Friday, February 26, 2016

Between Hurt and Healing ~ ~ ~ Book Tour Promo*, Author Interview, & Giveaway!

Jackie Melvin

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Date of Publication: February 2, 2016
# of pages: 424
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Introverted Denise Staukhill just wanted a quiet life.  She never dreamed she would find a man like Darren Olsen to share it with.  An unexpected tragedy ends their fairy-tale romance, and Denise once again finds herself alone and devastated.

Years later, the handsome head football coach from the local high school and Darren’s best friend, Eric Ortellio, tries desperately to help her find peace.  As their relationship starts to grow, the manipulative Coach Nick Nelson, trying to protect his secretive past, steps in to ruin both of them.

Will Denise and Eric’s friendship sustain the lies and manipulation that the evil Nelson has weaved?  Can Denise find the strength to let go of Darren and hold on to Eric, or will her faithfulness to Darren keep Eric out of her life forever?

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 Denise talking to her twelve-year-old daughter Cissy, about her own mother: “She loved color in her drawings, bright colors: greens, reds, blues, yellows. All her pictures were happy. She told me when I was your age to take whatever makes you sad and color it in. I guess she just meant that colors are happy and sad is black and white.” 

Cissy’s response:  “Maybe that’s what Grandma meant when she said, “color it in.” Celebrations are colorful like birthday balloons and wedding cakes. Funerals are black, and hospitals are white. Funerals are always sad and hospitals can be sad sometimes too. So if you find what makes you sad and color it in, you can be happy."

 How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?
This particular book focuses on adjusting to the death of a loved one.  How do you get up everyday, breathe in and breathe out when your very heart has been ripped from your soul?  Everyone grieves differently, but in the end God is the author of life and death and it is our job not to question (even though we still do) but to trust in Him and His strength in our weakness and allow our faith to guide us daily.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?
I hope it is real, relatable, and meaningful.  

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
When I started I realized that I enjoy the whole writing process, from creating a plot to creating characters and even the research.

What did you find most useful/least useful in learning to write? 
I learned the most in college when my news writing professor took a piece I had written and tore it apart at the seems.  I was shocked and upset.  I had been very proud of what I had written and only assumed she would have nothing but praise for my work.  When I finally calmed down and followed all of her advice and made all the changes, it was a much better piece.  I learned that not only is less more sometimes, but that I always have more to learn.  And the fact that she was not only a professor but also a professional journalist made it easy for me to take her advice.  

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
I truly want to live a life of service.  I want to start up a non-profit and work for the community. There are so many needs out there. 

Jackie Melvin is a hopeless introvert: hasn’t seen the inside of a movie theater in a decade.  She is despairingly sappy: will cry at commercials, songs and memories.  She is a disheartened housekeeper: good before the kids, great with the kids, now the laundry room doubles as the master closet.  An unexceptional athlete, the weather matters!  A wanna be nutritionist, if only chocolate had nutritional value.   A mediocre musician: been playing the same songs for thirty years.  A happy wife, she married up.  A reluctant empty- nester, miss those kids so much.  And she is a writer: the author of a series of children's books, and Between Hurt and Healing is her first novel. 

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas with her husband, her dog, and her cat, and spends as much time as possible visiting those kids.

GIVEAWAY! One winner gets signed copies 
of Between Hurt and Healing and 
all of Jackie's Bartholomew Bear Series

February 22-MARCH 3, 2016
Check out these other great blog stops on the tour!

2/22   Missus Gonzo  – Review
2/23   All for the Love of the Word – Author Interview
2/24   The Crazy Booksellers – Promo
2/25   The Page Unbound  -- Review
2/26   Hall Ways Blog – Author Interview
2/27   Books and Broomsticks – Guest Post           
2/29   My Book Fix Blog – Promo
3/1     A Novel Reality  -- Author Interview
3/2     The Librarian Talks  -- Promo

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