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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.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Guest author Delia Latham

Today, Delia Latham, is blog touring to promote Solomon’s Gate – her new series from White Rose Publishing.

She will be giving away books and a prize of anointing oil to commentators at the blogs she visits. So say hi here and at any of the other blogs listed below.

Kylie's Kiss Blurb

On a dare, Kylie Matthews lands smack in the middle of Solomon’s Gate—Castle Creek’s new Christian dating agency—and she finds herself revealing exactly what she’s waiting for in a relationship: “The kiss that steals my breath away.”

What she doesn’t reveal is her lack of self-esteem or her irrational reaction to facial disfigurement. Neither is applicable to her quest to find the perfect match. But that seemingly superficial malady becomes all-important when her first agency-arranged date is Rick Dale—a man who is everything Kylie is searching for. He’s handsome, smart, fun. Rick has it all…including an angelic six-year-old daughter with severe scarring on one side of her face.

Hard at work founding a therapy camp for young female victims of deformity or disfigurement, Rick wants Kylie to be a part of those plans. She’d love to say yes…but how can she, when every contact with the facility’s guests—and Rick’s own daughter—will make her violently ill?

Kylie is ready to admit their relationship doesn’t stand a chance, but she’s forgotten that God makes a way where there seems no way.

First a guest blog. Then details of her other stops and pictures of the prize.

Romance, Grandma? Really?

Don’tcha just love love?

I do. I hope I always will. And that, my friends—just in case you’re wondering—is why a 50-something grandmother would write an entire series of books based around a Christian dating agency.

(To be perfectly honest, when I got the first little mustard seed of an idea, I was eleven years younger, had only one grandchild, and hadn’t yet written a novel at all, much less a series of them.) Here’s what happened:

Some years ago, I read a series written by an author I’d never heard of at the time. Her name is Shari MacDonald, and she has an amazing knack for humor. One of the books in that series grabbed me by the imagination and would not let go. That book, A Match Made in Heaven, struck some kind of chord in me. It made me want to write the novel I’d been promising myself for years.

Now, let’s be reasonable here. That was well over a decade ago. Don’t ask me what that pivotal novel was actually about—I don’t have a clue, other than there was a dating agency involved. It made an impression on me, and got me thinking about the matchmaking profession. Wouldn’t it be fun, I thought, to write about a place where Christian singles could go to find—in King Solomon’s words—“he (or she) whom their soul loveth”?

I stored the idea away in my brain, and every once in awhile, I took it out and played with it (not my brain—the idea). I wrote two inspirational romances, neither of which had anything to do with a dating agency, and got them published. I started a couple of other manuscripts, which I still haven’t finished.

Then I woke up one day and it was as though something clicked in my heart—like God was saying, “It’s time. Let’s do it!”

In a perfect world, I disappeared into my office and emerged three days later with a completed manuscript, painstakingly edited and ready to send to a publisher.

Uh-huh. Whoever said this was a perfect world?

No. I still wasn’t completely there. I thought about the idea while I was doing dishes; I mulled it over while driving down the road all by myself; I worked out a fun little scenario or two as I lay in bed at night, instead of counting sheep; I created and discarded a number of storylines and subplots. Weeks, months, and more months went into mentally laying the groundwork.

By the time I actually did go into my office and start writing, I had several nice little scenes all cozied up in my head, just waiting to be put on paper. And…I was no longer just writing a book based around a dating agency. Now it was a series. Three books, maybe more (depending on how well you like them). Plus, God threw in a real surprise for me.

My dating agency would be no ordinary, run-of-the-mill love connection. Sometime during all of those mental writing sessions, it received a touch of the divine. Now it had an extraordinary connection to Heaven.

I’d love to tell you all about it, but then there’d be no need to read the book(s). And I really want you to read the Solomon’s Gate Series.

Destiny’s Dream released in December 2010, and Kylie’s Kiss followed four months later, in April 2011. (Come on, admit it. You’re a little bit curious about this series!) It’s available through White Rose Publishing and Amazon. I’m eager to hear what you find between its covers, because I’m thinking different people might find different things. Divine experiences often happen that way, you know.

The third book, Gypsy’s Game, should release later this year.

Come on in. I’ll leave the Gate open for you.

Beautiful, isn't it? The pendant is a bottle, and the other little bottle in the picture holds Queen Esther anointing oil you can use inside your pendant. (I obtained both necklace and oil from The Master's Jewels.) The pretty stones on the pendant are duplicated on the other side, and then, of course, there's that sweet little pearl hanging from the bottom. The pendant is 2 1/2 inches long.


For every half dozen blogs I visit on June 27th, I will give away one pdf copy of eitherDestiny's Dream (Book one, Solomon's Gate) or Kylie's Kiss (Book two, Solomon's Gate) ; OR a print copy of Morning Rendezvous
(winner's choice). So...if I'm hosted at twelve blogs, I'll give away TWO books. If I have eighteen hosts, THREE commenters will win a book. And so on.

Below are all the blogs Kylie and I will be juggling on June 27th. As I schedule more, they will be added here, so you'll know where to find us. (Two blog addresses beside any host's name indicates that host will post Kylie's and/or my information at two different web locations).

Host Blog Addy

Donna Basinow http://donnabsnow.blogspot.com/

Pamela S. Thibodeaux http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Lena Nelson Dooley http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com

Barbara Hartzler http://barbarahartzler.com/


Linda Wagner http://onedesertrose.wordpress.com/

Anne K. Albert http://piedmont-island-trilogy.blogspot.com

Tracy Krauss www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com

Robin Bayne http://wwwwritingbetweensundays.blogspot.com

Edwina Cowgill http://www.musingsofedwina.blogspot.com/

Susan Hollaway http://susanhollaway.blogspot.com

Patty Wysong (June 27-28) http://www.barndoorbookloft.net

Elizabeth Johnson http://www.lizjohnsonbooks.com

Shellie Neumeier http://shellieneumeier.com/

Liz Tolsma www.liztolsma.blogspot.com

Teresa Slack www.writersrest.blogspot.com

Rose McCauley http://www.rosemccauley.blogspot.com/

Jeannie Campbell http://charactertherapist.blogspot.com/

Nike Chillemi http://crimefictionandfaith.blogspot.com/

Jo Huddleston http://johuddleston.blogspot.com/

Clare Revell http://telscha.blogspot.com/

Andrea Strong http://andreastake.blogspot.com

Phyllis Wheeler http://www.phylliswheeler.com/blog/

Elaine Cantrell http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com

Cheryl St. John http://cherylstjohn.blogspot.com/


Delia Latham said...

Clare, I so appreciate you hosting me on my big BLITZ! I hope you and your readers enjoy it...and that you'll all follow this romance-writing grandma along to all of my blog stops today. :)

Kylie said...

Hi, Clare (and Clare's readers)! It's my turn to stop in and say hello - and from all Delia has told me about you, I'm excited to be here. :) I look forward to chatting with you and your readers, and answering any questions or comments about my own story (Kylie's Kiss) or any of the Solomon's Gate books. Readers, don't be shy! Let's talk... :)

Linda said...

Please enter me for the necklace. I believe in the power of anointing oil.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Tanya Stowe said...

HI Delia and Kylie!
I'm having fun following your blog blitz! Loved Kylie's Kiss

Kylie said...

Hi, Tanya and Linda! Thanks for stopping by. I'm thrilled to meet you, and wish you both good luck in the drawings. :) Tanya and Clare, I know (because I'm privy to so many of Delia's private thoughts...) that she highly respects and admires both of you. I appreciate you taking part in the blog blitz to promote my story!

Delia Latham said...

Tanya, thanks so much for stopping in! And Linda, you've been such a wonderful follower today - thank you!

Clare, thank you for hosting Kylie and me! We appreciate it so much.

Readers, you may continue to comment on this post throughout June 30th for the follow-up comments. The winner from yesterday's drawing will be announced before noon.