Monday, November 7, 2011

Mildred Colvin's "Love Returned"

Title: Love Returned
Cover blurb: Megan McGinnis was pressured to give up her baby and has regretted doing so ever since. Now she’s met Scott Landis and his son, Randy. His adopted son.

About the time she falls in love with Scott, circumstances convince her Randy is the baby she gave away nine years ago. But what can she do?

If she confronts Scott, she'll lose his love, and he'll keep Randy from her. If she marries Scott without telling who she is, she'll have Randy and Scott, but be living a lie. Is there a happy ending to her life?

1) How did this story come to you?
I have always been interested in adoption and how it affects both sides of the child’s family. As an adoptive mother, I’ve experienced feelings of insecurity and uncertainty that comes with an adopted child. I’ve sympathized with the birthmother who gave her child up for adoption and admired her for doing so. Love Returned is the story of a birthmother who longs to have closure with the baby she gave away. Mostly, she wants to know if he’s happy and being taken care of.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I first wrote Love Returned a few years ago when I was active in Cub Scouting as a den leader. I even attended Cub Scout camp and researched while there for this book. I linked Love Returned with two other books set in Missouri and sent them to Heartsong Presents for their Romancing America line. Another series was selected for that spot so I put my books aside. When I learned I could self-publish, I dug this manuscript out and rewrote it, polished it, then published it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an e-book. Since, I have released Love Returned in paperback.  

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
a. My husband and I married 2 months after our blind date and are still together after 40+ years.
b. We have had more than 30 children, 3 adopted, the rest fostered.
c. Sorry, that’s only two. My life is really quite boring just the way I like it.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am rewriting one of my old Heartsong Presents books, Cora. Besides lengthening the story, I’ve changed the title to Love’s Tender Call. My goal is to submit it to another publisher, but if it isn’t accepted, I’ll more than likely self-publish it since I know it’s better now than it was before.

5) Parting comments?
Thank you K. Dawn for having me back on your blog. There’s one thing many people still don’t know. You don’t have to own a Kindle or Nook to read e-books. Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have graciously provided an e-book reader download on their sites. This allows you to read e-books from your PC, many phones, and other things. Take a look and get yours for free.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I can be found at my personal blog: or a group blog with other authors:


  1. Love the color blocked cover of your book. Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. I'll be looking for more books from you.

  2. Thank you for the opportunity of winning this book.


  3. Sounds like a wonderful book. Hope I win!

  4. This sounds like a great book. Please inclue me in your giveaway.

  5. Sounds great! Congratulations on your book!

  6. This book sounds really a chance to win!! margie at mijares dot net

  7. Oh you sure offer good books! This one looks great!

    Thanks. Remain Blessed

  8. Please enter me,would love to read this

  9. This book sounds great. And yes, i have both Nook and Kindle for pc, as well as Adobe Digital (which were free downloads) i also have a Kobo, so am well set for ebooks. i still prefer the paperback though . Thanks for the post and giveaway.


  10. First of all, I love the cover - great colors. Since I have 3 adopted children in our family, I'd learn of someone's experiences on this subject. What an interesting storyline. I hope I win this book.

    Grace & Peace,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  11. To possibly find a child you have given up, what a wonderful idea for a story. Yes please!!


  12. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. It sounds amazing. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


  13. I apologize for being so late to chime in. I had a book signing this past weekend and am still getting back to normal. Lots of fun, though.

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments. I'm glad to hear the cover of Love Returned is well liked. Unfortunately, the e-book cover is different, something I'd like to see changed. But the story is the same.

    I'm an adoptive mother who did Cub Scouting with my sons, so had a little first-hand experience with some of this story. LOL!

    I hope you all enjoy it.

    God bless,
    Mildred Colvin

  14. I don't think I've read much with the subject of adoption so this would be good to read. Thanks!


  15. Hi Margaret! Adoption is actually one of my favorite subjects. One of my Heartsongs, Redeeming Sarah's Present, touches on it when Sarah meets the baby she gave up for adoption on his eighteenth birthday--and runs into her old boyfriend. The subject brings its own conflict to the story and is fun to write, too.

  16. This looks like a story told with tenderness and sensitivity! What a great idea for sure. I think adoption is one of the most precious gifts to both the child and adoptive parenta.thanks so much! ihhcheryl(at)comcast(dot)net

  17. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :P)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  18. Giving up a child has to be hard, but thinking that your love's child might be uyours must be worse. This book is very intriguing!

  19. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  20. I admire the story line of your book & greatly admire you adopting so many children. You will surely be extra blessed for doing so!! I would like very much to win your book. Thank you for the drawing!!
    ~Dawn Adams

  21. sounds like a great book, sort of a spin off of 'the atonement child.'

  22. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments. I greatly appreciate you stopping by. I've very much enjoyed reading your comments. May God bless you richly!

    Mildred Colvin