Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents: Fortuna by Elaine Cantrell

Please welcome Elaine Cantrell author of Fortuna.

Elaine Cantrell will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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by Elaine Cantrell


GENRE: Romantic comedy



What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I was a teacher for 35 years. I didn’t teach English, but it was one of my favorite subjects so I had a good grasp on the mechanics of writing. I don’t think that’s my major expertise, though. That comes from my mother. She took my sister and me to the library every single week. She made a treat out of it, so we started to associate reading with something fun and wonderful. To this day I think reading is super special and feel sorry for people who don’t read. They have no idea what they’re missing. So, my best expertise is my life long exposure to good books.


  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?


I retired last year, and so did my husband. If I can talk him into it, I want to buy a small camper and go where the wind blows us. I’d love to head West and eventually end up in California where I’d take the Pacific Coast Highway north. Doesn’t that sound like fun to you? Now if I can convince that man to play along…

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I’ve been thinking that I’d like to self publish a book. So far all of mine are published by small publishers, but I’d like to be even more involved in the publishing process. However, it sounds like a lot of work so I may not.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?


I would love to be Elizabeth Lane from Return Engagement. Elizabeth had a rough childhood, but she got lucky when she fell in love with Richard Lovinggood. Richard has every character trait I ever wanted in a man, and he’s gorgeous too. He treats Elizabeth like a queen. She never worries about anything because she knows he has her back.


The same thing can be said for Cade in Fortuna. Aimee relies on him to be her rock after she’s dumped in a world she really doesn’t understand, and he never lets her down.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?


That’s hard! There are so many beautiful actors and actresses to pick from, but I think Emma Stone would be perfect for Aimee. She has an expression on her face that makes me think she’s a little bit like my Aimee. Zac Efron would make a nice Rocky. (Rocky is Aimee’s fiancé.) Efron looks a lot like I imagine Rocky would look. Cade, the guy who causes Aimee to question her loyalty to Rocky would be played by Jake Gyllenhaal, and June (You really do need to meet June.) would be played by Australian actress Melissa Bergland.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?


I love to renovate old homes and make them beautiful again. Right now I’m in the process of renovating my own home. I was going full steam ahead until I got to the kitchen, and there everything broke down. That’s going to be one big mess! Anyway, Fortuna, the home Rocky bought for him and Aimee, is almost beyond salvage. The house leans to one side, the floors have holes in them, the kitchen was remodeled in 1920, and there’s no working bath. They do have an outhouse, though, and a secret room that comes in mighty handy when their past catches up to them.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

LOL. I have lots of favorites. To pick just one feels a little like picking one child over the other.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?
  2. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

Absolutely. In Fortuna the black moment comes after Cade declares his feelings for Aimee. She’s engaged to another man and isn’t ready to hear a declaration of love even though anyone with eyes to see knows that she’s desperately in love with Cade, not Rocky. After Cade declares himself, they have no contact with each other until an unexpected visit from an old enemy forces them to come together and confront their feelings.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

I love reality TV! My husband can’t understand it. When I watch a reality show he runs upstairs so he doesn’t have to watch. If I have to pick one I think it’s Naked and Afraid. What is it about that program that makes people like it? Beats me, but I do like to watch it. I also like Deadliest Catch and a British baking competition whose name I can’t remember.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

I’ve only written one series, and it was never really marketed as a series. I have book three finished, and I intend to talk to the publisher to see what we can do about that. If I gave the series a names I guess I’d call it The Lovinggoods. I didn’t set out to write the series, but it ended up being three books because I couldn’t let the characters go. I still like to pull one of the books from the shelf and revisit my old friends.




Aimee Sherwood never dreamed that following her fiancé into the witness protection pro-gram would land her in a haunted house in a town that’s downright creepy. She’d have laughed if she had been told the guy who lives down the road might be her soul mate, not the man whose ring she’s wearing. Life in West Virginia is nothing like life in Los Angeles, but between bean ball battles with Marilyn Monroe, remodeling a crumbling farmhouse, and starting a new online business, life in the country is anything but boring.






Cade held out his arm to Aimee. “Ma’am, I would be delighted to show you the gazebo. Do take my arm. The ground is rather uneven.”


“Why, thank you, sir.”


As they strolled toward the gazebo, Aimee allowed the setting to mesmerize her and capture her imagination. What would it have been like to attend this party in the year 1860? Would the threat of war have lent a spice of excitement to the festivities that made ordinary activities like visiting the gazebo seem new and romantic?


Cade indicated a built-in bench, which circled the inside of the gazebo. “Would you like to sit down?”


Aimee sat and gathered her skirts around her, admiring the rustle of her long, crinoline petticoat. She patted the space beside her. “Sit beside me.”


Cade bowed. “You honor me, Miss Sherwood.”


“You may call me Miss Aimee, sir.”


“Miss Aimee, then.” He raised her hand to his lips and kissed it.


Aimee’s heart took off in a mad gallop. She felt heat rising from her chest and knew it colored her face an inconvenient shade of red. Oh! My! Goodness! All he’d done was kiss her hand, and she was melting. If only she hadn’t left her fan at Miss Gladys’ table.


Cade kept hold of her hand even though she’d expected him to let go of it. His calloused fingers felt so male, so strong, so warm that another wave of heat washed over her and almost took her breath away.


“You look beautiful tonight, Miss Aimee. There’s not a woman at the party who can touch you.”


Was it her imagination or had he moved a bit closer to her?


“Your eyes sparkle like blue diamonds, and I love those curls of yours. You’ve captured the sunshine.” He reached for her ponytail and bounced her curls in the palm of his hand.


Breathe. She mustn’t forget to breathe.





AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators and Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.


Find Elaine at the following locations:






Elaine Cantrell will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




10 comments on “Christine Presents: Fortuna by Elaine Cantrell

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    April 26, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    April 26, 2016

    When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

    • Elaine Catrell
      April 27, 2016

      I always wanted to write! I dictated my first story to my father before I started first grade..

    • Elaine Catrell
      April 27, 2016

      Forever ago! I dictated my first story to my father before I started first grade.

  3. Victoria
    April 26, 2016

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. momjane
    April 26, 2016

    What a fun excerpt.

  5. Elaine Catrell
    April 27, 2016

    Thanks so much for hosting me today. I enjoyed your interview questions very much.

  6. achristay
    April 27, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

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