Hi. I'm thrilled to have fellow writer, Maria Michaels, stop by and visit the Hearts & Scribbles blog.
Please join me in welcoming her and check out her fabulous new release, HARTE'S PEAK.
Maria, I know you are going to do wonderful with this! Can't wait to read it. :-)
Vera Carrington loves her newly renovated home and her cafe, The Bean, but with a balloon mortgage looming over head and a man from her past ready to bounce on her misfortune, she may have to face the agonizing decision of keeping one and selling the other.
Deputy Sheriff, Ryan Colton, is a new man in Christ. His days as a flamboyant pro-circuit skier are behind him, but to help Vera keep her home and her business, he agrees to coach her for an upcoming open ski tournament. He even agrees to hand over the purse if he should win.
Can Vera beat the odds and win the tournament? Will Ryan save the day, or will they both learn to trust God, no matter the outcome?
An interview with Vera and Ryan / Character Interview
(Interviewed by the Harte’s Peak Times)
Q. Hi guys, the news around town is that you two just became engaged.
Vera: That was last night! How did you already find out? I thought we were here to talk about all the money we raised last night for the Foundation.
Q. Never mind about that. Is it true that Ryan used the venue in which he acted as the emcee to propose to you? Are you denying it?
Ryan: She wouldn’t dare.
Vera: Of course I’m not denying it. It’s just that I haven’t even told my mother yet.
Ryan: Oh right, sorry baby.
Vera: Please don’t print this until I tell my mother. She’ll never forgive me.
Q. I can’t promise anything, but I’ll try. This is a scoop and I can’t sit on it for long.
Ryan: This is a scoop?
Vera: I’m not surprised with a two stoplight town like ours.
Q. Speaking of stoplights, Vera, I could swear I saw you go through one the other day – faster than I thought that little Honda could go.
Vera: Of course not. You know I stopped speeding when we got engaged – I mean, when we started dating. Back to the wedding. Of course we’ll have it at Shadow Mountain Bible Church, a place that feels like a second home. Although nothing else about it will be all that traditional. For instance, the cake. I’m getting red velvet because that’s Ryan’s favorite.
Q. That doesn’t sound right. A red velvet cake as a wedding cake? Not at all traditional. Ryan, what do you think about this upsetting news?
Ryan: I only hope there’ll be enough for me and everybody else too.
When early onset stage fright dashed dreams of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame status, Maria Michaels tackled her first book in 2010, and now the people and voices that occupy her head refuse to leave.
She no longer sings unless you count randomly bursting into song to annoy her children (and the dogs).
Maria lives in northern California with her family, including two beagles, one who can say ‘hello’ and the other who can feel a pea through several pillows.