{Bookish Interview} Directions of the Heart by Marie Lavender

Directions of the Heart
By: Marie Lavender
Published on: July 25th 2017
Genres: Romance


Embark on a remarkable journey of drama, romance, and passion...

​In all of these amazing stories, there's one burning question...is love worth the risk?

Without You
Reece and Jenna are two childhood friends separated by time and distance. Can they find a way to heal their bond, or perhaps forge a new one?

Strange Heat
Spurred by her friend’s close call, Victoria decides to take a risk and prove the lifestyle she led was her downfall. But as Tory sinks deeper into the tumultuous abyss of desire with the mysterious Rick, can she climb back out before it’s too late? Or does she even want to?

Memories
Struggling to run her family’s farm on her own, Sadie takes on a hired hand, Matt. As they grow closer, so does the danger. Someone wants her legacy. Can they combat this new threat, as well as the demons of the past, before Sadie loses everything, including her life?

A Touch of Dawn
Caitlyn thought she’d be in the dark forever. But with the light came Jack, the police consultant who found her. Can they take a journey of healing together, or will Caitlyn retreat into the darkness of her mind, where she lived for so long?

(CONTENT WARNING: With an abuse awareness theme in this collection, there may be triggers here for past trauma sufferers. However, HEAs are guaranteed.)

About The Author
Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART placed in the TOP 10 Books of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. Mystery Blogger Award for 2017. A to Z Blog Challenge Survivor in 2016. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title - winner of the "Broken Heart" themed contest and the "I Love You" themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers' Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers' Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial's Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader's Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors. 

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, dramatic fiction, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Blood at First Sight Series and The Code of Endhivar Series.


Interview With Marie Lavender
Today at Bookish Michelle, we have here with us a multi-genre author, Marie Lavender, for an interview about her latest book Directions of the Heart.

Hi Ms Lavender, could you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Sure! I’m a multi-genre author writing in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, dramatic fiction, literary fiction and poetry. But, I have many other works in progress in different fields, such as comedy, time travel and dystopian. I live in the Midwest with my family and three cats, though there will probably be eight kitties once I marry my fianc√©. I am a shopaholic, a romance reader and I like to dabble in various creative projects at home. I love hot pink! I also moderate three blogs, as well as an author website.


How would you describe your book in one sentence?
Directions of the Heart is the emotional journey of eight different people; a path of loss, growth, redemption, healing and romance.


What inspires you to write the stories in this book?
I think we all have a voice, and it was my aim to give voices to survivors of trauma in this collection.


How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing stories since the age of nine, over twenty-five years, though I know that probably dates me.


How do you find time to write?
Good question! As aforementioned, I’m a blogger as well as an author. Plus, while I have a side job, it’s an even greater difficulty juggling everything along with writing and family obligations. But, when I’m working a project, I usually try to write a little each day, whether it’s writing a paragraph, a scene, a chapter, or simply researching different parts of the book.


What is one of your favorite quotes?
“If something comes up in your writing that is scary or naked, dive right into it. It probably has lots of energy.” – Natalie Goldberg

This quote is really apropos for Directions of the Heart. I pushed boundaries with the book, but it was necessary to properly delve into the characters. I think it came out great, however. The collection has received all complimentary reviews so far!


Here's a little teaser from her book!


And there's a book trailer!


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