Actress / Author Mara Purl's Launches Where the Heart Lives - Serial Fiction for Mystery & Romance

This (Milford-Haven) may be Apple Pie, USA, but hearts are on the line, professions are at stake and a possible murder has tainted the landscape … A whirlwind of juicy drama with dangling-carrot closure. – Kirkus Reviews

Online PR News – 17-October-2012 – Los Angeles, CA – Former Days of Our Lives actress Purl imbues her soap opera finesse into the fictional setting of Milford-Haven, a sleepy California coastal town. This may be Apple Pie, USA, but hearts are on the line, professions are at stake and a possible murder has tainted the landscape … A whirlwind of juicy drama with dangling-carrot closure. – Kirkus Reviews

(Los Angeles, CA) – Actress/Author Mara Purl launches worldwide book two of the Women’s Fiction Milford-Haven series, Where the Heart LIves on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The highly anticipated novel offers readers a rich painting of cross-connecting storylines that trace across some of California’s most spectacular locations. Purl also serves up an array of themes … and each of them more moving than the next.

Purl says her story takes the reader through an expanded trip through her home territory.

“I’d never written about my home city Los Angeles,” Purl admitted. “My readers will get an in-depth look at the L.A. of the 1990s as my protagonist travels from the Palos Verdes lighthouse, to Hollywood, then winds her way through the Angeles Crest Mountains out to the Mojave Desert.

My writing is romantic, which is why several of my awards are the Romance category. But my stories don’t follow a strict set of rules of a classic Romance Novel,” Purl said. “My concept of romance is a good deal more complex. And the romance storylines have thrilling and satisfying conclusions by the end of the Pentalogy. What, Where, Why, Who and When … the five questions of the heart asked in each of the book titles are answered.

Purl’s books … part romance, part mystery, and part soap opera are considered in the Women’s Fiction genre, which includes Romance, but is larger in scope with room for Purl’s less predictable and more realistic plot and character development.

“My writing is romantic, which is why several of my awards are the Romance category. But my stories don’t follow a strict set of rules of a classic Romance Novel,” Purl said. “My concept of romance is a good deal more complex. And the romance storylines have thrilling and satisfying conclusions by the end of the Pentalogy. What, Where, Why, Who and When … the five questions of the heart asked in each of the book titles are answered.”

Many exciting adventures take place between the covers of Where the Heart Lives. One plotline takes the reader to a Doobie Brothers concert and then backstage, a thrill most of us have never experienced. Author Purl has been close friends with the Doobie Brothers for two decades. Members of the bank appeared in her original hit BBC radio drama and now appear in her new novel.

“Rehearsal at the famed Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl is based on a real reunion benefit concert for veterans,” Purl reveals. “I got to watch this very moving event from backstage, and truthfully, the experience still touches me today.”

Of course, backstage is only one of several locations where Purl’s various romance storylines play out.

Actress and best-selling author Mara Purl began her writing career as a journalist. Investigating human nature and diligent research to dig out the real story is what she loves. Purl has always been a trail-blazer, with her original radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A becoming the first American radio serial on the BBC where it gathered 4.5 million listeners throughout the U.K. Now she’s blazing a trail in the U.S., where stories usually appear first as novels, then as scripted media. No other novel series began first as a dramatic series.

Purl has garnered critical success for her fresh, original novels. She may be taking readers on an expansive road trip in this book but she puts the magnifying lens on what matters most to her readers: the heart.

From Trade Reviews:
Kirkus Review noted “Purl imbues her soap opera finesse into the fictional setting of Milford-Haven” and
summed up book one with “This may be Apple Pie, USA, but hearts are on the line, professions are at stake and a possible murder has tainted the landscape.” Kirkus again praised the author’s work in book two by saying “Skillfully interspersing the moment-to-moment thoughts of her characters with their actions and dialogue, Purl effortlessly moves from one personal story to another.”

Publishers Weekly:
PW noted the author’s aptitude for long-form story-telling with “Purl presents the first novel in her Milford-Haven series, which . . . features a setting of unadulterated beauty . . . and a cast of successful, sexy, sometimes quirkily independent characters. . . The novel is poised to convince readers to continue with the series.”

ForeWord Reviews:
ForeWord praised Purl’s deft handling of her artist-protagonist by noting “Miranda the artist . . . is creative, outdoorsy, and very concerned with the environment and animal welfare. Her thoughts while painting, sketching, or considering her work bring the reader deep inside her psyche and illuminate her seascapes and animal portraits. Of a cheetah named Lia who waits on the easel to be completed, Miranda says, ‘My job is to reveal her spirit, not to encase her in paint.’ This simple sentence conveys the values and vision of the artist both in her work and her life.”

About Mara Purl
Actress and best-selling author Mara Purl began her writing career as a journalist. Investigating human nature and diligent research to dig out the real story is what she loves. Purl has always been a trail-blazer, with her original radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A becoming the first American radio serial on the BBC where it gathered 4.5 million listeners throughout the U.K. Now she’s blazing a trail in the U.S., where stories usually appear first as novels, then as scripted media. No other novel series began first as a dramatic series.

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