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The Heroes of Burnheart – The men from my upcoming novel “The Burnheart Redemption”

ADAM GARROW

Adam Garrow is determined, steadfast, and known to make a show of things. Raised as the son of Lord, he is a gentleman and honest worker. But after discovering the truth of his lineage, Adam embarks on a six-year journey to redefine his life’s purpose. And on the day of his return, fate allows him to cross paths with the lovely and kind Solana Rosenlund.

But when tragedy strikes, Solana is caught in the crossfire of an unseen force threatening to destroy the Garrow family legacy. With the help of his brother, Phillip, and loyal friend, Ian, they fight to keep each other alive and ultimately regain everything they lost.

All Adam has to his name is the Burnheart estate his father left him before he died. Though the house is condemned to ruins, he chooses to find redemption by rebuilding the foundation, as well as his relationships. One of which, he hopes to rebuild with Solana.

PHILLIP GARROW

Phillip Garrow is honorable, strong, and known to take action when leadership is needed. As the sole inheritor of his father’s business and estate of Fairbrooke, he steps into his shoes to continue the Garrow legacy. Along the way, he quite literally runs into the enchanting Iris Westmont; the youngest daughter of a well-known horse breeder. They soon fall completely in love with plans to marry.

But when a mysterious villain attempts to off Phillip entirely, he requires the help of his brother, Adam, and loyal friend, Ian, to bring him back from danger.

With only Burnheart to return to, Phillip is determined to keep his claim of Fairbrooke, discover who this villain is once and for all, and find his way back to the love of his life.

 

IAN O’CONNOR

Ian O’Connor is a charming Irishman, resilient, and stubborn enough to see every plan through. As Cedric Westmont’s top horse trainer, he has a respectable job, and is close friends with his eldest daughter, Abigail. Though she’s above his station, Ian is enamored by her beauty and kindness; and the two have an unspoken flirtation that must be kept hidden from everyone.

But Ian is no longer welcome when he is blindfolded and attacked by men who question his honorable intentions, and despise his Irish heritage.

Relying on the help of Adam and Phillip Garrow, he returns the favor by risking his own life on their behalf, and seeking justice where it is needed. In the end, he is resigned to let go of Abigail entirely, but fate usually has a way of bringing hearts back together.

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Coming soon…The Burnheart Redemption

This story is very near and dear to my heart because it’s the first full manuscript I’ve ever written! At nineteen I did nothing but daydream as I dove into the world of pure romance. Before then I wasn’t much of a reader, but my college roommates introduced to me to so many wonderful novels, I was inspired to write my own.

During the course of six years, this story has been reshaped numerous times. I thought I was genius back then, and after the year it took to finish, I sent countless query letters to publishers. Of course I received an equal amount of rejection letters, and it was enough for me to put on the shelf for a while. At nineteen I wasn’t very experienced in the romance department. Never had a boyfriend, hadn’t been kissed yet, or even been on a real date! Everything I wrote was either guess work, or inspired by other author’s words. Like a patchwork of fabric that clashed in the weirdest way. Imagine a quilt made of orange taffeta and denim. I mean…you can see the effort, but it just didn’t work too well.

But as time went on, I grew up, lived my own romantic experiences and suddenly…I had a real voice. I had perspective. I had a philosophy. And I became inspired to write other stories that made it to Cedar Fort Publishing. My first book “Unseen Road to Love” was published last year. And after many writer’s conventions and advice from editors, I decided to dust off the novel that started it all.

I had kept the concept of this story and reworked it into something a million times better in my eyes, again, thinking myself a genius, and sent it out. Within two weeks, I received a call that it would come to life in April 2018! I was ecstatic, and going through the motion of designing this cover was an emotional process. I had a lot of say in the design, and by the time it was ready, I did my happy dance! But by the time I reached the subedit…I was in a for a new challenge.

First rule of writing…never believe you are a genius. There will always be other perspectives that will catch the things you miss. And boy did my editor catch about five mistakes on every page. Plot holes, oddly structured sentences, too much telling, contradicting information, no character development, too much intensity, and bombshells that left me in a fetal position. I cut out thirty pages of content, and added a whole new ending that left my nineteen-year-old self a little solemn. I stayed up a full twenty-four hours to make the deadline and when I submitted my revised work at 5:18 AM, I realized just what it means to be a writer. I learned a lot from this experience to understand how to create a beautiful and believable story. One would think after publishing a romance already, I know everything there is to know about writing, but it’s fun to discover new ways of sharing something I believe to be wonderful. And I hope you do as well.

I can’t wait for you to read this story, and I’d love to publish a sequel!

Cheers to you, XO

~Chelsea

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My Many Faces

It’s no secret that I love to play dress up. Putting on makeup, a wig, a costume, fancy clothes, or assuming a  new identity altogether is fun for me. Of course it isn’t easy when I have a tight budget. I mean straight up dollar store makeup budget. But I get by with a few special purchases every now and then. Here’s some of my favorite looks during the past few years.

Ariel – “The Little Mermaid”

(Wig bought online, bow I made out of ribbon, clothes bought from a secondhand store – sewn together myself, and makeup bought from walmart)

Harley Quinn – “Suicide Squad”

(White foundation bought online, hair colored by crayola markers, tattoo I painted on, shirt bought from hot topic and makeup from Walmart)

Jessica Rabbit – “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

(Wig and gloves bought online, and makeup from walmart)

Me – Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)

(White foundation I already owned, dollar store eyeliner, acrylic paint, and Walmart makeup)

Me – Unicorn Awesomeness

(Walmart makeup, dollar store sparkly eye shadow, and crayola markers for my hair)

Me – Just me really liking my makeup that day

(Dollar store sparkly eye shadow, and black lipstick from Kat Von D makeup collection)

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Behind the Scenes of Unseen Road to Love

It’s official! “Unseen Road to Love” is now here! And to celebrate I want to share with you the unpublished author’s note about the events in the book inspired by real people and events.

SPOILER ALERT!

#1 – Logan’s accident was inspired by my real life accident. It occurred December 7, 2012. I was walking across the street that evening (literally a block from my apartment) when two people turning right at the intersection didn’t stop at the stop sign. My left knee and face was lacerated, my nose crushed-in, and I received a severe concussion. In that moment I wasn’t unconscious. I remember laying in the road, feeling blood on my face, seeing how scared the men were, and the courage and kindness it took for them to make sure I got to the hospital safely. I was in the hospital 3 days, and took my college finals the following week. To this day I have no long term injuries. A real miracle in my life.

#2 – Logan’s height. Throughout the years I’ve had several guy friends close to 6’4. They always gave the best hugs, but holy Hannah, I’ve been knocked off balance a few times by them not knowing their own strength. Worth it 🙂

#3 – Annie is based on my real life friend! In the book she is described as “fun sized” just an inch below 5 feet. Featured in the phot above on the left. We were college roommates, and is best known for her cute style and memorable laugh. She married her high school sweetheart and is still one of my most influential friends today.

#4 – Savannah “Savvy” is real too! Though her love story with James is my own creation, he sparkly personality, nursing skills and boss cookies…all her! Featured in the above photo on the right. In fact both Annie and Savannah were both my college roommates at Dixie State University. On the About the Author page, these are the very friends who introduced me to all things happiness in books, and pumpkin cookies!

#5 – Addie and Logan’s musical talent. I’m not a gifted song writer, but I did write a custom love song titled “Heaven on Earth” for my dear friend, Alisa’s, wedding. She couldn’t find one with the right voice, lyrics, and meaning that fit the way she felt for her now husband. Secretly, I wrote one for them as a wedding present. Grant Matheson, who is a current member of the band Advent Horizon, generously recorded the melody on his guitar, and the famous and talented, Joy Frost, beautifully sang the lyrics. Music has always been a big part of my life, but this event inspired me to add more music in the story. The experience gave me lasting inspiration until the very end.

#6 – Dixie State University is my alma mater. I lived in St. George for three years, teaching preschool. Like Logan, I didn’t have a car and often road the Sun Tran everywhere I went.

#7 – “Farkle”. During the holidays, occasionally my extended family and I play the infamous dice game. One year I was reigning champion, and I never let anyone forget it. 😛

#8 – Andy Grammer. He really did perform at Dixie, and it was coolest experience! His music inspired pretty much the whole story. You can read more about it in my previous tribute post to him.

#9 – Hyperbaric Chamber Therapy: It’s a very brief snippet, but Logan mentions using one after his accident. It’s a chamber one sits in as pure oxygen is pumped into the body to aid in tissue repair. I used one twice, before and after my own accident. And the man who introduced me to hyperbaric chambers inspired a lot of Logan’s personality towards the end.

#8 – Mark and Logan’s brotherly bond. While living in Salt Lake, I befriended a set of brothers, and they were 6’4 studs who often referred themselves as “the Weasley Twins”. Grant, who was previously mentioned above, and Jon who has the sweet motorcycle skills, and will no doubt be featured in a future novel 🙂

#10 – Zucchini brownies: Alisa, who was mentioned in the fact above, is notorious for her zucchini brownies, which are healthy in a sense…before she adds the chocolate chips and frosting.

#11 – “Scum”: A game my singles ward friends often gathered to play, and dominate at. One of my favorite card games.

#12 – Addie’s profession: Like her, I taught preschool in St. George, Utah and moved back home to teach at an elementary school. The most rewarding and hectic times of my life.

#13 – Tommy: Though my dad is still on this earth, he was in the military when I was younger. His voice is exactly who I heard as I wrote Tommy’s letter. Another snippet: Just like Addie’s dad, mine would let me stay up late and watch Star Wars with him until I fell asleep.

#14 – Pizza: The first dates Logan takes on are based on a perfect day when a really great friend treated me to an amazing pizza place that changed my life. This was the beginning inspiration for Logan’s character. It made for a lasting memory I needed to share. Shout out to Rusted Sun Pizzeria in SLC, Utah! And to Adam MacKay, for being awesome in every sense of the word.

#15 – Flirt running: A boy I went on a date with did just that! I found it very cute and clever.

#16 – Addie’s song: I’ve always wanted to learn the ukulele, because I loved it when friends brought them out to jam. At my friend’s wedding reception, she had brought one out to sing to her new husband one of the happiest love songs ever. If you read the book, you know what part I’m talking about!

#17 – Peggy: Is based on the amazing Peggy Matheson! And she the real mother of the mustache brothers featured above. Having spent time in her home as I wrote this novel, and watching their whole family interact, I was inspired to no end. Not just a fantastic for who she is in general, but also a talented actress you may know from the 2014 film “The Saratov Approach”.

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