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Thursday, October 17, 2013

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When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, October20, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I review below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.
A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton
Infernal Gates by Michael Webb  

Our guest blogger is Heather Blanton, author of A Lady in Defiance. Welcome, Heather. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I started writing when I was five; my first tale was a ghost story that my mom typed up for me on a Brother typewriter. Been seeing movies in my head ever since!

My first novel, A Lady in Defiance, loosely based on true events, is set in the majestic San Juan Mountains of Colorado. I have two sisters whom I love dearly. One is still with us, the other lost her battle against breast cancer in 1999 and it is she who inspired my character of Hannah.

You see, my sister Suzy was an unwed teenage mother. But what most people would call a mistake, my God called the first link in a chain of miracles.
Suzy almost had an abortion, but then went to a halfway house. A month before she was due to deliver, the father of the baby finally decided he was going to bring her home. She and her new husband gave their hearts to the Lord and went on to have two more children. Suzy matured into a mighty, spirit-filled woman of God, finished her GED, earned a degree as an R.N., and became a licensed minister in the Church of God, all while raising children and helping her husband farm. She was a popular speaker at women’s conferences, and worked as a Hospice nurse for over two years, leading patients to Jesus on their death beds. And the “unwanted” baby that was almost aborted grew into a godly man who boldly preaches the gospel.
I’ve been writing all my life, but THIS is the book God was preparing me for. It is a tribute to Suzy, even though she isn’t the main character. I do begin to tell her story, though, in a rather cloaked way.

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I LOVE pizza. Dear Bethany House (Publishers), I will write for thin crusts and pepperoni!

I have the most eclectic musical tastes of anyone I know. My iTunes range from Roy Rogers to AC/DC to Elvis to The Andrews Sisters. 

Please describe yourself with three words.
Jovial, Mellow, Constitutionalist

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I adore exploring. On foot, on four-wheeler, it doesn’t matter. A summer trip to Colorado is how we discovered the ghost towns in the San Juan Mountain Range. And did I mention I love pizza?

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?
Ella Watson, AKA “Cattle Kate.” She was the first woman hung (lynched actually) in Wyoming. I have done some research on her and suspect she may have been a Christian.

Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?
We have a guest bedroom on the third floor. I call it The Cave. I have a log bed and my wedding dress up there. My bulletin board is peppered with helpful, writerly thoughts (Are you raising the stakes? Is there enough tension in this scene?) and I have some of my favorite scriptures up as well. 

Please tell us about A Lady in Defiance.
First, it is a tribute to my sister, as I said. Second, it is a tribute to sisters everywhere, because when you’re tight with your sisters, you can take anything. My girls, Naomi, Rebecca, and Hannah, find themselves stranded in the rowdy mining town of Defiance. Looking for honest work, they open a hotel. The men, though, try to treat the girls like prostitutes because that’s what women in Defiance are. The prostitutes are mean to them because it’s always fun to pick on nice girls. And the handsome scallywag who owns everything in Defiance swindles them in their first business deal. The town challenges their faith and their hearts at every turn.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
Defiance is a very practical, realistic story. It challenges you to look at your circumstances and, when things don’t go to suit you, believe that God has a better plan for you than you had for yourself! 

What are you working on now?
I actually just finished the sequel and sent it off to my wonderful editor David Webb!

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.  …The blog I started as a way of keeping some notes about women who did amazing things to build this country!

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Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, October 20, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of  A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I’ll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.


Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. I've seen some good reviews for this book and would love the opportunity to read it.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133 at yahoo dot com

    1. Katie, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

    2. Katie, thank you for commenting. I hope if you get the chance to read it, you like it. Thanks for stopping by. This is a great blog, isn't it?

    3. Katie, thanks for commenting. My book really has received a lot of good reviews. I count that as God's favor and hope you enjoy the book, if you get around to reading it.

  2. Jo and Heather, I enjoyed the interview. Heather, I'm so sorry your sister has gone on before you. I'm sure you miss her very much. She sounds like she was a wonderful person. A Lady in Defiance sounds like a fun and exciting book to read and I'm looking forward to reading it. I already have a Kindle copy, so I don't need to be entered in the contest.

    1. Thanks for commenting. I won't enter you in the book drawing.

    2. Kay, thanks for downloading A Lady. I hope you enjoy reading it, and thanks for commenting!

    3. Kay, thanks for downloading A Lady. I hope you enjoy reading it, and thanks for commenting!

  3. This book sounds so wonderful I love how you make the Women strong enough for the circumstances
    God bless you
    Chris G

    1. Chris, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

  4. Im a follower

    God bless you

    1. Chris, thanks for letting me know you're a follower. I appreciate you following my blog!

    2. Chris, I appreciate the comments. My blog focuses on women who did amazing things to build and settle this country. We really are capable of a lot with God!

  5. So true that when our plan does not work it is because God has a better plan.

    1. Jan, thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

    2. Jan, thanks for passing through, and for your commennts!

  6. A Lady in Defiance looks like a book I would enjoy.

    I am a follower.


    1. rubynreba, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I appreciate you being a follower!

    2. I hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for commenting!