Delia, I’m intrigued by your cover. Please tell us about Lexi’s Heart.
Lexi’s Heart is the Mother’s Day story in the 2013 Heart’s Haven Holiday Series. I enjoyed writing this one…but it also brought some tears, because Mother’s Day has become a kind of bittersweet thing for me since my own little Mother passed away in 1996. I miss her so much, but I know she’s with the Lord, and that is a comfort.
I’m sorry about your mom. My husband’s mom passed away around mother’s day too, back in 1991.
Lexi is a little unusual as a heroine, because she’s 43—older than most romance heroines. Her life has not been easy…to the point that she’s become hardened against men in general, and against God. But God still loves Lexi, and He has not forgotten this middle-aged woman tucked away in a small town in East Texas…
Here’s the blurb:
Forty-three-year-old Lexi Carlisle’s abusive marriage ended three years ago. Deeply scarred by the experience, and helplessly watching her beloved mother succumb to Alzheimer’s, Lexi is devastated. After selling her fancy home, she rents a cottage in Heart’s Haven, a special place unlike any other. Slowly learning to live again, she despairs of ever delivering the message of love that burns within her heart for her ever-worsening mother. But Mitch Gaynor, a handsome Christian author, reminds Lexi that with God all things are possible, planting within her battered and distrustful heart the seed of hope for a miracle. But can she open her fortressed heart to God? And is Mitch a part of His plans for her future?
Sounds like a good story. Is there anything in particular that made you want to write Lexi’s Heart?
Let me preface my answer with a brief explanation for those who are not familiar with Heart’s Haven. I’m one of four authors who make up the Heart’s Haven writing team. My cohorts, Marianne Evans, Tanya Stowe, and Mary Manners are amazing, talented ladies, and this venture has been such a blessing to me—in large part because of the relationship between the four of us. We all feel that Heart’s Haven is a “God-thing,” and have enjoyed the journey thus far.
When we decided to do a holiday series, I drew the Spring straw (J). Well…how many Spring holidays can you think of? We already had Easter covered in another Heart’s Haven collection, so my choices were Mother’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the idea of the Heart’s Haven angels partnered up with little green leprechauns, so…. J Mother’s Day won out.
That makes perfect sense to me.:) I noticed that you have several books on Amazon, is this book part of a series, or do all your books stand alone? I really like the covers by the way.
Why, thank you! Nicola Martinez does an amazing job of designing our covers. I think she outdid herself with the cover for Lexi’s Heart. Isn’t it beautiful? J
To answer your question, though…all the Heart’s Haven books are part of various series/collections–but each story stands very well on its own. Three of my other books make up the Solomon’s Gate Series (Destiny’s Dream, Kylie’s Kiss, and Gypsy’s Game). They do read well as standalones, but you’ll find characters from previous books showing up in books two and three. Treehouse is a short story, which is a great way for readers to try out an author, see if they like her voice and writing style. Goldeneyes is my only novel published through Vinspire Publishing, and will always hold a very special place in my heart. Set partially in Weedpatch, California—the little agricultural community where I grew up—this book is a “vintage romance,” meaning it’s not set back in time far enough to be an historical, and not recent enough to be a contemporary. lol
Cool. That is the first time I’ve ever heard of a story described as vintage. I like it! What is next for you? Can we expect to see another release anytime this year?
There will be a free Heart’s Haven short story…but I’m not sure about the release date on that one just yet, so I can’t say too much about it. But for readers who are familiar with the Heart’s Haven characters, I will say this much: Expect the unexpected from Old Hart. J
I have a short Heart’s Haven release, co-written with Tanya Stowe, coming out in December. We had fun writing this Christmas tale, and I think readers will enjoy it, as well. Here’s a blurb from A Cowboy Christmas:
A mom on the run. A special child and her “imaginary” friend. A cowboy. And God. Heart’s Haven is at it again…
Layne Mabrey is on the run.
Her ex-husband wants to have six-year-old Chloe institutionalized, but Layne will go to any lengths to keep her Down’s Syndrome child.
Dex Beckett falls immediately in love with both Layne and Chloe, but Layne can’t afford to get close to anyone—not even the shy, gentle cowboy next door. She and Chloe have to be ready to run…again.
Concerned that Chloe’s sudden creation of an imaginary friend could be used to substantiate her father’s claims, Layne is shocked when Dex offers an unbelievable opinion about the child’s invisible visitor. But there’s more to Heart’s Haven than meets the eye. Is it possible a Christmas miracle awaits Layne and Chloe on the Heart’s Haven Angel Tree?
It sounds like you have some exciting things coming up. I always like to ask one fun question, so here it goes. If you could choose any place in the world to visit where would it be and why?
I would love to visit Ireland. My mother’s family had Irish roots, and I think it would be interesting to walk the soil they walked and look into their lives. J But on the other hand, that first glimpse into “The Shire” in Lord of the Rings made me desperately want to see New Zealand, as well. ((Sigh)) So many places, so little money! lol
They both sound like great place to visit. Thanks for stopping in today to share with us about Lexi’s Heart. Also, thanks for offering to give away an Ebook to one lucky commenter. This is your turn to ask a question. What would you like the commentors to answer in order to be entered for a chance to win?
Do you believe in angels, and do you feel you’ve encountered one?
Great question! Remember you must answer the question in order to be entered. The winner will be notified Monday May 13th.
Born and raised in Weedpatch, California, Delia Latham moved to Oklahoma in ’08, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. She’s a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She loves Dr. Pepper and hearing from her readers. Contact her through her website (www.delialatham.net), her blog (http://delialatham.blogspot.com), or her Facebook author page (Delia Latham).
Delia writes inspirational romance and women’s fiction, and is currently contracted through White Rose Publishing and Vinspire Publishing.