I’m often asked where I get the settings for my stories. From real life is my usual answer. Today I’ll take you to visit the Latimer House on 126 S. 3rd St. in Wilmington, NC, home of my fictional Jackson and Abigail Henthorne of The Last Heiress. Having a real life mansion as a model makes setting the stage easier and far more accurate. The gardens, both side and back, the entrance to the subterranean level, the slave quarters, the interior rooms, and the porches all feature into my story. Of course, I embellished or changed a few details, because that’s what fiction writers do. But if you visit to the real life Latimer House, now home to the Wilmington Historical Society, I think you’ll agree I got the grand opulence of the mansion right-on-the-money!
The Latimer House, built in 1852 by local merchant Zebulon Latimer, is open to the public as an historic house exemplary of upper-class life in Wilmington during the Victorian period. With 14 furnished rooms the Latimer House lets you step back in time to a more elegant era. The house, built in the popular Italianate style, was designed with a central hallway on each floor with identical layouts on either side. The first floor contains the formal sitting and dining areas on the north side, used for entertaining and special occasions, and the less formal sitting rooms to the south.
If you are looking for a charming place for your meeting, luncheon, or party, then search no further than the Latimer House! The Victorian inspired garden is perfect for your special photography session, while the tearoom can accommodate guests in a historic atmosphere. Available seven days a week, but reservations are required. Call 910-762-0492 for more information or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, the house is not handicapped accessible. Next week, readers, we’ll be visiting downtown Wilmington, NC, where my handsome hero, Nathaniel Cooper had his delightful store. Stay tuned, and stay warm….. Mary
Hopefully plenty of you will have the day off, either for the holiday or due to the frigid temps in the North and East. Without further ado, I have plenty of winners to announce:
Lori Barnard, you’re the lucky winner of Deadly Echoesby Nancy Mehl. I have contacted you separately for your mailing addresses. I just know you’ll love this book. Congratulations.
And here are the 10 winners of The Last Heiressfrom my newsletter contest. If you’re a newsletter subscriber, whether recently or from the past, you were entered. I have contacted all 10 email addresses but if they don’t respond within a few days, I will pick alternate names.
Happy Tuesday, Readers….today Home Thoughts welcomes Nancy Mehl who has a new romantic suspense out that sounds wonderful! Tell us a little about Deadly Echoes:
After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller’s life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school. Sarah’s joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn’t know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed. As she learns more about Hannah’s death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents’ murder. Sarah enlists Paul’s help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul’s concern encourages Sarah’s growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide–even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.
Here’s a little about the author: Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored twenty books and just finished a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The first book in her Finding Sanctuary series, “Gathering Shadows” was released in May of 2014. The second book, “Deadly Echoes” became available in February. The third book, “Rising Darkness will release late in 2015. All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.” Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mehl-Fan-Page/124075957622557
What are you working on now: I’ve finished writing the third book in my Finding Sanctuary series and am awaiting editing notes from my publisher. Rising Darkness will be released in late 2015. I particularly love this book because it brings back a special character from a previous series. Sophie Wittenbauer, a teenager in my Road to Kingdom series, was a troubled girl searching for her identity. After the series ended, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d left Sophie’s story untold. I approached my wonderful editors at Bethany House, and they allowed me to move her from Kingdom, Kansas, to Sanctuary, Missouri. I hope my readers will enjoy finding out what happened to Sophie. I’ve also been writing cozy mysteries for Guideposts and am beginning my third book for them. Along with some other incredible authors, I’m working on a delightful Amish cozy mystery series that I am certain readers will love.
Thanks to all my lovely readers who left a comment for my guest last week, Kimberly Rose Johnson.
Leila Mae, you are our lucky winner of A Match for Meghan. That will be sent out to you.
Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already done so. I will be drawing 10 names of newsletter subscribers on February 15th for a signed copy of The Last Heiress, my historical romance set in North Carolina. You can sign up for my newsletter in the right-hand sidebar at my website. http://www.maryellis.net
Next week, I will be featuring another guest author with another drawing. Stay tuned…and stay warm. It’s only ten degrees in Ohio and we all know that’s not enough!