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Release day: The Forsaken Heart

13 September 2014

Today is the official release of The Forsaken Heart by Brenda Gayle (ebook, trade paperback, The Wild Rose Press). Here’s the blurb:

The Forsaken HeartWhen Anna Graham marries Callum Hart she’ll get both the man she loves and her uncles’ agreement to take over the family ranch. Will the return of Jackson, her long-lost first love—and Cal’s brother—throw it all in jeopardy?

Cal has been in love with Anna for as long as he can remember. It was he who picked up the pieces of her broken heart when Jackson disappeared years ago. His brother’s sudden reappearance, just when it seems Anna is ready to love again, is mysterious—as is his father’s casual acceptance of the prodigal son’s return.

But is something more sinister going on? Someone seems determined to prove Anna incompetent to her uncles and insincere to Cal. With an arsonist on the loose and cattle dying, old secrets are exposed, and Anna and Cal face a challenge that will test their love far more than Jackson’s unexpected homecoming.

Brenda dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

Writing The Forsaken Heart was somewhat of a bittersweet experience for me. This is the third book my Heart’s Desire series, and it marks the end of a story arc that began in The Hungry Heart. While each book is a stand-alone romance, and you don’t have to read the others in the series to understand and enjoy the current one, writing The Forsaken Heart gave me the opportunity to revisit some of the previous characters and see what they’d been up to. Many of the scenes became like a family reunion, ripe with the usual interpersonal dynamics of sibling (or in this case, cousinly) rivalry, and they were truly fun to write. However, as I approached the end of the book, a sadness descended as I felt the characters preparing to leave me to pursue their own lives. While the original story arc is complete and Hunter, Chad, and Anna all have their happily-ever-afters, I can’t help but wonder about a few of the other characters who are still searching…

You can find out more about Brenda and her books (including where to buy them) on her website.

All ARRA members who leave a comment on this post will go in the draw to win an ecopy of the first book in this series, The Hungry Heart. The giveaway will close on 26 September. (The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Helen.)

  1. 3 October 2014 11:51 am

    Thank you everyone for sharing in my release day. I used to determine the winner and it is Helen. Congratulations!

  2. 17 September 2014 1:27 am

    Congratulations Brenda. It sounds great and I especialy love story arcs that include a romance and mysteries to be solved plus where you get to see favorite characters again and return to a family or community.

    • 19 September 2014 4:52 am

      Thank you Yvonne. Those are my favourite types of books, too. I think we are all comforted by the familiar. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.

  3. 14 September 2014 8:47 am

    So intriguing I want to read it now!

  4. Anonymous permalink
    13 September 2014 9:29 am

    congratulations on the release of this book it sounds like a winner—-Lyn

    • 15 September 2014 6:47 am

      Thanks Lyn. Sending a book out into the world is always a little daunting. I hope readers like it as much as I liked writing it. 🙂

  5. helensibbritt permalink
    13 September 2014 8:40 am

    Congrats on the release Brenda I like the sound of this series need to read these 🙂

    Have FUn

    • 15 September 2014 6:46 am

      Thanks Helen. I loved writing this series–there’s romance (of course) some mystery & suspense, and a lot of fun.

    • 3 October 2014 11:52 am

      Hi Helen, your name was randomly selected to win a copy of The Hungry Heart, the first book in the Heart’s Desire series. Please send me an email at and indicate the digital format you’d prefer: epub, mobi or pdf.

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