Author Interview & Book Giveaway: A New Dream by Elaine Cantrell

Welcome to Author Elaine Cantrell.


Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She holds a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Books. At present she teaches high school social studies. In her spare time she enjoys reading, collecting vintage Christmas ornaments, and playing with her grandchildren. Visit Elaine at and at . She’s on Facebook at and would love to be friends.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I think I’d go back in time. For one thing I’m a history teacher, so the past fascinates me. One of my favorite authors LM Montgomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables books, said, “We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past.” Anyway, if we went to the future we might see things that we wouldn’t like, things that would spoil the present for us.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My computer, some sunscreen, and a gorgeous guy to serve me frosty, chilled drinks.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
My mother has been dead for a long time, so long that she never knew I became a published author. Since she loved books so much, she’d have been so proud of me. I’d give anything if I could tell her all about it. She’s the one who taught my sister and me to like reading. Every Friday afternoon after she got home from work we’d go to the local discount store where we spent our weekly allowance. Then we went to the library to get new books. Afterwards, she took us out for a fast food binge. She made the biggest treat out of it!

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
You can’t beat bacon, grits, and eggs with cheese. If you haven’t tried grits you really should. Salt them and put in some butter. Don’t make them too thick. They’re better on the thin side. Of course, that’s my own opinion. Some people swear they’re better thick. (Don’t listen to them. My way is better.) You don’t know what grits are? Grits are a hot breakfast cereal made from corn.

Night owl, or early bird?
I’m definitely a night owl. Getting up is awful, although once I really wake up I do my best thinking in the morning.

One food you would never eat?
Pet Peeves? My pet peeve goes beyond being just a peeve. I can’t stand it when people are cruel to animals. Are they thoughtless, or are they mean spirited and cruel at heart? I don’t understand it and never will. I just liked two Facebook pages that are trying to raise awareness about cruelty to animals.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
People should read my book because it’s a feel good read that warms your heart and makes you believe in love and the resilience of the human spirit.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
At the moment I’m revising some things I’ve already finished with. I have a time travel romance and an inspirational to edit, and I’m working on a fantasy. I love contemporary romance, but I decided to branch out a little.

What is your dream cast for your book?
My hero Matt McCallum would be Josh Holloway from Lost. That guy is yummy! My heroine Violet Emerson is a young Elizabeth Taylor. She was so beautiful when she was young.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Don’t ever give up your dreams. The publishing world is changing with the evolution of the ebook and self-publishing. One way or the other, you can achieve your dream.

How did you know you should become an author?
I first realized I was destined to become an author at age five. I dictated a story to my father who wrote it on notebook paper with a pencil. It was a great story. It must have been. He laughed the entire time he was writing. He put the story in a cedar chest where he kept important papers, and after his death forty years later my stepmother gave it to me.

Hidden talent?
I wish.

Favorite Candy?
Chocolate truffles I’d rather eat chocolate truffles than a gourmet meal.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I’m waiting for Breaking Dawn to release. My students introduced me to Stephenie Myers and Twilight, and even though they say the books are YA books, I like them too.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. I’ve gained some weight lately so I feel guilty every single time I eat it, but I’m totally out of control and can’t help myself! (Note to self: Stop eating chocolate!)

A New Dream:

After an auto accident destroys his pro-football career, Matt McCallum struggles to find a new dream for his life, but nothing engages him the way football did. After a stint in rehab, he takes a job managing a grocery store where he meets Violet Emerson.Violet works in the bakery department, but her dreams carry her far beyond the doors of Chef’s Pantry. As soon as she can save the money, she plans to open a catering business. And she thinks the new manager’s broad shoulders and blue eyes are simply divine.Thrown together at work, Matt and Violet find a common dream for their lives, but a loose end from Matt’s past returns to jeopardize their future. Will love be enough to save their new dream before it turns into a nightmare?


The red convertible cut a path through the moonlight, its headlights dancing along the arched limbs of the trees above the road.

“Oh, Matt, it’s such a beautiful night,” Stacey declared with a sigh. “I’m going to miss you when you leave tomorrow.”

Matt reached for her hand and brought it to his lips. “I’ll miss you too, but if I don’t report on time, I’m in trouble with the coach.”

“That’s what I get for falling in love with a pro football player,” Stacey teased, her blonde hair turned to frosted silver by the light of the full moon above them.

Matt squeezed her hand that wore his engagement ring. “It’s too late to back out now,” he teased. “You’re mine.”

“Mmm, do I like the sound of that!”

The car rounded a curve, and without warning a deer bounded across the road.

“Look out!” Stacey screamed.

Matt braked sharply to avoid the animal. The tires slid on a patch of loose gravel in the road, and he lost control of the convertible. It fishtailed and started to spin in the road. Matt hauled the steering wheel to correct the slide, but it was useless. The car turned around once more and skidded backwards for a short distance before it charged off the road.

It jumped a steep ditch and went airborne. All Matt could see was a blur of trees and darkness. It made a lazy turn in the air and came to rest bottom side up.

The last thing he remembered was the sound of Stacey’s screams.

Giveaway Details:
1 print copy of A New Dream open to US & Canada
1 pdf ebook copy of A New Dream open Internationally
Ends 7/12/11

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