Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Help Raise Up To $10,000 For Girls For A Change (Make Yahoo! Your Homepage With One Easy Click by July 1st)



The following is a post sponsored by Yahoo! Every time someone clicks here to make Yahoo! their homepage, they're showing their support for Girls For A Change.

I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

I have joined countless other people in changing my homepage to Yahoo! AND I'm supporting Girls For A Change at the same time.  You and I can help to raise up to $10,000 for Girls For A Change by simply making Yahoo! our browser's homepage by July 1st!  Please use the above link so that your switch is counted. 

I hope you'll join me!  It took me only moments to switch over to the Yahoo! homepage and I have already started customized it!  I LOVE IT!  Not only does it show me my local weather and the news, but it also gives me the ability to see other areas, entertainment... you name it!

I can think of so many women who have been a positive role model in my life: my Mom, my grandmothers and even some of my teachers, just to name a few.  I lived in an area that had a wonderful Girl Scouts program, as well as MANY other wonderful programs for girls.  At the time, I didn't realize that all girls didn't have the same opportunities, but knowing that now makes it so much easier for me to jump on this campaign and help spread the word that it only takes one simple click to start helping to empower girls both nationally and internationally through supporting the Yahoo! campaign with Clever Girls Collective. 

As an added bonus - anyone who joins me and clicks here to make Yahoo! their homepage and leaves a comment here with a link to their blog, I'll post a huge Thank You below with a link to your blog/site etc!!!

What are you waiting for?  Join me now and be part of a wonderful campaign to support Girls For A Change. 

About This Campaign
Yahoo! will donate $10 to Girls For A Change (GFC) for each person who clicks here to make Yahoo! her homepage by July 1...up to an amazing $10,000! We're counting on you to help us find 1,000 people willing to make a change worth $10,000 to this fantastic cause.

About Girls For A Change
Clever Girls Collective selected GFC as the non-profit for this generous Yahoo! campaign because it matches our mission of empowering women to help each other. Clever Founder Sheila Bernus Dowd was a GFC volunteer and member of the advisory board, so we have first-hand experience with their commitment to helping girls become community leaders. Here's how they describe themselves:

“Girls For A Change (GFC) is a national organization that empowers girls to create social change. We invite young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods. GFC empowers girls for personal and social transformation. The program inspires girls to have the voice, ability and problem solving capacity to speak up, be decision makers, create visionary change and realize their full potential."

Why Should You Make Yahoo! Your Homepage? It offers...
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3. Human Interest: Articles on the homepage have a human approach – more than just news, it delivers human interest stories that you just have to click on.

*Disclosure: As a blogger, I was chosen to take part in this campaign and was provided an incentive to participate.  I feel this is a great cause to support and have provided my own opinions.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Black Ties and Lullabies by Jane Graves


TEASER TUESDAYS :
hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading ~







Black Ties and Lullabies
Jeremy's shock disappeared immediately, replaced bythe strangest feeling of relief. She's come back. She's going to work for me again. She's -

~ page 92 "Black Ties and Lullabies" by Jane Graves

About the Book (from Amazon):
A good girl can be bad for one night...

Bernadette Hogan doesn't make mistakes. Not when it comes to caring for her mother, and not at her job protecting Texas's most eligible--and infuriating--bachelor. Maybe that's why she's overcome with guilt after one tiny indiscretion: a passionate fling with her boss that's left her confused, intrigued...and pregnant.

but can a bad boy be good for a lifetime?

To self-made millionaire Jeremy Bridges, women are like fine wine: if held for too long, they sour. But one wild night with Bernadette changed all that. She makes him laugh, she makes him think, and soon she's going to make him a father. For the first time, Jeremy wants to be a one-woman man. So how can he convince the fiercely independent Bernadette he's ready to change from partying playboy to dependable dad--and become the loving husband she deserves?

:) I always look forward to reading everyone's teasers! ~ Wendi

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate. I get a very small amount for any purchases made when you click through a link from Wendi's Book Corner, which I then save up and use to buy more books! :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Review and Tour: Winning Him Without Words by

Winning Him Without Words: 10 Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatched MarriageWinning Him Without Words is empowering and uplifting... for all couples, not just those with different Faiths. 

One thing my Mom made a point to tell me over the years was the importance of marrying a man who had the same religious views as I did. She went on to explain why it was important, and it always made sense, and I can tell you that I really worried about falling in love with a non-Believer.  This is why I am so excited to know that there is such a great resource for couples who have different Faiths.  This book takes the pressure off, and puts it where it should be... in God's hands, while showing how to get the spiritual support you need.

While my husband and I are equal in Faith, I have friends who are married to men of different beliefs/faiths, and I plan to subtley promote this book.  It will provide some much needed support and give hope for a faith-filled future.

Even more importantly, I really do think that all couples (even those who have the same faith) can benefit from this book as well.  I think we can all find something that puts strain on the marriage and follow the suggestions in the book to have a more harmonious relationship that grows instead of shrivels. :)


Winning Him Without Words: 10 Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage
by Dineen A. Miller and Lynn Donovan

Regal (February 15, 2011) ~ 224 pages
Non-Fiction / Christian / Marriage

Edition Reviewed: Paperback - Review copy received courtesy of the publisher, many thanks to both the author and the publisher for sending me a copy to review for this CFBA tour!



This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Winning Him Without Words
Regal (February 15, 2011)
by
Lynn Donovan & Dineen Miller




ABOUT THE AUTHORS:



Lynn Donovan

Verse: John 15:5 Apart from Me you can do nothing.

Tagline: Challenging Women to Live in Truth



A passionate writer and speaker, Lynn is a woman who presents a compelling message to encourage women to thrive in their marriage. She speaks at events nationwide where she challenges the myths women believe about love, pointing them to life-changing freedom through a relationship with Jesus. She reveals the zany yet meaningful stories of marriage challenges, truths, and triumphs in her life and invites women to share her view from her front row seat to an amazing journey; life lived for Christ.



Married since 1992 to her best friend and biggest enthusiast, Mike, she lives in Temecula, California. They have a son and a daughter and a wacky dog named Peanut. She loves to laugh, enjoys a strong cup of coffee and Fantasy Football and not necessarily in that order.



She lives each day in awe of the grace of God in her ordinary life.





Dineen Miller

Verse: Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Tagline: Igniting the Soul



Dineen readily admits that one of the greatest lessons she’s learning about life is that there’s purpose in our trials. And it’s all about trusting God and putting our hope in Him. Her favorite stories will always be of the miracles God has wrought in the lives of her family.



Through this lens she also believes her years as a youth counselor, a Stephen Minister, a women’s ministry leader, and a small group leader have prepared her for God’s calling on her life—to write for and speak to those in mismatched marriages like hers.



In addition to writing for Spiritually Unequal Marriage, Dineen writes for Laced with Grace and various other fiction online magazines and newsletters. She’s also won several prestigious awards for her fiction, and her devotional writing has been featured in Our Journey and Christian Women Online Magazine.



Married for 23 years to a guy who keeps her young, she lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two precious daughters, and their dog Shasta, who no doubt is an angel in disguise.



ABOUT THE BOOK



Week after week, they sit in church . . . alone. They are the spiritually mismatched, those who are committed to a spouse who does not share their faith. Feeling abandoned by their spouse and forgotten by their church, they live out their faith in survival mode, guarding the spiritual flame yet never feeling free to share it. But God wants them to thrive—not just survive.



Winning Him Without Words presents 10 Christ centered keys to thriving in a spiritual mismatch. Readers are encouraged to commit to Christian community, to release their spouse to God’s capable hands, to find peace in their relationships with Christ and with their spouse, to continue their pursuit of a growing faith and to love their spouse with fresh enthusiasm. God wants every marriage to exude peace and love, and Winning Him Without Words empowers readers to create that environment in their homes and thrive as God works.



Watch their book video:







If you would like to read a sample chapter of Winning Him Without Words, go HERE.


*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate. I get a very small amount for any purchases made when you click through a link from Wendi's Book Corner, which I then save up to buy more books. :)

Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox: Is Red's Hot Cowboy on a Hitlist... Along With SodaStream and an eReader Roo!


Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on a blog tour!

This month, Mailbox Monday is being hosted over at The Bluestocking Guide, so stop by and join the fun!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren!

It is so much fun to see what everyone is getting in the mail.

Thanks for taking the time to visit ~ I just love hearing from you! Please let me know if you have read any of these books - I'd love to hear how you liked them!! :)

So over the past two weeks I've gotten eight books... and a few GREAT products to review! ... so stay tuned for some fun reviews and GREAT giveaways!!

Black Ties and LullabiesBlack Ties and Lullabies by Jane Graves ~ Fiction / Romance / Contemporary ~ Available July 1st ~ Received from the publisher for review
A good girl can be bad for one night...

Bernadette Hogan doesn't make mistakes. Not when it comes to caring for her mother, and not at her job protecting Texas's most eligible--and infuriating--bachelor. Maybe that's why she's overcome with guilt after one tiny indiscretion: a passionate fling with her boss that's left her confused, intrigued...and pregnant.

but can a bad boy be good for a lifetime?

To self-made millionaire Jeremy Bridges, women are like fine wine: if held for too long, they sour. But one wild night with Bernadette changed all that. She makes him laugh, she makes him think, and soon she's going to make him a father. For the first time, Jeremy wants to be a one-woman man. So how can he convince the fiercely independent Bernadette he's ready to change from partying playboy to dependable dad--and become the loving husband she deserves?

The Chair: A NovelThe Chair: A Novel ARC by James L. Rubart ~ Fiction / Christian / Suspense ~ Available Sept. 15, 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
If someone gave you a chair and said it was made by Jesus Christ, would you believe them?

When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe's antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering . . . could this chair heal the person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago?

As word spreads of the boy's healing, a mega-church pastor is determined to manipulate Corin into turning over the chair. And that mysterious woman who gave him the piece flits in and out of his life like a shadow, insinuating it's Corin’s destiny to guard the chair above everything else. But why?

Desperate, he turns to the one person he can trust, a college history professor who knows more about the legend of the chair than he'll reveal. Corin's life shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it. What’s more, he's not the only one willing do almost anything to possess the power seemingly connected to the chair.

Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 20)Hit List: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel by Laurell K Hamilton ~ Fiction / Paranormal / Vampire ~ Available Now ~ Saw something on Facebook or Twitter about Dreamonus and joined and entered!  I won a copy from Dreamonus for review
A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

Kiloton Threat: A NovelKiloton Threat: A Novel ARC by William G. Boykin and Tom Morrisey ~ Fiction / War and Military / General / Suspense ~ Available Sept. 1, 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
Taken from what could be tomorrow's headlines, Kiloton Threat is a novel that explores the frightening potential of nuclear weapons in the Middle East today. Out of the house churches of rural Iran, a Christian masquerading as a Muslim gains the confidence of a high-ranking leader in the Iranian nuclear program and opens his eyes to Christianity. The man’s newfound faith stirs his desire to flee to the West, taking with him intelligence that would allow Coalition forces to neutralize his nation's devastating capabilities. But no one in such a position could ever escape unnoticed.

Enter Blake Kershaw, a highly trained U.S. Special Forces officer who has already made extraordinary sacrifices for his country that include faking death and losing his true identity. His mission to infiltrate Iran and extract the high-value defector strains the relationship with the woman he loves—one of the few people on earth who knows his real story. With even more intensity, it shows the price that must sometimes be paid when political correctness fails and a man has to stand up for what is right.

Red's Hot CowboyRed's Hot Cowboy ARC by Carolyn Brown ~ Fiction / Romance / Contemporary ~ Available August 1, 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
When Pearl Richland inherits her aunt's 1950s motel she returns to her roots. Tired of the big city, she's ready for small town life, especially when sexy cowboy Wil Marshall comes in to escape an ice storm. Pearl never thought she'd turn in her high heels and start dating a cowboy, but Wil's got an awful lot to offer if a girl's available for a whole lot of fun, sizzle, and unexpected trouble...

The River Queen: A Water Wheel NovelThe River Queen ARC by Gilbert Morris ~ Fiction / Historical / Romance / Christian ~ Available November 15, 2011 ~ Recieved courtesy of the publisher for review
Julienne Ashby, 24, must change her pampered ways after her father, a prominent businessman in Natchez, Mississippi, loses their fortune and family home to a bad gambling habit in 1850. Like a fish out of water, she aims to refit their one remaining possession, an old riverboat, in hopes of making a profit and restoring the Cuvier name along the mighty Mississippi.

Desperate for help in doing the restoration work, prideful Julienne hires Dallas Bronte, a humiliated captain whose drinking problem stopped his water ways many years ago. Despite initial success, the struggles they will face with other ship owners are almost as challenging as the fiery feelings - of love and hate - that they must sort out for each other. When the riverboat and all aboard meet what looks like certain destruction, God shows Julienne and Dallas only one of those emotions is unsinkable.

She Makes It Look Easy: A NovelShe Makes It Look Easy: A Novel by Marybeth Whalen ~ Fiction / Contemporary ~ Available Now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review with CFBA
Ariel Baxter has just moved into the neighborhood of her dreams. The chaos of domestic life and the loneliness of motherhood, however, moved with her. Then she meets her neighbor, Justine Miller. Justine ushers Ariel into a world of clutter-free houses, fresh-baked bread, homemade crafts, neighborhood playdates, and organization techniques designed to make marriage better and parenting manageable.

Soon Ariel realizes there is hope for peace, friendship, and clean kitchen counters. But when rumors start to circulate about Justine’s real home life, Ariel must choose whether to believe the best about the friend she admires or consider the possibility that “perfection” isn’t always what it seems to be.

A novel for every woman who has looked at another woman’s life and said, “I want what she has,” She Makes It Look Easy reminds us of the danger of pedestals and the beauty of authentic friendship.

Sylvester: or The Wicked UncleSylvester: or The Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer ~ Fiction / Romance / Historical ~ Available Now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
Sylvester, Duke of Salford, has exacting requirements for a bride. Then he meets Phoebe Marlow, a young lady with literary aspirations, and suddenly life becomes very complicated. She meets none of his criteria, and even worse, she has written a novel that is sweeping through the ton and causing all kinds of gossip... and he's the main character!

Sodastream Fountain Jet Soda Maker Starter KitSodaStream Fountain Jet Soda Maker Starter Kit and Syrups ~ Kitchen Gadgets ~ Available Now ~ Received for review from the manufacturer
Enjoy freshly made, great tasting sparkling water/seltzer in less than 30 seconds with no mess
Starter kit includes SodaStream Jet soda maker in black/silver, one carbonator (good for making up to 60L of soda), and one BPA-free plastic bottle
Requires no electricity or batteries--great for using in RVs and boats
Reusable carbonating bottles last for three years with hermetically sealed caps to keep drinks fresh and fizzy

eReader Roo Cover in Mulan by Borsa Bella ~ eReader Cover ~ Available Now ~ Received for review and giveaway courtesy of Borsa Bella
Add a pocket to the Original eReader Bag by Borsa Bella® and what do you get? The Roo bag! It fits the Kindle 1, 2 and 3 by Amazon AND the Nook by Barnes and Noble with most covers, and now you can carry your book light, chargers, or cell phone. You name it...as long as it can fit in a 4.5" by 10.5" pocket!

This petite bag can also serve as the perfect multi-function accessory. This bag can be used as a wristlet, diaper carrying case, cosmetic bag or accessory case. Borsa Bella® Roo Bags are made with extra padding and a soft quilted cotton fabric interior insuring its durability is on par with its sense of style. The interior lining will be either black, gray or brown.

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate. I get a very small amount for any purchases made when you click through a link from Wendi's Book Corner, which I then save up to buy more books. :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Review and Tour: She Makes It Look Easy: A Novel by Marybeth Whalen

She Makes It Look Easy: A NovelThis is a story that lots of women will be able to relate to. From everyday life to friendship and happiness, the book was full of life.

I was impressed that the layers of friendship and appearances were peeled back to reveal reality... one that I can at least partially relate to on some level. :)  This was not some neighborhood I could dream about and hope to stumble into.  I found myself looking at my neighbors in a slightly different light, and found our quirks to be more endearing and legitimate.

Embrace life and friendship, and discover perfection with Ariel and Justine in She Makes It Look Easy.


She Makes It Look Easy: A Novel
by Marybeth Whalen

David C. Cook (June 1, 2011) ~ 336 pages
Fiction / Christian

Edition Reviewed: Paperback - Review copy received courtesy of the publisher, many thanks to both the author and the publisher for sending me a copy to review for a tour!



This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
She Makes It Look Easy
David C. Cook (June 1, 2011)
by
Marybeth Whalen




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. The family lives outside Charlotte, NC. Marybeth is a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries writing team and a regular contributor to their daily devotions. Her first novel,The Mailbox was released in June 2010. Her next novel, She Makes It Look Easy, will be released in June 2011. Additionally, she serves as director of She Reads, Proverbs 31 Ministries' fiction division.






ABOUT THE BOOK
Ariel Baxter has just moved into the neighborhood of her dreams. The chaos of domestic life and the loneliness of motherhood, however, moved with her. Then she meets her neighbor, Justine Miller. Justine ushers Ariel into a world of clutter-free houses, fresh-baked bread, homemade crafts, neighborhood play dates, and organization techniques designed to make marriage better and parenting manageable.

Soon Ariel realizes there is hope for peace, friendship, and clean kitchen counters. But when rumors start to circulate about Justine’s real home life, Ariel must choose whether to believe the best about the friend she admires or consider the possibility that “perfection” isn’t always what it seems to be.



If you would like to read an excerpt of She Makes It Look Easy, go HERE.

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate. I get a very small amount for any purchases made when you click through a link from Wendi's Book Corner, which I then save up to buy more books. :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Interview: Kate Hewitt, Author of The Man Who Could Never Love, a June Release With Harlequin Presents

I would like to thank Ms. Kate Hewitt for agreeing to take the time to participate in this interview. 

First let me say congratulations! What an accomplishment to be working on your 20th book, just published The Man Who Could Never Love with Harlequin Presents, and on top of that Zoe and The Tormented Tycoon was a Top Pick in Romantic Times Book Reviews Magazine, and is also a Reviewer’s Choice nominee for Best Presents of 2010. How thrilling!


After reading a little about you and browsing your blog, it looks like you have had a passion for writing since you were 5, and that you picked up your love of romances at 13. How have you managed to keep your passion for writing and romances?

Writing is always something that has been important to me, and I actually become grumpy and out of sorts if I'm *not* writing for more than a day or two. I still experiences dry times creatively speaking, and I've felt burned out by the whole writing for publication thing too. The way I recharge is by turning off the computer, taking a break, and reading or watching movies--filling that creative well again.

It has got to be pretty amazing to have such an accomplished author as a Mom/Wife. Does your family have anything special that they do with you or for you when you have a new book coming out? 

My husband is wonderful and will buy me flowers and a cake! It's like having a birthday several times a year :)

I actually loved a post you did on your blog that dealt with receiving bad reviews, and I wanted to take a moment to hear how you deal with great reviews?

Thank you! Great reviews are interesting because the temptation can be either to give them too much weight or not enough--depending on whether you're feeling arrogant or insecure ;) Ultimately, whether good or bad, it's just a review, and one person's opinion, and I think that is what you need to remember.

Of the characters you have written, which one man and/or which one woman (not necessarily from the same book) would be your favorite and why?

That is hard to answer! Aarif from The Sheikh's Forbidden Virgin is a favorite hero of mine, because he was so desperate to do the right thing--and so tempted not to! Ana from my most recent release, The Man Who Could Never Love, is my favorite heroine because she is so strong and stubborn and yet still has her own vulnerabilities.

Down Jasper LaneMost recently, you wrote on your blog about Down Jasper Lane, which you originally wrote under another name, but now are going to publish as yourself. It sounds like a great story, and your post about the covers got me thinking about book covers. From what I understand, authors generally have very little say in the cover art. Have you had a cover that just amazed you, or one that you thought just didn't fit?  (Note - the cover to the left is the original cover, not the new cover for release in the US)

Thank you--I'm very excited about Down Jasper Lane, and that it is getting a second life. My absolute favorite Presents cover is my first--The Italian's Chosen Wife. It captured the look of both the hero and heroine perfectly, as well as the mood of the story. I just loved it. As for covers I haven't loved, usually it's because they just lack that extra little something that makes a cover stand out. I haven't had any that have caused me to really shudder.

I also read that you are learning to knit as a hobby. Do you find that having a hobby like knitting helps with your creativity and your writing?

That, I'm afraid, was a bit of an exaggeration on my bio :) I like to knit, but with writing and 4 children I find I rarely have time. I think hobbies are important as a way to recharge creatively, and I love cooking and baking. We are moving from New York City to rural England this summer, and I am hoping to begin to garden as well.

The Man Who Could Never Love (Harlequin Presents Extra)Now for a spotlight on your recent release of The Man Who Could Never Love, which is part of Royal Secrets series with Harlequin Presents. The book is set in Italy, and features Vittorio, a titled man looking for a marriage of convenience, and Ana, a woman who had no notions of getting married at all.

What drew you to make the setting of the book in Italy?

I've traveled through Italy and love it--also, my sister-in-law is Italian and she always provides inspiration (as well as help with any Italian phrases in the book!)

Castle Cazlevara vineyards plays a big role in the book, as Vittorio is returning to the family vineyard and settling down. Did you have to do any special research in order to learn about vineyards?

I did! I researched wine making, and the different kinds of grapes, and Veneto, the region of Italy the book is set in. I love doing research for books, and making those details feel truly authentic.

There seems to be a lot of emotion and history surrounding Vittorio's family, which colors decisions that are made (getting married to effectively ensure that his brother, who happens to be his mother's favorite, does not inherit the family vineyard). What was the most challenging part of writing scenes with so much emotion behind them? 

I think the challenging part is making them resonate with the reader, rather than having someone roll her eyes! Emotional conflict in Presents can be extremely intense, but you also want it to be real and accessible. I like to say Presents are fantasies with a core of emotional truth, and the challenge for me as a writer is getting that across on the page.

If you could have written yourself into the story as a secondary character, who would you have been and why?

I think I would have been Ana's best friend. She needed one, especially somebody nearby!

I don't want to take too much of your time, but I would welcome any additional comments/thoughts if you'd like to add anything else. Thank you so much for taking the time to share a little about yourself and your writing with me and the readers at Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads (And More) In Seattle.

Thank you for having me on your blog! I really appreciate the chance to talk about writing and books, two of my favorite subjects. The Man Who Could Never Love is really close to my heart, so I hope readers enjoy it!




The Man Who Could Never Love
by Kate Hewitt

Harlequin (June 7, 2011) ~ 192 pages
Fiction / Romance
About The Man Who Could Never Love:
Vittorio Ralfino, the Count of Cazlevara, is back in Italy to make a business proposition. He wishes to marry a traditional wife, and Anamaria Viale—sturdy, plain and from a good vintner's family—perfectly fits his bill.

Ana is stunned that Vittorio is offering her—an ugly duckling!—marriage. She'd stoically resigned herself to a career and singledom.

But Vittorio is persuasive and Ana would like a child of her own. Although she's under no illusion that this is anything but a convenient marriage—Vittorio will never offer her love. So when the time comes for him to claim her as his bride, she's surprised—and amazed—at the strength of his passion….

About the Author: (from her website)
Kate Hewitt discovered her first Mills & Boon romance on a trip to England when she was thirteen, and she’s continued to read them ever since.

She wrote her first story at the age of five, simply because her older brother had written one and she thought she could do it too. That story was one sentence long—fortunately, they have become a bit more detailed as she’s grown older.

Although she was raised in Pennsylvania, she spent summers and holidays at her family’s cottage in rural Ontario, Canada picking raspberries, making maple syrup, and pretending to be a pioneer. Now her children are enjoying roaming the same wilderness, with a few additional modern comforts (like TV!).

She studied drama in college and shortly after graduation moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre. This was derailed by something far better—meeting the man of her dreams who happened also to be her older brother’s childhood friend.

Ten days after their wedding they moved to England, where Kate worked a variety of different jobs—drama teacher, editorial assistant, church youth worker, secretary, and finally mother.

When her oldest daughter was one year old, she sold her first short story to a British magazine, ‘The People’s Friend’. Since then she has written many stories and serials as well as novels. In 2007 she received ‘The Call’ from Mills & Boon for her first Harlequin Presents novel, The Italian’s Chosen Wife, and still has to shake her head in disbelief and wonder that it really happened… and she’s really writing for Mills & Boon! She loves writing stories that celebrate the healing and redemptive power of love, and there’s no better way of doing it than through the romance genre.

Besides writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and learning to knit—it’s an ongoing process and she’s made a lot of scarves.

After living in England for six years, she now resides in New York City with her husband, an Anglican minister, her four young children, and the possibility of one day getting a dog.

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Again, I would like to say a huge thank you to Kate Hewitt for agreeing to be interviewed! I had a great time chatting with her, and learning more about her book!

If you would like to visit her website, visit her at Kate Hewitt Romance Author.



This interview has been added to the About the Author Index! Click here to read more author interviews.












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