Guest Author: Josie Riviera and A Summer to Cherish

My guest today is a fellow member of one of my author support groups, and when she recently announced her new sweet romance, I asked her to share the book and its inspiration with us. A Summer to Cherish is the sixth book in her Cherish series, set in a small town in South Carolina. Here she is!


Three elements that are always present in my writing are ethics, positivity, and representing Christian values.

The inspiration for my latest book, A Summer To Cherish, came from a real-life experience. The book centers on a renowned painter, the hero, who is going blind. He is bitter and struggling with his faith. From this book, I learned that perseverance pays off. The heroine is encouraging and upbeat, and her faith never wavers. The hardest part of writing this story was writing the hero. I loved him from the beginning of the book, and his struggles became my struggles.

I hope the message that readers will take away after reading this story is that people matter, not what they do for a living.

I am a professional pianist and believe that all forms of the arts are important. Readers will find that several of my books feature artists and musicians.

Blurb for A Summer to Cherish:
Faith is fragile. Faith takes time. And the best solutions are always painted with love.
David Fodero followed his artistic vision to a wildly successful career. Now, day by day, that vision is cruelly shrinking, altering his perception, skewing his perspective…and all but destroying his faith.

Alone in a mountain cabin near Cherish, North Carolina, David wrestles with his inner critic as he struggles to put brush to canvas. Until he meets a luminous woman who dispels his crippling fear with her warmth and laughter.

Ashley Madden is a born fixer. So she’s sure she can be forgiven for going above and beyond to find out what happened to the artist whose gallery sales support her work with handicapped kids—the artist who disappeared from public life with no warning or explanation.

Ashley’s optimism is a balm to David’s hurting soul. Yet as their attraction warms, Ashley senses David is holding something back—and that saving her own dream is intimately tied to restoring his faith.

But will the truths they finally confess to each other wind up as stumbling blocks too large to overcome?

A Summer to Cherish can be purchased at Amazon.

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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13 Responses to Guest Author: Josie Riviera and A Summer to Cherish

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Welcome to 4F1H, Josie… glad to meet you.
    I think I’d like reading this novel. A beloved aunt had many problems related to her diabetes… one of those was a slow degradation of her vision.

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  2. Yes, Welcome, Josie! I cannot imagine a greater earth-shaker (besides losing a loved one), than to lose one’s sight, especially when one is so visually oriented, like an artist. God challenges us all the time and gives much heavier crosses to some than others. We will know why when we face HIm, but until then, it can be a hard road.
    I wish you all the best.

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  3. Josie says:

    Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Patricia. Much appreciated, and I’m so excited about my new inspirational release, A Summer To Cherish.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      You’re very welcome! I started reading the book this past weekend, so I’ll have a review ready when I’m finished.


  4. I love that you have your themes firmly in mind when you write. Best of luck with this book. It sounds like a very compelling romance.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Welcome, Josie. Since I live in South Carolina, I’ll definitely pick one up to read. Your work sounds wonderful.


  6. Welcome! This book sounds wonderful.


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