Thursday, May 19, 2011

Delia Latham Completes a Blog Visit Trifecta!

Welcome back--for a magical third time--to my friend and fellow White Rose author, Delia Latham! She's such a favorite! :-)

Born and raised in a place called Weedpatch, Delia Latham moved from California to Oklahoma in 2008, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her simple country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. The author enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. She loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through her website or send an e-mail to delia AT delialatham DOT net.

Delia, I can't wait to talk about Kylie's Kiss! Kylie's Kiss is book 2 of the acclaimed Solomon's Gate series and Delia's latest release. It's amazing - and my review follows!

On a dare, Kylie Matthews lands smack in the middle of Solomon’s Gate—Castle Creek’s new Christian dating agency—and she finds herself revealing exactly what she’s waiting for in a relationship: “The kiss that steals my breath away.”

What she doesn’t reveal is her lack of self-esteem or her irrational reaction to facial disfigurement. Neither is applicable to her quest to find the perfect match. But that seemingly superficial malady becomes all-important when her first agency-arranged date is Rick Dale—a man who is everything Kylie is searching for. He’s handsome, smart, fun. Rick has it all…including an angelic six-year-old daughter with severe scarring on one side of her face.

Hard at work founding a therapy camp for young female victims of deformity or disfigurement, Rick wants Kylie to be a part of those plans. She’d love to say yes…but how can she, when every contact with the facility’s guests—and Rick’s own daughter—will make her violently ill?

Kylie is ready to admit their relationship doesn’t stand a chance, but she’s forgotten that God makes a way where there seems no way.

Sounds fantastic, eh? Well here are my thoughts on this wonderful romance!

We are all beautifully made. That biblical truth forms the heart of Kylie’s Kiss, book two of the Solomon’s Gate Series. The story reaches deep and wins the heart by virtue of Delia Latham’s solid characterization, sparkling humor, and tender-hearted skill as an author. The romance is affecting, but beyond that, Latham does an outstanding job of developing a story that layers forgiveness within a family torn apart by the idea of physical image and outward appearances.

Kylie Matthews is the daughter of a beauty queen, and the sister of a world-famous actress. She’s spent a lifetime feeling frowzy and unworthy to a degree that leaves her physically ill when confronted by physical imperfection. The longing for a mystical, magical, transcending kiss from the man God intends just for her leads her to Solomon’s Gate, a Christian dating agency we were first introduced to in Destiny’s Dream, book one of the series.

Rick Dale becomes her assigned date – this following a serendipitous car accident between the two. (Think God has plans afoot here?) Rick is the father of a sweet little girl named Lea, who suffers from a facial disfigurement that has made her wise and mature beyond her years. Lea has inspired Rick to create Looking Glass Ranch, a place for kids like Lea to make friends, have fun, and escape social pressures and stigmas.

Rick and Kylie for a noble unit, they’re people you fall in love with and root for from page one. Latham crafts each ladder step of this book’s plot with precision – cuing the reader in with just enough information and plot development to keep the pages flying whole at the same time creating a love story between two struggling, beautiful souls finding their way to one another in a pathway that could only come from God.

The angel Solomon provides an appealing whisper of angelic intervention, and it’s wonderful to see Destiny and Clay, from Destiny’s Dream, in their new and happy lives, but you don’t need to have read Destiny’s Dream in order to enjoy Kylie’s Kiss. (I have a strong feeling you’ll want to snap it up, though!)

With her trademark gentility and tenderness, Latham urges us all to embrace love, and ‘fix each other’s scars together.’ As Kylie’s Kiss so aptly portrays, the worst of these scars aren’t physical, they reside in our hearts and God’s touch is there, waiting, to help smooth it away, and bring us to love everlasting.

Please, grab a copy and enjoy Kylie’s Kiss!

Contact Delia at the following locations:


Delia, thanks so much for your visit and God bless!!


  1. Delia, love ya,' sister by another mister! :-) I'll be checking in and out as the day goes on, but my Saturday is being spent at the heart of my family, celebrating my brother-in-law's ordination as a Deacon!! We're so thrilled for him! His first mass will take place on Sunday, so we'll be attending that as well. Keep him in your prayers, won't you, and as for Kylie's Kiss -- all I can say is: BRAVO!

  2. Marianne...thank you! I am so touched by your review. It means even more to me coming from an author I so highly respect and admire. (And, of course, the fact that we're soul sisters doesn't hurt a bit! lol)

    Congrats to your b-i-l! Enjoy your weekend with your family and in celebration of your family member's calling and accomplishment.

  3. Delia, such a sweet story! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope you have more coming for us!

  4. Hi, Linda! I take it you've read Kylie's Kiss, then? So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Oh, also in response to Linda's comment...Book 3 in the Solomon's Gate Series, Gypsy's Game, is pending release - hopefully later this year.

  6. Linda, thanks for the visit today! Glad to see you!! :-) KK is such an awesome read. Delia, I'm so excited for John & Mary - they're amazing, and he'll be a great Deacon. I'll check in a bit later -- God bless, and thanks for visiting, D -- :-)

  7. Good morning, ladies.

    Delia, Kylie's Kiss is fantastic! Loved it. Can't wait to follow up with Gypsy's Game. What cool titles.

    Awesome review, Marianne. And congrats to your brother-in-law. Enjoy the weekend celebrating with your family!

  8. Thanks, Dora! I appreciate your support.

  9. Delia,

    Wow...I thoroughly enjoyed this. Each time I visit, I learn something new about you. What a treasure!

  10. I'm looking forward to reading this one. I so enjoyed the first in the series - and I hope there are more to come!

  11. Thanks Dora, Mary and Tracy for stopping by and giving Delia such wonderful support! Enjoy the release!!

  12. Mary, I always love reading the interviews of my fellow roses. It's so much fun "piecing together" who they are from the little clues they share from blog to blog. :) Tracy, I hope you love Kylie's Kiss as much as you did Destiny's Dream. Marianne, how did it go today?

  13. Delia, thanks for asking! It was an awesome blessing to witness this rite! I'll be putting together a blog post for White Roses in Bloom about it, with was amazing! God bless you with continuing success as you touch lives with your writing - you're such a treasure! God bless, and thanks for the visits everyone!

  14. I knew it would be an amazing day! I know you're all so very proud and excited.
    Thank YOU for the chance to be on your blog for the third time, Marianne! :)