Welcome to another edition of Spotlight Saturday at Darlene's Book Nook, where we feature authors and their books!
We will be joined today by Christine Nolfi.
Christine’s debut, Treasure Me, and her March 2012 release, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge continue to earn 4- and 5-star reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and other sites. USA Today has featured Treasure Me as one of the “Best of the Indies.” The novel is currently listed on The Midwest Book Review’s Bookwatch as “highly recommended.”
Christine has been writing novels full-time since 2004. Look for her next release, Second Chance Grill, in early summer.
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Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Christine!
Christine has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her!
Where did the idea for that book come from?by Christine Nolfi
If you’ve ever wondered how prolific authors create so many great reads, I’m here to tell you—many of them don’t have a clue. Ideas bubble up all the time. The “What if?” question becomes a constant companion. Yes, most writers struggle to complete a first novel but the going gets easier with each book written.
The most delectable ideas pop into my head while I’m standing in the grocery store line or driving around Charleston on errands. I’ve been known to heave my wet body from the pool, mid-lap, to punch dialogue into my iPad. Sleep? It’s a disrupted affair during the middle section of any novel, when whole scenes and the solutions to story problems leap from my subconscious like balloons set free at the local carnival.
My latest release, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, began as a story problem dear to my heart. I’m the adopted mother of four—my kids are all now young adults—and I’d wondered how any child who’d suffered greatly in early childhood could grow up to be so surprisingly good.
That question drove the development of The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.
In the novel, Ourania D’Andre and Troy Fagan struggle with dark impulses. Like so many of us, they’ve become cynical. They no longer trust the healing qualities of love. Yet both are inevitably drawn to the light. They choose love over hate because it’s in their nature to do so. By learning to release a million regrets, they build a better world for themselves and the people they care about.
I believe these lessons speak directly to the miracle of the human heart. We do possess the power to heal despite every hardship we face. Yes, bad things happen. But in the end, good people prevail.
It’s easy to turn on the news or glance at a newspaper’s garish headlines and conclude that humanity bears rot at its core. Don’t believe it. Every day, in every corner of our pretty blue planet, average folks perform extraordinary acts of kindness. A stranger offers a helping hand. A mother comforts her child. A class of first graders in Wichita, Kansas raise money for children on the opposite side of the globe. A middle-aged man takes his son to a ballgame then flashes the proof of his love across FaceBook.
Good people do prevail.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Christine!
Two lucky winners will win a copy of The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge: One paperback (Canada/US only) and one digital copy (International).
A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family.
Now Ourania D’Andre will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt—and the passion—she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.
She’s already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there’s a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion—cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?
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