Friday, February 05, 2016

ON LONE STAR TRAIL - Amanda Cabot - Free Copy of IN FIREFLY VALLEY, the second book in the series

Dear Readers, I’ve known Amanda a long time online. Then several years ago, she was on a book tour through Texas, and she invited me to join her with my books at a bookstore in Dallas. It was wonderful to sit and visit with her while we were there. And I love her books, both the historicals as well as this series of contemporary novels. I was privileged to read this book for endorsement. It’s wonderful. The characters really captured my heart. You won’t want to miss this story.

BIO: Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels including the Texas Dreams trilogy, the Westward Winds series, the Texas Crossroad trilogy, 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 full-time writer of Christian romances, living happily ever after with her husband in Wyoming.

Welcome back, Amanda. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I’ve always been drawn to stories of healing, and so I frequently write about the healing power of love. When I wrote for the secular market, that love was between a man and a woman. Now that I’m writing for the Christian market, I can – and do – include the power of God’s love. It’s wonderful to be able to share stories of the way God’s love sustains us through even the darkest times in our lives.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
On Lone Star Trail is my only full length book for 2016, but I have a novella in a collection tentatively entitled Rails to Love. Although the release date isn’t finalized, I believe it will be October. Next year marks my return to historical romances, with the first in a trilogy scheduled to release early in 2017. I hope readers will check my web site occasionally for news about what’s coming next.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I’d love to spend an evening with Lynn Austin. I’ve admired her books for many years and would like to talk “shop” with her.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Oh, what a hard question to answer! There are so many fascinating people I’d like to meet, but if I could only choose one, it would be Abraham Lincoln. I’d love to talk to him about the challenges he faced as President during the Civil War and how he managed to keep his sense of humor while he led the country through one of its most turbulent eras.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I have three pieces of advice. The first is to read extensively in the genre you want to write. That’s the best way to learn what a publisher is buying. Secondly, join a writer’s group. ACFW is wonderful for writers in the Christian marketplace, and Romance Writers of America is excellent for anyone interested in writing romance. A writer’s group provides support, networking and so many other resources to the aspiring writer that I can’t over-emphasize the importance of joining one. And lastly, never give up. Rejection is a fact of life. I won’t sugarcoat it: rejection hurts. But if you let it defeat you, if you stop sending out your manuscript just because it was rejected, you’ll never be published. Believe in your book and in yourself. Oh … that was four pieces of advice. Sorry!

Four very good pieces of advice. Tell us about the featured book.
I’m famous for not being able to tell a story in less than 100K words, so why don’t I share the back cover copy with you?

A woman without a future. A man running from the past.
One enchanting place where broken dreams are mended.

If there’s one thing Gillian Hodge never wants to see again, it’s a man on a motorcycle. Her last encounter with one left her right hand crushed, ending her promising career as a concert pianist. Unsure about the next phase in her life, she heads to Rainbow’s End Resort for some R and R when a sudden thunderstorm causes a motorcycle to crash right in front of her.

When TJ Benjamin’s wife died, he lost more than his best friend; he lost his faith. He has spent the past year wandering the country on his motorcycle, trying not to think about the future. When he finds himself stranded with a busted bike and a reluctant rescuer, he has to wonder about God’s sense of humor.

As these broken people collide, they find that a bright future is still ahead—it just might not be the one they imagined for themselves.

Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Relax. Gillian Hodge forced her fingers to stop gripping the steering wheel as if it were a lifeline. This wasn’t her Carnegie Hall debut or the finals of the Brooks competition when so much was riding on the outcome. This was a vacation, for Pete’s sake. A week with her best friend and the woman who’d been a surrogate grandmother. She should be filled with anticipation, counting the minutes until she arrived, not wound as tightly as a metronome.

Gillian took a deep breath, exhaling slowly. In, out. In, out. The technique had never failed when she’d used it before performances, and it did not fail now. She could feel her neck and shoulder muscles relaxing as she repeated the slow, even breathing. The tension began to drain, and for the first time since she’d left the freeway, Gillian looked at her surroundings rather than concentrating on the highway.

Kate was right. The Texas Hill Country was particularly beautiful in the spring. It had been lovely when she’d been here for Kate’s wedding last September, but the fresh green of spring grasses and leaves and the patches of vividly colored wildflowers turned what had been simply lovely into something spectacular. No wonder Kate kept raving about her new home.

Though it was still difficult to believe that Kate, a dyed-in-the-wool city girl like Gillian, had given up a major promotion and traded a glamorous life as an advertising executive to run a small resort in the middle of Texas, that was exactly what had happened. Of course, one particular man had a lot to do with Kate’s decision. She had come to Texas almost kicking and screaming and had discovered true love.

Gillian’s smile faded. Despite her father’s advice that marriage was what Gillian needed, she wasn’t looking for love at Rainbow’s End, just a change of scenery and a chance to rest. Months of physical therapy had not accomplished its goal. Her dreams had been crushed—literally—leaving her no choice but to build a new life. At this point, Gillian had no idea of what the future would bring other than that concert stages would not be part of it. After six months of dwelling on what she could no longer do, it was time to discover what other talents she had. But before she did that, she wanted time with the people who’d known her before her name ever graced a marquee.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Focus on the progress you’re making, not what you can’t do. The scars will fade, and so will the memories.

Readers, see I told you this is a good book. I can feel that you want to know what happens next. Amanda, how can readers find you on the Internet?
I love connecting with readers, and so I encourage them to find me at any of the following places:

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers are eager to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
On Lone Star Trail -
On Lone Star Trail: A Novel (Texas Crossroads) - Amazon
On Lone Star Trail (Texas Crossroads Book #3): A Novel - Kindle

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

If you’re reading this on Goodreads, Google+, Feedblitz, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or Amazon, please come to the blog to leave your comment if you want to be included in the drawing. Here’s a link:


justcommonly said...

Great interview as always Lena! Thanks Amanda for stopping in! I love your responses, and I too would love to meet Abraham Lincoln for very similar reasons! Thanks for the giveaway. "On the Lone Star Trail" sure sounds interesting!

Annie (MD)

Anonymous said...

would love to win. angela in ky

Amanda Cabot said...

Lena -- Thanks so much for chatting with me. It's always a pleasure to be part of your blog.

And, Annie, wouldn't it be wonderful if we really could meet Lincoln? I'd probably be tongue-tied, though, simply being in his presence.

Sm said...

I really enjoy your books! And especially ones about cowboys. I like your characters; they are very real and draw me into the CA. Wileygreen1(at)yahoo(at)com

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Great interview and Amanda, this book sounds wonderful!
Connie from KY

ASC Book Reviews said...

I've been wanting to read and review this one ever since I found it on goodreads! :) It sounds so good and I LOVED when I read your addition to Sincerely Yours and you gave me carousel fever! ;)

Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced: NM

Melanie Backus said...

Thank you for a great interview, have shared another good one.

Melanie Backus, TX

Mary Preston said...

I enjoyed the first page thank you.

Mary P


Patty said...

I've enjoyed several of Amanda's historical novels , would love to read this new contemporary one!

Patty in SC

kim hansen said...

Sounds like a good book. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. North Platte Nebraska.

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Beth Erin said...

Thank you for the chance to win this book! Beth in Illinois betherin02 (at) gmail (dot) com

Amanda Cabot said...

Ladies -- Thanks so much for your comments and your encouragement.

SM -- Good news if you like cowboys. My next series, which are historicals, feature what my editor is calling "Cabot's Hunky Cowboys."

Amada -- Funny you should mention Sincerely Yours. Yesterday I learned that it's being translated into Chinese. That's a first for me! I wonder how many people in China will develop carousel fever after reading "One Little Word."

GrandaddyA said...

Looks like an interesting book.
Edward A in VA

rubynreba said...

I enjoyed the first page and the interview. Looking forward to this book.
Beth from IA

BJM said...

This interview makes the book sound very intriguing.


Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in this great giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Trixi said...

Amanda, I enjoyed your interview very much. I have a copy of "In Firefly Valley" so I'd love to add this one to it. Thank you for the chance!

Trixi in OR

Brenda Arrington said...

I am a fan of Amanda's books. After reading the first page of "On Lone Star Trail", I definitely want to read more. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Brenda in VA

Jan H said...

I live in West Texas. Needless to say I love books based in Texas. OK I love Christian books, and Books based in Texas are icing on the cake. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me.
Blanch NC

Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me.
Blanch NC

Jackie Tessnair said...

Would love to read this book.Jackie N.C.

KayM said...

The first page does make me want to know what happens next. Thanks for offering an opportunity.
Kay from East Tennessee

Merry said...

On Lone Star Trail sounds like two hearts finding love and life again. Please add me!
Merry in MN

Pam said...

The only book in this series that I've read is At Bluebonnet Lake. Would love to win book 2 to see where the story goes.

Pam in OH