Thursday, March 29, 2012

JoAnn Durgin's Twin Hearts

JoAnn Durgin is the author of the popular contemporary romantic adventures, Awakening, and its follow-up, Second Time Around, published by Torn Veil Books. Her third book in the series, Twin Hearts, releases in March 2012.

JoAnn, her husband, Jim, and their three children live in her native southern Indiana after living in TX, CA, PA and MA. She likes to say she’s “been around in the nicest sense of the word.” She’s a full-time estate administration paralegal in a Louisville, Kentucky, law firm, and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (including its Indiana chapter), the Louisville Christian Writers, and Romance Writers of America.

JoAnn's books are available at every major online book retailer such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, both in paperback and e-book versions.

You can find JoAnn online at or on Facebook.

Twin Hearts

Josh Grant is a man seeking redemption. He’s not looking for love, but finds it in a most unexpected and tender way. His twin sister, Rebekah, is torn between two very different men: one a dashing British aristocrat offering her the world, and the other a humble, quiet, faithful Louisiana lumber man. When family tragedy strikes, the twins lean on Sam and Lexa Lewis and their fellow TeamWork Missions volunteers for encouragement. Together they learn lessons in faith and family and what's most important in life as they discover it’s time to stake their claim on love, which means a road trip from Louisiana to . . . the peace to be found in seeking and finding the sweetest desires of the heart.

Here's an excerpt of Twin Hearts:

From Josh's Story:

He stood facing the large picture window at the front of the house, dressed in a perfectly-tailored gray suit, hands in his pockets. Even from the back, Joshua Grant was an impressive man. In the years since she’d seen him, he’d grown broader across the shoulders, and filled out his suit coat well. His thick, wavy blond hair was longer than she remembered and curled slightly at the nape of his neck. Her knees felt weak and threatened to buckle beneath her. Ridiculous. Get over it. You shared a moment with this man more than four years ago and never heard from him again. He’s here to say whatever it is, so stop swooning, hear him out and take it like a grownup.

“Hi, Josh.” Her voice was shaky, her hand even more so, and coffee sloshed inside the pot as she moved forward into the room. Then he turned around. Oh, goodness, the man was gorgeous. Since she’d last seen him, he’d transitioned from a very cute guy into a full-grown, handsome, confident businessman in his suit with a crisp, white shirt and that tie . . . well, it just wasn’t fair. The green in that silk tie was a perfect match for those unbelievable peepers. The heel of her sandal caught on the carpet, and she stumbled forward with a small cry. The modicum of grace she’d acquired from three years of ballet saved her, but she still swayed in precarious fashion, unsteady on her feet. Okay, Lord, this is going well.

From Rebekah's Story:

“Thanks again for lunch, the roses, everything, Kevin. I had a great time. Feel free to surprise me at the school anytime.” Rebekah gathered the flowers and waited as he walked around to her door. Once both her feet were firmly on the ground, he released her hand. When he smiled, it wasn’t the same, but it was probably the best he could offer. “Bye.” She forced a bright smile. “Call me later?”

Kevin nodded, but said nothing. His expression was guarded, his eyes cloudy, the emotional distance between them more than uncomfortable.

She shifted from one foot to the other, uncommonly antsy as an unspoken fear wormed its way into her subconscious. Rubbing her hands up and down her bare arms, she tugged her sweater tighter about her shoulders. She waited until his eyes met hers. With one last glance, she turned to go. A few steps closer to the entrance, Rebekah paused, turning to look behind her. Kevin stood on the sidewalk, hands on his hips, watching her. Pivoting, she walked toward him—wanting to run—forcing slow, steady steps even though her feet were weighted with an invisible burden. He met her halfway, drawing her into his arms. She moved her hands around his powerful shoulders, felt the hard muscles beneath his shirt. His kiss was gentle, tentative almost. Something passed between them. What it was, she didn’t know, but it was there, strong and real.

“Please don’t go, Rebekah.” It was barely more than a whisper against her cheek. Resting one hand on the side of her face, his features drawn, Kevin's eyes held a pervasive sadness she couldn’t understand. He dropped his hand and walked back toward his truck.

She watched as he climbed in and pulled away, not waving, not looking back. Rebekah shook her head, one hand moving to her lips. “Go where?”

JoAnn is giving away a copy of Twin Hearts. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


CarlybirdK said...

This book sounds really good, and the cover is adorable! Thank you.

Dora Hiers said...

JoAnn, congrats on what looks like another fabulous book! AWESOME cover for Twin Hearts, too. You rock, girl!!

DoraHiers at msn dot com

apple blossom said...

love this book cover

thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Teela said...

Hope to win this book, Great Book Cover, and thanks for this giveaway. Teelayoung(at)hotmail(dot)com

Marianne said...

Sound like a wonderful story and missions thrown in? Love it! Will be looking for JoAnn's novel, but in the meantime, would love to be entered into this one. Thank you for the great post and opportunity to win, Esther and JoAnn

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

JoAnn Durgin said...

Hey, everyone! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm going to tell my cover designer about all the wonderful compliments! One of the best things about being with a smaller, independent publisher is that I can help pick the elements and design my covers. You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to pick the "right" bears for this one, but I'm very pleased with it, and glad you like it, too. Many blessings to all. Keep reading Christian fiction!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My this sounds like a good book to win, Need to know how things turn out. Please enter me in the contest. Maxie ( )

Nancee said...

This sounds like an excellent, heartwarming book. Thank you for offering a copy through this contest.

cjajsmommy said...

This author is new to me but I love her lightheartedness and would be tickled to win one of her books. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Amy R.S. said...

Thanks for this giveaway. So excited for another one of your books. I have your first two.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Jo said...

Thanks for entering me. Would love to read this book.


Merry said...

Twin Hearts sounds like a great story about finding love. Add me please!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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