Tuesday, October 25, 2016

FINDING LOVE IN BIG SKY, MONTANA - Angela Ruth Strong - One Free Book

Bio: Angela Ruth Strong studied journalism at the University of Oregon and published her first novel, Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2010. With movie producers interested in her book, she's decided to rerelease it and write sequels as a new series titled Resort to Love. This Idaho Top Author and Cascade Award winner also started IDAhope Writers to encourage other aspiring authors, and she's excited to announce the sale of her first romantic suspense novel to Love Inspired Suspense. For the latest news or to contact Angela, visit http://www.angelaruthstrong.com .

What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
In my Resort to Love series, I have taken different themes from scriptures in the Bible and woven them into my stories. For example, Finding Love in Big Sky is a Christmas story, so I use the theme of stars, specifically the Christmas star, to help my heroine overcome her fear. It’s like a bonus Bible study inside a romance novel.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
The third book of my Resort to Love series, Finding Love in Park City, releases next spring. It’s a very real story for me as the heroine is a single mom healing from an abusive relationship. I felt so vulnerable sending it to my editor, but she said it’s the best one yet.

Also, my first Love Inspired Suspense novel comes out in February. Presumed Dead is about a helicopter pilot presumed dead during a sabotaged military operation, and he plans to let the world think he’s dead as he tracks down the real criminal…until he’s forced to reveal his existence to save the life of his childhood sweetheart.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I’m going to say J.J. Abrams. Not only is he talented and creative, but I saw him at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year as research for a novel, and he is dynamic and charming, so an evening of learning from him would be sure to inspire. And fun.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Esther. She’s been my hero ever since my mom read me The Picture Bible, and I dressed up like her for Halloween.

Esther has also been a favorite of mine for decades. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I have a four-step plan. It’s designed to help victims overcome trauma, but getting nothing but rejection can be pretty traumatic.
1.  Accept it—it’s easier to live in disbelief, especially when there is negative feedback or criticism
2.  Own it—if the editor didn’t understand or enjoy my manuscript, I’m the only one who can change that
3.  Make a plan—what changes can I make, what can I learn?
4.  Move on—either get back to work on the rejected manuscript or start something new having learned from the experience

Tell us about the featured book.
Bright Star Ranch led him to her—but will he stay?

Josh Lake is forced to head home for the holidays after he’s suspended from his job in the city, but running into Paisley Sheridan could be exactly what he needed. Not only does she board him at her ranch in exchange for his advertising expertise, but spending the Christmas season with her in Big Sky, Montana, brings more joy than he’s felt in a long while. Is he willing to give up the lavish lifestyle he’s worked for in exchange for the gift of love?

The last thing Paisley wants for Christmas is to spend time with Josh Lake—the guy who broke her heart in high school—but until her bank loan goes through, she has to take all the free help she can get. Unfortunately, Josh seems to want back in her life again, and the town’s quirky coffee shop owners don’t help by hanging mistletoe at every opportunity. Will Paisley succeed in driving him away, or will she find the healing needed to have hope for a future together?

Please give us the first page of the book.
PAISLEY SHERIDAN PINNED HER LAST help wanted flyer to the bulletin board between an advertisement for Breakfast with Santa and free ski passes to Military Appreciation Day. Maybe next year she’d have time for holiday fun, but this year she had work to do, and she needed to hire someone to help her do it.

She stepped back and took a deep breath. Was she really ready for this? Did she have what it took to reopen Grandpa’s old ranch? Only one way to find out.

Hopefully she’d get a response to the flyers she’d hung all over town. For now she’d reward her efforts with a sugar-free cream cheese croissant and warm up with a cappuccino. She’d purposefully made The Coffee Cottage her final stop, as Dot and Annabel were sure to want to play “twenty questions.”

“Let’s see it.” Dot clapped her hands and stepped from behind the counter to get a better look at the advertisement. Though the woman was close to Grandpa Johan’s age when he died, she had more energy than Paisley.

Her best friend, Annabel, followed, pink cowboy boots clacking. “It’s very lovely. How many people are you hiring?”

Paisley scrunched her nose. She only had the money for a single employee until the bank loan came through. If that wasn’t enough, maybe she could recruit an intern. “One person at the moment. I need someone to help me host birthday parties and guide sleigh rides while I get ready for the building expansion in the spring.”

Dot squealed. “That sounds like so much fun. Hire me.”

Paisley couldn’t help smiling at the memory of Dot trying to put a saddle on backwards the one time she’d visited the ranch. “You already have a job.”

“Oh, yeah.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Angela, for sharing this book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Finding Love in Big Sky, Montana (Resort to Love) (Volume 2) - Paperback
Finding Love In Big Sky, Montana (Resort to Love--Finding Love line Book 2) - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

would love to win angela in ky

scottsgal said...

What a pretty cover for winter - sounds like a feel good read
cheryl in IL

Susan Johnson said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the chance.

daysease said...

I love This book!!! I live in Italy!

daysease said...

Oops, my name is Celita. 😊

Linda Kish said...

I love the cover and the story sounds perfect for reading when the temperature falls. Snuggle up with a good book, a comforter and a cup of cocoa.

Linda in CA

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collettakay said...

I'm getting in the mood to read a Christmas novel!

Colletta in PA

SavingsInSeconds said...

I love to read Christmas books around the holidays. This sounds great.
Dianna in TN

Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like a winner and I love the cover!

Melanie Backus, TX

Mary Preston said...

I always enjoy Montana as a setting.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

I love the cover and this sounds like a great book. I would love to win a copy.

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Such a lovely cover and this story sounds very good. I appreciate that Angela likes to give us mini Bible lessons.
Connie from KY

Beth Gillihan said...

Love the cover! Sounds like a great read!

Beth in Montana

GrandaddyA said...

This promises to be an interesting book. I am looking forward to it and would love to win a paperback copy of it.
Edward A in VA

Abigail Mitchell said...

You already have me hooked, on the first page. Must be good. Can't wait to read your books.
Abigail in Clarksville VA

Angela Ruth Strong said...
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Angela Ruth Strong said...

Thanks, everyone. And thanks, Lena, for having me. Finding Love in Big Sky IS a feel good story. I was very pleased with the cover, too. In case you don't win, it's free for all on Kindle Unlimited. I will also be having a black Friday sale on paperback copies after Thanksgiving, so sign up for my newsletter on my website if you are interested. Merry early Christmas!

kim hansen said...

I agree amazing cover. north platte nebraska.

Winnie said...

Thanks for the interesting interview! Angela, you're a new-to-me author, but your book looks and sounds wonderful. I'd love to win a copy.

Winnie T. from Utah

apple blossom said...

Oh, I love Christmas stories. Thanks for the chance to win
live in ND

Trixi said...

Such a lovely cover for a fantastic sounding story! Fun author interview :-)
Thanks for the chance!

Trixi in OR

Terrill R. said...

I love the cover. It sounds like a great addition to the Resort to Love Series.

Terrill - WA

Jasmine A. said...

This is one book I've really wanted to read since I first heard about it. Not only do I live in Montana but I've even been by the Big Sky Resort because my younger brother worked on the neighboring Moonlight Basin Resort property as a sled dog tour guide! They often picked up their guests from Big Sky and took them up for the dogsled rides. What a beautiful and impressive place!

Jasmine in Montana

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

rubynreba said...

We live in Iowa but visited Montana a couple of years ago and thought it was beautiful! In fact, I just happen to have my Montana shirt on now!!
Beth from IA