Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Aloha to Pamela Ferguson and WINGS OF LOVE

Good things come in three .... for Pamela Ferguson,

1.  Her first novel, WINGS OF LOVE, was nominated for the RWA's Golden Heart for Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

2.  WINGS OF LOVE won the Golden Heart in Orlando!

3.  WINGS OF LOVE releases today! 

Pamela joins me today for a cozy chat ...

Kim:  Congratulations on publishing WINGS OF LOVE - tell us about it.

Pamela:  Thank you! It’s an honor to be invited back to SOS Aloha. Wings of Love tells the story of a former troublemaker who must collaborate with the young woman who destroyed his college football hopes or risk losing his job as a crisis mediator. It takes place in the small town of Lilac, Virginia, near the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains.

Kim:  Why did you set the book in Virginia? Since you created the town, you could have chosen any state.

Pamela: True. I was born in Virginia. Even though my family moved away when I was young, we returned every summer to visit relatives and friends. The wonderful people and beautiful landscape made a lasting impression on me. When I thought about where to set The Lilac Series, Virginia was the only place I considered.

Kim: How many books will be in the series?

Pamela: I’m planning on at least five, one for each of five half-siblings. There may also be a novella or two about other characters from the town. I haven’t thought beyond that yet. Right now, I’m focused on the first five love stories that will unfold against the backdrop of Lilac’s preparations for its upcoming two-hundred-fiftieth anniversary celebration. The town was once very prosperous, fell on hard times, and now appears to be bouncing back. The tension between embracing progress and preserving the past creates a rich environment for character conflict and growth.

Kim: WINGS OF LOVE won the 2017 RWA Golden Heart Award for Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements. What role does faith play in your novels?

Pamela: I tend to think of it as the role faith plays in my characters’ lives. Sometimes a character’s faith is already established, sometimes it develops over the course of the book. Some characters are not involved in any formal religion, and some would describe themselves as spiritual. I’m interested in many different faith traditions, and, as a result, my characters come from many different faith traditions, too.

Thanks for being with us today. Here’s a little more about WINGS OF LOVE:

Will Reo Greene ever learn to say no? She’s just finished organizing Lilac’s first 5K race and is swamped with online college exams. Now the mayor wants her to collaborate with Jack Warfield to evaluate Main Street decoration proposals for the town’s upcoming two-hundred-fiftieth anniversary. The last thing she wants is to work with the man who rejected her five years before, but the mayor is determined to make an example of the two former high school enemies. If Reo and Jack can collaborate for the good of the town, maybe everyone else will try to get along.

Back in Lilac to oversee the sale of his mother’s rental property, Jack doesn't admit he’s also on a leave of absence from his new job as a Peacetalkers mediator. He got injured as a result of an unauthorized meeting, and the Peacetalkers must investigate. Even if the mayor is twisting his arm, Jack has no interest in collaborating with Reo. She’d already destroyed his college football scholarship chances. He’d be crazy to let her mess up his life again.

Will past mistakes prevent Reo and Jack from discovering their true feelings?

Available now on Amazon.

I am giving away a swag pack from RWA17 to four randomly selected commenters from my posts published in the month of August. To enter the giveaway,

1. What do you know about Virginia, the Old Dominion State?

I remember the tourist tagline, "Virginia is for lovers."  I met my husband at the Pentagon and married at Fort Myer, Virginia.

2. Comments are open through Thursday, August 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Friday, September 1.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Golden Heart


  1. I know that Virginia was named after Queen Elizabeth I - the virgin queen.

  2. Not much, but I remember visiting Luray Caverns as a kid and we bought a lot of Virginia ham.

  3. I had relatives in Manassas, hope I spelled it right. We used to visit them occasionally. And I too remember always hearing Virginia is for lovers.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  4. I lived in Virginia when my father was stationed at the Pentagon. My daughter returned to live there for some years and my youngest attended Virginia Tech.

  5. Not much except we drove thru part of the state and it is beaautiful

  6. I've driven through many times and it's lovely country.

  7. my family vacationed there multiple times - Skyline Drive, Luray caverns, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Monticello, Mount Vernon - then I went to college in the state & now family lives near Charlottesville & I visit often.

  8. I have been to Virginia many times but not for a long vacation at all. Beautiful scenery!