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The Next Big Thing – Tag! You’re IT!

By Marilyn Baron

I’ve been tagged by Linsey Lanier, who writes the romantic suspense series Miranda’s Rights, to talk about my next big thing in    

The Next Big Thing BlogHop


What is the working title of your next book?  

Under the Moon Gate

Where did the idea for the book come from?  

I’ve always been fascinated by World War II and my family has taken many wonderful vacations in Bermuda, so I decided to combine those two loves. The result was this book. When I started doing research for the book I came across this passage, which sparked the idea:

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bermuda was surrounded by German U-boats. Although the move cut off vital supplies, the islands were never invaded.

Why did the Germans stop short of capturing that tiny speck in the ocean, when the value of controlling such a strategic possession could have altered the course of the war? Under the Moon Gate is my fictional account of why Bermuda was spared.

The title was inspired by the beautiful Bermuda moon gates – circular openings in garden walls that act as passageways – all over the island.

What genre does your book fall under?

Historical romance. I intended it as a romantic suspense, but The Wild Rose Press bought it as a historical and is calling it a romantic thriller. It is set in modern day and WW II Bermuda.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Well, I would love it if Michael Douglas took a look at it as a producer or director, since he has a home in Bermuda and operates a hotel there, so perhaps I’ll send it to him. As far as who would play the characters, there are roles for two love stories—a contemporary romance and one set in the ’40s, as well as two villains, a man-eating best friend, and a mysterious mistress, but I haven’t  thought that far ahead.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?                                                                            

Under The Moon Gate, a romantic thriller set in contemporary and World War II Bermuda, begins when brash Virginian Nathaniel Morgan sails into the life of prim and proper Bermuda heiress, Patience Whitestone and threatens to dig up her family secrets at any cost.

Will your book be self-published or represented by a traditional publisher?

Under the Moon Gate will be published by The Wild Rose Press in 2013. We’re in the editing stage now.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Funny you should ask. I looked back at my computer files and it appears that I was working on this book as early as 2004. At that time, it was called The Bermuda Triangle: A Love Story. It initially had a third romance between the ancestors of the main characters in the 17th century when Bermuda was founded. But three intersecting love stories were unwieldy and I cut out the earlier romance. The book has been through many iterations, but it’s apparently a story that wants to be told. Now, I’m working on a prequel that will tell the 17th century love story that started it all, to be released either before or after the book comes out.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

My editor at The Wild Rose Press said it has the flavor of a Jack Higgins book, especially his books set in World War II. I take that as a great compliment.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Just the love of Bermuda and a fascination with World War II. Also, my husband only reads books about World War II, so if I want him to read one of my books, I have to set it during that time period.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?                                                     

The parallels drawn between the multi-generational characters in the two love stories; the excitement of the war; and the blurred lines between good and evil. The contemporary story is also very humorous and that’s one of my favorite things about the book. I can’t wait to see the cover and I have some very exciting ideas about promoting the book with Bermuda-related prizes. I don’t have a release date yet, but it’s due to come out sometime in spring 2013. 

If you want to learn more about me and my books and stories, please visit:

And I tag:

In turn, I’d like to invite readers to visit the blogs of the following authors in the next few weeks to find out about their Next Best Thing.

 AJ Kirby from Leeds, UK

 Tony-Paul de Vissage

 Nicki Salcedo

Linsey Lanier - November 16, 2012 - 12:21 am

Very cool post, Marilyn. Thanks for being my tagee. :) I hope Michael Douglas picks up your story. I know he’d be glad he did. It’s a good one.

Debbie Kaufman - November 16, 2012 - 12:29 am

Congrats on the book, Marilyn. What a unique setting for a WWII based book! Can’t wait to read it :)

Carol Burnside - November 16, 2012 - 3:54 am

Best of luck with Under The Moon Gate, Marilyn! I love the title.

Marilyn Baron - November 16, 2012 - 5:20 am

Linsey, thanks for tagging me. This was a fun post to write.

Marilyn Baron - November 16, 2012 - 5:27 am

I think the setting is unique, too. I couldn’t find any other WW II books set there, but a lot of interesting behind-the-scenes WW II- related events took place there.

Marilyn Baron - November 16, 2012 - 5:32 am

Thank you. If you look up moon gates on the Internet you’ll see some beautiful pictures of garden moon gates. I would love to have one in my garden. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in the U.S.

AJ Kirby - November 16, 2012 - 8:04 am

Thanks for passing on the baton, Marilyn. Looking forward to having a go at these questions myself, this afternoon!

Marilyn Baron - November 16, 2012 - 8:07 am


Thanks for commenting. I can’t wait to read about your Next Big Thing.

Maxine Davis - November 16, 2012 - 9:54 am

This sounds like a great book. The title is enough to get my attention. I wish fantastic things for it, and I can’t wait to read it.

Marilyn Baron - November 16, 2012 - 10:07 am

Thanks, Maxine. I appreciate it.

Sia Huff - November 16, 2012 - 1:04 pm

I love your premise and WWII. Sounds like a great read. Congratulations. Have fun playing tag.

Marilyn Baron - November 16, 2012 - 2:30 pm


Thank you. This is fun.


Sandy Elzie - November 16, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Hi Marilyn,
This book sounds wonderful. I’m also interested in WWII, but I’ve had to put it aside to finish up one set in Los Angeles during 1936…(sigh)

When do you think it’ll be out?

Marilyn Baron - November 16, 2012 - 8:43 pm


Thanks for commenting. Well 1936 is in the same time frame. Is it war related? There are so many stories to tell about the war.

I’m hoping it will be out sometime in the spring of 2013.

Pam Asberry - November 17, 2012 - 11:44 am

Your new book sounds wonderful, Marilyn! I look forward to its release!

Marilyn Baron - November 17, 2012 - 2:24 pm


Thank you.

Maxine Davis - November 18, 2012 - 5:30 am

Your picture looks fabulous!

Marilyn Baron - November 18, 2012 - 6:18 am

Maxine, you are too funny! Thank you and I enjoyed seeing you and all the other Petit Fours at the GRW meeting yesterday. You looked fabulous in your outfit.

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