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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Heather Blanton, Western Romance novel


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by Heather Blanton

A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher
and skillfully weaves truth in among fictional story
Heather Blanton
lines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, and even held an outlaw's note in her hand.

She is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies.

She writes Westerns because she grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. Her most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to her father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!

Welcome, Heather. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I gave this a lot of thought. Really, I did. I came up with The Marx Brothers. Three of the smartest, wittiest, and most well-adjusted individuals Hollywood never destroyed. Just thinking about the dinner conversation has me in stitches. Groucho waving his cigar and talking smack, Chico slinging that fake Italian accent, and Harpo throwing his leg into my hand (if you don’t know about the shtick, check out this clip on Youtube
And maybe after dessert, we could enjoy some harp and piano duets.

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
Relaxation. Relaxation? People keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means. LOL. About 9 pm every night I shut down the kitchen, flip the mom sign to closed, and take over the TV to watch a little Castle (huge fan). Other than that, I love a good hike, and I go kayaking about once a week. We have a lot of eagles on our lake and I love watching them.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
Writing. I mean, there are days when what I write wouldn’t be called writing. I can’t think of a polite word for it. Then there are those glorious, blessed days when the heavens open up, light shines down, and I pour out sheer brilliance on the laptop screen. At least, that’s what it feels like to me. Readers may not agree. But those moments make it worth the days I wade through knee-high piles of mental junk.

What can your readers expect from you next?
A little change of sub-genre. Not a big change. I am currently working on a Christmas novella entitled Love, Lies, & Typewriters. Still a romance set in the West, but what makes this one different is it’s lighter than anything I’ve written before; you could label it a romcom. I’ve also come into the Twentieth Century. LL&T is set in 1943 Cheyenne, WY and World War 2 is, obviously, the back drop. I have really enjoyed the research for this story, and my mom was a rich source of first-hand accounts. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Promise in Defiance.

When Charles McIntyre founded Defiance, he was more than happy to rule in hell rather than serve in heaven. But things have changed. Now, he has faith, a new wife...and a ten-year-old half-breed son. Infamous madam Delilah Goodnight wants to take it all away from him. How can he protect his kingdom and his loved ones from her schemes without falling back on his past? How does he fight evil if not with evil?

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, he has trouble, though, telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when Delilah flings open the doors to the scandalous Crystal Chandelier. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

For Tillane and McIntyre, finding redemption was a long, hard road. God's grace has washed away their sins, but the consequences remain and God will not be mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap...and the harvest is finally at hand. 

Where can readers find you online?

Where can readers purchase
A Promise in Defiance? 
My Defiance series is available in bookstores and on Amazon.

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me, Jo, I enjoyed the visit as always, and I hope to hear from readers. I love their feedback and interact daily with them on Facebook. I’m a little slower to tweet. 

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer to be entered in the book giveaway drawing.)
When it comes to setting stories out west, what area do you prefer to read about?

Heather, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive their choice of a print or eBook copy of A Promise in Defiance that Heather has offered. Commenters please leave a comment before 6 pm August 23, 2016 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman is Caryl. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella, Donna’s Detour, is included in a boxed set of 10 romantic novellas, set on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. Available in eBook at Amazon.


  1. I thoroughly enjoy books set in the American West, yours and those written by Susab Page Davis come to mind.
    I wouldn't say I have a particular city or state that I enjoyed reading about. I do enjoy books about those coming from the east to settle in the west.


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

  2. I like to read about all areas of the West. One that stands out to me is the area in and around Yellowstone Park.

  3. I certainly enjoy reading books about Texas. I haven't read any of Heather's books and this one sounds like a good one.

    1. Ann, it's good to find new authors. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  4. Oooh! I'm in love with Heather Blanton's Romance in the Rockies books! I'm excited about this one!
    J.C. -Indiana-

    1. J.C., thanks for reading the blog post and leaving your comment.

  5. Thanks for featuring Heather. Great interview and excited to hear about her upcoming book!

  6. This has been on my TBR list! I can't wait to read it! Great interview. I like all the stories out West - Rockies, Gold Rush, Montana, or any of the other states - I like them all!

  7. Becky, glad you enjoyed the interview with Heather. Thanks for commenting.

  8. Jo, love your interviews! This one really makes me want to read this book. Looks and sounds great. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

    1. Sonja, so glad you enjoy the interviews here. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  9. I've heard so many wonderful things about this book, I can't wait to read it for myself!!


  10. Sounds like a good read! Hopin' to win it! ;)

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

    2. Fancy happening upon you here πŸ‘ΈπŸ½πŸ˜‰

  11. I like the kind of books Heather writes. Would love to win her book. Heather, Those were my shows too. I still watch those western shows today. Jo, thanks for this interview. I am a follower of yours.

    1. Maxie, you're welcome. Glad you feel well enough to visit my blog--I appreciate you following! Thanks for commenting.