Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Cynthia Herron & His Heart Renewed

Posted August 11, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, Cynthia Herron, giveaway, romance / 30 Comments


Cynthia Herron guest post

Please join me in welcoming the fabulous Cynthia Herron back to the blog today to her new novel, His Heart Renewed, and why she’s drawn to small-town fiction!


His Heart Renewed by Cynthia HerronHIS HEART RENEWED by Cynthia Herron
SERIES:
Welcome to Ruby #4
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2023
PAGES: 285

Three choices. Two dreams. One path. A girl from his past. The woman who holds his future. Will a wrong detour lead to the right destination?

For the past year, veterinarian Erin Shaye has been drawn to handsome homebuilder Mike Brewer, despite the brown-eyed bachelor’s attempts to dissuade her. When Erin, once again, attempts to coax the reticent recluse into conversation during a charitable wood delivery to her home, the guy not only dismisses her thanks, but he also makes it clear that he likes her about as much as a heaping bowl of turnip greens.

Fine. If it’s crickets the fellow wants, let the chirping begin. Erin’s had it with his moodiness and mixed signals. She’s done.

However, there’s something about a well-deserved tongue-lashing that has a way of shifting perspective. Mike reckons it wouldn’t twist his drawers to be civil. Maybe it’s about time to shake the icicles off his heart from the wedding debacle that iced him nearly twelve years ago. No doubt the sudden lightning bolts that zip down his spine whenever the pretty animal doc is near must mean there’s thawing afoot. Will Erin give him another chance, or will her own secrets and suspicions keep him at arm’s length?

As the couple navigates blunders and heartaches, a new season emerges—one that taps into Erin’s and Mike’s deepest longings and desires—the spring that holds their future. At last, it seems their happily-ever-after is within reach…

But in the bat of an eyelash, a memory from Mike’s past emerges in an unexpected way. Will this change in circumstance hinder what he has with Erin or will truth prevail by way of a divine appointment?

 

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Why I’m Drawn to Small-Town Fiction

by Cynthia Herron, author of His Heart Renewed

Until about 6th grade, I grew up in Small-town USA. Everyone knew everyone, and we knew all the juicy tidbits about everyone whether we wanted to or not.

We knew who our neighbors were and what they had for dinner. We knew who made the best fried chicken in town and who didn’t cook a lick.

We knew who had the most and who complained the least.

If Aunt Bertha didn’t feel up to marketing because of the bunion on her big toe, our little local market would go to her. They were happy to deliver.

Church socials were full-scale events especially during the holiday season. The ones with the most food drew the biggest crowds and saved the most souls. It was a well-known fact…er…rumor.

When mamas had babies, they didn’t have to worry about meals for the next week. (And maybe not for a month if the stork delivered twins.) Other women in the community would tag-team their efforts and bless the family with casseroles, stews, pies and cakes, and whatever else that might be needed.

To welcome new folks in our midst, we’d often have a “pounding.” That is, we’d shower them with a pound of this or a pound of that. Large boxes would often be packed with cans of coffee, bags of sugar, tins of teas, and containers of staples. We loved getting to know our new friends and neighbors.

We took the time to look past the busyness of life. We stopped and chatted with those on the street. We waved at passing cars and we rarely met a stranger.

We realized our roots and how deeply they were planted.

I loved those childhood years in our tiny, close-knit town. Those times taught me the importance of hearth and home. They forever stitched the seam of resiliency about the fabric of my soul.

I learned that while change is inevitable and good in so many ways, there are just some basics that are non-negotiable. Fads and trends will come and go, but it’s those intrinsic core values that we grow up withlong for, and adhere to that will endure.

We can’t and shouldn’t poke our heads in the sand to hide from cultural shifts and societal influences. We can, however, approach those influences confidently when we’re armed with the knowledge of what we know to be true: hearth and home are here to stay. Perceptions of that may vary for everyone, but this is why I love writing the stories I do and why small-town fiction holds my heartstrings.

What do you enjoy most about small towns?


Cynthia Herron

As an avid encourager and lover of the underdog, Cynthia Herron writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Midwest. She is the author of Her Hope Discovered and the award-winning Welcome to Ruby series.

“Cindy” has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW and RWA. She is a 2020 Selah Award Winner, a 2020 Selah Award Double-Finalist, a 2017 ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2016 ACFW Genesis Double-Finalist, and a 2015 ACFW First Impressions Winner. Her work is represented by WordServe Literary.

Besides writing, Cindy has a fondness for vintage cookbooks, old movie classics, and the Missouri Ozarks. She enjoys adventure, traveling, and meeting new friends and learning their stories.

Connect with Cindy at the following places:

website | Twitter | Facebook | FB Readers Group | Pinterest | Instagram
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His Heart Renewed giveaway

Cynthia Herron is offering a print copy of His Heart Renewed to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read His Heart Renewed by Cynthia Herron?

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30 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Cynthia Herron & His Heart Renewed

  1. I enjoy going into a store and people greeting me by name. My town isn’t quite as small as you describe, but small enough that, even if I don’t know the people, they’ll chat anyway. Makes running errands close to home enjoyable:)

  2. Roxanne C.

    Small towns are my favorite setting, and I am wondering if there is an interruption to the couple’s coming HEA.

  3. Small towns are precious! I grew up in one and my sons were raised in a few as we moved often. The close family, friendships and faith values are what I treasure most from these warm communities. I know I’ll enjoy my return visit to Ruby with its heart-touching characters. Congratulations on the release of His Heart Renewed!

  4. MS Barb

    I live outside of a small town -graduating classes are under 100! (My graduating class in a large city was over 800!) I like the slower pace of small town living & people helping people!

  5. Anne

    A captivating and lovely story. Small towns are warm, and the people thoughtful, kind and always there for you.

  6. Sue Parrish

    It sounds like a really interesting story. After reading the blurb, I want to know what happens.

  7. Patty

    I grew up in a very small town, and still live in. What money would be considered a small town. I always enjoy reading small town fiction

  8. Melissa Stands

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous and the blurb about the book in enticing. Looking forward to reading it! Thank you!

  9. Cyndi Newlan

    I live in the city, but my grandson lives in a small-town now. I love the feel of community togetherness, festivities, active sports, a not lost in the crowd feel, and the quaintness of the small-town.

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