So you’re browsing the bookstore and a
gorgeous cover screams at you to pick it up. You don’t recognize the author’s
name, but intrigued by the back cover blurb, you buy it and hustle home. Settling
back in your recliner with a steaming cup of tea, you dig into the pages,
quickly becoming immersed in the plot and enjoying where the story’s taking
you…until you find yourself peering through the bedroom door.
What do you do? Do you keep reading or
slam the cover down on the book? Do you read more books by that author or publisher?
And what do you do with the book? Hide it from your kids? Donate it to the
library? Toss it in the recycling bin?
Pelican Book Group recently launched a new imprint, Pure
Amore. Pure…as in undefiled, wholesome.
As in romances you can trust won’t propel you through the bedroom door. Books
you can feel safe leaving out on the table in plain sight, without fear that
your preteen might skim the pages.
Topping out at 45k words, these petite
gems feature heroes and heroines between 21-33 years of age, one or both sexually
pure, and Christians from page one. No preaching, no conversion scenes, no
controversy, no judgment. Just two
flawed characters trying to hold tight to ideals the world no longer values.
I’m thrilled that two of my books, When Love Triumphs and When Hope Rises are included in this
line. How could I resist the opportunity to create stories with hunky heroes
who just might need a little shove from a feisty heroine to overcome their
Take Tanner Random, from When Love
Triumphs, for example. After years of being a Navy SEAL, he’s back in
Promise Lake to care for his abandoned niece. He hopes Winter will recognize
that he’s not the same guy she rejected years ago, that he buried his old ways
along with his best SEAL bud. But even if she does, he has his niece to care
for now…and an alcoholic father who rarely leaves his chair or strays far from
a bottle of whiskey. Does the same gene course through his blood?
Or Tate Malone, a guidance
counselor in When Hope Rises. Growing
up, Tate lugged buckets of water home from a nearby park for bathing and cooking,
and studied by candlelight. His parents had moving down to an art, knowing the
exact number of rent payments they could skip before being evicted. Then, just
before his junior year, they moved again…without telling him. He gave up dating
after his last girlfriend called him a freak for refusing to be intimate. When
Shelby seeks his help for a student, he’s forced to confront his insecurity...would
she abandon him, too?
We each have fears and flaws,
experiences and struggles, hopes and dreams. We bring all of that with us into
our relationships. We love, we laugh, we argue, we fall short...in every way.
Sure. We mess up. But that’s not the end
of the story. The end is so much better, sweeter. There’s…Grace. Forgiveness.
Restoration. Hope. Love. And perfect love
covers it all. That’s why I write, and that’s what I hope readers will take
away from all my stories.
Pure Amore…available by subscription, a book delivered to your mailbox or inbox every month
for an entire year.
It’s your turn. Do you prefer romances where the
bedroom door is closed?
for When Love Triumphs:
Police Officer Winter Evan and Navy SEAL
Tanner Random are wrong for each other. Winter fears the water. Tanner skims
through seas for a living. So four years ago, Winter convinced herself she’d be
better off not worrying about his months at sea and his increased cajoling for
But when she walked away, she lost a
giant chunk of her heart.
Now Tanner’s back in town to care for
his abandoned niece. No longer a SEAL, he’s sticking to the safety of the North
Carolina mountains as a paramedic. Should Winter risk losing her heart all over
again? Will God help them build what started years ago into something solid and
secure? When love triumphs...
for When Hope Rises:
Art teacher Shelby Coltman transforms junk into treasure and longs for
a place to showcase her creations. She’s thrilled when her friend volunteers to
room with her. Shelby can finally buy a storefront. Unfortunately, Kennedi’s
brother can't seem to let go.
Abandoned as a teenager, guidance counselor Tate Malone has become
surrogate and over-protective father to his sister. Life is great until Shelby
Coltman wheedles his impressionable sister into sharing an apartment. Raised in
wealth, the beautiful Shelby could never understand poverty or rejection, and
Tate doesn't appreciate her uprooting his sister.
When Shelby hands over her savings to a homeless student, will God
obliterate Tate's fears and deliver all of Shelby’s dreams...when hope rises?
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