Saturday, April 16, 2011

New Release from White Rose Publishing: A Face in the Clouds by Marianne Evans

Will a quest for the truth lead him to a miracle--and the love of a lifetime?

Reporter Paul Hutchins is all about finding facts and uncovering the truth. Verification, authenticity and quantification are the fuel of his spirit…Until he falls in love with producer Sandy Pierson.

Sandy sees Christ alive in every aspect of her life. No need for quantified facts. Faith is the fuel of her spirit . But her love for Paul puts her at odds with God's call toward faith and all of its mysteries.

Paul considers Christianity to be well-meaning myth—hyperbole. To Sandy, it’s everything—and she can accept nothing less from the man she loves.

Can a miracle happen? Can the touch of God Himself keep their relationship from shattering?

Read an excerpt!

“I know how deeply you feel things, Paul. You have a wonderful heart. That’s part of why I love you so much. I’m torn in two about my feelings for you.” Sandy’s declaration would have filled him were it not chipped and cracked by the impact of her doubts. “Your reporter’s instinct toward authenticity and revealing the truth is a big part of what I admire about you. There’s nothing wrong with facing the world honestly, but you need to make room for a few other truths.”

“Like God.”

"Yes, and the fact that life holds as much mystery, and as many intangibles, as it does realistic things you can hold tight with both hands.”

She wanted him to change. Right down to the soul. Paul continued to study her. She was hurt enough that she had almost stepped away from attending tonight’s event—out of a frustrated sense of love. Yet here they were—together—out of a frustrated sense of love.

And if he wasn’t mindful of her beliefs, she’d step away from him.

Paul navigated the rapidly-filling parking lot of Woodland Church. Once they stopped, he killed the car engine and used a restraining hand to keep Sandy in place. He closed the space between them and gave her a kiss that lingered and thoroughly tasted. He felt the gesture ease a bit of the tightness in her shoulders and back. “I’ll keep an open mind, OK?”

She touched his face, and there was yearning in her eyes. “Keep an open heart. That’s much more important.”


Marianne Evans is a multi-published author of contemporary romance novels. Her professional career began when Kensington Publishing purchased her book, Friends & Lovers. Her second offering, Right Hand Man, followed shortly thereafter. Her third release from Kensington, Hannah’s Heart, won critical acclaim from reviewers and in the local media.

Her fourth book is her inspirational romance debut at White Rose Publishing – an award winning novel entitled Hearts Crossing. Hearts Crossing led to the creation of a four-book Christian romance series: The Woodland Series. Book 2, Hearts Surrender, released in late 2010 with Books 3 and 4 – Hearts Communion and Hearts Key, slated for late 2011 and early 2012 release.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Marianne is 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, but most notably for two terms as Chapter Treasurer and two terms as Chapter President. She also belongs to the Faith Hope and Love chapter of RWA, American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.

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Mary Manners said...

Hi Marianne! May I be the first to say congratulations on your upcoming release of A Face in the Clouds. Everything you write is magnificent, and I certainly cannot wait to get my hands on this one. Many blessings and best wishes to you!!!

Marianne Evans said...

Hi, Mary!! Thank you so much for the early-bird visit!! LOL!!! Your support and encouragement means so much - thank you -- and, my goodness, magnificent?? I'm honored by praise of the caliber from a writer I respect as much as you!!! Have a blessed weekend!

Marianne Evans said...

Cheryl - thank you for the spotlight on A Face in the Clouds! You're always so supportive of our efforts as writers, and we appreciate it!!

I can't wait until this book releases next week! The story has such special message about finding the grace and mystery of God when the world around you would deny his existence. Nice little tie in to Hearts Crossing: Some of you may remember Sandy Pierson as the ex-fiancee of Collin Edwards in that story. She debuted in Hearts Crossing and readers asked me on several occasions if she would get her own story. It was thrilling to think readers became attached enough to ask!! Hope I answered the call. :-)

Cheryl said...

It's always wonderful to feature my fellow writers. I hope to read this one soon.

LoRee Peery said...

This looks like such an inspirational read. I can hardly wait.

Dora Hiers said...

I had the privilege of reviewing A FACE IN THE CLOUDS by Marianne Evans last week. Here's my review:

Ms. Evans reeled me into A FACE IN THE CLOUDS, starting with the gorgeous cover to the opening paragraph. Intent only on taking a quick peek until I had more time, I found myself immersed in the story. A FACE IN THE CLOUDS is a tremendous story that offers compelling evidence for Christianity, well-written dialogue, and three-dimensional characters with strong religious differences. I couldn’t put the book down until I discovered how the author resolved their personal conflict! And the ending? Oh, so sweet. If you want another great read by Marianne Evans, you won’t be disappointed!

Way to go, Marianne! Keep writing!

Have a great weekend!

Tanya Stowe said...

Another great offering, Marianne! I'm looking forward to reading it and all your rich details. You know how how I love your scenes!

Donna B said...

Wonderful excerpt! Sounds great!!!

Marianne Evans said...

Dora, WOW. Thank you so much for the GORGEOUS review -- I'm honored, and flattered!

LoRee, you're such a treasure!! Thanks for the visit, and support.

Tanya, Thanks for stopping by, and for the LOVELY compliment - it means so much!

Donna, thank you!!! I'm so grateful for your encouragement and friendship!!!