Lexi: Please welcome Joyce Wylde with her new release and she came bearing a gifts. Be sure to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win THE HOMECOMING and a Wylde gift bag!
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
JD: I think I may have come out of the womb this way. The writing, the creating, whether it was music, poetry, or short stories, has its own thread woven into my DNA. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating characters and story lines. When I didn’t imagine myself a writer. However, it took a backseat many times to the hectic day-to-day activities of real life. Marriage, working a full-time job, and raising our three sons. But I never gave up. And I’m blessed to be living my dream.
Lexi: What are you most excited about in this new release?
JD: I’m most excited about the story line. The family roots which tie Hayden and Elsa to a mountain in Kentucky. It strikes a personal chord with me. I’m blessed to live on the same piece of property where my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents lived. I know, personally, the ties that can bind a person to a certain place. I know family roots that grow deep into mountain soil. How hard it would be to sever those ties.
Through this book, I’m excited to be able to give voice to the destruction of the Appalachian way of life caused by the controversial practice of mountaintop removal mining. The environmental hazards, the health issues pitted against the need to provide for family. It doesn’t matter what end of the political spectrum you reside, or whether you believe in God, or the universe, we are all children of this planet with a duty to protect our natural resources. Once a mountain top is blown away, it can’t be rebuilt. Once an endangered species is hunted to extinction, there’s no bringing them back. It’s our duty to protect our planet and our natural resources for our children, our grandchildren, and for future generations.
JD: The idea for this story was a culmination of many things. My love of the mountains. My anger seeing them in West Virginia and Kentucky obliterated in the name of coal. Witnessing the destruction. Reading the first-hand accounts of life in these small coal towns. The struggles, the illness, the premature death. And this overlying Divine theme from a verse in Corinthians, let all you do be done in love.
Lexi: What are your favorite traits of the two main characters?
JD: I would have to say Hayden’s strength in his beliefs, and Elsa’s stubborn determination. Hayden’s faith, his certain knowledge is a perfect balance for Elsa’s weaker faith. And her inbred mountain stubborn is the driving force for her determination to do whatever it takes to give her daughter the happy childhood she deserves. And to heal her daughter’s wounded spirit. Even going against Hayden, the man she once loved with all her heart. Sacrificing her future, her own happiness for her child.
Lexi: What do you think everyone should know about your husband?
JD: That he is my very own super hero! He loves me. Inspires me. And he believes in me. I wouldn’t be here, if not for him saying, “You can do this. I know you can. It’ll be our wild adventure.” And there’s where the pen name, J.D. Wylde comes from. The “J” is for Joyce. The “D” is for Dave. And the “Wylde” is our wild adventure. See? I told you he was a super hero!
Lexi: It was great to visit with Joyce and she has brough a giveaway. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance!
THE HOMECOMING Blurb:
Hayden Michael Roark came home a decorated war hero. But no amount of medals, or commendations, can make up for the fight he lost to save his family and his Appalachian hometown from the greed of big coal and the environmental hazards of mountaintop removal mining.
It has cost him everything. His reputation. His home. The life he wanted. And Elsa Billings, the woman he loved.
He’s done fighting. All he wants now is peace. A place to come home to heal his wounded spirit. And mend his battered soul. Instead, he finds Elsa Billings McCreary and her seven-year-old daughter living in his house. On his mountain. Leaving him without a home. And, whether he wants it, or not, with one more battle to fight. Convincing Elsa to leave Roark Mountain and Cooper Falls, Kentucky, before bad air and polluted water sicken her. Or worse.
Elsa Billings McCreary has fought her entire adult life. With Hayden’s coalition to save their town. For her husband, lost in the darkness of anger and depression. And for her daughter, an innocent casualty in her less-than-perfect marriage.
She’s lost every fight. But she won’t lose this battle to heal her daughter’s spirit. Even if it means going up against Hayden Roark. The man she once loved with all her heart. The man she never thought she’d see again. But he is here. On her doorstep. (His doorstep, if she wants to split hairs.) Bringing with him the promise for the future she’d always prayed she’d have with him.
But it comes with a price she’s not willing to pay.
When he life takes an unexpected turn, Elsa’s faith is tested. She soon finds herself in the fiercest fight of her life. Physically, and spiritually. Can she beat the hand Fate has dealt her to have The Homecoming she and Hayden both desire?
J.D. Wylde is the author of sweet and sexy romance. She has a line of sexy contemporary romances, as well as a line of sweet inspirational romances of faith. She writes stories with strong heroines, sexy heroes and always, a happy ending.
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