Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Hometown Healing by Jennifer Slattery, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
Title: Hometown Healing
Author: Jennifer Slattery
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: August 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
She’s home again, but not for long…
Unless this cowboy recaptures her heart.
Returning home with a baby in tow, Paige Cordell’s determined her stay is only temporary. But to earn enough money to leave, she needs a job—and her only option is working at her first love’s dinner theater.
With attraction once again unfurling between her and Jed Gilbertson, can the man who once broke her heart convince her to stay for good?
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behind-the-scenes of Hometown Healing
by Jennifer Slattery, author of Hometown Healing
Hey book lovers! You are literally my favorite type of people! Can we spend a day chatting about books together? For those who enjoy random bookish tidbits, here are some fun behind the scenes facts about Hometown Healing.
This was my second Love Inspired release but the first Love Inspired novel I wrote.
I originally set this novel in Austin, Texas, and I’m not certain why except for the fact that I’d never been, loved the Texas hill country, and saw online that it had enough coffeehouses to keep me well supplied. So of course I had to visit, right? Add in the fact that my dad lived only six hours away and was willing me to meet me for a “writers’ research trip” and one can understand my motivations.
We had such fun. Most hilarious memory? When we rented bikes, and mine was defective in so very many ways. The seat wobbled and rotated—while I was riding. As did the handle bars. While trying to simply stay upright, I became so distracted with my wobbly, wonky bike, I rode directly into traffic. Meanwhile, my father, wearing his full-on-parental role, was rapidly pedaling behind me, yelling, “Jennifer! Watch out!” Poor guy.
Those research trip memories that will remain with me always. The setting for the story, however, changed, to a small town I’ve grown to love—Sage Creek, Texas.
Though my heroine began her career writing articles, she soon finds herself dipping her toes into playwriting. Storytelling aside, I’ve followed the opposite progression. I first sensed God’s call to write while crafting dramas for church outreach events. (Had someone told me this would entail me sharing the gospel, on the stage of a park amphitheater, while dressed in a full-on bunny costume, I’m not sure how readily I would’ve put feet to that call. Ha!) Now, my love for story has remained—and likely always will—but I’ve traded my playwriting for articles.
The storyline for Hometown Healing arose, in part, from my husband and my shared love for the dinner theater. Though we haven’t attended one in a while, we used to go to at least one murder mystery a year, and often when we were on vacation. We were never very good at solving the crime, but we loved the food and trying to untangle the clues from the red herrings.
The kiddos that have begun to appear in my novels are likely a direct result of my current empty-nesting phase. Now that our adult daughter is about to graduate college, get married, and begin her career, I find myself reliving cherished moments from her infancy and childhood. All the lazy Saturdays when we’d visit our local bookstore. My husband would head to the magazine section, and she and I would grab armfuls of children’s books (as many as both of us could carry) and spends hours, snuggling together in a comfy chair. She’d sit in my lap, and I kept the books within reach so that neither of would be disturbed, not even for a moment to get up and grab a new book. Or the quiet evenings when she’d climb into my bed, or I’d finagle my way into hers, and she’d rest her head on my shoulder while I read to her.
Then there were all the picnics and long slow walks when she’d pepper me with questions:
“Why is the sky blue, Mama?”
“What makes the wheels of the bike turn?”
“What kind of bug/flower/rock is that?”
Her questions inevitably led us to the library where we’d sit, once again with her tucked on my lap, flipping through storybooks. And of course, a good number of those books made it home with us, to be read that night, and then the night after, and the night after that.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of the soon to release Building a Family and numerous other titles and maintains a devotional blog at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she’s passionate about helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. Visit her online to learn more about her speaking or to book her for your next women’s event and sign up for her free quarterly newsletter HERE and make sure to connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.
(1) winner will receive a signed four print book bundle by Jennifer Slattery, including Restoring Her Faith (Love Inspired), Hometown Healing (Love Inspired), Breaking Free (New Hope), and Restoring Love (New Hope)!
Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight February 22, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on February 29, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Continental US mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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