Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Goldeneyes by Delia Latham


I'm hosting lovely Delia Latham today and her upcoming romance release, Goldeneyes. I've even got an excerpt from the book to post, as well as an interview with the author. So read on for a treat!

ABOUT THE BOOK:


A man’s eyes are the windows to his soul … if he has one.



Deep in the darkness of a Depression-era night, a man addicted to alcohol sells something precious to obtain it. His vile action impacts the lives of two entire families, and it will be over two decades before the horrible wrong begins to be made right again.



Two young women – strangers to each other – unknowingly enmeshed in a Pandora’s Box of secrets that could prevent them from finding happiness with the men they love. Two adoring mothers who know more than they are willing to say. A newsman with a story he cannot tell. What is their connection, and who is the golden-eyed stranger who moves in the shadows of their broken lives?

EXCERPT:
The old cuckoo clock on the shelf in the front room struck midnight. It’s persistent chirping irritated Jack Kelly’s already frayed nerves as he paced back and forth across the small room.



"Shut up! Shut up!" he growled beneath his breath, casting an anxious look at the crib in the next room. When no signs of disturbed sleep were forthcoming, he breathed a grateful sigh of relief. The last thing he needed right now was a squalling infant to further vex the burning demon within him. He had promised his wife he would not spend a cent on liquor. New babies meant new expenses, and those things must come first.



So far he had kept his promise; he’d had no choice. Every penny he earned with his hoe, day after blistering day in the cotton fields, was swallowed up in scratching out a meager existence. There never seemed to be a penny extra, to say nothing of the few dollars a bottle of whiskey would cost. With the addition of this new offspring, who knew when he would be able to quench the gnawing demon of thirst that drove him insane? He had to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. The arrival of more children would only make that job harder, and it was obvious Annie did not intend to stop at one pregnancy.



Another glance into the small bedroom revealed no unwelcome stirrings from the crib. A bright moonbeam, however, lay across the bed, and Kelly’s tormented gaze fell on the lovely face of the woman he had married. He had considered himself a lucky man when she said yes to his proposal, despite her goody-two-shoes, Bible-thumping parents. If he loved anything on this poor excuse of an earth, he loved Annie. She was a perfect wife.



Their home might be barely more than a shack, but it sparkled, and she was a real wonder in the kitchen. He could not remember her voice ever raised in anger, even when he had fallen through the front door, dog drunk, a week after she married him.



Kelly’s fevered mind wandered to his conversation with the poor fish in the cotton field. Had it only been eight or nine hours ago? It seemed an eon; every moment without the drink he craved was an eternity.


Poor fella don’t know how lucky he is. Only has to worry ‘bout that pretty little gal and hisself. I bet he could buy a bottle of whiskey if he wanted one!


With the thought, an idea was born, full-blown and itching for action. He actually stopped pacing for a moment, shocked to the core by the undiluted vileness of the seed taking root in his mind. He stood staring at the crib against the far wall and shook his head as if to toss out the evil thought.


"You’re crazy," he whispered. His heart pounded painfully against his chest; little beads of sweat dotted his forehead and chin. "You’ve done gone stark, starin’ mad!"


And perhaps he had, for suddenly he found himself across the room, gazing down into the hand-me-down crib. He was horrified at the darkness within his imagination, yet knew full well he hadn’t the strength of mind or will to resist its powerful pull.


One more almost desperate glance at his wife’s face … if she would only wake up he would have to forsake this notion, and perhaps he could rid himself of the unforgivable intent. Indeed, Annie did stir a little and drew a deep sigh, almost as though she heard his desperate mental cry. But hers was the sleep of utter exhaustion and she slumbered on.


A few moments later, Kelly slipped silently out the back door of the little shack, clutching a tiny pink bundle in his arms and blinking back the tears of shame and self-loathing that sprang unbidden to his eyes.


INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:
Q. Who is Delia Latham?
A: I’m a Christian wife, married to a Pentecostal minister. My husband is the assistant pastor at our church, and I’m involved in the music ministry. I play piano and sing. I have four grown children and four beautiful, absolutely perfect granchildren – no, really, they are! We all live in Bakersfield, California. I was born here and have resided in or around this desert town my entire life.


Q: What inspired you to write Goldeneyes?
A: I grew up in Weedpatch, the little farming community where Part One of Goldeneyes is set. I’ve always wanted to write something using that location as a backdrop. This story has been brewing in my mind for several years, but it was hard for me to get past the reality of Weedpatch in my own life and get on with turning it into a fictional tale. I prayed a lot! Once God gave me the go-ahead, He also gave me the inspiration, and I’m very pleased with the completed product.



Q: Which authors have most influenced your own writing?
A: Too many to possibly mention here! As a child, I devoured just about every book I could get my hands on: Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, the Bobbsey Twins – even the Hardy Boys; I wasn’t gender specific as to reading material. As I got older, I graduated to romance and found Grace Livingston Hill, Barbara Cartland, Emilie Loring, and oh, yes – I discovered Harlequin Romance (oh, my!). Now some of my favorite writers are Joy Fielding, Lori Wick, Lori Copeland … the list goes on for miles. My favorite book of all time is Swan Song, by Robert McCammon – rather surprising for an inspirational author, I know, but it’s a beautifully written epic account of good vs. evil. Unforgettable!

Q: What other projects are you currently working on?
A: My current work-in-progress is surprising me by actually creating a connection between my debut novel and Goldeneyes, which I wasn’t expecting at all. I’ve also just completed something completely new - at least for me. While it’s still Christian romance, it will fit more easily into the Chick Lit genre, bringing in a touch more humor and lightheartedness than is in my other works.


Visit me at my website: http://www.delialatham.com/
My blog: http://www.themelodywithin.blogspot.com/

10 comments:

Delia Latham said...

Thank you, Jill! I appreciate you hosting me on my tour.

To your readers: Your comments will enter you in a drawing for a Goldeneyes T-shirt and an electronic copy of the book. So be sure to let us know you've been here!

Hugs,
Delia

Kathleen said...

I am following my friend around and finding some very interesting people.I enjoy reading blogs!

Kelly-Mae said...

Hi, I read the exert to your book and boy does that one sound so very interesting. I just want to get right into it and see what exactly happens next. I have always enjoyed reading many different types of books.
God Bless you all today

Doreen said...

Wow, this book sounds very intriguing!

Pamela J said...

Delia said, "Once God gave me the go-ahead, He also gave me..."
YES! That is what we ARE to wait for, and then jump in 'with all fours' as I've heard it growing up. When God gives us something to do, and tells us to GO, He also provides that ability. I'm thrilled Delia is one to listen to God's lead, as we all need to be learning to do. This does sound like a great book. Please enter me in your drawing.
Pam
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Pamela J said...

Oh, this may not be a drawing. Well, my comments still stand and I STILL think it sounds like a great book to read that I am looking forward to reading some day. I'm watching for my chance to do just that!
Pam

Cherie J said...

What an intriguing plot. I love learning about new authors.

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stampedwithgrace said...

This book looks and sounds exciting! please enter me, thanks!

Delia Latham said...

I appreciate all the positive comments - thank you for stopping by! And yes, Pam, there will be a drawing at the end of March, and you're all entered just for commenting. :)

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