Today “First and Fourth Fridays” is pleased to welcome Lucie Ulrich. Lucie took her time becoming a writer. Not much of a reader as a child, writing was of no interest to her–until she joined a church drama team. The desire to write a skit, and not simply act out someone else’s was so strong, that once she started, she couldn’t seem to stop. That first skit led to her becoming the drama team director, then eventually, the performing arts director at a small Christian school.
Lucie’s first novel was penned under a tree in a field in Holland. Though her first, second, and third attempts never saw the light of day, parts of each of them became the foundation for “Broken Vessels,” her first published work. No longer involved with the performing arts, Lucie enjoys going on photo shoots with her husband, and taking long (or short) road trips. She hopes to find inspiration as she and her husband explore the four corners of the United States.
So how has Lucie answered The Four Questions?
1) What was the first book that so captured your imagination that you felt a physical loss when you reached the last page? This may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but it’s a vivid memory. When I was a child, I received a book of bedtime stories dealing with nothing but animals. I LOVED that book, and read it over and over again. One day, I discovered that one of my younger sisters used crayons to color the cover and a number of the pages. I was devastated. I’m 60 years old, and I still own that book. I look forward to the day I have grandchildren and can read the stories to them—despite the markings.
2) What is the most romantic/loving thing you’ve ever done for someone else? I sat with my father on one side of Mom’s bed, while he sat on the other. We each held one of Mom’s hands and waited for her to take her final breath. We knew the time was short, and I didn’t want Dad to be alone. Obviously this is not a romantic moment, but love comes in many forms.
3) What is the most romantic/sweet/loving thing someone has ever done for you? For my 45th birthday, my husband gave me a wedding band I’d found in an antique store. My engagement ring was a sapphire and two small diamonds, and the band was perfect. We didn’t have a lot of extra money at the time, so the gift was an amazing act of love.
4) What do you think is the most romantic song? “When I Fall in Love” the Nat King Cole version.
Now that we’ve gotten to know Lucie, let’s hear about her inspirational romance, “The Rose Ring”:
BACK COVER BLURB: With a will that reads like a piece of fiction, the return of his long-lost brother, and the possibility of losing the family ranch, Micah Cooper calls on high school friend, Sky Baxter, to bail him out of a bad situation.
Though her brain tells her no, Sky’s heart says yes. She accepts Micah’s in-name-only proposal, knowing it’s unlikely anything permanent will come of it. She’s been in love with him since the ninth grade, and if he hasn’t figured it out by now, there’s little chance he ever will.
When an unexpected kiss ignites a spark, giving Micah hope for a possible future with Sky, a tragic accident threatens to take it all away. Torn between following his heart, doing the right thing, and forgiving the past, Micah is lost in a whirlwind of pain and emotions. Will he make it through the next two years, or will a long-kept family secret be the undoing of them all?
You can purchase “The Rose Ring” through the following sales outlets:
Amazon, B & N, i Books 1, Smashwords, and Kobo
Connect with Lucie: http://www.lucieulrich.com/
and on Twitter: @LucieUlrich