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The HOLIDAYS are here and we’re doing something a little different. Over the next few weeks, we’re featuring some of our favorite authors and finding out what they like best about the HOLIDAYS. We’ll also find out what their latest book project is.
Heather Burch, Author
Heather Burch has always been drawn to epic tales about love and loss. “If I can make you laugh, cry, feel something deeply, if you want to hug those you love … I’ve done my job.”
Heather is a bestselling author of contemporary fiction. A quote from her novel, One Lavender Ribbon can be seen at the John’s Creek Veteran’s Memorial Walk near Atlanta where her words are required reading for those who enter the memorial park.
Heather lives in Florida where she writes full-time.
SOMETHING LIKE FAMILY (LakeUnionPublishing) is her latest novel. Abandoned by his mother when he was young, twenty-two-year-old, Rave Wayne knows all about loss. That doesn’t mean he’s used to it. After he’s dumped by the girlfriend he assumed he’d spend his life with, Rave is longing more than ever to connect.
Then, as if by miracle, he receives an invitation from his grandfather, a man he thought was long gone, to come for a visit in rural Tennessee. Loyal, honest, and loving, dear old Tuck is everything Rave could have hoped for. He’s family. Soon, Rave finds himself falling for a down-to-earth local girl, and he thinks his life is finally coming together.
But the past isn’t through with Rave.
When his mother returns after many long years, looking to reconcile the terrible mistakes that once defined her, Rave struggles to put together the unsettled pieces of his heart. Will this once-estranged family be able to come together to understand the meaning of unconditional love, the fragile bonds of family, and the healing power of letting go?
IN THE LIGHT of the GARDEN is a novel about unearthed family secrets, the enchantment of past loves and the indelible power of forgiveness.
Inheriting her grandparents’ island estate on Florida’s Gulf coast is a special kind of homecoming for thirty-one-year-old Charity Baxter. Raised by a narcissistic single mother, Charity’s only sense of a loving home comes from childhood summers spent with Gramps and Grandma. But piercing her fondest memories is her sharpest grief—the death of her beloved grandmother, when Charity stopped believing in the magical healing power of the weeping willow that still casts a shadow on their property.
Now that Charity has returned, she’s full of longing and regret, until she befriends her neighbor Dalton Reynolds, who has come to Gaslamp Island carrying his own heartache. As other exiles arrive—a great uncle harboring secrets, a teenage runaway—Charity begins to reconsider what makes a family. When her own estranged mother shows up in crisis, Charity is challenged to search her heart for forgiveness. But forgiving herself may require a little magic from the last place she’d expect to find it.
Heather has written several previous romance novels published by MONTLAKE ROMANCE, an imprint of Amazon. Heather loves to hear from readers. Be sure to follow her on Amazon http://www.Amazon.com/author/heatherburch and visit her website http://www.heatherburchbooks.com where you can sign up for her twice a year newsletter, Heather’s Happenings, filled with fun facts and freebies.
Heather happily answered our holiday questionnaire.
CR: What is your favorite holiday?
HB: Definitely Christmas! I’m a big kid at heart and Christmas means family and food! One year, when I was a kid, Santa came walking over a freshly fallen snow into my aunt’s backyard on Christmas Eve. I will never forget the magic of him on that glistening snow. It was like he’d shown up out of nowhere!
CR: Favorite gift you’ve given?
HB: Before my mother passed away, I took her and her grandchildren to Disney World for Christmas. It was a magical week!
CR: Favorite present you’ve received?
HB: On our 25th anniversary, my husband gave me 25 gifts from 25 different countries around the world. It was overwhelming. But another of my favorite memories was one year on my birthday, I went and brought gifts for everyone who was coming to my birthday party that evening. You can’t imagine how faces lit up when they came in and I had a present for each of them. It is by far my favorite party memory.
CR: Favorite holiday music?
HB: Trans Siberian Orchestra.
CR: Favorite holiday meal and/or dessert?
HB: I love turkey and all the trimmings. I can eat it for days after Christmas.
CR: Message/wishes for 2018?
HB: Joy! I’m a big believer in joy being the secret to a happy life. I wish joy for my family and friends! My message to all my readers, don’t let anyone else take the leading role of your life. Live joy!
Thanks, Heather. I love what you wrote about starring in the role of your own life. Something to really think about.
We’re giving away several journals to our blog followers to start 2018 on a fresh page. Just tell us what your message or wishes are for 2018. We’ll announce winners in the upcoming weeks.