Finally: Contemporary Romance for Women Over Forty!
“I absolutely loved Ivy…She makes bold moves that other women could only WISH to make, making her a character who a reader can enjoy living vicariously through.” ~ A Well Read Woman, 5 stars
Ever Have to Choose Between Work and Love?
After years of working at the US Embassy in London, forty-two-year-old American Ivy Cross is desperate for change. She longs to recapture her adventurous spirit and spice up her life before this little rut turns into a gaping chasm.
Madrid-based CEO Ruben Alegre both infuriates and intoxicates her, and if he only lived closer she’d consider risking her heart.
When the opportunity for an incredible new job in Berlin arrives in the form of sexy Christof Brandt, she wonders if the offer is too good to be true. Her Late Bloomer friends are split down the middle, offering support but no clear decision.
Will she find a future with Ruben? Start a new career in hip and gritty Berlin?
There are no easy answers, but Ivy can’t deny that her life is about to change in a very big way.
Note: The Late Bloomers Series of contemporary romance are standalone novels and do not have to be read in order. But they are more fun if you do!
NOTE: All books in this series can be read as standalone novels and do not have to be read in order. But they are more fun if you do!
An Interview with the Author
Q: Why do you write books for women over forty? There aren’t many books like yours out there.
BT: Why do most of the good love stories happen to women under thirty? It’s not like we stop loving and living after that age. And we certainly don’t stop reading.
Q: What’s so different about writing for women over forty?
BT: For one thing, we have already lived half a life. That means relationships, career, love, loss, and the kind of wisdom that isn’t possible in our younger years. We’ve had wins. We’ve had losses. We also know what’s important and what’s just window dressing. It is a complex and powerful time in a woman’s life, and love and work and family and friendship make it even more so. It is no coincidence that women want to make big changes at this time, and that is a ripe field from which to harvest a good story.
Q: How much of the Late Bloomers Series stories come from your own experience?
BT: My lifestyle is a little unusual. I left the US at the age of forty with nothing but a backpack and a husband. We traveled the world for four years before buying an old house in an even older village in Spain. We still travel frequently, and I draw heavily on the locations, people, and experiences from these past few years for my books. While I write about experiences that are EveryWoman, there is a distinctly exotic and well-traveled take on the process because of the way I’ve lived. And I think it makes for more entertaining reading!Q: What do you think readers will resonate most with in English Ivy’s story?
BT: For a woman who has invested heavily in career, as many women over forty have, this will be particularly appealing. Ivy has done well for herself, but at what cost? And how much can she risk in love and new adventures when her retirement is not nearly as far off as it was when she first started working? The risk is different, the odds skewed the wrong way, and every woman who’s ever had to weigh a risk against her past accomplishments will feel Ivy’s doubt and frustration.Not only that, but any man in this age bracket has the same concerns. How much will he risk for a new relationship? How does that all merge together to form a shared life? This is a very real dilemma for couples who meet in midlife and try to make a go of things./div>
Read all the books in The Late Bloomers Series:
- Unfolding, a Late Bloomers short story, March 2015 (Free on Smashwords!)
- Wild Rose, March 2015
- English Ivy, August 2015
- Tiger Lily, February 2016
- Violet Sky, April 2016
- Whoopsie Daisy, August 2016