Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Guest Post By Donna Weaver and a Giveaway

Guest Post

Krista asked me to talk a little about how Torn Canvas came about. This book is the second book in the Safe Harbors series, and Jori was a secondary character in the first book, A Change of Plans.

Jori wasn’t in the first draft of that book. I wrote him in because I needed his character to serve a purpose—but it didn’t work. Then I had to decide if I should write him out.

I couldn’t do it. So, of course, I had to write a book about him.

Jori was a model before the cruise. Then he’s injured during a modern-day pirate attack that ends in death and shipwreck.

So what happens to a man who has relied on his looks and suddenly becomes the stuff of nightmares? Huge character arc here because Jori was already broken inside. Now he has to face what his beauty used to hide.

It was fun to craft the romance part of the story. Readers of A Change of Plans know Jori doesn’t meet Olivia until near the end of that book. Not in person anyway.

I can thank Krista for the title of the book. We’re both part of the iWriteNetwork chat room. I was complaining because I couldn’t think of an appropriate title. She popped out with, “You should call it Torn Canvas or …” I hardly heard the rest.

Jori had always wanted to be an artist. When he couldn’t be a model anymore, he had a chance to give art a try. I loved the double meaning of the title. Thanks, Krista!

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Title: TORN CANVAS (Safe Harbors, #2)
Author: Donna K. Weaver
Release Date: May 28, 2014
Pages: 376
Find it: Amazon | B&NGoodreads
Genre: Fiction | Adventure | Contemporary Romance
Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Jori struggles to make a new life for himself as an artist while evading the press. They expect a hero, but he knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast.
Olivia Howard’s given up a normal life for her job, and the sacrifices are finally paying off. The twenty-six-year-old talk-show host’s ratings are heading to the top of the charts. Her dream is to make a difference in people’s lives, but the studio wants mind fluff—like interviewing hot model Jori Virtanen. When Olivia learns the guy helped rescue passengers on a cruise excursion from kidnappers, she knows this is the story she needs to make her case. The only problem is the hero was injured, and now he’s disappeared.
The more Olivia learns about the man behind the scar, the more intrigued she becomes. But Jori is no girl’s happily ever after. Once she finds him, Olivia has to free his heart and heal the beast.

Donna K. Weaver is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and Europe. Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband. 

Donna and her husband have six children and eight grandchildren who live all over the world. 

At fifty, Donna decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.  

After recording city council minutes for twenty years, Donna decided to write something a little longer and with a lot more emotion--and kissing.
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  1. Thank you Krista! For so many things! :D

  2. It's always fun to hear about how authors found inspiration for their books. Thanks for allowing Donna to take over your blog for the day. You've been a wonderful host and we hope you find more awesome reads through Lady Reader's Blog Tours in the future. :)