Monday, April 7, 2014
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Marriage Takes Three (Debut novel)
Author G.E. Hamlin
Publisher: Chalfont House/HopeSprings Books
Release date: April 02, 2014
Back Cover Blurb
Darla Connor is struggling with whether to stay in her troubled marriage or walk away. Maintaining a long distance friendship with an old sweetheart isn’t making the decision easier, especially when that sweetheart, now a famous country music star, declares his love for her, even though she is married. Darla Connor’s husband, Randall Connor, is a recovering alcoholic and wants to heal his broken marriage. As a new believer, he is counting on God to help him. When Darla rejects his ultimatum to sever ties with her old boyfriend, he’s in for the battle of his life. Jack Collins, the protagonist, feels Darla is the only woman who truly loves him for who he is, and not the well-known country music artist he’s become. Jack’s goal is to give Darla everything her heart desires, but first he must get her to divorce Randall. Darla is at a precipice. Will she follow promises of ‘better to come’ with Jack, or if she will she surrender to God in time to save her marriage?
How did your story come to you?
The title (Marriage Takes Three) and premise came first, and then the characters, and finally the intricacies began to unfold like a movie in my head. The story involves, Darla Connor, who is struggling with whether to stay in her troubled marriage or walk away. Maintaining a long distance friendship with an old sweetheart isn’t making the decision any easier, especially when that sweetheart, now a famous country music star, declares his love for her, even though she is married. Randall Connor is a recovering alcoholic and wants to heal his broken marriage, and as a struggling new believer, he is counting on God to help him. When Darla rejects his ultimatum to sever ties with her old boyfriend, he’s in for the battle of his life.
Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I began working on “Marriage Takes Three” during the summer of 2010, then health issues with my mom and husband took precedence for over a year. The interesting thing is that during that time God blessed me with wonderful critique partners in ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), who rallied around me and encouraged me to keep submitting chapters as I was able to do so.
I was introduced to my publisher Chalfont House/HopeSprings books, which came about because a friend, who was published by CHHSB suggested I submit a query to the editor for my novel Marriage Take Three. I signed a contract August 13, 2013. The rest (as they saying goes) is history. ;)
What are you working on now and what’s next for you?
My second novel, “Forsaking All Others” is about a Christian married couple, who confronts the husband’s issue of pornography and the fallout that occurs. I’m currently working on what I refer to as “the bones” for the characters, also known as “character profiles.”
During interviews, I like to share a side of myself that readers may be surprised to learn about me. So, in keeping with that idea I’ll reveal three things about myself in hopes the readers will feel like they are getting to know me on a more personal level. ;)
1. Probably one of the most surprising things about me if you’ve never met me in person, is to discover I’m 6’ tall. And no, I never played basketball or volleyball, but I did model in the late 70s and early 80s.
2. The second thing that might surprise readers is my ethnicity. I’ve literally been asked, “What are you?” to which I graciously respond, “Human.” (I’m joking.) My ethnic background is bi-racial –my late father was black and Sioux Indian, and my mother is white – I get my freckles from her.
3. The third thing that might surprise readers is I enjoy “old movies” with actresses like: Jane Wyman Lana Turner, Better Davis, Susan Hayward, Joan Crawford…the list goes on and on. One of my favorite movies is “Miracle in the Rain” with Jane Wyman and Van Johnson.
Thank you for asking where fans can find me on the internet. I’ll include links to my various pages and sites.
It has been my honor and pleasure, K. Dawn Byrd, to be a guest on your blog, I look forward to responding to any questions or comments that your readers post.
G.E. Hamlin (Ginny) passionately writes about broken marriages and the restorative power of Jesus Christ. Her stories stem from personal experiences and working in lay ministry as a member of her church. Her characters encounter the natural consequences of addiction to: alcohol, drugs, and sexual immorality. It is Ginny's hope each story will create a bridge for discussion in real life.
Ginny has been a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) for over six years. Her style of writing reflects the qualities of Nicholas Sparks' soft side and the fast pace of James Patterson.
She and her husband Ed have a blended family with five adult children and eight grandchildren. Ginny and her husband live in Southern California where they enjoy the beach, desert, and mountains. As a full time author, she is blessed with frequent opportunities to spend time with the grandchildren.
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