Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Feb 12th ~ Banished by Love

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Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family’s wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston’s West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.


As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire.
 For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the
distasteful aspects of politics and law?


When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa’s love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves.

Will she succeed? 
Or will she yield to expectations?

BANISHED LOVE follows Clarissa Sullivan on her journey of self-discovery
 as she learns what she cannot live without.


“If you don’t mind me saying so, Mr. McLeod, you seem quite domesticated,” Savannah said in a haughty tone.

Gabriel laughed. “Like a favorite pet, Miss Russell?” He glanced toward her with humor. “I always think domestication ruins the better part of the beast.”

“But you wouldn’t want a wild dog in your house,” Savannah protested. “And horses must be tamed.”

Gabriel nodded. “I would hate to think you compared me to a horse or a dog, miss. I hope I have better manners than that?” he asked, raising his eyebrows mockingly toward Savannah. “Though, I agree, horses are most useful for our purpose when tamed, but I wonder if they truly enjoy working for us?” He looked toward me, although he did not push me into the conversation.

He let out a long theatrical sigh. “Domesticated cats, dogs. Domesticated women. Wonderful creatures. Wouldn’t you agree, Miss Sullivan?” He looked toward me wickedly. I had bolted so hard in the rocker at his words I had nearly flown onto the floor. I watched him with wide eyes, wondering why he pushed Savannah so.
Savannah replied, “Now you are offensive, sir.” She vibrated with anger.

“Isn’t that what all young women long to be?” Gabriel asked Savannah, setting down the filled mugs with a clunk. “Domesticated. Demure. Tamed to the needs and ways of their husbands?”

“You know perfectly well you are describing the ideal wife,” Savannah spat out.

“Am I?” he asked, sounding unconvinced. “What do you think, Miss Sullivan?” he turned to me. “Is that what you long to be, a domesticated woman?”

“No!” I blurted out before I could stop myself.

“Rissa!” Savannah scolded me, eyes flashing. She had begun to breathe heavily, and I feared she would faint with her tightly laced corset.

I blushed but met Gabriel’s eyes. “No,” I said. “I have no desire to match that description. Slightly less clumsy, perhaps,” I muttered.

“Yes, I agree,” Gabriel said, causing me to worry he agreed with my assessment about my clumsiness. “Domestication is akin to docility which is an unattractive trait in a woman.” He smiled knowingly at me, and I felt a flash of pleasure.

“Do you speak in earnestness, sir, or are you in jest?” Savannah demanded. When Gabriel merely turned to look at her, she continued. “Men want docile, demure women,” she expounded, as though teaching a rudimentary fact to Gabriel.

“Well, pardon me, ma’am, for not learning my lessons well,” he replied, nodding his head deferentially.

I watched Savannah’s face become flushed red with anger and was worried she would erupt. She generally kept her temper under control, but, when it blew, it was a frightening thing to behold.

“I’d actually like to meet a young woman who can think for herself and doesn’t want only what her father or husband wants.” His quiet statement made my pulse quicken.

Savannah scoffed, “That path leads only to misery.”

“Or tremendous contentment,” Gabriel countered.

Savannah stood, knocking into the table with such force she caused tea to spill out of the mugs. “I will not sit here any longer and listen to your insolent beliefs,” she declared. “Rissa?” She turned toward me expectantly, then headed toward the door.

I looked at Gabriel with remorse, wanting to have spent longer time in his company. “I enjoyed our conversation. Maybe we could continue it one day at the school?” I watched him, hopeful he would agree.

He smiled, releasing a sigh of relief. “I would enjoy that very much, Miss Clarissa.”

I had forgotten how his voice could feel like a caress. I closed my eyes for a moment, having missed hearing his gentle baritone. No matter how much I had enjoyed his letters, I had missed him.

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Welcome to my blog, Ramona. Tell us something about yourself.  
I am a good problem solver. I can come up with numerous ideas to help resolve a situation. I find this is very helpful with writing, especially if it seems I have written myself into a corner.

Is there anything you don't do well? 
I can’t draw or paint. I’m still stuck in the stick figure phase and paint by number is the only way I would be able to create a painting!

Have you ever had an imaginary friend? 
Well, I’m a writer, so I have many imaginary friends. We talk frequently and they wake me up at night demanding to be heard. Sometimes, they don’t like what I make them do, and I am often surprised by them and their antics.

Do you have any phobias? 
Is there such a thing as fear of cockroaches? I hate cockroaches! When I see one, I give a little shriek and then hope they have disappeared. Generally they haven’t and then I have to find a way to get rid of them.

Have you ever broken any bones? 
I broke my arm a few years ago when I slipped on black ice. It wasn’t a severe break, but it made me realize it wasn’t an experience I wanted to repeat.

Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself with my readers. Have a wonderful blog tour. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ramona Flightner is a native of Missoula, Montana. After graduating from Tufts University with a B.A. in Spanish, she earned a Masters degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Montana. Her Master’s thesis, Chilean Testimonial Literature: the collective suffering of a people, highlighted her continued interest in the stories of those who were at risk of being forgotten or silenced.
She studied nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Master’s in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked for ten years as a family nurse practitioner providing care to the poor and under insured at two community health centers, first in Wilmington, Delaware and now in Boston, Massachusetts.
An avid reader, she began writing three years ago. She enjoys the demands of research and relishes the small discoveries that give historical detail to her books.
Ramona is an avid flyfisher and hiker who enjoys nothing better than spending a day on a remote Montana river, far from a city. She enjoys research, travel, storytelling, learning about new cultures and discovering new ways of looking at the world. Though she resides in Boston, Massachusetts, Ramona remains a Montanan at heart.
 Her dreams are to see the plains of East Africa, marvel at the wonder of Petra in Jordan, soak in the seas of the South Pacific, and to continue to spend as much time as possible with her family.
Banished Love is her first novel and is the first in the forthcoming Banished Saga.

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  1. Thank you for hosting! Do you have any questions you'd like answered? I look forward to hearing from you.

  2. I love the names Gabriel and Clarissa. How do you choose your characters' names?

    1. HI Catherine. That's a great question. I had always liked the name Gabriel so I knew when I wrote a book, I wanted one of my main characters to be named Gabriel. I researched the origin/ meaning of his name to make sure it was a good fit and it was. As for Clarissa, I had originally chosen a different name for her, but my main beta reader advised me that it wasn't a good choice. I hadn't realized there was a different connotation to the first name, so I changed it. It's also important for me to be able to make a nickname or shorter name out of most of my character's names. Thanks for asking!

  3. Sounds awesome! It also sounds inspired by Jane Austen's novel Persuasion. :)

    1. Hi Leslie! Well, I am a huge Jane Austen fan, so that should come as no surprise. And some of the early reviewers and readers have said that the novel reminds them of a Jane Austen. :-)

  4. Welcome to my blog Ramona and lovely visitors. Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter and leave comments for a chance to win! Best of luck to all. :):)

  5. Being a problem solver would be invaluable indeed.

  6. Great interview. I love how the cover provides a teaser to the book itself.