09 May 2022

The NEW RELEASE from T. Lee Garland!

Hello and Welcome to The Written Butterfly! 

Annie is a nurse who promised a dying patient that she would deliver an envelope to the woman's estranged nephew after her death.  Annie intends to keep that promise, even if the nephew is a sexy bar owner who makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with the envelope or her.

Van hasn’t seen his aunt in years. Now that she’s gone, he doesn’t care about her or her damn envelope. Except he does care about the curvy nurse in the cotton-candy pink scrubs that barges into his busy bar on a cold Friday night in Tennessee, and insists that he open the envelope.

A freak ice storm leaves them unexpectedly stranded together.  Annie has a secret that she hopes will change Van’s mind and heart about his aunt. Van just knows he wants Annie and the promise of her in his life forever.

Q) Is your book part of a series?  Thank you for having me Beth. No, The Promise of Annie is a stand-alone story.

Q) What made this story special to you? The fact that Annie is a nurse makes this story special to me. I work in a hospital, and I personally see how dedicated and hardworking nurses are toward their patients. The past two years have been especially difficult and this is just my way of honoring them and acknowledging how devoted they truly are. Annie takes that commitment a step further, when she is determined, against all odds, to keep a promise she makes to a dying patient. Van doesn’t make things easy on her though! I also live in a military town and love to write my hero’s as veterans.

Q) Do you have a writing quirk, or habit when you write? I almost hate to mention this, but I watch TV when I write. Specifically I watch The Food Network channel. I’m a huge foodie and love to learn and try new foods and recipes.

Q) What do you think is your strongest asset as a writer? …what is your weakest factor as a writer? My strongest asset is my settings. I live in the south and love placing my characters in the south, a place I know and love. I make them as “real” as possible. They are everyday people that we all know and have met. Annie and Van could totally be your next door neighbors! My weakness as a writer is easy. Ugh, punctuation, specifically commas. I get that they are necessary, but I never seem to be able to put them in the right places, and having to stop my flow of writing to figure out where I need to place one is frustrating to me. Thank goodness for the awesome editors at Evernight!

 Q) Do you write in a linear fashion or do you jump from scene to scene and then go back and “fill in the blanks”? I write in a linear fashion. However, I do tend to write a chapter and later go back and add to it, or change things about it, if the story evolves to support that change. I once wrote an entire book on one sentence that popped in my head.

Q) Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?  I like my books to stand on their own.  Writing a series is popular, but I get bored easily and writing or reading a series tends to make my mind wander.

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