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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
8/16/2014 12:00:01 AM by: Patti Shene

Title of book:  A Place in His Heart

Author:  Rebecca DeMarino

Publisher:  Revell, a division of Baker Publishing

Genre:  Historical Romance

Series or stand alone:  Book #1 of a three-book series

Target age:  Adult

I AM SO PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO TO PATTI’S PORCH. REBECCA SHARES SOME FASCINATING INFORMATION ABOUT THE STORY BEHIND HER DEBUT NOVEL.

 

REBECCA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF HER BOOK, A PLACE IN HIS HEART. CHECK BELOW TO SEE HOW TO ENTER TO WIN.

 

 

Tell us about yourself.

It’s been my good fortune to live in many places, but I’ve always considered the Pacific Northwest to be my home. My father was a Navy pilot so he and my mother made a home for us all over the map until they retired to a ranch in Oregon. I grew up with horses and reading and riding were my childhood passions. Married life brought more travel. As the wife of an Air Force officer, I raised three beautiful daughters, relying on my mother’s example of how to make a home anywhere and find the good in each place. All these journeys led me to where I am now, married almost eight years to my sweet husband and living in the beautiful Columbia Gorge. I’m retired from working as a customer service director for United Airlines. When I’m not writing I enjoy being with my family, genealogy, travel, reading, hiking, baking and gardening.

Tell us about your current release.

My debut novel, A Place in His Heart, is a historical romance inspired by the lives of my ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton. It is book one of The Southold Chronicles and is set in the 17th century. Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother. With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas’s secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary’s world is upended. She could cross an ocean, but can the Anglican bride ever reach the secret places of the Puritan widower’s heart?

Is there a particular character that you were drawn to? 

I found Barnabas very intriguing because he took off on a life of his own – which is good!  But Mary was truly the one I was interested in.  She is my ninth great-grandmother and there was so little information about her. But I got to know her and experience her a number of ways. I visited Plimoth Plantation and went on board the Mayflower II. I took a one day 17th century cooking course at the Alice Ross Studio on Long Island, and I walk the same roads and stood on the same beach as Mary Horton and recreated in my mind her feelings and emotions.

How did you choose the setting for your book?

 It chose me! I grew up listening to my mom’s stories about Barnabas Horton, my ninth great-grandfather and how he came across the pond from England on a ship called The Swallow. When my brother became interested in genealogy, we discovered there was a lighthouse named after Barnabas, located on Long Island. I asked my mom if she’d like to go there, and off we went. There was a lot of interesting information about Barnabas. He was a baker and a widower with two young sons when he met my ninth great-grandmother. But I could find very little about her, and I began to wonder about what dreams and motivation she had, and courage she must have possessed, when she married and then left her family behind for the wilds of Long Island. A few years later, I began writing my first novel with a desire to give Mary a voice.

What is something most people would not know about you?

I’m an introvert – which is really not surprising for a writer I guess.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

That God is with us no matter how much we mess up – all we have to do is ask. He’s there waiting.

What lesson is the Lord teaching you right now or recently taught you? 

To meet God in the morning and seek him throughout the day.

What did you learn writing your novel that you did not expect?

The most remarkable thing to me was that almost four hundred years later, we are confronted with many of the same struggles. In the seventeenth century the mortality rate of childbirth made marriage of convenience quite common as men tried to provide for their children and could only hope that love would follow. Today the divorce rate causes many young mothers to marry more for convenience than for love in order to provide for their children. A wise man once told me that though God may have a plan for our lives, He doesn’t make us choose it. But He does promise to hold our hand, no matter what path we walk down, if we but ask Him to.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

Book #2 of The Southold Chronicles is due out June, 2015!  The young Horton boys are all grown up!

Read a chapter excerpt here

LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF A PLACE IN HIS HEART BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY, AUGUST 29TH AT MIDNIGHT MST. DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR CONTACT EMAIL SO YOU CAN BE NOTIFIED IF YOU WIN!

 

Rebecca DeMarino lives in the Pacific Northwest, and inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother, a love of horses, reading and writing from her dad, and a wanderlust gene from both parents. No one knows where she got her passion for jogging and hiking! A Place in His Heart, is a historical romance inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton, and is book one of The Southold Chronicles.

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Comments

Patti Shene From Colorado At 8/18/2014 11:20:04 AM

Hi Paula! What fun to see you here. Thanks for visiting the site. I'd say if you have the idea and have already received positive feedback, go for it!

Paula Shene From Southampton, New York At 8/18/2014 11:09:29 AM

This book and series sound interesting. I have debated on writing the story of my husband and my grandfathers' fatal meeting in the Battle of the Wilderness,carrying it forward. I did a drabble and have had positive and prompting reviews to do so. Your book may be the catalyst needed to achieve.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 8/17/2014 5:46:02 PM

Hi Mary. Glad you stopped by!

Rebecca DeMarino From Pacific NW At 8/17/2014 5:40:37 PM

Good to hear from you Cindi and Patty! Thank you for stopping by!

Mary Hake From Oregon At 8/17/2014 5:40:33 PM

I enjoyed hearing about your book at OCW and would like to read it.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 8/17/2014 1:56:47 PM

Hi Patty. Glad you enjoyed the interview. Thank you for stopping by.

patty From South Carolina At 8/17/2014 11:34:13 AM

Thanks for the interview ladies! So cool that the story is based on your ancestors...

Patti Shene From Colorado At 8/17/2014 9:49:32 AM

Hi Cindi! Your name has been entered. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Cindi Altman From Pennsylvania At 8/17/2014 9:25:05 AM

Loved the interview. Remembering that God is always there for us, and all we have to do is ask, is a great theme for any book. Please throw my name in the drawing to win a copy of this book. It sounds quite interesting. Thanks! ~Cindi cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

Patti Shene From Colorado At 8/17/2014 8:30:20 AM

It was my pleasure, Rebecca! I have a long list of books to review right now, but A Place in His Heart is definitely on my TBR list!

Rebecca DeMarino From Pacific NW At 8/17/2014 8:26:06 AM

Thank you so much, Lynda and Maxie, for stopping by! Good luck to both of you ~ it was fun sharing with you! And a big thank you to Patti, for a cool sip of lemonade on this hot August day! Loved sitting with you on your porch!Thanks for having me!

Patti Shene From Colorado At 8/17/2014 12:41:16 AM

Hi Maxie. So glad you stopped by. You are entered in the giveaway. Thanks for leaving a comment!

Maxie Anderson From Houston, Texas At 8/17/2014 12:32:27 AM

Hello Patti. Thanks for hosting Rebecca. Thanks too for the interview. I would love it if I can win her book. Hope I get lucky. Thanks for the give-away. Please put me in. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Patti Shene From Colorado At 8/16/2014 11:58:34 PM

Hi Lynda. Thank you for stopping to visit and leave a comment for Rebecca.

Rebecca DeMarino From Pacific NW At 8/16/2014 11:45:30 PM

So glad you stopped by Cyndi and Marisa! Thank you! Researching my novel was such fun, knowing it was part of my heritage!

Lynda E. From Colorado At 8/16/2014 11:41:34 PM

Your parallel between the past and rhe present is intriguing; I have never considered that before. I'm looking forward to reading this book-thanks for the giveaway!

Patti Shene From Colorado At 8/16/2014 8:56:15 PM

Hi Cyndi. Glad you could stop by. Sounds like Rebecca's book promises to be a great read.

Cyndi Wilson From Alabama At 8/16/2014 8:49:10 PM

Love the background on this book and appreciate the spiritual theme... VERY important! I've heard LOTS of good things about this book! Looking forward to reading it!

Patti Shene From Colorado At 8/16/2014 3:05:57 PM

Hi Marisa. Thank you so much for stopping by the porch to leave a comment and encourage Rebecca! Her book sounds fascinating.

Marisa Deshaies From Delaware At 8/16/2014 1:43:45 PM

This book looks amazing!! I think it is so cool that Rebecca is retelling a story of her ninth-great-grandparents. It must have been an awe-inspiring feeling to visit the places that her family members stood so long ago. Great job, Rebecca! I hope to read and review your novel!

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2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene