One of my favorite settings is Wales because it’s arguably one of the most haunted countries in the world. The Welsh are famous for their castles, witches, and superstitions, so naturally these things figure prominently in my latest historical/time-travel romance MOONLIGHT MADNESS.
One of the most famous ghost tales of Welsh lore is of the Skeleton Bride. Legend has it that in the valley of Gwynedd, a young girl was to be married. She foolishly hid in the trunk of an old tree to surprise her groom. But she got trapped there, and no one could find her. She eventually starved to death, and her husband went mad with grief for missing her. Several years later, lightning struck the tree, splitting it open and revealing her corpse. The bridegroom died from the shock of seeing his “lovely” bride again. Their ghosts are often seen in the valley as a bride and groom holding hands.
While visiting Wales, Rance Kingsley, Viscount Waldenham, receives a warning that his daughter will soon be kidnapped by Spanish enemies. Before he can aid her, Rance tumbles into a mysterious portal to the future. His only hope is to find his soulmate, the key to returning. However his curse continues when all signs point to Tess Hartman, a straight-laced teacher, as his match. After a cheating boyfriend, the only male Tess wants in her life is Dante, a troubled teen she would like to adopt. To bond with the boy, Tess brings him on a class field trip to Britain. But the Shakespeare experience becomes too real when sexy, eccentric Rance seduces her. When Tess falls for Rance's kisses and travels with him across four centuries, she's convinced he's made a mistake. How could she love a man who deceived her, separating her from everything she cares about, a man with MOONLIGHT MADNESS?About the author: Sandra Jones is the author of sensual historical romances for Avon Impulse and The Wild Rose Press. She’s worked as a bookseller and a librarian, where she indulged in her love of old books. When not researching or writing, she enjoys being with family, reading, and watching British TV. A self-proclaimed history geek, she currently lives in a 1905 Greek revival home in the Mississippi Delta. Sandra loves to hear from her readers: visit her website www.sandrajonesromance.com.