“Kylie’s Kiss” Blog Blitz and Giveaway, June 27-30 by Delia Latham

Kylie reveals exactly what she’s waiting for in a relationship

Kylie’s Kiss Blurb:
On a dare, Kylie Matthews lands smack in the middle of Solomon’s Gate—Castle Creek’s new Christian dating agency—and she finds herself revealing exactly what she’s waiting for in a relationship: “The kiss that steals my breath away.”

What she doesn’t reveal is her lack of self-esteem or her irrational reaction to facial disfigurement. Neither is applicable to her quest to find the perfect match. But that seemingly superficial malady becomes all-important when her first agency-arranged date is Rick Dale—a man who is everything Kylie is searching for. He’s handsome, smart, fun. Rick has it all…including an angelic six-year-old daughter with severe scarring on one side of her face.

Hard at work founding a therapy camp for young female victims of deformity or disfigurement, Rick wants Kylie to be a part of those plans. She’d love to say yes…but how can she, when every contact with the facility’s guests—and Rick’s own daughter—will make her violently ill?

Kylie is ready to admit their relationship doesn’t stand a chance, but she’s forgotten that God makes a way where there seems no way.

Fun Bio:

Born and raised in a place called Weedpatch, Delia Latham moved from California to Oklahoma in 2008, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her simple country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. The author enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. She loves to hear from her readers. You may contact her through her website or send an e-mail to delia AT delialatham DOT net.

Professional Bio:

Delia Latham is a born-and-bred California gal, recently transplanted to Oklahoma where she lives with her husband Johnny. She’s a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend—but above all, she treasures her role as child of the King and heir to the throne of God. Delia enjoys big, loud, happy family gatherings. When she’s not writing, she loves to play piano and sing, read, enjoy nature’s beauty, and design marketing products for authors.

A former newspaper Staff Writer and frequent contributor to her hometown’s regional publication, Bakersfield Magazine, she has also freelanced projects to a public relations firm and various magazines; has compiled, edited, and designed cover art for several book projects for Kindness Incorporated and Chuck Wall, the president/founder of that organization; and has sold greeting card verse. Many of her short stories, articles, and devotions can be found online.

Latham’s backlist of published novels includes: Goldeneyes (2008, Vintage Romance Publishing); Yesterday’s Promise (2010, White Rose Publishing); Destiny’s Dream (2010, White Rose Publishing, Solomon’s Gate Series, Book 1); and Mine! (children’s picture book, 2011, Vinspire Imaginations). Kylie’s Kiss (Solomon’s Gate, Book 2) released in April 2011. Book 3 in the Solomon’s Gate Series will also be available in 2011, with release date pending.

Find out more about this author at:

Her website:  www.delialatham.net.

Newsletter:  www.bookshelfnewsletter.blogspot.com

FIRST PRIZE:   Oil Bottle Necklace/Pendant 

BE SURE TO COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

The first-prize winner of the oil bottle necklace will be chosen from comments left on June 27th ONLY. I’ll send an e-mail to all of my hosts, announcing the winner, and you may announce it on your blogs if you choose to do so.

The pendant is about 2 1/2 inches long and the decoration is the same on both sides. The oil is Hadas’sah Queen Esther Oil. Necklace and oil from The Master’s Jewels.

ADDITIONAL PRIZES:

For every half dozen blogs I visit on June 27 through June 30, I will give away one pdf copy of either Destiny’s Dream (Book one, Solomon’s Gate) or Kylie’s Kiss (Book two, Solomon’s Gate) ; OR a print copy of Morning Rendezvous (winner’s choice). So…if I’m hosted at twelve blogs, I’ll give away TWO books. If I have eighteen hosts, THREE commenters will win a book. And so on.

Below are all the blogs Kylie and I will be juggling on June 27th. As I schedule more, they will be added here, so you’ll know where to find us. (Two blog addresses beside any host’s name indicates that host will post Kylie’s and/or my information at two different web locations).

Host                                                  Blog Addy

Donna Basinow                                  http://donnabsnow.blogspot.com/

Pamela S. Thibodeaux                   http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Lena Nelson Dooley                        http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com 

Barbara Hartzler                                http://barbarahartzler.com/

http://www.examiner.com/christian-fiction-in-kansas-city/barbara-hartzler

Linda Wagner                                     https://onedesertrose.wordpress.com/

Anne K. Albert                                    http://piedmont-island-trilogy.blogspot.com

Tracy Krauss                                       www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com

Robin Bayne                                http://www.writingbetweensundays.blogspot.com

Edwina Cowgill                                    http://www.musingsofedwina.blogspot.com/

Susan Hollaway                                http://susanhollaway.blogspot.com

Patty Wysong  (June 27-28)    http://www.barndoorbookloft.net

Elizabeth Johnson                         http://www.lizjohnsonbooks.com

Shellie Neumeier                            http://shellieneumeier.com/

Liz Tolsma                                          www.liztolsma.blogspot.com

Teresa Slack                                      www.writersrest.blogspot.com

Rose McCauley                                http://www.rosemccauley.blogspot.com/

Jeannie Campbell                          http://charactertherapist.blogspot.com/

Nike Chillemi                                    http://crimefictionandfaith.blogspot.com/

Jo Huddleston                                  http://johuddleston.blogspot.com/

Clare Revell                                        http://telscha.blogspot.com/ 

Andrea Strong                                  http://andreastake.blogspot.com

Phyllis Wheeler                               http://www.phylliswheeler.com/blog/

Elaine Cantrell                                http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com

Cheryl St. John                                http://cherylstjohn.blogspot.com/

Kylie and I are SO EXCITED about this event, and looking forward to chatting with you on June 27th! See you then!

Let’s talk about anointing oil.

In Destiny’s Dream, Book One in the Solomon’s Gate series, the heroine is a firm believer in the power of this amazing additive to heartfelt, genuine prayer. At the end of every day in the dating agency, she kneels at her desk and prays over that day’s applications—to ask God’s guidance in pairing two hearts. Before taking her petitions to the throne, however, she anoints each application with oil.

This is not a new thing. A crucial part of biblical history, anointing oil played important roles in the lives of the children of Israel. God gave specific instructions as to ingredients and use. He provided different “recipes” for different purposes. Certain rituals were connected with its use, and God expected strict adherence to His instructions in regard to those rituals. Once His conditions were met, however, anointing oil became a powerful connection between His children and Himself.

It still is.

In the Old Testament, this medium—referred to as “holy anointing oil,” was used for a variety of purposes. It played a part in preparing the dead for burial; priests were anointed at certain times, by pouring oil over their heads. An anointed priest was considered to be wearing “the crown of the anointing oil of his God”; kings were anointed prior to taking the throne; the tabernacle and the vessels within it were anointed to make them holy. In the New Testament, it didn’t see quite so many uses, but it was still a common practice under certain circumstances: in preparation for burial, when welcoming important guests, and when praying for healing of the sick.

It’s as if the very aroma of the oil wafts its way to Heaven, reaches God’s nostrils and draws His attention to the need being addressed. As if making the extra effort of applying oil earns some kind of heavenly “brownie point,” if I may be so inelegant. It gives God a heads-up. “Hey, Dad…it’s me. Your kid. I’ve got a situation here, and I sure could use Your help.”

He smells the oil, and his ears perk up. His senses go on all-alert. His heart swells with love. The natural instinct of a protective, caring, loving Papa rises up within Him. The Creator of the Universe charges in, in full battle array, to defend…protect…heal…whatever the need is. He’s on it.

Through Destiny’s story, God opened my eyes to the power of anointing with oil. He used a fictional heroine in a made-up story set in a non-existent California town to give me the key to very real, as-yet-untold riches.

I grew up in a Christian environment. From a very young age, I watched my pastor anoint the sick with oil before he prayed over them. But I never thought about why he did that. Some members of our congregation used to anoint the doors and windows of their homes when they moved into them, to invite in God’s presence and drive out anything unholy that might be lurking within. I had heard about this practice, but I didn’t inquire into the purpose behind the gesture. I failed to grasp the tremendous power being harnessed and put into action right before my eyes.

Have you considered the possibilities God has opened up for you? Are you adding this amazing “secret” ingredient to your prayers?

As for me, Destiny May’s use of anointing oil throughout the Solomon’s Gate books taught me to pray more effectively. She showed me the unlimited heights that can be reached, the miracles that can be wrought through the power of prayer coupled with anointing oil.
Trailer:

Kylie’s Kiss Excerpt:

Rick settled into a seat across from Kylie and Clay and sat in silence for a moment, a slight frown drawing his dark brows together. Finally he looked up, first at Clay, then in her direction. “Kylie, I haven’t had a chance to share with you about Lea, though I believe Clay knows a little.”

Her heart sank and her gaze flew to her boss, who nodded. Yes, he knew about Lea, whoever she was. This didn’t sound good. “Who’s Lea?”

“She’s my little girl.” Kylie drew in a slow, deliberate breath, forcing herself to stay calm. So he had a daughter. As long as a wife wasn’t the next announcement, she could handle that.

“You have a child. How old is she?”

“She just turned six.” Rick’s expression softened as he spoke, and Kylie knew without a doubt that Lea was his life. His green eyes, startling against the olive of his skin, met hers without flinching. “She’s a special child, Kylie. Smart, beautiful, charming….” Kylie found herself fascinated by the adorable little self-derisive grin that played about his lips. “And sweet as cotton candy.”

Kylie couldn’t help smiling. “You don’t like her much, huh?”

“She is my heart and soul.” A little sheepish, but unrepentant.

“When do we get to meet this perfect child?” Clay’s grin lit up his craggy face. “Destiny’s already looking forward to it, but be warned—she’s going to try to keep her. My wife has a thing with kids, man. She loves ’em, and they always love her right back.”

Rick laughed a little, but his tone was serious. “I hope she still feels that way after she meets Lea.” He pulled a wallet from his pocket, then sat for a moment, saying nothing.

Puzzled, Kylie watched him run slender fingers through his thick black hair. Again and again he invaded the thick waves, managing to somehow leave them only slightly mussed. Finally he opened the billfold and pulled out a photo.

When he raised his head, revealing the torment in his eyes, her heart nearly stopped. What was wrong with Lea? Whatever it was, did Rick think it would make a difference in how she or Clay might feel about the child? If so, he certainly didn’t give them much credit.

“This is Lea.” He handed the photo to Clay, who smiled and passed it on to Kylie.

“She’s a cutie all right, my friend. You weren’t exaggerating. So what’s the problem?”

Kylie wondered the same thing. The photo showed a partial silhouette of an extraordinarily beautiful child. Unlike her olive-skinned father, Lea was a vision of light. Golden hair, porcelain skin, eyes the color of a robin’s egg. Kylie met Rick’s gaze, mystified by his obvious unease. “She’s lovely.”

“Thank you. I think so.” He pulled out another photo and handed it to Clay. “In spite of this.”

Kylie’s stomach clenched and threatened to revolt. Her boss’s flinch was slight, but unmistakable. Oh, dear God, please help me handle whatever this is with grace. How ironic that her first real prayer in years would be one of such a pitifully begging nature. Somehow she knew her reaction to this photo could mean life or death for her relationship with Rick. How strange that she’d be thinking in terms of a relationship now, when only moments before she’d been ready to concede defeat.

Clay nodded slowly, then met Kylie’s eyes. He held briefly to the picture even after her fingers closed on it. His words were directed to his friend, but his gaze held hers. “You’re right, my friend. Nothing could make this child anything less than perfect.”

He released the photo into Kylie’s grip. By now she did not want to look at it. Something in Rick’s eyes and Clay’s voice told her she could be in trouble. But what choice did she have?

Her eyes moved in slow, jerking movements from Clay’s face to the photo in her hands. She gasped, overwhelmed with sympathy—and total panic.

Another silhouette, shot from the opposite side of Lea’s face. Long, lumpy red welts stained her exquisite skin, puckering her cheek into an inhuman mask. Kylie had no idea she was crying until the tears tickled her face, even as her throat closed and her stomach lurched.

The photo fluttered to the floor as she leaped to her feet. Sending the two men a desperately apologetic look, she flew out of the room with a hand over her mouth.

Interview Q & A:

Q: Tell us a bit about who you are outside of the writing field.

A:  I’m a born-and-bred California gal, transplanted to Oklahoma at age 50. Talk about your “change of life!”  My husband and I moved here in 2008, after he was medically retired (with COPD) and needed to get out of the San Joaquin Valley in California, with its sadly tarnished air. I am fortunate to be able to write full time—a new thing for me, and I’m loving it! The Solomon’s Gate Series sounds intriguing, with the whole dating agency concept.

Q:  Is your new release, Kylie’s Kiss, a part of that series? Share a bit about Solomon’s Gate.

A:  Solomon’s Gate is a set of three books, based around a Christian dating agency of the same name. The introductory novel, Destiny’s Dream, focuses on Destiny May, who founds a Christian dating agency in a mid-sized, conservative California town. The two follow-up novels involve a couple of Destiny’s “Seekers,” which is her name for the people who come to her seeking a soul mate. Kylie’s Kiss, book two in the series, released April 29. I’m excited about this book, and the true-to-life issues in the storyline. Here’s a blurb:  On a dare, Kylie Matthews lands smack in the middle of Solomon’s Gate—Castle Creek’s new Christian dating agency—and she finds herself revealing exactly what she’s waiting for in a relationship: “The kiss that steals my breath away.”

What she doesn’t reveal is her lack of self-esteem or her irrational reaction to facial disfigurement. 

Neither is applicable to her quest to find the perfect match. But that seemingly superficial malady becomes all-important when her first agency-arranged date is Rick Dale—a man who is everything Kylie is searching for. He’s handsome, smart, fun. Rick has it all…including an angelic six-year-old daughter with severe scarring on one side of her face.

Hard at work founding a therapy camp for young female victims of deformity or disfigurement, Rick wants Kylie to be a part of those plans. She’d love to say yes…but how can she, when every contact with the facility’s guests—and Rick’s own daughter—will make her violently ill?

 Kylie is ready to admit their relationship doesn’t stand a chance, but she’s forgotten that God makes a way where there seems no way.

Q:  How do you market your work, or does your publisher do the majority of the marketing?

A:  My publisher is wonderful about doing everything they can to get the word out and place our books. They are, however, a small press, and I am expected to help with the marketing. That said, even large publishing houses are now asking authors to contribute something to the promotional process, so I don’t mind. I’m grateful to find a reputable home for my books. White Rose is recognized by both RWA and ACFW, so they must be doing something right. 

Q:  What can we expect from you next?

A:  I’m working on a book of women’s fiction. It incorporates characters from two of my earlier books…Yesterday’s Promise and Goldeneyes. This is a bit unusual, since Goldeneyes is set in 1936 and 1959, and Yesterday’s Promise is a contemporary romance. Readers who’ve read either or both of those books will definitely be interested in this one. I’m also working on a short novella for a Valentine collection. Now to find a home for it… 🙂

Q:  What advice would you give to budding authors who have published a book and now ask, “What next?”?

A:  Start writing your next one! That said, it’s so important to learn everything you can about marketing a book, because you should be doing that even before yours is released. If you don’t already have a platform of followers/fans, start building one—yesterday! Use as many social networking tools as you can efficiently handle, and work them. If you don’t have a website, get one. This will be crucial to your publicity, and if you can’t afford to have one done professionally, there are numerous free web hosting companies online. Webs.com is a good one. Above all, place your career in the hands of God and follow His lead. He sees the bumps in the road ahead that are not within your line of sight yet, and He knows how to guide you through, around, under or over them…whichever is best for your situation. Trust Him!

Q:  As a successful author, are there any words of wisdom you’d like to share?

A:  “Successful” is probably stretching it a bit. I’m still struggling to make a name for myself and get my books on the bookstore shelves, because I truly feel that each of them hold a message from God for someone—hopefully more than one someone.   My advice is always, first of all, to write from the heart. Also, I think it’s absolutely vital to a writer’s success to find a place they can call their own, whether that means a fully dedicated office, the corner of a bedroom, the end of a dining table, or a closet dedicated to the cause. Wherever, whatever it is, go to that place every day, preferably at the same time every day, and write. Write badly if necessary on some days, but write. That’s what writer’s do.

Q:  Do you have a favorite verse of scripture?

A:  I actually have two, and it’s impossible for me to choose one over the other.

This first one is my daily plea, because I need a new, clean heart every day—and only God can keep my spirit right and steadfast!

Psalm 51:10—Create in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

And this one I like to read every morning, because it reminds me where my mind should be channeled.

Philippians 4:8— 8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Q:  Just for fun, what super power would you like to be blessed with?

A:  Just one?  I think I’d like to be able to fly, then I could visit all the places I’d love to see without having to spend the money to get there.

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16 thoughts on ““Kylie’s Kiss” Blog Blitz and Giveaway, June 27-30 by Delia Latham

  1. Linda, thank you so much for hosting Kylie and me on your blog today! I look forward to visiting with you and your readers.

    Readers, feel free to leave comments or questions – for me OR for Kylie. We love talking to readers!

  2. I am totally touched by the insert from the book and cannot wait to find it in sa bookstores. I use a lot of aromatherapy oils myself but must admit that I have never thought of it as more than healing. I am totally amazed and intrigued. Thank you.

    • Please let me know your email address as soon as possible. You won a book by Delia. Or another person will need to be picked.

  3. Hello, everyone! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the interview and article. Remember, Delia and I are here to answer questions or comments about the series or any concept of the series, so don’t be shy…let us know what you’re thinking. 🙂

  4. I would love to fly too! That would be great! Your book sounds great. Have a great day.

    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

  5. Hi, Linda! Thank you so much for hosting Kylie and me today. We look forward to chatting with you and your readers about Kylie’s story, or the Solomon’s Gate Series as a whole. Readers, good luck in the drawings! I hope you enjoyed Linda’s wonderful post today – I certainly did! 🙂 Don’t be shy if you have comments or questions…let’s talk…

  6. First, Happy Birthday, Delia! You’re most welcome for the opportunity to post for your book.

    Readers, be sure to comments if you wish to earn an opportunity win Delia’s prizes! I would love her First Prize myself!

  7. Tinkertoot…I probably should mention that you probably won’t find this series in the bookstores, but they’re available at most online bookstores and through Delia’s publisher, White Rose Publishing (www.whiterosepublishing.com).

    I’m so glad all of you could stop by today. I love talking about my part in the Solomon’s Gate Series!

  8. Hi, everyone! Just a quick reminder – the fun is not over yet! Although the 1st prize was drawn this morning, FOUR PRIZES still remain to be awarded. Comments may be left on this and all participating blog posts until midnight, June 30th, for the drawings on July 1st. Winners will be able to choose from pdf copies of Destiny’s Dream, Kylie’s Kiss OR my self-published book of devotions, Morning Rendezvous.

    So keep talking to us, readers – Kylie and I are still listening! 🙂

  9. Pingback: Additional Giveaways Still Available: “Kylie’s Kiss” Blog Blitz and Giveaway, June 27-30 by Delia Latham « Onedesertrose's Blog—Christian Book Reviews

  10. Sorry I didn’t enter the first day but then again I’d love to win the book! I enjoyed the post and the trailer. The books sound charming and beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mesreadsATgmail.com

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