Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

WHEN HEARTS ENTWINE
Friday, April 10, 2020 by BONNIE ENGSTROM

PLEASE WELCOME

BONNIE ENGSTROM

TO

FICTION FRIDAY

 

Thank you so much, Linda, for having me here. It’s a great privilege. I hope your readers enjoy what I’m going to share.

I’m not sure if I’m being snarky or sensible on Linda’s blog. But, I am here!

I’ve had a dilemma as a writer that is frustrating. Although I’ve published seventeen books, my third book, one I think has a great message, has had no, as in none, sales. My publisher and I both thought maybe the cover and title needed a change. So we did that. The story and content have not been changed, just the cover and title. Please tell me what you think.

Even if romance is not your fav genre, it would be great if you give an opinion. I had the followers on my Facebook author page actually vote two weeks ago. With their combined opinions, this is what we decided on.

 


 

The cover tells the story . . . except for one thing. Yes, sharing coffee does bring Erik and Jillian together, tenuously. But the surprise is what Erik shows Jillian in his heart and his car trunk. Nothing macabre, but something very special. Lots of books. Lots of little books. Short books. A whole trunkful. Books that have opened his heart with their message. But will he accept the message?

Books about The Prayer of Jabez., the now-famous prayer from a humble man in 1 Chronicles,  a prayer for hope that Erik freely gives to the grieving when he is on EMT duty.

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.”

1 Chronicles 4:10   NKJV

Here is a preview of the story.

The cooking class was to be a respite for Jillian from her stressful job as a high school guidance counselor. Was meeting co-student Erik who carried a baggage of guilt for his parents’ murder and his unique way of witnessing an invitation to emotional disaster? Caught between “friendship” with Erik and her politically incorrect support of Josh, a Muslim student turned Christian, Jillie almost lost her faith in love.

Here is an excerpt from a favorite scene of mine.

Erik grabbed a straw from a container on the table. He removed the paper wrapper and smoothed it out flat. He twisted it around his finger. When he got it so tight it broke, his face warped into a half-smile. A smile of struggle.

“I guess. I dunno. I guess. Sometimes I’d rather just bury it and forget it, and other times I want retribution. Then, when I feel like I want to strike back, I feel guilty. I’ve asked God a hundred times to take away my guilt for not being with my parents that night and for not forgiving the men who murdered them in cold blood. I just can’t forgive myself, or them, Jillie. I can’t. The hate is like a vise on my heart. Most of all, I want to see them punished. Is that so wrong?”

ABOUT WHEN HEARTS ENTWINE

This is a story of a troubled man and a caring woman. How will it end? Only reading it will tell you. I hope you do.

I would love to give away a book to a commenter, a choice of an eBook (sent immediately, or a signed print copy for which the winner needs to be patient until this horrible virus is ended. Can’t go to P.O. to mail it right now. Sorry.?)

To enter a drawing, please leave a comment.

I would love feedback. If you are uncomfortable (or not sure how) leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads, please feel free to email me at bengstrom@hotmail.com. I love to chat with readers. Join the chatter on my Facebook author page to meet other writers, win books and prizes, and comment on fun stuff, like a Readers Challenge. Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter so you will see all that fun stuff and be directed to my FB page.

 

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MORE ABOUT BONNIE ENGSTROM

Bonnie Engstrom is multi-published by Winged Publications. She and her psychologist husband live in Arizona with their two dogs, Lola and Sam, and about a stone’s throw from four of their grandchildren. The other two grandchildren live on the beach in Costa Rica where they only have to wear shoes to school ~ Pura Vida!

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