Heart of the Ocean
by Heather B. Moore
A dark secret . . . a grieving ghost . . . a handsome stranger . . .
What more could Eliza Robinson want?
Except for maybe her life.
In Heather B. Moore’s enthralling 1840’s historical romance, Heart of the Ocean, Eliza Robinson has turned down the very pretentious Mr. Thomas Beesley’s marriage proposal. As a business partner of Eliza’s father, Thomas quickly discredits the family and brings disgrace to the Robinson name.
While her father scrambles to restore his good name in New York City, Eliza flees to the remote Puritan town of Maybrook to stay with her Aunt Maeve. Although relieved to be away from all- things-male and unforgiving gossip columns, odd things start to happen to Eliza, and she is plagued by a ghostly voice. Her aunt’s explanation? That Eliza is being haunted by a woman who died of a broken heart twenty years ago.
After Aunt Maeve is tragically killed, Eliza's life is put in danger as she tries to uncover the mystery of her aunt's death. She encounters Jonathan Porter in Maybrook, whose presence in the town seems suspicious, yet she finds herself drawn to him. When she discovers that Jonathan’s dark secrets may be the link between the dead woman who haunts her and her aunt’s murderer, Eliza realizes that Jonathan is the one man she should never trust.
Author Heather B. Moore
Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of ten novels, two inspirational non-fiction books, and two anthologies, including The Newport Ladies Book Club Series, A Timeless Romance Anthology, and Christ's Gifts to Women (co-authored by Angela Eschler).
Her historical fiction is published under the pen name H.B. Moore. She is the two-time recipient of Best of State in Literary Fiction, two-time Whitney Award Winner, and two-time Golden Quill Winner for Best Novel. Her most recent historical novel under H.B. Moore is Daughters of Jared (2012 LUW Gold Award of Excellence & 2012 LUW Best Book Trailer).
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Interview with Heather B. Moore
1. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Heart of the Ocean was a very organic book, meaning I had an idea for a girl coming into a Puritan town and finding out a dark secret. That was all I had to go on. I didn’t plot in advance, but plotted as the story unfolded. Then as I started writing, the voice of the past came up, and I realized that it would be the ghost who is trying to tell her story.
2. What genre does your book fall under?
Heart of the Ocean is a Historical Romantic Suspense novel.
3. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Younger versions of Claire Forlani and Hugh Jackman.
4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A dark secret . . . a grieving ghost . . . a handsome stranger . . . What more could Eliza Robinson want, except for maybe her life.
5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Heart of the Ocean is published through Mirror Press, my own indie imprint.
6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I spent about four months on the first draft of Heart of the Ocean.
7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s been years since I’ve read it, but perhaps Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.
8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
One of the most inspirational books I’ve read is Kitchen Privileges by Mary Higgins Clark. I’ve long been a mystery fan and when I read this memoir, I realized that it was possible to be a writer and a mother at the same time. Ms. Clark inspired me when she said she’d write from 5:00-7:00 a.m. every morning so as not to interfere with her job and her kids (she was a widow at the time). I thought, “I can do that.” And I did—it took three novels before I finally got one published, but Clark’s story inspired me not to give up.
9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Heart of the Ocean is a multi-layered novel and not a straight-forward mystery. The main conflict of the story is driven by a woman named Helena who dies twenty years before the novel opens. Her death is a mystery, but so are the last few years of her life. When people get too close to uncovering her cause of death, they become endangered too, and many other dark layers of secrets still need to be uncovered.
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