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A resident of Providence, RI, Regina grew up in nearby Barrington. After graduating from Providence College she attended the University of Delaware, eventually earning her Master’s Degree in American Civilization from Brown University. She is inspired by anything to do with nature, and she and her husband enjoy visiting nearby Cape Cod. Regina’s hobbies include Travel, Museums, Theater, Classical Music, Choral Singing and Gardening. She is a radio host for In-Sight, an association dedicated to providing services to the visually impaired of all ages.

Regina’s inspirational romance THE PERFECT PROPOSAL has been reissued by Writers Exchange E-Publishing. Also available are LIGHT OF THE HEART, ANGELS OF THE HEART, PRAISE OF THE HEART, and GLORY OF THE HEART, Books 1-4 of the Sterling Lakes Series (spotlighted below), also reissued by Writers Exchange E-Publishing. Look for brand new titles in her Sterling Lakes Series, along with the reissues of DESTINY’S DESIGNS, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and IN GOOD FAITH soon. Click on the Books & Awards button above to purchase any of Regina’s books.

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Regina’s Andrews
Sterling Lakes Series

Inspirational Romance

Spiritual malaise permeates the hearts of the residents of a scenic little town with a troubled past, tenuous present, and an uncertain future.

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LIGHT OF THE HEART, Book 1

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Stained-glass artist, Cascade Preston, has overcome a dark childhood, deeply shadowed by domestic violence, in the town of Sterling Lakes. When she is approached to design new windows for a refurbished church in Sterling Lakes, she ignores the request. But when the no-nonsense Project Manager Dan McQuay appears looking for the window plans, the project takes on a whole new light.

Will Cascade be able to keep the dark, protective cocoon she has built around herself intact, or will McQuay break through and shine new light into her heart? Is it possible that God's plan for Cascade will lead her to forgive the town that ignored the situation her family?

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5 stars from Rising Star Reviews!

ANGELS OF THE HEART, Book 2

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The life of a television journalist has been good to Maryanne Lynch. That is, until she learns of developer Travis Collimore's plans to destroy the Townsend Barn, a cherished Sterling Lakes landmark, and build a strip mall in its place. Will Maryanne's efforts to stop him be successful? Or will Travis' plans for the future prevail over her attachment to the past?

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5 star review from Readers Favorite!
4 ½ heart review from The Romance Studio!

PRAISE OF THE HEART, Book 3

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Librarian Laura Matthewson is happy staying out of the limelight. But when pro baseball star Cliff Markham returns home to Sterling Lakes to help with the St. Luke's Church Renovation fundraiser, will she be able to resist his magnetic power?

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4 ½ heart review from The Romance Studio!

GLORY OF THE HEART, Book 4

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Perrin Marlowe, a war hero, has based his life on the ideals of his father and pursued a livelihood in the realm of stonework and masonry. Returning to Sterling Lakes, he finds the truth about his past in the attic of CC Cogshell’s house--and for CC, who has started a new life in the rural New England town, this seminal move in her life as she leaves a terrible relationship may lead her to places she never dreamed of going. It is through the past that they will both be able to move into their futures...will it be a future that they can share together?

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LIGHT OF THE HEART:

5 Stars! "LIGHT OF THE HEART is like a breath of fresh air in the inspirational romantic fiction genre. The plot flows very well, and the characters really make the story. What makes it unique is that both Cascade and Dan haven't lost their faith in God, instead they are just carrying issues from their past that keep them from all that God wants them to be. Both characters find themselves as a caretaker to their mother's, and while the situations were different, they were very similar as well. I think many will identify with Cascade and Dan because of the responsible way they take care of their parent. The author slowly reveals each character's past issues easily allowing me to connect with both. I think readers will readily understand why Cascade felt the way she did about Sterling Lake, and will also understand why Dan doesn't really want any attachments. The author touches on the tough subject of abuse, and does it in a very realistic way without being overly graphic. I really enjoyed watching the characters not only grow closer together, but also closer to God as the story progressed. It was nice to see the walls they had constructed around their hearts start to crumble. The spiritual messages that Regina Andrews weaves into the pages of the story were very well done, and fit perfectly into the plot. I always love whenever an author incorporates pets into a story and with this one we had Cascade's cat Miranda and Dan's golden retriever Jake. Overall, if you are a fan of inspirational fiction you won't go wrong in reading LIGHT OF THE HEART. I have to say that one of my favorite lines was "Let Go and Let God" which was perfect for this story because it really was about letting go of old hurts and allowing God to lead in order to heal. A great beginning to what promises to be an uplifting, inspiring new series from Regina Andrews.” ~Readers Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/book-review/8421

ANGELS OF THE HEART:

4 ½ Hearts! “Regina Andrews has penned a book that’s captivating and easy to follow. Because it is #2 in a series, I went back and read the first one prior to this. It had a great correlation. However, it could definitely be read as a stand-alone novel. The characters, both main and secondary, were solid and well-developed. It was easy to get lost in the telling of this story. Besides the main storyline, there were several surprises in the book. There were no dull moments. This action-packed book was something I could recommend to anyone. The chemistry between the main characters was electric but not overpowering. The inspirational part was perfectly injected into the plot. I recommend this book to all readers. The ending was surprising. Great job, Ms. Andrews!” ~The Romance Studio http://reviews.theromancestudio.info/2013/09/17/angels-of-the-heart-by-regina-andrews/

PRAISE OF THE HEART:

4 ½ Stars! “From the very start, this book was charming, sweet and romantic. It was so easy to fall in love with the timid and shy librarian, Laura. Her warmth and big heart capture the premise of the story beautifully. When she’s volunteering at a church fundraiser, she meets Cliff, a professional baseball player who lives his entire life in the spotlight. She’s intimidated at first by his forward personality and his fame, but Cliff is awe struck by Laura and is determined to win her heart. It’s an adorable story with a very touching scenario that emphasizes why the chase for love can be far more romantic than the catch. ” ~BTSemag http://www.btsemag.com/

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Monthly Interview

What's the story behind your Sterling Lakes Series and your newest release in it, GLORY OF THE HEART, Book 4?

This series is based, in part, on the town where I grew up. By that I mean all the good parts! As I grew older I realized how idyllic my background was in Barrington. It was filled with natural beauty and kind-hearted people. We never locked our doors. Things change over time, and that became a theme I wanted to explore in my work. So I added the dimension of life’s problems and challenges to Sterling Lakes. I think it makes the books more true-to-life and easier for my readers to relate to. I hope so anyway! They are all stand-alones but flow as a cohesive series.

The nine books in the series all deal with the renovations of the town church and thematically are divided into three sections. The first three deal with the past, the middle three with the present and the last three with the future. Of course, past, present and future overlap, but that is the general story arc.

GLORY OF THE HEART deals with a hero who is grappling with the past and a heroine who is starting a new future, trying to put the past behind her. CC, the heroine, has just moved to town and purchased the house that the hero used to live in as a child before his family left Sterling Lakes. He finds a stash of letters from his father in CC’s attic, and they reveal a shocking truth about the past that shatters his image of what his family really was. Both characters struggle to find the truth, and both struggle to move on from the past. Faith and doubt play a huge role in how their romance develops.

What about the characters/plots/settings intrigued you?

I think this series must have been swirling around in my subconscious for quite some time, because when I started writing it everything flowed naturally, titles, characters, settings—everything. The whole town was alive, walking around and doing things—I could hardly keep up with them! I am fascinated when good people face bad problems; what does that do to individuals? Couples? Communities?

Interesting things that happened while you were working on these books.

One very interesting thing that happened while I have been working on this series is that I left my original publisher and joined another publishing house. This has been a wonderful move for many reasons. One of the best aspects is that I have had extra time to step away from the series and look at it again, re-assessing where it should go. I think there are more than nine books in this series and I have decided to continue it after the nine are completed. Or should I say, this is what the folks in Sterling Lakes have decided. ;-)

About the cover designs…

Oh, these beautiful covers! They have all been designed by Karen Wiesner. We discuss the premise of the story and the main theme(s) and then brainstorm with our ideas. She is quite gifted. These covers have been a challenge for me because of the nature of my writing. I am technically an ‘Inspirational’ author, but the spectrum of that genre has really broadened since I published my first novel in 2009. Some ‘Inspirationals’ are very heavy Christian, and some are lightly sprinkled, like mine. The cover art needs to convey the book’s theme without limiting its message. Karen is very good at that and I am grateful for her expertise.

Where do you like to write and what tools do you use?

I have a corner nook in my house that’s right by a big bay window, so it’s very pretty. Also in our media room, there’s a soft cappuccino leather loveseat that’s perfect for curling up with my iPad.

Fill in the blank: To get myself in the mood to write, my favorite music is…

I LOVE music but I can’t write when I understand the lyrics of the song that’s on, lol! I guess it crosses the wires in my brain. So I found this station, SKY.FM that has a “World” channel. It’s all interesting, upbeat music with people singing their hearts out—and I don’t understand a word. PERFECT!

What are you working on now?

Exciting! Right now I am working on Book Five of the Sterling Lakes Series, REFLECTIONS OF THE HEART, which deals with two sisters and their family story. It will be completed early this summer.

What can readers look for next from you?

I’m working on a ‘blockbuster’—at least that’s what I refer to it in my mind. ☺ It’s a longer, page-turner of a contemporary romance novel that people will love to take to the beach or the pool or on vacation. Something completely escapist and enjoyable and uplifting.

Is there anything you’d like to tell readers?

Thank you so much for your interest in my books. I love to hear feedback from you and am working very hard to write books that will please you. Keep reading my books and visit my website or my blog, listed above, and let me know what is on your mind. I love to hear from you!

May 2014 Spotlight Author: Janet Lane Walters (Dame Amber)

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Monthly Giveaway

March’s spotlight winner of trade paperbacks of Karen Woods’ (Dame Coral) Jewels of the Quill anthology contributions is Michelle StJames of Brockton, MA.

This month, Regina Andrews (Dame Ametrine) will be giving away an autographed trade paperback of LIGHT OF THE HEART, Book 1 of the Sterling Lakes Series.

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