Wednesday, August 23, 2017

PEACH BLOSSOM RANCHER - Ada Brownell - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I recently finished reading Peach Blossom Ranch. I really enjoyed the book and both of the plotlines. The characters were fun for the most part, and the bad ones were really bad. This author had really done her research on both plot lines. I love historical novels that are true to the real history of the time period.

Welcome, Ada. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Because I enjoy history, people who lived in that era, and I like mystery and conflict, entwined in romance and humor. But telling a story that encourages and enriches readers spiritually is the main goal.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Every day I live has joy, but one of the most amazing days I’ve lived came when I discovered I really believe what I thought I did about the eternal. I accepted Jesus as Savior when I was age 5. I began fervently studying the Bible at age 14 and worked with youth about thirty years.  Yet when we lost our daughter to cancer at age 31, I my foundation shook. Was I sure those who believe in Jesus will never die (John 11:26)?

I read through the New Testament again and underlined every scripture about eternal life. The New Testament is full of the eternal!

As a medical journalist I did research and also asked neurologists questions about death. One of the doctors certifies brain death when it occurs.

I added common sense. I started life as a tiny egg—and I was me. I weighed about six pounds at birth. I gained and lost weight. I could have organs, even my heart removed and someone else’s inserted, but I’d still be me. My body is rebuilt about every seven years because of cell death and regeneration, and I’m still me. I’m not walking around in the same body I was born with, but I’m still me.

When I put the medical with the spiritual together, I knew we’re more than a body. Jesus came to earth and died to redeem us, so if we accept salvation, we will live forever. Our bodies eventually will join our spirits when Jesus returns. 1 Corinthians 15:50 talks about how we mortals become immortal. My favorite is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 which ends with “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout…and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we which are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

That joy remains. Jesus did something about death! As a result of my studies, I wrote the book, Swallowed by Life, but even in my romance, Peach Blossom Rancher, this same joy flows through Polly, who dances in little circles near a church cemetery, remembering the scriptures.

How has being published changed your life?
In some ways, you become a public figure, especially in news work where your byline appears almost every day. I love people and I loved most of the stories I did, but I’m not crazy about fame. I’m not awesome. I’m an ordinary woman, wife, mother, and grandmother. I am embarrassed when people got excited when my name is recognized in the supermarket line or when I present a credit card at the library. One time when I tried to impress one of our five children by saying, “Some people think I’m sophisticated,” they all broke into laughter. If I get to thinking I’m special the Lord humbles me and helps me make a fool of myself.

What are you reading right now?
Non-fiction I read slowly because I’m meditating on what I read. Now, Managing Interruptions with Moments of Intercession by Sandy Goodwin Clopine Drake. To help my marketing, Ziglar On Selling. Fiction, Irish Meadows by Susan Ann Mason.

What is your current work in progress?
Ritah, (working title) the third book in the Peaches and Dreams series. Ritah will experience some of the huge life problems that occurred in my mother’s life. Ritah is departing for college (my mom went in about 1915), despite the man who wants to marry her, while one of her young friends whose parents died is in danger of being forced to work in a brothel.

What would be your dream vacation?

My husband and I would love to go there, too. How do you choose your settings for each book?
I use places I’ve been, although they’re not authentic or called by the same name. The Lady Fugitive is set on Colorado’s Western Slope, as is Peach Blossom Rancher.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I’d like to be able to find the wonderful gal God sent to help me with a Sunday school that we started in the early ’60s at Thompson, Utah, which had no church.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Decorating, gardening, playing games such as Rook.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Lack of time.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Study books such as Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan; Words that Work by Frank Luntz; and a book on how to show instead of tell. Read good writing. Make list of ideas, and then flesh out a few, choose one, and get to work.

Tell us about the featured book.
You won’t believe the work required to run a peach and horse ranch, or the types of diagnoses that could get you committed to an asylum in the early 1900s.

To write this historical romance I drew from my experiences working at a peach and horse ranch in Palisade, Colorado, and from my years as a journalist covering the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, a former asylum.
In this inspirational squeaky clean Historical Romance, a handsome young man inherits a ranch in ruin and hopes to marry a beautiful young widow who is an attorney. But she takes up the case of a brilliant doctor committed to an asylum because of one seizure. Will the rancher, the attorney, and the asylum patient achieve their dreams?

Suspense, romance, humor, murder, insanity, hope, fun, wrapped in an inspiring Western you won’t forget.

The first page of Peach Blossom Rancher:
March 1, 1909
“Come on, boy. Your hard life is over.”

 The sleek stallion pulled back, snorted, grunted, yanked his head upward, and tried to whirl away. John Lincoln Parks held the reins tight.

 “Come on. The judge isn’t here. The whip’s in your past.”

 Bringing the animal all the way from Colorado’s Eastern Slope after the judge’s death hadn’t been easy and tiredness hung from him. The judge, John’s uncle, murdered near Yucca Blossom, would never return to the horse ranch and acres of peach orchards he expected to inherit from John’s father.

 Sweat glistened on Abe’s crinkled chocolate brow. “He look like he a good ’un to breed. But an animal abused like ’im usually disobedient or loses his spirit.”

John rubbed the stallion’s neck and then extended a sugar cube in his hand. “I don’t want to give up on him yet. Come on, boy. We’re friends. You should be tired and hungry after your train trip.”

 A long red tongue licked the sugar cube into the toothy mouth. Abe followed John to the horse barn.

“I’ll get ’im some oats and fill the water trough. He a right pretty animal except fa the welts the judge left on ’im.”

 “If I’d stayed with the judge, my back would look like his. But you know more about whippings than I do since you went to work for the plantation owner who couldn’t get it through his head you’re not a slave.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Amazon Ada Brownell author page:
Twitter: @adabrownell
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Thank you, Ada, for sharing this book with me and my readers.

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Peach Blossom Rancher (Peaches and Dreams) (Volume 2) - Paperback
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Ada Brownell, author said...

Thank you, Leah for inviting me to be your guest! Thank you also for the wonderful comments about Peach Blossom Rancher. Bless you!

ASC Book Reviews said...

Wow this sounds HIGHLY intriguing! :) I'd love to win, read, and review a copy!

Many Blessings, Amada ( in NM
ASC Book Reviews

Vivian Furbay said...

Living on the front range of Colorado and having been to the western slope and Grand Junction, I know the area where this book takes place. Sounds like there is a doctor and a horse who need healing. Would love to win a copy of this book.

Ada Brownell, author said...

Wonderful, Vivian to connect with you! We've lived in Missouri for the last fifteen years and we're tempted to move back to Colorado every once in a while. I don't much like chiggers and the occasional tornado warnings here. I didn't realize how close I lived to the mountains until we went back for a visit and we drove by the little house in Fruita I grew up in. Those beautiful red peaks of the Colorado National Monument were within walking distance, with only a couple of small farms and the Colorado River between us.

Ada Brownell, author said...

Great Amada. I love reviewers!
I see you're from New Mexico. We have a son and his family in Albuquerque. That mountain in Albuquerque is amazing how it rises from the valley floor to such height.

Melanie Backus said...

This one sounds like a winner. I would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity. Have a great day!

Melanie Backus, TX

Robin in NC said...

This book sounds awesome! I just love the name! Thanks so much for sharing the interview & excerpt with us! Robin from Raleigh, NC.

Ada Brownell, author said...

It's so fun to connect with you here Melanie. Hope the hurricane doesn't do all they predict in Texas. Take care about your safety with all the flooding and curl up with a good book! My sister Erma lived in Houston when they had something like they're predicting with the flooding and she was furious when her lovely garden was buried in two or three feet of water. Of course she knew and we know it could have been worse.

Ada Brownell, author said...

Robin. Thanks for the comments and for entering the contest. Hope the hurricane's rains don't give you trouble in North Carolina. One of the things I don't like about Missouri is tornadoes. We have a son in Florida and I told him I don't know why anyone would live where a hurricane might come. He said, "Bad weather can kill people anywhere. In Colorado (where we lived then) a person can die from a blizzard or a car accident on a slippery highway."
Made me realize our lives are always in God's hands.
God bless you, Robin.

ASC Book Reviews said...

COOL! :) The mountain is beautiful, and so is the canyon into Albuquerque from Edgewood.....when the weather's good that is! LOL! We are about 90 miles from Alb.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Ada, thanks for sharing your thoughts and the first page of Peach Blossom Rancher.
Connie from KY

Ada Brownell, author said...

Amada, Albuquerque is beautiful! I'll need to go through that canyon when we visit again.

Ada Brownell, author said...

Connie, you're welcome! Sharing our writing is kind of like showing off your children and we had five of them. Beautiful, talented, serving the Lord. We lost our oldest daughter when she was 31 to an aggressive form of cancer. We still enjoy bragging on her. She had perfect pitch and a wonderful sense of humor.
I wrote the book Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal after her death. I wrote that book because of what I learned about the eternal when I grasped faith, looked at the scientific evidence, common sense, and now know anyone who lives and believes in Jesus will never die. John 11:26.

ASC Book Reviews said...

Definitely Ada, just make sure it's on a good weather day! ;) And if you can; try and go through on a day in the fall once the leaves have changed! I think that's when it is it's most beautiful. :) You might want to take the old highway instead of the free way so you can take it all at a better pace. ;)

VanG said...

Ada is a new-to-me author, and this sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. 😊
VanG from NC

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Brenda Arrington said...

I love to meet new authors. Ada sounds like a person I would really like to know. I hope to win a copy of this book.
Brenda in VA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

Anonymous said...

Love Ada's books! Shelia from Mississippi

Dianna said...

Love this cover. Enter me in the giveaway, please.
Dianna in TN