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Write to the Point with Rebecca DeMarino (and giveaway) July 22, 2015

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Demarino-291-200x300Rebecca DeMarino writes love, legends and lore as a historical romance author and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother, a love of horses, reading and writing from her dad, and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Her travels have taken her from Alaska to Nebraska and Florida, from Long Island to England and Italy, and from Washington DC to Texas, California and Guam. But usually you can find her at home, enjoying her grandchildren and baking crisp little ginger cakes. From Publisher’s Weekly ~ DeMarino’s … strong suit is recreating history and relating it to readers.

Tell us about your newest book.

I’d love to! In 1653 Heather Flower, a princess of the Montauk tribe, celebrates her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, kills the groom and kidnaps her. Though her ransom is paid, she is nonetheless bound by her captors and left to die—until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.

Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of Englishman Ben Horton, a longtime friend of her people. But despite Ben’s affectionate attentions, she can’t stop thinking about the handsome Dutchman who saved her from certain death. Can she find peace again among her own people? Or will her growing affection for her rescuer draw her into conflict with everyone she loves? Does she choose loyalty or love?

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love to travel, I like exploring genealogy and my roots, and gardening, hiking and baking are all to capture her heartpastimes I enjoy.

Where do you get your ideas?

The Southold Chronicle Series is based on the real lives of my ninth great-grandparents. They came over on a little ship called The Swallow in the 1630’s. My plan for the series was to take each book about the Hortons up a decade or two. While researching the first book, A Place in His Heart, I discovered a gold nugget of information about Heather Flower, the daughter of the Montuakett sachem, who was kidnapped on her wedding day by a fierce rival tribe. Tradition has it that the Englishman, Lion Gardiner, paid her ransom. The story was too good to ignore and it fit perfectly for the time period for book #2, so the story picks up after the ransom is paid. The Hortons and Southold are still the backdrop for the story, but Heather Flower is my lovely heroine.

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

I am definitely a seat-of-the-pants writer! I’ve tried to jot things down, even loosely, but I find that I write best if I brainstorm my way through the story!

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Well, I can truly say no, and I realize that is not the norm. A Place in His Heart was not only my first published novel, but the first book I’d ever written. It is truly the book of my heart, and book #2, To Capture Her Heart, was just plain fun to research and write! I love that story!!

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

There might be little pieces of me in all of my characters. Heather Flower’s happily-ever-after is snatched from her when she least expects it and she has many decisions to make, none of them easy. Like her – and most of us – I have had dreams dashed and losses to bear. But thank goodness we have a God who cares and will walk with us through it.

Are you working on a new project now?

I am working on the edits for the third book in the series, To Follow Her Heart. This story amazed me as I brainstormed through it! It’s Patience’s story and I love it!

Anything you would like to add?

Thank you so very much, Melissa, for featuring me today! I love your heart for helping readers connect with books and their authors! You are a blessing to me!

Thanks so much for visiting with us again, it’s great to hear what you are up to 🙂 

Readers, below is a link to a giveaway Rebecca’s publisher is holding. If you click on it you will be redirected to another page to enter that giveaway.

To Capture Her Heart Book Launch

If you want to check out my review of her book click here. You will also find links to Rebecca’s website and where you can purchase her book.


Review and Giveaway: To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino July 20, 2015

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to capture her heart


In an uncertain time, she faces a choice that will change her life forever

It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die–until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.

Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice–stay true to her friend or follow her heart.

Exploring a unique slice of history, Rebecca DeMarino transports you to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is the second book in the Southold Chronicles. It picks up a few years after the previous book with Ben Horton (who was just a boy when I finished that first book) is now a man looking for love.

I loved seeing this next generation of Hortons and how they are making a life in the new world. More than anything I probably loved the history again and thinking about people who came over from Europe and what they went through to settle here.

The book opens with Heather Flower being rescued and we are quickly thrown into the lives of all the characters. Heather Flower is a sweet (pun intended) young woman who is hurt badly emotionally and doesn’t know what to do next. Her heart wants to grieve her dead husband and the missing woman who were taken with her but her heart is also being pulled in other directions.

Dirk seems to fall for Heather Flower pretty fast. I was a bit surprised when he thinks he loves her after only meeting her a couple of brief times. It seemed a little to fast for me but that’s my opinion only.

You can read this book without reading the first but there are a lot of different characters and even I had trouble keeping them straight all of the time. I think if you read A Place In His Heart first you will better appreciate this one.

Overall, I think historical romance readers will enjoy this one, especially with the unexpected ending 🙂

Come back Wednesday when I interview Rebecca and she talks about this book.

Visit Rebecca here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by July 27th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for replacing books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


A Place In His Heart by Rebecca Demarino July 16, 2015

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I am starting to get into my personal pile of books that I have purchased, so you may see older books popping up now and then. Come back Monday when I will review Rebecca’s newest release, the second in this series. Then come back Wednesday when I will be interviewing her 🙂

a place in his heart


She could cross an ocean, but could she ever win his heart?

Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother.

With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas’s secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary’s world is upended. How could she possibly leave her papa and her dear sister?

And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband’s broken heart?

My thoughts:

This was a such an interesting historical time period to read. Barnabas is under English persecution due to his puritan beliefs but marries Mary who doesn’t have those beliefs but that doesn’t’ stop them.

There are many things to like about this book. Mary is a sweet character who only wants her husband’s heart. She is like so many of us, she marries thinking it won’t matter if he doesn’t love her like she wants but deep down that is all she wants. She wants his heart and wonders if she will ever get it.

Barnabas questions how he could ever love a woman as much as he loved his first wife. Mary is good for his boys, he knows that and he does care for her but will it be enough?

My favorite part of the book was the journey to the New World. I don’t know if I would’ve been able to stomach it.

The ending is pure sweetness but I can’t tell you what happened.

I also enjoyed how Jesus was very much in this book. The faith displayed by the characters is very strong and evident. It will give you more to think about as you look back on our (the United States) history.

Visit Rebecca here.

Grab you copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.


Write to the Point with Rebecca DeMarino September 24, 2014

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:38 am
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Demarino-29Today we get write to the point with Rebecca DeMarino. Take some time and get to know this author and her book.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

My dad was a Navy pilot so I was born in Pensacola, FL, graduated from high school in Corvallis, Oregon and lived many places in between. My high school sweetheart turned husband made a career of the Air Force after he graduated from Oregon State, and let me just say I’ve always enjoyed every place I’ve ever lived! My three daughters, now grown with children of their own, were born in Florida, Alaska and Nebraska. I retired from my own career with United Airlines, met my husband Tom, and between my daughters and his son and daughter, we have eleven grandchildren! I began writing my first novel in 2008.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I was thirteen and we lived on the Naval Air Station on Guam. I grew up going to church, but at a sleep over with friends, my sister and I gave our life to Christ.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

My novel, A Place in His Heart—the story I began writing in 2008—released in June from Revell. It is historical romance and the first in a three book series, The Southold Chronicles, and is based on the real lives of my ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton. They came from England on a little ship called The Swallow in the 1600’s and helped found the hamlet of Southold on Long Island. When I learned Barnabas was a widower with two young sons when he Mary wed less than a year after he lost his wife, I knew I had a story. And I wanted to give her, and the courageous women who came across the pond with their men, a voice. I hope when my readers close the book, they’ve been entertained with a story of love and loss, joy and sorrow. My takeaway in writing this book was that no matter what path we choose, God is with us, ready to hold our hand, if we but ask.

Book #2, releases this June. I can’t say the title yet, but I expect to be able to post it on my website sometime next month. Here’s a A Place in His Heart Xsneak peek at the back cover blurb: It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montauk tribe, is enjoying her wedding feast when her groom is killed and she is kidnapped by a rival tribe and held for ransom. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is nonetheless left to die in a Connecticut forest—until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her long friendship with family friend Benjamin Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice—stay true to her friend or follow her heart. I love this story, and I hope my readers will, too! And yes, the Hortons and Southold are very much a part of it!


How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

Well, truthfully, my blog hit a blip over the summer. But as you can imagine, there is much to write regarding the research treasures I’ve discovered, recipes inspired from the colonial kitchen, and my beautiful setting, Southold, Long Island, NY—with a good dose of genealogy mixed in! My character, Mary Horton, loved her English Pippins and with fall here my readers can look forward to some fun posts filled with apple goodies.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

I just finished A Light in the Wilderness, by Jane Kirkpatrick. I love her books, and this one is one of her best. I cared about Letitia the moment I met her on the page.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

I know you would probably like something more specific, but let me just say that there have been many times in my life that I have been so close to danger, but God spared me and allows me to use that in my writing. He has shown me the good, even in (or despite?) the bad.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

I have a little bookmark, made by a lady named Viol, and given to me at church years ago. It has my name on one side, and a Bible verse on the other. I used to keep it in my Bible, but now I keep it on my desk. It is Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” My other favorite verse that reminds me why I write is Psalm 115:1, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us. But to Your name give glory because of Your loving kindness, because of Your truth.”

Where can we find you on the web?

I’m at, and you can also reach me at

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Thank you so much for chatting with me!

Thank you for spending time with my readers. We love getting to know new authors. I pray God will continue to bless you on your writing journey.