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An author with The Wild Rose Press, I strive to bring authors and readers together with a touch of Heart, Soul, and Happily Ever After.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thankful Author 2017- Delsora Lowe


Thank you Angela, for inviting me to your blog!
I am thankful most of all for my family, my son and daughter (happy birthday to my daughter tomorrow), and my three active, smart, and engaging grandsons who are still young enough to “endure” lots of hugs.

I am thankful for my interesting childhood, growing up in a big, diverse city, our nation’s capital, and spending part of my childhood living in several countries overseas, visiting many others, as well as various states in our country. I spent my summers in the Adirondack Mountains and now live in a small coastal town in Maine.

I am thankful to have had a diverse and fulfilling career, mostly in non-profits, working in the fields of domestic violence, sexual assault prevention, and children’s health, a ten-year retail stint at LLBean (customer service, employment, and communications), and most recently in alumni relations in two independent schools and a college, and in college admissions.

I mention all this for a reason. Because of this diverse upbringing and experiences as an adult, life has afforded me contact with everyday heroes and heroines. And allowed me to understand that every human being on this planet has something special to offer this world. These everyday heroes and heroines have become models for not only how I live my life, but for my characters. And for that I am thankful. These characters speak to me every day, tell me their stories, and sometimes take those stories in directions only they knew they could go. I know I channel many of my experiences without realizing it as I write. Can you tell I am a pantzer? This season in particular, I am grateful to offer up a series dear to my heart that takes place in a small Maine town, where my characters have found peace, acceptance, and love away from the big cities in which they grew up.

Using my imagination to write about characters who find love, is my own way of finding beauty and positivity and compassion. That imagination also helps me to clearly see the details we usually take for granted that fill our everyday lives, and to use those details to enrich my character’s worlds. The deep blue of a November sky. The beauty of seed pods as the stocks they are attached to turn brown and fragile, knowing that in the spring new life and brilliant green will come from those seeds. The brilliant colors of leaves that will fall and soon turn brown and decompose, helping nourish the roots of the trees from which they fell. The special scent that fills the air before snow falls and scatters multi-billions of flakes—no two alike. The vivid colors that stand out among the brown of fall and white of winter—pumpkins and chrysanthemums and holly berries and stark black tree limbs against vivid blue skies and golden stars that form the seen-only-in-winter constellations like Orion. Despite the bad things that happen around us, we can each find solace in and be grateful for nature’s beauty and bounty.

I am truly thankful and grateful to my readers and to my writer friends who have offered me so much help and guidance over the years. One of the hardest things to do is to send your “baby” out into the world, never knowing who bought it, who liked it, or who hated it, and why. It’s a leap of faith. So I am indeed grateful for the kind words I have heard from readers. And I vow to openly listen to any words of advice or critiques with an open mind. That is the way I learn.
Here’s to a holiday season full of thanks and peace and acceptance, and a bounty of love.

Delsora Lowe

The Starlight Grille Series


 Give yourself a treat and read Come Dance With Me.
It's a winner.
Kat, Amazon Reader – Five Stars

Come Dance With Me: Book Two, Starlight Grille series.


BLURB

Improvisational jazz musician meets buttoned up English teacher—will the Christmas lights sparkle or shatter before the dance ends?
Sam Johnson, a burned out, New York City iconic jazz pianist transplanted to small town Maine, finds himself and his muse again through a disparate group of committed teen musicians and their buttoned up, efficient, high school English teacher who is roped into advising the afterschool jazz club.
Ashley Sullivan, an expert in classical music and teaching the bard, is out of her element when it comes to jazz or anything impromptu and desperately needs Sam’s help. What she doesn’t know is Sam has made it his mission before this gig ends to get Ashley to lighten up and enjoy the things in life she denies herself; music, friends, spontaneity, creativity, and yes, love.
When Sam works to rescue her from her childhood fears, Ashley runs the other direction. Can what is done out of love tear apart a relationship before it’s in full swing, or forever cement a love that is true?

EXCERPT

She watched his graceful body climb the three steps to the stage. She sat close enough to see Sam’s fingers stroke the keys. The notes swirled around her heart and straight to her toes. Ashley closed her eyes and swayed to the slow, sensual rhythms. His tempo eased from slow to fast. Her feet tapped out the beat, the sounds coursing a hot path through her veins. The ebb and flow of jazz, like making love, engulfed her entire being. She held close the urge to moan and sigh. Unlike the night she sat with Mary Beth, now she imagined Sam played only for her.
To think she owned his recordings, but never imagined she’d ever meet the man. His music had been the one thing that made her feel alive these last few years, and now she knew him…like a friend. He still scared the stuffing out of her. Not in a bad way. She hadn’t expected him to like her, and treat her like a friend, when she’d agreed to this after-school partnership. But here she sat.
“He’s something, isn’t he?”
Ashley swiveled toward the voice behind her. A petite, red-headed woman grinned.

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Starlight Grille series

Book One
…a feel good story, full of love and romance and hope….no game playing, no lies, manipulation or underhanded deceit to win affection….just two strong people finding love, learning to trust, and trying to make it work.
The author depicts life in a small town with memorable characters and descriptive scenery.
Dianamcc - Romance Junkies – Five Hearts
 BLURB
Two lives, one legacy—the lure of Parkers Point
One Runs From …
Inheriting his grandfather’s estate on the rocky point in Serenity Harbor, Maine is the perfect escape from the biggest professional disaster of Grayson Mann’s life. Will distance and space help Gray heal old family and professional wounds enough to open his heart to love?
One Runs Toward …
Lauralee Adler struggles to save the family art gallery as she watches her aunt succumb to Alzheimer’s. Returning to the small coastal town is payment for the kindness that saved her life and soul. Now she’s on a quest to find her father. Will this trip home help her learn to trust and finally convince her she can truly belong for the first time in her life?

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Book Three
Preorder Now ~ Releases on December 7, 2017
BLURB
A blast from the past, a ten-year old matchmaker with a valentine wish, an omission, and a villainous man…
a recipe for disaster? Or love against all odds?

Tucker Benson’s decision to move to a new town, build a new business, and protect his daughter does not include finding a replacement for his cheating wife. But his ten-year old daughter has other plans.

And she’s found the one!

Mary Beth Walters’ life is up-to-the-brim full. When her high school crush, a single father, moves to town, she is tempted. Only problem is, he doesn’t recognize her. That could be a good thing. Or end in trouble.

When Tucker discovers the secret Mary Beth holds close to her heart, will love be enough to overcome broken trusts?


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From Cabins to Cottages…Keep the Home Fires Burning
A transplanted big city gal, world-wide traveler, and foreign-service brat, who now lives in a coastal Maine town, Delsora Lowe loves to write about small town heroes from the cowboys and ranchers of Colorado to the game wardens and lobstermen of Maine. Her work in the hospitality industry, rape crisis, admissions, alumni relations, and women’s advocacy has allowed her to interact on a daily basis with real life heroines and heroes. Lowe’s family visits to Colorado are the inspiration for an upcoming contemporary western series in 2018. And her daughter’s wedding and her son’s home on the coast of Maine provided plentiful ideas for the Starlight Grille series.




25 comments:

  1. Your blog is written as beautifully as your books. Love your words. Thanks for sharing what you're thankful for!

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  2. Thank you so much. It was a fun and heartfelt piece to write. In this world there is still so much to be thankful for, and Angela's annual November blog reminds us of this. I've enjoyed reading the daily pieces.

    Delsora

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  3. I feel very moved by your eloquent words this morning! Beautiful blogging, my friend. I'm thankful I know you!

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    1. Thanks and Ditto, Maggie - you always inspire me.

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  4. I love that writing lets us create worlds that never existed before, and now because of us, they do.

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    1. We are lucky, aren't we. So much to be thankful for!

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  5. You've had lots of engaging LIFE opportunities. Turning life's lessons into fiction. It's what we do. :)

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    2. The older I get, the more I realize how much our experiences influence not only who we are but what we write (even when as we write, we don't always realize it :-) ).

      PS - I deleted the first since I wrote too fast and made a spelling mistake :-)

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  6. Beautiful blog. You have so much to be thankful for and it informs your stories. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Susan - I was lucky to grow up experiencing so much. And even luckier to end up in Maine and meet so many wonderful people, such as you, to guide and support me along the way.

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  7. What a beautiful post, Delsora! Thank you for sharing your life experiences. And what lovely stories you've created from them. Wishing you all the best!

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    1. Thank you , Mary. It really hit me how much my experiences were woven into my stories with the Starlight Grille series. Moonlighting is dedicated to both my grandmother and my sisters-the artists in the family. And Come Dance With Me has attributes of several of my high school friends rolled into my hero, Sam.

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  8. Your post beautifully states why we writers can be grateful for all of our life experiences even the darker ones. I don't think I could write at all if my computer wasn't next to large windows looking out into my backyard where I watch the change in seasons and look for my personal sign of joy - the hummingbirds.

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    1. You are so right, Judith. Without our views to, for me, jumpstart my muse every morning, it is so much harder to write. This summer I had a pair of cardinals that inspired me. I missed them when they moved on. But as in past years, I am sure they will be back next spring. In the meantime I find beauty and inspiration in so many other ways. Thanks for stopping by this morning!

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  9. Your life sounds so interesting. Great fodder for those steamy romances. Best of luck.

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  10. Thanks so much, Lin, and thanks for stopping by today. It certainly was an interesting childhood, and now I enjoy a quiet, small town life - the best of both worlds.

    Delsora

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  11. As one who was a great admirer of yours in years gone by, and saw the beauty and quality of the “foreign service brat” firsthand, I look forward to enjoying the Starlight Grille series! David Hardy

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    1. David - thanks so much. So much fun to reconnect after all these years. BTW - this book is dedicated to the artists in my family - my grandmother and my sister. I tear up writing this. Wish Robin were here to reconnect with you, as well.

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  12. I enjoyed your beautiful well written blog! You have lived a full life. I can see where you pull some of your details from that find their way into your stories. Do you have plans to write a story set in another country? Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks, Diana - I'm not sure. So much of the travel was in my much younger days (prior to high school). But one never knows where the inspiration will come from next. Thanks for your kind words.

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  13. Loved your blog. You've had a truly interesting life and your characters and stories reflect that. All the best

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    1. Thanks, Judi - you certainly know about inspiration from your life events. I always love hearing the personal and family history behind your story ideas. Miss seeing you - hope you get back to the NE soon!

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  14. Very nice and thoughtful, Deb. You've had an eventful life that you can draw on for your fiction.

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  15. Barb - thanks for stopping by. To me, the most fun is to get to know other writers and hear about their life experiences and hence their views and experiences that go into their books. I look forward to reading your books soon!

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