Monday, May 14, 2018

Finding Love in Friday Harbor, Washington by Annette M. Irby ends May 21st

Please welcome Annette to my blog. Sounds like she has an interesting book and character in that book out. Read on down to learn how to enter her giveaway.

Balancing Emotions by Annette M. Irby
Over and over I keep hearing about one specific character in this book. She’s actually the mentor archetype, if you’re familiar with those. A mentor (in story and in life) helps guide characters, provides wisdom, and cares enough about the hero or heroine to shoot straight by telling them the truth.
I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me begin by giving the novel’s  summary:
Neither of them is ready for a relationship, but love may not give them an out.
Jenna-Shea Brown considers herself a broken therapist. Years ago, she witnessed something that caused PTSD. She can’t let her boss or her patients know about her battle. Who would want to trust her to help them, when she can’t help herself? She’s finally able to find a fresh start in her family’s beach cabin, but the renovations aren’t complete. Her parents have hired her ex-boyfriend to finalize them, but his negligence led to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time all those years ago.
Liam Barrett is trying to prove he’s nothing like his deadbeat dad. He’s working hard, yet still failing. Adrenaline and adventure offer him a diversion, but maybe he can’t escape his genes. He’d like to make things right with Shea, but he’s unsure if she’ll forgive him. Meanwhile, he’s challenged to forgive his father. He’s also worried about Shea and all these episodes she won’t explain. Now that they’re back in close proximity, he’s falling for her again. But can anything heal the past?

Because some of those issues might be a bit heavy, and because, like other readers, I enjoy reading a book that doesn’t get too heavy, I wanted to include a humorous character. So, I introduced Auntie Mat, Or Matilda. She is way outside the box. Everyone knows her as nutty, but lovable. She thinks she’s completely normal. Of course, her ideas are good and her nephew, whom she raised, should listen to her. Of course, it’s perfectly regular to sing with the seagulls who come to visit you on your waterfront deck.
And it’s perfectly normal, in fact downright genius, to decide it’s her role to teach Liam how to woo a woman and, for goodness’ sake, settle down already. He’s over thirty!
I laughed aloud writing this character and hope you do too if you get a chance to read the book. I wanted to include weightier themes, but as in life, I wanted there to be some moments of laughter—a balance of emotions.

Your turn: Do you prefer novels that tackle the deeper issues, even if they’re heavy? Do you read for escape? Do you like lighter stories?

To enter the giveaway, Finding Love in Friday Harbor Washington (ebook) answer one or more of the above questions or ask Annette a question. And be sure to leave your email addy so we can contact you should you win!

Annette M. Irby has been writing since her teen years when she sat pounding out stories on a vintage typewriter just for fun. Since then, she’s joined Christian writing groups and launched blogs so she could share the joy of writing. She likes to say she’s addicted to color as flowers and seascapes inspire her. In her off hours, she enjoys gardening, photography, and music. She lives with her husband and family in the Pacific Northwest.
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  1. I read various genres. Historical fiction feeds my love of history and helps me learn and mystery/suspense is another favorite. I want a story to be realistic and I've certainly read some "heavy" storylines but I also want to read "happy". Our everyday lives often create in us a need to choose light reads. This story sounds great and I hope to meet Aunt Mat.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Connie, I responded below because the internet glitched when I hit Reply the first couple of tries. So, please scroll down. :) And thanks for reading!

  2. I like stories that tackle hard issues. Aunt Mat sounds like a character I'd like to know.

    1. Hi Nancy! I admire your reading choices. There have been times when I've gotten a bit bored when I was reading a story that stayed at the surface--it was too light! So I understand. If you get a chance to read the Bainbridge book, I hope you'll let me know what you think of Aunt Mat! :D

  3. I prefer historical fiction and then some suspense in, but I will tackle a book with weightier issues that must be considered. However, I tend to read something requiring a little less thought between those that might stir a need for change in my life. Thanks for the giveaway. I have not had the privilege to read any of your books, Annette.

    1. Hi Betti! I'm reading a historical right now and it's an escape all its own, right? Such a different time, different customs, sometimes foreign--even the (English) vocabulary can be foreign. If you get a chance to read my books, I hope you'll let me know if I achieved a balance that didn't feel too heavy and threw in some humor. For me, the most impactful books didn't "preach" at all, but they had one or two nuggets that I found myself pondering. Those are enjoyable. And like you, I do sometimes read the more weighty books. Thanks for dropping by!

  4. I like a variety of book types and genres! Yesterday I finished a deeper book. Today I'm reading a light one! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. That's the perfect balance, Joan! I like your style! I read for fun and for work (as an editor), so I see various genres of various "weight." Keeps my literary life interesting. :) Thanks for stopping in for a moment to chat.

  5. Hi Connie! Thanks for dropping by today. I agree--sometimes our everyday lives can be heavy enough. I enjoy reading for escape too. Take care,Annette

  6. I read books for a variety of reasons--to learn historical tidbits through fiction, a way to escape. I appreciate authors who tackle the hard and heavy stuff of life along with lighthearted books. I'm usually reading a couple of books at a time to met what is needed at the time.