Monday, August 29, 2011

Marianne Evans' "Hearts Communion"

Title: Hearts Communion
Publisher: White Rose Publishing

Cover blurb: Jeremy “JB” Edwards dreams of one thing: Having a loving wife and children of his own. Not a surprising ambition, since he was raised at the heart of a large, tight-knit family. Monica Kittelski spends her days at Sunny Horizons Daycare Center pouring her heart and faith into other people’s children. But Monica harbors one impossible dream: Having children of her own someday. JB and Monica seem the perfect match, but what will come of their electric, sassy relationship when Jeremy learns of Monica's infertility? Hopes and reality collide when they must confront the idea of finding God's plan and following His will when a dearest hope is destined to remain unfulfilled. Can these two loving, passionate hearts survive a communion of dreams and reality?

1) How did this story come to you?
Hearts Communion is part of my Woodland Series, so it bloomed as I settled into this very special fictional church and got to ‘know’ my characters. The series centers around a church in suburban Detroit called Woodland. Woodland stands along the shoreline of a gorgeous and picturesque lake called Lake St. Clair. These inspirational romances center around a few of the parishioners who worship there.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
It all began with a contest win. White Rose Publishing sponsored the “Hearts Crossing” contest with the grand prize being publication. I was blessed by a win, but here’s the funny part: as I waited for the results of the contest, a series came to life in my heart. I had to tell these stories, whether I won the contest win or not. Hearts Surrender followed as book 2 in the series, and Hearts Communion is book 3. Hearts Key concludes the series early next year…although my editor has said, “You know…there are more parishioners, and more stories you could tell if you want to keep it going…” I like hearing that kind of reaction.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m a collector of antique salt cellars. I garden and weed to break episodes of writer’s block. I’m a Food Channel addict.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m developing another series for White Rose Publishing called ‘Sal’s Place.’ Sal’s Place is a comfy, family owned diner with lots of regulars, and employees, who I can see embracing some amazing stories of faith and love! My publisher is also considering a mainstream Christian novel I’ve tentatively titled Devotion. Devotion studies a marriage on the rocks, and how only God can get you through the tough times in a long-term, committed relationship. Writing it has been a complete joy, and such an eye-opening journey! I’ll keep you posted on developments!

5) Parting comments?
I’m grateful to be part of your blog today! Thank you so much for creating a wonderful space on the ‘Net! Also, I love hearing from readers, so please, connect with me via my links below and let’s hang out!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.marianneevans.com/, http://www.marianneevans.blogspot.com/, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Marianne-Evans/308711716744  is my Facebook reader’s page




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29 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a interesting book and one that I would love reading. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. My husband is also a Food Channel addict...
    Her books sounds delightful!
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  3. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.

    agent_beckster(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I would love to win this book!! It sounds good!
    Thank you much.
    Mrst72443@yahoo.com

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  5. This sounds like a precious series, as does the one you are working on in the diner...books about everyday people! Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to enter.
    Blessings,
    Kelly Y.
    kelly*at*dkcountryarts*dot*com

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  6. sounds great.
    nakiassgeorge@yahoo.com

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  7. I'm delighted to be here at K Dawn Byrds amazing blog (I'm in awe....GREAT job, as always!) I appreciate the kind comments and wonderful support. Woodland is my first ever 'series' and it was such fun to interconnect people, and stories and locations.

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  8. With regard to series books, I have a question: Do you read them on an 'as they're released' basis, or do you wait until the entire series is available, so you don't have to wait months for the next story...? I know people who read series books both ways and am curious about the opinion of your blog readers! :-)

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  9. Marianne,

    Hearts Communion is a wonderful read. I highly recommend it to everyone. Blessings and good luck to you!

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  10. A Food Channel addict, huh? Is that where all those wonderful cooking scenes get their start? Now I know! And antique salt cellars? I'm envious. Can't wait to read this new one. I've heard wonderful things about it and I love all of the folks at Woodland!

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  11. Sounds wonderful, Marianne! Congratulations on the release.
    carla@carlarossi(dot)com

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  12. HEARTS COMMUNION sounds fabulous, Marianne! I can't wait to settle back in my recliner and read it!

    Oh, Marianne, I can think of soooo many other ways to break a block. Like a walk in the park or cooking up something special in the kitchen for my hubby. Pulling weeds? Nope. Doesn't do it for me, but hey, it works WONDERFULLY for you. Keep on cranking out these spectacular romances, would ya?

    DoraHiers at msn dot com

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  13. Marianne, would love to see you post some of your favorite recipes on your fb site. I read each book as it is released but once the series is done, I go back and read the entire series together. Your book about the diner sounds wonderful. Blessings for a wonderful day, love Susan. Susanlynfrench@gmail.com

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  14. I really like this series. Would love to read the next one.
    sheiladeeth at hotmail dot com

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  15. I love this book, Marianne. I am so honored to have had the chance to read a review copy. Reminds me..I gotta get that posted. I'm on deadline now and it's not going well LOL but I'll take care of it soon, promise!

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  16. Marianne, I, too, find gardening a great way to brainstorm and plot. There's something about being outdoors that stimulates creativity. Sounds like you have some neat things lined up for us in future series and releases. Keep on writing!

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  17. Susan, I love the idea of posting my favorite Food Channel recipes on my FB page... Thanks for being such a wonderful part of my journey! God's love and blessings to you my friend! :-)

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  18. Hi, Tanya & Dora!! Yes, Tanya - food and romance are two of my fav things!! LOL!!! As the weed pulling and landscape maintenance, Dora I couldn't agree with you more - it's not glamorous but whatever gets the muse working and the house looking good.... Thanks for the lovely compliments on the series so far, ladies - it means the world to me and I appreciate you both so much!!

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  19. Hi, Mary and Carla! I'm so glad you stopped by -- you're both such wonderful Roses! I'm honored to be in your company.

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  20. Hi, Sheila! Thanks for the review you delivered on Hearts Crossing - it was wonderful!! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series, and good luck in the drawing!! God bless!!

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  21. Tanya, thank YOU for taking the time to read and review - and I'm so glad you enjoyed Hearts Communion!! Please take good care of yourself. Deadlines...is there a reason why they're called DEAD-lines?!?!?!? God bless, and keep 'em coming, lady!

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  22. Carol Ann, I have to admit, I hate the IDEA of doing the lawn work, and gardening, but once I'm out doing it, and the energy flows and the work gets done (and looks so nice!) my attitude shifts by 180-degrees. :-) Thanks so much for your encouragement on the WIPs - it's all up to God and His amazing, wonderful plan and timing. :-) I'm grateful He's led me this far.

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  23. I can't wait to read this whole series! I've only read one so far!!! But this one sounds wonderful too...all in God's time, I know.

    Food channel, huh??? LOL I would have never guessed.

    donnabsnow at gmail dot com

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  24. LOL, Donna!! Thanks so much for your visit and encouragement! I appreciate you!

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  25. I want to extend my thanks to K Dawn Byrd for being such a wonderful hostess! I've loved my visit!! God bless!

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  26. Hello Marianne, You and your Hearts Crossing book both sound charming!!! Yes keep the series coming, I will look for them. The other books, Sal's Place and Devotion sounds wonderful. The Food Network is a favorite channel of mine & the Travel Channel has some interesting food related shows. On fb there is the sweetest lady, Plain Pam, that has a 'Plain Pam's Recipe Sharing Page, if interested to friend her. Here is a recent recipe for Whipped Butter...
    Real Spreadable Butter,
    Take 1 lb. of room temperature butter.
    Whip it with your mixer until fluffy.
    Slowly add 1 c. light olive oil or better yet coconut oil, keep whipping. Then slowly add 1 c. water, keep whipping unitl it is all incorporated. It will turn white. Spoon your whipped butter into containers. (there are personal notes by this lady about this recipe should you join the group).

    I buy books 'as they are released', unless I discover the book series after they are published in a collection, then I would prefer to buy the whole collection.

    Please include me in your drawing.
    Sincerely, Daisy Adams, daisyflower.adams@gmail.com

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  27. Hi, Daisy - and good luck with the drawing! The recipe sounds wonderful....(I'm reading this at close to lunch time here in the eastern time zone, and my tummy is gurgling! LOL!) Hope you enjoy the series, and I'll keep you posted on new developments. Feel free to friend me on FB! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Marianne-Evans/308711716744

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  28. Awesome Idea for a new series of books, something about the feel of a diner! I too am a food network junkie! LOL just wish I could make something that resembles what you see! I wish you much success in your future writings!

    Christy
    booksiam@gmail.com

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  29. Thank you, Ms. Evans, for the book in pdf! What a treasure when I checked my email today!! I can't wait to get started!!

    Blessings,
    Kelly Y!

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