Thursday, March 12, 2020

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Out of the Embers (Mesquite Springs #1) by Amanda Cabot

OUT OF THE EMBERS
MESQUITE SPRINGS, BOOK ONE
by
Amanda Cabot

Genre: Historical Fiction / Christian Romance
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: March 3, 2020
Number of Pages: 336

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Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents' murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don't include a family of his own.

At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?

Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.

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PRAISE FOR OUT OF THE EMBERS:
"Out of the Embers is part prairie romance, part romantic suspense. I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book more. Amanda Cabot has written an intriguing, chilling mystery and she winds it through the pages of a sweet romance in a way that made me keep turning the pages fast to see what was going to happen next. An absolutely excellent read. And now I'm hungry for oatmeal pecan pie!-- Mary Connealy, author of Aiming for Love, book #1 in the Brides of Hope Mountain series
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Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Cimarron Creek trilogy, as well as the Texas Crossroads series, the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming.

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- What kinds of writing do you do?
Although I’ve written non-fiction, which I describe as a cure for insomnia, and secular romances, I now write novels and novellas exclusively for the inspirational market. The majority of my books are historicals – second half of the nineteenth century historicals, to be more precise – but I also wrote a contemporary trilogy.

- What cultural value do you see in books and reading?
I’m a firm believer in the power of fiction to provide more than entertainment. Reading about fictional characters’ lives, seeing how they deal with adversity, how they conquer seemingly insurmountable obstacles, how they ultimately emerge victorious can help us view our own lives from a different perspective. When readers tell me that my stories have helped them heal from unspeakable tragedy, that’s more valuable than a royalty check.

- How do you write? Any backstory to your choice?
For me, it’s a combination of longhand and desktop computer. Even though it’s old-school, when I’m writing my first draft, I outline my chapters using pencil and paper, then boot the computer, launch Word, and turn those cryptic notes into complete English sentences. The second draft is similar. I work from the printed copy of the first draft, scribbling the changes I want to make in longhand, then key those changes into the Word document. I repeat the process for the polishing stage, then read through the entire manuscript on the computer screen.

If you’re wondering why I need both pencil and paper and the computer screen, it’s because my brain works differently when I’m reading hard copy rather than a screen. For me, both hard copy and digital are essential.

- Out of the Embers is the series starter; what can readers next expect?
Readers will have a chance to watch Dorothy, sister to the hero of Out of the Embers, find her own happy ending. Or, will they? Here’s a brief blurb for the yet-untitled second Mesquite Springs book.

Dorothy Clark’s dream of changing people’s minds through her writing seems to be coming true when Brandon Holloway, who sets her heart aflutter the first time she sees him, arrives in Mesquite Springs to open a newspaper. But another newcomer, who claims to be nothing more than itinerant artist, has a different plan, and it doesn’t include a newspaper.

- What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Describing the food Evelyn makes and imagining readers’ reactions. So many people told me they craved chocolate when they read about Lydia’s candy shop in A Stolen Heart that I couldn’t resist having a heroine who’s a superb cook and who opens a restaurant.

- Do you have a mantra you live by/write by?
Yes; it’s “Justice will somehow prevail,” which is a line from the Peter, Paul, and Mary song, “Light One Candle.” That thought comforts me, and it’s the reason that in addition to the happy ending that’s the hallmark of romance novels, readers of my stories will also see that justice is served. Bad guys get their just deserts – not the delicious desserts Evelyn serves in her restaurant.
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GIVEAWAY:
One Grand Prize Winner: Copy of Out of the Embers + Special Hill Country Sweets Cookbook + $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Next Two Winners: Copy of Out of the Embers + Special Hill Country Sweets Cookbook + $10 Starbucks Card
March 10-March 20, 2020
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1 comment:

  1. Historical fiction is one of my favorites. I just visited Texas last month and like learning more about the 1850's and prairie life.

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