I felt very honored to be invited to participate in the new Crossroads Collection: Betwixt Two Hearts. I bought the first three when they came out, and I enjoyed the unique concept – a collection of novellas that are each free-standing book but tied together in a theme, and one full-length book by Amanda Tru that connects them all. (Note – most of the “novellas” were more like full-length books.)
In Betwixt Two Hearts, Amanda opens the collection with a story about two people establishing an online matchmaking agency. Not a dating site, mind you, but a real matchmaking agency with the goal of setting up marriages. Each of the subsequent books is a contemporary Christian romance about two people who meet through the Betwixt Two Hearts agency. In addition to mine, you’ll find delightful stories by Amanda Tru, Kari Trumbo, Alana Terry, Carol Moncado, Chautona Havig. and ME.
Mine is The Swedehearts Glory Quilt, the second book in my Glory Quilts series. It’s lighthearted – mostly – and features some of the same characters from The Christmas Glory Quilt. David Reid is a sincere Christian man, eager to move on in his life. He’s an engineer, so he’s got a plan. But is it God’s plan for him, or is it David’s? Eleanor has no plan. Her loving, well-intentioned family wants to control her life and doesn’t understand why she would abandon the plan they made for her. So Eleanor runs away to find herself.
David signs up for Betwixt Two Hearts because he wants a wife. Eleanor’s motives are not so pure. She wants a fake boyfriend, to convince her parents she’s doing just fine in her new life.
Readers say they like flawed characters, so I’ve tried to make Eleanor a very human, flawed person. Even when she’s most annoyed with her family, she acknowledges that they’re good people. But she occasionally crosses the line between a reasonable attempt at independence into selfishness and even lying, “gaming the algorithm” to get the perfect match and then being unwilling to confess when she finds out how much she likes the man they choose for her. I hope her conflicted emotions resonate with readers.
As I write this, I am impatiently waiting for the publication of The Swedehearts Glory Quilt in paperback, repeatedly checking my email and hitting the refresh button on Amazon. I’m hoping to see it today, so I can share my beautiful cover! The picture on the cover is from 85mm Photography in Minneapolis – artistic, amazing wedding photographers. They’ve “captured” Eleanor and David perfectly.
I made a new quilt for this book – as is my plan for the whole series! – and will be offering the pattern as a bonus to anyone who purchases (or reads in Kindle Unlimited) the Betwixt Two Hearts collection or the Swedehearts Glory Quilt paperback before March 31. More on that later.
Right now, we are having a big giveaway as well as a Betwixt Two Hearts Valentine’s Day open house on Facebook, with prizes and fun chat. Stop by often, to see what’s happening and join the conversation. We’ll wrap it up on February 17th and pick three grand prize winners.
Don’t miss the giveaway!
My good friend Chautona Havig is contributing an original painting from Marla Cosner – a vivid portrait of a mandrill. That painting is featured in Chautona’s Betwixt Two Hearts book, Random Acts of Shyness. I’d never seen a mandrill before, and if you’d asked me, I would have assumed it was some kind of bird. It’s not.
I made a wall quilt for the giveaway, using the Swedehearts Glory Quilt pattern. I like it better as a table topper, myself, and it works for both. The quilt is 24″ square, handmade by ME. 😀 I think it turned out very sweet, and I was tempted to keep it for myself, but I can make another one as I write the pattern.
The third prize is a paperback copy of the Betwixt Two Hearts collection. The whole thing – all six books in one handy volume.
In other news….
The Kindle version of The Christmas Glory Quilt is now available for Kindle and in paperback. (It’s free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, of course, )
If you missed the free Christmas Glory Quilt pattern, you can purchase it on Etsy. The Swedehearts pattern will be available after March 31.
Be sure to enter the Betwixt Two Hearts Valentine’s Giveaway!