Welcome back to Author Mariah Stewart
Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and their dogs amid the rolling hills and Amish farms of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she gardens, reads, and enjoys country life.
1. If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’d want to fly – because I’m claustrophobic and the world’s biggest wimp and cannot bring myself to get into a plane (I know my friends are all laughing at me right now) but if I could fly like Superman I wouldn’t need to worry about it!
2. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
My husband’s coconut rum raisin. To. Die. For.
3. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
This week, it’s whole grain toast with chunky peanut butter and thinly sliced pears.
4. What is your favorite Quote?
Easy one! Nora Ephron: “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
5. What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
See #4 above.
6. If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Salted dark chocolate caramels from Neuchatel (look it up!).
7. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Valentine’s Day, 1995. Huge book signing at a brand spanking new Borders, planned on a terrific dinner with husband and another couple. Unfortunately, no one had thought to make reservations (Valentine’s Day…) so we ended up getting pizza and taking it home. It was a great celebration all the same!
8. In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Janet Evanovich, because I grew up outside of Trenton, NJ, went to Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), and I knew the territory! I swear I went to school with more than one Stephanie Plum!
9. Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
Is it crass to say both?
10. If you could take over the world, would you?
In a heartbeat, are you kidding me? I tell my husband all the time that I’d like to be empress of the world for just two weeks.
Bye-bye war. Bye-bye poverty. Bye-bye companies that put profit ahead of the common good. Bye-bye to anyone in government who cannot put his/her personal ambitions aside for the good of the country.
By the way, I’m great at delegating, so anyone who thinks they’d like to be part of my cabinet, please let me know what job you feel qualified for!
The Long Way Home
As the only child of a wealthy investment manager, Ellie Chapman has never known anything besides a life of perfect privilege. But her years of good fortune come to an abrupt end when her father is exposed for swindling billions of dollars from innocent investors in a massive Ponzi scheme. And just like that, Ellie loses everything: money, job, home—even her fiancé, who’s jailed as her father’s partner in crime. With no job prospects on the horizon, no cash, and her family name in tatters, Ellie has only one place to go.
Sleepy St. Dennis, Maryland, is hardly where Ellie intends to stay, however. Keeping her identity a secret, she plans to sell the house her late mother left her in the small town and use the proceeds to move on with her life. Unfortunately, her ticket to a new beginning is in dire need of a laundry list of pricey improvements, many of which she’ll have to do herself. And until the house on Bay View Road is fit to be sold, the sole place Ellie will be traveling is the hardware store. But as the many charms of St. Dennis–not to mention Cameron O’Connor, the handsome local contractor who has secrets of his own–begin to work their magic, what begins as a lesson in do-it-yourself renovations might just end up as Ellie’s very own rejuvenation.
1 copy of The Long Way Home
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