Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Delia Latham's "Gypsy's Game"

Title: Gypsy's Game
Publisher: White Rose Publishing.

Cover blurb: Gypsy Lovell stands to inherit an enormous amount of money from a father who never gave her anything but a ridiculous name. Even now, he doesn’t make it easy. A stipulation in the man’s will demands that Gypsy be married in order to claim what is hers.

Desperate for the monetary windfall that could save her ailing mother’s life, Gypsy visits a Christian dating agency, hoping to find a temporary husband. Someone easy to handle for the required six months, and easy to get rid of when she no longer needs him.

Jal Garridan is neither of those things, but he's willing to take on the challenge presented by the beautiful stranger—on his own terms.

What Gypsy doesn’t know is that Solomon’s Gate is a dating agency with a Divine connection. What she finds there may save more than her mother’s life. It may save Gypsy’s soul.

1) How did this story come to you?
With all three of the Solomon's Gate books, the titles came first, and I built the stories around them. The first two books were the standard romance storyline where couples meet and go through the whole courting process. I wanted the third one to be something a little different—a hero and heroine who get married and then the courtship begins. How would it differ? What would be the guidelines of intimacy? What if one was strong in faith and the other had absolutely none? And with the title character being named Gypsy, it was a lot of fun to create a story around her heritage.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Well, since this book was contracted ahead of time, along with the first two in the series, there was absolutely none of the usual submission/rejection/re-submission scenario—which was absolutely wonderful! I discovered that writing a book is much, much easier (at least, for me) when I know it already has a home. Besides, I had a deadline. LOL I had no choice but to write.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
This is always a hard question for me, because I don't feel that I do anything out of the ordinary very often. Anyone who has followed my writing career at all probably knows everything I can think of to say here…but I'll give it a shot.

o I was raised in a tiny farming community called WEEDPATCH. That's pretty much what it was, too...I can still feel those goat head stickers in my feet when I think about them!

o Once upon a time, I was the lead singer in a country-western band. Yep, stood up in front of people and sang about cheatin' hearts and such.

o I was a clown for a short time. A friend and I started a business entertaining at children's parties. It was a short-lived endeavor...I think it was while trying to make kids laugh that I realized humor is probably not my forte.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I'm currently working on several novellas for anthologies, and one full-length novel…which has been temporarily shunted to the back burner while I write the shorter ones.

My next release will probably be a novella that's part of a Valentine's Day collection, which will also include stories by three other White Rose Publishing authors. I say "probably" because I'm not sure about the release of a novelette (10,000-12,000 words) that's somewhere in publishing limbo land. It may or may not be published before the Heart's Haven book.

5) Parting comments?
I'm so excited about Gypsy's Game! The time between Book Two and Book Three seemed extraordinarily long to me, and I hope my readers are as eager for Gypsy's story as I was to see it released. 

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Googling my name will bring up a confusing number of guest blog spots, interviews, articles, etc. While readers are certainly welcome to dive into that maelstrom if they so choose, I'm very easily found at the following places:

My website
My blog, Living the Write Life
Creative Writing Forces, a blog I co-author with two other writers
My Facebook reader page (Go ahead…"like" me! )
Twitter (@ DeliaLatham)


  1. Oh! I would love to win Gypsy's Game. I've read both of the other two in this series and they are great. hooray for book three!

  2. Thanks, Tracy! I'm so glad you liked the first two books. Good luck in the drawing!

  3. Dawn, thank you for opening your home in Cyberland! I appreciate the opportunity to share with your readers.

  4. Yowzee! Fabulous interview, Delia and Dawn. KYLIE'S KISS was fantastic, so I'd be thrilled to win a copy of GYPSY'S GAME. Congrats on all the exciting events ahead, Delia!

  5. Thanks, Dora! I'm looking forward to whatever God sends along as regards my writing. He always does things right! :)

  6. Sounds like another winner Delia. I can't wait to read it. I loved the other books so I know this one will be just as enjoyable.

  7. I have enjoyed Delia's books. I have known Delia since she was a teen, saw her become a wife, mother and now grandmother.Her desire has always been to write and sing. She has a pssion for her life and what she does. Looking forward to reading Gypsy's Game Blessings to you Delia. Love Brenda

  8. Bea! Boy, am I ever honored to see my sweet cousin show up in Cyberland! :) It makes my heart glad to know you enjoy my books.

    Sis. Brenda, thank you so much for always being sweet and encouraging. I love and appreciate you!

  9. These sounds delightful! Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to read them!


    1. Thanks for your comment, Margaret - and good luck in the drawing!

  10. I love that you build a story around a title! How fun is that?!? And ordinary? A country singing clown? lol...I love it!

    I love the idea behind Gypsy's Game and it looks to be a fun read.

    sherrinda (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Hi, Sherrinda! When you put it like that - "a country singing clown" - it doesn't sound quite so ordinary, does it? LOL Though I have to admit, the clown days are so far behind me that I have a tough time remembering them at all!

      Thanks for stopping in and leaving your comment. Good luck in the drawing!

  11. I enjoy getting to know you a little more. Every time I see Weedpatch, CA I smile and picture a country girl in cut-off jean shorts.

    1. LOL! So funny, LoRee. Country girl is right. (At heart, anyway. I love the country mentality, but like Loretta Lynn, "I don't like spiders and snakes!" As for the cut-off jeans...at the time I lived in Weedpatch, my family attended a very fundamentalist Pentecostal church. You'd have been more likely to find me in an ankle-length jeans skirt! :D

  12. i would love to win, read and review these books. they sound unique and interesting. Thank you for the opportunity to win, Dawn and Delia

    mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

    1. I like to think you would love them, Marianne! :) Good luck in the drawing!


  14. thanks for the giveaway. I would like to read and review Solomon's Gates

  15. thanks for the chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  16. "Gypsy's Game" sounds like a winner to me! But any of them would be amazing!

  17. The book sounds like a lot of fun.
    What a neat idea.
    Linda L.

    dlarock at wolfenet dot com

  18. You ladies all dropped in at once...! Yay, I love parties! :) Thanks to all of you for dropping by, and taking time to leave a comment.

  19. What a fascinating premise for a story!!! God sure is full of surprises - He surprises me often. LOL re the clown - I don't think I'd make a good one either.

  20. Hi, Heather! God has such a sense of humor, doesn't He? And about the clown...yeah, I think I'll leave that to the funny folks. lol

  21. Sounds like an exciting read!!

  22. Hmmm... dating services... this could be quite entertaining!

  23. How did I miss these last two comments? Thank so much for commenting. I think the series is entertaining...I hope you'll agree! :)