Don’tcha just love love?
I do. I hope I always
will. And that, my friends—just in case you’re wondering—is why a 50-something
grandmother would write an entire series of books based around a Christian
(To be perfectly
honest, when I got the first little mustard seed of an idea, I was eleven years
younger, had only one grandchild, and hadn’t yet written a novel at all, much
less a series of them.) Here’s what happened:
Some years ago, I read
a series written by an author I’d never heard of at the time. Her name is Shari
MacDonald, and she has an amazing knack for humor. One of the books in that
series grabbed me by the imagination and would not let go. That book, A Match Made in Heaven, struck some kind
of chord in me. It made me want to write the novel I’d been promising myself
Now, let’s be reasonable here. That was well
over a decade ago. Don’t ask me what that pivotal novel was actually
about—I don’t have a clue, other than there was a dating agency involved. It
made an impression on me, and got me thinking about the matchmaking profession.
Wouldn’t it be fun, I thought, to write about a place where Christian singles
could go to find—in King Solomon’s words—“he (or she) whom their soul loveth”?
I stored the idea away
in my brain, and every once in awhile, I took it out and played with it (not my
brain—the idea). I wrote two inspirational romances, neither of which had
anything to do with a dating agency, and got them published. I started a couple
of other manuscripts, which I still haven’t finished.
Then I woke up one day
and it was as though something clicked in my heart—like God was saying, “It’s
time. Let’s do it!”
In a perfect world, I
disappeared into my office and emerged three days later with a completed
manuscript, painstakingly edited and ready to send to a publisher.
Uh-huh. Whoever said this was a perfect world?
No. I still wasn’t
completely there. I thought about the idea while I was doing dishes; I mulled
it over while driving down the road all by myself; I worked out a fun little
scenario or two as I lay in bed at night, instead of counting sheep; I created
and discarded a number of storylines and subplots. Weeks, months, and more
months went into mentally laying the groundwork.
By the time I actually
did go into my office and start writing, I had several nice little scenes all
cozied up in my head, just waiting to be put on paper. And…I was no longer just
writing a book based around a dating agency. Now it was a series. Three books,
maybe more (depending on how well you like them). Plus, God threw in a real
surprise for me.
My dating agency would be no ordinary, run-of-the-mill love connection.
Sometime during all of those mental writing sessions, it received a touch of
the divine. Now it had an extraordinary
connection to Heaven.
I’d love to tell you
all about it, but then there’d be no need to read the book(s). And I really
want you to read the Solomon’s Gate Series.
in December 2010, and Kylie’s Kiss
followed four months later, in April 2011. (Come on, admit it. You’re a little
bit curious about this series!) It’s available through White Rose Publishing and Amazon. I’m eager to hear what you
find between its covers, because I’m thinking different people might find
different things. Divine experiences often happen that way, you know.
The third book, Gypsy’s Game, released last week with White Rose Publishing.
Come on in. I’ll leave
the Gate open for you.
And here it is: Gypsy's Game by Delia Latham.
Gypsy Lovell stands to inherit an enormous amount of money from a father who never gave her anything but a ridiculous name. Even now, he doesn’t make it easy. A stipulation in the man’s will demands that Gypsy be married in order to claim what is hers. Desperate for the monetary windfall that could save her ailing mother’s life, Gypsy visits a Christian dating agency, hoping to find a temporary husband. Someone easy to handle for the required six months, and easy to get rid of when she no longer needs him. Jal Garridan is neither of those things, but he's willing to take on the challenge presented by the beautiful stranger—on his own terms. What Gypsy doesn’t know is that Solomon’s Gate is a dating agency with a Divine connection. What she finds there may save more than her mother’s life. It may save Gypsy’s soul.
Born and raised in a place called Weedpatch, Delia Latham moved from California to Oklahoma in 2008, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her simple country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. The author enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. She loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through her website or send an e-mail to Delia@DeliaLatham.net.
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