Monday, June 30, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway: Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt

Welcome to Christian Book Review Blog, Beth! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Should I tell you how I said I’d never write fiction – and then God turned a season of burnout into a bend in the writing road, leading me to the “Dark Side” and writing contemporary romance? Or maybe a bit of my own romance, and how I met my husband in a karate studio when he knocked me down – but I prefer to say he swept me off my feet? I also believe God’s best often waits behind the doors marked ‘Never’ because so many of my dreams come true have happened when God pushed me through the doors I labeled “NEVER.”

When did you first discover that you loved writing? 

I was the kid in school who enjoyed writing assignments – you know, the one who also was always reading a book or two. And then when I was middle school, when I ran out of books to read I started writing my own stories – and asking my English teacher to read them and give me feedback.

Why do you write the type of books that you do? 

I write romance novels because those are the kinds of books I like to read. But I also believe there is more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us, so I like to delve into the messiness of relationships in my novels.

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it? 

D. L. Moody said, “I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.” I would have to concur with him and say that I’ve tripped myself up more along the writing road than anyone or anything else. I’ve doubted myself too much and focused on what others were accomplishing and, yes, let jealousy flare up instead of being content with my journey, my blessings. I’m thankful for my mentors, who have all modeled the importance of focusing on who God says I am –not reviews, not the bad days when the writing isn’t flowing, and not even the praise that I might get. I try to remember Psalm 115:1 NIV: Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

Has writing changed your life in any way? 

I have a deeper understanding of the phrase “living the dream.” There’s a huge component of reality to “living the dream,” meaning there’s a lot of work involved to keeping your dream alive. This huge “yes” in my life has meant saying “no” to other things, and I’m learning to be okay with that. One fun aspect of my life is discovering my husband is a great brainstorming partner! 

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most? 

I have a number of “anchor verses,” truths that help me remain steadfast in times of struggle. One of my most favorite is Colossians 1:13 – For he rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son … I love the promise and the hope of this verse, the reminder that I’ve been rescued, that I no longer live in darkness, but instead I dwell in God’s kingdom. This verse also has the echoes of romance in it.

Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular? 

Oh, choosing one book is always so, so hard for me. There are so many talented authors that I admire. I did read Elisa Morgan’s The Beauty of Broken between last Christmas and New Year’s and found it so freeing – woven through with truth and hope. I love honest writing, and Elisa Morgan wrote with stunning vulnerability.

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done? 

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I guess that depends on who you talked to. My husband’s a family physician and I was once asked to come and be the “model” for labor and delivery photos. I was pregnant with our third child at the time and the photographer wanted me to act like I was in the early stages of labor. So I walked into labor and delivery, acting like I was in pain, and then I was in a hospital bed, supposedly having a contraction . . . The photographer was supposed to come back and take some real “action” photos when I went into labor – nothing too invasive – but when we called him in the middle of the night to say it was “show time,” he declined. 

Please tell us about the featured book.

Somebody Like You asks the question Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?  Haley Ames is newly widowed and discovers that her husband had an identical twin brother that she knew nothing about. The book examines themes of grief and estrangement and family and wrestles with the question Is it ever wrong to love someone?

Can you please give us the first page?

This conversation wasn’t going to be easy.
Haley pulled off the faded fatigue-patterned ball cap, twisting it in her hands as she approached the front counter of the gun club. Thick arms crossed over his barrel chest, her boss chatted with Frank, a club regular.
“Wes, I need to talk to you—”
The man wrapped up his conversation with a gravelly laugh before clapping the guy on his back and focusing on her. “There a problem, Hal?”
A glass display case separated them, filled with two shelves of handguns—ranging from .32 caliber to 9mm—that members could rent for use on the range or purchase. “I need to talk to you about taking maternity leave.”
“Now?” Wes stopped prepping to count up the day’s take. “I thought the baby wasn’t due for a few more months.”
“Not until April.” She scuffed the faded patch of carpet with the toe of her brown cowboy boot. “But I need to get off the range.”
 “What’s bothering you?” Wes dumped his unlit cigar in a spotless ceramic ashtray.
Haley twisted one of the strands of hair that had slipped free from her ponytail. “One of the women in the gun safety class asked if it was safe for a pregnant woman to be on the range.”
“Is that all?” He dismissed her concern with a wave of his beefy hand. “Of course it’s safe. We have the best ventilation system in town.”
“But what about the noise? I hadn’t even thought about that.” Repositioning the hat on her head, she rubbed the palms of her hands along the front of her sweatpants. “I wear stuff to protect my eyes and ears—but it’s not like I can soundproof my belly. I haven’t read a lot of the information online, but I do know unborn babies hear sounds.”
“So what are you telling me? You want to quit because your baby might be bothered by the noise?”
“I didn’t say quit. But maybe . . . a leave of absence? Just to be safe?”
“You know I’m short-staffed as it is, Hal. Who am I going to get to teach your classes?”
“How about I make a few phone calls? Maybe someone at the Olympic Training Center might know of a competitive shooter looking for part-time work. And maybe I can do some shifts behind the counter. Let’s both sleep on it and talk tomorrow or the next day, okay?”
A few moments later, Haley stuffed her gear bag into the backseat of her Subaru Forester, standing to stretch the ever present ache in her lower back. One more decision to make—and no one to talk it over with. She couldn’t even ask someone to help her remember to make the phone calls—except for the virtual assistant on her iPhone.
Why couldn’t that woman in her class mind her own business? Most people didn’t even notice she was pregnant, especially when she wore one of Sam’s baggy chamois shirts.

Where can readers learn more information about you?

My website features my blog, In Others’ Words, which highlights a different quote on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I love quotes and I enjoy starting a conversation and having my followers join in and share their insights. I’m also on Twitter and Pinterest and have an Author Facebook page.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway: Forgotten Past by Mary Alford

Welcome to Christian Book Review Blog, Mary! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I’d be happy to, but first of all thank you for letting me stop by today. Okay, about me. I am a wife, mom, and grandmother. I live in Central Texas with my husband and two dogs, Callie and Tyson. We have three granddaughters that we are blessed to live close enough to see each week. When I’m not writing and spending time with my babies, I love to read. Since I write Christian Romantic Suspense, I tend to gravitate to those books, but I absolutely love reading any Christian based romance. They are so uplifting. In addition to reading, I’ve recently taken up playing the piano again as well as gardening. My seven year old granddaughter loves to plant things, so we’ve had so much fun planting and growing our garden this year, although to date, we have absolutely no crops to show for our efforts. We love the time we get to spend together.       

When did you first discover that you loved writing? 

I first started creating stories in my head when I was a kid. I think it was because I was the baby of the family and quite a bit younger than my siblings were. Making up stories came natural to me. I read every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mystery our library possessed. As a pre-teen, I discovered Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney and I was hooked on the romantic suspense genre.    

Why do you write the type of books that you do? 

I think most writers tend to write what they love to read. Since I loved reading romantic suspense novels that was the genre, I focused on. As a Christian, I knew I wanted my hero and heroine to possess the Christian values I grew up with to guide them through their struggles. 

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it? 

I’d say my greatest obstacle was self-doubt. I constantly wonder if what I write is good enough. Selling to Love Inspired Suspense has been a tremendous help.    

Has writing changed your life in any way? 

Definitely. In the summer of 2012, Love Inspired Suspense editor Emily Rodmell hosted a Speed dating contest. I was lucky enough to secure a time with Emily. She asked for the partial, I sent it as well all the while telling myself, ‘don’t get your hopes up’. Once Emily requested the full manuscript then the wait began. In December of 2012 Emily called to tell me that she wanted to buy FORGOTTEN PAST. I was on cloud nine. I still don’t think it’s fully sunk in yet.         

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most? 
John 14: 1-4. Jesus tells us that we can trust Him and that He is going to prepare a Heavenly home for us. I love Jesus’ promise that one day we will be with Him. What amazing love. 

Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?

I have several authors that I love to read. I just finished Shirlee McCoy’s Safe by the Marshal's Side. I love Shirlee’s work. I’m a huge Lynette Eason fan so I read anything she puts out along with Donna Alward and Susan Sleeman. These ladies may not realize it, but they have all been such an inspiration for me as a writer. I also read Kristen Heitzmann and Dee Henderson’s books. I find when I love an author’s work I read everything they write.

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?  

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I’d have to say it was the Speed Dating Contest I did to get published. My husband and I were in Colorado at the time of the contest and our internet service was non-existent at our cabin, so I did the entire pitch in the parking lot of the Ace Hardware in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I seriously doubt if Emily understood anything I typed because my fingers were trembling so much. Still, she must have liked something because she asked for a synopsis and I sent it.   

Please tell us about the featured book.

Forgotten Past is about a woman, Faith McKenzie, who was brutally attacked five years earlier. Her best friend and her friend’s father were both murdered. The attack was so vicious, that Faith’s brain simply shut out the memory of the attack and her past life completely. Faith is running from someone she can’t remember. Each time she moves, her attacker somehow manages to find her. He lets her know he’s found her with a simple call. He never speaks, just terrifying silence from an unknown caller ID. When Faith moves to Hope Island. Maine, she changes her name and her identity thinking maybe this time she’ll be safe. She is wrong. Soon the calls begin again. When she meets her neighbor, JT Wyatt, Faith discovers he’s an ex-cop who now owns a security firm. JT can see how terrified Faith truly is and finally convinces her to trust him. But the stakes have never been higher with a hurricane bearing down on them and a attacker who is not afraid to commit murder to silence Faith forever.      

Can you please give us the first page?
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She’d made a dreadful mistake. The minute the headlights of the SUV swept over the house, Faith realized it deep down in her heart.
Truth be told, she had made a whole string of mistakes, including the one she prayed wouldn’t prove to be the most costly. When she’d left the house earlier, she had forgotten to leave any lights on. Now, night had fallen, and nothing but a dark silhouette loomed before her. Just the thought of what might be waiting for her outside the safety of the SUV sent her heartbeat ballistic.
Please, Lord…protect me.
Faith clutched the steering wheel tight in an attempt to steady her trembling hands as she peered out the windshield. Nothing really seemed out of place, but then again, it was pitch-black out. There were no streetlights this far from town, and dense clouds obscured the moon and stars. While the SUV’s headlights illuminated most of the side of the house and a portion of the front, it didn’t quite reach the door.
Foolish, foolish, foolish. She couldn’t believe she’d acted so foolishly.
At the time, she hadn’t thought about anything but getting away for a little while. The walls had been closing in on her, and she knew if she didn’t find a way to clear her head, she would end up throwing everything she owned into the back of her SUV and running for her life once again.
Driving along the breathtaking stretch of Maine coastline while the setting sun painted the waters a kaleidoscope of colors helped put things into prospective. There was something about the never-ending cycle of the tide as it rolled against the rocky shoreline and then out to sea again that gave her a sense of peace. It reminded her that it didn’t matter what she went through in her life, or how scary or insurmountable her fears seemed, God was in control.
Most days, she could control the doubts. Today hadn’t been one of them. All because of the call. The reason she’d moved to Hope Island, a small town of a little more than ten thousand in population located at the southernmost tip of the Maine coastline. She had been running from him. This move was supposed to be different. Faith had banked all of her future happiness on it working this time. The call had proved her wrong. She lost track of the number of times she’d uprooted her life just to get away from him. It had become second nature whenever she felt threatened. Like she had today when the call came in and the tiniest bit of hope she still clung to evaporated.
She’d changed her name, her looks, shut herself off from the world as much as humanly possible, and yet each time he found her again.
She glanced up at the house and shivered at the possible dangers lying in wait inside.
Funny how something could appear so different when you were seeing it through the eyes of fear. Just a little more than a month earlier, she’d fallen in love with the old, two-story Cape Cod and rented it on the spot. Now, she could imagine him hiding in the enormous country kitchen, or lurking in the shadowy hallway.
Faith cracked the window and listened. Above the surging ocean waves beyond the house, nothing sounded unusual.
Yet something wasn’t right. By now, Ollie would have recognized the sound of her vehicle and started barking like crazy.
She blew out a sigh. She couldn’t stay out here all night. Maybe the call had truly been a wrong number this time.
Faith killed the engine, got out, and hurried up the steps. She barely had time to put the key into the door when she heard it. Footsteps coming quickly up the stairs behind her. A shaft of light from a flashlight bounced off the porch and up the side of the house. Her hand holding the keys jarred and they flew from her fingers.
“No,” the word slipped from her tremulous lips.
She turned toward the light and immediately the beam trained on her face, temporarily blinding her.
Faith had rehearsed this moment dozens of times in her head and yet the reality of it didn’t feel anything like what she’d practiced.
Without the keys, the SUV would be useless, which left only one option. She’d need to make it to the back of the house. There were a handful of houses scattered along the stretch of the beach behind her place. If she could reach one of them, hopefully someone would help her.
Faith raced toward the steps located off the side of the porch and away from the figure with the light.
There were three—no four—steps leading down to the grassy yard. The fence separating her small backyard from the beach would be some fifteen feet behind the house. She’d carefully counted off each step her first day here.

Where can readers learn more information about you?

You can find me at my website: www.MaryAlford.net, or on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads.  
I love hearing from readers. You can always reach me with your comments at maryjalford@netzero.com


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review: Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt

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"Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?

Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed? 

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart? 

Somebody Like You is a beautifully rendered, affecting novel, reminding us that while we can’t change the past, we have the choice to change the future and start anew"

The best word I can use to describe Somebody Like You is the word gentle. Each word, sentence, page pulled me along like someone tugging me gently by the hand. Cracking open the pages of this book––tagging along on Haley and Stephen's journey––was like snuggling with my favorite downy comforter: soft, warm, gentle. 

The characters were real. Their emotions real. And, surprisingly, their romance real. I'll admit my skepticism––because of the premise and my previous experience with Wish You Were Here. But the characters, the prose, the spiritual message––everything––was executed beautifully.

The pace was just right. Not too fast, not too slow. Haley and Stephen's love blossomed like a rose opening in slow motion. Bits of humor were interspersed at just the right moments. The ending was unexpected, charming, sweet. And to top it off? This book was released on the day of my birthday.

I give Somebody Like You 5 out of 5 stars. It can be bought on Amazon.

P.S. Stephen Ames has been officially entered as a contestant for the 2014 CBRB Best Hero Award!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway: Moon over Maalaea Bay by H. L. Wegley


Welcome to Christian Book Review Blog! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

You’re welcome! I may as well start at the beginning. Born in 1946, I’m a first-year baby boomer and grew up in what was probably the best time in America to be a kid. In the great outdoors of Southern Oregon I enjoyed all sorts of outdoor adventures — hiking, exploring, camping, swimming and fishing the streams and lakes. I married a girl I’ve known since we were about 3 years old and we’re approaching our 48th anniversary. The Viet Nam war sent me into the Air Force, where I served as an intelligence analyst working closely with NSA. Then the USAF wanted more weather officers, so they sent me to Texas A&M, where I got a degree in Meteorology as well as a commission—what a deal! When the war wound down, I went to work as a research scientist at a national lab, then got an advanced degree in Computer Science and developed computing systems for Boeing until my wife and I retired in 2008. Now, we live near Seattle, lead a small-group Bible study, spend time with our 7 grandkids, hike the Olympic Peninsula beaches when the sun shines, and save our pennies for occasional trips to our most favorite spot on the planet, the setting of my current release, Maui.

When did you first discover that you loved writing? 

In elementary school I learned that teachers would give extra credit for writing essays, poems, or stories. I was always conscious of my GPA but, being a bit lazy, I wanted to maintain a high GPA with the least amount of studying. Writing came easy for me, and that made the A’s come a lot easier. Over the years I’ve written a wide variety of material both for school and in my professional work as a research scientist. But it wasn’t until I wrote my first work of fiction, in 2010, that writing became a real joy, something that I could no longer not do.

Why do you write the type of books that you do?

Growing up, my best buddy’s dad had the full set of Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan books and all of Zane Grey’s westerns. I had most of the Robert Louis Stevenson novels. As tweens and early teens, my buddy and I read them all. Action adventures won my heart as a kid. I didn’t even mind the romance of Zane Grey’s stories or the somewhat romantic Tarzan-Jane relationship. When I crafted my first novel, it was—what else—a romantic thriller. I’ve now written 7 of them. I recently completed one manuscript that falls canonically within the Christian romantic-suspense genre. But when you compare my story to one of the masters of that genre, someone like Irene Hannon, you will see one big difference, the amount and intensity of action. If that were the only difference you saw, I could say I’ve arrived.  
What do the ladies think about all that action? I’m about to find out. Several agents have requested book proposals for this story.

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?

I’ve experienced many obstacles since I began writing novels, but I smashed my face into the first one when I wrote my first kiss scene. I’m a natural-born introvert and tend to keep personal feelings to myself, just like my dad. Now I had to show what my hero was thinking and feeling as the heroine initiated a kiss. After writing the scene, I didn’t want anybody to see it, partly because I had patterned the hero after me and had given him my resume and interests. This was far too personal for me to share. But, as authors we share ourselves with the world. We must voluntarily expose ourselves to criticism, ridicule, and all sorts of other unpleasant scrutiny. It took a while to become “hardened” to all that. A critique group, composed of people you trust helps. But, as our writing improves, the praise more than compensates for the negatives—well, maybe for all but those rejection notices.

Has writing changed your life in any way?

I have come to appreciate the power of story more than ever before. Now I can better understand why Jesus relied so heavily on stories to teach his disciples. That places more responsibility on my shoulders to make sure my stories convey truth in a powerful, but winsome way. Another way writing changed my life is it has made me less of an introvert. After exposing yourself mentally and emotionally to an audience of thousands, you tend to be a little less self-conscious.

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?

The redemptive passages have an impact that is eternal—e.g. the John 3:16s of the Bible and the Romans 6:23s. But, besides those, I would say 1 Peter 3:15 has had a big impact. This verse tells us we must, at all times, be ready to defend our faith and then prescribes how we are to do that, in gentleness and with respect. As somewhat of a self-taught apologist, I’ve tried to incorporate the principles of that verse into my stories. If it’s written with a 1 Peter 3:15 spirit, a redemption story, or a discussion about beliefs, will seem natural to the reader, whether they are a Christian or not.

Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?

I have a shelf for books that have something special about them, books that I don’t want to give up, except to loan them, temporarily. To answer this question, I scanned my special-book shelf and immediately settled on Randy Alcorn’s Safely Home. Not only is the book well-written, but it has a message the church in America needs to hear. After reading it, my wife and I both asked the same question while sitting in a church service one Sunday morning. If everyone present knew it was possible that we would be killed that very morning for attending and practicing our faith, how many people would we see sitting in the church service? Half as many? A third? Less? Would we still be there? It’s a very convicting question for a very moving and convicting book.

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

My best buddy and I did so many quirky things that I documented and self-published them in a book, Colby and Me: Growing up in the 50’s, written for family, friends and grandkids. I never marketed it, just gave it away. The quirkiest thing we ever did was supposed to be in a chapter of that book, but somehow the chapter got omitted—my fault—and didn’t make the published version. We built a diving suit out of a 5-gallon bucket, an old refrigerator compressor, a lawn mower engine, and a long garden hose. My buddy was supposed to wade slowly into the 20-foot-deep pool below a dam to test the helmet but, instead, he jumped from the top of the dam into the deep water with 50 pounds of lead strapped around his waist. I dove in and swam down to the bottom of the river to see how he was doing. When I looked in through the Plexiglas faceplate, I saw 2 wide eyes and a water level inside the bucket about 3 inches above his nose.  He couldn’t breathe no matter how he turned his head. The weights wouldn’t come off and he nearly drowned. But what nearly killed him probably saved his life. We learned later that what comes out of that refrigerator compressor is highly toxic. He never got the chance to breathe any of it.

Please tell us about the featured book.

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Moon over Maalaea Bay, book # 3 in my Pure Genius Series, is a short, fast-paced romantic thriller set entirely in Maui. Originally, I had intended for this story to end my series and so I wanted to give my H&H a Maui honeymoon, you know, to make up for all I had done to them in books 1 & 2. But I write thrillers. How do you turn a tame, tropical paradise like Maui into the setting of a hair-raising story? Only 2 ideas came to mind. I could have the heroine eaten by a tiger shark or have her abducted early in the evening of her wedding night. I couldn’t come up with a happily-ever-after ending for the tiger-shark scenario, so I sicced the shark on one of the villains and chose to kidnap my bright (IQ 200), beautiful heroine, Jennifer. 
Jennifer’s abductors, members of an international trafficking syndicate, want revenge for the arm of the organization Jennifer amputated in the previous story. They plan to sell her to a middle-Eastern prince who collects beautiful women, sending a clear message to anyone who interferes with their business. But agents from a terrorist nation enter the auction with a higher bid. They want Jennifer, who’s also an NSA scientist, for what she knows, not for what she looks like. Jennifer has now become a huge national security issue, bringing in the FBI, part of the military, and all the resources of the Maui Police Department.
All of this makes my hero, Lee (the groom), go a little crazy. He’ll do anything, except risk the life of their foster daughter, Katie, to get his bride back, and he’s starting his own search. Now that Lee’s crazy with worry, we have all the ingredients for a wild and woolly story—all but one. When Granddad flies over from the mainland bringing Katie to help Lee search for Jennifer, beautiful 15-year-old Katie ends up in the crosshairs of the traffickers. What if Lee has to choose between saving Jennifer or Katie?

Can you please give us the first page?

In light of recent events, she should be dead. Jennifer Akihara should no longer exist.
 And now she doesn’t. 
The thought brought a smile to her lips. 
Nearly nine hours ago, in another world three thousand miles away, Jennifer Akihara became Mrs. Lee Brandt. “Jennifer Brandt,” she whispered. It sounded right. It was right. And the dangers that nearly prevented her from taking Lee’s name were gone, either locked away in a federal prison or dead. 
Spending her wedding night with Lee in a tropical paradise would be the perfect start to their life as man and wife. But the perfect start had been delayed. 
In the fading twilight, under a purple sky, Jennifer glanced up at Lee’s brilliant, blue eyes as he walked beside her in his cargo shorts and muscle shirt, looking— she hated clich├ęs, but there was simply no other word for him— hot. Tonight, on this island, extremely hot. And the warm, humid trade winds, which caressed her skin and ruffled Lee’s hair, cooled nothing. 
Lee seemed unusually quiet. Maybe he was disappointed about their room not being ready. 
She moved close to him, gently brushing against his side with each step as they strolled through the menagerie of colorful Kihei shops. The fragrance of pineapple, mango, and coconut mingled with those of cloves and cinnamon near the kiosks selling soaps, candles, and lotions. 
She looked up at him, wondering what was on his mind. It was time to probe. “If someone hadn’t broken into our room just before we arrived, right now we would be—” 
“We’d be watching the moon over Maalaea Bay out that big window. I know.” 
“If someone hadn’t insisted on that room, maybe we could’ve gotten another room, and we could be—” 
“I know, sweetheart. But when you see the sunset from our room tomorrow evening, you’ll understand. That room is special. We can eat dinner here at the shops, and by 7: 30 our room door will be fixed and the electronics that were stolen will all be replaced, just like the manager promised. And… we get a free night for our inconvenience.” 
“Inconvenience? That’s hardly the word for what I feel.” She met his gaze with love and longing in her eyes.

Where can readers learn more information about you?

My author web site has a fun bio for readers: http://hlwegley.com/bio.html 
and the main page has info on my published and soon-to-release books:
My Facebook personal profile has a lot of spectacular Maui photos that I took from the setting of the Moon over Maalaea Bay: 
My Facebook author page focuses more on my writing in general:
All of my published books can be seen on my Amazon Author Page:
Readers can get a heads-up on work in progress from Pinterest:
And they can catch my tweets at:

Thank you again for being with us, Harry! It was fun interviewing you.

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