Dear Readers, I loved Tracie Peterson’s books when we both wrote for Heartsong, way back at the beginning. Then she became the Heartsong’s acquisition editor for the already published authors. I met her at the first ever American Christian Fiction Writers conference, and loved her and her husband Jim. I’ve attended two of her writers’ retreats here in
. And I’ve
continued to love her books. Texas
A Beauty Refined was a story idea that came to me after reading about the Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium in
The place isn’t there anymore, but it was designed to be this wonderful spa getaway
that they hoped would entice the royal heads of Helena, Montana Europe.
Sadly, no one really thought about how hard it was to get to Helena Montana in
the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Oh goodness, that’s a really hard question. I wouldn’t want to limit it to six. I know so many great authors Debbie Macomber, Karen Kingsbury, DiAnn Mills,
Kimberley and Kayla
Woodhouse and so many more. What fun that would be and of course, you would
need to be there too, Lena.
Thank you for including me. I’d love to be with you and those authors. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Again, such a hard choice to limit to six. There are some truly amazing historical authors out there like Judith Miller, Cathy Marie Hake, Jen Turano, Elizabeth Camden, Liz Curtis Higgs and Bodie Thone. The list just goes on and on. I’m friends with so many of these great ladies and we always have fun when we get together.
I know what you mean. My friendships with you and so many other authors have enriched my life so much. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
I still have trouble getting people to realize that I have a real job. Writing fiction takes a lot of time and attention to detail—especially historicals. Sometimes people think that just because you work from home—you’re not really working and I often have to just turn off the phone.
A Beauty Refined is set in the early 1900’s in
The heroine is a beautiful, German woman who grew up without her mother. Her
father is a harsh man, but generally generous toward the heroine. However, he
has a bevy of secrets he’s keeping and as these begin to unravel, the heroine
finds her life threatened and only the hero can see her through. The hero is a
lapidary who cuts and refines the Yogo sapphires. He has his own secrets and
finds giving his heart and trust to be very difficult. Helena, Montana
Please give us the first page of the novel.
, June 1907 Helena, Montana
Please give us the first page of the novel.
"I'm quite certain you will find these rooms to be to your liking, Count Von Bergen," a young bellman declared as he ushered the Von Bergen party into a suite of rooms. "The Broadwater Hotel has only recently been reopened, and we've worked hard to make it an appealing and welcoming retreat."
Phoebe Von Bergen glanced around the large sitting area. The wood floors had been polished to perfection. Colorful carpets, mostly Turkish or
velvet, were places in strategic order
to offer beauty and comfort while complementing the dark wood beneath them. God
and blue silk velvet draperies framed wood-trimmed windows of beveled glass,
and cascaded to brush the floor. The room was decorated with expensive pieces
of cherry, mahogany, and walnut furniture, as well as statuettes and other
bric-a-brac to enrich the surroundings. The fireplace mantel held several
books, which Phoebe promised herself she'd investigate at a later time. Wilton
"The door opens to your bedchamber," the young man announced as he opened one of the doors in the room.
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If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don't miss Tracie Peterson's A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie—a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.
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