Saturday, April 6, 2019

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Driftwood Bay (A Hope Harbor Novel, Book 5) by Irene Hannon

A Hope Harbor Novel, Book 5

  Genre: Contemporary / Christian / Romance
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: April 2, 2019
Number of Pages: 368

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After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tea-room—until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf. But she needn’t worry. Dr. Logan West is too busy coping with an unexpected family, a radical lifestyle change, and an unruly pup to have any interest in his aloof and disagreeable neighbor.

Yet when both Jeanette and Logan find themselves pulled into the life of a tattered Christian family fleeing persecution in war-torn Syria, might they discover that love sometimes comes calling when it’s least expected?

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites readers back to the charming seaside town of Hope Harbor, where they are sure to find peace, healing, and a second chance at happiness.
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Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, and Pelican Point, as well as Dangerous Illusions and the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, and she is a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame. Her many other awards include National Readers’ Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers’ Choice, Booksellers’ Best, Carols, and Reviewers’ Choice from RT Book Reviews magazine, which also honored her with a Career Achievement award for her entire body of work. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist. 

It’s All About the Characters
by Irene Hannon

Often, when introduced as a writer at a social gathering, the conversation follows a predictable pattern:

“What do you write?”

“Romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction.”

“How many books have you written?”

“More than fifty.”

At this point, most people’s eyes glaze over. A few ask a third—and final—question: “How do you come up with all those ideas?”

If I think their interest is genuine, I explain that I was a psychology major in college and that I’ve never lost my fascination for figuring out what makes people tick. So whether I’m writing a high-stakes, edge-of-the-seat suspense novel or a contemporary romance like Driftwood Bay, my characters inspire and guide my stories.

That’s because at their core, no matter the genre, all of my novels are about relationships. In every book I write, I go deep into the psyches of my characters. I want to understand the forces that shaped them and the choices they make—and I want to take readers along on that journey.

When people finish one of my books, I hope they come away with fresh insights—and questions. For Driftwood Bay, those questions might be: Why were the hero and heroine able to face daunting challenges yet stay the course and come out better people? Is it possible to overcome the baggage of past trauma? How much should we let the past affect our present—and future? How does a person juggle conflicting priorities?

In this book, as in all my books, the journey my characters make as they answer those questions is what interests me most. Every time I meet a new character and embark on a voyage of discovery with them, I learn something new about relationships—and I hope readers do, too.

And by the way…I don’t just write about two people falling in love, even though my books are classified as romances. I also explore the interactions between parents and children, friends, enemies, siblings, co-workers…you name it. Because the rest of the world doesn’t stop when we fall in love. All of the characters’ relationships, both harmonious and messy, play a role in their love story.

Bottom line, in my books I create complex people and put them in situations that test their mettle. Sometimes it’s a suspense novel, sometimes it’s a contemporary romance like Driftwood Bay. The genre I choose is simply a vehicle for delving into the minds—and hearts—of my characters.

In the end, while I strive to write books that uplift, entertain, and keep people up late at night turning the pages to see what happens next, my main goal is to pull readers into the lives of my characters. To make them turn that last page thinking: Those people were real. I felt for them. And I’m sorry to say goodbye.

And with its memorable cast of characters, I think Driftwood Bay will do that for readers.
Grand Prize:  
A Copy of Driftwood Bay + Oregon Coast RainGlobe
1st Runner-Up:  
A Copy of Driftwood Bay + Book Lover’s Coffee Mug
2nd Runner-Up:  
A Copy of Driftwood Bay + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
April 2-12, 2019
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