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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Patricia Sargeant's Campaign for Her Heart: History Comes Full Circle

Note: Campaign for Her Heart by Patricia Sargeant is the twelfth book in the Decades: A Journey of African American Romance series. This series consists of 12 books, each set in one of 12 decades between 1900 and 2010. Each story focuses on the romance between African American protagonists, but also embraces the African American experience within that decade. Join the journey on our Facebook page, http://bit.ly/2z9sMrd.

Campaign for Her Heart, the final story in the 12-book Decades: A Journey of African American Romance historical romance series, is set in the 2010s. I can almost hear you asking, “The 2010s? How’s that a historical romance? We’re living the 2010s.” That’s one of the exciting things about the decade: We’re making history – good, bad or indifferent – every day.

When author Wayne Jordan invited me to participate in his project and assigned the decade of the 2010s to me, I knew this was meant to be. I subscribe to the philosophy that history is cyclical and I wanted to use that philosophy as the foundation of my story. One of history’s powers is its ability to teach us. Conversely, history’s kryptonite is our inability to learn from it. If we don’t learn from our history, if we aren’t aware of historical facts and events, then we will repeat them. Candidly, there are some members of history’s entourage to which I’d rather not be reintroduced.

The cautionary message of history repeating itself is one of the themes in Campaign for Her Heart. This theme actually starts with the lead couple, Gwyneth Taylor and Noah Barrow. Gwen and Noah, who are both in their fifties, first met in their twenties and are reunited more than 30 years later. They’d broken up in the past in part because they had opposing views of social justice issues.

At the start of Campaign for Her Heart, Gwen and Noah still have differing positions on some social justice issues. Although their viewpoints are a lot closer than they used to be, Gwen is concerned that falling for Noah would just be history repeating itself. She doesn’t want to risk that, especially since there is even more at stake this time. Noah’s challenge is convincing Gwen that he’s learned from the past. He’s not the same person with whom Gwen had broken up.

Campaign for Her Heart: Decades: A Journey of African American Romance Book 12 is actually available in Kindle and paperback formats now. (Amazon and I had a disagreement over the definition of “preorder.”) It’s also currently available for preorder in print and electronic formats from various other outlets, including Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple iTunes. The official release date is Nov. 21, 2018. Please visit my website for order - and preorder - links.

Before I step away from the mic, I want to thank you very sincerely for joining me and the other Decades series authors on this historical romance journey. Your encouragement and support has meant the world to me. I also want to thank the Romancing the Genres blog moderators for featuring us on this blog for each of the past 12 months, and helping us spread the word about the series. But this isn't good-bye. It's just farewell for now. Until next time, happy reading!

About Patricia: Patricia Sargeant is a national best-selling, award-winning author of mysteries and romance. Her work has been featured in national publications such as Publishers WeeklyUSA TodayKirkus ReviewsSuspense MagazineMystery Scene MagazineLibrary Journal and RT Book Reviews. She’s been interviewed on podcasts including Destination Mystery with Laura Brennan, Conversations LIVE! with Cyrus Webb, Read You Later with Lasheera Lee and Katara’s CafĂ© with Katara Johnson. Patricia also has been a keynote speaker and presenter at various conferences and book events. 

Facebook: @AuthorPatriciaSargeant


The booklady said...

Thumbs up on an amazing book and series!

Cilla Johnson said...

Great interview Patricia.. the series was a wonderful idea :-)

Judith Ashley said...

Patricia, It's been our pleasure to support the Decades: A Journey of African American Romance. "Campaign for Her Heart" certainly is timely...I thought because we are in the midst of the Mid-term Elections here in the United States that maybe Gwen or Noah was running for a political office. Love that your lead couple are "mature." There's a lot to love about heroines and heroes who have a few miles on them.

Brenda L said...

Campaign For Her Heart is a great story that reflects what is happening today socially and politically. Kudos to Patricia Sargeant for this well-written story. The entire series is good!

Patricia Sargeant said...

The Booklady, I'm so sorry. I tried to leave a comment this morning, but I must have done something wrong.Technology has been giving me wicked raspberries this week. Ha! Thank you so much for your encouragement and support of this series. I really appreciate you. Hugs!

Patricia Sargeant said...

Cilla Johnson, I sincerely apologize for this delayed response. My original message didn't go through. Obviously user error on my part. Ha! Thank you so much for your kind words about this post and about the Decades series. I really appreciate your encouragement and support. Hugs!

Patricia Sargeant said...

Judith Ashley, the Decades project is very fortunate to have the support of the Romancing the Genres community. Thank you! And thank you for your kind words about Campaign for Her Heart. I enjoy writing more mature protagonists, and the Decades 2010s theme seemed to call out for maturity. :)

Patricia Sargeant said...

Brenda L.!!!!! I am so humbled and gratified by your comments. Thank you so very much! Hugs!