today my spotlight is happily on Believe in My Heart by Maria K. Alexander, the fourth book in the Tangled Hearts Series. And I have to say, the girl in the cover has one the best smiles! I love this cover, and her smile. But I’m digressing.
Because I get to chat with Maria! Here’s what she told me–and you guys.
Name three things on your desk right now.
Coffee cup, inspirational quote mini calendar, to do list(s)-one for writing and one for family
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
Reading, baking, crafts, Jazzercise, relaxing at the shore (beach), watching a movie with my family
“Bloom where you’re planted.” ~ Vernice Armour
What 5 things should readers know about you?
I’m goal-oriented, a perfectionist, think cake is an acceptable breakfast food, played the piano from 3rd to 12th grade, met my husband while waitressing at a country club.
Can you tell us a little about your book?
Believe in My Heart is a holiday novella about taking chances and believing in yourself and others. Vinnie DiFrancesco is a quiet guy who wants to be successful at his job and have his own family. He’s not a risk-taker and doesn’t like change; things he’ll need to get over to accomplish his goals. He’s finally moving past getting dumped by his long-time girlfriend. Fresh back from a retreat, he’s ready to move on with his life as head chef at his family’s trattoria. Finding the pantry chef from work trying to break into the apartment across from his and then offering her temporary housing is the last thing he needs. But through Hope Mastriano’s eyes, Vinnie begins to see he’s capable of more than he ever thought possible. And maybe taking a couple risks here and there isn’t a bad thing. Hope will test the boundaries of Vinnies comfort zone and push him to put both his business and heart on the line in order to make it a season of new beginnings to last a lifetime.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Throughout the series, Vinnie has always been a mystery to me. It took me a while to figure out his story and when I did, it was a joy to help him work through the pain of a break-up. Pairing him up with Hope, a petite spitfire who is willing to tell him like it is and challenge him at every turn is just what he needs. Evolving the character growth and how they need each other to accomplish both personal and professional goals was a pleasure to write.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Growing up, my family owned a catering business. I used to work there with my dad, uncle, cousins and other family from the time I was a teenager through college. Some of my happiest memories are from that period of my life. A traditional Italian Christmas Eve fish dinner is something my family celebrates every year. Combining the two into a story was lots of fun and allowed me to embrace two parts of my life into one wonderful gift to my readers.
And here’s the Synopsys.
Culinary arts student, Hope Mastriano, is down on her luck. Homeless on Thanksgiving Day, she’s caught trying to break into her cousin’s apartment by her sexy boss and lifelong secret crush.
Since getting dumped seven months ago, head chef Vinnie DiFrancesco has been in a frustrating holding pattern. He returns relaxed from a retreat, but his life is sent into a tailspin when he offers Hope, the event coordinator at his family’s trattoria, temporary housing.
With the trattoria’s traditional Italian Christmas Eve charity dinner slated to be featured on a local TV segment and things heating up in his apartment, the two must set aside their different visions to make the event a success. When a computer glitch threatens their plans, Hope proposes a risky solution. Vinnie must believe in Hope and his heart in order to secure the future of the restaurant and make it a Christmas to remember.
Maria is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. When not writing, Maria loves to read, bake, downhill ski, visit the beach, and watch romantic comedies. Maria lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and writes in her “spare” time between juggling a full-time job and her kids’ busy schedules.
You can keep in touch with Maria at http://mariakalexander.com.
- eBook copy of Untangle My Heart (book 1 of the series)
- $15 Amazon gift card