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Lynette is offering 3 copies of her new release THE SWEETHEART OF STARLIGHT to 3 randomly chosen commenters--a very exciting and gracious offer! The winners will be announced between 4-5 PM EST on Friday, September 14th. Here's some previews of the novel:
"My new release, The Sweetheart of Starlight, is the third in a contemporary romance series from Heartsong Presents (now an imprint of Steeple Hill/Harlequin). It's set in the central Texas town of Starlight very close to Fort Hood, and bears a striking resemblance to a number of towns in the area where I live. I loved writing it and the two books that came before it in the series, Counting On Starlight, and Catch A Falling Star."
Tamarind Brown knows Texas barbecue.
She also knows how to run a restaurant, even if The Pit is a bit shabby around the edges and needs renovation. Her parents loaned the money for her dream, and her employees rely on her. Her place is a local favorite in Starlight, Texas. So why is she losing money?
Rick Mantovani knows pasta. His successful Italian restaurants on the East Coast take up all his time and energy. But he wants to conquer barbecue, and the place to prove himself is in the heart of Texas. The fact that Starlight is also the home of a beautiful, green-eyed barbecue champion doesn’t hurt. Rick’s recipe lost to Tamarind’s on the summer competitive barbecue circuit, but maybe now they can help each other instead of competing at the grill.
As their friendship grows, Rick visits Tamarind’s church to do a little business networking. He’s never had much time for God, and when tragedy strikes Starlight, Rick must wrestle with his lack of faith. Why believe in a God who has the power to take away everything? Can Rick learn to trust God even when bad things happen?
Rick remembered the first time he saw Tamarind back in June, as she hovered over a smoker, her wild dark hair pulled back with a red bandana, beads of perspiration on her forehead. With her toned arms, she’d flipped the brisket on the grill as if it were nothing then caught him staring at her. Just like he was doing again now.
“So, you’re the one they were talking about at the Chamber of Commerce meeting.” The terse statement explained her glare.
“I was going to shoot you an email, or call. . . .”
“That would have been nice, you know.”
“You didn’t miss me at all?” He tried to smile away her aggravation. “I’m on your side, really.”
“Looks like you’re sampling my menu, is what you’re doing. Only two people know the secret of my sauce. That’s me and my dad. I’ll never tell you.” Tamarind glanced at the plates arrayed in front of him.
“The pork is amazing.” He reached for a rib and took a bite. This sauce was different than the pork. Chipotle peppers, definitely.
“Flattery won’t change the fact that you’re the one opening a barbecue restaurant in the old Millicent place. You went through rezoning and everything.” Tamarind bit her lip. “And you didn’t tell me.”
Behind The Stories by Lynette Sowell
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There was a time in my writing career when I was seriously tempted to quit. Our kids still lived at home and were in school, and things were happening with them that made me think my writing was to blame.
After all, for some reason I'd developed the idea over the years that if God thought I loved something too much, He'd take it away from me. So maybe our family difficulties and challenges were a sign that I should stop writing.
My husband, wonderful supporter that he is, suggested maybe I take the summer off from writing. Not quit, but just give myself a break. But he knew that God had given me a talent to write and to not write wasn't the answer. I was skeptical at his idea.
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My kids, about age 12 and 14 at the time, caught wind of the idea. My daughter was horrified. “Mom, no. You can't stop writing. It doesn't bother us. It's something you do.”
While I'm aware there are things and people in our lives that can become idols, I also realized that being passionate and diligent about writing didn't make it an idol. I was exercising and using my talent that God had given me, with hopes of developing it more. The very fact that I was concerned about loving writing too much showed me that I probably hadn't made it an idol.
Every once in a while, I step back and breathe, and realize that there's much more to life than writing or thinking about writing, or musing over future book proposals. I give myself a break, but a very short one, whether it's an afternoon or a weekend, but then I'm right back on track again.
About three weeks after that conversation on the porch, I received my first fiction contract.
Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of more than a dozen titles for Barbour Publishing. When Lynette's not writing, she works as a medical editor and part-time newspaper reporter. Lynette was born in Massachusetts, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband and a herd of cats that have them well trained. She loves traveling, reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a Texas road trip.
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