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Posted in Desert Breeze, faith, faith, love, Regina Andrews, romance, romance novel, series, tagged "Praise of the Heart", Desert breeze Publishing, faith, inspirational romance, love, regina andrews, Sterling Lakes on December 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
I am delirious about the cover for my new book, “Praise of the Heart” arriving January 1, 2012!!!! Thank you Jenifer Ranieri, you are amazing! And thank you Desert Breeze Publishing and Gail Delaney, plus the fabulous Danielle Thorne, a wonderful editor!!! Not sleeping tonight!!!! Here’s the Link: http://bit.ly/v34ZJs
Today I am so happy to welcome author Nike Chillemi. Thanks for visiting and welcome!
To my mind, the holidays are the perfect time to give a murder mystery as a gift. Veterans Day just passed and my debut novel BURNING HEARTS (historical romantic suspense with lots of action) was very topical for that day.
It’s hero, Lorne Kincade fought under General Patton in France in World War II. By all appearances, he was a motorcycle courier riding a military Harley Davidson. In reality, Lt. Lorne Kincade carried out covert mission that dove tailed with Operation Marseilles. Many times while on assignment, Lorne and his best buddy Grady Carter hid in the catacombs beneath Marseilles wondering if their cover had been blown. Grady died in an explosion set by Nazi troops and their French Underground contact was found dead, tortured.
Lorne returned to the states disillusioned by the horrors he witnessed, but when he met Erica Brogna, a gal with hair the color of mink, things started looking up for him. Of course, they first had to catch an arsonist and murderer.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, I can’t help but think of the warmth of the Brogna family in BURNING HEARTS. Their house always has the aroma of something good coming from the kitchen. And Mrs. B is known throughout the entire village of Sanctuary Point for her strudel.
If you are not the type to rush out the day after Thanksgiving for “black Friday shopping,” as I’m not…I have a few recommendations for making that day “Forensics Friday.” Here are a few suspense novels you might consider curling up with. Of course, I hope you consider BURNING HEARTS first.
J. Mark Bertrand wrote an outstanding detective novel with his first in the Roland March series. He’s outdone himself with book two, PATTERN OF WOUNDS. Amazon.
If you like reading about the Secret Service, Tammy Doherty’s historical suspense novel CELTIC KNOT takes you back to the origins of the agency.
If you like a sweet romance in your suspense novels and have a hankering for strawberry shortcake, try LAST RESORT by BJ Robinson. Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/73rt8bb Barners & Noble. http://tinyurl.com/7fwxyw9
Stay tuned…in two weeks, Nike’s panel will select a winner for her giveaway! Again, thanks for visiting today, Nike and please come back soon.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Angels of the Heart, Coffee Time Romance, Desert breeze Publishing, faith. grace, inspirational romance, love, regina andrews, Sterling Lakes Series on November 14, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Happy to share this review!! Thank you Matilda and Coffee Time Romance!! Very special thanks to Jen Ranieri from Desert Breeze Publishing for the glorious cover art!!!
Sterling Lakes Book Series
Book 1: Light Of The Heart
Book 2: Angels Of The Heart
ANGELS OF THE HEART
Sterling Lakes Series- Book 2
Desert Breeze Publishing
Rating: 4 Cups
Maryanne Lynch lives in a small town, is a television journalist, is engaged to a great guy and enjoys her life. But all of that changes when she hears of a renovation plan that will destroy a landmark in the town that means so much to many. She cannot let that happen.
Travis Collimore is the developer of the proposed church renovations. He also knows Maryanne from high school. Lately, he has been feeling that his life is not fulfilling and that he is not living the way he should. He has questions about his faith, his job, and now his feelings for Maryanne.
With Maryann and Travis on opposite sides of the renovation project as well as the faith issue, you would think they would be butting heads, but surprisingly things are failing into place, that is until a slight misunderstanding puts them at odds. But God’s plan is for more than they can guess.
What a sweet and tender love story. Filled with choices and decisions that sometimes we all have to make in order to both keep the past alive and move forward in our quest. I love the characters in this series and look forward to reading more about them in the upcoming books Ms. Andrews has planned. My only complaint about this story is that I would have liked to see a bit more depth. I just felt things progressed way too quickly, but I suppose they can happen quickly in life, too.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
Look for “Praise of the Heart” Sterling Lakes Book Three, Jan 1, 2012
Posted in Desert Breeze, faith, inspirational romance, love, Regina Andrews, romance, romance novel, series, Shawna K. Williams, sweet, The Good Fight, tagged andrews, Desert Breeze, Desert breeze Publishing, faith, inspirational romance, love, Shawna K. Williams, The Good Fight on November 10, 2011 | 20 Comments »
Today I am so very happy and thrilled to welcome author Shawna K. Williams! She’s here to visit and to discuss the release of her new book, “The Good Fight”, from Desert Breeze Publishing. Welcome, Shawna!
How did this story come to you?
After the release of No Other, my debut novel, I had several readers ask me if the sequel, In All Things — which was already under contract based on a proposal — was going to be about Roger, Jakob’s rival in No Other. When I told them that it wasn’t, they expressed disappointment. While writing In All Things, however, his character crept in unexpectedly, and in a rather profound way. He was hardly present throughout the book, but his name and the impact he’d had on Jakob in the previous book kept coming up. When In All Things released, once again I had readers asking me if I was going to write a book about Roger. As I looked at certain elements of the story, I realized that the relationship between Jakob and Roger wasn’t quite finished, and that it would also serve as the cohesion in a three book series if I chose to write another book. Furthermore, Roger was a rather interesting character with a unique angle from which to explore. So, here it is. The Good Fight is the third book in what I’ve dubbed, “The Series I Didn’t Intend to Write but My Readers Made Me Do It.”
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are a few. First, judgmental attitudes come in all sorts. In the story Pennye has been a victim of this, but she’s also just as guilty. When she first meets Roger her reaction is to clump him into a category and her reaction toward him is affected by the judgments she made.
The second is to understand that when we give our lives over to the Lord, we are transformed into something useful and beautiful, imperfections and all. Regret is a powerful emotion and can often dominate and define a person’s life. God takes our experiences though — good and bad — and turns them into wisdom. They become something to use for His glory, and thus He removes our regret by bringing us to the realization that, in Him, we are a new creature, molded from the old. Our past is the clay from which we were made. But we can let go of the shame of that past, embrace Grace and rejoice in the beauty God creates as all things work together for His glory. This is a theme that runs through all of my stories. It’s something that I firmly believe in.
Roger Talbot’s life is defined by his devotion to public service. Having just successfully prosecuted a brutal murder case, Roger turns his attention to discovering the shady dealings of Niles Parker — the town’s former mayor, Roger’s old boss and the father of the woman Roger almost married.
Pennye Carrington ran away from Port Delamar with plans never to return. However, learning that her brother had murdered a family member of a famous movie star changed those plans. Pennye comes back with the hope of bringing stability to a family in disarray, but facing the torment of her childhood may be more than she can handle.
Roger’s mission to bring down Niles Parker and Pennye’s desire to keep her brothers out of trouble create a middle ground, where two people who couldn’t be further apart, embark on a danger-filled journey of discovery to find themselves and each other.
Can you tell us about your other books?
I have four books that are published and one that’s about to be under contract. Three of my books, including my latest release are a series. As I mentioned, the series doesn’t have a title though because initially it was only going to be two books.
All three of these books center round the small, but growing town of Port Delamar. It’s a fictional town based on Baytown, TX — the area where my husband grew up. The themes of these stories revolve around forgiveness and acceptance. There’s a tapestry woven in how the characters’ lives intertwine, and tragic events lead to good. I’m not so sure there won’t be other books in the future that tie into this town and these characters.
I have another book called Orphaned Hearts. It’s a Christmas story, but enjoyable for any time of year. It also has a similar theme of acceptance (mainly of ourselves). The story is very much about seeing the beauty within. It was inspired by my granddad, who grew up in an orphanage during The Great Depression.
What are you working on now and what’s next for you?
I edit for two publishers, so at the moment I’m playing catch-up on some work, but I’m about to sign a contract for a sequel to my Christmas story Orphaned Hearts, which released last December with Desert Breeze. This new story doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s about Caleb as a grown man, and the baby girl of the family who almost adopted him when he was a boy. Good thing they didn’t.
I’m also working on a story called Memoirs of a Ghost Town. It’s literary fiction, and it blends a contemporary story with one set in the past. I’m unsure right now as to where I’ll pitch it. I need to finish it first.
Regina, thank you so much for hosting me. I love your books. I’m a little behind on reading your latest series, but everything I see about it looks wonderful, so I’m looking forward to the holidays and having some free time on my hands.
I’m hosting a contest to win a free Kindle and a $25 Amazon gift certificate. If you’re interested, details are here: http://shawnawilliams-oldsmobile.blogspot.com/2011/10/kindle-giveaway-with-new-book-release.html
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About Shawna K. Williams:
Shawna K. Williams is an inspirational novelist who loves telling a story through flawed characters – the only kind she can relate to. She also likes a good dose of nostalgia, which is why many of her stories are set in rural America during the first half of the 20th Century. However, being a fan of other genres, including Science Fiction and Suspense, she has a few surprises planned for future works.
When not writing, Shawna spends time with her husband and three children enjoying life on their ranch. She’s also an avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and jewelry designer.
Note from the host: As many of you know, I work for a high-end national jewelry retailer. So of course I noticed Shawna’s gorgeous necklace when she forwarded her photo for this post. I asked her about it, and the answer? Yes! She made it herself! Shawna, you are a wonderfully multi-talented individual!! Please come back again soon and visit. Best of luck with your new book!
Behind the Scenes of: ‘A Polish Heart’ by Stephanie Burkhart – Ninth Stop on the 2011 Summer Blog-String Fest
Posted in Breakers, Desert Breeze, faith, inspirational romance, inspirational romance, love, Regina Andrews, romance, sweet, Uncategorized, tagged andrews, Desert Breeze, Desert breeze Publishing, ebook, faith, Hungary, inspiration, paranormal romance, Poland, Stephanie Burkhart on September 11, 2011 | 12 Comments »
Today I am so happy and delighted that the wonderful Stephanie Burkhart is visiting the Summer Blog-String Fest! She’s a fantastic author, great friend – and fellow New England-er. Welcome, Steph!
Behind the Scenes of: A Polish Heart
by Stephanie Burkhart
Regina Andrews is one of the sweetest people I know. A fellow Desert Breeze Author, when I learned Regina was from Rhode Island, I felt like I’d met a kindred spirit. I grew up in New Hampshire. My first time to Rhode Island was to Newport in 1985 as part of a school trip. Newport, Rhode Island is beautiful. I visited the mansions of Newport – Rosecliff, the Astors, and the Breakers, and fell in love with the Breakers. What made the biggest impression with me was standing in the middle of the great hall and closing my eyes and envisioning what it like all those years ago.
The Breakers was the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and the home was constructed between 1892-95. The architectural style embodies “The Gilded Age” of America and was the largest, most elegant house in Newport when it was finished.
When it came time to write my inspirational short story, A Polish Heart, I drew upon my knowledge and love of Newport to give my hero, Darrin Riverton a home. Darrin comes from Newport and embodies the American dream.
“A Polish Heart” is a short story included in Victory Tales Press Spring/Easter anthology. The story encompasses inspirational and family themes. Darrin’s a successful architect who travels to Warsaw, Poland on an assignment. Sofia Buraczynski is the beautiful, hard-working and family orientated interpreter who Darrin falls for. Will Sophia’s faith give Darrin his heart back?
What I enjoy about writing for Victory Tales Press are the opportunities to branch out and try other subgenres of romance. “A Polish Heart” has an inspirational message – you are who God made you and you shouldn’t try to be what other people expect you to be. You’ll only be happy when you are yourself. There’s also a family message – a family filled with love offers unconditional support. Darrin’s family has been sidetracked by materialism – and Darrin has lost his way because of it.
REVIEWS: A POLISH HEART
5 Stars, Diane Craver, author of “The Christmas Gift”
Burkhart’s writing caused me to fall in love with Warsaw, even though I’ve never been there. Her descriptions of the setting and culture made me feel like I was experiencing firsthand Poland’s interesting country.
The Set up: Darrin and Sophia are finishing dinner at a local restaurant.
The waiter came and Darrin gave him his credit card.
“I’d invite you shopping with us, but I’m afraid you have a lot of work to do.”
Darrin frowned. He did, but he hated to miss the opportunity to learn about the Easter basket and go shopping for it.
“Why don’t you join us for mass on Palm Sunday?”
“Really? A mass? I haven’t been in months. I’d need a confession.”
“Do you want me to ask Father William if it would be permissible for me to translate for him? He takes confessions on Saturday afternoons.”
“You can work in the morning. I’ll call you in the afternoon. Do you mind taking the metro again?”
“What if he can’t take your confession?” asked Sofia.
“I’ll still go to mass with you, but I’d like to be able to receive the Eucharist.”
Her smile widened, warming his heart.
“I would like that. I’ll do my best to help get you a confession.”
The waiter returned and Darrin signed the bill. They left. Sofia’s car was parked in front of her house. The car ride back to his hotel was silent. She’d given him a lot to think about. How did he want to live his life? Falsely, trying to meet his parents’ expectations? Or did he want to let his heart breathe? He was twenty-nine. Wasn’t he entitled to let himself follow his own course? He had a good job, a nice apartment – he just had to live the way he wanted. And he had to guard his heart, turn away dishonesty and keep his eyes firmly on the path ahead, as the rest of the verse advised.
Sofia pulled up to the front of the hotel and put the car in park. Darrin turned to face her. The fringes of her lashes cast shadows on her cheeks, softening her expression. He reached out and gently took her hand in his. Her touch sent warm tendrils of desire through him. With the other hand, he cupped her cheek. She closed her eyes, and drew in a sharp breath before opening them again.
Lightly, he rubbed his thumb against her jaw.
“May I kiss you?” His voice was low and husky.
He leaned forward, his lips feather light, touching hers with tantalizing persuasion until she opened up to him. He kept the kiss slow, thoughtful, enjoying the hints of berries and currants that lingered from the malbec. He pulled away gently.
“That was nice,” she whispered.
“Call me tomorrow.”
Darrin opened the door and stepped out. He waved to Sofia and she waved back as she drove away.
Darrin went to his room and revisited his luggage, removing his travel Bible from an inner pocket. He always took it with him, just in case. Opening it up, he went to the book of Proverbs, sat up against the headboard of the bed, and began to read.
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC6_397PerU
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Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. A member of Generation X, she joined the army in 1986 and spent 7 years overseas in Germany. She’s now a 911 Dispatcher for LAPD. Her favorite football team is the New England Patriots. A Polish Heart was inspired by her Polish heritage.
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Thank you for visiting, Stephanie, and best of luck with your writings!