Courageous Brides Collection Kindle Fire Giveaway

Contest Begins on June 28th

Courageous BridesHop in our Conestoga wagon for a trip back in time! Around the nightly campfire, we’ll tell a tale of a courageous young woman and the handsome dude who wrangled her heart.

My co-authors and I are giving away a Kindle Fire that includes The Courageous Brides Collection and a few of our other novels.

“The Healing Promise,” my contribution to the collection, is about Marcy Wyatt’s efforts to comfort a young mother whose child has died. It’s based on a true story–a promise made and kept by the townsfolk of Neligh, Nebraska since 1877.

Be sure to come back on June 28th to enter for your chance to win a Kindle Fire. The contest runs from June 28th through July 8th.

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American Christian Fiction Writers (Memphis Group)

Date: July 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Event: American Christian Fiction Writers Memphis
Venue: Compassion Church
Location: 3505 Houston Levee
Collierville, TN
Public: Public

Story Spark: A Promise in Defiance

Guest Post by Heather Blanton

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Please join me in welcoming today’s guest author. Heather Blanton shares her writing journey.

Hi, Heather. Please tell us how long you have been writing.

Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I have been trying my hand at writing since I was five. I dictated the first story I ever wrote to my momma and she typed it up. To this day I’m still annoyed by a few of her editorial changes to that masterpiece about a ghost and some teenagers in a dune buggy.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I thought the sun rose and set on my daddy. When he was young, he worked as a cowboy in Florida, what we call a Cracker. Cowboys down there used to use whips to drive the cattle. Daddy could also quick draw and blow a hole through a quarter. He taught me to shoot about the same time I started writing and I showed a talent for it (at least the shooting). So, you could say I was “roped” into the genre.

promise_ebookWhat are some of the references you used while researching your book?

For A Promise in Defiance, I needed to research frontier and circuit riding preachers. Newspaper archives are always fun, but when I stumbled on a book called Pistol Packin’ Preachers: Circuit Riders of Texas by Barbara Barton, I knew I had hit pay dirt. This book was a gold mine of quirky, flawed, uneducated, quick-drawing, fist-fightin’ men who faced bullets and arrows to share God’s Word. It was invaluable to me.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I kill a main character. Wow, we writers are evil. I just said that with such glee. Hmmm. Well, getting past that vaguely disturbing realization, I will say the death scene is poignant and powerful and drives home the theme of this book, which is: choices have consequences, even for the redeemed.

What are your plans for future projects?

I wrote a script for my first book, A Lady in Defiance. It has been viewed by some producers in Hollywood. Because it has conjured some interest, I am working with award-winning scriptwriter Zena Dell Lowe tweaking it. Brian Bird, a partner at Believe Pictures, wants to see it, and Hollywood producer Mark Headly is extremely interested in the possibility of producing the story. But lots of hoops, lots of hoops yet. I’d say the project is moving in the right direction, for sure. I am also planning on releasing book 2 in the Love and War in Johnson County series, as of yet unnamed. And I’ll also be releasing two novellas for Christmas, one in a trilogy from Rivulet Publishing!

Meet Heather

Heather Blanton photoHeather Blanton is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies. Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless Colorado mining town, a few notable Hollywood producers have requested the script for her first book in that series, A Lady in Defiance.

Heather’s writing is gritty and realistic, garnering comparisons of her books to AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in her hand!

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When Memory Whispers #56

Christian Fiction Friday

When Memory Whisper v2Marie and Frost sat in silence while the organist played another hymn. When it ended, Frost nudged her, and she followed him through a short maze of hallways and out a side exit. Taking her arm, he guided her to a secluded corner of the building.

Butterflies filled her stomach as she realized this could be the last time she’d ever see him. Taking a deep breath, she forced herself into the role of Allied agent. That’s who she was, or at least who she was supposed to be.

“The jacket. You ripped the lining.”

“You noticed that, did you?”

“I didn’t realize anything was inside. If it was something . . .” She glanced away, hating the way her voice trembled. “Whose side are you on?”

“I fight for my countrymen who hate what the world believes about us. And against those who have no regard for life. I fight for beauty.” The muscle in his cheek twitched. “You needn’t fear, little Sparrow. What I recovered from the jacket will not cause harm to the Allies. That’s all I can tell you, at least for now. Perhaps someday, when all this is past.”

“Do we have a someday?”

“I pray so.”

She blinked back sudden tears and bit her lip. Prayer. She longed to believe God was listening to all the prayers people were sending His way.

“I have to go,” he said.

She searched for something to say, something to keep him with her a little longer. “The flowers were from you, weren’t they? The forget-me-nots. Did you see the play?”

“I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. Especially when you danced.”

“I was thinking of you.”

Frost grinned. “Always, Sparrow. Always remember me when you twirl.” He took her hand, and she twirled beneath his upraised arm. Then he drew her close, his voice a gentle whisper. “When the war is over, where can I find you?”

“I . . . I don’t know. I haven’t thought that far ahead.”

“Here. Someday we will meet again here.” He hugged her tight, whispered, “Auf wiedersehen,” then disappeared around the corner.

She leaned against the building, dabbing her eyes with the handkerchief and staining it with her mascara.

His handkerchief.

She turned it to find a clean spot and found a monogrammed H in the corner.

If only she knew the name that went with the scripted letter.

Read the opening excerpt.

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current works in progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman. Click here for a full list of rules and suggestions.