Finding Heaven Media Kit
Release date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: My Secret Wish Publishing
ISBN (hardcover): 978-0-9947364-4-4
ISBN (paperback): 978-0-9947364-2-0
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9947364-3-7
Genre: Gritty Women's Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Domestic Noir
What do you do when you realize everything you are is a lie?
Sarah Daniels feels trapped, but thinks she deserves her life--until a new friend invites her to make a change. But is it too late for Sarah?
Sarah Daniels feels trapped, but thinks she deserves her life--until a new friend invites her to choose a different future. But is it too late for Sarah to change?
What do you do when you realize that everything you are is a lie?
Sarah Daniels seems to have the perfect life--a successful career as an erotica author, a successful lawyer husband, thousands of adoring fans, and the freedom to do whatever she wants. Or does she?
Behind the façade, her marriage is in a shambles, she hates what she writes and the people who read it, and she feels trapped behind the masks of her own making. A cancer diagnosis has just dealt the final blow to the shaky foundations of her life.
A chance encounter with Steve McGuire--a man who gave up the rat race to help Mumbai's prostitutes, and who finds joy in every little thing--makes her question her priorities and wonder if it's time for a change. His example and friendship inspires her to start a journey to find God, healing, and her authentic self.
Can Sarah rediscover her passion for life with a death sentence hanging over her head? Can she conquer her personal demons and break free from her abusive past so that she can truly live?
Will Sarah ever know what real love is?
Finding Heaven is a gritty inspirational novel about healing from the hurts of abuse.
"A riveting, true-to-life tale of love's power to heal and redeem." - Melissa Keaster, author of Eleora
Content warning: Contains violence, intense scenes relating to sexual abuse, and themes not appropriate for young readers.
Family life, friendship, marriage, loss, second chance, inspirational, romantic suspense.
Romantic gritty women's fiction, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, sex trafficking, human trafficking, survivor, Canada, Alberta, San Francisco, Mumbai, Edmonton, India, United States of America, USA, faith-based fiction, inspirational, Christian,
Author Bio (Short):
Writer inspiring with stories, yarn, and food. Addicted to tea, books, knitting, and silver linings. Aspiring mermaid.
Author Bio (Long):
Talena Winters inspires with words, yarn, and food. Addicted to tea, chocolate, books, knitting, and silver linings. She is the author of The Friday Night Date Dress, has written several award-winning songs, and is a regular contributor to Move Up magazine. She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, a Golden Retriever named Sunshine, and an assortment of farm cats and chickens. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.
For more about Talena Winters, please see her author media kit.
Advanced praise for Finding Heaven:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Melissa Keaster, author of Eleora:
A riveting, true-to-life tale of love's power to heal and redeem.
In her latest novel, Finding Heaven, Talena Winters doesn't pull any punches. Despite being a romance, parts of the story are as gritty as real life. Sarah Daniels' journey represents many of our own. Underneath the pretty, pulled-together packaging of a fairytale is a soul in ruins believing the lies we know too well. When Sarah meets Steve McGuire—a regular guy whose life's work is to help the vulnerable, abused, and oppressed—she feels trapped in her unhappy existence, but Steve inspires her to make a change. One change leads to another. Helped along by the unconditional love of friends, Sarah embraces an uncertain future and discovers an inner strength she didn't know she had. Her story brings the reader through shocking reality and hellish lows, but these make the victory of finding heaven all the sweeter.
Though I haven't experienced the depth of Sarah's suffering, I know it in part. Reading her thoughts were like reading my own. We believed the same lies; even after much time and healing, I continued to believe some of them. As Steve was for Sarah, God used this story as an agent of change and healing in my life, for which I'm unspeakably grateful.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Kristin Dyck, Editor of Mile Zero News:
One of the most beautifully written books I have read.
The author had me laughing aloud and openly crying along with the main character. There's a message of hope and love weaved intricately into the book that kept me wanting to read more. I sometimes find long books a challenge to get through, but this one I couldn't put down. Ultimately, this is a book that is capable of making readers feel, which is what makes it so special.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Kamber Ferriss, reader:
Although Finding Heaven’s subject matter made parts of the story difficult to read, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the first pages I was caught up in Sarah’s story and interested to see what would happen. The character personalities were quickly developed and believable; some more likeable then others. I enjoyed walking with Sarah along her journey of healing and faith and could empathize with her during the bumps along the way. A moving and beautiful story of accepting who you are, overcoming the past, and embracing the future.
Quotes from the Book:
For the first time in years, she felt a yearning for something different, something real. Something more than the life she had.
Desire had never done anything good in her life, so she had divorced it years ago.
Steve gave her a hard stare.
"It’s never too late to make a change. You know that, right?"
"Anger—feeling emotions—was dangerous. In an instant, all the heat froze over in terror. She couldn’t be angry. That’s how people got hurt. Ice was safer than fire."
His green eyes roved over her body. “Looks okay to me.” He smiled appreciatively, hunger lurking in his eyes.
A normal woman would feel a rush of heat under that look. She had gathered as much from years of girl talk and romance novels. One of her characters would be melting in a puddle of desire. But it only made her more nervous than she already was.
Because I’m a freak. I get crushes on gay men and can’t even be aroused by my own husband.
Sarah felt a twinge of regret. Steve had stirred something in her with his joy and passion for life—something that had been frozen solid for years. She thought about her fleeting desire to live a life of passion like Steve McGuire and shook her head. That was fine for him. But now that she had come home and to her senses, she knew it could never be for her. Especially with so much uncertainty in her future.
Her heart, which for a few brief hours yesterday had been deceived into entertaining hope by the warmth of kindness, was locked back into its lonely ice tower, unreachable and cold.
Sarah thought she was the lucky one, especially after listening to her friends complain that their husbands or boyfriends never noticed anything they did for them.
What happened to that guy? When did he go from interested in her life to dictating it?
When had she gone from pleasure at his approval to craving it?
Steve's laugh was brittle. “Sarah, we all have our own wounds. We’re all broken in our own way. Mine might look different than yours, but they were deep enough to enlarge my heart.”
Joanna took a deep breath. “Once I acknowledged that the rape was not my fault, but his, I became terribly angry. My counsellor told me how important it was that I forgive him—not for his sake, and not because he deserved it, but because I did. He explained how bitterness and anger are like acids that eat us from the inside out. They have very little effect on the person that hurt us, if any. But they can change our own lives forever.”
She could do this. She was stronger now. This was her chance to prove it.
Book landing page: www.talenawinters.com/finding-heaven
Story behind the book: Behind the Scenes of Finding Heaven
How writing this book helped me grieve my son: Finding Beauty in Brokenness (on author Melissa Keaster's blog)
For shareable image quotes, see the Book Promo Photos page.
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Soundtrack playlist inspired by the novel:
Press Release (Also here)
On November 14, 2017, Peace River, Alberta author Talena Winters released her second novel, a story about a woman healing from an abusive past. The book successfully walks the fine line between gritty and delicate, dark and hopeful, as it exposes the realities of the trauma abuse victims must overcome, while optimistically pointing out the way to healing.
Sarah Daniels, the main character, seems to have a successful and happy life—from all appearances, a fairy-tale come true. But look behind the curtain and we very quickly see that Sarah’s life is falling apart—her husband abuses her, her mother manipulates her, and her brother bullies her.
Sarah’s story, while sad, is believable because she is so normal in a completely dysfunctional way. Fortunately, Sarah is offered a way out. A career humanitarian named Steve McGuire—whose life work is helping sex trafficking victims and their children in Mumbai, India—offers her a chance to change her life for the better, and is her greatest supporter in helping her do so.
“My hope is that people who read this book will see that healing from a difficult past is possible, and also have more compassion for those who have come from backgrounds like Sarah’s,” said Winters.
More information about the book and places to buy can be found at www.talenawinters.com/finding-heaven.
Sample Interview Questions:
What was your inspiration for Finding Heaven?
How did you research locations for the book?
This book has strong faith-based elements. Why did you choose not to market it as a Christian book?
Do you think there will be a sequel?
Also see this Q & A hosted by author Joy Norstrom on my blog.
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/talenawinters.artist