Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Welcome to Coffee Talk, Gloria Marlow!

 I’ve taken a little peek at your book and can’t wait to read the whole thing. I know my readers are going to feel the same. The only thing I love more than unique is spooky. It looks like you’ll be delivering both.

~Before we get into the book we’d like to get to know you~

What is your life like away from the keyboard?
  I work as a legal assistant in a local law firm. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for twenty-seven years, and we have three children and three beautiful grandsons. I spend most of my free time enjoying them.

How and when did you decide to be a writer?
  I don’t really know when I decided to be a writer. I always loved reading, and I was that strange kid in class who liked essay questions and written reports. I read every biography about women in my elementary school library. It was probably when I read the biography of Louisa May Alcott and, after that, Little Women, that I actually knew I wanted to be a writer.

Who was your biggest inspiration and why?
  My biggest inspiration was other authors. Namely, the authors who transported me to different times or places and let me live completely different lives through their books. I can only hope that my words do for other readers what theirs have done for me.

If you could take one trip in a time machine, where or what would you revisit?
  I’d love to revisit the 1990s. There are a few things I’d like to change, and a few little kids and old people I’d like to hug one more time. J On a less personal note, I’d love to revisit the 1930s/40s. Something about that time always makes me nostalgic.

If you were to gaze into a crystal ball to see the future, what would you hope to see?
  I’d love to be able to stay home and write and help with the grandkids, so that is always on the top of my list of things I hope to see in the future. I wouldn’t mind having a little princess join my grandsons in my lap either.   

~Now for your book WHEN SWALLOWS FALL~

I find that most books these days cover more than one genre. In your new release, what genres have you covered?
  It’s a gothic romance. So, I guess it’s a blend of romance, mystery, suspense and a hint of paranormal.

Where and when is your story set?
  Virginia in the late 19th century.

In five words, describe your hero’s personality.
  Brooding, injured, protective, loving, disillusioned.

Who would you cast to play him in the movie?
  Ioan Gruffudd
In five words, describe your heroine’s personality.
  Innocent, faithful, embittered, caring, hopeful.

Who would you cast to play her in the movie?
  Katie McGrath

In 1-3 sentences, tell us what message you hope to convey in this story.
  I don’t know that I intend to convey any message. I guess if there is one, it would be letting go of the past for a better future, hope in the face of despair.

~Now for the truly awesome part~

Although Ophelia Garrett loved Cade Scott first, it was her sister he married and took home to his plantation. When Ophelia receives word of her sister's murder and Cade's arrest, she travels there on a mission to learn the truth. She soon finds the halls of Almenara are haunted by secrets, peril, and quite possibly her sister's ghost.
Despite the cold, angry man Cade has become, Ophelia's heart refuses to believe he is a murderer. Vowing to do everything she can to prove his innocence, Ophelia must open wounds she’d hoped were long healed and face the feelings that still burn between her and Cade.  As everyone looks to Cade as the suspect, evil haunts the dunes and halls of Almenara, bringing death to two more young women and forcing Ophelia to confront the danger.

How did Desi die, Cade?” 
He lifted his head, his face mere inches from mine. Emotion clouded his gaze, and he opened his mouth as if he meant to answer me. Instead, a low moan escaped him and he caught my mouth in the hungry kiss I had dreamed of for six years’ worth of lonely nights. For just a moment, the reason for that loneliness was completely forgotten.
A cry rent the air, and I jerked away from Cade, guilt and alarm whipping through me in equal measures as I turned to stare at the maid who had finally returned with the broom and dustpan. 
“Oh, Mr. Scott, forgive me, please.” 
“No need for apologies, Susan,” Cade said, bringing the woman’s stammering apology to an end. 
He looked at me, his eyes shadowed with pain. “I am the one who should be sorry. I’ll see you at supper, Ophelia.” 
I was left standing in the hall with the maid, who stared at me with open disdain. Her voice was sharp and cold when she spoke. 
“I thought you were Mrs. Scott, you know. Kissing her husband like that. It made me think Kathleen was right and she had come back from the grave after all.” 
“People don’t come back from the grave, Susan,” I retorted, hoping my haughtiness hid my shame. If Desi were to come back to haunt the halls of the home where she’d died, I was fairly certain what I’d just done would be reason enough for me to be her target.

When/where can our readers find WHEN SWALLOWS FALL?
  The official release isn’t until February, but it will be available for Kindle in November 2013.

Where can our readers find you on the internet?
My website is
Twitter: @gloria_marlow


  1. Hi Gloria! Thanks for guesting on my blog today. Who did the gorgeous cover?

  2. Thanks for having me, Sandra! Tina Lynn Stout with The Wild Rose Press did the cover. I love it!!!