Wednesday, May 03, 2017

HILLS OF NEVERMORE - Janalyn Voigt - 3 Free Copies of the ebook DAWNSINGER

Bio: Janalyn Voigt’s lifelong love of storytelling began in childhood when she dreamed up her own bedtime stories. She grew into a precocious reader, a pastime she credits with teaching her to write. Janalyn trained formally with Christian Writers Guild. Today she is a multi-genre author and literary judge. Janalyn is represented by Wordserve Literary.

Welcome back, Janalyn. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I had to smile at this line from a Romantic Times review of Hills of Nevermore: “Voigt is a talented author who has weaved several genres into her novel, and has created a beautiful first story in her Montana Gold series.” The reviewer seemed to think I crossed genres on purpose. My novels always contain adventure, romance, history, and whimsy. This combination is my particular brand. I’ve been a storyteller ever since I put myself to sleep at night with bedtime tales of my own. For me, the writing process is always the same. Inspiration comes to roost in my mind. It develops into a fledgling story. I fuss over it, then send it off on a wing and a prayer.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
It’s hard to choose between marrying my husband and giving birth to three children. Those all qualify as happiest days, although each of them contained stress. At my wedding, we’d misplaced the license and had to hunt it down at the last minute. Giving birth goes down as one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Each time, however, the joy of the occasion canceled out the pain. Maybe having to work at happiness is the key to appreciating it.

How has being published changed your life?
It helped me confess to others that I’m a writer. I kept that information close before then, and I’m still guarded about mentioning it. I go away from home more now. I take trips for research, promotion, retreats, workshops, and conferences. It’s a good thing that I and my family love travel.

What are you reading right now?
I’m facing stiff deadlines, so I’m not reading beyond the news. Once life settles down again, the next book in my to-be-read pile is Not a Sparrow Falls, a historical romance by Lynnette Bonner.

What is your current work in progress?
I’m writing Cheyenne Sunrise, the second book in the Montana Gold series. It’s about a wounded young Irish woman headed with her brother to his ranch in Montana Territory. Against her better judgment, Bry Brennan finds herself drawn to Nick Laramie, the half-Cheyenne guide for their wagon train. Nick is an outcast wherever he goes. He doesn’t fit in with his mother’s people or the settlers. While he’s attracted to Bry, he won’t wish his isolated lifestyle on a woman. To their mutual dismay, circumstances throw them together and force them to face their beliefs about themselves and God.

What would be your dream vacation?
I want to go to Scotland, land of my ancestors on the Campbell side. I’ve heard that the highlands are breathtaking, and I’m curious about the Isle of Skye, which was inhabited by the Campbells. I wonder if I’d feel a sense of homecoming.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Really, it’s whether a story tied to a particular place beckons to me. That’s what happened with Hills of Nevermore. My family drove through Virginia City, Montana, on vacation, and I picked up a tourist brochure that laid out a tale of road agents, stagecoach robberies, gold, and vigilante violence. I just had to write about it all.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I’d love to get together with Miralee Ferrell and discuss books, authors, and the publishing industry. She is one of my mentors, my publisher for the Montana Gold series, and an award-winning western historical romance author in her own right.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I’ve already mentioned my love of gardening. I also sing, walk, and hike. I’m planning to get into bicycle touring.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Overbooking myself is my biggest problem. I insist on turning out novels written to a high standard, so I have to put in the time to make that happen, even when the schedule is tight. That can mean staying up past midnight or letting the housework go for a while. But boy do weeds in the garden bug me.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Allow yourself to be exactly where you are as an author. Too often, we writers are so eager to move on down the road we miss experiencing the journey.

And it’s all about the process or journey. Tell us about the featured book.
Hills of Nevermore is the story of a young widow hiding a secret shame and the Irish circuit preacher who wants to help her survive in a rough gold camp. Here’s the full description:

In an Idaho Territory boom town, America Liberty Reed overhears circuit preacher Shane Hayes try to persuade a hotel owner to close his saloon on Sunday. Shane lands face-down in the mud for his trouble, and there’s talk of shooting him. America intervenes and finds herself in an unexpectedly personal conversation with the blue-eyed preacher. Certain she has angered God in the past, she shies away from Shane.

Addie Martin, another widow, invites America to help in her cook tent in Virginia City, the new mining town. Even with Addie’s teenage son helping with America’s baby, life is hard. Shane urges America to depart for a more civilized location. Neither Shane’s persuasions nor road agents, murder, sickness, or vigilante violence can sway America. Loyalty and ambition hold her fast until dire circumstances force her to confront everything she believes about herself, Shane, and God.

Based on actual historical events during a time of unrest in America, Hills of Nevermore explores faith, love, and courage in the Wild West.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Idaho Territory, May 1863
America watched her wagon train shrink steadily in the distance, dust billowing in its wake. How could it have traveled so far in such a short time? Oh, why hadn’t she let someone know she’d needed to stop? Her friend Addie, taking a turn holding America’s baby, might not look for her unless Liberty woke and cried for her mother. Bill Baker, driving her oxen for a spell out of kindness, wouldn’t notice her absence for some time.

“I can’t have lost it!” Tears blurred the trail beneath America’s feet. She’d been a fool to wear the locket Kyle had given her. She should have kept it stashed away. When she’d felt her necklace’s chain break, she’d stopped walking at once. Why couldn’t she find it? If she didn’t come across the locket soon, she’d have to leave it behind. Catching up to the wagon train would take some doing even now, and every passing moment carried her baby, only three months old, farther away.

A meadowlark trilled, the song a sharp accent against the deeper thud of hooves.

A shiver ran down her spine. She jerked her gaze upward.

A spotted pony pranced on the path. The rider on the horse’s back watched her from dark eyes. Beneath the quillwork adorning the brave’s chest, his skin gleamed the color of robust tea. A black stripe of paint slashed across the bridge of his nose. Two tight braids fell to the sash that bound fringed leggings at the waist. Strips of cloth crisscrossed a wide forehead, and feathers fanned sideways behind his head.

A group of Indians on ponies clustered beside him. One of them called out, laughing.

The brave held up his hand for silence.

Wisps of hair escaped America’s bonnet, stinging her eyes. She clawed them away with a trembling hand. One thought crashed into another, beating to the rhythm of her wild pulse. Could she outrun them? No. What would they do to her once they caught her? Horrible.

I love the opening and want to read more. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Stop by to enter the giveaway drawing for an antique locket similar to the one America loses in the scene, above. For a limited time, purchasers of Hills of Nevermore will receive a free copy of Hearts Reunited, a western historical romance novella by the aforementioned awesome author, Miralee Ferrell.

I’m giving away three Kindle copies of DawnSinger (Tales of Faeraven, book one) to readers of Lena’s blog. Comment with your email address to enter, telling where you would most like to go on a historical vacation.


Sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

The High Queen is dying… At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.

But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes. On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing—and the salvation he offers—into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

Thank you, Janalyn, for sharing this new series with us. I’m eager to read Hills of Nevermore, and I know my readers will be glad to win a copy of Dawnsinger.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Hills of Nevermore: An Inspirational Historical Romance (Montana Gold) (Volume 1)  - Paperback
Hills of Nevermore: Inspirational Historical Romance (Montana Gold Book 1) - Kindle

DawnSinger (Tales of Faeraven) - Paperback
DawnSinger (Tales of Faeraven) - Kindle

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Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Thanks for featuring Hills of Nevermore, Lena, and for the chance to say hello to your readers.

Sheila Deeth said...

Loved reading this, and I'd love to read your books Janalyn. As to where I'd go for a historical vacation, I am so jealous that my mum and dad got to visit Rome several times. I'd love to go there - love it even more if I could visit in the time of Peter and Paul.

Beverly Cheevers said...

I'm in Fort Worth, Texas. Born in San Antonio, Texas, I grew up overseas till halfway through ninth grade (AF brat), when we returned to SA for my dad's retirement. I've been a Texan ever since.
I have traveled a lot both across the deep blue and stateside, so my historical vacation preferenceS (places I've never been, naturally) are Washington, DC, and Israel. :)

Beverly Cheevers said...

P.S. If I don't win one of the copies, you can bet I'll still purchase one!

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Sheila, it's good to say hello again. How have you been? Rome sounds lovely. If only we could figure out that time travel thing.

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Beverly, both Washington DC and Israel are interesting from a historical perspective. Thanks for your interest in my books.

Jennifer Hibdon said...

Thanx for the giveaway! My historical vacation would be Germany and Poland for genealogy research!!!!

Jennifer Hibdon said...

By the way, I am a Michigander leaving in West Texas! !!!

Vivian Furbay said...

Since I have lived in Montana, the Hills of Nevermore sounds like it would be a very interesting book.

Kim hansen said...

Live in nebraska where there are no hills. North Platte nebraska.

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Jennifer, I hear you on wanting to travel for genealogical research. I'd go to Scotland and Bohemia, among other places. West Texas must be quite a change from Michigan.

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Vivian, I envy your having lived in Montana. I'd love to do that, but we have family ties elsewhere. Thanks for commenting.

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Hi, Kim. Nebraska is an awesome state too.

Connie said...

Hill's of Nevermore sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing.
Connie from KY

Janalyn Voigt said...

Hi, Connie. Thanks for your enthusiasm for Hills of Nevermore.