Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Heidi Loeb Hegerich and her story Love Target!
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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.
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I asked Heidi Loeb Hegerich, “What is the best and most rewarding thing you find about being a writer? Want to share what you think is the worst and most frustrating thing you find about being a writer?” and here is the response.
In regard to the best and most rewarding thing…
It both amazes me and gratifies me that people will spend their precious time reading my book. After you write and publish a book, you release it into the world as you would a child. You hope the world will love it. But you have to try to let it go.
When people grow interested in your book, when they read it, they are taking your creation into their lives and making it a part of their lives. This provides me a psychic reward on several levels. I feel humbled that people find my creation worthy of their attention. I feel proud for the same reason. I feel gratified that something I created has brought a measure of enjoyment into another person’s life. Then there’s a more subtle reward. My book is a memoir novel — based on my life. If my life story — in its fictionalized form — proves to be of some interest to readers, then maybe my life has meant something. (And, hopefully, beyond being an entertaining soap opera or series of follies!)
In regard to the worst and most frustrating thing…
Any artist — whether a songwriter, filmmaker, painter or writer — will tell you how difficult it is promoting one’s work to the masses. You feel self-conscious about trumpeting your work; shouldn’t the work speak for itself? You also have worked so hard on your creation that it’s deflating to realize that now you must begin a whole new ultra-marathon in telling the world about your creation — that it is for sale. Sales are beginning to pick up for LOVE TARGET — the buzz or word of mouth is slowly building — and I’ve received some nice reviews in the media. But it’s extremely hard work, and what’s more, I’m naturally shy, so hitting the interview circuit or book-signing circuit is difficult even psychologically for me.
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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?
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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.
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Heidi Loeb Hegerich will be giving away a $30 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. CLICK HERE to enter to Win! Readers, follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates and places can be found here: Tour Schedule
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Heidi Loeb Hegerich, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤