Tuesday, November 6, 2012

CFBA Tour for Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Breath of Dawn

Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)


Kristen Heitzmann


From the time my dad taught me to read at sit-on-the-floor school when I was four—launching me past kindergarten into 1st grade—I have loved learning and expressing what I know through art, music, and especially writing. Education came easily, and I grew accustomed to having my work read and displayed. But breaking out of the family mold, I left college to marry my husband Jim (celebrating our 29th this year.) Since then, life and all kinds of research have provided the grist for my stories. We have three awesome adult kids, and one incredible teenager. (You might think I’m biased, but ask anyone who knows them.)

While home schooling my four kids, I wrote my first novel. I pitched it for publication, and it became the first of a five book historical series. Since then, I have written three more historical novels and nine contemporaries. The Still of Night was nominated for the Colorado Book Award. The Tender Vine was a Christy Award finalist and Secrets won a Christy in 2005.

People often ask why I started writing, and I say to get the stories out of my head. Some say they’d like to write a book, but I say if you’re not wracked with labor pains, there are easier ways to express yourself. Being a writer is a solitary, eccentric, and often compulsive path. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.


Kristen Heitzmann Delivers Powerful New Romantic Suspense

Morgan Spencer has had just about all he can take of life. Following the tragic death of his wife, Jill, he retreats to his brother's Rocky Mountain ranch to heal and focus on the care of his infant daughter, Olivia. Two years later, Morgan begins to make plans to return to his home in Santa Barbara to pick up the pieces of his life and career.

Quinn Riley has been avoiding her past for four years. Standing up for the truth has forced her into a life of fear and isolation. After a "chance" first meeting and a Thanksgiving snowstorm, Quinn is drawn into the Spencer family's warm and loving world, and she begins to believe she might find freedom in their friendship.

The man Quinn helped put behind bars has recently been released, however, and she fears her past will endanger the entire Spencer family. As the danger heightens, she determines to leave town for the sake of the people who have come to mean so much to her.

Fixing problems is what Morgan Spencer does best, and he is not willing to let Quinn run away, possibly into the clutches of a man bent on revenge. But Morgan's solution sends him and Quinn on an unexpected path, with repercussions neither could have anticipated.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Breath of Dawn, go HERE.

MY REVIEW-Wow! I am absolutely in love with this book! You all know my love of suspense books and this was an excellent one! The suspense level was up there but it also had a bit of the creepy. Kind of scary, if you know what I mean. But there was a lot of other elements in this book as well that made me push on, in spite of it giving me the creeps:)

The characters are ones you will know from the previous books. Morgan Spencer is a wealthy man who lost his wife. But his little girl, Livvie, has kept his barely surviving. He has basically shut down otherwise. Then a woman stumbles into their life and he starts to feel like living again. Quinn is such a likable heroine and I totally fell in love with her. Witty, quirky, vulnerable and yet strong in many different ways she made a good opposite for Morgan. There were times I cried and times I laughed. Olivia is such a sweetheart and a grown up in a child's body. You will get to see Noelle and Rick as they grow and their family expands. Overall an excellent book! I would urge caution in giving this to younger teens as there are a couple spots that were intimate. Not a lot of detail but just enough. Loved this series!!

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