The Year of Chasing Dreams
Ciana Beauchamp hasn’t seen or heard from Jon Mercer in months. Until now. He’s back in Windemere to see her. Deep down, Ciana is filled with joy and relief. She’s never stopped loving him. It’s proof of Jon’s love that he has returned, but what will their future be?
Working hard to maintain the family land that her grandmother left to her, Ciana is approached by a real estate developer who offers her a deal that could benefit the Beauchamp estate and possibly the entire town, which has seen better days. But Ciana is determined not to sell—for the sake of her heritage and the honor of her grandmother.
When tragedy strikes, almost no one in Windemere is left unscathed. Tragedy has a way of bringing people together, but it can also tear them apart. Ciana can hardly face her choices, but she knows she must, and there are now people she can turn to for help if only she is willing to ask.
Intertwining a family saga with a grand love story, The Year of Chasing Dreams is sure to elicit joy and sadness as McDaniel deftly depicts ordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstances.
Who I Am: Lurlene Nora (Gallagher) McDaniel
My Birthday: April 5, 1944… It only comes once a year, so I turn it into a festival and celebrate it for the entire month!
I was born in Philadelphia PA, grew up (mostly) in Hialeah FL, graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa FL (go Bulls!) and currently live in Chattanooga TN—I’m an American citizen by birth, and Southern by the grace of God.
I have a brother, three years younger, married, and mathematically gifted. I am totally without math skills.
The books I write, the topics and subject matter, grew out of my firstborn son’s diagnosis of diabetes at age 3. Infinite reward that comes to me from my work…. when a grown reader lets me know that reading my books inspired her to seek a profession that helps others. I have wonderful letters saying, “Today I graduated from nursing/medical school.” Now that’s a gift of joy!
Words that always inspire me
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Matt 6: 28-29, KJV)
My Life Philosophy
No one gets to choose what life gives them. You do get to choose how you deal with it.
I hope to be remembered not only for the words I’ve written, but for what I leave behind, my finest work and the best of me—my two grown married sons and grandkids.
A Few of My Favorite things
Favorite Books: Are you kidding? Too many to list! And YES, I love my electronic reader. Goes with me everywhere!
Favorite Fictional Characters: Spenser (Boston PI created by Robert B. Parker), Liz Salandar (tech whiz created by Stieg Larsson), Scarlett O’Hara (Southern belle created by Margaret Mitchell)
Favorite Movie: BLADE RUNNER (Director’s Cut) with Harrison Ford
What’s on my i-pod: A wide variety of music, everything from classic and modern country to pop, to rock, to oldies, to classical. Love Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown…and so-o-o many others. Sometimes I write a book with a special song playing in the background to inspire me and my characters.
Favorite Activity: Shopping!! (did you doubt it?) 2nd
Favorite Activity: Travel…been to Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, the Caribbean, Canada, Greece, Uganda, Australia, and time permitting, the rest of the world.
Favorite Color (s): all things purple and turquoise, especially with sparkles.
Favorite Foods: Everything pasta. And ice cream for dessert—the perfect food. Vanilla with a drizzle of butterscotch, thank you!
Favorite Book written by ME: Whatever book I’m working on at the moment…
Favorite words from fans: “I never liked to read until I read your books. Now I love to read.”
Favorite Award: having my book SIX MONTHS TO LIVE placed into a time capsule at the Library of Congress not to be opened for 100 years—-2089! (hope someone remembers to open it).
My Wish for the Time Capsule Opening: cures for all childhood cancers.
Wish I could…Play guitar and/or piano.
Wish I wasn’t…such a couch potato.
I collect: Glass objects…big, small, always pretty. I have an “aquarium” made up of one-of-a-kind glass fish “swimming” on lighted glass shelves. In my eyes, no object of art is as captivating as light shining through blown glass.
- Blog Posts
- TV & Film
2014 April 16 – Kirkus Review of The Year of Chasing Dreams
2011 June 28 – Kirkus Review of Reaching Through Time
2010 June 3 – Kirkus Review of Heart to Heart
2009 April 15 – Kirkus Review of Breathless
Featured Blog Posts
2013 June 26 – Lurlene McDaniel – The Queen of Melodrama (by Vicki Moss)
2013 June 11 – A Writer’s ‘Life': On the Road with Lurlene McDaniel (Publishers Weekly)
2013 May 13 – Do Teens Have It Harder Today (Bookish)
2013 May 13 – Happily ever afters and hope (USA Today)
2012 July 26 – Straight Hair!
2012 July 25 – Red Heart Tattoo
2012 July 24 – What’s Your Favorite Book?
2012 July 23 – On The Availability of Books
Television & Film
1998 – A Champion’s Fight (TV Movie)
Based on my book “Don’t Die, My Love”
2010 JUL – Interview with best-selling inspirational author Lurlene McDaniel, author of “Heart to Heart”
Interview by Mechele R. Dillard
2008 DEC – Author Interview: Lurlene McDaniel
Interview by Reviewer X (Steph)
2000 JUL – Missions of Mercy Inspire Lurlene McDaniel’s Angelic Series
Interview by Jamie Whitfield