– Oh, and a Little about Gina, Too!
If you’ve been following Inkwell Inspirations this week, you know we’re celebrating Gina Welborn and the release of Sugarplum Hearts, Gina’s first novella, which is part of Barbour’s Highland Crossings anthology.
And if you’ve been following us this week, you also know the premise of Sugarplum Hearts. But just in case, I’ll give you a short reminder.
Set in colonial North Carolina, each book in Highland Crossings is connected by an heirloom brooch from Scotland. In Gina’s story, Seren Cardew sells confections that half the town believes are filled with poison. Seren would desperately love to open and confectionary. Enter Finley Sinclair, a hero who has regular conversations with the Lord, and the story quickly becomes a page-turner.
The first time I read this story, before it was published, I enjoyed it. But I loved it even more the second time. And just for the record, all the novellas in this collection look stellar and I can’t wait to read each one.
Since Gina’s debut was met with raves, I thought I’d share some of them with you.
From two of Gina’s co-authors in the collection:
I’m tattling on Gina here, but she called me all stressed and worrying about her story. She said something like, “Mine seems so light and silly compared to the rest of you.” To which I responded with something like, “We need light and silly to counteract those of us who write a little dark. Even Shakespeare had comic relief.”
In other words, Gina’s story is the meringue atop the lemon pie, that which makes the whole treat complete lighter than custard, but most definitely not simple. ~~Laurie Alice Eakes
Gina has a humorous voice in her writing that will delight and entertain readers long after the story is read.
~~Jennifer Hudson Taylor, award winning author of Highland Blessings and Highland Sanctuary
And from some of the Inkies:
Gina has a unique, standing-in-front-of-you style of writing. By that I mean you can almost imagine Gina spinning the tale for a group of friends as you sit rapt in front of her, elbows on knees, chin on fists. Her wit lives in her words and her warmth radiates through her characters. Bravo, Gina! ~~Jennifer AlLee
Gina Welborn's Sugarplum Hearts is as sweet and satisfying as the confections made by heroine Seren Cardew, and as strong and appealing as Finley Sinclair, the man determined to win her. A real treat! ~~DeAnna Julie Dodson, author of In Honor Bound
It was so sweet, wasn't it? No pun intended! ~~Niki Turner
The perfect recipe of memorable characters, inspiration, and delicious plot twists, Gina Welborn’s Sugarplum Hearts is as sweet and satisfying as its name implies. ~~ Susanne Dietze
And finally, from an Inky of few words:
I have to tell you that when I heard the initial plot for Gina’s novella, I had to laugh. Seriously? Some hunky hero trying to sell candy to colonials? Well, thought I, only Gina would come up with that one. And only Gina could pull it off, too.
(Am I only the one who thought this? That’s okay if I am.)
|stolen from Deb's earlier post|
Part of the pleasure of reading Gina’s novella was recognizing her ‘voice’ in the first two pages. And, take this next bit with a piece of comfit… cough cough, it’s not really about the plot here. It’s all about falling for two incredible characters. First, Gina has a way with setting and she’s taught me a lot. But it’s her skill in characterization that pulled me through the whole book in one sitting (I was prone at the time but I don’t want to say ‘in one lying’). I kept the last chapter for the second night because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
I wanted to be Seren Cardew and I certainly fell in love with Finley. I wanted to travel past Miss Keen’s house and wave at her, and watch Finley Sinclair square his shoulders before entering the Confectionary. I loved this story Gina. Thank you. (And I’m including parenthetical thoughts…just for you.) ~~Debra E. Marvin
Along with Gina’s fabulous giveaway (see below), I’ll also be giving away a copy of Highland Crossings. Just leave a comment below to be entered in both giveaways, but be sure to include an encrypted version (at dot com) of your email address so we can reach you.
In honor of her release, Gina is doing a giveaway this week of a gift basket that includes all kinds of goodies including a copy of Highland Crossings. Please leave a comment any day this week with your e-mail address (safely) to be entered in the drawing!
Ultimate Sugarplum Hearts Giveaway includes:
- copy of Highland Crossings
- copy of Blue Like Jazz
- four spice mixes
- cranberry bread mix
- cheesecake dessert ball mix
- crepe cookbook
- set of Pampered Chef bamboo bowls
Suzie Johnson has won several awards for her inspirational novels (writing as Susan Diane Johnson), including the Maggie, Lone Star, Heart of the West, and Beacon awards, and has been a finalist in the Touched by Love, Finally A Bride, Linda Howard Award for Excellence, and Virginia's Fool For Love contests. She is a member of ACFW, RWA, and is a cancer registrar at her local hospital. The mother of a wonderful young man who makes her proud every day, she lives with her husband and naughty little cat on an island in the Pacific Northwest. And although the beaches are rocky instead of sandy, lined with Madronas and Evergreens instead of Palm trees, and the surf is much too cold for wading, it is still the perfect spot for writing romantic fiction. You can visit her blog, Suzie's Writing Place at http://suzieswritingplace.blogspot.com/.