by Candace Calvert
Published: February 3, 2017
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Purchase: Maybe It's You
ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past—new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She’s finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn’t let people get too close. Like the hospital’s too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one “lucky” employee’s face on freeway billboards.
Micah Prescott’s goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell.
Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane’s past.
Can hope spring from crisis?
Get to know Candace...
I must confess I particularly enjoy writing “dark” secondary characters, sometimes crawling into their minds to write from their point of view: a twitchy, dangerous drug dealer, a Gulf war veteran with PTSD, a ruthless sniper, or—in Maybe It’s You—a slick, crafty chameleon of a con-man. Great fun!
What actor/actress would play you if your life was a movie?
(And, doing a complete 180 from that last answer) While I’d love to say I’d require some edgy “warrior” of an actress (think Hunger Games) the better fit would be a perpetually perky-quirky (and admittedly vintage) type like Meg Ryan, Sally Field . . . or Doris Day. Sigh. It’s in the DNA.
Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
I’ve been blessed to travel to some amazing places and still get goose bumpy every time I see a photo of myself in Egypt among the pyramids--standing front of the Sphinx. Oddly, we have similar profiles.
Connect with Candace: www.candacecalvert.com
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Paws for Love
by Dana Mentink
Published: February 1, 2017
Publisher: Harvest House
Purchase: Paws for Love
There's no quiet on the set when over-the-hill screen star Lawrence Tucker brings his naughty terrier, Jellybean, on location to the beachside town of Albatross, California. When Jellybean develops a rapport with Tucker's violin tutor, the painfully shy, socially awkward Misty Agnelli, her arm is twisted into minding the mischievous animal. Trailing Jellybean leads Misty into the candy store of Bill Woodson, a handsome chocolatier with a painful secret and a three-year-old niece to raise. Misty must deal with the unstable Tucker, a temperamental Jellybean, her budding feelings for the mysterious Bill, and the high-pressure atmosphere on the set. Though she wants nothing more than to flee, how can she tell her Grandma, Lawrence Tucker's biggest fan, that she abandoned the star and his dog? It's actors, animals, and antics galore when Jellybean gives his own heartwarming performance.
Get to know Dana...
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, please. I really try to like tea, but it just doesn't taste enough like coffee.
Cats or dogs or both?
Dogs. Junie the terrier/doxie was the inspiration for the fictional Jellybean.
I really never met one I didn't like except marzipan. If it's chocolate, I'm going to love it!
Connect with Dana: http://www.danamentink.com/
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Restoration of the Heart
by June Foster
Published: January 27, 2017
Publisher: Forget Me Not Romance, a division of Winged Publications
Purchase: Restoration of the Heart
Though a Christian, Luke Chamberlain ignored his values and indulged in his beautiful fiancé's world of alcohol, parties, and nights at her apartment. After rededicating his life to the Lord, he vows never to fall into the lifestyle again. When the state of Idaho's Tourism Department offers his construction company the contract to renovate Silver Cliff, an 1890's silver mining ghost town, he accepts.
Janie Littleton studied history in college because life in the past is simpler than the uncomfortable reality of the present. With her extra pounds, eye glasses, and mousy brown hair, no man would find her attractive. When she's offered the job of project historian at the restoration of Silver Cliff, she accepts. But as Luke Chamberlain shows an interest in her, she doubts his sincerity. To make matters worse, someone claiming to be the miner who founded Silver Cliff in 1890 intimidates her with frightening midnight visits.
Can Luke convince Janie he's in love with the godly woman she is? Can Janie hold onto her faith as she's harassed by frightening appearances of old Ezra Barclay who died a hundred years ago?
Get to know June...
America Ferrera would play frightened Janie Littleton who's trying to do her job as the historian, and Nathan Fillion would portray the hunky contractor renovating the old buildings at Silver Cliff ghost town.
Who is your favorite secondary character?
In Restoration of the Heart, Hector Dowling is the villain with bushy eyebrows, deep-set dark eyes and lanky frame. Is he the long-dead miner's impersonator or is it someone else?
Do you have a nickname? Care to share?
Ever since I was a little girl, my mom always called me June Bug. Now my brother still does. Funny thing, I don't like bugs!
Connect with June: http://junefoster.blogspot.com/
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