A Face in the Clouds by Marianne Evans

Reporter Paul Hutchins is all about finding facts and uncovering the truth. Verification, authenticity and quantification are the fuel of his spirit…Until he falls in love with producer Sandy Pierson.

Sandy sees Christ alive in every aspect of her life. No need for quantified facts. Faith is the fuel of her spirit . But her love for Paul puts her at odds with God's call toward faith and all of its mysteries.

Paul considers Christianity to be well-meaning myth—hyperbole. To Sandy, it’s everything—and she can accept nothing less from the man she loves.
Can a miracle happen? Can the touch of God Himself keep their relationship from shattering?

EXCERPT 

“I know how deeply you feel things, Paul. You have a wonderful heart. That’s part of why I love you so much. I’m torn in two about my feelings for you.” Sandy’s declaration would have filled him were it not chipped and cracked by the impact of her doubts.

“Your reporter’s instinct toward authenticity and revealing the truth is a big part of what I admire about you. There’s nothing wrong with facing the world honestly, but you need to make room for a few other truths.”

“Like God.”

“Yes, and the fact that life holds as much mystery, and as many intangibles, as it does realistic things you can hold tight with both hands.”

She wanted him to change. Right down to the soul. Paul continued to study her. She was hurt enough that she had almost stepped away from attending tonight’s event—out of a frustrated sense of love.  Yet here they were—together—out of a frustrated sense of love.

And if he wasn’t mindful of her beliefs, she’d step away from him.

Paul navigated the rapidly-filling parking lot of Woodland Church. Once they stopped, he killed the car engine and used a restraining hand to keep Sandy in place. He closed the space between them and gave her a kiss that lingered and thoroughly tasted. He felt the gesture ease a bit of the tightness in her shoulders and back. “I’ll keep an open mind, OK?”

She touched his face, and there was yearning in her eyes. “Keep an open heart. That’s much more important.”


About Marianne
Marianne Evans is a multi-published author of contemporary romance novels. Her professional career began when Kensington Publishing purchased her book, Friends & Lovers. Her second offering, Right Hand Man, followed shortly thereafter. Her third release from Kensington, Hannah’s Heart, won critical acclaim from reviewers and in the local media.

Her fourth book is her inspirational romance debut at White Rose Publishing – an award-winning novel entitled Hearts Crossing. Hearts Crossing led to the creation of a four-book Christian romance series: The Woodland Series. Book 2, Hearts Surrender, released in late 2010 with Books 3 and 4 – Hearts Communion and Hearts Key, slated for late 2011 and early 2012 release. A Woodland Series Bonus Story, A Face in the Clouds, is an Easter-themed short story, also from White Rose Publishing.

Recent awards include:

Hearts Crossing:
Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist
CAPA Finalist
5-Star Review, The Romance Studio
5-Star Review, Coffee Time Romance

Hearts Surrender –
Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Finalist
4-Star Review, Romantic Times Magazine
5-Star Review & Book of the Week, The Romance Studio
5-Klover Review & Recommended Read, Kwips & Kritiques

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Marianne is an active member of Romance Writers of America and the Greater Detroit RWA where she served the chapter in a number of capacities, but most notably for two terms as Chapter Treasurer and two terms as Chapter President. She also belongs to the Faith Hope and Love chapter of RWA, American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.

Marianne loves to connect with readers ~ find her at:
http://www.marianneevans.com/ 
http://www.marianneevans.blogspot.com/.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Marianne-Evans/308711716744

Thanks so much for sharing A Face in the Clouds with us today, Marianne!



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Fiction Faith & Foodies: A Face in the Clouds by Marianne Evans

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Face in the Clouds by Marianne Evans

Reporter Paul Hutchins is all about finding facts and uncovering the truth. Verification, authenticity and quantification are the fuel of his spirit…Until he falls in love with producer Sandy Pierson.

Sandy sees Christ alive in every aspect of her life. No need for quantified facts. Faith is the fuel of her spirit . But her love for Paul puts her at odds with God's call toward faith and all of its mysteries.

Paul considers Christianity to be well-meaning myth—hyperbole. To Sandy, it’s everything—and she can accept nothing less from the man she loves.
Can a miracle happen? Can the touch of God Himself keep their relationship from shattering?

EXCERPT 

“I know how deeply you feel things, Paul. You have a wonderful heart. That’s part of why I love you so much. I’m torn in two about my feelings for you.” Sandy’s declaration would have filled him were it not chipped and cracked by the impact of her doubts.

“Your reporter’s instinct toward authenticity and revealing the truth is a big part of what I admire about you. There’s nothing wrong with facing the world honestly, but you need to make room for a few other truths.”

“Like God.”

“Yes, and the fact that life holds as much mystery, and as many intangibles, as it does realistic things you can hold tight with both hands.”

She wanted him to change. Right down to the soul. Paul continued to study her. She was hurt enough that she had almost stepped away from attending tonight’s event—out of a frustrated sense of love.  Yet here they were—together—out of a frustrated sense of love.

And if he wasn’t mindful of her beliefs, she’d step away from him.

Paul navigated the rapidly-filling parking lot of Woodland Church. Once they stopped, he killed the car engine and used a restraining hand to keep Sandy in place. He closed the space between them and gave her a kiss that lingered and thoroughly tasted. He felt the gesture ease a bit of the tightness in her shoulders and back. “I’ll keep an open mind, OK?”

She touched his face, and there was yearning in her eyes. “Keep an open heart. That’s much more important.”


About Marianne
Marianne Evans is a multi-published author of contemporary romance novels. Her professional career began when Kensington Publishing purchased her book, Friends & Lovers. Her second offering, Right Hand Man, followed shortly thereafter. Her third release from Kensington, Hannah’s Heart, won critical acclaim from reviewers and in the local media.

Her fourth book is her inspirational romance debut at White Rose Publishing – an award-winning novel entitled Hearts Crossing. Hearts Crossing led to the creation of a four-book Christian romance series: The Woodland Series. Book 2, Hearts Surrender, released in late 2010 with Books 3 and 4 – Hearts Communion and Hearts Key, slated for late 2011 and early 2012 release. A Woodland Series Bonus Story, A Face in the Clouds, is an Easter-themed short story, also from White Rose Publishing.

Recent awards include:

Hearts Crossing:
Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist
CAPA Finalist
5-Star Review, The Romance Studio
5-Star Review, Coffee Time Romance

Hearts Surrender –
Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Finalist
4-Star Review, Romantic Times Magazine
5-Star Review & Book of the Week, The Romance Studio
5-Klover Review & Recommended Read, Kwips & Kritiques

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Marianne is an active member of Romance Writers of America and the Greater Detroit RWA where she served the chapter in a number of capacities, but most notably for two terms as Chapter Treasurer and two terms as Chapter President. She also belongs to the Faith Hope and Love chapter of RWA, American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.

Marianne loves to connect with readers ~ find her at:

Thanks so much for sharing A Face in the Clouds with us today, Marianne!



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8 Comments:

At April 26, 2011 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Thanks, Marianne, for stopping by today! I loved A FACE IN THE CLOUDS. What a tremendous story offering compelling evidence for Christianity, well-written dialogue, and three-dimensional characters with strong religious differences. And, oh, what a sweet ending. Great job!

 
At April 26, 2011 at 9:35 AM , Blogger Marianne Evans said...

Dora, you're so sweet to host me at your blog and spotlight A Face in the Clouds. This story is precious to me, so thanks for helping me spread the word. Your review touched my heart, too. I'm so grateful!!!!

 
At April 26, 2011 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Mary Manners said...

Hi Marianne,

I will continue to let everyone know what a lovely and powerful message you weave in A Face in the Clouds. Readers will be blessed by this wonderful, hopeful book.

 
At April 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM , Blogger Delia Latham said...

Well, I loved A Face in the Clouds too, but honestly - I've come to believe Marianne Evans couldn't write a bad book if she set out to do so! You have a wonderful talent, Marianne, and I'm so glad you've chosen to use it for the Lord.
Dora, you have such an attractive blog - I love it!

 
At April 26, 2011 at 8:50 PM , Blogger Marianne Evans said...

Mary and Delia, you both humble and amaze me. I'm honored by the compliments, and your friendship. You're such precious roses to me! Truly, not only are you both gifted and anointed authors, you're both as sweet and generous as can be! I pray God's abundance on you both, and on White Rose, as we move forward together! Thanks, too, Dora for your hospitality, and friendship. I can't wait for your release!!! I know it'll be awesome!

 
At April 26, 2011 at 9:34 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Mary and Delia, thanks so much for your friendship and kind words! I've enjoyed getting to know you and all the other White Rose authors. You've all been so helpful and encouraging. Marianne, keep writing! You're awesome! Love you all!

 
At April 27, 2011 at 7:31 PM , Blogger JoAnn said...

Marianne,
It's been a little crazy around my house lately with Holy Week, Spring Break, and the works, but I wanted to make sure I popped by to let you know that I'm thrilled that you are relasing another story. I'm sure it will be great!

Blessings, my friend!

 
At April 27, 2011 at 7:34 PM , Blogger Marianne Evans said...

Thanks so much, JoAnn!! I know what you mean about hectic living...but Easter is such a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. The hustle and bustle is worth it, but boy does it take us out of our routine!! So glad you stopped by!! God bless you abundantly!! You're a gem!!

 

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