I’m bogged down in the middle of my work-in-progress, where the writing is always the most difficult. So while I resist the urge to drown my sorrows in one of those boxes of Christmas chocolates already filling the shelves, it’s time for another Bandit Creek book. Number 30 in the series is a contemporary romance titled THIEF OF HEARTS by Vivien Harben.

Vivien’s fascination with books stems back to the days when her parents read her and her older sister stories before bedtime. At age 4, her grandma came for a visit, told Vivien stories of a family of bears, and she was hooked. Since then, she’s been writing about magical places and things. Vivien graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. It was during this time that she found and fell in love with Romance novels. Her study breaks, of course, were consumed with these amazing pieces of writing and she devoured as many as she could.

Here’s a sneak peek at THIEF OF HEARTS.

Trying desperately to escape an abusive husband, Melissa Stacey drives until she reaches the town of Bandit Creek. She doesn’t know why she has stopped here, but as she sits looking at Lost Lake, she realizes that she too is lost. She has no family, no friends and no hope of ever escaping her cruel husband. Her hopelessness drives her to make a rash decision.

After being warned by Bandit Creek’s town drunk/prophet, depending on who you spoke to, Gabriel Waters rushed to save her. He didn’t know who she was but Old Jack told him he had to hurry or he’d be too late. He arrives at the shores of Lost Lake in time to see a woman disappear below the surface.

What happens next is a story of how two people, brought together by tragedy and fear, can find each other and solace in the discovery of true love. Love that can be found everywhere, even in Bandit Creek. After all everything happens in Bandit Creek.

Read the Carla Roma interview, an excerpt from THIEF OF HEARTS and buy the book at Amazon.

On the first and fifteenth of the month, check back for more new Bandit Creek books. There’s something at Bandit Creek for everybody!

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