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Thursday, April 26, 2018

From Your Heart by Shannyn Schroeder - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Kathy doesn't like conflicts and she's afraid of getting hurt. When she dated Kevin five years earlier he broke her heart. Kathy cut him out of her life without an explanation. Kevin wasn't ready for something permanent at that time, but he's never forgotten Kathy. He's grown up in the meantime and when he meets her again at an engagement party he instantly knows she's the one. However, convincing the woman who's built many walls around her heart to protect herself to give him another chance isn't easy. What can Kevin do to make Kathy see he isn't as bad as she thinks he is?

Kevin will do anything to make Kathy like him again. He lost her trust, but is desperate to gain it back. Kathy isn't good at forgiving and forgetting, so he needs to take small steps with the woman he'd love to spend the rest of his life with. Kevin is a charming man, but Kathy isn't easily convinced. Will he be able to win her back?

From Your Heart is a wonderful romantic story. Kevin used to be a player, but he's changed. He is now a hardworking loyal man, ready for commitment. He knows what he wants, but getting it proves to be tough. Kathy is reluctant to let people in, especially when someone has hurt her in the past. They have to work on their issues if they want to make their relationship succeed. There's plenty of chemistry and sparks fly, but the emotional side of their bond is a struggle. Finding out if they'd get their happily ever after made me fly through their story.

 Shannyn Schroeder writes about family in a great heartwarming way. I loved her thorough descriptions of connections and feelings. It makes her story come to life in an amazing way. I like a good story about true love and From Your Heart definitely falls into that category. There's plenty of attraction between the main characters, but they also form a close bond on a deeper level. Shannyn Schroeder knows her main characters well and has written another gorgeous love story.

Advice

If you love second chance romances you don't want to miss From Your Heart. It's the fourth book in the For Your Love series, but can also be read as a standalone.

About Shannyn Schroeder


Shannyn is an occasional English teacher, who also works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today. The 6-book O’Leary series has wrapped up, as well as 2 Hot & Nerdy new adult trilogies. She’s currently working on her next series.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

Links

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest

Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I am a mom of 3, sometimes English teacher and part-time editor, among other jobs. I am addicted to Diet Coke (especially fountain from McDonald’s) and I watch more TV than a person should. I have a foul mouth and am bluntly honest. What you see is pretty much what you get with me.

2) Where did your inspiration for the O’Malley brothers come from?

I grew up on the Northwest side of Chicago and I knew a lot of big Irish-American families. I don’t come from one, but I’ve always been fascinated by them. The first series I wrote for Kensington was the O’Learys and the O’Malley brothers popped up in book 4 (Catch Your Breath). As soon as they appeared on the page, I knew I needed to write their stories.

3) You love writing about relationships that are a challenge, what’s so interesting about this subject?

I think all relationships are challenging. (I’m not much of a people person.) So for me, it’s not about choosing to write about difficult relationships, but real relationships. Everyday people usually don’t have smooth sailing for everything. Shit happens and you have to choose how to deal with it. I want my readers to be able to relate to what my characters are going through.

4) What does real love mean to you?

Real love means having someone you can count on no matter what. Someone who’s in your corner even if they might not agree with you. Real love is accepting a person with all of their fucked-up flaws and loving them anyway.

5) Your stories are filled with heartwarming friendship and close family bonds, what makes friends and family so important and how do you use this for your stories?

As I said above, I’m not a people person. I don’t make friends easily. I have few friends, but those I do have are totally ride-or-die friends and that’s all you need in life. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, jealous of the people I saw with big families that seemed so connected. I wanted that, so I write about it.

6) Your husband inspired you to start writing, is that when your love for romance was born or was there already a wish to write it before that time?

I’ve always been a writer. When I was a pre-teen, I spent a summer walking around with a clipboard filled with paper as I wrote a story. When I got to high school, I discovered I preferred to write poetry. There’s something about the economy of language that I Ioved—plus, whenever I wrote dialogue, it always sounded stupid to me. Fast forward a number of years...I was a teacher and my writing consisted of creating lesson plans...then grad school (twice) where I wrote papers. It wasn’t until I had my second kid that I discovered romance. I read EVERYTHING. Then stories started popping up in my head. They haven’t stopped (thankfully).

7) You like to bake cookies, what’s your favorite kind of cookie?

Believe it or not, I bake way more than I actually eat. If I had to pick, I’d probably go with regular old chocolate chip cookies. I did create a recipe for Comfort Cookies, which appeared in my first published book (More Than This) that might be my favorite, but they require a bit more work than regular chocolate chip cookies.

8) How do you combine a busy family life with editing and writing stories?

It’s all about routine. Early on, I learned to write wherever, whenever I could. I mostly get my writing done while my kids are in some kind of activity. Both of my daughters are swimmers, so when I drop them off at practice, I go to McDonald’s and write for about an hour and a half. When my youngest has dance class, another hour to write. On Sundays, I have a group of friends I meet at Panera to write. I always joke that my books should be dedicated to McDonald’s and Panera because they never throw me out. Getting my words in while I’m out of the house means that when I’m home, I actually hang out with my family.

9) You love blue collar heroes, what makes them so special?

I grew up middle class (barely). My mom spent her life working behind a counter. We didn’t have extra money to splurge on stuff. Budgeting was a way of life. I married a carpenter, and we had nothing. Everything we have, we built. It’s mostly about writing what I know. However, there is nothing sexier than a man who is good with his hands, one who can fix things and build things.

10) What are your plans for the future?

I have a new 3-book series that will come out late this year/early next year with Entangled Publishing. The series is about a group of people who met and became friends at a divorce support group. Now they’re ready to move on and give love a second chance. I’m drafting the third book right now. After that, I have some ideas for other series, but I need to write things and then go out on submission, so who knows?

Giveaway

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive digital copies of Between Love and Loyalty & Meeting His Match by Shannyn Schroeder.

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8 comments:

  1. I love books with blue collar heroes too!

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  2. From Your Heart sounds like a very sweet and sexy second chance romance.

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  3. I love the covers, they really stand out!

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  4. great covers, and looks like the content lives up to the promise, thanks xx

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  5. This sounds like a lovely, character-driven read. I think that the story might be very ring very familiar to a good number of readers, which might make for an even more emotional connection with the book and its characters.
    Thank you,
    --Ann

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  6. Thank you for the awesome giveaway ❤️
    This looks like an awesome read ❤️

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  7. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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