She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.
Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue—until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine—and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.
Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support—Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings—and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…
1.Tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart, book #1) is a new adult paranormal tale of love, determination, and dark magic rooted in a family’s mysterious past.
2. What would be the theme song for your book?
I’m going to go with Demons by Imagine Dragons. But if you want a better feel for my novel, listen to the A HOLD ON ME playlist on Spotify:
3. What is your favorite YA movie and why?
My favorite recent YA movie was Divergent. I’m a sucker for kickass action and strong women.
4. What are you currently writing?
I’m in the last stage of polishing BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (Dark Heart, book #2). This book starts only a few weeks after the first book ends. The darkness is deepening and so is the romance. I can’t wait to share it with readers.
5. What are you currently reading?
I just started reading DANGEROUS LIES by Becca Fitzpatrick. No spoilers, please! I’m loving the setting and characters, and I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble the main character, Stella, is headed for.
Thanks for the interview Pat. A HOLD ON ME sounds amazing. I look forward to reading your book, and hope to have you back for a review!
PAT ESDEN is an antique-dealing florist by trade. She’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.
Her new adult paranormal novel, A HOLD ON ME (book #1 in the Dark Heart series) is coming February 23 from Kensington Books and BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (book #2 Dark Heart series) will be released August 30th.