Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating
app, we bring you the "Reader Match" where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may
fall in love with. It's our great pleasure to present Lori Handeland!
Lori: Most readers know me as an author of paranormal,
contemporary and historical romance, but my most recent novel, JUST
ONCE, is a contemporary women's fiction
novel. Women's fiction deals women's relationships-sisters, friends, children, parents, lovers
- and may or may not contain a romance.
Fifty-something romance author seeks readers for an
exploration of the relationship between two women who love the same man and how they
come together when he needs them the most.
What I'm looking for in my ideal reader match:
- Free time is often spent chatting with friends about their
lives and problems
- Favorite books and movies are best read and viewed with a
box of Kleenex nearby
- Believes in true and forever love
- Recent book favorites include The Nightingale,
The Great Alone, and Before We Were
- LOVED the movie The Notebook
What to expect if we're compatible:
- A journey through four decades with three characters you
get to know so well you forget they aren't real
- An ending that illustrates the power of forgiveness
What do you do when you are forgotten by the man
you’ve loved for twenty years? What do you do if you are the
one who is remembered?
Frankie Sicari is roused from sleep late one night
by a key
rattling in the front door lock. It’s her ex-husband,
Charley Blackwell: a man she hasn’t seen for nearly a
quarter of a century. What’s baffling is that Charley seems
to think they are still married, and has no recollection of
his current wife, Hannah.
When medical tests reveal shocking findings, Frankie finds
herself reluctantly caring for the man who left her twenty
years earlier, while Hannah is relegated to the sidelines.
How can Frankie forgive the man who abandoned her when she
needed him most? And how can Hannah cope with the impending
death of the man she’s loved for the past twenty years –
especially now she is faced with the shattering truth that
he has never stopped loving his first wife, Frankie?
Lori Handeland is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than 60
published works of fiction to her credit. Her novels, novellas, and short stories span genres
from paranormal and urban fantasy to historical romance. After a quarter-century of success
and accolades, she began a new chapter in her career. Marking her women’s fiction debut,
Just Once (Severn House, January 2019) is a richly layered novel about two women who love
the same man, how their lives intertwine, and their journeys of loss, grief, sacrifice, and
Lori set her sight on being an author at the age of ten. She remembers sitting at a typewriter
before she knew how to type, pecking out a story about a family who went into space. As an
only child, her summers were spent with that typewriter, television, and, above all, books. She
recalls thinking that if she could write books of her own, she would never run out of books to
read. As a young adult, she got sidetracked by the need to make a living. She worked as a
waitress and later enrolled in college to become a teacher.
While student teaching,
Lori started reading a life-changing book, How to Write a Romance and Get It Published.
Within its pages. the author, Kathryn Falk, mentioned Romance Writers of America. There was
a local chapter; Lori joined it, dived into learning all about the craft and business, and got busy
writing a romance novel. With only five pages completed, she entered a contest where the
prize was having an editor at Harlequin read her first chapter. She won.
Lori sold her
first novel, a western historical romance, in 1993. In the 26 years since then, she has written
eleven novels in the popular Nightcreature series, five installments in the Phoenix Chronicles,
six works of spicy contemporary romance about the Luchettis, a duet of Shakespeare Undead
novels, and many more books. Her fiction has won critical acclaim and coveted awards,
including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance
(Blue Moon) and Best Long Contemporary Category Romance (The Mommy Quest), a
Romantic Times Award for Best Harlequin Superromance (A Soldier’s Quest), and a National
Reader’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal (Hunter’s Moon).
Lori Handeland lives in
Southern Wisconsin with her husband. In between writing and reading, she enjoys long walks
with their rescue mutt, Arnold, and occasional visits from her two grown sons and her
perfectly adorable grandson.
Partially - I definitely believe in a forever, true love and I do like The Notebook as well! (Jason Lawless 9:49pm January 18)
I love Lori Handeland's books, especially the Sisters of the Craft series. Thanks for the opportunity to read Just Once. (Kt C 9:53pm January 18)
I love Lori Handeland's book, like love forever, but do not believe it survives without a lot of work (Isabella Wilson 1:32am January 19)
I believe we are a match. I love books and movies that make me cry, although I must admit to never seeing The Notebook. I did read the book many years ago though. (Jaime Minter 6:51am January 19)
Thanks for coming by everyone and reading my post. We all seem to be romantics at heart! (Lori Handeland 11:06am January 19)
Thanks for sharing! Sounds interesting! (Colleen Conklin 11:53am January 19)
I like your books but I don't do Facebook (Joy Isley 3:16pm January 19)
A trial match. Wait and see. (Judy Gregory 4:13pm January 19)
Compatibility - #1 I don't do the friend thing much. I have a couple of them and we know we can count on each other. I'm more family oriented. #2 Not all of my favorites require Kleenex but there is a decent handful. #3 True and forever love? It is something so freaking rare that it leaves everyone in doubt. I witnessed it with my oldest brother and his wife. Both had been married before with children. When they found each other it showed every time they were in the same room. Unfortunately they only had a short time together that ended the day after Christmas. I don't expect or care to find it but I'm not fighting it either. I just don't think it's this lifetime for me. #4 Favorite books would be a mix of a few. Kathleen E Woodiwiss - Shanna, Reckless - Lex Martin, Hindsight - Leddy Harper, A Promise Of Fireflies - Susan Haught, and E.L.James 50 Shades series. Yep, loved it. #5 Love 3 movies. Ever After: A Cinderella Story, American History X, and Brokedown Palace. I don't think we would completely mesh but we could deal. (Candy Voisine 6:18pm January 19)
I think we would be a nice match. This story, JUST ONCE, intrigues me. It sounds like a heart breaking situation. Knowing families dealing with brain injuries and forms of dementia, things can and do change so unexpectedly. My free time is spent with family or on the phone with them. In addition, I volunteer and spend time with other volunteers discussing programs, problems, and helping new volunteers to the different programs. I always keep a box of tissues handy when I read or watch movies. I cry easily, even at happy parts. I was lucky to find my true and forever love. We will celebrate our 47th anniversary this year. I have heard of the books you listed as recent reads but have not yet read them. After checking them out, BEFORE WE WERE YOURS will be one of the next books I read. I have not seen or read THE NOTEBOOK. Actually I don't think I have seen any of the movies based on his books. After reading more about the movie and the book, I think I will have to read/see it. (Patricia Barraclough 11:57pm January 19)
I like The Notebook. Like to read all kinds of romance. (Melanie Rosen 1:17am January 20)
Thanks for the great comments, book recs and movies. Sounds like I have a few matches here! Great! (Lori Handeland 8:59am January 20)
I would love to read your books. thanks (Susan Gannon 10:32am January 20)
I enjoyed reading your post and find the information about JUST ONE especially interesting. It does sound like I will need a hankie or Kleenex nearby while reading it. (Anna Speed 1:33pm January 20)
I would think we match: unforgettable characters, Kleenex and faith in love. (Kathleen Bylsma 4:00pm January 20)