Heart’s Desire by Catherine Lanigan – Guest Post & $50 Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

***Premiering as Sweetest Heart on the Hallmark Channel 9 PM ET***
(check your local listings for your air time)

Heart’s Desire
(Shores of Indian Lake #2)
Catherine Lanigan
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 191 pages
August 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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His homecoming is bittersweet…for both of them

Café owner Maddie Strong is finally ready to take her burgeoning cupcake business to the next level. With the help of handsome businessman Alex Perkins, her future’s all mapped out. Until her first love comes home.

At seventeen, Maddie adored Nate Barzonni with her whole heart and soul. But when he asked her to elope, she’d said no—she couldn’t let him throw away his dream of becoming a doctor. Then he vanished from her life for eleven years. Now the cardiac surgeon has returned to Indian Lake asking for a second chance, and Maddie has to choose between her new life…and the man she never stopped loving.


As my Heartwarming book, Heart’s Desire, comes to The Hallmark Channel, (re-titled THE SWEETEST HEART,) ?honestly, I haven’t had but a few moments to reflect on my favorite movies and what are the things that make my heart go ZING. But as I write these posts for this fabulous tour with Prism Book Tours, I realize that there are common threads for me.

Obviously, strong, emotional writing is everything. My producer, director husband, Jed Nolan, used to tell me that there was no way to repair a bad script. That’s why producers look so hard and long to find THE story that they want to spend a year, two years, ten years of their lives on. (Castaway took Tom Hanks 10 years to get a green light.) This isn’t play time. A producer will risk his money, his house, his reputation, sometimes his relationships, to see his film make it to the screen. That’s pretty daunting when you think about it.

There’s a lot at stake here that grows wider and heavier with each day the producer invests in your story. This part, I know from the inside.

But as the viewer, I will tell you that the romances that came from Nancy Meyers while she was alive are some of my super favorites. THE HOLIDAY can’t be beat for a “go to film” when you’re down. The elements in this film are smack in your face. The cast is superb. Cameron Diaz and Jude Law? And he has his shirt off! I’m there. And loveable Jack Black, whom I met at the cast party for HIGH FIDELITY which starred John Cusack, also whom I met. Boy. He’s tall and so nice. Then Kate Winslet (been in love with her acting since Titanic.) as broken hearted Iris. I really, really, related to her. When Iris cried. I cried.

Then there’s Nancy Meyers’ SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE.? In addition to the incredible story, the acting by Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves, the majestic beach house that Erica lives in, the beach itself, it was the music. Much of it French. My college minor.

Soundtracks of needle drops of old songs I’d forgotten or have come to love, make me buy the CD, download music to my phone. Buy the DVD and give as gifts.

All I can do is sigh, and say, “I’m such a hopeless romantic.”

“Hopeful,” Joan Wilder from Romancing the Stone replies. “Hopeful romantic.”

Sigh again. What about you. Do you like soundtracks?


Other Books in the Series

About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, TOO CLOSE TO THE FIRE (2018) and MY RACING HEART (2019).

The Hallmark Channel will air HEART’S DESIRE on March 17, 2018.

Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs. She writes a monthly blog for Heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com. Visit her at www.catherinelanigan.com, on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter@cathlanigan.com, Pinterest, Goodreads and Google+.


Tour Schedule

March 5th:
Reading Is My SuperPower
It’s All About the Romance
Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews
March 6th:
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
The Power of Words
Heidi Reads…
March 7th:
I Am A Reader
March 8th:
Christian Chick’s Thoughts
Nicole’s Book Musings
March 9th:
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Hearts & Scribbles
Thoughts of a Blonde
March 12th:
Book Reviews & More by Kathy
Paulette’s Papers
underneath the covers
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
March 13th:
Among the Reads
Wishful Endings
March 14th:
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Faithfully Bookish
Locks, Hooks and Books
March 15th:
Brooke Blogs
Janice’s Book Reviews
March 16th:
Teatime and Books
Cafinated Reads
Becky on Books
March 17th:
Grand Finale
Sweetest Heart on the Hallmark Channel 9 PM ET

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  1. Congratulations on the new movie! Wish we got the Hallmark channel here so I could watch it.

  2. What do you think about the cover, the book synopsis, or the guest post/review/interview/excerpt? Will you be tuning in to watch Heart’s Desire premiering as Sweetest Heart on Hallmark? Love it and yes I will be watching it & thanks for the chance in the giveaway ??

  3. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the cover and the excerpt. ??

  4. Kay Garrett says

    Thank you for the information on “Heart’s Desire” by Catherine Lanigan and being part of the book tour. I’d very much love the opportunity to read the book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  5. The cover is really cute. Sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  6. Elizabeth says

    I love the cover on “Heart’s Desire” by Catherine Lanigan! I’ve set my DVR to record the Hallmark Movie ?? Thanks for sharing!

  7. Daniel M says

    sounds like a fun one

  8. Oh this sounds so good…so excited to read the book! I have to check our local channels so I can watch on TV too! The cover is so romantic!

  9. Deb Pelletier says

    The book sounds interesting and the bookcover looks wonderful. We do not get the Hallmark channel ,sorry.

  10. Love the cover and the book sounds great. Thanks for the opportunity ??

  11. Amy Woolard says

    I do plant to watch when it comes on!! As soon as I can, I will set my DVR!

  12. Kate Sparks says

    Love the Hallmark Channel!! Thanks for the update on a new movie!

  13. Amber Cummings says

    I like the cover. Sounds like a good book to read! I have it set to record the new Hallmark movie. Thank you for the chance!

  14. I can’t wait to watch it. I love the Hallmark channel.

  15. Suz Reads says

    I like the cover of Heart’s Desire – it’s very romantic!

  16. Does the book include at least one cupcake recipe?

  17. Very nice cover

  18. I really love the description. The cover is great too! Im looking forward to reading it.

  19. I love the cover.It sounds like a great read!

  20. snowsparks38 says

    I think the cover is amazing. I am so looking forward to this read. Thanks so much..