When Laura Langston, a nurse from Oklahoma City, went to Siena, Italy, to celebrate her 60th birthday, she was not looking for a man. But, there he was – 62-year-old Raffaele Balducci, a talented potter, jazz guitarist, father, and grandfather. His face was pleasantly wrinkled from many years under the Tuscan sun. He had lively brown eyes and dark wavy hair sprinkled with gray. Their attraction was swift and strong. Laura and Raffaele were old enough to know how love works and brave enough to search for their own way forward.
What would you do if you inherited a large sum of money and your love of animals supersedes any of life’s other pleasures? Well almost. Vanessa is determined to open a pet rescue center, but she needs help finding the perfect place. Will Vanessa stay focused on her search or will the ever handsome realtor, Jason blur her vision? Toss in a few natural disasters, unexpected misfortunes, and The Pet Palace will have you cheering for Vanessa as her entrepreneurial spirit fights on.
There is a saying that goes, “You reap what you sow.” If your life was a garden and your family, your seeds, what would your family garden look like? For Samantha and Richard, life isn’t always what they planned. They couldn’t be more proud of their children, their home and the life they built together. But when storms come to weather their lives, will the roots that Samantha and Richard planted together be strong enough to fight the storm, or will they dig in, stand firm and wait for the sun to shine again?
In The Family Garden, readers are treated to a broad spectrum of matters of the heart. When it comes to love, nothing is as it seems. We all have masks, and what is revealed beyond our disguises is enough to take your breath away.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The ups and downs of life and the struggles every family faces at some point.
Sophie Baird is looking for a way to escape the painful reality of her parents’ deaths. Unable to live in their home any longer, she takes a job as a live-in tutor to Anastasia Shipley to remove herself from her painful memories and the feeling that God has abandoned her. Anastasia has an illness that has prevented her from ever attending school and makes her father, Sebastian, over protective. When Sophie first meets Sebastian, she cannot deny the intense attraction she feels toward him. When an unexpected romance begins between them, she starts to rebuild her relationship with God, with the help of a certain little girl.
Six years after Colombian rebels took her missionary husband hostage, Cassie MacIntyre gets word that Quinn has been released and is on his way home. While initially excited to have her husband back, it isn’t long before joy turns to heartache as Cassie realizes that his time in captivity have robbed Quinn of his faith in God and apparently, his love for her. The man who has come back to her is a stranger. Cassie struggles to keep alive the hope that there is a future for their marriage, their family and the love they once shared.
Targeted Age Group: Teen & up
Book Price: $3.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I believe that writing for the Christian or Inspirational romance genre presents challenges that aren’t necessarily present in the general romance genre. I strive to present characters who are Christian and yet who are also real. Christians aren’t perfect and I think it’s important to show that in my stories. It is all a process of learning and growing…just like characters in any story should. It’s essential to find that balance for the faith element of a story. You don’t want to come across as preachy, but it’s important to me that some sort of message is clearly woven into the story. And because it’s a romance, I want there to be a strong connection–physical, emotional and spiritual–between the hero and heroine. The bedroom door is firmly shut so there is the challenge of showing the attraction between the couple without crossing that line to being too explicit. That is probably the biggest challenge!
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Stick to it! I can guarantee you’ll never get published if you quit. In this new age of self-publishing, the chances of your story seeing the light of day is much more likely if you’re willing to take that route. That being said, learn your craft. Study things like POV, plotting, tension and character development. Readers may forgive the odd grammatical error if the story has captured their attention, but a perfect technically written story with a weak plot, head hopping and characters that the reader can’t fall in love with or root for will most likely garner the writer a whole lot of negative reviews.
As a daughter to missionary parents, Kimberly spent the first 18 years of her life in Asia with only periodic visits “home” to Canada. With limited access to television, Kimberly spent many hours reading and creating stories in her head. Thus began her love of the written word!
The years that followed her high school graduation and subsequent return to Canada involved becoming a wife and a mother to 4 beautiful children. Though the past several years have taken some unexpected twists and turns and have had ups and downs, God continues to work. “Under construction” is the best way to describe Kimberly’s life!
In addition to writing, Kimberly loves to read, bake and pin craft ideas on Pinterest…and once in a while, she actually tries her hand at one! Living in the cold of central Canada, Kimberly finds winters a great time to hunker down with a good book or spend time getting to know the characters for her next book.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Being raised by missionary parents in Asia, we were always aware of the possibility of kidnappings. Though we were in a relatively stable part of the country where my parents served, other missionaries around the world were not so fortunate. After reading several articles and reports on missionaries being kidnapped with varying end results, I began to wonder how it might be if a missionary lost their faith while in captivity. If, when faced with such adversity, they begin to wonder if God really is there. That was the jumping off point for me…and the story just flowed from there.