Thursday, October 25, 2012

Devotion

Today's guest is Marianne Evans, the award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction, who comes to us through Goddess Fish Promotions.

Evans’s novel, Hearts Communion, earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors in the Romance category and readers have lauded her work as ‘riveting’, ‘realistic and true to heart’ and ‘compelling.’ Evans has also won acclaim in such RWA contests as The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist twice, and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Evans is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She’s also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.

Marianne will award 4 autographed print editions of Hearts Crossing, her award-winning novella and book one of her Christian inspirational Woodland Series (US/Canada only) to four commenters from this tour and her review tour, and a $25 Amazon gift card as a grand prize to one commentator from both this tour and her review tour! Leave a comment - the more you comment, the more likely your chances to win!

ABOUT THE BOOK

From This Day Forward
Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now.Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks.

For Better or WorseBut what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation? How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

'Til Death Do Us PartWhen human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.



AN EXCERPT

“I can’t find a way to ask you to stay put and listen to me. There’s so much I want to say, but you won’t hear a word of it. I’m trapped. I wish I could help you see, and understand that I know I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life. I know all of this in my heart, but I can’t make you see it.”

The words were spoken in a tender way. She sensed his regret, but his tone held a layer of challenge as well. She retained just enough strength to answer him back. “Let me ask you something. Do you regret betraying our marriage, or do you regret getting caught in the act?”

Kellen’s shoulders bent and his eyes flickered when he paused and shook his head. “No matter what I say, you won’t believe me. No matter what I do, it’ll be wrong.”

He had aged a decade in mere minutes. Lifting her chin, refusing to feel even the slightest degree of empathy, Juliet gathered herself once again. She tried to brush past him but for a second time Kellen stood in the way. She watched him start to reach out again, this time as if wanting to take hold of her arm. When she stepped back, he gritted his teeth and dropped his hand to his side.

“I’m going to ask you—with all that I am—please don’t leave our home.”

Weighted by firm conviction, Kellen’s words fell through her heart but found no room to settle.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create.

Evans’s novel, Hearts Communion, earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors in the Romance category and readers have lauded her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’ Evans has also won acclaim in such RWA contests as The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist twice, and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Evans is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She’s also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.

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8 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Mary Preston said...

Such a heart breaking trailer. Beautifully portrayed.

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Catherine Lee said...

The trailer is very moving. It sounds like the book is very "deep." It feels almost voyeuristic to "eavesdrop" on a couple's pain like that.

Hi p.m.!

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p.m.terrell said...

Thank you so much for joining us today, Marianne! I agree with the others - the book sounds riveting. Can you speak to the differences between Christian romance and general romance books?

Marianne Evans said...

PM, thank you so very much for being a lovely and wonderful hostess! I'm grateful for you! Month end is approaching at work, and that, for me, means accounting work. ::sigh:: It's all good, but it keeps me tied up until I can get home and visit with my cyber friends!!! I am so grateful for your gracious hospitality as I spread the word about Devotion!! Blessings!!!

Marianne Evans said...

Catherine and Mary, I'm delighted you enjoyed the trailer! I was blown away when my publisher shared it with me. They absolutely created the "world" and the characters of my story, and that left me in tears! Seriously! It's like a movie! :-) Good luck in the drawing, and thank you for your visit!!! Blessings!!!

Marianne Evans said...

PM - what an awesome question!! To my mind, there is no difference, except the level of sexuality (note...I didn't use the word sensuality...I used the word sexuality...LOL!) Christian fiction/romance readily confronts modern issues and circumstances. Christian romance readily depicts the joy, the sensual joy of caress, gesture and kiss, while leaving the reader to "fill in the blanks" if you will. :-) I wrote three secular romances for Kensington Publishing and loved it -- but my faith walk, and a call in my heart worked transformation. I love writing Christian romance and fiction!! It's "real." :-)

p.m.terrell said...

Marianne, thank you so much for the thoughtful response. I had wondered many times what the differences were between Christian romance authors and those simply known as romance authors. Your response made perfect sense.
Best of luck to you on your book tour! Thanks again for joining us here at Book 'Em North Carolina.