THE DOOBIE BROTHERS have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony- laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY® Awards. They released their latest album, Southbound, in November 2014 on Arista Nashville. Southbound features new recordings of the band’s biggest hits, with country music’s biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith.

Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new material and tour the world. Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include “Listen To The Music,” “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “China Grove,” “Take Me In Your Arms,” Takin’ it to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 Gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold more than 12 million copies – a rare “diamond record.”

Mara Purl’s next novel will include a Doobie Brothers concert that she attended – although, in the novel, Miranda will be attending the concert and going backstage with the Doobie Brothers’ John McFee, lead guitarist and vocalist. The next Milford Haven novel will be called Where the Heart Lives and will be released in 2012.

As an actress with the recurring role of Nurse Darla Cook on Days of Our Lives, Mara Purl created the radio drama Milford-Haven Stories using fellow soap actors for the characters. The radio drama jumped the pond, becoming a BBC Radio hit with 4.5 million listeners. That success led to the award winning books (15 major awards) and finally, the hardcover edition of What the Heart Knows, book one with Midpoint Trade. A success story and a good story teller as well. Lots to offer your radio listeners!

Midpoint Trade is so confident of Mara’s draw they are using her as the flagship author of their new Women’s Fiction imprint, Bellekeep Books. Mara will be a busy author as after What the Heart Knows releases, her second hardcover, Where the Heart Lives, releases in April 2012 and her third hardcover, When the Heart Keeps Secrets, releases in September 2012. She continues with a new book release approximately every six months.

Synopsis: “What the Heart Knows”; A Milford-Haven Novel (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?

Milford-Haven is a town full of characters. Escapees from San Francisco and Los Angeles, New York and Arkansas, Montreal and South Africa, have come here with their own hopes and expectations, agendas and shadowed pasts. The stakes are high: create a new life from scratch. The opportunities are dazzling: own a piece of the California dream. It’s a town of buried secrets and a dangerous mystery, quaint shops and breathtaking vistas, peaceful solitude and spontaneous conversations. What draws people here is the sense that—in their heart of hearts—they know there’s something they’ve always wanted to do. And if not now…when?

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