So I just released by third self-published Christian romance fiction novel, Heart in a Bottle, currently available in paper back and e-book version on Amazon.com. For many reasons,I really didn't want to offer my newest release through Amazon, but being a self-published author, it just seemed like a natural progression. And despite its faults, Amazon has a revolutionary platform that makes it almost effortless for Indie authors to create, publish and sell their own books to more readers than ever before. More on that in a future blog!
For now though, and just in time for Valentine's Day, I'd like to introduce you my newest Bohemian Christian romance novel -
"Heart in a Bottle"
Front and back covers - designed exclusively by "yours truly"!
Heart in a Bottle,like my first two offerings,is another Bohemian Christian romance novel,but with a murder-mystery twist to it.Honestly,of all three books I've written,this was definitely the HARDEST to write,and I probably won't delve into another one like it for a LONG time!In short,I've learned that I'm NOT a mystery or crime writer,nor do I enjoy the tedious job of researching every little detail to make sure all the facts "add up",and the story line makes sense.With straight romance stories,it doesn't matter so much,as we all know that most of the time,love doesn't always "make sense" anyway! lol
So,without further adieu,or giving away the ending,here's a brief synopsis of Heart in a Bottle:
Middle-aged advertising exec Valli Heart was suddenly left to run her father's paltry wine company after he succumbed to a massive heart attack. I chose the name "Valli" for my main character,as it was the name my maternal grandmother had given her first child - a baby girl.Unfortunately,the baby died shortly after she was born.When my mother told me what she had named it,the name stuck, and I always wanted to use it in one of my books.Other characters in Heart in a Bottle are named after good friends and other family members, as well, as a means of including those special people in my writings.(I just have to be careful to make sure the character's personality is complimentary to the person who's name I'm using!It makes for much more pleasant family gatherings during the holiday!lol)
Valli is also constantly fighting past demons,which only add to her current troubles and cause her to doubt her faith in God, as well as the man she really loves.Nevertheless, with the help of her worldly and quite egotistical business partner,Jack Conova,Valli is left to carry on the family business,Heart Winery - a small coastal winery,and fulfill her father's dreams of turning it into a wine "mega-tropolis".Yeah,I made that word up,(along with a few others!)and spell check reminded me of it every time I proofed the story!But that's one thing I LOVE about being a fiction writer - I take FULL advantage of my "creative license" to make up ANY word or story line I want!
Anyway,unbeknownst to Valli,Jack is in cahoots with Valli's secret lover to take her down,and take OVER her father's business!OR, is it the other way around? Mmmm... mystery #1!Then,just when Valli is not sure she can keep up the charade she's been living for so long,a sudden "who-done-it" MURDER throws a deadly twist to the story! Mystery #2!Now its up to Valli and her secret lover to not only solve the murder,but uncover the whereabouts of a hidden formula for a valuable wine blend that could be the future of Heart Winery - or its DEMISE!
Love,murder,mystery,dark secrets,with a bit of sound Biblical doctrine added in - what MORE could you want in a spell-binding romance novel? I promise,Heart in a Bottle,has it ALL!(One piece of advice when reading this book - read it like you were watching an episode of your FAVORITE TV crime drama to get the FULL effect!And don't be surprised if the murderer is NOT who you thought it would be!)
Despite the rigorous challenge this book presented to a somewhat amateur murder-mystery novelist, I am very pleased with the final outcome!I sincerely hope my readers will enjoy the story,as they immerse themselves in the romance, mystery and Biblical inspiration of Heart in a Bottle!
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