Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February Romance Novel Event: Hearts Crossing by Marianne Evans

Today's special guest for February Romance Month is Marianne Evans, author of Hearts Crossing.

Collin Edwards, a former parishioner at Woodland Church, has renounced God without apology, his faith drained away in the face of a tragic loss.

Daveny Montgomery cares deeply about her relationship with God, and the community of Woodland . Lately though, she's been in a rut, longing for something to reignite her spiritual enthusiasm.

A beautification project at Woodland seems the answer for them both. Daveny spearheads the effort and Collin assists, but only with the renovations, and only because he wants to know Daveny better. Despite his deepening feelings for her, even stepping into the common areas of the church stirs tension and anger.

Can Daveny trust in Collin’s fledgling return to faith? And can Collin ever accept the fact that while he turned his back on God, God never turned his back on him?

Read an excerpt!

The closer he got to Woodland Church, the more Collin's tension increased. He faced that fact without flinching, and without apologizing.

He couldn't help the sense of anger he felt whenever he considered matters of faith, so he didn't try to stem the tide. Helping his mom is what mattered, and the thought kept Collin centered as he turned off Jefferson Avenue and into the church parking lot.

The single word exclamation was Collin's instinctive reaction upon seeing the church. Grounds were torn up in large spots and contractors worked at the open sores. Collin slowed his truck to a stop next to a series of graders, haulers and a semi presently swarmed by what he assumed were church volunteers.

He hopped down from the cab and released the back latch, looking for a person who might be deemed the project leader.

The fact that he stopped to stare drew the attention of a by-passer, who called affably, “Need some help?”

“Delivery. Can you point me to the right person?”

“That’d be Daveny. She’ll get you taken care of. Follow me over.”

They crossed the lot and closed in on a cluster of folks who were in scrubby clothes, water bottles and gardening tools in hand. At the center stood a slender, petite woman wearing jeans and a lime green t-shirt. They stepped up and Collin realized she was in the process of assigning volunteers to designated sections of the church grounds.

During a pause, Collin's escort spoke up. “Daveny, this gentleman brought us some supplies.”

“Perfect. Thanks, Gabe.”

With that, she turned. Collin's world tilted when her gaze lifted to his in greeting. Something overwhelming and instantly captivating swept through him like wind song when she smiled.

“Hi, I'm Daveny Montgomery.”

Collin stumbled over his own name, stalling out while he stared at her. There was a purity he sensed – elusive and instantly haunting.

“Collin Edwards,” he finally managed, taking hold of her extended hand. Firm grip, he realized, soft as silk skin. Nice.

Suddenly, he didn't want to leave. Not quite yet anyway.

Marianne Evans loves to tell a good story. In fact, she’s been enthusiastic about writing ever since she could string sentences together. Joining White Rose Publishing gives her the opportunity to combine two of her greatest passions – love of the Lord and exploring the world of romance.

She’s seen a number of her books published. Kensington Publishing purchased her first book, Friends & Lovers. Her second contemporary romance, Right Hand Man, followed shortly thereafter. Her third release from Kensington, Hannah’s Heart, won critical acclaim in The Oakland Press. Her fourth book, a novella entitled With This Kiss, is her first offering at The Wild Rose Press. Hearts Crossing is her first inspirational romance and marks her debut at White Rose Publishing.

A resident of suburban Detroit, she’s happily married with two kids and a family that never fails to support and encourage. An active member of Romance Writers of America, she’s a long-time member of Greater Detroit RWA where she served the chapter in a number of capacities, most notably as treasurer and two terms as president.

Visit Marianne online at and her blog at

You'll also find her on Facebook:!/pages/Marianne-Evans/308711716744 and


Hearts Crossing is also available in a Kindle edition.

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Michelle V said...

I would love to read this one! I'll have to add this one to my wish list!

Michelle V

Marianne Evans said...

Hi, Cheryl! I'm thrilled to spend some time at The Book Connection and spread the word about Hearts Crossing! Hearts Crossing just earned a 5-cup review from Coffee Time Romance, which certainly helps me maintain motivation about my writing! God bless, and thanks again for being an awesome hostess!

Tanya Hanson said...

Hey Marianne, congrats on the great feature! I love Hearts Crossing AND Hearts Surrender...both are Kindle keepers. And I eagerly await the rest of the series. White Rose Publishing totally rocks.

Love, Tanya

Tanya Hanson said...

BTW, congrats on another terrific review! oxox

Marianne Evans said...

Michelle, feel free to hop on over to White Rose Publishing! You'll find out all about Hearts Crossing, and its sequel, Hearts Surrender. Books 3 and 4 of the Woodland series, Hearts Communion and Hearts Key will be coming soon! Hope you enjoy, and thanks so much for the visit! Hope you're not snowed in like I goodness what a storm!!

Marianne Evans said...

Thanks, Tanya! Your support means so VERY much to me!! God bless - and thanks for the shout out on the review. I was thrilled, especially since CTR doesn't do many inspirational romance reviews. :-( I literally closed my eyes and braced myself when I clicked open the e-mail saying it had been reviewed...trying to be ready for anything..!! :-)

Delia Latham said...

I'm definitely a fan of the Woodland series, and can't wait for the next one. Congrats on the awesome review!

Marianne Evans said...

Thanks for your sweet words, Delia, and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and say hello!! :-) God bless you!!

Tribute Books said...

What an interesting name - Daveny - I don't think I've ever heard of it before.

The book sounds like a great comfort read.

Marianne Evans said...

Hi there, Tribute Books, and thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

I love the name Daveny, too. If you're a fan of the movie 'The Notebook' you might recall a scene where Noah "introduces" Allie to his family. One of the grandchildren, a beautiful little blonde-haired girl, steps up and introduces herself by saying: "Hi, I'm Daveny..." The name struck me, and I just knew I had to use it somehow! :-) God bless!

Jo said...

I would love to read this book and plan on adding it to my list


Cheryl said...

I'm sorry I wasn't around earlier today. Another snow day kept me busy with the kids. Maybe tomorrow they's actually be in school and I can catch up.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Marianne, this books truly sounds wonderful. I wish you the best.


by Pegg Thomas said...

Sounds like a book I'll enjoy. Hello from another Michigander. :)

Marianne Evans said...

No worries, Cheryl! I understand completely about those snow days with kids! You're a lovely hostess, and I appreciate having the opportunity to be able to spend some time at your blog and chat with folks!

Marianne Evans said...

Hi, Jo and Pegg! And thanks for stopping by! I'm so glad you're interested in the story of Collin and Daveny. :-) Head on over to to find out more! And, Pegg, I just drove in to work, and all I can say it's a lot nicer out today than it was yesterday! That storm was a whopper!! :-) God bless!