It’s here! My latest release, Blue Heart Blessed, officially hits bookstore shelves TODAY!
I had a blast writing this one, folks! After spending some significant writing time the last year immersed in social issues, criminal law and the depths of the human spirit (see the Rachael Flynn Mystery Series), it was a fun departure for me to spin a quirky tale about the quest for true love.
This book is about the passionately romantic Daisy Murien who, after planning her dream wedding to the nth degree, gets stood up at the altar. In a valiant effort to move past the heartache, she opens a secondhand wedding dress shop, hoping to sell the custom-made dress of her dreams. Trouble is, anytime anyone gets close to buying her gown, Daisy rips off the price tag. Letting go is harder than she thought it would be.
Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about it: “In this sweet contemporary romance, Meissner (A Window to the World) explores one woman’s response to rejection and hurt. When a man she’d trusted jilts Daisy Murien almost at the altar, bitterness colors every aspect of her world. Admirably, she parlays her betrayal into opening a secondhand bridal gown store, Something Blue, where each gown has a story and a tiny blue heart is sewn into the seams and blessed by Daisy’s friend and mentor, the elderly Father Laurent. When the kindly priest is felled by a heart attack, a new romantic interest (predictably) enters Daisy’s life. Lurking on the sidelines is a high school friend who may have feelings for Daisy, and a wealthy single Christian man who can’t seem to make the sparks fly. Meissner tells her story well, and her Christian themes are interwoven throughout with a deft touch. Readers will appreciate some fresh elements: an Ecuadorian couple that cooks for the apartment dwellers every Sunday, and the one gown in Daisy’s inventory she does not want to sell. The ending is well told if conventional, with all the loose ends neatly tied up, which should please fans of “happily ever after” romance novels.”
Yep, I really did tie up all the loose ends this time. I don’t usually write the typical romance novel, but I was pretty pleased when Romantic Times gave Blue Heart Blessed 4½ stars and a Top Pick rating.
And hey, I’ve decided to have a little fun with a promotional project for Blue Heart Blessed. I created a blog for it. Check it out right here! Hope you’ll stop by often.
And now for a contest! Win a free copy of Blue Heart Blessed just by stopping the blog and saying hello. Everyone who posts a comment between now and this time next will have a chance to win.
Have a great weekend, everybody.