Apr 1, 2018

Seeing The Unseen - #Easter2018

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator 
for all I have not seen." 
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
--C.S. Lewis
 "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life--
no man comes to the Father but by Me."

"Call unto Me and I will answer you and
show you great and mighty things you know not."- Jesus Christ

Mar 20, 2018

AMANDA CABOT -- #NewRelease #ABorrowedDream

New Release

There is no such thing as an 
impossible dream... 

Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the local doctor’s treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek’s dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life where dreams rarely come true.

Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He’s managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.

With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.

 Author Bio 

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels including the Texas Dreams trilogy, the Westward Winds series, the Texas Crossroads trilogy, A Stolen Heart, and Christmas Roses. A former director of Information Technology, she has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages.  Amanda is delighted to now be a fulltime writer of Christian romances, living happily ever after with her husband in Wyoming. 

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Mar 18, 2018

Interview with Author Amanda Cabot #NewRelease

Amanda Joy Cabot
Welcome, Amanda, and congratulations on your new release, A Borrowed Dream.  Can you tell us a bit about it?
As someone who has trouble telling a story in less than 100K words, I’m always challenged by short descriptions of my books, but here’s the teaser I wrote for my publisher: Feeling as if her dreams of happily ever after have been stolen, Cimarron Creek’s schoolteacher resigns herself to a life without love … until a rancher with a hidden past comes to town.

You hooked me with that.  A Borrowed Dream is the second book in the Cimarron Creek trilogy.  Do readers need to read the books in order?
Absolutely not.  I have two pet peeves in books: those where you need to read the series in the sequence they were written for the stories to make sense and those with cliff hanger endings.  I promise you no cliff hangers, and although there are some plot lines in A Borrowed Dream that were introduced in the first book, A Stolen Heart, I’ve included enough explanations that you don’t need to have read Stolen.  Of course, I hope you’ll want to read both stories.
 How did you choose the setting for this series?
Readers who’ve followed my career know that most of my books are set in the Texas Hill Country.  There are two reasons for that.  One is purely commercial – books with Texas settings sell well.  But the most important reason is that I fell in love with the Hill Country the first time I visited it and knew it would be a wonderful place to set a book … or twelve.  Yes, I’ve just signed a contract for another trilogy that will take place in the Hill Country, so I’ll have at least four trilogies set there.

The Cimarron Creek books are set fifteen or so years after the Civil War.  What made you choose that timeframe?
One of the things that fascinated me when I was doing my Texas history research was how difficult the Reconstruction period was for Texans.  The fact that the wounds created by the War Between the States were slow to heal created the potential for conflict, especially in A Stolen Dream, where the heroine is a Yankee.  To say that she isn’t welcomed by everyone in town is an understatement.

Writing historical romances takes a certain amount of research.  How do you create an historical world for your characters to live in?
I read and read and read some more.  I’m a huge fan of libraries and suspect that I’m one of the heaviest users of ILL (Inter-Library Loan) in Cheyenne.  It’s a marvelous way to get books that are out of print or aren’t readily available.  I once read that the best way to start research was in the children’s section, because those books presented the essentials, and I’ve found that to be true.  I’ll pick up histories from the children’s section when I’m still working on the overall timeframe, then “graduate,” as it were, to the adult section for the details I need.

I always visit the areas I’m writing about, even when I plan to create a fictional town, as I did with Cimarron Creek.  For me, the on-site research is important, because it gives me a feel for the terrain, the color of the sky (yes, it varies by part of the country!) and local idiosyncrasies.  I believe those details help bring a location to life for readers.

How much of your own experiences influenced your characters?
I’d like to say “nothing at all,” but that’s not true.  Like most authors, I know that part of me creeps into each book.  While my characters are never based on real people (including myself), my heroes and heroines frequently embody my personal values.  Because I believe in justice and happy endings, readers will find that my protagonists do, too.  They’ll also find the recurring theme of the healing power of love, since that’s something I believe in.  As for my villains, they tend to be the antithesis of the heroes and heroines, and I’d certainly like to think they’re not based on me. 

One last question.  What do you hope readers will take away from A Borrowed Dream?
When I tell you that I start each day by praying that my stories will touch readers’ hearts and deepen their faith, you won’t be surprised by my answer to this question.  As I just mentioned, the theme of many of my books is the healing power of love, and that’s especially true in A Borrowed Dream.  A number of characters – not only the hero and heroine – need to be healed.  In some cases, it’s physical healing.  In others, it’s spiritual.  I hope that when readers turn the last page, they’ll sigh with pleasure at the happy ending (it’s a romance, after all) and the fact that the characters have experienced the healing power of God’s love for them.

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