant roots of his own in Wisconsin Territory. But when he stakes his claim and challenges the illegal log harvesting of a rival company, Colette's husband swears to ruin him. Then one day Manason and Colette meet again. Now, she will have to choose between her first love and her commitment to her marriage vows, while her faith and an empire in pine hang in the balance.

Here's an excerpt of The Green Veil:

Prologue

1848

Pain seared Colette's temples, neck, and shoulders. Behind her eyelids, everything blazed like a powder keg of dynamite going off inside her. Explosions roared and blasts glared -- red, and now and then a streak of hot white. She stirred on the bed, and her satin dress rustled.

"Wear the dress, Lettie."

She picked it up and held it before her in front of the oval mirror, noticing how the crimson sleeves would drop off her shoulders, and the bodice would all but reveal every inch of her form. The rest of the dress was cut to accentuate her womanliness, and the rustle of the fabric caressed her skin when it stirred.

"They all admire you. Tonight, I don't want them to be able to take their eyes off you."

"You would put me on such a display?"

A condescending laugh rippled out of him, and she pinched her eyes shut.

"A display? You want to help me succeed, don't you?"

"It's so degrading."

"Degrading." He didn't shout the word, yet it seemed so. "You never want to please me."

"I do."

"No. If you wanted to please me, you would do these simple things I ask of you."

"But—"

He stepped up behind her and slid his fingers over her shoulders.

"Vashti," he whispered. He tipped his lips to her neck and nuzzled her skin. "My Vashti. Wear the dress." His use of that name sliced into her. He caught her gaze in the mirror and entwined one multi-faceted ringlet around his finger, stroking it against the curve of her jaw. "And leave some of your hair down. Just enough to tickle you here... and here..."


His words echoed in time with the blood pulsing through the bruise on her cheek.

They all looked at her. There was no mistaking the hungry thoughts barely veiled in the eyes of the men as they regarded her. The women whispered behind fans and gloved hands, and she felt their rebuff.

Shame. Flooding her. Turning her cheeks crimson, which only seemed to attract more of their attention.

"Dance with the gentlemen, Lettie. It pleases me. That's all I'm asking. Only dance."


So she'd danced. But somehow, even that hadn't pleased him. Somehow, she'd done something wrong.

Tears crept out from under her swollen eyelids, and her shoulders rocked with quiet sobs. How had she come to this place? What had happened to all the dreams she used to harbor?

God, how could I have been so wrong?

Images from another life, a life she'd lived a long, long time ago, hurtled through the blare of her thoughts -- images of a small town with a street covered in pine dust, of a white house on a hill and a trip across the great lake into the shroud of forest where she'd first met her destiny.

A key turned in the lock of the door. Colette wished she could reclaim that other time from the foggy past. But now it was too late. She could never go there again.

Her body convulsed in a shudder as she willed her tears to cease. The door brushed open across the carpeted floor, and her husband treaded softly across the room.

You can purchase The Green Veil from Amazon.

Naomi is giving away a copy of The Green Veil. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

37 comments:

Meredith said...

Great excerpt! I can't wait to read it!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great read!
Sunny

Maureen said...

He sounds abusive! What teaser!
Please include me!


alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

Katy said...

Wow, that excerpt is a teaser! Please enter me in this giveaway!! :-)

~ Katy
From Florida

cjajsmommy said...

The excerpt drew me in. Please enter me in the drawing.

Marianne said...

Would like to read something by this new author (new to me) thanks for giving me this chance to win this book. mitz_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

diana said...

I'm with the others...that excerpt was great! Please enter me!


dianalflowers@aol.com

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

This sounds like a great book. Would love to win a copy!
atouchofheaven2010[at]gmail[dot]com

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Perfect choice for an excert, can't wait to read the whole thing!!
atouchofheaven2010[at]gmail[dot]com
Mary B.

lgm52 said...

Sounds great...would love to read it!
lgm52@hotmail.com

Jordan said...

Looks like a great book!

Jordan
lizzielaura(at)yahoo(dot)com

Elaine Cooper said...

Oh, I am hooked! Please enter me in the drawing.

Joanne Sher said...

Ooooh - sounds good :) Enter me.

amber said...

So I need to know what happens next!!!! I'd love to win!!

afren07[at]gmail[dot]com

apple blossom said...

love to be entered thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lynn said...

Looking forward to reading this. Please enter me in to giveaway.

Lynn S.
Wisconsin

tlshold@msn.com

Charity said...

Please enter me:) Thanks so much!

esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

Pam K. said...

Thanks for the interview and the book excerpt. "The Green Veil" sounds intriguing. I've not read any books by Naomi but would like to win and read this one.
Thanks.

pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Naomi Musch said...

It's so fun to read everyone's comments. Thanks to everybody for participating! I wish I could give you all a copy. :)

Tammy Keup said...

WOW! I love it so far. It grabbed me right away. I am excited to read it:)

diana said...

I live in SC where there is alot of Civil War history, so I'm excited about reading the book in the series that takes place during that time, but first I have to win the The Green Veil! Thanks!


dianalflowers@aol.com

Trinity Rose said...

Greetings,
This sounds like a wonderful book.
I was born and raised in Northern WI, about an hour North of Green Bay. Live in OH now.
Thanks for the super giveaway.
Trinity Rose
wandaelaine at gmail dot com

debijackson said...

sounds terrific

jude said...

Great interview from each of you! Naomi, your book sounds wonderful. I want to read it. Congratulations on your success.
Jude

Linda Kish said...

Please include me

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

windycindy said...

I would love to live in the
Wisconsin woods like Naomi and her
family! It is such a beautiful
state... I would love to read her book one in the Empire in Pine
Series.
Thanks very much!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Katy said...

Ohh, sounds REALLY good! Please enter me!

~ Katy
legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

Katy said...

Happy Birthday, Jim!

~ Katy
legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

diana said...

Happy Birthday, Jim, and also Carman sent me!


dianalflowers@aol.com

diana said...

Also sent Jim's new book to your email Patty!

dianalflowers@aol.com

PriviesAndPrims said...

Thanks for offering the book as a giveaway!
I'd love to win!

Carman sent me. :)

Blessings,
Doreen

30somethingmom said...

I've added this book to my wishlist! would love the chance to read it!

Mary Ann... said...

I'd love to read it! Please enter me.

smdiloreto(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me. Amy Parks

Sherree said...

Found you through Carmen. Would love to read your book and do a review on my blog.

Wynter said...

Please enter me to win!

wynter@wynteradelle.com

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