Friday, June 10, 2011

HEART OF A HERO--Coming in July

I wrote Heart of a Hero before Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, specifically New Orleans.

The story involves a soldier hero who comes home from the Middle East War and knows his life is not right. He leaves Dallas, his family, and fiancé, and goes to a small Central Texas town where his grandmother lives on the river. While there, a hurricane hits the Gulf Coast and sends massive amounts of rain all the way to the middle of Texas. I named this hurricane Krystal. Isn't that odd? I had no idea such a destructive hurricane named Katrina would hit the coast the next year. (Note: hurricanes often drift into Central Texas, bringing much-needed rain. We need a hurricane right now!)

So, anyway, I held on to the manuscript for a long while because I was involved with Western Historical Romances. I did submit it to a couple of small ePresses, those same ones where I had publications, but it was met with revision, revision, revision. Stubborn me, I turned down the advice and held on to it a while longer. Now it has a home, a great cover, and a release date sometime in July.

The figures on the cover are almost identical to my vision of Matt Carrington and Lauren Delaney. It's a lovely cover.

Matt Carrington escapes a terrorists’ prison while in the Army, but he has difficulty escaping the trappings of a demanding fiancé and his own parents. To get away to think, he meets pretty, girl-next-door Lauren Delaney, the kind of woman he desires. But his fiancé and his parents have other plans, and they determine to have their way—no matter what Matt wants.

Lauren Delaney is an independent young woman who quickly befriends the soldier hero who comes to town. Knowing he has another life in Dallas, she holds a secret, too. But she pretends neither have a problem in order to have the summer with him.

During the long hot months, a hurricane almost destroys the town. Matt and Lauren work with a team to save as many residents as they can, and in the process fall deeply in love. When the danger is past, the two lovers suffer from their own lies and misunderstandings. Can they find peace and happiness without hurting others?

I don't have a buy link or page yet, but it will be available in ebook and print.
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas


  1. Hi Celia:

    Now that's how to do a cover!


  2. That's a great cover, and a great-sounding book! Yay, you!