Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin is a title from my 2014 Best of the Best list. While I've read several excellent contemporary romances in the last year, I could tell after a few pages that there was something special and unique about Victoria's writing - I think it's the way she realistically combines romantic tension and spiritual themes with unexpected character depth, setting, and environmental elements. Until I Found You (click on title to see my review) is a touching story that not only entertained, but made me think.
It is an honor to have Victoria visit The Power of Words again, and I hope many of you will try Until I Found You if you haven't already. She is also giving a copy of this book to one of you, details at the end of this post. Now enjoy Victoria as she shares some things about her writing with us . . .
Vicki: I was fresh out of college when I sat down with a spiral notebook and wrote the first words of the story that eventually became Until I Found You. That effort was considerably different from the manuscript Bethany House published, but the core of the story remained the same through three rewrites. Kate Darby, a twenty-something advertising executive, is looking for meaning, security and love. Like many of us, Kate wrestles with fear, but with the help of friends and family, she learns to trust God through faith.
My next release, Together With You (April 2015), is about grace. Dr. Ryan Tremaine made a terrible mistake, one that destroyed his family. He’s doing his best to repair his relationship with his three kids, but nothing goes right until he meets Carly Mason, a woman from Kentucky who has the expertise--and the faith--Ryan lacks. The last thing Ryan wants to do is fall in love with the nanny, but that’s exactly what happens.
I love writing contemporary romance! We live in a big messy world, but I’m a firm believer that with God, all things are possible, including happy endings.
Carole: I don't know what everyone else thinks, but your next release certainly has my attention, Victoria! One of the best things about this whole process is getting to connect with authors I enjoy, and you have been very special. Thank you so much for taking the time to be with us this week and sharing a copy with one of our readers. I look forward to your next visit!
Congratulations to our winner, Trixi O!! I have sent you an email, Trixi. And thanks to all who commented with book suggestions. I plan to post a list very soon.
To enter the drawing for Until I Found You, simply answer the following question:
What is one contemporary romance - clean and family friendly - that you read last year and would recommend? If you didn't read a contemporary, another genre is fine.
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Contest ends at midnight PST on Wednesday, February 11. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and contacted by e-mail.
Giveaway is open internationally.