Romance, mystery and family drama intertwine in the small town
of Serenity Cove. The fictional town of Serenity Cove boasts of beautiful
sunsets and roaring waves. Its characters are as varied as the stars that shine
on its diamond crusted-sea. Shoreview Drive provides a scenic drive along the
coast, although most residents simply call it the coastal road.
is a contemporary town where people are still good neighbors and family and
friends are an important part of everyday life. Where life is a step back in
time, blending the best of both worlds. Even a town as wonderful as Serenity
Cove has its villains...
Slip into paradise with Rita’s Inspirational Romance: Tangerine
Morning, Jezzica's Story. Book Two of the Serenity Cove Series.
Jezzica Shaffer, a young widow, struggles in her relationship
with Christ and with starting over. She moves to Serenity Cove and purchases
the Sea Glass Bookshop on Main Street, in hopes of letting go of the past and
moving forward with her life.
Detective Zack Johnston, the first man her heart reacts to since
her husband’s death, also represents a world that failed to bring her husband’s
murderers to justice. The same criminals that now seek to harm Jezzica.
Can Dr. Ellie Clarimonde help Jezzica find her way back to
Christ and the freedom to love again?
“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they
will walk and not be faint.” ~Isaiah 40:31 Order your copy here and enjoy:
I first met Dr. Rita Garcia at a Faithwriter's Conference about three years ago. Thanks to the blogging world and Facebook, Rita has become a very special friend. She's also one of my favorite authors. After reading Kaleidoscope Summer,the first of her Serenity Cove series, I was relieved that Tangerine Morning was readily available. Serenity Cove is a beautiful setting with characters who draw you into their lives and teach you much about the faith that Rita Garcia expresses through each of their life challenges.Her official interview follows:
Who is your biggest
My husband. My inspirational romance novels are so out of his
preferred genre, but he reads each one. His love and encouragement really does
keep me writing and pressing forward.
Your biggest critic?
It would be that little, and sometimes not-so-little—inner
voice—that has me wanting to shred each novel. That same voice whispers doubts
as I write the first page of a new novel. How will 250 words become 50,000 to 80,000 words? Then I get to the end and need
to cut, tighten, and remove about 10,000 words.
In the last year have
you learned or improved on any skills?
Oh, I hope so. I always want to be learning and growing as a
writer; otherwise, my writing would stagnate. Sometimes it’s the most basic
concepts that are easily overlooked—reminders are a good thing. So I not only
enjoy, but find it a necessity, to search for and read books on writing.
Do you have any rituals
you follow when finishing a piece of work?
Does deep cleaning my house count? * smile * Seriously, by the
time I finish polishing a novel I’m ready to kick back and relax. A night of
music and dancing, preferably under the stars if it’s summer. Long lunches with
friends, and lots of time with my children and grandchildren. And time on the
shore—barefootin' in the sand has a way of
refreshing my spirit and mind.
What is the most
important thing in your life right now?
As cliché as it may sound: God,
family, and then writing. Properly aligned priorities are super-important, and
can keep all the different facets of life working in harmony.
What are you currently
I’m currently working on the third novel of the Serenity Cove
Series. Lavender Rain: Maggie’s Story.
Maggie appears in Kaleidoscope Summer—the
hero’s sister, and heroine’s best friend. Maggie also makes an appearance in
the newly release, Tangerine Morning—Book two of the Serenity Cove novels. The
most popular comment I receive from readers is, “I want to read Maggie’s
story.” Lavender Rain: Maggie’s Story
will be hot off the press May 2013!
Is there an author that
inspired you to write?
There are many; but if I had to name just one, I would choose
Lauraine Snelling. I have almost worn out the set of writing CDs that I
purchased from her. First of all I really enjoy her books. And secondly, she is
willing to share her writing journey, bumps, bruises and successes. Thank you,
What is your favorite
Besides spending time with the man in my life, I enjoy creating
cloth dolls. I made my first cloth doll when one of my daughters wanted a
thirty-six inch Raggedy Ann doll. It was two days before her second birthday. I
purchased a pattern and fabric then finished by adding the red yarn hair, the
night before her big day. She loved her doll, and I fell in love with creating
cloth dolls. The process of watching the dolls take on an almost life-like
personality as the painted, or stitched facial features are added is truly
magical. Even more precious is the beam in a child’s eyes as they hug their new
softly stuffed friend.
I am a student of Christian writing. A Softer Voice is the classroom; the Bible, my textbook. The King of Kings is the Instructor. John 13:13 says "You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am."
The curriculum? "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 13:18.
I have a mentor in my husband, Bud. He is also my love, my best friend and my hero, and we have been married for 42 years. I am Mom to two beautiful daughters. Our four grandsons and one granddaughter are blessed with terrific dads in our sons-in-law.
My lifetime assignment: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5,6
A Softer Voice (the book) is now available in print or as an ebook at Friesen Press (www.friesenpress.com), Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.