Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday's Author Spotlight: Jennifer Wilck



Today I’m excited to have author Jennifer Wilck on the Sunday’s Author Spotlight. Jennifer Wilck is the author of ‘The Seduction of Esther’ and ‘Miriam’s Surrender’. These are the first two book of the Women of Valor, a contemporary romance series. Jennifer also wrote ‘A Heart of Little Faith’ and ‘Skin Deep’. Find out more about Jennifer Wilck, on today’s Sunday’s Author Spotlight. 

About 'The Seduction of Esther' (Women of Valor #1):


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18008161-the-seduction-of-esther?from_search=true&search_version=service_impr
Samara Goldberg has a problem even the most beautiful singing voice can’t fix. She’s a walking disaster, especially when she’s around handsome men. To make matters worse, she’s in desperate need of someone to play the character of Mordecai for the Purim spiel she’s producing and the new congregant, Nathaniel Abramson, is a perfect fit. Nathaniel is a divorced dad who’s recovering from the biggest public scandal of his life. The last thing he needs is a relationship with the choir director at his new synagogue, who also happens to be playing the lead female role of Esther in the very play he’s been coerced into joining.

Woven around the Jewish holiday of Purim, The Seduction of Esther is a story of two people whose lives mirror the plot of the Purim story. Like Esther, who had to hide her Jewish identity from the King of Persia, Samara and Nathaniel are hiding key pieces of themselves. Evil Haman wanted to destroy the Jews, and the nasty Josh will do anything to keep Samara and Nathaniel apart. Will their love survive, like the Jewish people in Shushan, Persia, or will their fear keep them apart?

'The Seduction of Esther' is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance Ebooks

About 'Miriam's Surrender' (Women of Valor #2):

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23252775-miriam-s-surrender?from_search=true&search_version=service_imprJosh Lowenstein is a successful architect, hired to redesign the alumni club of a posh, private school in New York. He is strong, capable and knows the best way to do everything. Except let another woman in.

Miriam Goldberg is the Assistant Director of Outreach, and is Josh’s day-to-day contact for the redesign. She’s taken care of everyone around her, and forgotten how to let someone else take care of her.

With a tumultuous history, neither one is prepared to work together. As they get to know each other, the animosity disappears, but Josh is hiding something from Miriam and its discovery has the possibility of destroying their relationship. Only when they are both able to let the other in, and release some of the control they exert over everything, will they be able to see if their love can survive.

‘Miriam’s Surrender’ is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance Ebooks.

About 'A Heart of Little Faith':

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23526297-a-heart-of-little-faithLily Livingston is a widow raising her six-year-old daughter, Claire, in New York City. Devastated by her husband’s death three years ago, she’s in no hurry to fall in love again. Besides, trying to balance her career with motherhood leaves her little time for romance.

With a wheelchair instead of a white horse, and a vow against falling in love again as his armor, Gideon Stone is the last person Lily expects to sweep her off her feet. But when a business agreement forces the two of them together, that is exactly what happens.

As they navigate the minefield that fast represents their relationship, can either of them overcome the obstacles to find true happiness in each other’s arms? The answer is yes, but the bumps along the way demonstrate that neither of them can go it alone.


'A Heart of Little Faith' is available through Amazon

About 'Skin Deep':

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13009745-skin-deep?from_search=true&search_version=service_imprThe last thing Valerie needs, after escaping an abusive marriage to an alcoholic and rebuilding her life, is a broody, secretive, standoffish man. But that’s exactly what she gets when she becomes a makeup artist on the set of a hit sitcom and draws the attention of the series’ star.

John Samuels hides a terrible past—a life of abuse and neglect. A successful acting career and the affection and support of cast, crew and friends, does nothing to convince him that he is anything other than an unlovable monster.

Will he learn that the life he’s been living has been built on a lie or will he be doomed to repeat the sins of his father?

'Skin Deep is available through Amazon.

Guest Post by Jennifer Wilck:

 

I’d like to thank Maureen for hosting me today.

'Miriam’s Surrender' is the second book in my series, Women of Valor. What makes this series unique is that while the books are contemporary romance, they all incorporate Jewish themes and holidays into their stories.

The first book, 'The Seduction of Esther', revolved around the holiday of Purim, which is a joyous holiday that takes place in the early spring. It celebrates the saving of the Jews of Persia and we dress up, eat and drink.

'Miriam’s Surrender' revolves around the holiday of Passover. Passover is another spring holiday, which usually takes place around Easter and celebrates the escape of the Hebrews from the Pharaoh in Egypt.

One of the major themes of Purim is hiding one’s identity. The heroine in the Purim story, Esther, pretends she’s not Jewish in order to catch the attention of the King, marry him, trap the villainous Haman and ultimately save the Jews. Talk about a great story! And hiding one’s identity provides a great conflict for a romance novel.

Passover’s major theme is freedom. The Hebrews escaped from slavery by crossing the Reed Sea with Moses. Freedom is another great theme for romance novels. While none of my characters have escaped slavery, my hero, Josh, has escape his past in order to move into the future and win Miriam’s love.

While not all of my books incorporate Jewish themes, I began writing this series to fill a need that I saw in romance. Most books are inherently Christian. The hero and heroine get married in a church. The holiday they celebrate together where they meet each other’s families is Christmas. Before the Thanksgiving meal, everyone says grace.

I love reading these books and the warmth conveyed spills over to me. I have no problem with books that incorporate religions other than my own. But I do think that diversity is important, and occasionally, I think it would be nice to see examples of other religions. That’s why I wrote this series.

I hope you enjoy it!

About the Author:


Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. As an adult, she started writing them down and after several years of writing, editing and querying publishers, she’s a multi-published author. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and always end with happily ever after.

When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. She volunteers with her Temple and is also a freelance writer for magazines, newspapers and newsletters.

She writes contemporary romance, some of which are mainstream and some of which involve Jewish characters and holidays. All are published by Rebel Ink Press and are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AllRomanceEbooks. 
A Heart of Little Faith
Skin Deep
Women of Valor series—The Seduction of Esther and Miriam’s Surrender

She can be reached at www.jenniferwilck.com or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wilck/201342863240160. She tweets at @JWilck. Her blog (Fried Oreos) is www.jenniferwilck.blogspot.com and she contributes to Heroine With Hearts blog on Tuesdays http://www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com and Front Porch Saturdays at Sandra Sookoo’s Believing is Seeing blog http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com. She’s also proud to be the newest Script Chic (the chocoholic one!) https://www.facebook.com/ScriptChics?ref=hl

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today!

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  2. Interesting, informative post Jennifer/Maureen. I can definitely see the niche need here.Wondering if Jennifer is a NYC girl, because of some of the novels' settings? Just wondering...

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    1. Thanks Sherri. And thanks for stopping by! :D

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