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Clare writes inspirational romance, usually of a suspenseful nature. Her books are available through her publisher Pelican Book Group and Amazon. She is married with three kids and lives in the UK. She loves watching sci-fi, crime drama, cross stitching, reading and baking.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Waiting for Lily Bloom - Jericha Kingston





BLURB:
James Bloom has prayed three years for rain and five years for a wife. His dreams are demolished on Palm Sunday, 1935, when a catastrophic dust storm hits Oklahoma, and his neighbor’s niece has to ride out the storm at his house—overnight. The next day, he’s forced to marry her, an East coast city girl who can’t speak. Could this be God’s plan?
Condemned to a future married to a stranger in the dusty Oklahoma wasteland, Lily Driggers longs for her home. Yet somehow, her new husband is the only one who understands her silence.
As Easter approaches, Lily and James wonder if there is hope after the storm.
EXCERPT 1:

“Lily.”
She looked to the front porch where James stood, his face leached of color.
“Walk toward me as fast as you can.” His voice cracked. “Now, Lily.”
What? The bully was at it again, this time issuing orders. She sighed and stepped off her rung on the fence. Mr. Bloom was about to learn she didn’t obey tyrants. She released the top plank and would’ve turned to go, but something in his voice startled her.
“Don’t look back, Lily. I’m begging you. Come to me.”
She glared at him.
His face crumpled, and he bounded off the porch and ran toward her.
The beast was chasing her! And he looked…crazed. No. Terrified. The only other time she’d seen such a look was when—
“Lily!
Everything turned red. She was enveloped in a cloud. Fine dust stung her eyes and throat, choking her. She gasped, inhaled dirt, and coughed. Her mouth snapped shut, sand grinding between her teeth. She closed her eyes and hid her face behind the flimsy sleeve of her dress, protecting her nose and mouth. But it was no use.
Shaking. The earth was shaking. Wind gusted, shrieked and moaned, almost as loud as her racing heart. Would it burst right through her chest? What’s happened? Is this a tornado?
Wind-driven sheets of dust blasted into her flesh like piercing needles. She tasted dirt, smelled dirt, cried dirt.
“Lily, grab the fence.” James coughed and sputtered. “The fence!”
She tripped over her own feet to reach the corral and latch on. She clung there, wind and dust swirling around her, lifting her braid up into the air. Please, God, help me!

EXCERPT 2:

James rose and walked to the window. The storm raged on. He’d seen dust storms in his life, but never the likes of that cloud wall. It was like a great partition, separating heaven from hell. Saved from lost. And he was on the wrong side. He swallowed, watching the destruction blow past, taking his dreams with it. Had he done something he shouldn’t? Had he failed to do something he should’ve? Surely this was the judgment of God.
Were his friends and neighbors spared? Many were going hungry already, had babies to feed. Only God knew how many were affected.
A faint cry reached his ears. Was that…did he hear Fitz? Myrtle? He strained, listening for his horses, but the wind roared, swallowing the calls of its captives. He gripped the window sill. If the animals survived, it’d be a miracle.
What can I do, Lord? If the storm continues, I’m finished. The land would be devastated. What if he lost Dad’s farm? He rubbed a shaking hand over his eyelids.
He walked back to Lily. Her hair gleamed. Thick, dark lashes rested against her pale cheeks. She’d curled her feet up in the chair and turned to her side. The quilt was pulled up to her chin. Her head tilted forward slightly, completely relaxed in sleep. Even breaths. In and out. Calm in the destruction. A picture of peace and beauty as his world blew away.


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Character interview

Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?
My name is Lily. I'm 28. I'm mute.
Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?
I lived with my father in Savannah, Georgia a week ago, but I came to visit my aunt and uncle in Oklahoma, and unwillingly became a resident. And a wife. And a foster mother.
What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?
I'm too curious, which often lands me in the worst predicaments!
Name two things would you hate people to know about you?
First, how difficult it is for me to forgive.  Second, if I could talk, I'd feel guilty voicing the unkind thoughts in my heart. 
Tell us about your special lady/bloke. What makes her/him special? 
James is kind and brave. He risked his life to save mine.
The first time you saw her/him, what did you think? Did you like her/him immediately, or did she/he have to grow on you?
Grow on me? He infuriated me! He threw me over his shoulder like a sack of wheat! 
What would he/she hate people to know about her?
That he threw me over his shoulder like a sack of wheat.
What is your favourite thing to eat and drink?
Miss Washington's ham biscuits and cinnamon apples.
If you had to fight, what would be your weapon of choice and why?
My fists, because they work well. 

And now some silly questions. I presume you mean me, and not Lily :)

Pepsi or coke
Ginger Ale
tea or coffee
Decaf green tea
elephant or tiger
Elephant
roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)
Must I choose? Both sound lovely.
classical music or pop
Either, depending on my mood.
sunrise or sunset
Sunset.
walk or run
Walk.
chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)

Yes!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen



As the co-owner of The Rose in Bloom, Audrey Bloom creates magnificent flower arrangements for brides to be. Though helping to plan a wedding can be stressful, it’s nothing compared to the groom turning up dead. 

A designer of eye-catching bridal bouquets—many of them based on the Victorian meanings behind each flower—Audrey Bloom is used to celebrations that end with happily ever after. In fact, every couple she’s worked with is still together, living in wedded bliss. But her perfect record is about to be broken.

Her childhood friend Jenny Whitney has reeled in the most eligible bachelor in Ramble, Virginia, and she’s hired Audrey to design the bouquet. But before Jenny can walk down the aisle clutching her blend of anemone, scabious, and pussy willow (a floral disaster in Audrey’s mind), the groom is found dead—sprinkled with bits of a bouquet. This is bad for business—not to mention for Jenny, who has become the prime suspect. So Audrey decides to do a little digging herself, hoping she won’t be the next Ramble resident pushing up daisies…

Bio
Beverly Allen (aka Barbara Early) holds a degree in engineering, but her creative streak caused her to run screaming from the pocket-protector set. She enjoys cooking, crafts, gardening, home-improvement projects, board games, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and four naughty but adorable cats.

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Character Interview: Audrey Bloom

Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?

Hi, I'm Audrey Bloom, and I'm a floral designer. I specialize in creating bridal bouquets (and other wedding flowers) using the old language of flowers. I enjoy using flowers specifically chosen because their meanings relate to the bride's personality or relationship with her future spouse. Maybe there's something magical in that, because I just learned that all of the brides who have carried one of my bouquets down the aisle are still together with their grooms!

Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?

I live in the small town of Ramble, Virginia. It's a cozy little town, and I have fond memories of spending my childhood summers in the area with my dear Grandma Mae and my cousin Liv. After Grandma Mae passed, Liv and I used the money she left us to put a down payment on the small shop right on Main Street. We called it Rose in Bloom, since she's Olivia Rose and I'm Audrey Bloom...but I guess I already said that.

What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?

That they wouldn't know? Hmm. They might not know that I love old movies, especially musicals. I sing the songs when I'm in the shower. Well, my neighbor actually does know that, since he's constantly pounding on the walls. And I have a crush on Cary Grant.

Name two things you would hate people to know about you?

Like any woman, I guess my weight. I'm not exactly obese, but I'm not part of the health club set with all that sweating and juicing either.

And the second thing I'd hate people to know is probably why I switched careers and became a wedding florist. Liv knows, and I'm sure it's going to come out eventually, but...

Tell us about your special bloke. What makes him special? 

Well, nobody right now. I just went through a nasty breakup with Brad--aka Brad the Cad. The thing that makes him special to me right now is just how good his face looks on my dartboard.

But I did just meet this guy. His name is Nick and he just opened up a new bakery in town.

The first time you saw him, what did you think? Did you like him immediately, or did he have to grow on you?

When I met Brad? Oh, I thought it was love at first sight. Enough to slap that silly notion right out of my head.

Or did you mean Nick? When I first saw him, for some reason--maybe because he was dressed all in white in his bakers' clothes--I thought of the moonflower, which means, "I only dream of love." But I'm really not sure I'm ready for another relationship right now.

And now some silly questions.

Pepsi or coke

Pepsi

tea or coffee

Coffee

elephant or tiger

Elephant

roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)

yes, please!

classical music or pop

broadway showtunes

sunrise or sunset

sunset

walk or run

walk

chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)

chocolate

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Hearts Haven Week. Love in the WINGS by Delia Latham


Blurb:
Church secretary and praise team leader Aria Robbins isn't happy when she  has to work with the new youth minister. She also has to grin and bear it when he moves into the cottage next to hers at Heart's Haven...but she doesn't have to like him. Truth is, she'd be much happier if Corbin Bishop would take his charm and his big, fancy ideas right back to Austin where he belongs.

When a spiritual attack on Angel Falls lands Aria and Corbin on the battlefront as part of a team of prayer Warriors in God's Service (WINGS), they must fight for their town, their church, and their pastor, and Aria sees Corbin in a whole new light.

But emotional scars from an unspeakable childhood have distorted Corbin's acceptance of certain Scriptural truths, and Aria won't trust her heart in the hands of a man whose faith is unsure. Aria wraps her prayer wings around him tightly. Will Corbin finally trust God to heal his soul?

Review:
Set against a chilling backdrop from the very first paragraph, this book pulls you into a spiritual battle for the souls of Angel Falls and Heart’s Haven. I found I could only read it in the daylight, because of my own personal history with that kind of thing. Set against this you have two characters, who really don’t get on at first, yet even that fits the mood of the story perfectly.
I cried, shivered and smiled through this story.
The WINGS from the title of the book are prayer warriors, praying for their community and pastor and I think that is something every church should set up.


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Interview with the main characters from Love in the WINGS

Clare: Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself.
Hero: Hi, Clare! Thanks for inviting us to chat with you. I’m Corbin Bishop, a youth minister at The Falls Tabernacle in Angel Falls, Texas. And the pretty lady here with me is—
Heroine: Excuse me, Corbin Bishop! I can speak for myself, thank you very much. (Shoots the hero a withering glance.) Hi, Clare! My name is Aria Robbins. I’m Pastor David Myers’s secretary at The Falls Tabernacle. Well…that’s one of my jobs. The other is at a jewelry design company called Jewels for the Kingdom, which is owned by Pastor David’s wife, Pia. She’s my best friend, and we have a great time working together.
Corbin: Aren’t you going to tell her about—?
Aria: Corbin! (Rolls eyes and offers Clare an embarrassed smile.) He wants you to know that I’m the praise team leader at The Falls Tabernacle. For some reason, Corbin thinks that’s important, but I do it because I love it. Singing is such a huge part of who I am…and I love working with the worship team.
Clare: Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there? Aria, why don’t you go first this time.
Aria: Well, as Corbin mentioned—without waiting to be asked, of course—we live in Angel Falls, Texas. It’s a lovely little town in the Angelina National Forest of East Texas. Corbin and I both have cabins in Heart’s Haven, which is truly a blessed and wonderful place to live. There’s a precious legend of love surrounding the place, and the owner, Mr. Andrew Hart, is—”
Corbin: (A frustrated groan.) Please, Aria…don’t do this.
Aria: (Completely ignores him.) Mr. Hart speaks with angels! Folks say they hang out at Heart’s Haven, and there are all kinds of stories about various tenants having divine encounters with them.
Corbin: (Huffs out a breath.) You had to say it, didn’t you?
Aria: I wanted to say it. I love being a part of a place that’s touched by the divine.
Clare: What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know? Corbin?
Corbin: Hmm…I don’t think I’m a quirky person.
Aria: (With a sugary smile) I can answer this one for him, if you’d like…
Corbin: (Hurriedly) I don’t think so. OK…well, I guess I’m kind of obsessive about my appearance. It’s kind of a…I don’t know, a—“
Aria: A fa├žade. You gotta make a good impression on absolutely everyone. Gotta dress perfectly, have every hair in place, speak eloquently, live—”
Corbin: So I like to be well thought of. What’s wrong with that?
Aria: (Harrumphs) Let me count the—
Clare: OK, then. Aria, what about you? Personality quirks?
Aria: (Blushing) Sorry about that, Clare. Corbin and I tend to bring out the worst in each other sometimes… (Pulls in a deep breath.) I’m not quirky at all. Just your ordinary, everyday—
Corbin: Umm...I can answer this one for you…?
Aria: (Glaring, as politely as possible with Clare looking on) I don’t think so. OK. Umm…Well, I don’t know…uh…
Clare: (Grinning behind her hand) It’s all right, Aria. You don’t have to answer anything that makes you uncomfortable. Let’s try another question. How about this—name two things you would hate people to know about you?
Aria: (Laughing) I’m pretty much an open book. Really. But if had something I wanted to hide, I doubt I’d just blurt it out in an interview.
Corbin: (Also laughing) For once, we are in complete agreement.
Clare: Nothing to share then? Truthfully?
Corbin: (With a heavy sigh) Well, since you put it that way…I wouldn’t want anyone to know about my childhood. But that’s all I’m saying. I’d really prefer not to share anything more about it.
Clare: That’s fine. No problem at all. Aria, what book are you currently reading?
Aria: Oh, how I wish I had more time for reading! I’m always so busy. I’m trying to find time to read Boo Hiss, by Rene Gutteridge. So far, I’m loving it.
Corbin: (Chuckles)
Clare: (Hurrying to stop any possible argument) And you, Corbin?
Corbin: I don’t really do a lot of pleasure reading, but interestingly enough, I’m in the middle of a great book right now—one Pastor David recommended it. And the Angels Were Silent by Max Lucado.
Aria: (Grins and opens her mouth to speak)
Corbin: (Just drop it, Songbird.)
Clare: Corbin, tell us about your special lady. What makes her special?
Corbin: She’s beautiful and feisty, has a heart just about as big as the state of Texas, and a voice…man, my woman sings like a bird!
Clare: She sounds somehow familiar… How about you, Aria? Is there a special man in your life?
Aria: (Blushing) I think so, but…well, I’m not sure he knows it yet.
Clare: Hmmm... The first time you saw him, what did you think? Did you like him immediately, or did he have to grow on you?
Aria: (Laughs out loud) He definitely had to grow on me. The first time I saw him, I thought, “You need to turn around and go back to wherever it is you came from.”
Clare: (Laughing) And now some silly questions. Pepsi or coke
(Simultaneously)
Corbin: Coke
Aria: Pepsi
Clare: Rain or snow and why
Aria: Rain. I love the sound of it on the roof when I’m in bed. I sleep like a baby.
Corbin: Snow. Because it looks so beautiful in—uhm…in a certain girl’s hair and eyelashes.
Clare: Tea or coffee
Simultaneously, with a special look at each other, and even a smile) Texas sweet tea!
Clare: Elephant or tiger
Corbin: Never thought about it. Both, I think.
Aria: Definitely tiger. They’re such beautiful animals!
Corbin: And yet you tell me I’m too “into” my looks. (Laughing)
(Clare rushes into the next options)
Clare: Roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)
Corbin and Aria, loudly and simultaneously: Pizza!
Clare: Classical music or pop
(Again with the laughter and simultaneous answer)
Contemporary Gospel
Clare: Sunrise or sunset
(Aria and Corbin look at each other, and Clare knows these two are head over heels in love—even if they don’t know it themselves…)
Aria, very softly: Definitely sunset
Corbin: (Clears throat) Yeah. Me too. Sunset, without a doubt.
Clare hesitates, then decides to leave it alone.
Clare: Walk or run
And they do it again, in complete unison, they’re gazes locked: Walk
Aria continues in a whisper: Absolutely. Very long walks.
Clare: Chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)
Aria and Corbin don’t even hear. He holds out his hand. Aria places hers in it.
Clare shrugs and leaves without saying good-bye. She has a feeling they don’t even know she’s gone.

Bio:
Bio:  DELIA LATHAM is a born-and-bred California gal, raised in a place called Weedpatch and currently living in the lovely mountain town of Tehachapi with her husband and a spoiled Pomeranian. She enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She has a "thing" for Dr. Pepper, and loves to hear from her readers. Contact her through her website or send an e-mail to delia@delialatham.net. Find her also at the following online locations:


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Hearts Haven Week Designed by Love by Mary Manners


Blurb:
Traci Stanton's dream is to own a cake shop. The cramped kitchen at her Heart's Haven apartment isn't exactly an ideal space for creating her masterpieces. Plus her new neighbor, Dylan, has become a constant distraction with his DJ business and the ever-present explosion of event music as he tweaks playlists.
 Dylan Jones blew into Angel Falls like a hurricane desperate to leave the memories of a mission gone awry. A former Navy SEAL, he's got no desire to live with deadlines and boundaries or to take orders from anyone--ever again. If only Traci would quit distracting him with the aroma of her sweet confections and lilting voice singing hymns as she works. Dylan has no place for the God who let him down and claimed the life of his fellow SEALs.
Will Dylan ever leave the past--and his anorexic faith--behind and allow God to calm the raging storm in his soul?


Review:
I could so relate to the way this story starts as it happens a lot in this house. Nice and quiet one minute and then BOOM. Traci and Dylan are total opposites, different tastes in music and cakes, And when disaster strikes right at the start, it seems as if they will never see eye to eye. This one kept me riveted to the pages, from one heart stopping moment to the next.

Bio:
Mary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and the cherished cats they've rescued from local animal shelters...Lucky and Gus.
Mary’s debut novel, Mended Heart, was nominated Best Inspirational Romance and was finalist for the Bookseller’s Best Award and her follow-up, Tender Mercies, was awarded an outstanding 4 ½ star rating from The Romantic Times Book Reviews and was also a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Buried Treasures, her third novel, was named Book of the Year by The Wordsmith Journal. Light the Fire took top honors for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award while Wisdom Tree garnered National Excellence in Romance Fiction. Mary was named Author of the Year by Book and Trailer Showcase. She writes romances of all lengths, from short stories to novels—something for everyone.
Learn more about Mary Manners at her website: www.MaryMannersRomance.com.



 Character Interview:

Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?

I’m Wyatt Cutler, oldest brother in the Cutler Clan. I’ve just come home to Clover Cove to help manage the family nursery, but I’m not happy about this new and unexpected fork in the road.


Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?

I was living happily in New York City…great job and all the fancy grown-up toys. I traded that all in to come home. Ouch.


What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?

I love coffee with lots of cream and sugar, but that isn’t very manly so I choke it down black. Works for me. I also belt out tunes to the radio while driving in my truck. Shh…don’t share that. (opps too late. sorry)


Name two things would you hate people to know about you?

I’m impatient and sometimes, well…I question God


Tell us about your special lady. What makes her special? 

Kami Moretto…she’s beautiful inside and out. I’ve loved her for as long as I can remember but coming home and seeing her again…it just blew me away.


The first time you saw her, what did you think? Did you like her immediately, or did she have to grow on you?

It was definitely love at first site. But all I could think was to run away…fast. She scared me. My feelings frightened me.


And now some silly questions.

Pepsi or coke         Sweet tea all the way

tea or coffee           Coffee…black

elephant or tiger     Tiger

roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)     Definitely burger and fries

classical music or pop     Classical (think slow dancing with Kami) or pop if I’m belting it out in the car

sunrise or sunset      Sunset, for sure

walk or run     walk…hand in hand

chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)    always chocolate. I’m a chocoholic (wink)

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Hearts Haven Week. Wounded Grace by Tanya Stowe


Blurb:
Madison Harper is glad to be alive after a devastating skiing accident. She loves her new community, too. There's something peaceful about the Heart's Haven cottages. Madison wakes up every morning, praising the Lord and basking in constant sunshine--until the day Andrew Hart collapses from a massive heart attack and dies. When widower Lance Dalton arrives to help his sister bury her husband. He and Madison agree to bury the hatchet from their turbulent past. But no matter how hard they try, they seem to bring out the worst in each other. Their verbal battles uncover too many old hurts, mistaken paths, and hidden feelings.  Can these two embittered souls ever hope to find peace and healing or has the healing peace of Heart's Haven died with Mr. Hart?

My Review:
This story had me in tears on page five. One of those heart stopping...no you can't do that moments. This isn't a spoiler if you've read the blurb. Later on I wanted to bash the character's heads together or tell them to grow up. And I smiled and chuckled. It's rare a book will produce such a torrent of different emotions and Wounded Grace certainly delivers on that front. Combine it with a story where you actually care what's going on and you have a winning combination that you will want to read over and over again.

Bio:
Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…gifts of the spirit and miracles, mysteries and exotic travel, even an angel or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a journey to the Old West or to contemporary adventures in foreign lands…be prepared for the extraordinary.

And now the character interview:
Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?

My name is Madison Harper.  I had a horrible snow skiing accident two years ago andI almost lost my life.

Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?

I live at Heart’s Haven. My good friend Vivien Hart invited me to stay and I’ve found a peace and a new purpose here. I don’t ever want to leave.

What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?

I used to have a very lucrative decorating business and spent my time in suits and heels. Now I love to dig in the dirt and am most comfortable with a sun hat, gloves and a shovel in my hand!

Name two things would you hate people to know about you?

I may seem organized and accomplished on the outside but inside I’m an insecure teenager and please don’t look in my closet or my drawers!

Tell us about your special bloke. What makes him special?

Lance Dalton is an amazing man. I’ve loved him forever…everyone loves him. He’s strong, sincere, dependable. He cares and it shows. People are drawn to Lance and his core strength.

The first time you saw him, what did you think? Did you like him immediately, or did he have to grow on you?

I loved Lance almost from the first time I met him.

And now some silly questions.

Pepsi or coke

Neither. I can’t afford the calories or the caffeine.

tea or coffee

Both. One cup of latte in the morning and herbal teas throughout the day. Still avoiding that caffeine.

elephant or tiger

Tiger. Definitely.

roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)

I love a good burger with pickles, onions and fries.

classical music or pop

Pop. Can’t stop dancing when I hear those beats…even if movement is restricted with my bum leg after the accident.

sunrise or sunset

Both. They are both God’s paintings and I catch them when I can.

walk or run

Walk. My leg doesn’t allow me to run for any distance.

chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Hearts Haven week. Jodies Song by Marianne Evans


BLURB:

Nothing fills Jodie Cunningham's spirit like sharing contemporary Christian music and scriptural insights on her morning drive radio show at KWJD. But lately, she’s overwhelmed and depleted by family circumstances that have led her from Dallas to Angel Falls, Texas and Heart's Haven apartment complex.

Kevin Mitchell is the groundskeeper at Heart's Haven—a place famous for angelic intercession and loving connections. His uncle owns the facility, but he's ailing. Kevin eagerly chips in, and as he prepares the grounds for a spring wedding, he meets Jodie. They begin to work together to make Heart's Haven sparkle.

But just as Kevin succeeds at coaxing Jodie's heart to bloom, tragedy strikes in a double dose that tests both their strength of faith and the love they've found.

My Review:
Don't think I've read anything by this author I haven't enjoyed and Jodie's Song is no exception. The last thing Jodie is expecting when forced to move from busy city to small town is love, but that's exactly what she finds. But nothing is ever that simple.
Ms. Evans has written a story that will tug at the heartstrings and engage the reader on every level.

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And now a character interview:

Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself:

Hi, Clare. I’m Kevin Mitchell
And I’m Jodie Cunningham. Nice to meet you! I met Kevin when I moved in to Heart’s Haven apartment complex. He landscaped the area in front of my apartment and it’s stunning.
::Kevin gives her waist a squeeze:: Thanks, Jodie. I’m glad you were led to Heart’s Haven from Dallas.

Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?

As Kevin mentioned, I moved to Heart’s Haven when I left Dallas. My dad’s health took a bad turn a while back and I moved back home to Angel Falls to take on a new job at the Christian radio station in town, KWJD.
She’s morning drive, and she’s fantastic.
::elbows Kevin:: You’re biased, but incredibly sweet.
We both live at The Haven and I manage its outdoor upkeep.

What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?

::shared laughter:: You first, Kevin.
Well, I play with flowers in the dirt.
::Jodie laughs:: My quirk is painted toenails. Frequently changed, always funky shades.

Name two things you would you hate people to know about you?

I’m a guy who loves flowers. Isn’t that enough?
I’m a strong, capable, calm-natured woman—until spiders walk across the wall. When that happens, I turn into a raving loon.

Tell us about your special lady/bloke. What makes her/him special? 

Jodie has tremendous heart and dedication to the ones she loves. I’m honored she shares that love with me.
Kevin is the most patient, attentive man I’ve ever known. He slips into your heart before you even know what hit.

The first time you saw her/him, what did you think? Did you like her/him immediately, or did she/he have to grow on you?

::unison:: Instant. Definitely.

And now some silly questions.

Pepsi or coke?

Kevin likes ginger ale. I enjoy an occasional coke.

tea or coffee?

:unison:: Coffee!

elephant or tiger?

::Jodie pouts:: Can’t I pick both? They’re both pretty cool in their own ways….
::Kevin answers with the roar of a tiger::

roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)?

Mmmm….burger and chips, fresh of the grill. Delicious!
I have to agree with Jodie. Burgers and chips.

classical music or pop?

Pop…although Kevin and I love to slow dance to classical pieces…

sunrise or sunset?

::Jodie takes the lead:: Why, yes, thank you.  J

walk or run?

Jodie and I take long walks along the green trail that surrounds Heart’s Haven. It skirts the Angelina National Forest and is just beautiful.

chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)?


::unison:: Chocolate!

Bio:
Marianne Evans is a multi-award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laud her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’
Marianne’s novel, Devotion earned the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award from Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America as well as Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements from the ACRA, a chapter of RWA.  Hearts Communion earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors in the Romance category as well as Best Inspirational Romance from ACRA. Her novella Finding Home earned the Selah Award for excellence in Christian fiction and Evans has also earned acclaim in such RWA contests as The International Digital Awards, The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist twice, and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence contest.
Happily married and the mother of two, Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan who is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She’s also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.
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