New Year’s Resolutions = Action Items for 2014!

Finding Christmas Love and Other Stories (Juliette Hill’s Christmas Romances) by Juliette Hill

Also available for NOOK, in the UK, on KOBO and iTunes!

Turning New Year’s resolutions and goals into action items is my top priority for 2014!  I always have a long list of New Year’s resolutions every year.  This year, I want to make them happen.  All the put-off resolutions from previous years have moved to the forefront, and I’m committed to accomplishing each and every one with the help of my blog.

You may be wondering, how does my blog factor into tackling my New Year’s resolutions. Well, one resolution is to blog more…so, I think that can be done by blogging to document my progress on some major goals.

First, I love vintage objects–finding them, learning more about them and imagining stories centered around their particular history or qualities.  Each month, I’ll blog about a different vintage find that I’ve discovered during my “treasure hunting” expeditions.   Whether it be at a flea market, an antique store, a re-purposing store, or picked up while traveling, I’ll let you know where I found it and what interesting information I’ve uncovered about it.  This might even include a connection to some aspect of my family’s history, which brings me to my second major goal for 2014 – researching and documenting my family history and my husband’s family history.

My husband’s mother’s family has Italian ancestry and immigrated to the United States around the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries, while his father’s parents were born in Ireland.  Both my parents grew up in the South, and I’ve begun researching my mother’s family from Georgia and my father’s family from Mississippi.  My father’s sister was also very interested in family history and published several books on the subject.

Researching and documenting family history brings me to goal/resolution #3, memorializing my findings in a series of scrapbooks.   Years of mementos from my life, plus fabulous and interesting finds from cleaning out my parents’ house will be included.  Just how many scrapbooks this project will take, I don’t really know at this point.  I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I told you that I probably have over one hundred boxes, bags and bins waiting for my perusal.  Now is the time!  I’m motivated, and I’ll keep my blog followers updated on all my progress.  What seems like a daunting but worthwhile task will go a lot quicker and be a lot easier if I share it with you!

This leads me to goal/resolution #4, the last that I will share with you at this juncture.  I think these are more than enough to fill my plate and occupy any spare time that I’ll have from writing, editing, reading and reviewing.  Goal/resolution #4 synthesizes the three others by providing inspiration for writing new compelling characters and story lines rooted in my signature theme of generations teaching each other how to love, how to laugh, and how to cry, as we navigate the paths and crossroads that are the essence of our lives.

Join me on my year-long trek to tackle these major goals and resolutions that will enrich my life and hopefully yours as well!

As always,


Captain’s Point Stories Box Set by Charlotte Kent

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Faith, Family and Friends – Christmas 2013

Finding Christmas Love and Other Stories (Juliette Hill’s Christmas Romances) by Juliette Hill

Also available for NOOK!, on iTunes and in the UK!

Christmas Shoppe Magic Revisited (Juliette Hill’s Christmas Shorts) by Juliette Hill

Also available for NOOK!, on iTunes and in the UK!

As 2013 comes to a close, this holiday season has reminded me of how every day should be treasured, and how very special all my family and friends are to me.  Running late as usual with my Christmas cards, I opted to forego including our annual holiday letter, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t stop and remember some special moments that my husband and I experienced visiting with family and friends this year, not to mention taking a little downtime to recharge our body and spirit.2012-05-27_18-16-41_910

Taking in a performance at the National Theater with our Godson and nephew; watching the sailboats in Annapolis and enjoying a nice Birthday dinner; enjoying a week in Florida relaxing by the ocean; seeing the Parade of Ducks at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando; visiting my Georgia relatives on the Fourth or July and touring the Tennessee Aquarium, not to mention the spectacular boat ride along the Tennessee River on the Gorge Explorer; touring a historic hotel in my mother’s hometown of Chatsworth; going to a Frederick Keys baseball game; going to a Nationals’ game; meeting and having brunch with fellow authors; and celebrating birthdays and holidays with IMG_0063family and friends were among the highlights of my year.2013-05-31 13.46.49





On the professional side of things, I accomplished much this year thanks to my friend, editor and publisher, Annie Acorn.  Collaboratively writing under the pseudonym of Charlotte Kent we wrote, edited and published three full-length contemporary women’s fiction romances in our Captain’s Point Stories series, as well as two short stories.  I had my first Christmas story collection, Finding Christmas Love and Other Stories published containing Finding Christmas Love, A Christmas Quilt, Country Cabin Christmas and A Christmas Kiss. Additionally, I completed Christmas Shoppe Magic – Revisited, the second in what will be my Christmas Shoppe Magic series.  I’m working hard on multiple writing projects for 2014!

Personally, this has also been a year that has been a test of faith.  Experiencing difficult times, hectic times, hard times and sad times, 2013 has been one of challenge and loss.  We lost several special relatives this year, and whether young or old, taken by age, disease or unexpected tragedy, we grieve their loss deeply and words cannot express all the emotions felt but we have our memories of special times, shared experiences and treasured moments to remember.

Cherishing each day and expressing the gratitude and love that we feel for our family and friends allows us to appreciate what we have a tendency to take for granted in this busy and often stressful world of our everyday lives.  A theme I try to thread through all my stories, one generation learning from another, values and traditions that are woven through our lives remind us everyday of the power of faith, family and friends.

Best wishes for the New Year!

As always,



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Romancing September with Our New Captain’s Point Series!


Country Cabin Christmas (Juliette Hill’s Christmas Shorts) by Juliette Hill

Also available on NOOK, iTunes, Kobo and in the UK!

A Christmas Kiss (Captain’s Point Stories) by Charlotte Kent

Also available on NOOK, iTunes, Kobo and in the UK!

September is Romance Month!  Let’s kick off the month in style as we spotlight my new collaborative contemporary romance series, Captain’s Point Stories, writing as Charlotte Kent with Annie Acorn!  The first volume in our series, A Clue for Adrianna, will be highlighted today (September 9th) on Rosie Amber (UK) and Stephanie Hurt’s (US) websites during their #RomancingSeptember Promotion!

A Clue for Adrianna introduces Adrianna Montgomery, a young woman in her late twenties starting out her life and career on the West Coast until a letter informing her of her Great Aunt Martha’s death and an unexpected letter from her fiance, catapult her into a whole new life in Captain’s Point, Maryland.

Adrianna reluctantly makes the cross-country trip summoned by the young lawyer, Chase Sheffield, tasked with handling her great-aunt’s estate. Little does she know that as one door closes after being jilted by Brad, her fiance, another will open in the warm, open arms of Captain’s Point and all its residents!

Don’t miss an exciting and informative introduction to this series by me, Juliette Hill as I’m interviewed as Charlotte Kent about A Clue for Adrianna, the first book in our Captain’s Point Stories Series.  Annie Acorn will be interviewed September 10th as she discusses our second novel, A Man for Susan.  

Don’t miss either of these exciting events as our wonderful friends and fellow authors, Rosie and Stephanie celebrate September as Romance Month! Check us out as well as all of the excellent and talented authors featured this month on www. and

If you have any comments or questions about the Charlotte Kent/Captain’s Point Series feel free to contact me at

Thank you so much and Happy Romancing September!


A Clue for Adrianna (Captain’s Point Stories) by Charlotte Kent

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A Man for Susan (Captain’s Point Stories) by Charlotte Kent

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One Vintage Heart Welcomes Author Roy Huff of the Everville Series!

Country Cabin Christmas (Juliette Hill’s Christmas Shorts) by Juliette Hill

A Christmas Kiss (Captain’s Point Stories) by Charlotte Kent

Also available on NOOK and in the UK!

City of WormsToday, I’m so happy to welcome Author Roy Huff to One Vintage Heart.  Roy has just released his second book in the Everville Series — Everville:  City of Worms.  In honor of this milestone, Roy has graciously agreed to provide the following guest post providing information and background about his successful series and the latest installment to my readers!

Welcome, Roy!  

The First PillarEverville: The First Pillar was originally conceived as a three page creative writing paper for a college English course. Two years later it was published as a complete novel, the first in a series of eight uniquely original epic fantasy books planned by author Roy Huff.

Everville: The First Pillar will be running a FREE Kindle promo HERE until 11:59PM Pacific on Thursday August 29th. It has already reached #1 in all scifi/fantasy Kindle books in the US as well as #1 in epic and other fantasy categories is six other countries including Japan, India, Germany, France, Spain, Germany, and Canada.

Roy Huff has just published the follow up, Everville: The City of Worms, which has reached #1 in Children’s paranormal/urban fantasy in the US (which is currently holds as of this posting), and #1 in Epic Fantasy in Japan in the paid Kindle store. The paperback edition of Everville: The City of Worms has also reached top 5 and above in Japan’s Scifi Adventure and Epic Fantasy categories. The Kindle version will be available for only 99 cents until midnight Pacific September 3rd HERE

Both books have been well received by most critics, and the author is hoping to have his third volume in the Everville series released on Black Friday 2013, so stay stunned! Roy Huff is a man of many interests including but not limited to science, traveling, movies, the outdoors, and of course writing teen and young adult fantasy fiction. He holds five degrees in four separate disciplines including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience. Roy Huff’s background includes work in art, history, education, business, real-estate, economics, geoscience, and satellite meteorology. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half his life in Hawaii, where he currently resides and writes his epic fantasy sagas.

You can follow Roy Huff on his official author website at or on Goodreads at  Roy Huff


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For the Love of Letters

A Christmas Kiss (Captain’s Point Stories) by Charlotte Kent

Also available on NOOK and in the UK!

A Man for Susan (Captain’s Point Stories) by Charlotte Kent.  The second novel in the Captain’s Point Series.  A romantic women’s fiction/family saga/chicklit novel written by Annie Acorn & Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent.

Also available on NOOK,  Kobo and in the UK!

Pink Lemonade Diary (Pink Lemonade Memories) by Juliette Hill

Also available on NOOK, Kobo and in the UK!

The art of letter writing has always held a heartfelt significance in my life.  As a child growing up in the 1960’s and 1970’s, I was taught the importance of letter writing as a way to thank, celebrate or inform relatives, friends and colleagues.  Details of our lives and theirs could be communicated, felt and treasured.  My parents were both prolific letter writers, keeping family and friends up to date on the latest family news.

Waiting for the mail to arrive each day filled me with excitement and anticipation that there might be a letter or note waiting just for me!  Each one that I received was like a special gift that reminded me of the last time that I had seen or spoken to the sender. Reading each one felt like a conversation imagining their voice, seeing their face and feeling their love.

In 2007, after the death of my mother, my sister and I once again realized the significance and power of the letter.  As we sorted through the contents of my mother’s house, we came across drawers filled with hundreds of cards, notes and letters that both my parents had received over the years, but most importantly, special cards, notes and letters that they had written to each other.

What a fantastic find!  These letters provided a living history of many details of each of our lives, my parent’s young adult lives and the friendships that they had made along their particular paths in life.  Many friends remained part of their lives and our lives.  Letters from relatives provided valuable details about family events, especially as my sister and I both are researching and documenting our family tree.

That love and appreciation of “the letter” instilled in me as a child has carried over to my writing as well.  Most of my own stories, and to a certain extent, my collaborative writing as Charlotte Kent with Annie Acorn on the Captain’s Point series, has incorporated at least one letter or diary entry.

My first short story to be published, The Christmas Spirit of Starlight Cove, contains an important letter from sea captain, Red Cornwell, while my tween/teen series’ first novella, Pink Lemonade Diary, and first short story, Two Beaux for Christmas, each contain meaningful and enjoyable diary entries written by main character Vicki Gray to her  friends and family.  Christmas Shoppe Magic also carries the theme through, with main character Joe MacMillan finding a special letter among some things stored in a box in his apartment closet in Seattle.  More recently, my collaborative writing series’ first book, A Clue for Adrianna contains two important letters that will change main character Adrianna Montgomery’s life forever.

My letter writing will continue, my love of letters will continue, and the power of the written word will continue to endure the test of time.

Happy letter writing,


A Clue for Adrianna (Captain’s Point Stories)  The first novel in the Captain’s Point series.  A romantic women’s fiction/family saga/chicklit novel written by Annie Acorn & Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent.

Also available in print and on NOOK and in the UK!

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One Vintage Heart Welcomes Special Guest Lisa J Hobman, Author of “Bridge Over the Atlantic”

A Clue for Adrianna (Captain’s Point Stories) a romantic women’s fiction novel written by Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent

Also available in the UK and on NOOK!

Flying Pigs and Day Dreams

First of all I would like to thank Juliette for inviting me to be a guest on her blog.  It means such a lot to get support from other wonderful authors.  It’s been very overwhelming and I am so grateful.

Saturday saw my very first official book signing.  I can’t express how wonderful it was to be given such an amazing opportunity and I am very grateful to the people at the lovely bookshop that hosted me.  Seeing a window display made up of my work and seeing Viola Estrella’s stunning cover design so prominently displayed was an amazing experience.

My journey into writing started when I was pretty young.  I used to be a singer and was always trying my hand at song lyrics.  My dad writes beautiful poetry and is quite artistic and so I think I must get my creative side from him.  I used to love writing stories at school and when I was a teenager there was a vague attempt at writing a book but goodness knows what happened to that!  It was in the days before laptops so it was all done in lined notebooks!  Gosh I have just made myself sound ancient!

At my recent book celebration party when I was surrounded by my wonderful family and friends, a dear friend reminded me of my early writing attempts.  She handed me a little wrapped gift and took me back to when we were younger and I would scribble ideas in notepads as they came to me.

I would never allow her (Or anyone for that matter) to read my notes and she once asked me “When will I get to read them?”

I replied “Maybe someday when they’re published.

She smiled and continued “Oh yes?  And when will that be?”

Lacking in self-confidence at the time my simple reply was “Oh you never know…pigs might fly.”

I opened the little gift eagerly and was overwhelmed by the thoughtful gift.  A little flying pig brooch.  With a warm smile she simply stated “Well, now you’re published it seems appropriate.”  I wore this little brooch with pride at my first book signing and think he will accompany everywhere from now on.

This past year has been such a rollercoaster.  We relocated to Scotland in May 2012 to pursue a more relaxed lifestyle.  When I tell people that now I have to snigger at myself.  It’s been far from relaxed.  The word I think fits most is exhilarating.  Aside from enjoying the wonderful scenery that surrounds us and the fresh, crisp, Scottish air I have been far too busy to relax!

An idea for s story had been bubbling around in my head for a long while but fearing I lacked the skills and time to put things down in black and white it wasn’t until we relocated that I decided to take the bull by its proverbial horns and give writing a real go.  With the encouragement of family and friends I got out my laptop and began to type.

Scotland was, for me, the inspiration I needed to open up the gates of my mind and allow the words to flow.  The places we had spent holidays came back into my mind and it seemed the natural thing to locate my debut novel in the area we love the most.  The Scottish Highlands.

I wrote for around six months solid, turning writing into my full time job!  Once the story was finished and my husband and I had made a final research trip to make sure all the descriptions of places and scenery really held up, it was time to bite the bullet and try to get it published!  This was the scariest part.  It was all new to me and I had no clue what to expect.  Receiving rejections through for something I had put my heart and soul into was a bitter pill to swallow.  But it’s all par for the course.  And as a writer you have to hang on to the fact that rejections are going to happen.  Like it or not!  You have to keep in mind that it’s not personal.

In November I had news that knocked me off my feet!  A company in the USA called 5 Prince Publishing offered me a contract after requesting my full manuscript!  I was totally bowled over.  It was the most exciting feeling ever.  My hard work had paid off and here was a company that wanted to give me a chance.  I have learned so much through working with my wonderful editor, Bernadette.  I am still learning and will continue to do so in order to make my books the best that they can be.  It’s been an amazing process.

Bridge Over the Atlantic is a passion-filled, contemporary romance that tells the story of Mallory, a twenty something, curvy, voluptuous girl with self-esteem issues.  These issues have stopped her from meeting Mr Right and she has just about given up.  That is until one day she take a coffee break out in the bustling streets of Leeds city.  Stiletto’s and pavement cracks do not go well together and Mallory soon discovers this when she lurches right into the arms of a passing stranger…but not just any passing stranger…a gorgeous, masculine passing stranger!

I’m often asked if the characters in the book are based on real people.  The answer is no.  I can honestly say that Mallory has elements of me in her.  But to be totally honest, she has elements of almost every woman out there.  I hope this makes her endearing and realistic.

My second novel has been contracted and I am due to begin edits with my wonderful editor at 5 Prince Publishing very soon!

Bridge Over the Atlantic is available at:

Amazon UK:

You can contact Lisa J Hobman at:


Twitter: @LivingScottishD

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Special Guest Interview with Mike Harris about New Release “It Never Was You”

A Clue for Adrianna (Captain’s Point Stories) a romantic women’s fiction novel written by Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent

Also available in the UK and on NOOK!


I am very pleased and excited to welcome back today’s guest Mike Harris to One Vintage Heart as part of his current Blog Tour for his recent release It Never Was You, the second book of the Cypress Branches Trilogy comprising the writings of his grandfather William E. Thomas. 

Special Guest Interview with Mike Harris:

For readers and visitors that are new to my website, would you refresh us on a few important details about your incredible journey of publishing the Cypress Branches trilogy based on the writings of your grandfather, William E. Thomas?

Firstly, I’d like to say thank you, Juliette, for inviting me back to your blog for this interview – I loved the last one we did back in September, and I’m very excited about being back.

To cut a long story short, I took on the task of publishing my grandfather’s writings after he started to become ill from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. He wrote the Cypress Branches as one volume when he retired in the early 1990s, but soon started showing signs of confusion and memory loss. It was devastating for us as a family to watch as his illness began to take away his ability to undertake the everyday activities he enjoyed so much – reading, writing, theatre, cinema, cooking, completing cryptic crosswords…

His illness also meant that he was unable to pursue publication of the book he’d spent so long crafting, and his attempts soon fell by the wayside. But I wasn’t prepared to see the story end there, and decided to publish it as a hardback on his behalf. 100 copies were printed in 2009 and were distributed to friends and family, who loved it, and asked if I had plans to publish a paperback.

The book is huge – at 350,000 words long, it just about worked as a large hardback, but wouldn’t have worked as a paperback, so I started on a project to edit it into a series. It took three years to get the first part of the trilogy – Pegasus Falling – ready, and it was released last March.

The reaction to Pegasus Falling was better than I could ever have imagined. Although readership is still small, those who have read it have, without exception, loved it. The reviews have been glowing, and it was even named as a finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books contest last year.

It has taken another year for me to prepare part two of the trilogy. Titled It Never Was You, it was finally released last month on Kindle and in paperback. I think that brings us up to date!

Having read Pegasus Falling, Part One of the trilogy and loving it, I’m so excited about It Never Was You!  Did you find in the process of working on Part Two any unexpected challenges or surprises in preparing this volume for publication, or was it smooth sailing?

I’m so pleased that you’re excited about the new book, Juliette. And to be honest, so am I! I loved putting the book together, and for the most part, it was quite smooth sailing. That’s not to say there weren’t challenges, though.

As with the first part, the main challenge has been adapting what was written as one volume into a trilogy of smaller works without the input of the author. Alzheimer’s has left William unable to communicate effectively with us, so I’ve had to make decisions on his behalf. Luckily, William wrote the novel in an episodic format, and there are several clear storylines which run through which helped me make the decisions as to what would go in each book. At every step in the process I have had to ask myself “would William have been happy with that decision?” And if the answer was ever no, or I wasn’t less than 100% sure, I’d revise my idea.

What you read in the new books is all William’s work. There are the very rare exceptions where, as an editor, I have needed to delete a scene or two, or added the occasional sentence to make the story flow, but it is still William’s story, and they’re still his words. The best analogy I can make is restoring an old building. The original design is intact, but the builders may have had to plaster over a few cracks and restore some of the woodwork to bring out the building’s best attributes.

I was lucky that it was fairly obvious how the three parts of the trilogy would fit together. I was able to put Pegasus Falling together in rough form within a day or two! It Never Was You presented a few more challenges though, because I had a couple of important questions to answer.

Firstly, there was the matter of the prologue. This was written as an introduction to the whole work. I didn’t include it in Pegasus Falling because the characters who appear or are mentioned in the prologue don’t appear in that part of the story, so it would have been very confusing for the reader. But It Never Was You features a new set of characters, and the prologue is a great introduction to them. (It also gives us some clues as to why we are now following new characters, rather than continuing the story where we left off, which I’m sure some readers would have expected!)

The action in what will be Part Three of the trilogy does continue where It Never Was You ends, and I questioned for a long time where to leave the story. I’m happy with where the break point occurs, but readers may not be so happy, as it does leave us with another major cliff hanger!

What would you like readers to know about your grandfather that would give them a deeper insight into the writer’s point of view?

It’s quite well known now that William is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease – a horrifying illness which has reduced him to a mere shadow of his former self. It’s heartbreaking for us to know that he is unable to enjoy the success his books are finally having.

But it’s important to remember that The Cypress Branches is the product of a very intelligent and active mind that, for the first 75 years at least, enjoyed a very productive and action-packed life.

Like the main character in It Never Was You, William spent time in the merchant navy. In some respects, the character of Harry is very similar to William himself. They’re both lovers of the arts and visited the many cultural highlights of the cities and countries their job took them to, eschewing the usual pursuits of men in the merchant service.

He has always had a keen interest in literature. His library is a joy to behold, filled with special edition hardbacks of the classics as well as popular paperbacks, new writing and non-fiction. History and politics fascinate him, and that is reflected in the extensive research he undertook when writing his novel.

But despite his interest in all things literary and artistic, like Harry, William is an engineer by trade. He worked in the automotive and aircraft industry (I believe he was involved in the design of a small element of Concorde!) before ending his career as a lab technician at the Open University, where he also studied for two degrees (he is both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts!)

What has been the general reader response or feedback so far on It Never Was You, and especially from readers, like myself, who fell in love with Part One, Pegasus Falling?

There have been so many readers waiting patiently for part two of the trilogy, and it’s so exciting to finally be able to let them read it! It’s still very early days, but the readers and reviewers I have spoken to have all been magnanimous and universal in their praise.

It’s a relief, because I had many questions as to how readers would react to the second book. Would they be disappointed that the action doesn’t continue straight on from Pegasus Falling? Would they like the new characters, Harry and Mary? Would they like the new setting? The storyline? Or the ending?

But I needn’t have worried, because without exception, everyone has loved the new book. Some have even gone as far as saying that they enjoyed it more than the first part!

Unlike many other series, you can read and enjoy It Never Was You without having read Pegasus Falling first, although I would recommend doing so, as you’ll get more out of it, I think. But it does mean that you can jump in to the trilogy with either book, which is great.

Finally, what do you have in store for the readers with Part Three of the trilogy?

Part three will pick up the action where It Never Was You left off, albeit several years later. Whereas the first two parts of the trilogy explore aspects of the war and how it affected the lives of everyday people, part three moves on to the middle part of the twentieth century. We explore the cold war, the social, political and economic changes which were a direct consequence of the war and continued to rumble on for decades afterwards.

The action moves to London and Germany, and we discover how Harry comes to settle down into the comfortable life of a businessman and starts a family. Slowly, but surely, the questions posed by his grieving family at the prologue of It Never Was You are answered, and all the pieces of the puzzle finally come together.

What I can promise is that if you enjoyed the first two parts of the story, you’ll love the final instalment.

Do you have any projections right now for Part Three’s probable release date?

I’ve got a funny feeling that I’m going to have a lot of readers on my back begging me to release Part Three, and it is my intention to get it released as soon as possible. I’m hoping to release it by the end of this year, but at the moment I can’t make any promises. This is, after all, a part time project, and I am not prepared to rush the job. I’d rather wait and make sure the book is up to the same high standards I set for parts one and two, and I’m sure readers will appreciate that sentiment.

But having said that, I’m just as impatient to finish the trilogy as the readers are, so it won’t be too long a wait, I assure you!

This has been a labour of love for me over the past 5 years, and it will be quite a feeling of accomplishment when the trilogy is finally finished. From then on, it will be in readers’ hands what happens next. I believe the books are worthy of great success, and I’d love to give him the opportunity to achieve that success that his illness took away from him.

Connect with Mike and the Cypress Branches trilogy online:

Twitter: @CypressBranches



Amazon Author page:

Pegasus Falling and It Never Was You are both available to buy in paperback and ebook now!

Where to buy Pegasus Falling:

Amazon US:

Amazon UK:

B&N Nook:



Where to buy It Never Was You:

Amazon UK:

Amazon US:

(Other retailers coming soon)

Thank you again, Mike, for being my guest today on One Vintage Heart and for the awesome interview about your new release!

Happy Reading,



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One Vintage Heart Welcomes “A Heart at Home” Author Sara Barnard

A Clue for Adrianna (Captain’s Point Stories) a romantic women’s fiction novel written by Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent

Also available in the UK and on NOOK!

Featured today is Author Sara Barnard!  Learn more about A Heart at Home, Book Three in her “An Everlasting Heart” Series.

A Heart at Home

Book Three in An Everlasting Heart Series

Sara Barnard

Available from 5 Prince Publishing

Genre: FICTION / Romance / Historical

Release Date:

Digital ISBN: 10:193921744X  ISBN:13:978-1-939217-44-8

Print ISBN 13: 978-1-939217-45-5  ISBN 10:1-939217-45-8

Purchase link :

A Heart at Home:

Can a love already tested to the limit survive on the trail to the wilds of California to their new home?  After bidding farewell to her despondent family, newly-pregnant Charlotte drops everything to follow Sanderson to a promised job out west. The journey proves more difficult than any of them could have ever imagined. Wild animals, natural disasters, and a heavy Indian presence test not only Sanderson and Charlotte’s strength and endurance, but their faith in each other as well. Meanwhile, Minerva packs up the little rock cottage to journey west in the company of infant Jay Jay and Cotton just as peace Sanderson is trying to bridge between the Army and the Snake River Indians begins to fall apart.

About Sara Barnard:

Sara Barnard is a mother of four beautiful children and author of the children’s nonfiction book THE ABC’S OF OKLAHOMA PLANTS and the historical romance series AN EVERLASTING HEART. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, hiking with her family, or tackling the ever-growing pile of laundry produced by her family of six! Sara holds her B.A. in history and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Fish and Wildlife Management. Along with their four children, Sara’s family consists of a plethora of rescue animals, each with a story of their own. Sara and her family currently make their home in the beautiful, historic hills of Oklahoma.

Where to find Sara:

Web Site:

Twitter: @TheSaraBarnard


Excerpt from A Heart at Home:

“Shall we ride into town and say goodbye to George and Cotton, Charlotte?” Sanderson’s honey-sweet voice was thick in the early summer air. The sun had just begun to peek over the eastern horizon, tinting the sky a soft baby pink.

Morning had always been Charlotte’s favorite time of day, when everything was new and the pace was slow and sleepy. It was as if they all had another chance, a fresh start, the gift of a new day. Back during the War Between the States, when Sanderson was gone and nothing made sense, she would sit out in front of the little sod-roofed house she had shared with her father. There she could just be, with her steaming cup of coffee, one with the night birds in the darkness as the sun prepared to make its daily climb into the sky. But today was different.

She and Sanderson had taken their coffee in haste while packing their belongings for the long, overland journey that lay between them and California Territory. Jerry Thomas was already outside. It was no secret that he wished Minerva, her sister-in-law, and baby Jackson Junior, would come with them. Well, with him.

“Yes, I can’t leave without seeing Pa.” She glanced at Achilles, who Jerry had saddled. The old Gray stood swishing his tail absent-mindedly as Charlotte shouldered her bedroll. The adventure that awaited them on the long trail between Arkansas and California, where the job of Indian Agent was promised to Sanderson, was all consuming. Well, almost. “And I am sure going to miss Cotton.”

Just the thought of the bright, gapped-tooth grin of her former-student-turned-adoptive-brother and his sunny disposition was enough to dampen her resolve to head west. The adventuresome spark that had flared moments before flickered as the thin, sallow face of her Pa and the bronzed, shining one belonging to Cotton flashed through her mind. The bedroll that had seemed so light suddenly felt as though it contained lead bricks. She eased it to the ground, casting a glance back at her rock house.

The sign Cotton and George had made in secret, while building the house for them as a wedding present, caught her eye. S.C. REDDING     Q. “Q was Cotton’s favorite letter.”

Emotion surged from the depths of Charlotte’s soul. “Don’t know if I can leave them, Sanderson.”

She didn’t realize she was trembling until her beloved’s hand fell gently on her shoulder, drawing her watery gaze from their first home to him. He was still handsome, he always would be, but in a more aged way since escaping from prison. Sparkles from the sunrise accented the brown flecks in his hazel eyes. A slow smile spread wide across his full lips, revealing those dimples that made her knees turn to water and her stomach turn up in knots. Everything will be alright, it seemed to promise, cloaking her fears in warmth. As long as we’re together, everything will be alright. Achilles nickered, breaking Charlotte from her trance.

“It’s not set in stone, Charlotte. We can stay.” A chilled summer breeze tousled his hair, swirling the thick, sandy locks this way and that. “I can find work around here…” Sanderson’s words trailed off as he tried to hide the hopeless note in his voice. He averted his eyes, focusing on Charlotte’s ear instead of her face. “I’m sure there’s plenty, what with most of the guys heading west with gold fever.”

Charlotte felt her shoulders rise and fall. Altrose had survived the war only to become little more than a ghost town as the south struggled to thrive as an integral part of the United States of America. Apparently, the promise of adventure and riches west of the Rockies proved more suitable a venture than staying to work in disgrace amongst the haughty carpetbaggers. Most of the shops along Main Street had closed, their boarded-up windows all boasting the same selfish farewell on splintery boards: GONE WEST FOR GOLD. The stage had taken to running only three times a week instead of everyday. Even then, it seemed to carry more and more of Altrose’s citizens away and never brought them back.

“Let’s go on and go if we’re going,” Charlotte whispered. Minerva’s soft sobs tore at her tender heart. “No use forcing them to keep saying goodbye.”

Her sister-in-law’s face was pressed on Jerry’s shoulder, his arm draped loosely around her. Tearstains soaked the fabric of his shirt in a giant halo around Minerva’s face. Charlotte knew the pain she was feeling. She had felt it at every one of Sanderson’s many impromptu absences during their courtship and marriage. How odd it was not to be feeling the old, familiar sadness herself, not to be the woman ripped from the promise of happiness in her beloved’s arms. I wish she’d come with us, her and Jay Jay. We’re family…

Before Charlotte could utter those very words, Minerva straightened her back and shrugged Jerry’s arm from around her.

“Perhaps I will—” She wiped her purple velvet housecoat sleeve across her nose. “Perhaps after.” Charlotte watched Minerva’s eyes glisten as she searched her English vocabulary for the very words that wouldn’t hurt Jerry Thomas while, at the same time, would explain her heart. Words they all wanted to hear.

Jerry held a finger to her lips. His chestnut eyes gazed into Minerva’s. Neither pain nor suspicion clouded them. “You don’t have to explain yourself to me, Minerva Dika Glasgus.” His thumb trailed lightly across her cheek. “I know a thing or two about women, and I understand that you need that paper from Dr. Jernigan. Life has dealt you many blows, and none of us are certain of the future. Should we marry—”

Minerva’s cream complexion deepened until it was scarlet. “Go on.”

Jerry’s lips twisted into a seductive smile. Charlotte felt her own insides quake at the intensity of the moment.

“Should we marry and tragedy strike, you need to be able to make it in a white man’s world and provide for yourself and Jay Jay…and whoever else may have come along at that point.”

Minerva clasped both of her hands over his, holding them to her lips as the tears—no doubt, welcome ones—ran in rivulets down her cheeks. “Thank God, you understand.” Her voice was breathy.

“I’ll be in California, Camp Bidwell. Send word when you have your paper in hand, and I’ll send the funds for your travel.”

Minerva nodded, her eyes squeezed shut. Charlotte’s hand tightened around Sanderson’s.

“I love you, Minerva.”

Minerva’s sobs came harder, faster. She nodded, sending the tendrils of soft, inky hair flouncing about their hands. “I love you, Jerry.”

He kissed their hands. “Just promise me one thing.”

With a lone sniffle, Minerva sobered. Charlotte knew in her soul that Minerva didn’t have any more promises to give, what with having herself and baby Jay Jay to care for. “A promise?”

“Promise me that you won’t even consider coming west until you have that paper in your hand.” He kissed their hands again. “Promise?”

Minerva exhaled. “Promise.”

Jerry mounted his horse with the special saddle. She laid her hand on his wooden leg. The tears of love, relief, and understanding shimmered in tiny pools on her pockmarked face.

“No more tears,” Jerry instructed, cupping Minerva’s chin in a hand. “Now, give me a smile and go on inside so you don’t have to see us leave.”

After allowing a smile to tease her lips, Minerva scooped up Jay Jay and turned to comply. As she neared where Charlotte and Sanderson stood, she turned back to Jerry.

Jerry waved her unspoken words away with a smile. “Not a moment before.”

Minerva nodded in agreement before turning back to Charlotte.

Jerry’s voice broke through the quiet. “Hey, Minerva.”

Ever silent, she turned back to face him, Jay Jay balanced on her hip in all his three-month-old glory. Her voice box useless, she could only stare at the man who smiled at her so sweetly from atop the horse.

A distant roll of thunder sent a shudder down Charlotte’s spine.

“I love you, Minerva.” With a mischievous wink, Jerry turned and galloped off towards town.

Minerva sniffled again and shifted Jay Jay from one hip to the other. “He said if I wanted a rock cottage like this of my own, then he will make me one out west.”

Charlotte extended an arm to her sister-in-law. “You can have this one as long as you are of a mind to stay, Minerva,” she whispered.

“I know,” Minerva said, giving Charlotte a little squeeze. “I will watch over your home as though it were my own. When I get my paper, I will come.”

“We—your family—will be there waiting for you and baby Jay.”

With a smile and quick flick of her housedress, Minerva disappeared into the house. Charlotte thought she heard a sob resonate from one of the open windows.

“There, got it,” Sanderson exclaimed as he heaved the giant board upon his shoulder. He carried it to the wagon and stuck it over a wheel. S C REDDING     Q. “Now we can take a little bit of home with us wherever we go.”

Happy Reading!



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“Have No Shame” Author Melissa Foster Visits One Vintage Heart

A Clue for Adrianna (Captain’s Point Stories) a romantic women’s fiction novel written by Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent

Also available in the UK and on NOOK!


HAVE NO SHAME When civil rights and forbidden love collide

“This book will resonate with readers who enjoyed Kathryn Stockett’s, THE HELP, Julie Kibler’s, CALLING ME HOME, John Grisham’s, A TIME TO KILL, Sue Monk Kidd’s, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, and Kathleen Grissom’s, THE KITCHEN HOUSE.”

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 Within moments of starting to read, you will be transported back to the Arkansas of 1967 – hot, dusty, utterly rural and edgy. Poor white farmers dependent upon cheap black labor who, due to their superior numbers, are constantly suppressed, living on the wrong side of town, ghettoised and terrified. You will remember scenes from `In the Heat of the Night’ and `Easy Rider’; you will remember that, less than fifty years ago, if you were black, you could be beaten for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if you died at the hands of a white youth, justice would almost certainly be denied you.” Author Roderick Craig Low


Alison Tillman has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.


“A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society.” Hagerstown Magazine

“Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening.” Midwest Book Review

“A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice.” Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop

“Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their must-read list.” Readers’ Favorite

“A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society.” Author Rachelle Ayala

“[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time.”  Roderick Craig Low, Author of ‘Promises of Love and Good Behaviour’

“This book is not just a story; it’s an experience.” Author G.E. Johnson

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Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.


Megan’s Way
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women’s Fiction)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist (Spirituality)
2011 New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Spirituality)

Chasing Amanda

2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women’s Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
Top 10 Books of 2011, Pixel of Ink
Amazon Top 100 75+ Days running
Indie Reader’s Bestselling List That Counts (8 weeks)
Top Books of 2011, The Write Agenda

Come Back To Me

2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist,

2012 Readers Favorite Awards, Finalist

2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books Award, Finalist

2011 Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards, Finalist

Top 5 Must Read Books of 2011, IndieReader
Top Ten Books of 2011, Tea Time With Marce
IndieReader Best Reviewed Books of 2011, Huffington Post




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Thanks so much to Melissa Foster for this incredible guest post and the opportunity to learn more about Have No Shame, her latest release.  You won’t want to miss reading this powerful story!

Happy Reading!

Juliette Hill

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Interview with Annie Acorn, Co-author and editor of “A Clue for Adrianna”

A Clue for Adrianna (Captain’s Point Stories) a romantic women’s fiction novel written by Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent

Also available in the UK and on NOOK!

As many of my readers, Twitter followers and Facebook friends know, I have been working with the fabulous and talented Annie Acorn on a collaborative effort, creating a new Contemporary Romance Women’s Fiction series of novels under our joint pseudonym of Charlotte Kent.

The first in our Captain’s Point Stories series, A Clue for Adrianna was just released.  The second book in the series, following close behind, has a projected release date of August 1, 2013.  Annie and I have set out to create an enriching environment and inspiring cast of character that will entertain, enlighten and inspire our readers to grab hold of life’s opportunities, work out life’s challenges and struggles, and enjoy falling in love!

I appreciate the opportunity given to me through this collaboration to stretch my abilities as a writer and work with one of my true role models in the field, Annie Acorn.  I’ve learned so much during this process that will enrich my future individual literary works as well as provide meaningful creative contributions and editorial talents going forward!  Thank you, Annie for this chance of a lifetime.

Today, I have a special surprise!  Finally, Annie Acorn has agreed to a rare interview.  We’re all in for an enlightening treat!

Question #1:  We were able to write and edit A Clue for Adrianna, the first novel in our Captain’s Point Stories series in the contemporary romantic fiction genre in approximately 90 days.  Besides churning out sometimes thousands of words a day, what do you feel was the secret to accomplishing such an ambitious goal?

Annie Acorn:  It isn’t only the number of words we produced each day that led us to accomplishing such a goal–the key to writing a good novel, which was our goal, is saying what you intend to say in a way that will be entertaining and helpful to the reader, if they should chose to learn from the experience of the characters presented.

I am personally proud of what came out of our daily collaboration, during which we continually reminded ourselves who these characters were, what their lives were like, what their hopes and dreams were and their baggage (or what they as individuals had to overcome) in order to become the best they could be.

We put ourselves in the position of our characters to truly understand their actions and individual growth.

Question #2:  Did you ever experience writer’s block while we were working on A Clue for Adrianna or while you were writing any of your prior literary works?  If so, how did you deal with this issue?

Annie Acorn:  I can honestly say that I have never experienced writers’ block.  Scenes will come to me unexpectedly like a gift but when writing a daily quota, what I do is reread the previous scene and ask which one of the characters would take the next step, or who might show up at the door–that sort of thing.

Question #3: How did you find the experience of our collaboration on such a large undertaking like A Clue for Adrianna?

Annie Acorn:  I have always had an overactive imagination and obviously you do, too, Juliette.  Every time I thought I had a story line, you brought just as much to the table.  By bringing our creative perspectives together in the book, we produced vastly better material than we could have on our own.

Saying that, there were three things that I found during my experience: (1) knowing I was checking in with you each day kept me writing; (2) having daily collaboration discussions helped me focus on characters’ motivations, dreams and goals; and (3) I often saw your role, Juliette, in collaborating as keeping me on track–true to the characters by insisting that a character had to do something or not do something.

Question #4:  How did you approach this undertaking, given that this novel is the first in the Captain’s Point Stories (romance) series, compared to any of your previous works such as your highly successful Chocolate Can Kill, the first in the Emily Harris Cozy Mystery series?

Annie Acorn:  First, in a mystery series, the author is constantly looking to move the sleuth from one environment or group of people to another so that the reader has a fresh suspect or set of suspects to chose from.  With a romance series, a writer wants to set up an environment and a broad group of strong characters that the reader will want follow as they move forward together in the series.

When writing a mystery, one usually wants to limit the number of characters to between 12 and 15.  While in an ongoing romance series, the more characters that are casually introduced the better, without confusing the reader.

Question #5:  What if any, surprises or unexpected challenges did you encounter during our collaborative effort?

Annie Acorn:  I was surprised by how much fun that it was!  At the start, I had carried around a setting for a series for 30 years–a young woman that inherits a large money pit property in a small town who meets a cast of characters who change, broaden and enrich each others lives.  On Jan. 10, 2013,  I had no plot, no characters, no message beyond the single woman and the house.  In point of fact, the town of Captain’s Point is small but the house is not at all what I had envisioned nor is the character of Adrianna.  After we started, Adrianna took on a life of her own.  When she became defined, she dictated how we would move forward imagining the people around her and who might be thrown in her path that we could draw upon for the story.

The second surprise would be how much fun it could be to write collaboratively with another author who’s voice and vision are so similar.  I found it stimulating working with another accomplished author such as yourself, Juliette.  Our brainstorming sessions were amazing.

Question #6:  Working with you on this endeavor has been a dream-come-true for me and I have learned so much about completing a full-length novel.  What would you say is the greatest lesson that you’ve learned from this experience?

Annie Acorn:  Having written for more decades than I care to reveal, after all, Annie Acorn writes blog posts as– A Tired Older Woman… , it was wonderful to reaffirm that you’re never too old to take on a new challenge and stretch your talents such that they may be.

Second lesson:  Annie Acorn really does need 8 hours sleep a night rather than 4!

Question #7:  Was there anything about the collaborative approach to writing this novel that has surprised you?

Annie Acorn:  At times, A Clue… poured out of me!  So many words wanted to come out that it would have been physically painful not to put pen to paper.

For days on end, I would go to bed, only to wake up three hours later having to complete one or two chapters that were ready to be borne.  Being A Tired Older Woman… this took its toll–flipping my days and nights, forgetting to eat–a slave to my words.  At the end of the day, reading A Clue for Adrianna–it was all worth it!

Question #8:  Since A Clue for Adrianna is your first novel which would be categorized primarily as a romance, what have you found to be the most appealing aspect of working in this genre?

Annie Acorn:  Having the opportunity to fall in love again.  I have occasionally on my blog mentioned that I’ve been a widow for almost 20 years, writing this story of two, three-dimensional true to life young professionals, whose paths have met at a crucial time during which they fall in love, has allowed me to relive the time when I fell in love and married my soul mate.

We set out to write a romance and what we wrote was a romantic women’s fiction novel taking our work way beyond our initial expectations.  Our characters are so strong!

Question #9:  Which writers would you say have influenced your career?

Annie Acorn:  All my life, I have been a voracious reader so the list would be very long to be complete.  The authors who are among my favorites, and the ones I reread over and over again are:

(1) Jane Austen; (2) Agatha Christie; (3) Georgette Heyer; (4) Dorothy Sayers; (5) Margery Allingham; (6) Frances Burnett; (7) Debbie Macomber; (8) Deborah Crombie; (9) Madeleine L’engle; (10) Noel Coward; and (11) Oscar Wilde

These are authors who consistently produce works of such quality and diversity.

Question #10:  What do Charlotte Kent’s readers have in store for them in the near future?

Annie Acorn: Lots of fun and romance!  A Man for Susan, the second novel in our series has a projected launch date of August 1st!  Substantial writing has been completed on this work.  At the moment, we have five books in the works with others to come.  Romance and humor consistently flow through all five books as do a strong cast of characters experiencing and learning from life surrounded by friends and family at Captain’s Point.

Thank you so much, Annie, for spending this time with us and sharing your personal experiences, so that our readers and fellow authors have a better understanding of what motivates and influences you as a writer, as well as insights into our new collaborative undertaking, the Captain’s Point Stories series!

For more information about Author Annie Acorn or her blog  visit her website at:

Twitter: @Annie_Acorn or @CharlotteKent20

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