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 Weekly, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, Suspense Magazine, Mystery Scene Magazine, Library 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 Café with Katara Johnson. Patricia also has been a keynote speaker and presenter at various conferences and book events.