Monday, May 16, 2011
Mildred's Colvin's "Learning to Lean"
Title: Learning to Lean
Publisher: Self-published with Amazon (note from K. Dawn---author is multi-published with Heartsong)
Cover blurb: What woman wants the Brady Bunch reruns to take over her life? For that matter, what man wants that kind of responsibility? None, right?
Heather Conway, daycare owner and widowed mother of three, has no extra money and very little faith. Where was God when her husband died, leaving her with no insurance, no income, and facing bankruptcy? Her fourteen-year-old son is getting out of control, she needs something better than their two-bedroom rental to live in, and she just bumped into a man who has her heart beating overtime. If she were sensible, she’d latch onto a childless, wealthy man who could give her the security she craves.
Matt Sanders has just moved to town with his three kids and placed them into Heather’s daycare while he gets his Jack-of-all-trades construction/repair business off the ground. He may appear to be poor, but he has more going for him than meets the eye. His admiration for Heather soon turns into love as their families intertwine through church activities and work on her daycare.
But six kids? Maybe Matt and Heather would be better off as friends. They soon find it’s hard to let go of the security they see and blindly trust God to take care of their tomorrows. Learning to lean on God can take a lifetime or maybe only a lesson in trust.
1) How did this story come to you?
Learning to Lean is a story that developed as it was written. I owned a daycare several years ago, so child-care provider became a natural career for my heroine, Heather. The Jack-of-all trades business the hero, Matt, has going is also natural for me because of a close family friend who has done this sort of work for many years. The Brady-Bunch-type family Matt and Heather fight against forming was not planned, but just sort of happened. Heather’s insecurities and Matt’s as well, are very much like those we all face. If we don’t see an immediate answer, where do we turn? When life has no answers, there’s only one way to go. And there’s only One whom we can go to and know we will find the right answer. Heather and Matt have to learn that lesson.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I originally wrote this story to submit to Love Inspired, which I did. After their rejection, I set it aside unsure what I wanted to do with it. Several years passed, and I heard about the option of publishing on Amazon. I had no place in mind for Learning to Lean, but I knew the story was worth publishing so I read everything I could find about Kindle Direct Publishing, took a plunge out of my comfort zone, and published Learning to Lean.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m not sure I know three surprising things about myself. How about: I met my husband only 2 1/2 months before we were married, we allowed our daughter to name herself, and I’ve never seen the ocean. Not overly exciting, but…
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Oh my, I have so many projects going, I only hope I can do them all. The third book in my Route 66 series with Heartsong Presents will be released in July, 2011. I have 3 proposals out with as many publishers that I’m waiting to hear from. My current work is a sweet romance titled Love Returned that I hope to publish as an ebook on Amazon in June 2011. After that I hope to rewrite, adding scenes to a couple of my older books that have been returned to me. I will probably offer them as ebooks later. And I’m working on four more proposals for a couple of different publishers.
5) Parting comments?
Thank you, K. Dawn Byrd, for having me as a guest on your blog. I enjoy meeting new readers of Christian romance and hope you will stop by my blog, Romantic Reflections, from time to time. I plan to post any news about my books and a little about my venture into this new world of ebook publishing. It’s been interesting to say the least.
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.mildredcolvin.blogspot.com/, on Face Book search Romantic Reflections by Mildred Colvin.