"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

She Walks In Beauty by Siri Mitchell

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
She Walks in Beauty
Bethany House (April 2010)
Siri Mitchell
FIRST, A WORD FROM OUR BLOGGER: Sarah Carter, a doctor's daughter, shouldn't have even come close to contending for New York's Most Eligible Bachelor. But Sara's debut on the High Society scene created an unprecedented social splash. That is, until she began asking herself, "Why?"
Siri Mitchell's fluid writing style, delightful voice and authentic characterizations captured this blogger's interest in the most unlikely subject ever to do such: High Society's high stakes, big game hunt through Fifth Avenue's most elite residences, concert halls, restaurants and ballrooms. Her subtle humor, insight, and ingenious story-telling made what might have been just another tedious, High Society romance novel into the compelling exploration into humanity that it is. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including in Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi. But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a sermon and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters. Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.
For a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage, so much depends on her social season debut. Clara Carter has been given one goal: secure the affections of the city's most eligible bachelor. Debuting means plenty of work--there are corsets to be fitted, dances to master, manners to perfect. Her training soon pays off, however, as celebrity's spotlight turns Clara into a society-page darling. Yet Clara soon wonders if this is the life she really wants. Especially when she learns her best friend has also set her sights on Franklin De Vries. When a man appears who seems to love her simply for who she is and gossip backlash turns ugly, Clara realizes it's not just her marriage at stake--the future of her family depends on how she plays the game. If you would like to read the first chapter of She Walks in Beauty, go HERE.

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