Monday, November 8, 2021

Augustina Van Hoven and her New Release

Augustina Van Hoven was born in The Netherlands and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and pets.   She is an avid reader of romance, science fiction and fantasy.  When she’s not writing she likes to work in her garden or in the winter months crochet and knit on her knitting machines.

Character Interview

Beverley: What’s your name?

Annabelle: My name is Annabelle O’Sullivan but people call me Anna.

Beverley: Where did you grow up?

Annabelle: I grew up in New York.

Beverley: During what time period does your story take place?

Annabelle: It begins in my time which is 1925, but somehow I end up in 2019.

Beverley: What’s your story/back story?

Annabelle: I’ve been employed as a governess for the Thomas Mason and have taken care of his only daughter, Mary, for the last five years. I was very happy there. Now, I’m in a strange place and time.

Beverley: Why would someone come up with a story about you?

Annabelle: Someone would tell my story because I traveled through time.

Beverley: What’s your goal in this story?

Annabelle: At first, I only wanted to get back home. But after I got to know Olivia and Daniel, I wanted to stay with them.

Beverley: What conflicts are you facing?

Annabelle: I have to learn how to survive in this strange time.

Beverley: Do you have a plan for resolving them?

Annabelle: I don’t know how I got here and have no idea how to get home.

Beverley: Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?

Annabelle: I’m a good cook and I love children.

Blurb for The Christmas Kiss

What happens under the mistletoe…

When a sledding accident catapults governess Annabelle O’Sullivan ninety-four years into the future, she panics. She doesn’t know how to get back to 1925, and she doesn’t know how to survive in the twenty-first century. Annabelle must depend on the kindness of a stranger and his daughter, and she repays that kindness the only way she knows how: by making a home. The longer she stays, the less she wants to leave. But can she trust this stranger with her life?

Since the death of his wife, Daniel Wagner has shut down his heart to everyone except his daughter, Olivia. Other women—including some of his employees at the ski lodge he manages—have angled for his attention. But Daniel found avoidance easy, until he was forced to rescue an unconscious woman lying in a snowdrift by the side of the road. Although the stranger seems to have no past, Daniel soon finds himself thinking about a present—and a future—with her.  

Excerpt from The Christmas Kiss

         There were two more pictures of the manor house and then a newspaper clipping. Daniel held up the paper. “It says here that the governess disappeared from the house, and they were still searching for her. Someone wrote the date in ink on the side: January 7, 1926. Wow, this article is nearly one hundred years old.”

         The hair on the back of Anna’s neck rose.

         Daniel picked up the next few photos, looking at the barn, the carriage house, and the mill. The next newspaper clipping was folded over, and when he lifted it, a photo fell out. He picked it up and looked at it. Then he froze.

         He kept glancing back and forth between the photo in his hands and the woman sitting across from him. Was he looking at ghost or a doppelgänger?

         Whatever it was, she knew. Anna was staring at him with terror in her eyes, like a cornered animal who knew it was about to die. He set the photo down and picked up the article. The headline read Governess disappears from Mason house. He started to read out loud.

         On December 2, Mrs. Burns, the housekeeper for Thomas Mason, owner of Mason Industries, reported the disappearance of the governess, Annabelle O’Sullivan, from the estate in the early afternoon. Miss O’Sullivan and her charge, Mary Mason, only child of Thomas Mason, went sledding on a hill not far from the manor house. There was a sledding accident. Mary Mason was not injured but told authorities that her governess disappeared after the sled became airborne. Authorities have searched the area with dogs and found no trace of the missing governess. She is twenty-five years old and described as fair-skinned with red hair and green eyes. Anyone seeing a young woman matching that description is urged to contact the local sheriff’s department.

         Daniel set down the article and stared at Anna.

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