Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring Clean Reads Countdown Day 5

Lucinda Whitney was born and raised in Portugal, where she received a master's degree from the University of Minho in Braga in Portuguese/English teaching. She's a cancer survivor, and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Salt Lake Temple Square Visitors Center mission in Utah.

She lives in northern Utah. When she's not reading and writing, she can be found with a pair of knitting needles in winter, or tending her herb garden in the summer. She also works part-time as a substitute teacher.

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Sometimes the dream you never planned for is the one you can’t live without.

Six years after a painful divorce, Josh Conrad is happy traveling the world as a photographer. When he arrives in Portugal, he plans to complete the assignment as quickly as possible. What he doesn’t plan for is Sofia, the girl he baptized eleven years earlier on an LDS mission, and soon he’s making excuses to prolong his trip.

Sofia Monteiro leads a structured life in Braga, Portugal, teaching high school by day and caring for her mother by night. After she reconnects with Josh through mutual friends, the memory of a failed relationship and her new graduate program are enough reasons to stay away from him.

As they collaborate on a project, Josh is wary of repeating his old mistakes and Sofia hesitates to spend time with an American who’s only passing through.

Can two people with wounded hearts bring themselves to trust their dreams to each other? 

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A few Q&A's with the Author!

5.      When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
I started writing poetry in 9th grade, but my first real effort for writing a novel was in 2012 (for NaNoWriMo). My mom's love for books was a big influence for me.
6.      Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
Yes, I'm currently working on the outline of my second novel. This is a project I stared a little over two years ago. I wrote 1/3 of it, but then stopped to finish Josh and Sofia's story. This story is about Simon, an American professor of literature who has lived in England for almost half his life. He comes to Portugal as a guest lecturer at the university in Braga. He meets Isabel, a Portuguese girl who housekeeps and cooks but doesn't have any plans for a college education. The grandmother who raised her passed away in the past year and Isabel is still struggling with it. It's a contemporary LDS romance and I'm hoping to publish it later this year.

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