I was tongue-tied the first time I met bestselling author Denise Hildreth Jones. I was sitting at the far end of an outside table at the Loveless Café, listening to the conversations of the authors around me.
I was not an author at the time; I barely felt that I could call myself a writer.
So I remained (mostly) quiet and continued listening to the tidbits of info regarding book tours, marketing, editing, and each step of the publishing process that utterly fascinated me.
Denise came to our gathering a little later to honor Friday Belle Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s and dear friend River Jordan’s book tour that was set to launch that afternoon.
Denise was stunningly beautiful–so that I felt compelled to check my teeth in my water glass–yet also so kind-hearted that I quickly realized her beauty did not only run skin-deep.
That day I met her (can it be four or five years ago, now?), I had no idea our paths would reconnect. But this past September, I had the privilege to participate in a LifeWay book signing with her and Monday Belle, Lisa Wingate.
At the time, I also had no idea I would soon be invited to join this lovely group of authors at Southern Belle View. But once I joined this great group, and learned that we would be adding new members after the New Year, I immediately thought of lovely Denise Hildreth Jones.
So, I invited her and, to my utter delight, she accepted!
I know Denise is going to be a perfect addition to our group, as she shares about her family, faith, and fiction. Here’s a little more about her on her website:
Denise Hildreth Jones has spent the last eight years writing fiction that has been hailed as both “smart and witty.” Her ability to express the heart of the Southern voice has led to her being featured twice in Southern Living and receiving the accolades of readers and reviewers alike, but it is the simple joy of writing stories that keeps them coming. Denise is the author of eight novels and two works of nonfiction—Flying Solo and Reclaiming Your Heart.
She makes her home in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, five bonus children, and her dog. And on her days off, she will settle for a long walk or a good book and a Coca-Cola.
Also, in honor of this week’s grand website reveal, we’re giving away a copy of Denise’s novel, Secrets Over Sweet Tea, and The Outcast, my debut. To enter, just tell us your favorite Super Bowl food and leave your email address, so we can notify you on Wednesday in case you win!
Thanks so much, dear friends; be sure to check back next Tuesday to welcome Denise Hildreth Jones!