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BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 May 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – ECHOES by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – ECHOES by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

                                                                             

Leaving her self-imposed limbo in the Bronx, Sofie Michelli heads to Sonoma to stay with Lance and Rese at their villa, where she meets Matt, who is instantly intrigued, but before their relationship can progress, a beloved child from the past calls and sends Sofie into a tailspin–and back to New York.

 

 

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A master with the words, Ms. Heitzmann tells a story both poignant and compelling and breathtaking. As in real life, evil is pervasive in this story, but the Truth and Father’s love more so.

I wept and chewed my nails and fought for Sofie to have her freedom and embrace true joy.

 

“I don’t harbor grudges. It only makes the wound grow deep.”

 

I read in awe as Lance allowed himself—gave himself—to be used by God—and was.

 

“ ‘If travail has a purpose, let me find it now. If honor needs a taker, O Lord, me endow. If wisdom is a garment, let me wear it well; if goodness needs a champion, help me dark dispel.’ ”

 

I begged Matt to give credence to their faith, urged him on as he struggled to reconcile two diametrically opposite experiences.

 

“…he groped for words to reach a being out there somewhere who might be listening after all. ‘God help me,’ he murmured, then realized they were the words he needed…”

 

If there is a single truth to be grasped from this story, Ms. Heitzmann says it well,

 

“God isn’t only in the glorious moments, but the dark and hopeless ones as well. Maybe most of all.”

 

Echoes neatly concludes the Michelli Family Series. And yet, I could read more of this family, I could visit with them in the villa, another misfit who found a place to belong.

 

ALL.THE.FEATHERS

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Echoes, Kristen Heitzmann, Michelle Family Series, Secrets, Unforgotten

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 3 April 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNFORGOTTEN by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNFORGOTTEN by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

THE BLURB:

Lance Michelli had traveled to his grandmother Antonia’s old villa in Sonoma to find the truth behind the secrets of her past. There he met Rese Barrett, the woman who now owns the villa and hides secrets of her own. Now Lance has returned to his grandmother with both Rese and the answers he has found. But Antonia refuses to hear what he has to say. Has she really misunderstood the events of that dark night so long ago? Antonia sends Lance on another quest. But this time he discovers that the past has influenced the present far more than anyone realizes. Lance is caught between the two women he loves as he uncovers unforgotten truths that could change them all forever.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

Mere words cannot convey the power and the impact of this story. Layer after layer of truth and humanity. Loyalty and betrayal, conflict and fear. Secrets and sacrifice. Love and victory.

 

I identified in a way, with Rese, denying herself love and attachment. And I really identified with Lance, feeling it was his burden to fix… everything… for everyone…

And yet, I grew angry and impatient with both of them for doing exactly that! I cried with them and laughed with them and, well, swooned for them.

Ms. Heitzmann may have just outdone herself with this story. Such powerful impact, so many threads woven together—it seems so impossible for to tie them all together. But Ms. Heitzmann not only does so, but does it so beautifully. Not only is there meaning and purpose in the seeming fragmented bits, but, as in life, they all overlap to create the whole.

 

A rich and deep and textured story that keeps me turning pages.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Unforgotten, Kristen Heitzmann, Michelli Family Series, Secrets, Echoes

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 16 February 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – FREEFALL by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – FREEFALL by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:  

When a young woman stumbles out of the Hanalei Mountains on the island of Kauai with no memory of who she is or how she got there, Cameron Pierce reluctantly agrees to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her arrival. As pieces begin to fall into place, he suspects her injuries were no accident, but he’s far from convinced she’s an innocent victim. And there’s that nagging feeling he’s seen her somewhere before….
Now known as Jade, the woman begins to recall fragments of what led her to this place, and she realizes the danger isn’t over. Jade and the cynical Hawaiian investigator attempt to reconstruct the threads of her identity, but the stakes are far higher than either expected.

 

THE FIRST LINE:

The blow came like the torrent below, hard and swift and unexpected.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

This is one of only a few books I’ve read twice. #stateoftheTBR…  It’s also the first book I ever read by Kristen Heitzmann, making her one of my favorite authors. The story is compelling, and the telling is captivating.

 

 

STARS:

     Five stars, definitely five stars.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Freefall, Kristen Heitzmann

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 19 September 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A RUSH OF WINGS BY KRISTEN HEITZMANN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A RUSH OF WINGS BY KRISTEN HEITZMANN

                                                                             

Memories don’t stay suppressed, not truly. They hover, lingering near the surface, emerging to protect us. Or to frighten us.

 

Trauma has wreaked havoc on those memories in Noelle St. Claire’s mind, driving her to seek refuge in an unknown place, with people who know nothing about her.

 

But past and present will collide, and Noelle’s life catches up with her, sending her spiraling further downward where the truth lies.

 

 

Ms. Heitzmann takes the reader into the shadows of dark memory, one fragmented piece at a time. Torment trolls across every page, even when Noelle is smiling. Something is hovering just out of sight, and Ms. Heitzmann skillfully draws the reader to that edge. I felt the panic, and press of anxiety, and I heard the wings as the hovered nearby. I cringed in the shadows. I championed Noelle from my safe space as a reader and I wept with her at the seeming hopelessness of it.

A daunting story of a hidden past, and hope that lies in unexpected places.

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

 

www.kristenheitzmann.com

www.facebook.com/kristen.f.heitzmann

www.facebook.com/KristenHeitzmann?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/KFHeitzmann

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, A Rush of Wings, Kristen Heitzmann

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BLOGWORDS – 22 May 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – KRISTEN HEITZMANN

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – KRISTEN HEITZMANN

 

 

Recently I was asked to name my favorite mother character in literature. I mentally went through the zillions of books I’d read, sure that the very best mother would be difficult to single out. Imagine my surprise when I was unable to recall a single one that shone. From the evil stepmothers of fairytales, to the cold, negligent woman who dropped Heidi on the Alp Uncle’s doorstep, to the drug-addicted bring-the-bad-boyfriends-home sort of woman who impacts so many modern novels, it struck me how many mothers were portrayed as villainous.

The second most common thing I found was the missing mother. This is different from the nasty ones. She is gone due to circumstances, personal sacrifice, or death. Those of us who have lost a mother know that emptiness doesn’t end. So it’s no wonder authors choose that route.

 

No one has such an impact on our personal development as a mother does. If we have a close mother-child bond we will develop differently than if it is distant or critical. A character-building motif in stories often revolves around a difficult parental relationship or a wonderful relationship cut short. Either creates a mother shaped hole the character periodically falls into.

There are, however, some stories with great mothers. In Jojo Moyes’s One plus One, Jess is a single mother trying to make her little girl’s dream of attending a top “maths” school come true. She has collected a goth teenage son whom neither her ex-husband nor the boy’s mother wants. Her generosity (though impoverished) honesty (though cheated and deceived) and compassion (though mistreated) are a beautiful example of a mother’s heart. When she fails in one of these it becomes a lesson to her loved ones and together they make it right.

In The Monk Downstairs / The Monk Upstairs by Tim Farrington, the mother character named Phoebe sees through people’s outer clutter of faults and insecurities to the soul within. Her love is unconditional. She also has a zest for life and delights in the absurd. You can’t read her and not want to be like that.

What stands out for both these characters is their acceptance of their offspring’s natures, desires, fears, and wounds—whether children or adults. Their willingness to protect and develop without forcing their own will and desires resonates in characters like Marmee in Little Women—the Proverbs 31 idealized mother. My tomboy self preferred the story of Jo March in Little Men and her creative parenting. 😊

Charlotte Mason, a 19th century educator said, “Maternal love is the first agent in education.” I love her concept that each child is born a person, equally good and bad, full of wonder, curiosity, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Mothers should be a loving authority in the same way that our Heavenly Father is a loving authority over us.

She advocated that it was the job of especially the mother to develop the child’s will to long for the right and good and just and to train them in habits to achieve that goal. “Every day, every hour, the parents are either passively or actively forming those habits in their children upon which, more than anything else, future character and conduct depend.”

As in the stories referenced above, mothers are to walk beside, not forcing an action, but allowing room for the Spirit to work in the ones God placed in her care. What an awesome, precarious, and fragile responsibility. Given all that, mothers must also tend themselves.


 

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

 

www.kristenheitzmann.com

www.facebook.com/kristen.f.heitzmann

www.facebook.com/KristenHeitzmann?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/KFHeitzmann

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Fact, #NWNF, Guest Post, Kristen Heitzmann, Mothers in Literature

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BLOGWORDS – WREADING WEDNESDAY – 28 December 2016 – FREEFALL by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

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FREEFALL by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

 

51b-yo3wpzlWhen a young woman stumbles out of the Hanalei Mountains on the island of Kauai with no memory of who she is or how she got there, Cameron Pierce reluctantly agrees to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her arrival. As pieces begin to fall into place, he suspects her injuries were no accident, but he’s far from convinced she’s an innocent victim. And there’s that nagging feeling he’s seen her somewhere before….
Now known as Jade, the woman begins to recall fragments of what led her to this place, and she realizes the danger isn’t over. Jade and the cynical Hawaiian investigator attempt to reconstruct the threads of her identity, but the stakes are far higher than either expected.

 

 

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, 91lv3wjfrwl-_ux250_psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Freefall-Kristen-Heitzmann-ebook/dp/B00AFWM1CS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Wreading Wednesday, Freefall, Kristen Heitzmann

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BOOK REVIEW – TOLD YOU TWICE

 

BOOK REVIEW – TOLD YOU TWICE by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

 

 

An actor relies on many resources to excel in his craft, to play each role to its fullest. That arsenal does not usually include hiding behind the mask of roles played.

For Bo Corrigan, that is exactly what charges his talent as an actor, delving so deeply that he is lost in each role. And he forgets his miserable life for a few hours.

But in between roles and in between performances, who is he really? And where does he go to hide when not on stage? Which role, which mask that he wears is the true self?

 

Alexis Murphy, Exi, meets Bo at the cast party for his stellar performance in the smash hit play written by her cousin and his wife. Even though she is engaged, Exi is drawn to Bo—and he doesn’t take no for an answer.

Exi had finally found a good man in Jeffrey, and can’t believe her luck; not only does he want to marry her but he wants a Grace Evangeline wedding. And what bride wouldn’t want that!

But as her affection for Bo grows, and she begins to question her feelings for Jeffrey, she gets caught up in Bo’s dangerous past.

Can Exi leave Bo alone for her own good? Can she break his heart—and the trust he has begun to place in her—and walk away? Can she deny her own heart?

 

 

Ms. Heitzmann drew me into this story and held me captive. As an actor, this reviewer stepped into the part of Bo Corrigan, so vividly did Ms. Heitzmann portray him and his struggles, his angst. As Exi’s heart fell for Bo, so did mine. Every nuance of interaction between them, every sizzling touch and tender eye-connect, drew me further into their story.

When tragedy struck, Ms. Heitzmann wrote an uncomfortable vortex that seemed never to end, an all-too-true reaction to real life crises. I not only identified with Exi and with Bo, but I felt I lived the story with them, from each agonizing page to the final, and apt conclusion to the story.

 

 

I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

 

 

 

083016 - slide 3Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine and Christy Award winner Secrets. In 2013, her novel The Breath of Dawn won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at American Christian Fiction Writers Conference and keynote speaker for women’s and writers’ conferences.

An artist and mountain hiker, Kristen lives in Colorado with her husband, pets, wildlife, and extended family.

www.kristenheitzmann.com

www.facebook.com/kristen.f.heitzmann

www.facebook.com/KristenHeitzmann?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/KFHeitzmann

 

 

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