Hi, my name is D. V. Stone. I am a multi-genre author who also enjoys reading across genres. On this page you'll meet a great group of writers and get an insider's view into their lives and books. I hope you enjoy this special peek and find new and exciting reads.
A Peek Through Hannah Rowan's Window
Who – I’m Hannah Rowan, a life-long “Jersey girl” and romance author. I wrote for a local newspaper for many years, and some of the stories I covered gave me ideas for some of my books. I’ve written for women’s magazines, True Confessions, and humor magazines. Why do I write romance? Who doesn’t love a happy ending? With the world in its current chaotic state, I find it comforting to know things will all work out in the end. I enjoy creating the journey that gets my people to a happy ending.
Interests – In my “day job” I work at an assisted living facility doing activities with residents. Working with the elderly has given me a new perspective on life. I love that my residents tend to say whatever is on their minds. Otherwise, I love to swim, do water aerobics, and kayak. My husband and I have been hiking our way through the many state and county parks in our area, and I love to travel. My goal is to visit all 50 states. I have 10 more to go! And of course, I love to read.
Network—I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and RWA/NYC. I participate in a variety of groups online, especially Romance Gems, a group of former Precious Gems authors and our friends, some of whom have put together the Last Chance Beach: Summer’s End box set.
Desk – Oh, must you ask? The second bedroom in our condo has become the office and I’m surrounded by various filing cabinets, file carts, bookshelves, papers, papers, and more papers. I try to corral the papers by creating folders for each topic but then there are the little scraps I’ve ripped out of newspapers or magazines or scrawled in a note I can’t read later. Some people with messy desks claim to be able to find everything in spite of appearances, and I can too…eventually.
Outrageous? I’ve been told by some people that I have an inappropriate sense of humor. And at other times, gallows humor. Well, when everything’s falling apart and you can’t do anything about it, you might as well laugh, I say.
Window – The desk where I write doesn’t have a good window situation. Our little balcony is outside the windows next to me, but all I see are treetops in the summer and bare branches in the winter. In my living room, though, I have a nice big wall of windows that offer a lot of light for my plants, and really brighten the room.
Can't Buy Me Love
By Hannah Rowan
After a long hiatus, I’m delighted to return to writing by participating in the Last Chance Beach: Summer’s End box set with 13 other Romance Gems authors. My Story, Can’t Buy Me Love, brings lottery winner Moira Campbell and wealthy ex-playboy turned handyman Noah Ramsey to Last Chance Beach. She won the big lottery but discovers it’s not what she’d dreamed it would be, while he’s had things handed to him all his life and has decided he wants to be somewhere where people want him for himself instead of what his money and status can bring. Both are disguising their identities, but can they learn to trust each other with the truth?
Can’t Buy Me Love - Excerpt
One minute he was standing in the newly remodeled kitchen. The next he was nearly knocked off his feet, enveloped in a happy, squealing female body as she threw her arms around him, and improbably jumped up and down at the same time.
“Thank you so much,” she said. “You put in a good word for me, didn’t you?”
“I might have.”
She fit so nicely in his arms. He hugged her tighter, savoring the mix of feminine curves and finely toned muscles. He drew in the now-familiar scent of suntan lotion and some sort of citrusy shampoo, and finally gave in to what he’d been fantasizing about since his first glimpse of her stretching outside her car.
With her arms still looped around his shoulders, she leaned back, grinning up at him. “This is just the best news,” she said.
As he watched, her grin slowly faded. He felt the moment she grew aware of his body pressing into hers. Her eyes widened, blinked, and she licked her bottom lip. And that was that.
He threaded his fingers through her hair, drew her head closer, leaned in to taste those lips himself. She hesitated just for a moment, but then her arms tightened around him and she gave herself over to the kiss.
Seconds, minutes, long undetermined stretches of time passed while he lost himself in the sensation of soft lips, silky hair, seductive scent. His body responded with an insistence he hadn’t felt in ages, with a wonder he hadn’t felt maybe even since his first few romantic encounters as a young man. She made no move to pull away, and her soft sighs had his head spinning.
Finally, they pulled apart, but continued to look into each other’s eyes. Both breathing hard. Was she as affected by the intensity of that kiss as he was? He certainly hoped so.
Freebie: The companion to the box set is a free recipe book, Cocktails At Last Chance Beach, that contains recipes that our heroes and heroines may have enjoyed during their time at the beach, or which readers can sample while enjoying the stories.
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Anna Taylor Sweringen
9/23/2020 02:05:48 pm
Absolutely loved your working class heroine and rich boy hero in hiding. Loved how both of them had the same reason to be in hiding, too. Perfect. Thanks for writing it.
9/28/2020 12:31:29 am
Thank you, Anna! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
9/23/2020 02:51:14 pm
I don't have a window to look out of either, Hannah.
9/28/2020 12:32:28 am
Thank you, Pamela! I suppose there are worse things than not having a window!
9/23/2020 06:56:15 pm
Sounds like a delightful book, Hannah. Love the idea of the cocktail recipe book :) Inappropriate sense of humor? Gallows humor? We're fated to be besties!! Good luck with your book.
9/28/2020 12:33:19 am
Thanks, Barbara! Glad to hear I'm not the only one with this "problem."
9/28/2020 08:21:30 am
I love your story from Last Chance Beach! And for anyone who hasn't read your Precious Gems, Man Wanted, they need to look it up and read it. It is so much fun.
9/28/2020 12:05:57 pm
Thank you so much, Liz! I'm going to reissue Man Wanted with the title I originally wanted, Just a Gigolo, which I was told might be offensive, but I think it fits the story very nicely. So glad you liked both.
9/28/2020 10:12:20 am
Can't Buy me Love was one of my favorites in the collection. Have you used your day job as a setting for one of your romances. Granddaughter comes to visit Grandma at the facility and finds out Grandma is having a full fledged affair with the elderly gent in a wheel chair, both she and the elderly grandson are deadset against it. She thinks the old codger is after grannys money. Grandson things Grandma is a floosie and looking to seduce an old man and have him change his will. Sorry, the writers mind carried me away.
9/28/2020 12:09:56 pm
Thank you, Marcia!!! I hinted at an assisted living in Can't Buy Me Love, but yes. So many times at work people say "you ought to write a book about this place." But as they say, if I wrote about how things happen in real life no one would believe it. I do plan a series about Moira's coworkers and all of them winning the lottery.
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