A resident of Providence, RI, Regina grew up in nearby Barrington. After graduating from Providence College she attended the University of Delaware, eventually earning her Master’s Degree in American Civilization from Brown University. She is inspired by anything to do with nature, and she and her husband enjoy visiting nearby Cape Cod. Regina’s hobbies include Travel, Museums, Theater, Classical Music, Choral Singing and Gardening. She is a radio host for In-Sight, an association dedicated to providing services to the visually impaired of all ages. Among Regina’s inspirational romances are: THE PERFECT PROPOSAL, LIGHT OF THE HEART, ANGELS OF THE HEART, PRAISE OF THE HEART, and GLORY OF THE HEART. Look for brand new titles in her Sterling Lakes Series: DESTINY’S DESIGNS, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and IN GOOD FAITH.
Welcome to my blog, Regina. Where did you get your inspiration for the Sterling Lakes Series?
This series is based, in part, on the town where I grew up. By that I mean all the good parts! As I grew older I realized how idyllic my background was in Barrington. It was filled with natural beauty and kind-hearted people. We never locked our doors. Things change over time, and that became a theme I wanted to explore in my work. So I added the dimension of life’s problems and challenges to Sterling Lakes. I think it makes the books more true-to-life and easier for my readers to relate to. I hope so anyway! They are all stand-alones but flow as a cohesive series. The nine books in the series all deal with the renovations of the town church and thematically are divided into three sections. The first three deal with the past, the middle three with the present and the last three with the future. Of course, past, present and future overlap, but that is the general story arc of the series.
“Light of the Heart, book 1, is a great love story with plenty of humor. Cascade, the female character, is charming. As for Dan, he is a hoot and he’s such a fun and masculine character. One of my favorite quotes that he says is this: “I’m just the project manager. I come into town, do the job, and leave. No ties, no friendships, no tea parties and barbecues with the neighbors. In and out.” He snapped his fingers. “Just like that.” No tea parties and barbecues with the neighbors? After that statement, you can tell what kind of guy he is going to be. This story is very entertaining and I really liked Dan.” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke
Tell us about book two: Angels of the Heart.
The life of a television journalist has been good to Maryanne Lynch. That is, until she learns of developer Travis Collimore's plans to destroy the Townsend Barn, a cherished Sterling Lakes landmark, and build a strip mall in its place. Will Maryanne's efforts to stop him be successful? Or will Travis' plans for the future prevail over her attachment to the past?
“Angels of the Heart, book 2, is a love story with grit. Maryanne is a strong character and is trying to save a historical landmark, a barn with an angel weather vane. She says that the barn represents the city’s past and who they are, so it can’t be torn down. She says that we don’t tear down our history but “we build up on where we came from, that’s who we are.” I loved her strength and grit concerning other beliefs she had and she was not about to back down. A great story!” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke
Now tell us about book three: Praise of the Heart.
Librarian Laura Matthewson is happy staying out of the limelight. But when pro baseball star Cliff Markham returns home to Sterling Lakes to help with the St. Luke's Church Renovation fundraiser, will she be able to resist his magnetic power?
“Praise of the Heart, book 3, is a sweet love story with challenges. Laura is a librarian with a quiet demeanor who doesn’t like a lot of attention drawn to her. Cliff is the complete opposite. He’s an all-star baseball hero and enjoys the limelight, but he doesn’t let it go to his head. These two are opposites, but they quickly fall for each other. Love at first sight! This story has its challenges, too. Someone is trying to stop the church renovations from going through and a certain woman gossips and bad-mouths others without another thought or worry about who it hurts. Not only that, Laura is faced with a decision whether or not to become a model. These challenges have their moments, but end happily. A great story!” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke
Now tell us about book four: Glory of the Heart.
GLORY OF THE HEART deals with a hero who is grappling with the past and a heroine who is starting a new future, trying to put the past behind her. CC, the heroine, has just moved to town and purchased the house that the hero used to live in as a child before his family left Sterling Lakes. He finds a stash of letters from his father in CC’s attic, and they reveal a shocking truth about the past that shatters his image of what his family really was. Both characters struggle to find the truth, and both struggle to move on from the past. Faith and doubt play a huge role in how their romance develops.
Perrin Marlowe, a war hero, has based his life on the ideals of his father and pursued a livelihood in the realm of stonework and masonry. Returning to Sterling Lakes, he finds the truth about his past in the attic of CC Cogshell’s house--and for CC, who has started a new life in the rural New England town, this seminal move in her life as she leaves a terrible relationship may lead her to places she never dreamed of going. It is through the past that they will both be able to move into their futures...will it be a future that they can share together?
Please tell us where my readers can find your books.
Regina Andrews Website: http://www.reginaandrews.com
Writers Exchange: http://www.writers-exchange.com/Regina-Andrews.html
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/regina-andrews
Thank you so much for this interview, Regina. I went to Writers Exchange and it’s a very nice website. I hope my readers will check out your Christian Romances.