Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Welcome author Teresa Howard!

Today is the first of a weekly author spotlight. Each week a talented author will share a bit about his or her life. Today I welcome Teresa Howard.

My journey to publication:

I was teaching Religion at the University of Georgia when my mother was diagnosed with stage four Cancer.  I spent every day with her for the next eight months.  While she watched John Wayne movies and old tearjerkers, I read romance novels.  During that time, I read well over 100 books.  At the end of eight months, tragically, I lost my mama.  She was only 57.  She was buried on Friday and when I woke up the next Monday morning, I asked myself, “What now?” 

Needless to say, I was lost.  So in an attempt to deal with the myriad of emotions that threatened to overcome me, I took out pen and paper and began my first novel.  The first scene I wrote was the death of the hero’s mother.  She was Cherokee and her name was Nelda; just like mama. 

Less than a year later, I sold my first book, CHEROKEE EMBRACE, to Kensington Publishers.  A point of interest: the scene of the hero’s mother’s death did not make it into the final draft of my book; it was simply too personal. 

I have been greatly blessed as a romance novelist.  I have sold every book I’ve written and pray that I will continue to do so … with God’s help, of course.  And most of all, I dare to hope that mama is watching from Heaven with a smile on her lovely face.

Lastly, I would like to recommend the work of a dear friend and New York Times Bestseller, Haywood Smith.  She’s a wonderful woman and an excellent author.
               Summer Skye Danvers
Summer changes like a shifting kaleidoscope from a na├»ve southern belle to the elusive Duchess of Tyndale to a mother, to a widow.  Through it all, she loves one man, Lord Charles Zachery Clayton, the Earl of Somerset.  Will she ever possess him as her own?
Lord Charles Zachery “Chaz” Clayton
Since Summer was little more than a toddler, she held a special place in Chaz’s heart.  Indeed, she has been the guiding force throughout his life, though neither of the star-crossed lovers knew just how much until they are forced to wed.  But will she ever be his wife in more than name only? 
Summer and Chaz share joy, loss, danger, tragedy and rebirth.  Through it all, their loves thrives.  But the road to their happily ever after is strewn with obstacles.  Will their love survive the challenges that face them?
In a world where marriage is a matter of politics and property, can they ever marry just for love alone?

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