Close to Home
by Deborah Raney
Published: June 7, 2016
Purchase: Close to Home
Bree Cordel Whitman is a Whitman by marriage, but sometimes she forgets she wasn’t born into Grant and Audrey’s family. Her late husband, Timothy Whitman, gave his life for his country on a windblown hill in Afghanistan. Bree has let the love of Tim’s family keep her ties to him strong—in the same way she keeps Tim’s memory alive for them. But it’s been almost five years, and she can’t hang onto the past forever.
Get to know Deborah...
What's your favorite chore?
Watering, pruning, and fertilizing the plants. I have a ton of houseplants—and in the summer, lots of flower pots—and I just find it so relaxing and inspiring to take care of them. The rewards they give back in beauty, fresh air, movement, and green are such a blessing!
What are the names of your pets?
After three catless years, we adopted one of our daughter’s cats. She and her husband can’t resist a rescue and they had two dogs, two cats, and a baby on the way. We offered to take the baby, but they weren’t too fond of that idea, so we took Melvin instead. He’s 8 years old, 2 pounds overweight, but the best cat ever. We just love him.
Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
I would love to travel more widely, and especially in Europe where my great-great-grandparents hail from. But so far, my out-of-country excursions have been limited to ports of call on a cruise (Jamaica and Grand Cayman) and a quick trip over the California border into Old Mexico. But of all the places in the U.S. I’ve traveled to, I would love to return to the Riverwalk in San Antonio. It’s the city of my birth, but I was only five months old when my parents moved away (my dad was stationed at Lackland AFB there) so returning for the first time in my forties, was a pleasant surprise. My husband and I were there on business and stayed in a charming B&B along the Riverwalk. It was February, so the warm Texas days were extra delightful knowing it was cold and blustery back home!
Connect with Deborah: http://www.deborahraney.com/
Love, Lace, & Minor Alterations
by V. Joy Palmer
Published: June 15, 2016
From: WhiteFire Publishing
Purchase: Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations
Isabel “Izze” Vez, bridal consultant extraordinaire, has been helping brides find The Dress for years. She loves nothing more than helping make wedding dreams come true…but sometimes the happy endings grate on her. How many times can a girl discover someone else’s gown without dreaming of the day it’ll be her turn to wear one?
When James Miles Clayton walks into her life, he represents everything Izze can’t handle: change. He’s determined to bring the Ever After Bridal Boutique into the black…and to prove to Izze that she should give him a chance.
But if there’s anything Izze handles worse than change, it’s trust. She may have a few issues—fine, she knows she does. But will they keep getting in the way of any chance of her own Happily Ever After? She wants to trust God to give her those dreams of love and lace, but that’s going to require some…minor alterations.
Get to know V. Joy...
My mom enjoys playing practical jokes and I loved playing them on co-workers, so I actually wrote a scene where my main character, Izze, tried to convince another girl that there was stick-on lace – kind of like a lace sticker for wedding dresses. However, Izze fell for this same prank when she first started working at the bridal boutique, too. It’s a rite of passage.
If your book became a movie, who would you cast for your main characters?
I would cast Alexis Bledel for Izze partly because she can talk fast, but mostly because you will never meet a bigger Gilmore Girls groupie than me. :)
I would pick Chris Pratt for Miles because I think he’s hilarious.
I eat any and all chocolate like it’s going out of style, but my absolute favorite dessert is chocolate cheesecake so sweet that it makes other people sick. LOL.
Connect with V. Joy: http://vjoypalmer.blogspot.com/
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