Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Author Interview & Giveaway: Seasoned by Jayme H. Mansfield

 

Seasoned Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Seasoned by Jayme H. Mansfield, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Seasoned
Title: Seasoned 
Author: Jayme H. Mansfield 
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing 
Release Date: November 3, 2020 
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance 

Essie White battles loneliness two years after the death of her husband. Her romance-writing daughter suggests that her mother try online dating. Essie agrees, seeking male companionship only, not a love interest. 

Widower Lou Rizzo isn’t seeking love either. But he accepts his friend’s dare and posts his profile on the dating site, although he uses an alias to safeguard his identity. 

Essie and Lou meet, and their initial attraction soon develops into a friendship neither wants to lose. Lou, however, must confess his part in a decades-old incident that he feels Essie cannot forgive. She, too, harbors secrets that may jeopardize their future together. 

As the relationship grows, each must decide whether to reveal the truth about their past mistakes, lost dreams, and fears for a chance to love again. 


 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW


What was the inspiration behind Seasoned?

Jayme: Seasoned was inspired by the true-life, love story between my mother, Janet, and her twelve-year companion, Frank. After each enjoying long and happy marriages, their spouses passed. Janet and Frank actually met online and shared the most wonderful love, adventures, and vibrant living. A great deal of the story is woven in truth!


How long did it take you to write this novel?

Jayme: Oh, my. This was a slow boat! I wrote it over the course of four years!


Do you have a favorite quote from this novel?

Jayme: Tough question for sure! However, I love this one as it captures the essence of their love, “Refusing to be rushed and say something defensive, I arranged my thoughts, beliefs, hopes, and dreams like a beautiful bouquet. “Your father and I understand that love isn’t reserved for only the young.” I stepped closer to her. “Dear, love knows no age. It simply knows what’s in the hearts of those who choose to embrace it.”


What do you hope readers take away from Seasoned?

Jayme: At its core, Seasoned reminds us that love knows no age. We were created and intended to love at every stage of our lives. Presented with the chance to love one last time … would you take it? This is a story of forgiveness, hope, and love … with a happy ending. I love happy endings! 😀


Would you share something about yourself that most readers wouldn’t know?

Jayme: My favorite place to be is on a horse in the wide open, prairie grasses – my heaven on earth. If not there, being in front of my easel with my two Golden Retrievers, Millie and Bella, underfoot, is a beautiful place to be.


What are you reading now?

Jayme: The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah – Hey, if I can’t travel to France now, why not read about it? I’m also enjoying In His Image ~ 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character by Jen Wilken. 


How many bookcases are in your home?

Jayme: Great question! At last count, seven (and not counting baskets!). I’ve been on a splurge to simplify the house but can’t seem to minimize the books. Twenty plus years as an elementary school teacher doesn’t help!


What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Jayme: Work in my art studio, mostly painting large florals on canvas, playing with the dogs, spending time with my family. We have a very full house right now – two college sons, my husband, and even moved my mother here … yes, the inspiration for Seasoned is in the house! 😀



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jayme H. Mansfield

Loosening the reins and leaning into a creative life—that’s Jayme H. Mansfield’s sweet spot as an author, artist, and educator. Speaking at book clubs and interest groups, teaching the writing craft, and guiding others in their artistic pursuits at her long-time art studio, Piggy Toes, is the icing on the cake.

The transformative power of art and faith are common threads in her award-winning historical novels, Chasing the Butterfly and RUSH. Her latest novel, Seasoned ~ A Vintage Love with Modern-Day Flavor, delivers the same. Recently, RUSH won several awards, including the Gold Medal Illumination Award winner for Enduring Christian Fiction, Selah Finalist, Excellence in Editing, two prestigious Colorado Book of the Year Awards, and finalist for the Chanticleer Laramie Award for Excellence in Western Fiction. RUSH was named the 2019 Village Read and celebrated throughout Colorado. Her bold floral abstractions and imaginative landscapes blend luscious color and playful texture—a testimony to what is acclaimed as “joyful and hopeful” art.

Jayme lives at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she and her husband have survived raising three hungry, hockey-playing sons. Currently, two very needy Golden Retrievers run the roost. Visit www.jaymehmansfield.com for books, art, and creative inspiration.

CONNECT WITH JAYME:
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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive one signed copy of Chasing the Butterfly, Rush, and Seasoned and a box of original art floral notecards from Jayme H. Mansfield!

Seasoned JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 3, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 10, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful post. I enjoyed reading it.

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  2. Interesting to see how these two meet and what they have in common. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

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  3. This sounds really good! I'm super intrigued!

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  4. Nice giveaway.
    Marion

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  5. This book looks like an interesting book that I would enjoy reading.

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  6. Great interview! I especially liked reading about the inspiration behind her new book.

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