Welcome My First Guest Blogger – Award Winning Author, Linda Joyce

Happy Mid-August!

Today, let me introduce Linda Joyce as my first guest blogger! Linda is an award-winning published author and a dear friend. I’m so excited to share that August 18 is the release date for her new book.

     Her Heart’s Desire, Book one of the Sunflower Series
by Linda Joyce

Joie de vivre is a French phrase expressing a feeling of happiness or excitement about life. It is way more than butterflies-in-the-stomach happy. It’s waking up with gratitude, smiling, and looking forward to the day. For me, it’s an expectation—something good will happen around the corner—no matter how gloomy the day might appear.

This instilled outlook came to me from daddy’s side of the family—Cajun and Irish. Everything needed to be celebrated with a party. (Oh, the stories I can tell). Meanwhile, my mother—Japanese, speaking excellent English with a touch of a southern accent—insisted on education and politeness.

Through the melding of cultures, I learned I needed to possess Scarlett O’Hara’s tenacity and Melanie Hamilton Wilkes kind graciousness.

I believe manners make the woman.

And as my husband will tell you, a southern man holds a door for a woman not because she might be a lady, but because he’s a gentleman.

In Her Heart’s Desire, you only get glimpses of Mrs. Britton through the other characters since the story begin after her passing, however, she brought her Louisiana joie de vivre to Kansas when she married a farmer, then instilled that perspective in her children.

I hope you will enjoy meeting Amelia Britton and Lucas Dwyer. They truly represent the tenacity, generosity, and dedication to family and friends that I grew up with.

An artist and a farmer fight family, the bank, and Mother Nature…to grow love.
An artist and a farmer fight family, the bank, and Mother Nature…to grow love.

Artist Amelia Britton battles her older brother for the right to remain on the family farm—their inheritance after their parents’ tragic deaths—she faces a looming mortgage, weather threatens to destroy her crops, and the man she secretly loves only sees her as Craig’s little sister.

After serving his country in Afghanistan, Lucas Dwyer expected to return home to his family’s farm, but the bank foreclosed. Undeterred, he begins combining-for-hire to support his younger sister in college. His best friend convinces him to discourage local guys from dating Amelia. Craig wants her back in the city, farming is too hard for a woman alone. Only one problem—Lucas has fallen in love with Amelia.

With family, the bank, and the weather conspiring against them, can Amelia and Lucas ever hope to grow the love blooming between them? 

Linda Joyce is an award-winning author of women’s fiction and romance. She writes about assertive females and the men who can’t resist them. Linda’s a big fan of jazz and blues. She attributes her love of those musical genres to her southern roots, which run deep in Louisiana. If you walk-through several New Orleans cemeteries you’ll find many of her family buried there. She penned her first manuscript while living in Japan, the country where her mother was born and raised. Now she lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and four-legged boys. She’s also a foodie and loves to go RVing.

 Pre-Order Links for Her Heart’s Desire:
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/559925
Amazon:  http://amzn.com/B011LLKFXS

Places to connect with Linda:
Website: http://www.linda-joyce.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaJoyceAuthor
Twitter: @LJWriter https://twitter.com/LJWriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6950241.Linda_Joyce  Amazon author page:  http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Joyce/e/B00BODDROS/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/LindaJoyceWorld/boards/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/lindajoycewrites

 Linda also has a newsletter, LETTERS with Linda. It posts the first Tuesday of every month with book news, inspiration, a contest giveaway, and a recipe. If you’d like a copy, please send Linda an email: linda@linda-joyce.com

Published by jodywritessouthern

Jody Herpin writes with a southern accent. Re-discovering her love of writing in the last ten years, she has completed her second novel, "Relative Consequences," and is currently researching her third. In 2015, Jody received First Place for Novel Submission at the Southeastern Writers Association Workshop for "Weather Permitting." In 2014, she received Third Place for the Microcosm Award at the Southeastern Writers Association Workshop for her piece, "View of a Lifetime." She's constantly reading, researching and soaking up knowledge about her craft. Born in Savannah, Georgia, she has lived most of her life in the South, attending Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia and living in Alabama, Georgia and North and South Carolina, Florida and Virginia. If she's not writing, she is decorating her home, attempting to paint with watercolors, reading, rediscovering the guitar, walking her Mini-Australian Shepherd, Bella, or cheering for her beloved Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Jody married the love of her life in 2014, and she and her husband, Mike Boggioni, a professional musician, live north of Atlanta, Georgia. She has two grown children and six amazing grandchildren all of whom live close enough "to holler at."

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