Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sweet, Romantic, Adventure, Historical, Contemporary: Which is for YOU?

 Please join me in welcoming Danielle Thorne here at A Pen for Your Thoughts.  

Danielle Thorne writes from south of Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of sweet romantic adventure books, both historical and contemporary. Danielle has published poetry and short fiction as well as novels. Danielle is a former editor for Solstice and Desert Breeze Publishing. Her popular blog, The Balanced Writer, focuses on life and the pursuit of peace and happiness. Currently, she is a freelance copywriter in-between working on her next book and pursuing a Communications degree. 

Mrs. Thorne shares four sons and one daughter-in-law (at last!) with her husband, Rob. Together they enjoy travel and the outdoors.

Danielle tells us: 

I love writing contemporary and historical romances with quirky characters and unique settings. My books give me the chance to create colorful characters and stories that take readers away, if even for a little while. A sweet, charming romance story focuses on the hows and whys of falling in love, recapturing the innocence of our own relationships both past and present.

By Heart and Compass

When Lacey Whitman buys a restored Victorian home, she never dreams discovering an antique diary will lead her back to sea and into the arms of the dive bum she’d rather forget. Her habit of living in the past comes to a screeching halt as diver Max Bertrand and the diary of his ancestor take Lacey on the quest of a lifetime: To discover and raise the privateer ship, Specter, and bring the treasure and legacy of a true hero home again. But will finding it cost her heart?

Short excerpt: 

Sitting outside, one of the divers looked busy replacing the o-ring on a scuba tank. "I'm looking for Max?"
The long haired employee didn't bother to stand, much less look up.


"I'm Lacey Whitman, and I'm looking for the Max that owns the museum."

"You call that worthless shack a museum?"

Dumbfounded, Lacey couldn't think of any reply.
"What do you want?"

"I'm looking for Max," she repeated, feeling a flash of impatience. "I have some papers for him."
"Warrant, restraining order, or paternity test?"

After a pause in which she realized he was serious, she replied in frustration, "I have some research for the Bertrand family and someone at the museum told me to come down here."

Lacey caught herself biting her lip.

Finally, the man of absolutely no assistance put down the tank and stood up. Short and compact, he had amazing turquoise eyes that glowed from a dark, tanned complexion. Loose strands of sun-kissed brown hair blew about his face in the breeze.

"Max doesn't need any more paperwork. He doesn't want to see your research, and he is not giving dive lessons."

"I didn't ask for a dive lesson."

The diver sat back down again, crossing thick tattooed arms over himself. They stared one another down until he won. It was cheating to look her over as if she was a sweet little morsel, but it worked.

"I just want to talk to Max," she demanded.

He stared back with no expression. "You just did. Now get off my beach."

Lacey's cheeks were already flushed from getting the once over by this beach bum. His insult made her red all over.

"I'll be sure to let them know at the Bertrand Museum," she threatened, as if it mattered.

She turned on her heel and stalked off but he called after her, "Lady, I am the Bertrand Museum!"


historical romances with quirky characters and unique settings  
sweet, charming romance 
recapturing the innocence





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Friday, May 23, 2014

An Attorney, a Professor, and a Writer

You are going to want to meet Brandi Hudson, 
Debut Author, for Desert Breeze Publishing.
Please join me in getting to know her.

                       Meet Brandi Hudson

And he determined the times set for them
 and the exact places where they should live.  
Acts 17:26

So the Lord determined that I would enter the world’s stage in a small Midwestern town. Surrounded by the comforts country living offers, the outdoors became glorious grounds for my imagination to run free.

Early on two passions emerged: academic learning and writing, which fits well since I am an attorney, professor, and writer.

With this combination, I get to meet so many different and interesting people. People are the common denominator for my calling, and it’s my job to encourage them.

Presently, I live in Franklin, Tennessee, which is one of the most amazing small towns in the country. If you’re ever passing through, let me know. Perhaps Providence will allow us an encounter and I can learn about your story, too.

The Determined Time and Place 

Twenty years ago, Emery Morgan, said goodbye to her fiancĂ©, Hayden Bryant, at his graveside: their future cut short by his death in the Gulf War. She’s kept a vigil in her heart for Hayden’s memory while she’s filled her life with running a farm and serving the local Franklin, Tennessee community.

Jackson Carrington, who’s writing a biography about Hayden, comes to the farm, requesting an interview with Emery.

What ensues is an exchange: Jackson can have the interviews if he helps Emery on the farm. It doesn’t take Jackson long to express his desire to court Emery, but her initial rebuffs prove challenging.

Will he break through the barriers of the past to Emery’s heart? Or will the unfolding events that create confusion for Emery break his?

Why I Wrote The Book

I wrote this story to bring balance to many of the faith-based books found in mainstream fiction today. I wanted to share a story about real people with real problems who serve a real God. I also took a different direction than I've seen in the mainstream faith-based world and wrote a story involving an older woman and a younger man. I wanted to let readers know it's okay to think outside the box, because that's where God is. He's not confined to the perceived limitations of our presuppositions, plans, or problems. 


Chicken noodle was the elixir of the night for Jackson. He ate two bowlfuls at the small kitchen table before finishing another glass of juice. "That was delicious. Thanks." He returned to his room and slipped back under the bed covers. "I'll be fine by morning."

"I'll bring you some water." Emery tidied up the kitchen a little and entered Jackson's room a few minutes later. The lamp on the nightstand was on.

Jackson breathed heavily, deep in a sound slumber.

Emery set the glass on the nightstand and reached to turn off the light. She hesitated and looked at Jackson while he slept. How could anyone resist admiring such a handsome face? What could possibly be done to make him any lovelier? Emery flicked off the light and the moonlight that cast upon him transformed him into a most angelic sight.

Was it wrong to stand there staring like she did? Was it wrong to wonder if maybe, possibly, perhaps her heart held just the smallest, most infinitesimal, minutest spark of feelings for Jackson?

She shook her head as she stood there. You are crazy for entertaining such notions. He's way too young and too good looking. You're just reading him wrong. He's not flirting with you; he's just a really nice guy. Who's going to marry a really nice girl, his own age.

That evening, Emery let low sniffles fill up the silence of the night. She'd given up twenty years of her life and it was too late for love. Jackson had his entire life ahead of him. Maybe if we were only five years apart, maybe then. It was so hard to be honest with herself. She couldn't admit she wanted love and romance, so she did what she did best, she refused to let the feelings from her youth resurrect. She piled the metaphorical dirt on top of the grave of her desires, shoveling heaps of words of discouragement and chastisement. Then she planted over it soothing, flowery words of false contentment.

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