Contemporary Romantic Suspense
One man’s choices—One woman’s impact
Aden House, successful but driven chef and TV personality, refuses to slow down. His life implodes one night, damaging him both physically and emotionally. He’s rescued by a woman he thinks of as his angel.
Shay McDowell has rebuilt her life after her divorce. She juggles volunteer EMT duties and her job, while dreaming of becoming a chef. She finds her way to Rock House Grill and back into the life of the man she helped save.
Can love be the ingredient needed to survive the many obstacles they face?
I am so delighted to welcome D.V. Stone to the blog this week! Rock House Grill, celebrating its 1st birthday, was the winner for N.N. Lights Bookheaven 2020 Sweet Romance. I know you are going to love her book.
- Tell us three things we’d find if we looked under your heroine’s bed? How about the hero’s?
Under Shay’s bed, you’ll find her Go-Bag. She’s an EMT and never knows when she may be gone for more than a few hours. Lot’s of cooking and restaurant magazines. A box of keepsakes of her grandma.
Aden is a neat freak. Nothing is under his bed.
- What is the theme of this book? If it’s part of a series, how does this book fit into the series?
I want all my books to have a theme of hope and second chances. All the books will focus on a different couple. Still, the fraternal twins Aden and Olivia House will be in each story. Rock House Grill is the first book of the Impact Series. It introduces the House family and their circle of friends.
- Why do you write this genre? What inspired this story? Do you write any other genres?
I read in many genres, and that’s how I write. Rock House was inspired by NaNoWriMo and the need for speed. So it was writing what I know. I love that I branched into this genre. But I have other published books and works in progress that are fantasy, paranormal, and young adult.
- Any tips to share with fellow authors/aspiring authors? What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
Writing is many things other than the creative process. It’s marketing, social media that can be frustrating. Fear of what others may think of your work can be paralyzing. Don’t let frustration or fear keep you from living out your dream.
“Easy, you’re going to be okay.” A soft voice eased through the chaos around him. The owner of the voice grabbed his arms and held them in a firm but gentle grip. “I’m right here with you. You are not alone.”
“Can hardly m-move.” His voice slurred. “C-can’t see anything.”
“You’ve been in an accident. I’m an EMT with the ambulance squad,” the velvety voice calmly explained. “You can’t see well because we’re under a tarp. Hold still, okay?”
“‘K.” A small light flickered at the edge of his vision. It shone into a bag next to him. Penlight.
“You’re restrained to a board. It’s to keep your head from moving and causing more injury.” She continued to talk to him.
The voice reached down somewhere inside him, calming and peaceful, so he focused on it. A glow from spotlights on the outside lit whatever covered them. The shadow gave the woman the appearance of a halo—like an angel.
Hi, my name is D. V. Stone. I am a multi-genre author of two independently published books. Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar is a fantasy romance. Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery at Branch Lake is a mid-grade paranormal. Recently, Rock House Grill was released by Wild Rose Press. Rainbow Sprinkles, a novella released on July 8th. I also host Welcome to the Campfire and A Peek Through the Window, both weekly blogs. Here’s a little more about me.
Born in Brooklyn, D.V. Stone has moved around a bit and even lived for a time on a dairy farm in Minnesota before moving back east. Throughout her wandering, she always considered herself a Jersey Girl. She met and married the love of her life, Pete—a lifelong Jersey Man, and moved this time to Sussex County. They live with Hali, a mixed breed from the local shelter, and their cat Baby.
D.V.’s career path varied from working with the disabled to become a volunteer EMT, which in turn led to working in hospital emergency rooms and then in a women’s state prison. After a few years, she took a break from medicine and became the owner of Heavenly Brew, a specialty coffee shop in Sparta, NJ, and a small restaurant in Lafayette. Life handed some setbacks. She ended up back in the medical field, but this time in a veterinary emergency hospital.