RNIC is delighted to spotlight author Regena Bryant’s latest release, Love’s Remnant! Let’s all welcome her to the blog!
I’d like to introduce the heroine of my new novel Love’s Remnant by sharing with the readers what is in the heroine, Avery Thomas’ handbag. And why? I’ve found exploring the contents of my heroine’s purse to be a very helpful writing exercise.
What’s in Avery’s purse? Well before we go into the bag you should know that Avery’s a big bag girl. The blue python-leather-Ghibli bag she’s carrying today might be classified as carry-on luggage by some airlines. And yes—it’s real. And not because Avery is in fantastic financial shape. The Ghibli was a ‘help heal the heartache’ gift from Avery’s sister-friend, a transgender supermodel. The bag arrived yesterday from Milan and her heart’s still broken.
So, what’s inside this big ‘A’ bag; a bunch of little bags. Avery changes purses almost daily, so the ‘baggies’ help with the transitions. In a clear oval baggie Avery carries several wefts of weave, a tube of hair glue and a metal rattail comb. Avery is a wig and weave wearer, who has been known to change hair-styles as often as she changes purses. And we know there’s nothing like a metal-tip rattail comb for getting under a weave-net, to scratch the scalp. She carries her MAC cosmetics in a foundation-stained blue and yellow paisley print baggie, with her toiletries in smaller matching bag. A girl needs her lotion, lip balm, travel toothbrush and condom.
Of course carries all the usual stuff. Cellphone, keys, wallet and the Chicago Public Schools ID badge, to get through security in the downtown Chicago office building where she works.
It seems that she’s a magnet for purse lint: a Starbucks receipt, several gum-wrappers, a handful of loose change, and a huge wad of used Kleenex. Since the death of her best friend, fashion designer Derrard Allen, Avery’s averaged about three wet wads of tissue a day.
Today she’s carrying a stack of thank-you for the sympathy card— thank-you cards. Maybe today she’ll find the strength to release them to the postal service. There is also that letter from the mortgage company concerning the fraud investigation of her former fiancée. She hadn’t signed and returned that letter because of one small clause in the fine-print. A clause that states if any evidence collected during the investigation indicates that she had knowledge of or cooperated in any way with her ex’s theft of the equity from her home, she was subject to prosecution.
And in a side pocket at the bottom of the bag she’s carrying something that doesn’t belong to her; Tyler Anderson’s church-ushering gloves. Over the past few months, Tyler had gone far beyond his duties as her attorney. She can’t just drop his gloves off at his office or by the church. Every time she moves Tyler’s gloves into a different bag, she’s reminded of his goodness and how she longs for him to hold her again.
‘What’s in your purse,’ is also a fun party game. You can learn a lot about your friends from what’s in their purse.
When Avery Thomas inherits D Allen Designs she must piece together the tattered shreds of her life after the death of her best friend. Now she’s mending broken family relationships, cutting through financial difficulties, and fabricating a new romantic relationship.
As the attorney for D Allen Designs, Tyler Anderson is fully aware of the challenges Avery faces and he’s in awe of her resilience. For Avery, he’s bent the law and compromised his prayers for a wife. After wanting her for so long, she’s finally his. But, he can’t continue living on this side of the seam.
Can they weave the remnants of life and love together? Or will their chance at love end up on the cutting room floor?
Buy it now: Amazon
Here’s the info on the giveaway:
Prize: 5 autographed print books.
One grand prize, a $25 Macy’s Gift Card for the most fascinating entry.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Readers tell us about the most interesting, unusual, item in your purse and maybe why it’s in there.
Writers, please share an item from your current heroine’s purse.
Deadline: Sunday, November 2, 11:59 CST
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prize open to U.S. and international entrants.
About the Author
Regena Bryant is the author of three contemporary women’s fiction novels: Except on Sunday, Believe In Me and Love’s Remnant.
In 2004 Regena Bryant made a pact with her nephew, “…if you give me a college degree, I’ll write a book.”
Regena lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and two sons. Her nephew’s college diploma graces the mantle.
Regena’s novels explore the complex simplicity of falling in love—in these complicated times.
Regena enjoys reading, poetry, and gospel and jazz music. Regena was nominated for an Emma Award in 2011 for Debut Author of the Year. In 2012 Regena was the recipient of the SORMAG Award for Debut Author of the Year. Visit her at www.RegenaBryant.com
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