Friday, March 30, 2012

with JoAnn Durgin

Welcome back to the Barn Door Book Loft, JoAnn!
Can you tell us a little about your new release?

Twin Hearts features the parallel and simultaneous love stories of Louisiana twins Josh and Rebekah (“Beck”) Grant. They are each other’s best friend, and share a loving, teasing relationship. Both are volunteers in a Christian organization called TeamWork Missions (led by my core characters in The Lewis Legacy Series, Sam and Lexa Lewis). Even if someone hasn’t read the first two books in the series, Awakening and Second Time Around, they can pick right up with this one! Josh was my wayward sheep in the first book, and as Twin Hearts begins, it’s more than four years later and time for him to find his redemption. Josh is now an up-and-coming attorney in Baton Rouge, and he goes to Houston to make his apologies to Sam, his close friend and former mentor. His last meeting with another TeamWork member still haunts him, and when he also seeks her forgiveness, he gets the shock of his life. It’s the big “secret” revealed early on in this book; Josh isn’t looking for love, but he finds it in a most unexpected and tender way. Rebekah is an elementary school teacher, and she’s at a personal crossroads. She has two men vying for her heart: a dashing British aristocrat offering her the world, and a quiet, faithful lumber man who’s also a TeamWork member. In a fun plot twist, a plan is hatched: give the girl what she thinks she wants in order to help her see what she really needs. This book has the love, humor, emotion, romance, realistic dialogue, relatable characters, drama, conflict—all the usual elements I hope readers know they can expect from one of my books.

My teaser about Twin Hearts is this: What do guppy lips, frog legs and a gazebo have to do with anything? Believe it or not, they’re very significant components. There’s another untraditional “twin” dynamic to the story, but readers will have to find that one out for themselves!

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
Christians aren’t perfect, but we’re forgiven. We sometimes fall prey to the same temptations and sins as the rest of the world. It’s how we ultimately deal with the consequences of our sin that makes all the difference and can make an impact on others. My characters make mistakes—sometimes pretty big ones—and yet they pray, they seek to follow and honor the Lord, and when they stumble and fall, they pick themselves up and keep on going. Some have called my books modern fairy tales with a dash of realism. I let others write the gritty books, although I don’t shy away from the inevitable sadness of life. I’m a firm believer in happy endings; when you reach the conclusion of one of my books, you’ll have a smile on your face.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
It’s self-defeating to compare my writing to anyone else’s. Everyone is different in tone, pacing, voice and style, and what a blessing that is—especially since there are avid readers for every type and genre of Christian fiction. I tell my stories in a God-honoring way without worrying about the “rules,” and as a result, my books are somewhat “outside the box” in terms of pacing and the “formula” in contemporary Christian romance. However, readers are responding positively to my books, and it’s incredibly gratifying when they write to me and share how one of my stories touched them in a unique, special way. It’s always been my prayer that my books will get into the hands of those who most need to read them, and the Lord—in His infinite mercy and wonderful grace—is opening the doors of His choosing in His time.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Daydreams is the fourth book in my series, and it should release for the Christmas season 2012. I call Daydreams the “fun one.” It features an early December TeamWork wedding, and goes from NYC to Louisiana to Texas and back, complete with a spunky TeamWork girl who finally meets her perfect match—and also has a big New Year’s Eve shocking twist. I just love writing surprises!

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.


cjajsmommy said...

This sounds delightful. I also like your out-of-the-box picture, so different than most authors would publish. Please enter me for a copy of this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Judy said...

I know this will be a good book even though I haven't read it yet. I'm in the process of reading JoAnn's book, Awakening. So far it is really interesting and I can't wait to see what happens next!

I would love to win a copy of, Twin Hearts.


Marianne said...

First of all, the title drew me...i love anything written about multiples (twins, triplets, etc.) they fascinate me. Then the cover. Teddy Bears - my seasonal displays (as well as my bedroom are all about teddy bears! Thank you, Esther and JoAnn for the opportunity to win this novel.

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Teela said...

Wishing, hoping, and praying might not get me into his arms, but I hope it gets me picked for this giveaway! I'm anxious to read your book Twin Hearts, I'd love to read any of your work, you look like so much fun! TeelaYoung(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Nancee said...

This book sounds like a fun read with a wonderful lesson. I'd love to win a copy. Thank you for offerig this contest!

apple blossom said...

ok I'm trying to post again. I tried earlier this morning and blogger must have been having issues because I couldn't get it to post kept getting an error.

Thanks for the chance to win this book

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

JoAnn Durgin said...

Thanks for leaving a comment, ladies! I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you and your interest in my books. Wish you could all win the signed copy! I'd appreciate your prayers this weekend as I sign off on Twin Hearts so we can get it on Amazon on Monday (ebook first and then the paperback) and I have another novella due to another publisher by Monday! Writing for His glory is my absolute passion, and I'm thrilled how the Lord's abundantly blessed this writing journey! Many blessings.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds like one I would really like. And, I like surprises also. Please enter me.
Maxie ( )

Anonymous said...

This book sounds like one I would really like. And, I like surprises also. Please enter me.
Maxie ( )

Anonymous said...

This book sounds like one I would really like. And, I like surprises also. Please enter me.
Maxie ( )

Linda Kish said...

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

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Amy R.S. said...

I would love to read this. I have read your book Awakening and would like to find out more about these twins. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Jo said...

This series sounds delightful and I really would love to read it. Please enter me.


ann said...

Sounds like a book that I will enjoy reading
amhengst at verizon dot net

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in JoAnne's contest. I am an avid reader and would like to read JoAnne's books.
Pat Hines - - Thank you. Always a pleasure to read new authors.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book. Sounds really good.
Maxie ( )

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