Posts Tagged ‘Heartwarming’

Sweet Southern Hearts…

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Sweet Southern Hearts
Author: Susan Schild
Publisher: Lyrical Press

 

Genre:
Contemporary Women’s Fiction

 

 

Susan Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat
Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, for a humorous,
heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and
self-discovery…

 

 

 

When it comes to marriage, third time’s
the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s thrilled to be on her honeymoon
with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome veterinarian. But just like
the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades her to take,
newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.
Jack’s
twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the
perfect stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag
along on the first week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew
women “of a certain age” could drum up so much trouble? No sooner
is Linny sighing with relief at being back home than she’s helping
her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an unexpected
legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever
imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s
that there’s always room for another sweet surprise…

 

Susan has an undergraduate degree from James
Madison University and a master’s degree (MSW) from The University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her professional
background as a psychotherapist and corporate trainer to add
authenticity to her characters.
Susan is a wife, a stepmother,
and a dog lover. She and her family live near Raleigh, North Carolina
where she is busy finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill
Series.

Susan, what inspired you to write this book?

  1. The Need for Heartwarming and Funny Stories: With so much troubling news and hyped up reporting out there, I wanted to write heartwarming, life affirming and funny books because I think a lot of readers are longing for that right now. Sometimes, the news is so disturbing that I can’t read it online and don’t want to watch it on television. Many of my readers probably feel the same way. Readers have said they’ve been encouraged and uplifted by my books, and that makes me happy. We all need to be reminded that if we work hard, try to do the right thing, have faith and press on through trouble, everything is going to be all right.
  2. Give Readers a Friendly Neighborhood to Visit: In creating Willow Hill, I imagined two women sitting on a front porch in Adirondack chairs having a glass of tea or wine, a dog at their feet, and maybe a baby on a shoulder. They’d be looking out over rolling green fields and talking about their lives: their men, their work and their families. They’d be doing what women friends do so well, reassuring each other, offering each other advice and laughing together.

In Willow Hill, readers can visit with Linny and the gang, bright, warm, loveable characters to whom they can relate. My readers tell me they feel like they’ve made new friends with my characters, and that was exactly my intent.

  1. A Clean Read: My books have no explicit scenes, violence or language that might offend a reader. Readers who prefer clean reads may not want to get engaged with a book and then come upon a scene that made them uncomfortable. I am not judging other writers or readers with other preferences. I just wanted readers who prefer a clean read to find stories that suited them, with no surprises.
  2. Older Women and Men Rock: See # 3 above. I did want my characters to be age forty and over and still have a zest for life, be blossoming, having fun, getting into scrapes, and falling in love. It’s what I see around me in my friends and family, and what I know is real.
  3. A Different Package than You Expected: A theme in my books is that happily ever afters often don’t come in the packages you’d expected, especially when folks are older and may have had to deal with hard realities like being widowed, divorced or having other life losses.

While Linny dreamed of a white picket fence life, she unexpectedly falls for Jack, a lovely man who’s been married before and who comes with a reluctant stepchild and a too attached ex-wife. She’s living in an old farmhouse instead of a suburban neighborhood. Her life is busy to the point of chaotic and she now has seven dogs. None of this was what she thought her happily ever after would look like, but Linny loves her life and her new little family.

 

The Tree Keeper’s Promise by Tamara Passey: Day 1

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Tamara Passey was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year in 2013 and contributes marriage and family articles to FamilyShare.com. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and three children in Arizona. Other titles by Tamara include The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, and Mothering through the Whirlwind, a short memoir.

Connect with the Author here: 
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Four seasons. That’s how long Angela Donovan hoped to know Mark Shafer before they married. But less than a year later, she still fears that she’s repeating the mistake of a failed relationship. 

As Christmas approaches, she senses Mark’s plans for a proposal, and wonders if she can learn to trust again. Mark has learned all there is to know about the Shafer miracle trees—or so he thinks. 

Papa reveals secrets about the trees’ matchmaking power just as a highway expansion threatens to destroy the family legacy. Mark is determined to save the farm, and the promise of love stirring in the branches of the Shafer miracle trees. Heartwarming and engaging, 

The Tree Keeper’s Promise captures the warmth and wonder of the holiday season.

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Q & A with the Author:
1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I can write a novel, but ask me to describe myself, and I get writer’s block. I’ve lived as
many years in the southwest as I have in the northeast. Both places are dear to
me. Also, I love to be creative for the joy it brings.   
2. What do you love most in the world?
My family. 
3. What do you fear most?
Scorpions. 
4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
Finishing
my degree. What am I doing to reach it? Deciding my major. 
5. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Motherhood
(and still doing it). 
6. Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From
your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make
sure it’s yours. What’s your story?
Once
upon a time there was a little girl who wanted to write books so she could
share stories with her friends. But every time she would visit the library, or
read a great book, she would get the idea that she wasn’t smart enough to write
her own. Until she was grown and became a mom and was taking care of her
daughter who had been sick for several days—during a sleepless night, she had
an idea—miracle Christmas trees. She was so excited about the story, she didn’t
stop to doubt herself. And The Christmas Tree Keeper was born! 
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