about the author
Patricia Beal has danced ballet since her childhood and has performed with pre-professional companies in South America, Europe, and the United States. She fell in love with a handsome airborne infantryman at Fort Bragg, married him, and quit her day job to have his babies. Soon came the desire to have book babies, too. Patricia is a Genesis Award semi-finalist, First Impressions finalist, and the author of A Season to Dance (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2017). She writes from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Share five of your favorites!
P: newspaper – Financial Times (It’s pink, guys! And, oh so European…)
movie – Midnight in Paris
scripture – Matthew 5:16
book quote – “Don’t be intimidated by other people’s opinions. Only mediocrity is sure of itself, so take risks and do what you really want to do.” ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph
bookish memory – My mom at every school bookfair saying I could get all the books I wanted.
B: Secondary characters are often some of my favorite characters to read as well!
What is your favorite activity or hobby not related to books?
P: Nature walks.
B: Me too! (except for the ticks and mosquitoes… they love me, bleck!)
Describe your current release in a few words.
P: Desert Willow is a love song to the City of El Paso, to family, and to Prince Harry.
B: That is an interesting combination, my friend!
Share an interesting writing moment for Desert Willow.
P: Desert Willow started as a NaNoWriMo project in 2015 and has a lot of my grandma’s history in it—life in the German colonies of the south of Brazil, the beginning of the shoe industry there, and the story of the most influential man her town has ever known, my great-grandfather.
And what does that have to do with El Paso and Prince Harry? Well, my Prince Harry lookalike, a young Army captain named Andrew Lee James who lives in El Paso, is helping the protagonist deliver her grandmother’s last love letter, a letter she was urged to write all those years ago after what happened in Brazil.
B: That is fascinating, Patricia! I didn’t even know Brazil had German colonies.
What is your reading style?
P: Audiobooks ?
B: You are a better listener than I am!
What’s your writing style?
P: Pantser ?
B: Hey, whatever gets the job done! Thank you so much for dropping in for a quick chat today, Patricia!
about the book
Desert Willow by Patricia Beal
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Release Date: February 12, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
After a failed engagement, Captain Andrew Lee James has focused on building a career in the Army he loves. That commitment includes helping a feisty, out-of-work ballerina whose devotion to her grandmother’s dying wish immediately grabs his heart. She’s the one, but will he be able to win the heart of a woman who has vowed to never be involved with a soldier?
College graduate Clara Malone swore to never love anyone in the military again but when her dying grandmother asks her to deliver a love letter to the general who broke her heart decades ago, she agrees and finds herself escorted by a handsome Army captain whose kindness challenges her beliefs. Surrounded by desert willows that shower her path with pretty pink flowers and sing with the buzzing of hummingbirds, Clara enjoys the wild beauty of El Paso—and her time with Andrew—more than expected.
Can she deliver her grandmother’s last love letter without losing her heart to a man who represents everything she fears?
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I’m so fascinated by this story’s historical Brazilian connections, let me know if you’ve read it or plan to, reader friends!
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