Get Lost In Something Like Family by Bestselling Author Heather Burch

Give a big welcome to a new guest on Get Lost In A Story, HEATHER BURCH, a #1 Bestselling Author of Contemporary Fiction. 

Her books have been translated in over a dozen languages. She writes emotional stories that explore family, love, hope and the challenges of life. Heather lives to tell unforgettable stories of love and loss—stories that make your heart sigh.

Today, Heather is sharing her latest release, SOMETHING LIKE FAMILY. 

Here's a blurb and excerpt. Don't forget to sign up below for our drawing for 2 FREE copies.

Abandoned by his mother when he was young, twenty-two-year-old Rave Wayne knows all about loss. That doesn’t mean he’s used to it. After he’s dumped by the girlfriend he assumed he’d spend his life with, Rave is longing more than ever to connect.

Then, as if by miracle, he receives an invitation from his grandfather, a man he thought was long gone, to come for a visit in rural Tennessee. Loyal, honest, and loving, dear old Tuck is everything Rave could have hoped for. He’s family. Soon, Rave finds himself falling for a down-to-earth local girl, and he thinks his life is finally coming together.

But the past isn’t through with Rave. When his mother returns after many long years, looking to reconcile the terrible mistakes that once defined her, Rave struggles to put together the unsettled pieces of his heart. Will this once-estranged family be able to come together to understand the meaning of unconditional love, the fragile bonds of family, and the healing power of letting go?

Excerpt: Main characters, Rave and Becca (in a budding relationship) are going on a date. Rave's grandfather Tuck has gotten bad news from his doctor, and the elderly widow who lives down the street has arrived to keep Tuck company after he insisted the young people go on their date as planned. 

           Rave and Becca stepped outside onto the front porch. It was a perfect June evening with a soft breeze whispering through the quivering leaves of the trees. Inside, they could still hear the trash talk passing between Tuck and Trini about who was the best poker player.
            Becca stopped at the top of the steps.
            Rave turned to see why. “What’s wrong?”
            “Rave, let’s invite them to come along.” Her hip was cocked, her hand on the banister, her forehead puckered in a concerned frown.
            He cast a glance to the door. Had Becca seen something he’d missed? Trini and Tuck seemed happy to stay behind. “Why?”
            She tilted her head back and the rays of the early evening sun kissed the highlights on her face. “I don’t … know.” Becca toyed with the edges of her sundress.
            Rave stepped up the stairs to her. “What’s wrong, Becca?”
            She looked at the front door. “It’s just that, well, Trini likes Tuck.” 
            Becca rolled her eyes. “No, you’re not getting it. She likes Tuck.”
Oh. Oh! Rave might be slow, but he wasn’t blind. Of course, Trini liked Tuck.
Becca chewed her cheek. “She has for a long time. And now, now I think she feels like time’s running out.”
Rave pressed a hand to his stomach. “I feel the same. But they looked pretty happy to stay right there.” Besides, there were things he had to discuss with Becca. Maybe this was her way of putting off the inevitable.
She sighed. “I remember losing my grandpa. He had an opportunity to come to the lake with us just a few days before he died. No one knew anything was wrong, but he stayed home. And I remember looking through all the pictures my mom took that day and wishing we had pictures of him. Wishing he’d gone with us.”
“I don’t think we have a camera here, Becca. Unless you brought one.”
She shook her head. “We don’t need one. Memories are pictures. They’re stored in the part of your mind where happiness lives.”
That was something Rave understood. “Tomorrow, I buy a camera. Or a cell phone with a good camera in it. Tonight, we’ll take memory pictures.”

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E.E.: How often to you get lost in a story? 
HEATHER: There are two answers to that question.  When I'm reading, several times a week. Ok, maybe even several times a day. When I'm writing, I get lost too. In fact, it's one of the ways I know I'm on track with a story. If I get lost in it, so will my readers. 

E.E.: What turns you off like nothing else?
HEATHER: Rudeness. I just don't feel that there is any excuse for one human to be rude to another. It makes my heart ache when I see people caring so little for others.

E.E.: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
HEATHER: Wayne Kidd. (He was the inspiration for my character, Tuck Wayne.) Mr. Kidd is a decorated veteran and I had the privilege of getting a private tour of the John's Creek Veterans Memorial from him. This book is dedicated to the men and women from the John's Creek Veterans Memorial, all of whom have served our nation.

E.E.: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
HEATHER: Oh, definitely both! An action adventure with a warrior princess at the helm!

E.E.: Where do you read and how often?
HEATHER: My favorite reading nook is outside on our screened-in lanai. Here in Florida, you must have a screened-in area or the mosquitos will carry you off.  

E.E.: What was the first story you remember writing?
HEATHER: I was six and I wrote a story about my grandpa tossing a piece of tobacco in the air and a seagull snatching it. The bird landed on the ground and remained still for several seconds. Grandpa thought he'd killed it. But it got up and flew off--if a little wobbly. My mom sent the story to our local newspaper (very small town) and they published it. 

E.E.: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
HEATHER: I can't think of one in this one, but in my last book, IN THE LIGHT OF THE GARDEN, there was a spot where I had her lifting the edge of her tablecloth to her mouth. HER TABLECLOTH. Not her napkin. Can you imagine the hero and heroine are sitting at a romantic dinner and she LIFTS THE TABLECLOTH to her mouth! I laughed out loud when I caught it. It had already gone through a couple of rounds of editing. After a good laugh, I changed it to napkin. 

E.E.: Is writing or storytelling easier for you?
HEATHER: Hmm. I love this question. It's causing me to reflect. I think storytelling. When I was young, all of my friends wanted to have sleepovers at my house. We didn't have the nicest house, or the biggest, but my mom would turn off all the lights, light one candle and tell us ghost stories until we couldn't breathe! She had such an incredible and vivid imagination. I remember sitting there and thinking about how entranced my friends were. I wanted to grow up to make people feel so much with just words. I'm a little choked up right now. Thank you, Get Lost In A Story, for that beautiful memory.

E.E.: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
HEATHER: That they make me cry. Happy tears. Always happy tears because they are always so open with sharing how my story effected them. I feel very honored by their words. 

E.E.: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
HEATHER: Take my husband out to dinner where we can sit outside and watch the sunset over the water. One of my favorite spots overlooks a marina where small sharks will come to feed while we're eating. Am I completely bonkers when I say, that is calming?  

The Question for the Readers: You can probably tell by my many family references in the questions that family is very important to me. What elements about family do you most love to see in the books you read? 

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  1. Hey, Heather. Loved, loved the interview, especially that part about getting lost in a story.

  2. I got so excited that I forgot to say that I love to see children and senior citizens in books. They add such an amazing dimension to the story and make it multi-generational.

    1. Thanks Carolyn! I've always said that reading is the perfect hobby. We can be transported without ever leaving our living room.

    2. I was so close to my grandparents. Growing up, I spent hours coloring on the floor with my grandpa by my side. He is such an inspiration!

  3. Love to see multi-generational families in books. There is always so much to learn from each generation.

    1. I agree, Carla! And when those generation interact, it's explosive!

  4. I love when there's been a conflict in the family and they find a way to prove their love for each other. Family is everything, even when we don't always see eye to eye!!!

    1. That's so true, Janie! I can't imagine life without my family. We don't always agree...but we always love and support each other.

  5. This was the first book book by Heather Burch that I have read and it certainly won't be the last. I loved all her characters and their interactions.

    1. I'm truly honored! You might like IN THE LIGHT OF THE GARDEN. It released in January. And bonus!!! It's on sale on Amazon for $1.99 right now!

  6. This sounds so good and this is a new author to me. That is wonderful as I love to read authors books that I have not read 1 of theirs. Just loved the interview and Heather thank you for coming GLIAS.

    1. Thank you! The interview really is one I will treasure. It made me realize that my mom's stories was one of the main reasons I wanted to become a writer. In my heart I knew it, but I'd never really connected the dots before.

  7. a family always adds depth to a story!

    1. I agree, Teresa. I love having both the layers of conflict and joy!

  8. I love to see family standing up for each other even after there has been conflict in their relationship.

  9. Welcome to Get Lost in a Story, Heather.

  10. I love seeing the close relationship of families. How siblings perhaps fuss a bit with one another, but then they depend and support each other.
    Definitely enjoyed the interview.

    1. I have a big brother. My husband has two sisters. We definitely know about sibling fussing. ;)

  11. Great to have you on the blog, Heather!

  12. Sounds like a great read!! I like books where the family us estranged and then grow close!

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