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Girl in the Spotlight
by Virginia McCullough
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
The daughter they never knew
When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can’t believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.
Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.
Mesmerized by the real world of characters–brought to life beautifully, I found myself entranced by this thoughtful, delightful, sad, and joyous, novel about second chances and all forms of love. The situation, characters, and consequences left me shedding happy tears at the ending. — Casey Clifford, award-winning author
A compelling love story crafted with characters you’ll fall in love with. Miles and Lark’s journey to be reunited with their child captured my heart, as did their blossoming romance. The best book I have read this year! —Lily Silver, author of Dark Hero
McCullough is always adept at creating suspense on multiple levels. In Girl in the Spotlight, the intrigue builds from page one and doesn’t let up until the end. But she understands that readers need relief from tension, and through her masterful storytelling and perfect pacing, McCullough delivers satisfying outcomes along that way. The relationships she’s developed are complex and realistic, and their evolution is deeply satisfying. — Lynda McDaniel, author of A Life for a Life
Girl in the Spotlight swept me away to Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan shore and reminded me of loves left behind. McCullough invokes deep emotions through her writing, which will pull at your heart. More than a romantic love story, it is a love story of parents for their children. A must read.” — Anne Parent, author/reviewer
Love Those Second Chances
What would life be without second chances? Pretty bleak, I’d say. I think most of us fall in love with second chance stories. And why not? It’s a universal theme in many ways, because all our lives we identify with the longing for second chances. People joke about Zog and Grog sitting around “the cave” or the campfire telling stories, but for as long as humans have been on the planet, we’ve be inspired by stories. Whether a particular story involves popular culture, folklore, or religion, the “plots” likely offers the characters second chances.
Long before Miles and Lark realize they can have a second chance with each other, they’ve chosen careers that are possible only if they’re willing to take risks and adopt a “win one, lose one” attitude. Like all writers, Lark, an independent journalist, knows the feeling of having her ideas or her work rejected. (And ridiculed by her ex-husband, but that’s a different story!)
Miles, a professional speaker has learned to live with rejection, too. He can be up for a speaking gig with a dozen or more other pros in line for the same spot. The list of contenders can be narrowed to a final two. Sometimes he lands it, sometimes not. But professionally, over many years both Lark and Miles stayed in the game and keeping getting new chances to succeed.
Second chances are only given to those brave enough to take them.
Why do we sometimes block second chances or put another way, do we lose hope and don’t believe in them? Could it be we’re frustrated? We can’t go back and change what we said or did yesterday or thirty years ago. So, short of a time machine, there’s no way to fix the past. We can only create something new.
Lark and Miles can’t undo rewrite even one minute of the past, including their first marriages. But would they even want to hold on to regrets about these ill-fated relationships? If Lark hadn’t married Lyle, she wouldn’t have her son, Evan. Without marrying Andi, Miles wouldn’t have his little girl, Brooke. Whoa…it’s a good thing second chances don’t cost us what’s precious in the present!
The best part of Miles and Lark’s story in GIRL IN THE SPOTLIGHT is the opportunity to see each other through fresh, grownup eyes. Their story is less about the past than the future—if they’re willing to take a chance.
The best gift in life is a second chance.
About the Author
A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.
Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.
Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.
June 5th: Launch
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
Book Lover in Florida
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Nicole’s Book Musings
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
Becky on Books
Rockin’ Book Review
A Baker’s Perspective
It’s All About the Romance
Hearts & Scribbles
The Bookworm Chronicles
I Am A Reader
Valerie J. Clarizio, Romance Author
Thoughts of a Blonde
June 12th: Grand Finale
1st Prize (US only): Tea & Contemplation, a collection of favorite things, starts with an uplifting message from “Seize the Day” Pop Open Cards. Fill a ceramic thermal mug to sip Lavender Chamomile Tea while you contemplate your ideas and dreams. Write your thoughts in a journal, whose guiding words are: When Your Heart Speaks… take good notes! A Wish pen is included. Finally, pick a place to display a large piece of gemmy rose quartz, a stone long linked to matters of the heart. It’s said when rose quartz is nearby, love (of all kinds) comes along to keep it company. These items will be arranged in a “keeper box” and delivered to your door.
2nd Prize (open internationally): You will receive a $35.00 Amazon eGift Card, and a digital copy of GIRL IN THE SPOTLIGHT, plus one digital copy of another of Virginia’s five award-winning novels—it’s your choice.
Ends June 16th