Thursday, March 29, 2018

Donna Schlachter, Historical Romance


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Train Ride to Heartbreak
Included in The Mail-Order Brides Collection
by Donna Schlachter


Donna Schlachter
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a local critique group, and teaches writing classes and courses. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.


Welcome, Donna. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you absolutely want to have with you? 
My Bible, an everlasting pen, and a huge journal. I couldn’t stand not being able to read the Word or writing.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? 
Traveling for research.

How has travel been involved in your writing and/or research? What’s been your most memorable research experience? 
Travel has been very important. I like to visit places I’m going to write about, even though I set most of my stories in fictional towns. My most memorable research experience to date was visiting the Pony Express Museum in St. Joe, Missouri, to stand where the riders did, to see the barn where the horses stayed, and to imagine what it was like to be there the first time the first rider took off heading west.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?  Beach. So long as it’s warm.
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits, so long as they’re gluten free
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer. Always
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop. 
Mug or teacup? Mug. Although teacups are fun for fancy occasions

Please tell us a little about your novella, Train Ride to Heartbreak included in The Mail-Order Brides Collection.
The Mail-Order Brides Collection follows seven brides as they meet their grooms for the first time—after they answer an ad for a wife.

John needs a wife; Mary needs a husband. But on the train, Mary meets another and falls in love. Now they both need to decide whether they’ll honor their commitment or choose love over duty.

Where can readers find you online? 
Blog  
Website - Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for our free newsletter!
Facebook 
Twitter

Where can readers purchase The Mail-Order Brides Collection? 
Amazon 

Any parting comment? 
I was a modern-day mail-order bride in that I met my husband online, moved to Colorado, and we wed a month later. We celebrate 19 years in July.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Would you ever consider marrying someone you’ve not met in person?

Donna, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Donna is offering a paperback copy (U.S. mailing address only) of The Mail-Order Brides Collection to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 3, 2018 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 Grace Restored by Toni Shiloh is Anne R. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here

64 comments:

  1. Hi Jo, thanks so much for hosting me again today. I love connecting with your readers!

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    1. Donna, you're welcome. Our pleasure to have you visit.

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  2. Hi Donna, your book sounds good. And that was a really fun interview. Nice to learn about you and I know that I would love to read your book.

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    2. Hi Sonja, thanks for stopping by. I love getting to know about new authors, too!

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  3. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com Sorry I forgot this!

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  4. Congrats to Donna on such a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed all of the novellas. I also love the cover. Not entering, so good luck on the drawing.
    perrianne.askew@me.com
    Perrianne

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    2. Hi Perrianne, thanks for stopping by. You are such a faithful follower!

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  5. I love collections! This one sounds like a winner. Thank you for the opportunity. Keeping my fingers crossed! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie, you're welcome. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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    2. Hi Melanie, thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawing.

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  6. Thank you for the opportunity! I loved collections, too. My email is liladiller78 at gmail dot com.

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    2. Hi Lila, thanks for stopping by. I love the collections too. I like to get a sampler of new and favorite authors. Like a Readers Digest of novellas.

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  7. I'm in! :) Sounds good, and I love her desert island answer! :)

    Hugs, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Hi Amada, thanks for stopping by and actually reading the blog :) Kidding, I know others did, too. Good luck. And Blessed Resurrection Day to you and yours!

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  8. Hi I don't think I could marry someone without first getting to know them! Shelia sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    2. Hi Shelia, my husband and I married a month after we met in person, but we'd spent hours on the phone prior to that getting to know each other. In reality, the most important thing for me was that he was born again, and active in his church. Seriously. That was all I was looking for. Amazing how hard it is to find.

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  9. I love mail order Bride books and you story sounds like it will be fun to read.
    My son met his girlfriend online, she was from NY and he lives in NC. She became his girlfriend before they ever met. They travel back and forth to see each other and everything is just fine between them.
    pam1lunsford(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. Hi Pamela, thanks for sharing. And good luck in the drawing.

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  10. Not sure if I would consider marrying someone I’ve never met in person.....

    MindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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

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    2. Hi Mindy, before my husband and I met in person, we knew we were going to marry. I sold everything to move to him. Good luck in the drawing.

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  11. I wouldn't consider marrying someone I hadn't met in person. It would be important for me to look into that person's eyes!

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    1. Dianna, thanks to stopping by to leave your comment.

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    2. Hello Dianna, I did have somebody who asked me what I would do if he had an STD, so the next time I talked to him on the phone, I asked. He laughed and said no. I suppose a person would, wouldn't they? But I believed him. And he was right -- he didn't. For us, not being in close physical contact meant lust didn't get in the way of our decision about marrying. Good luck in the drawing.

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  12. It's nice to see you again Donna! I would love to travel for research...sounds so interesting! Blessings, Natalya.
    kykla99ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I forgot to mention that I am a follower :)

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    2. Natalya, thanks for following my blog and for commenting!

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    3. Hi Natalya, good to see you, too! The tricky thing about traveling for research is looking for different things to research. I ask the person selling me the ticket or the docent what is their favorite display and why. You'd be amazed at how many wonderful stories there are that aren't in the museum. Good luck in the drawing.

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  13. I love these collections! I am “ collecting “ them! I like Donna and her alter ego LeAnn! Great writing! I am a follower. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Paula, thanks for leaving your comment and for following my blog!

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    2. Hello Paula, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, and thanks for the plug for our writing. I'll send your money -- just kidding! LOL! Good luck in the drawing.

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  14. These collections are wonderful! I love how the stories flow, gathering them together. Thank you for this overview and offering of a print copy! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. To other readers ~ don't miss Echoes of the Heart in the Pony Express Collection! An endearing story by this author! Kathleen

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    2. Kathleen, thanks for coming by to comment.

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    3. Hi Kathleen, thanks so much for your kind words and for the plug for the Pony Express Collection. I cannot express my gratitude for all the faithful readers who have encouraged me along the way. Good luck in the drawing!

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  15. In the time when it was common to marry or date through letters I would. I fell in love I wrote letters to a guy and married just a few months later. We have been married almost 43 years and have 2 sons. Patty wright

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    2. Hi Patty, that's a great story. I'd love to be a fly inside those envelopes. Sounds like a great plot for a romance. Good luck in the drawing. I'm actually editing an historical novel now that I hope some astute publisher will pick up. The story is told through love letters during WW2. It's based on a true story.

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  16. In this day and age you can "see" the person without even meeting them. Back then, I'm sure they exchanged letters about themselves and their lives. They "fell in love" sight unseen.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. Hi Janet, thanks for being such a faithful follower. Good luck in the drawing.

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  17. I don't think I would be a mail order bride, but I do love the stories about them. Thanks. I am a follower. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Tammie, thanks for following my blog and for leaving your comment!

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    2. Hi Tammie, thanks for stopping by. I agree-- the heroines in stories do lots of things I wouldn't want to do, either. Like in my Bouquet of Brides Collection, Lily eats rattlesnake stew.

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  18. Sounds like a great collection. Thank you for sharing the interview and the opportunity to win the book.
    anne at rightler dot com

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    2. Hi Anne, thanks for stopping by. And you are welcome for the interview and the chance to win a book. Good luck in the drawing.

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  19. I'm with Tammie on this one, lol. I don't think I'd do it myself, but I love to read about it!
    Elly -Indiana-
    jcservantslaveATicloudDOTcom

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  20. I love mail-order bride stories, so this collection looks like one I'll have to read!!! Thanks for sharing about it :)

    I'm a follower of your blog.

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  21. Hey Donna and Jo! I love these Barbour Romance Collections. I'm excited to read this one!

    I follow with psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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  22. That's a tough question. An older friend married a lady from just visiting online ad they seem extremely happy. I think I'd rather just read about the success of others!

    I'm a follower!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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  23. Have you written or will you write your own mail order bride story as a novel? fishingjanATaolDOTcom. I am a follower.

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