Blessings of Love – Book 1 – “Brushstrokes and Blessings” by Danielle Thorne

Blessings of Love – Book 1 – “Brushstrokes and Blessings” by Danielle Thorne

Today’s the release date for the first book of the excellent BLESSINGS OF LOVE sweet romance novella series (my book is out this Friday).  Today, it’s BRUSHSTROKES AND BLESSINGS, by Danielle Thorne.

First, a little about Danielle








Danielle Thorne is the author of classic romance and adventure in several genres. She loves Jane Austen, pirates, beaches, cookies, cats, dogs, and long naps. She does not like phone calls or sushi. A graduate of BYU-Idaho, Danielle saw early work published by Arts and Prose Magazine, Mississippi Crow, The Nantahala Review, StorySouth, and… you get the idea. Besides writing, she’s edited for both Solstice and Desert Breeze Publishing. Her growing blog, The Balanced Writer, focuses on writing, life, and the pursuit of peace and happiness. Currently, Danielle freelances as a non-fiction author while waiting to hear from readers like you through her website. During free time, which means when Netflix is down, she combs through feedback and offers virtual hugs for reviews. Her next historical romance is coming soon.

You can follow Danielle on her website, on Facebook, and on her Amazon Author Page.

And now for the book!










A painful past can’t hold her back, but she won’t let herself fall in love…

Darcy Malone is not the person she was in high school. She’s earned an art degree and is determined to make a respectable name for herself teaching at the elementary school. When she runs headlong into a visiting stranger, she’s fascinated by his confident, upbeat smile and love of art and history, but the thought of him learning her past makes it easy to keep him at arms-length.

History professor, Wade Spears, is researching a book, and his next stop is the quaint town of Blessings. He has a big decision to make, but it’s impossible to choose when it feels like something’s missing from his life. He’s mesmerized by the beautiful art teacher’s kindness and creative energy, but there’s something mysterious about the way she deflects all of his efforts to get to know her.

Can the artist with a past brush over ancient history, or will she send away the man she loves to achieve his dreams without her?

You can buy it on Amazon RIGHT NOW!

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got a great interview with Danielle!

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is Patrick O’Brian. His books, the Master and Commander series, got me interested in studying Naval history and then West Indies journals. His gift of prose and character development inspired me write my first novel.

How do you describe your writing style?

I think I manage to pull off realistic, modern voice even in my historical novels while still taking the reader back. I like tangible, scenic descriptions and use a lot of dialogue and what I hope is wit in my contemporary romances.

Why should we read your books?

My books are for anyone that likes clean romance with an interesting adventure or colorful relationship problem. I try to have complex villains, and there’s always a journey of self-awareness and making dreams come true.

Have any of your characters been modelled after yourself?

There’s a little bit of myself in all of my characters, especially my contemporary heroines. They tend to need a boost of confidence in their abilities, but they’re relentless in hanging on until they get what they want.

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

I think I’d enjoy being Sara Hart for a day. She runs the Turtle Soup café in Atlanta and has to stay sharp on the days marine biologist, Jack Brandon storms in with his gruff attitude and cocky attitude. This hate-to-love romance is Turtle Soup. Available on

What books have most influenced your life?

Wow, that’s a huge question. I’d have to go with Agatha Christie’s mysteries, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Master and Commander, Post Captain, Horatio Hornblower, a few Nicholas Sparks books, and I’m pretty religious, so I’d have to add the Bible and other scriptures in there.

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

Oh my goodness! Gone With the Wind. I get so mad every time I finish it, and it still ends the same.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

Beatles, of course. Fun. Classic. Deep. Rebellious. Thoughtful.

Who should play you in a film of your life?

The nerdiest girl you can find.

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