Monday, April 25, 2011

"U" - Unexpected Surprise

Today I have the privilege of featuring a book by a White Rose author! What an Unexpected surprise!

Marianne Evans is a lifelong resident of Michigan and an active member of Romance Writers of America. 

Welcome, Marianne, can you tell us a little about A Face in the Clouds?

Marianne - Reporter Paul Hutchins is all about finding facts and uncovering the truth. Verification, authenticity and quantification are the fuel of his spirit…Until he falls in love with producer Sandy Pierson.

Sandy sees Christ alive in every aspect of her life. No need for quantified facts. Faith is the fuel of her spirit . But her love for Paul puts her at odds with God's call toward faith and all of its mysteries.

Paul considers Christianity to be well-meaning myth—hyperbole. To Sandy, it’s everything—and she can accept nothing less from the man she loves.

Can a miracle happen? Can the touch of God Himself keep their relationship from shattering?

Raquel - Sounds like a dilemma rife with twists and turns. Let's take a sneak peek at this intriguing story...

A Face In The Clouds

“I know how deeply you feel things, Paul. You have a wonderful heart. That’s part of why I love you so much. I’m torn in two about my feelings for you.” Sandy’s declaration would have filled him were it not chipped and cracked by the impact of her doubts.

“Your reporter’s instinct toward authenticity and revealing the truth is a big part of what I admire about you. There’s nothing wrong with facing the world honestly, but you need to make room for a few other truths.”

“Like God.”

“Yes, and the fact that life holds as much mystery, and as many intangibles, as it does realistic things you can hold tight with both hands.”

She wanted him to change. Right down to the soul. Paul continued to study her. She was hurt enough that she had almost stepped away from attending tonight’s event—out of a frustrated sense of love.  Yet here they were—together—out of a frustrated sense of love.

And if he wasn’t mindful of her beliefs, she’d step away from him.

Paul navigated the rapidly-filling parking lot of Woodland Church. Once they stopped, he killed the car engine and used a restraining hand to keep Sandy in place. He closed the space between them and gave her a kiss that lingered and thoroughly tasted. He felt the gesture ease a bit of the tightness in her shoulders and back. “I’ll keep an open mind, OK?”

She touched his face, and there was yearning in her eyes. “Keep an open heart. That’s much more important.”

Woodland Series
Raquel - What moving and heartwarming story with a hopeful message. Thank you so much for stopping by to share it with us. 

A Face In The Clouds is a bonus Easter-themed short story to accompany the award winning Woodland Series.

Marianne loves to connect with readers. You can find her at: 


Pk Hrezo said...

Sounds wonderful and uplifting. How fun to play advocates to both sides during the writing process.

Diane said...

Very sweet sounding story. The covers are soft and pretty too! :O)

Marianne Evans said...

Pk, thank you so much - what a great comment! I loved writing to both arguments because when I come upon the arguments of non-believers, being as informed, and armed as possible is half the battle. In order to do that, you ahve to explore their "side" of the story, and be able to reasonably and intelligently answer back!

Marianne Evans said...

Diane, thanks for the visit! I love the cover, too. I'm blessed by the best there is: Nicola Martinez. She's got crazy-awesome design skills, and she's an incredible editor as well!

Marianne Evans said...

Raquel, thank you so much for hosting me today! I love your blog! You really do a great job with it!!

Delia Latham said...

Wonderful post, and a beautiful story! I loved A Face in the Clouds!

Raquel Byrnes said...

You're welcome, Marianne. It was a pleasure to have you visit. Face in the Clouds is such a sweet tale.

Neecy said...

Face in the Clouds sounds like a great read! Thanks for the invite Roquel and Marianne.

Mary Manners said...


I just finished A Face in the Clouds, and it is absolutely amazing. I cannot say enough about the wonderful story you've written. Everyone--and I do mean everyone--needs to read it. Five stars for A Face in the Clouds, and I'd award it six stars, if that was an option! Bravo to you. Well done!!!

Dora Hiers said...

Marianne reeled me into A FACE IN THE CLOUDS starting with the gorgeous cover. What a tremendous story that offers compelling evidence for Christianity, well-written dialogue, and three-dimensional characters with strong religious differences. If you want another great read by Marianne Evans, you won’t be disappointed!

Marianne Evans said...

Neecy, you're such a joy! Thanks for the visit!! Hope you get a chance to read A Face in the Clouds!

Mary, the AMAZING praise you've delivered in your comment is precious to me, and it means so much--I respect and admire your work a great deal as well, as you know!!! :-)

Dora, you 'get it'! We always hope our stories will resonate with readers - but hearing such wonderful analysis as yours is heart touching - thank you!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE reading when I can... LATELY it has been quite often... BUT now it is MORE of a job... good thing I ENJOY it!