by Heidi Loeb Hegerich
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Teenager Ingrid Liebschreiber is devastated when her parents move the family from their native Munich to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Homesick, she accepts a neighbor’s offer to get her a job as a showgirl in Las Vegas.
Intent on earning enough money to return to Germany, she must grow up quickly in the neon jungle – where she is pursued by high rollers and headliners, including a vacationing Elvis.
Life’s twists and turns land Ingrid in New York in the Swinging 1960s – where she is romanced by Armand: a strong, quiet, handsome businessman in “construction.” Most girls dream of Mr. Right, and Ingrid’s hard-won independence is challenged when she falls in love.
Will she find true romance – a man who can love her as much as she loves him? Or is “happily ever after” just a crazy fairytale?
The witch stared past me, lost in thought. Then she shook her head.
“I don’t know,” she began, haltingly. “There will be a man, a husband. Somebody that you’ve known. Somebody” — her voice rose — “with dark hair! And . . . eyes that are lighter. Maybe blue.”
“I don’t know who this man could be,” I said to the witch.
“Trust me,” she said confidently. “Do you have any photographs in your wallet of who this man could be?”
I didn’t have a photo of David. But it didn’t matter, since he was married.
I fished out a photograph of Armand.
The witch held it up in her crooked fingers in front of her hooked nose. She twisted her neck, turning her head this way and that, peering curiously at the photo from different angles.
She handed it back.
“You should have never been with this man!”
I shrugged. “I wish I knew who this mystery man could be.”
“It is not important,” the witch said. “You will know in good time. You can bring him into your life. And I want you to do something.”
She rummaged on a shelf and removed several objects.
“Take these two candles. Write an affirmation on a slip of paper saying that you will be with this man with dark hair that you’ve known. Then put the paper between the candles, and melt the candles together. Light each one, and when they’re soft, mold them together.”
I took the candles. Well, it couldn’t hurt to try. Might even be fun.
Interview with the author:
1. How long have you been writing?
I am a newcomer and a late bloomer at writing. LOVE TARGET is my first book — and my first attempt at serious writing. About five years ago I had my first run at writing it. The result was 70 pages I hated . . . and which I burned in my kitchen sink!
2. How long have you been a published author?
Since May 2, 2014 — the date LOVE TARGET debuted to the public at a book-signing event.
3. What titles do you have available?
LOVE TARGET is my only title to date. Besides being available in English (at http://www.lovetarget.com, and on http://www.amazon.com), a version in German has been published by Hey! Publishing, in Munich, Germany. This eBook version can be purchased at http://www.heypublishing.com/
4. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
Yes! The sequel to LOVE TARGET has been written and is in the editing phase. The plan is to release it in 2016.
I also am toying with the idea of turning eight or nine of the chapters that didn’t make it into the final version of LOVE TARGET into a collection of short stories.
5. What is your favourite genre and why?
I read a lot — and all kinds of books and authors, some for education, some for pleasure. Right now I’m reading The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health, by John Durant. He talks about how we’ve gotten away from our natural habitats and this is affecting our health as a species. As for fiction, I enjoy suspense thrillers, such as by James Patterson. He can spin a great story with compelling characters and intrigue. I was a big fan of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and certainly identified with its strong, self-reliant heroine (although I don’t have her ninja skills or computer master; but why not fantasize?). As for “literature,” I’ve savored the short stories of Alice Munro, with their well-drawn characters and conflicts we all can relate to.
6. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
When you turn that corner and can see the finish line — even if the finish line is still a distance away (meaning, one last rewrite of the manuscript). Until then you still labor in a storm of doubt of whether a) you’ll finish the manuscript; b) the manuscript is worth finishing. By the time you reach the final rewrite, the manuscript has been in the hands of a few people whose opinions you truly trust — and who have given their blessing to the work-in-progress.
7. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
John Steinbeck. I treasured his books, which I read in my teens and early 20s after moving from Germany to America and learning a new language. Even with my then limited proficiency in English, Steinbeck’s characters, and his humanity, touched me very deeply.
8. Where can readers find you on the web?
9. Feel free to include your latest release/promo, and any additional info you might like included! Thanks so much for being my guest.
Readers can buy my book in paperback, hardback or Kindle version at http://www.lovetarget.com. Copies also are available on http://www.amazon.com. If a reader would be so kind as to leave a Customer Review of LOVE TARGET on Amazon.com, that would be wonderful! Thank you for having me as your guest!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Heidi Loeb Hegerich has lived in places as varied as Munich, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, New York, Los Angeles, Squaw Valley and Reno. She has worked variously as a showgirl, business executive, entrepreneur, interior designer and real estate developer. She has traveled to six of the seven continents, and vacationed in spots as different as the French Riviera, the Andes and Afghanistan. She counts among her hobbies weight training, shooting assault rifles, and racing sand rails; she found skydiving entertaining but not as much of a rush as other pursuits.
A philanthropist for the arts, among other causes, Hegerich is now embarking on her own artistic quest as an author. The novel Love Target is her first book.
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4E9UULoZNU
Robin Leach book review in Las Vegas Sun newspaper: http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2015/jan/13/love-target-showgirl-reveals-elvis-pregnancy-swing/?utm_source=mostpopular&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=mostRead