Thursday, September 18, 2014

Romance in the Rockies, Book #2




Blog posts of book giveaways and interviews with and articles by Christian authors.

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HEARTS IN DEFIANCE
By Heather Blanton

Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, August 23, 2014 to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left sidebar “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers . Please leave your email address. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.



Heather Blanton started writing when she was five; her first tale was a ghost story that her mom typed up for her on a Brother typewriter. Over the years, she has worked as a journalist for newspapers, magazines, and blogs. She has also spent decades in the corporate communications field, marketing everything from software to motorcycles. (Did she really just say "decades"?)



Heather has two sisters whom she loves dearly. One is still with us, the other crossed over to be with Lord in 1999 and it is she who inspired the character of Hannah in the Romance in the Rockies trilogy.



Heather grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne Westerns. Her most fond memories are of sitting next to her dad, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester! She loves exploring out West and would happily spend all her time researching and exploring ghost towns till the cows come home. She lives with her husband and two adventurous boys on a farm outside Raleigh, NC. They enjoy riding practically anything with four legs or two wheels.



Welcome, Heather. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?



I know I should give a profound and Biblical answer here, but the truth is I have a “pen pal” and I would like to meet him someday. Mark Richard is one of the executive producers of AMC’s Western show, Hell on Wheels. We “met” when I emailed him, fussing him out about how a Christian character on the show turned homicidal and why was Hollywood always painting Christians as nut jobs? Turned out that not only was he also unhappy with the way the show had ended that season, he is a Believer as well. We’ve been writing ever since and discussing the cultural contributions of Westerns. He has also enthusiastically encouraged me to turn A Lady in Defiance into a screenplay. Maybe one day you’ll see my story on the Hallmark Channel!



Please tell us a little about your novel, Hearts in Defiance, Romance in the Rockies Book 2.



Hearts in Defiance is the sequel to my indie best seller A Lady in Defiance. In my first book, I tell the story of three sisters who come to the bawdy mining town of Defiance and struggle to understand why God would send them to such a mean, debauched place. Now, I turn the tables a bit and focus on the men on whom the sisters, and God, have had an impact. Charles McIntyre built the lawless, mining town of Defiance practically with his bare hands … and without any remorse for the lives he destroyed along the way. Then a glimpse of true love, both earthly and heavenly, changed him. The question is, how much? Naomi Miller is a beautiful, decent woman. She says she loves McIntyre, that God does, too, and the past is behind them. McIntyre struggles, though, to believe he’s worth redeeming. The temptations in Defiance only reinforce his doubts.

Billy Page abandoned Hannah Frink when he discovered she was going to have his baby … and now he can’t live with himself. Or without her. Determined to prove his love, he leaves his family and fortune behind and makes his way to Defiance. Will Hannah take him back? Or is he one man too late?

One man needs to accept God’s forgiveness, the other needs to find it. But in Defiance, the past doesn’t go down without a fight. 



What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?



I wanted to write a story that would show, no matter who you are or what you’ve done, God is waiting to forgive you, but you need to accept His forgiveness. Even after we take it to God, most of us hang onto our sin, letting it slither around us like an evil, constricting vine from the Black Forest. That’s an illusion. Once we’re forgiven, sin is only a thin, brittle piece of wood covered in dead leaves. Accept His forgiveness, raise your arms to heaven, and explode that vine! Rejoice as the dust settles at your feet. You are worthy of His love, you are redeemed, and you are free!



Where can readers find you online?



I love turning readers into friends because I don’t want to talk at people, I want to talk to them! Please feel free to join me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/heatherfreyblanton) and/or twitter (https://twitter.com/heatherfblanton). And if you like stories of real-life heroines, check out my blog at http://ladiesindefiance.com/



Where can readers purchase Hearts in Defiance?






Any parting comment?



Because I have lost loved ones and friends to cancer, and know so many people fighting it now, I am doing a fundraiser with my book from September 27-30. I will be donating 100% of my profits to the American Cancer Society. My hope is one day we’ll read/write cancer out of existence! 



Thanks again, Jo! 



Heather, thank you for this interesting visit with my readers and me. One of the commenters on your post will win a copy of Hearts in Defiance, which you so graciously offered.





The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Chapel Springs Revival by Ane Mulligan is Deanna S. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


I have a new blog titled Lifelines. Miriam-Webster dictionary defines lifelines as something which offers help or support. I hope my posts on Lifelines will offer you help and encouragement when I write about everyday happenings we all meet in one way or another. I’ll welcome all comments whether you agree or disagree with me. We can agree to disagree and have sensible chats about a post’s topic. I plan to post on Lifelines every Monday and I hope you’ll visit me there. In the right sidebar on that blog you can sign up to follow the blog and never miss when a new post goes up. While there you can also sign up to Join my Mailing List then receive my email newsletter and be eligible for a book giveaway in every issue. Inspirational thoughts formerly on the website page "My Thoughts" will now appear on the new blog, Lifelines.



Till next time … keep on smiling.

16 comments:

  1. Love Heather. She's the best, and most beautiful inside and out. Congrats on another winner!

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  2. What a great story!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  3. I remember reading and enjoying A Lady in Defiance what seems like years ago... it was probably less than two years in all actuality. But I have been waiting ever since then for a sequel!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Patty, glad your wait is over for the sequel. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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  4. Oh my goodness, can I just say I LOVE your cover! It's gorgeous and it sounds like a great read. :)

    writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

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  5. Hello Jo. I am a follower of yours. I would love to win Heather's new book. Sounds real good. Please put my name in. Thanks Heather for the book put up to win. Hope I'm lucky. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Maxie, you're entered. Thanks for following my blog! Glad you left your comment.

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  6. Would love to read this --looks like another good one!! Congrats on the book. truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)Com

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  7. When I saw the title, I thought wait a minute. I've heard of this. Turns out I had read the first book in the series. Thanks for a reminder that this one is out.
    josieringer(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Martha, you're welcome--glad you read the reminder about book #2. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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  8. What a lovely interview with Heather. It was nice getting to know her. This book sounds like a good one to read. I am an e mail subscriber.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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  9. Merry, glad you enjoyed the interview with Heather. I appreciate you following my blog! Thanks for leaving your comment.

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