Friday, September 07, 2012

Guest Post (& Giveaway): Sherryl Woods

I am pleased to welcome author Sherryl Woods to Always With a Book. Her latest book, Where Azaleas Bloom, is now available. You can read my review of her book (and enter to win a copy) here. Today Sherryl is talking about heroes.

Every woman has her own definition for a hero. For some it's the knight-in-shining-armor who sweeps her off her feet. For others it's the man who's kind to her kids. And, of course, there are the heroes we can all agree on, the men who rush into battle for our country or into burning buildings to save lives.

For Lynn Morrow, the single mom struggling to feed her kids and on the verge of losing her home in Where Azaleas Bloom (MIRA Books, September), it's a man of quiet strength who stands by with help whenever she needs it, but encourages her to find her own capacity to cope with whatever life tosses her way.

Mitch Franklin first appeared as a contractor who had to deal with a whole trio of strong, decisive Sweet Magnolias way back in Stealing Home, book one of the series. He held his own with Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue, but we never really got to see his sensitive, caring side.

Now a widower with two college-age sons, he's at loose ends when he connects with Lynn . . . the girl who got away. With so many terrible things going on in her life, it would be easy for this hero to swoop in and save the day. Instead, he's wise  enough to help Lynn find her own way, to help her prove to herself that she's strong and capable and a flat-out terrific mom. And if he earns a ton of brownie points along the way with his kindnesses to her kids, so much the better.

I think the message here, if there is one, is that heroes come in all shapes and sizes and personalities. Not all are bold and flashy. Not all are Superman. Some are just the guy next door who sees what needs to get done and does it, who loves deeply and wisely. I hope there's someone with Mitch's strength and caring in your life. And if you haven't found your hero yet, take a look around. He may be closer than you think!   

About the author: Sherryl Woods, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, has written more than 100 romance and mystery novels. After graduating from the School of Journalism at Ohio State University, she spent more than ten years as a journalist and also spent some time coordinating a motivational program at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Aside from reading and writing, Sherryl also enjoys gardening, tennis, theater, ballet and baseball. Currently she divides her time between Key Biscayne, Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia, the small, river-front town where she spent her childhood summers.

Thank you Sherryl for writing this great post and thank you Eric from Media Connect for coordinating it!!!

*** Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Where Azaleas Bloom!


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