Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Author Delia Parr

And a quick apology to my bloggy friends - between two seminars, two interviews, and several clients, I may not be online as much the next day or two!

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
Hearts Awakening
Bethany House (March 1, 2010)
by Delia Parr


Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.


Two people in desperate circumstances. Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her hopes for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon's Island, nestled in the Susquehanna River, is not of her choosing, either.

She needs work. And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper. Yet Ellie never imagined the widower would be so handsome. Jackson, on the other hand, has never met anyone quite so...plain. But he quickly comes to realize that Ellie's presence may solve his own problems--both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage.

When Jackson offers her something quite out of the ordinary, will Ellie look beyond mere necessity and risk opening her heart?

Yet what options does she have? To marry would mean a home and stability. So despite the rumors circling Jackson and his first wife, Ellie accepts this unlikely proposal...

The book link is:


Helen Ginger said...

Sounds like a book that will be tense with twists and turns before things are resolved. Sounds like a good read.

Straight From Hel

The Old Silly said...

Intriguing book premise. I have a lot of respect for historical novelists.

Marvin D Wilson

Allyn Evans said...


I completely understand the "absence." I've had back-to-back bookings and projects. And it can certainly make it hard to do it all. :)

Enjoyed the post.

AngBreidenbach said...

I used to read historical and moved into contemporary, But I've been feeling a pull to read historicals again :-)

By the way, Diane, you and your other author friends might like the guest post on how to reach your target market by creating a character prototype. I posted Rosey Dow's guest post at the ACFW blog and I personally LOVE it for marketing books! She has some brilliant insight. You can go to and I think I have it set for March 5th to display after midnight. Let me know if you have any trouble and I'll make sure I get the link to you all. Truly revolutionary in book marketing publicity.

B. Miller said...

Sounds like a really interesting book! Enjoy your time away from the internet as best you can. Look forward to reading your words again soon!

joe doaks-Author said...

Delia, if you're around and taking questions, I'd be interested to know how much research and where you did it--went into the writing of "Hearts Awakening."

Thanks, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

I love historical novels, too. I always feel as if I've not only been entertained but also learned something!
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
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