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Hearts in the Storm by Elmer Seward Book Tour, Interview & Giveaway

Title: Hearts in the Storm
Author: Elmer Seward
Published: May 2014
Word Count: 35,400
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Content Warning: Mild profanity and “off camera” sexual situations
Age Recommendation: 18+

Struggling with loss and regret, Trista sets out for North Carolina’s Outer Banks, hoping to find peace in her stormy life. Fate and an old golden retriever set her on a path toward healing with an unlikely hero, the man that the locals call “Duck.” Despite his careless and irresponsible behavior, Trista is drawn to him.

Trista discovers that Duck is haunted by the ghosts of his own shattered past. Desperate for help, she is faced with the necessity of placing her hopes and her life in the hands of this man that many blame for the death of his best friend. As Hurricane Renee bears down on the Outer Banks, Trista and Duck drive a wave-battered boat into the teeth of the storm. Each one hopes to conquer the tempest that rages around them and the tempest that rages within.



About the Author

Elmer Seward was born and raised along the Chesapeake Bay in southeast Virginia. Growing up, the cemetery behind his house was his playground. The metaphorical theme of death and rebirth that figures prominently in his novels is probably influenced in some way by the time that his mother heard, through the screened window, a small voice crying for help. Rushing from the house and through the yard, she discovered her all-too-curious six-year-old son at the bottom of a freshly dug grave. In that moment, he discovered that trouble is much easier to get into than it is to get out of. Sometimes we need help getting out of the hole that we jump into willingly.

He is blessed to have a blended family of six children and four grandchildren. He is also the reluctant servant of two crazy dogs, a Maltese and a Japanese Chin. All of these strongly influence the characters and events in his novels; however, his beautiful wife, Mitzi, is the true inspiration for the tender hearted but determined women in his stories.







Elmer, Keep Calm and Answer These 12 Questions

  1. What is your favorite color?  My favorite color is whatever color my wife is wearing at the moment.
  2. Where were you born? Where did you grow up?  I was born and raised in southeast Virginia.  I grew up near the water, but the cemetery behind my house was my playground.  I guess that explains a lot.
  3. What do you do when you are not writing?  When I’m not writing, I’m usually spending time with my wife, and taking care of three girls and two dogs.  I spend my time figuring out where ‘the other shoe’ went and why the homework magically jumped out of the book bag.
  4. Is being a writer a curse or a gift?  Yes . . . It’s both.  Writing can be exciting and fulfilling.  However, I have to admit that I also have my moments of agony and self-doubt.
  5. Where do you write?  Sometimes I will sit at my desk to write.  Other times, I will sit on the sofa in the family room after everyone has gone to bed.  If the weather is nice, I enjoy sitting on the deck and writing.
  6. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write?  I like to listen to music while I write.  It may seem strange.  I listen to music to write, but I need silence to proof and to revise.  Go figure.
  7. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life?  The biggest challenge that I have had in writing is lack of life experiences.  The writer’s mantra is, Write what you know.  I really don’t have experience with much that is interesting, so I find that research is really important for me.  I always worry that I haven’t been thorough enough and it will show in my stories.
  8. When did you first start and when did you finish your book?  It wasn’t my brightest move ever, but I started writing Hearts in the Storm while I was in the middle of writing Dreams of the Sleepless in August of 2013.  So there was a period of about five months where I was writing two novels at the same time.  (I wouldn’t recommend this.)  I wrapped up Hearts in the Storm in April of 2014, so even with the overlap, I wrote “Hearts” in about nine months.
  9. What has been the best compliment?  The best compliment that I have received in several reviews is, “I couldn’t put it down.”  If I can captivate readers and make them want to keep turning the pages, then I’ve done everything I set out to accomplish.  Another compliment that I have seen a couple of times is, “I didn’t want it to end.”  That one is special to me.
  10. How did you come up with the title?  The original working title of the book was The Lost.  It was interesting how I didn’t realize until I was well into writing how the heart necklaces in the story were representative of the two main characters.   The title Hearts in the Storm just seemed to make sense for both the necklaces and these two broken-hearted individuals living in their own personal storms.
  11. Will there be a sequel?  Some readers have expressed an interest in the story behind Sissy and Beau.  I’ve given it some thought, but I haven’t formulated a solid story.  At this point, I don’t see a sequel.
  12. What project are you working on now?  The working title for my next novel is The Book of Secrets.  It is the story of a woman running from a dangerous past.  She discovers a journal that weaves a story of secrets, passion, and unrequited love.  In its pages, she discovers the answers to her struggle with the shadows of her own past.  In the end, those shadows close in on her and threaten all that she holds dear.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and Breath – Then Panic



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