Do you want to know a secret? Yes? Come closer so I can whisper in your ear.
I fall in love…often. With different men.
Shocked? Don’t be. I promise my husband knows about every one of them, and he’s not threatened by my love interests. Why? Because they aren’t real and because I have to love them. I mean, if I can’t fall in love with each of the heroes I create, how can I expect my readers to fall in love with them? It’s crazy, just when I think I couldn’t love another hero more, the next one comes along and sweeps me off my feet again.
In my forthcoming Inspy blogs, I plan to tell you a little bit about these ‘other’ men in my life. Some are ready to meet you. Others are anxiously waiting to make their entrance into readers’ worlds.
Today I’d like you to introduce you to my newest hero who will make his appearance on cyber bookshelves on June 23rd when the boxed set SPLASH! releases.
This hero is dear to my heart for several reasons. He’s had to deal with the terrible loss of his wife and has risen to the challenge of raising his infant daughter on his own, and my, has she turned out cute. He also lives in a place so dear to my heart—the country of my birth—Zambia.
When Autumn Macarthur approached me earlier this year to write a novella set in Africa that had to take place in summer and on or near water, I knew there was no other place to write this story than along the mighty Zambezi River. Because I’d visited there, had ridden on a majestic African elephant, and knew a little of the plight of not only African orphan children, but orphaned elephants, too, it didn’t take long before widower Simon Hartley was born, along with his orphanage of infant elephants. Isn’t he simply yummy? He’s actually also charming and witty. For me, however, Simon’s brokenness and hesitance to move into a relationship, even though his wife’s been gone for over five years, is even more attractive than his looks. But will his heartache keep Simon’s heart orphaned? I hope you’ll feel the same tug at your heartstrings from this elephant whisperer’s tragic tale when you read Orphaned Hearts.
‘I can tell you what will get your thumbs up … cute little five-year-old, Chloe (named after her mother).
If you’re more of an animal lover, however, you’ll definitely love this feller—Shumpa. He’s Chloe’s little guy.
I can’t wait to share Simon’s story with you, and so I’m going to give you a tiny taste of his story from the Prologue.
Simon swallowed hard as he shook his head, the enormity of it all syphoning his very breath. There is no life in death. For years he’d believed there was, but with Chloe’s death, his beliefs changed. Simon could no longer place his faith in a God of mercy and love. How could he when that same God would allow a young mother to die as she kissed her newborn with her last breath? The same newborn she’d waited years to conceive, never doubting that her prayers would be answered.
How could this be love?
How could this be grace?
Orphaned Hearts is but a small part of an exciting line up of summer romances from eight other awesome authors—the perfect pool, river or seaside companion on hot, lazy days.
Before we part ways again, I’d love to hear whether you find yourself falling in love again and again when you’re lost in a good book with a dashing hero. (You can whisper in my ear if you don’t want anyone else to hear.)
When his wife dies in childbirth, Zambia conservationist Simon Hartley pours his life into raising his daughter and his orphan elephants. He has no time, or desire, to fall in love again. Or so he thinks.
Wanting to escape English society and postpone an arranged marriage, Lady Abigail Chadwick heads to Africa for a year to teach the children of the Good Shepherd Orphanage. Upon her arrival she is left stranded at Livingstone airport…until a reluctant Simon comes to her rescue.
Now only fears born of his loss, and secrets of the life she’s tried to leave behind, can stonewall their romance, budding in the heart of Africa.
Orphaned Hearts is available from June 23 in SPLASH! ~ 9 Refreshing Romances Filled with Faith. 99c Limited time offer eBook boxed set. Pre-order on Amazon.