Posted by: theresegilardi | February 27, 2015

First And Fourth Fridays Welcomes Elaine Cantrell



First and Fourth Fridays is pleased to welcome prolific award-winning author Elaine Cantrell. Elaine was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators and Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.
Before we hear about Elaine’s latest project she’s going to answer the First and Fourth Friday questions.

1) What is the book that most captivated you? I’d pick The Sherwood Ring. It has everything I enjoy in a book: Colonial America, romance, and ghosts.

2) What is the most romantic/loving thing you’ve done for someone else? When my husband and I graduated from college, we didn’t have a lot of money so he didn’t buy himself a school ring. For Christmas that first year I bought him on. I have a picture of him when he saw what it was, and it never fails to warm my heart. He loved it.

3) What is the most romantic/loving thing someone else has done for you? t isn’t something someone did. It’s what he said. My husband was going to the grocery store to buy some dog food and asked me to ride along with him. We had been driving a few minutes when I noticed him looking at me. He smiled and said, “You’re more beautiful now than you were the day we got married.” Obviously, he needs his glasses changed, but that little comment meant more to me that any number of gifts he’s given me.

4) What do you think is the most romantic song?

The most romantic song ever is Bryan Adam’s singing (Everything I do) I Do It For You. It’s from the movie Robin Hood that came out twenty years or so ago. Listen to the lyrics and see if you don’t think they’re wonderful.

No wonder Elaine is so good at writing romance – she’s living it. Her latest book is “Rest Thy Head.” Here is the blurb: Running away from a fiancé who betrayed her, Peyton O’Malley finds employment at a beautiful bed and breakfast inn called Rest Thy Head. She didn’t expect to live in the haunted room or to fall for the inn’s owner, a fire-scarred, war veteran who uses the inn to hide away from the world. She didn’t expect her sister to show up at Rest Thy Head either, much less her formidable mother. Now, thanks to the aid of a friendly ghost, Peyton has a shot at true love, and so does her sister Ashley, provided the guys cooperate of course!

You can pick up your copy from the following vendors:

And of course you’re going to want to connect with Elaine. Find her here:




  1. Elaine, I just love that story of you buying your husband a school ring after graduating college. There’s a book in there somewhere 😀

  2. It was the one gift I ever gave him that I knew for sure he liked. He’s a hard man to buy for.

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