Monday, May 28, 2012



This week, the
 
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
 
is introducing
 
The Anniversary Waltz
 
Realms (May 15, 2012)
 
by
 
Darrel Nelson
 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  A Word from the author:


I am a schoolteacher by profession and have taught school for (thir—ahem!) years. I grew up in Raymond, Alberta, and attended the University of Lethbridge after graduating from high school and serving a two-year mission to Japan. During university, I met and married Marsha Smith, and we are the parents of four children, which has grown to include their spouses and our ten grandchildren.


I have always loved to write. I started writing stories before I was old enough to realize I was writing stories. It seemed a natural thing to pick up a pencil and paper and create a world simply by using words—worlds of adventure in steaming jungles (Tarzan was an early influence on me) or realms of adventure in outer space (Buck Rogers). But as I have grown older, I have discovered that the real inspiration for me is exploring the theme of love and how it can make such a difference in the world.

I’ve had an article published in Lethbridge Magazine and have written several dramatic plays, two of which won provincial recognition and were showcased at a drama festival. I won the CJOC radio songwriting contest two years running, and have had one of my songs receive international airplay. I have written four novels intended for the juvenile market. They are unpublished as yet, but I read them annually to my fourth grade students and my students tell me they love them, the darlings.

ABOUT THE BOOK


At their sixtieth anniversary party, Adam Carlson asks his wife, Elizabeth, for their customary waltz. After the dance they gather the family and share their story—a story of love and courage overcoming adversity and thriving in the face of overwhelming odds.


It’s the summer of 1946, and Adam has just returned from the war to his home in Reunion, Montana. At a town festival he meets Elizabeth Baxter, a young woman going steady with his former high school rival and now influential banker, Nathan Roberts.

When Adam and Elizabeth share a waltz in a deserted pavilion one evening, their feelings begin to grow and they embark on a journey, and a dance, that will last a lifetime.

If you'd like to read the first chapter excerpt of The Anniversary Waltz, go HERE.

6 comments:

michelle said...

Ah, sounds like a good read...
I especially love the fact that an annual waltz is at the centre of the story...

Elsa said...

Hi Michelle!
Thanks for stopping by. Yes, this is a really dear book.
Very special. :)

Bless you!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Whoops!! Elsa was really me--I forgot to sign in...
Though Elsa is pretty cool... :)

Karen Lange said...

It sounds like a winner! Thanks for the info about the book and the intro to Darrel!

Sam Klarich said...

Hi Karen. I am so glad you stopped by to take a look at The Anniversary Waltz. I'm so happy to promote Darrel as an up and coming author--great to have a male presence in the world of Christian fiction!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Woops AGAIN!!!! Can you tell I'm not used to my college kids being home for the summer???

"Sam" was really Cheryl... sorry... will make sure I'm signed in as ME... I do love my kiddos, though!!!