Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Story Behind Healing Hearts by Christine Clark

Christine Clark stops by to talk about her newest release, HEALING HEARTS, published by The Wild Rose Press. Christine tells us about the horrific environmental event that inspired her story. Great to have you here today, Christine!

Thank you for hosting me on your Blog today, Jana. I’m very happy to be here.

The story at the heart of Healing Hearts is based on a real event. Five years ago the tailings pond of the Mount Polley copper mine in central British Columbia burst and spilled twenty-four million cubic meters (6,340,129,256.6 US gallons) of mine waste into Hazeltine Creek. This tidal wave of sludge destroyed everything in its path and poured into pristine Quesnel Lake.

Canoeing on Quesnel Lake
The government scientists tell us the water in the lake is okay for fish, birds, and humans, but when you see the horrendous damage to the environment, there’s no question that this beautiful remote area has been changed forever. The mining company has made some environmental remediation, and the work is ongoing, but the damage is done.

Some of the damage caused by the tailings pond breach.

 Reeling from loss and heartbreak, Stella King is desperate to escape painful memories. The position of nanny on an isolated ranch in British Columbia’s rugged Chilcotin Plateau seems the answer to her prayers.

Cattle rancher, Dawson Wheeler, has worked hard to overcome grief and build a predictable world for his young daughter. The last thing he needs is the all-too-attractive Stella disrupting the smooth running of his ranch, especially now that disturbing incidents are happening on his property.

Defending his land against those who want to gut it will be a challenge, but the biggest threat of all may be to his heart.


The back of his neck itched. "You're Stella King?" Of course she was. Who else would be waiting here at this time of night? Once again he glanced at the photograph clenched in his hand—gray curls, thick glasses, sixty years old. This was the Stella King he'd hired. The itching amped up to a full-out assault.

She stood and held out her hand. "Nice to meet you, Dawson."

He stumbled back a step, his worst fears confirmed. This gorgeous woman was the nanny he'd hired to look after Deirdre.

Her light blue wool sweater did nothing to hide the rounded mounds of her breasts. Her legs looked a mile long in the white denim, skin tight, designer jeans tucked into a pair of knee-high, high-heeled, black leather boots. Her perfume wafted on the evening breeze, a heady mix of spring flowers and something subtle but decidedly feminine.

He struggled to swallow, but his throat was parched, his tongue as dry as old leather against the roof of his mouth.

Silence stretched between them. An owl hooted from a nearby tree, crickets chirped in the tall grass lining the ditch, and still he didn't move as the ramifications of what he'd agreed to engulfed him.

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Author Biography:

 Award-winning author, C.B. Clark, has written six romantic suspense novels published by The Wild Rose Press. She has worked as an archaeologist and an educator, and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15029617.C_B_Clark

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/C.-B.-Clark/e/B01BK61TQG/


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Jana! It's a pleasure to be here.

    1. Great to have you here C.B.! I remember hearing about this disaster. It was heart-breaking, not to mention scary.

  2. Love the backstory! Best of luck with Healing Hearts, Christine!

    1. Thank you, Karen. I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

  3. A great cover, and the story of the story is so interesting. I'm glad for the reparations, but hate the damage done.

    1. Thanks, Liz. I agree with you. That area is pristine. Let's hope it can recover.

  4. I hate to hear of such sad environmental--and health--disasters. Glad all is safe now, but as you say, sometime things can never be the same. Your book sounds intriguing CB. I look forward to reading it. Best of luck.

    1. Thanks, Barbara. So glad you stopped by and commented. I hope you enjoy the book.