Friday, September 4, 2015

Fabulous Friday Feature-Rebecca Demarino




Today we welcome author:
Rebecca Demarino

One commenter will win a copy of
Rebecca's book:

 To Capture Her Heart

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Mary here. I'm so glad you joined us today. Sometimes we give so much then watch something fall apart. Heartache can overwhelm us. Today, Rebecca shares from the inner sanctum of her heart, words that may even bring healing to you. I asked Rebecca to share how God had lead her on her writing journey. This is what she said:




It Was In This Place


Thank you, Mary Vee, so very much for inviting me to join you on Let’s Talk! When I reflect on my writer’s journey, I know it was more about learning to walk with God than the writing itself.

With my passion for reading novels and a creative writing class as a senior in high school, I dreamt about writing my own book someday. But two years later I married my high school sweetheart, and in another couple of years he joined the military service as a career. During the next eight years our three daughters were born across the United States—literally. Florida, Alaska and Nebraska, in that order. With all the household moves and three little girls, I didn’t have time to think about writing. Or my walk with God.

Oh, I was a Christian, and we’d always found a church home wherever we went. But on a daily basis I tucked God into my nightly prayers and in the morning rush forgot to meet with Him or seek blessings on the day. Giving thanks was relegated to mealtime. I longed for a deeper relationship with God, but I didn’t know how to find it.

God found me. And as so often happens, it was in the midst of despair. When our daughters were almost grown, I found myself in the midst of divorce. I didn’t want it, and sought counseling and everything else I could think of to change the course, but it happened. And all I could see in the future was a big void. I asked God why?

My daughters kept me strong, and within a year I moved back home—closer to family. My sister knew my pain and suggested now was the time to write my novel, that many stories grow out of our pain. I believe that might be true, but I was in too much pain—I wasn’t ready yet. God had plans for me.

Over the next few years I traveled with my mother to discover our Horton roots on Long Island and discovered the wonderful history of our family. There was much information about my ninth great-grandfather, but none about the woman who was my ninth great-grandmother. I wondered about her and her story. And I knew I wanted to write it.

I met and married a wonderful man who lived out in the gorge of the Columbia River, and when the commute to my job proved too arduous in the winter, I retired and then wondered what would I do in this small town? A tiny ad in a newspaper caught my eye. “Office manager – tell me what you read.” And though the paper proved old, and the position filled, two months later (when the first applicant did not work out) I went to work for one of the most successful literary agents in the business. Talk about wonderful! And so, out of a place of joy, I began to write my novel, early every morning. And I began to seek God before I typed a word on the page.


It was in this place that I began the walk with God that He longs for each of us. I began to meet Him in the morning and sit at His feet. There is something magnificent about watching the sky turn pink in a sunrise or the clouds bursting with rain and lightning, and I know God has given us nature to reveal His glory. He put an order to my day that I couldn’t find before. I felt His presence in a way I’d never known before and sought His knowledge. And in the moments I failed, I knew that He was there to pick me up. Today, I believe the pain I endured enriches emotion in my writing, but because of God’s love for me, I write from a place of joy.


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Rebecca DeMarino writes love, legends and lore as a historical romance author and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. To Capture Her Heart released from Revell in July, and is book two of The Southold Chronicles, a series based on the true lives of her ninth great-grandparents. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother, a love of horses, reading and writing from her dad, and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Her travels have taken her from Alaska to Nebraska and Florida, from Long Island to England and Italy, and from Washington DC to Texas, California and Guam. But usually you can find her at home baking crisp little ginger cakes.



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In an uncertain time, Heather Flower faces a choice that will change her life forever
It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her.  Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die—until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.

Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice—stay true to her friend or follow her heart.

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Thank you, Rebecca, for joining us this weekend!

We enjoy chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, or hey.

Thanks for stopping by!


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How does having a daily time with God impact your day?

26 comments:

  1. I love that the books are based on the lives of your great-grandparents! My grandmother loves tracing our genealogy and has told us stories about our ancestors since we were very young. We even have a great-grand who baptized Pocahontas! To Capture Her Heart looks like a great read ☺️

    Mdp94 (at) bellsouth (dot) net; I already subscribed via email and am a follower of the blog!

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    1. Morgan,
      Really? Pocahontas! That's amazing!! Not many people know their genealogies so well.
      Thanks for sharing! Rebecca and I enjoyed chatting with you.

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    2. Thank you, Morgan! How exciting about Pocahontas! Her story is one that I studied in my research for To Capture Her Heart! Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Mary Vee, it's always such a blessing to be able to visit your blog each week. I always feel so encouraged after reading your posts. What a wonderful interview today with Rebecca Demarino. I follow your blog and you on facebook as well and am a newsletter subscriber. I have seen Rebecca's books promoted on other blogs a few months ago and I must say they really sound fabulous. I would love to have a chance to read this exciting sounding book. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Deanne Patterson
    Book1lovingmomma at gmail dot com

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    1. Aww, Deanne, your sweet comment was like morning dew. Thanks :) Rebecca and I enjoyed chatting with you today.

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    2. Thank you, Deanne! Much luck in the drawing!

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  3. Starting my day with God really grounds me. It sets my mind on a focus for the day God made and draws me closer to HIm. I'm so thankful we have a personal God!

    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, I follow by email. (o:

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    2. Good morning Kate.
      I didn't have Internet this morning and just made my way to a coffee shop.
      Your words are so heartfelt and true. I felt the warm touch from our Heavenly Father just reading your comment.
      Thanks so much for chatting with Rebecca and me this morning :)

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    3. Kate - me too - so thankful for a loving God who draws us near!

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  4. Hello Mary, I enjoyed this interview with Rebecca. Rebecca, thank you for sharing your journey with us. I have been greatly encouraged by your words. I would love to read To Capture Her Heart.

    I follow via email psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Good morning, Caryl
      Good to see you. I was encouraged by Rebecca's words as well. I know several friends who experienced the first half of her journey and ended up so very lonely. I'm glad God provided a sweet answer to the second half.
      Good chatting with you this morning. :)

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    2. Thank you Caryl, I'm encouraged by you, too!

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  5. Love the time period of your books.kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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    1. Good morning, Kim.
      I must admit, I don't think we've had a guest author who wrote in this particular time period before. And yet, it is such a vibrant one. Good point!
      Great chatting with you, Kim!

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    2. Kim - thanks! The research was fascinating and fun!

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  6. Maybe because I'm really into genealogy it intrigued me no end to see that you based stories on your ninth great grandparents. That is amazing! l.bergh@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Laurie,
      Seriously, I thought the same. Isn't it amazing. It puts such a strong flavor of reality and believability from the first page, and piques our interest.
      It is amazing. :)

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    2. It did give me a passion for the story - and it was a time period that did not give women much of a voice - I wanted to do that for Mary Horton and the ladies who bravely left their homes to come to the New World with their husbands. :o)

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  7. Another good interview and thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. You're welcome, Ann. Sure hope you're having an awesome day. So nice to see you.

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  8. Beautiful post Rebecca! Aren't you thankful for a faithful God even when you can't see Him because of all the pain? I really appreciate you sharing your heart & the depth of your feelings. Very encouraging to me :-) We truly have God who cares for us in everything!

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    1. teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

      I already follow your blog, signed up for your newsletter & receive your post via email Mary!

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    2. I couldn't agree with you more, Trixi. God is so very caring of our needs. He's always here for us.
      I'm so glad you stopped by today. I hope your's is filled with blessings.

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  9. So neat that Rebecca knows so much about her family history!

    I follow the blog via e-mail.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Patty,
      I know! Not everyone has access to their family history. I only do for three generations. I am amazed when I get to hear stories from way back. The connection...connecting dots is so intriguing!!

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