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Title/Author:  Mara Purl, What the Heart Knows, A Milford-Haven Novel, Book One

Publisher: Bellekeep Books   ISBN  978-1-936878-01-7

Latest HD Videos on Mara Purl:

  1. FEATURE INTERVIEW: NBC Phoenix:  http://youtu.be/GSqRbr8Wew0
  2. FEATURE INTERVIEW: Morning Scramble AZTV 7:  http://youtu.be/C5NQ54orsiQ
  3. Interview on What the Heart Knows http://youtu.be/-azg40mL2Rs
  4. LA Times Festival of Books: http://youtu.be/SzvN0H5NqdI

Latest Book Reviews:  'What the Heart Knows' by Mara Purl

Kirkus Review (Excerpt - Full Book Review under Related documents)

Purl, Mara
WHAT THE HEART KNOWS
A Milford-Haven Novel 
Bellekeep Books (320 pp.)
$22.95 Hardcover
$15.99 e-book
October 10, 2011
978-1-936878-01-7

Former Days of Our Lives actress Purl imbues her soap opera finesse into the fictional setting of Milford-Haven, a sleep California coastal town where a cast of characters balance matters of the head and heart.

This may be Apple Pie, USA, but hearts are on the line, professions are at stake and a possible murder has tainted the landscape. Ending each plot line in a cliffhanger, Purl closes the saga with a peek at the next installment in the Milford-Haven series.

A whirlwind of juicy drama with dangling-carrot closure.

ForeWord Magazine (Excerpt - Full Book Review under Related documents)

What the Heart Knows       
Mara Purl
Bellekeep Books
Hardcover #22.95 (320 pp)
978-1-936878-01-7
  
What the Heart Knows is an upbeat novel, billed by the author as “small town fiction,” and the first book of Purl’s Milford-Haven series.

The book opens powerfully with the appearance of the first of many strongly developed characters, Christine Christian. A television reporter, Christian is lured to the construction site of a controversial mansion-to-be with the promise of the inside scoop. Her fate remains unanswered in the pages that follow, until the reader discovers the prologue for book two generously included at the close of book one.  Teasing mentions of the reporter keep one reading to find the answer.

Publishers Weekly

What the Heart Knows       
Mara Purl
Bellekeep Books
Hardcover #22.95 (320 pp)
978-1-936878-01-7

"Former Days of Our Lives star Purl presents the first novel in her Milford-Haven series, which, like most women's fiction, features a setting of unadulterated beauty--the small coastal town of Milford-Haven, CA in the prosperous mid-90s--and a cast of successful, sexy, sometimes quirkily independent characters. Protagonist Miranda Jones--a young, beautiful artist nearing the end of her "struggling" phase--has recently escaped from city life. The town and community provide many possible future story lines, and Purl introduces 26 characters here. Readers will find details galore--simple activities or outfits get a whole paragraph--and the novel's many inner monologues reveal scheming, secretly confused, or flawed personalities. Thus far, Miford-Haven offers depictions of daily life, hints of possible future romance, the threat of scandal, and carefully parsed out mystery. Considering all of the problems and questions so cleverly left unanswered, the novel is poised to convince readers to continue with the series."

Latest Press Releases:  Mara Purl

Author-Actress Mara Purl Launches Western States Book Tour

What could be better than to curl up next a warm fire with a great book? … Meeting the author that created that story of course!   Former Days of Our Lives actress and award-winning author Mara Purl is rapidly becoming one of the most successful Women’s Fiction authors in the country.   Purl’s What the Heart Knows , released Fall 2010 as both hardcover and eBook. She has won multiple awards for her books, radio show, play writing and public service.

Currently on a national tour for the Milford-Haven Novels’ first book of the 12-book series,  based on her BBC radio drama which had 4.5 million U.K. listeners. Her publisher, Midpoint Trade , has launched Bellekeep Books as their new imprint for Women’s Fiction – Mara Purl is their flagship author.

Mara will be a busy author as after What the Heart Knows, her second hardcover, Where the Heart Lives, is scheduled for release in April 2012 and her third hardcover, When the Heart Keeps Secrets, for September 2012. 

About What the Heart Knows; A Milford-Haven Nove l ( Bellekeep Books, 2011)

What does your heart know? Miranda Jones has always used her head. Her artists’ rep and mentors, parents and sister, always advised she must. With her paintings at a major fine art gallery, her journey as a struggling artist is finally paying off. But while her head told her success in a big city was what she wanted, her heart told her a simpler life in a small community would feel like home. Now that she's moved, deeper questions surface: What is her life purpose? What's missing? And what does her heart know that her head keeps ignoring?

About the Author Mara Purl:

Mara Purl was a performer on-camera and on-stage, with her regular character Darla Cook on Days Of Our Lives having been her starting point for soap opera. Purl began her writing career as a journalist for the Associated Press, Rolling Stone, The Financial Times of London, Working Woman Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. A prolific fiction author, she also has written a play and several non-fiction books including Act Right: A Manual for the On-Camera Actor with actress Erin Gray .

Besides for her books, other Awards include: for radio, the New York Festivals Award; for her play Mary Shelley : In Her Own Words , the Peak Award; and for public service, Woman of the Year 2002 by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women.

Mara Purl is also an accomplished musician.  Her instrument is the koto and she recorded and has played on the international stage with many noteworthy musicians including the works Sumahama recorded with Mike Love and the Beach Boys, Pathless Path recorded with Charles Lloyd , Koto Keys with Marilyn Harris, and Teiji Ito’s Watermill recorded with Grammy-winning musician Steve Gorn .  The hit song “Jet Laggin” she co-wrote with Marilyn Harris is in current release on the new CD Orphans .

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Mara Purl was a performer on-camera and on-stage, with her regular character on Days Of Our Lives having been her starting point for soap opera. Purl began her writing career as a journalist for the Associated Press, Rolling Stone, The Financial Times of London, Working Woman Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. A prolific fiction author, she also has written a play and several non-fiction books including Act Right: A Manual for the On-Camera Actor with actress Erin Gray. Other Awards include the New York Festivals Award; for her play Mary Shelley: In Her Own Words, the Peak Award; and for public service, Woman of the Year 2002 by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. Mara Purl is also an accomplished musician. Her instrument is the koto and she recorded and has played on the international stage with many noteworthy musicians including 'Sumahama' recorded with Mike Love and the Beach Boys, Pathless Path recorded with Charles Lloyd and Koto Keys among others.

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What the Heart Knows is an upbeat novel, billed by the author as “small town fiction,” and the first book of Purl’s Milford-Haven series. The book opens powerfully with the appearance of the first of many strongly developed characters, Christine Christian. A television reporter, Christian is lured to the construction site of a controversial mansion-to-be with the promise of the inside scoop. Her fate remains unanswered in the pages that follow, until the reader discovers the prologue for book two generously included at the close of book one. Teasing mentions of the reporter keep one reading to find the answer.
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This may be Apple Pie, USA, but hearts are on the line, professions are at stake and a possible murder has tainted the landscape. Ending each plot line in a cliffhanger, Purl closes the saga with a peek at the next installment in the Milford-Haven series. A whirlwind of juicy drama with dangling-carrot closure.
Kirkus Review: What the Heart Knows by Mara Purl