What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
Dramas, but I do like romances too. I was thinking about how much I love Two for the Road yesterday.
What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
Research books, historical fiction, Christian romances
Name some of your favorite authors who do not write romance.
Philippa Gregory, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Tananarive Due, Anne Easter Smith
Name three authors (living or dead) who you’d like to sit down to dinner with and pick their brains.
I’ve never had dinner with Beverly Jenkins, so she would be one. Zora Neale Hurston and Gwendolyn Brooks would be the other two.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Virginia. It’s so rich with history. Maybe one day….
Which heroine from your books do you most closely identify with?
Probably Mags, my heroine from A Most Precious Pearl. She tries to take care of everyone else all of the time and has to learn how to preserve herself. I had to learn that lesson too.
If you could date the hero from one of your books, who would it be?
Jay Evans, the numbers kingpin from A Treasure of Gold. He’s Idris hot.
Do you have a single book or character that’s dear to your heart?
I guess Ruby is. She has so much heart and guts but rushes into things without though. She pays a very high price. I feel very protective of her and it’s the reason why I wanted to see her have a Happily Ever After. We don’t seem to allow young black women that right, but I wanted her to have one.
What was the nicest comment or most interesting question you’ve received from a reader?
At Romance Slam Jam this year a librarian/reader said to me, “I want to hug you for what you have done. Everyone should hug you for what you have done.” I almost lost it right then and there.
What can readers expect from you next?
In September, Mags’s story, A Most Precious Pearl, will be released. Nettie in, A Treasure of Gold, is up in November. There are two more Milford stories coming by the end of the year as well.
An unexpected love in a small, Southern town.
Migrations of the Heart, Book 1
After fifteen months of hiding from the shame of bearing an illegitimate child, two words drive Ruby Bledsoe to face the good citizens of Winslow, Georgia. Never again. She vows to speak out against injustice. For her sisters. For her parents. For her infant son, Solomon.
When she comes to help an injured mill worker, she bristles when a tall, handsome man claiming to be a doctor brushes her aside. Despite his arrogance, Ruby senses he’s someone like her, whose light skin doesn’t quite hide who he is.
Up north, Dr. Adam Morson easily kept his mixed race a secret. Now that he’s in Georgia, summoned by his white father, he can feel restrictions closing in around him.
Something powerful draws him to the beauty whose activist spirit is as fiery as her name. And soon, Adam wants nothing more than to take Ruby and her child far from Georgia’s toxic prejudice. But Ruby must choose between seeking her own happiness and staying to fight for the soul of her hometown.
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: An e-book copy of any book in the Migrations of the Heart series.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Answer the question – Did any of your relatives participate in The Great Migration? (That’s the name for the movement of African Americans from the South to the North—the largest internal migration in United States history.) If not, where did your family come from?
Deadline: Friday, August 7 @ 11:59 PM EST
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes open to U.S. entrants only.
About the Author:
Piper G Huguley, named 2015 Debut Author of the Year by Romance Slam Jam and Breakout Author of the Year by AAMBC, is a two-time Golden Heart ®finalist and is the author of the “Home to Milford College” series. The series follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. Book #1 in the series, The Preacher’s Promise was named a top ten Historical Romance in Publisher’s Weekly by the esteemed historical romance author, Beverly Jenkins.
Huguley is also the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. A Virtuous Ruby was published in July 2015 by Samhain Publishing.
She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.
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Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”