Spotlight & Giveaway: Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux

Posted October 20th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 57 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux to HJ!

Hi Jude and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Change of Heart!

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

COHChange of Heart is about a boy and a girl, best friends, who connive to match his mother with a good man.
Later, the children are separated, but they meet again when they are adults. It takes some work, but they rediscover what made them best friends.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

“And get some bottles of champagne,” Eli said as he put
his hands on the bar and bench pressed six reps with over two
hundred pounds.
His assistant, Jeff, tapped the note into his phone. “What
kind of champagne?”
As Eli sat up and wiped the sweat off his face, he gave
him a look.
“Right,” Jeff said. “You have no idea. How about the kind
that has pretty flowers painted on the bottle?”
“Keep it up and I’ll make you hold the boxing pads.”

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

I wrote the first half of this book as a short story in 1994. My editor, Lauren McKenna at Pocket, asked if I’d like to make it into a novel. Yes!
I expanded the story of the parents and wrote a new story about the children as grown ups.

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

In the first half of the book, Eli is a nerdy little kid with big glasses and Chelsea is a very pretty girl. Since the second half is about them as adults, I had to think hard about how the years had affected them. Eli’s mother married into a family that exercised strenuously. Chelsea had nearly been swallowed by the modeling world. It was surprising to see what they’d learned over the years.

What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

I have no idea. I think that’s a question for the readers. Humor, maybe? Complicated plots? Stories that make you feel that you know the people?

The First kiss…

He was looking at her. “Except that I never used to have
an almost overwhelming urge to kiss you.” He lifted up to look out
the window. “He’s looking at the trunk as though he’s trying to
decide whether or not to open it.”
Chelsea was still down on the seat. “What did you say?”
Eli slid back down. “He didn’t open it.” He looked back up.
“He’s driving away. Mind if I follow him?”
Chelsea sat back up. “Of course not. What did you mean
that you want to kiss me?”
Eli was looking in his mirror and backing the car out. “Just
that. Primal instinct. Once I find out where he’s going, I’ll take
you to back to Edilean.”
“I want to know more about the kissing.”
“No one taught you how?”

Did any scene have you crying or laughing while writing it?

I love to write arguments.

“Now you get romantic? Now?!”
With a chuckle, Eli rolled off to lie beside her, but he didn’t
let go of her hand. “Want to tell me why you’re here?”
“Oh no, you don’t,” she said. “You’re not going to turn this
around so you’re the one who gets to ask the questions. Why are
you here? And why did you leave me sitting on the sofa with my
clothes half off? I could have murdered you.”
“Since you’ve been here I’ve taken about twenty cold
showers. I think I could fill a bathtub with ice and step into it and
turn it all to steam.”
“Really?” she asked, sounding interested.

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

Any argument scene would do.

“The real reason for all this interest in Grace Ridgeway is
that he has the hots for her. Eli wants a woman who is chained to
the stove. One who’ll wait at home for him, pop out umpteen
babies, and pack his suitcase.”
“Better than wasting my life living in hotels like you do.
Aren’t you worried that you’re getting too old for those young
“You think I’m old?” she said, her voice low. In a quick
move, she put her hand at his neck and kissed him with the
passion that had been building inside her.
Eli drew her into his arms, his mouth opening over hers,
nearly devouring her.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

To Miranda: Listen to Frank with your heart.
To Chelsea: Stop giving Eli such a hard time.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2014?

I just finished a novel that retells Pride and Prejudice. It doesn’t have a title yet.

In 2015, I have the last of the Nantucket Brides coming out.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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“Use all your spy techniques to get the owner of that little
dress shop on the corner downtown to open up and let you buy
that pink dress in the window.”
“Chelsea,” Eli said in a voice of great patience, “I can’t do
something like that. My credentials don’t —”
She moved so she was about nose to nose with him. In
her ultra high heels she was as tall as he was. “If you ever plan to
get me in bed again, if you have any hope of getting me to stay in
this one horse town, you will do this. Do you understand me?”
Eli started to speak, but Nolan grabbed his arm and pulled.
“One pink dress coming up. Need any shoes?”
The two men hurried out of the house and Chelsea looked
back at Grace. “Where’s your drawer?”
Grace looked blank.
“Where’s that drawer full of giveaway makeup,
moisturizers, whatever you’ve accumulated over the years?”
“Oh,” Grace said. “That drawer. This way.”

Book Info:

Two childhood playmates grow into more than just friends in #1 New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux’s full-length romantic novel based on her short story of the same name.

In the hugely popular, New York Times bestseller A Holiday of Love, Jude Deveraux wrote a novella about two kids playing matchmakers—Eli and Chelsea, best friends who were determined to find true love for Eli’s bighearted mother. But what happens when these ambitious children grow up? What exactly made Eli’s mother, Miranda, fall in love with Frank all those years ago? And how does that affect their future together?

Eli and Chelsea lost touch with each other over the years, until Eli bought a house in his father’s hometown of Edilean, Virginia, and invited Chelsea for a visit. She had her own life, and was certain that a childhood friendship couldn’t be anything more, but she went nonetheless—and found herself quite unprepared for the changes she saw in Eli. And neither of them were prepared to run into a mystery, with a family that needed to be rescued. Now, just like when they were children, they must join together to straighten out a very big problem. The question is what happens after the mystery is solved; they are very different people—so can they stay together?

Combining love and passion with sweet, unexpected twists, and shedding new light on Miranda and Frank’s relationship, Change of Heart is an unforgettable addition to Deveraux’s classic bestselling novels.
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Meet The Author:

Jude DeverauxJude Deveraux is the author of more than forty New York Times bestsellers, including Moonlight in the Morning, The Scent of Jasmine, Scarlet Nights, Days of Gold, Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, and Secrets. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide. To learn more, visit




57 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux”

  1. Cari White

    It’s hard to pick one book. I’ll say that Donna Grant was a new-to-me author. I LOVED all of her books! I read them all this year.

  2. Terri Shortell

    Oh man, I really can’t pick just one. I’ve read some really great books by amazing authors. Hmmmm? Nope I’m not going to be able to do it. This books sounds great with a good dose of humor. Those are my favorite types of romances. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  3. Leanna

    That is too hard to do. I loved the last three Lucky Harbor books by Jill Shalvis. Love the Thunder Point books by Robyn Carr.

  4. Joan V.

    I would have to pick Kimberly Kincaid’s Pine Mountain series: Turn Up the Heat, Gimme Some Sugar and Stirring Up Trouble. I can’t narrow it down any more than that.

  5. Colleen C.

    Oh I love Jude Deveraux’s books!!! As for a fav book this year… I can not pick just one… I have enjoyed quite a bit in different genres of romance… choosing a fav is impossible!

  6. nicholskathy

    I can’t really pick just one. I’ve some really funny, sexy, and cute books but none that I’d say were spectacular.

  7. Glenda

    I honestly cannot even try to pick only one… No way. No how. There are just to many wonderful romance authors with amazing books!

  8. Ellen C.

    Current favorite Sandpiper Island by Donna Kauffman. I still have 2.5 months of reading left in 2o14.

  9. Martha B

    Two books were equally enjoyable. Three Weeks with Lady X (Eloisa James) and No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (Sarah MacLean).

  10. Geraldine Pierson

    There is way too hard to just pick one. Here are a few of my favorite books is The Wolf and The Dove, Shanna, The Flame and The Flower, Ashes in the Wind, A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.

  11. Taswmom

    I don’t like that question, because it’s so hard to answer, and my memory is not all that great anymore. So, I’ll just say the book I just finished, which was very good, by the way, A Second Chance at Love, by Callie Hutton.

  12. Irma Jurejevčič

    There are two of them: Drops of Rain by Kathryne Andrews and Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward.

  13. Bonnie K.

    I’ve read three books from the Edilean series; so, I would love to read this one. I don’t have one favorite romance book–too many were read this year that I liked.

  14. Peggy Fonseca

    It’s always the last one I read…until I pick up the next one to read. I love them all…cowboys, highlanders, business men, military, nerds, jocks, shy, outgoing…..the list goes on!

    Thank you, Jude, for contributing to my obsession!

  15. Sue G.

    The one that just blew me away because there were so many twists was Black Lies by Alessandra Torres.

  16. elizabeth gray

    One of the best books that stays with me this year is My Heartache Cowboy by ZA Maxfield.

  17. Katina Fragakis

    My favorite romance for 2014, so far, has been The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee. My second choice is Emily and Einstein, also by Ms. Lee.

  18. frllarsson

    There´s just so many great ones!! The last one I read was Amanda Black´s the Apartment, but it ended in a cliffie, so I´m biting my nails here LOL
    Love Jude´s writing, can´t wait for my next chance to read!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Wednesday!

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