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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Interview & Giveaway: Heather Blanton ~ Author of A Promise in Defiance!

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Heather!! What is your latest novel about?
When Charles McIntyre founded Defiance, he was more than happy to rule in hell rather than serve in heaven. But things have changed. Now, he has faith, a new wife...and a ten-year-old half-breed son. Infamous madam Delilah Goodnight wants to take it all away from him. How can he protect his kingdom and his loved ones from her schemes without falling back on his past? How does he fight evil if not with evil?

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, he has trouble, though, telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when Delilah flings open the doors to the scandalous Crystal Chandelier. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

For Tillane and McIntyre, finding redemption was a long, hard road. God's grace has washed away their sins, but the consequences remain and God will not be mocked. For whatosoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap...and the harvest is finally at hand.

What do you hope readers come away with after reading your newest story?
That choosing to serve Christ ensures your eternal destiny, makes the path forward straighter and easier to walk, and while he forgives your sins, he doesn’t erase the consequences of bad choices. I hear over and over the stories of Believers who fall away because their past haunts them. Things keep popping up and life doesn’t go their way. Walking with Christ doesn’t mean you’ll get to tip-toe through the tulips the rest of your life. Walking with Him means you can bear up under the weight of past sins, overcome them, and keep moving forward.  

Do you find it more fun to write stand-alones or series?
Long as I get to give a bad guy his comeuppance, make a strong man weak with love, throw at least one punch, and share the Gospel, I am good with either!

Who are some of your favorite authors whose books have never disappointed you?
I would give my right arm to write like Bodie Thoene, Francine Rivers, or Norah Roberts…but I need it to type.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I remember telling my mom a story when I was five. She typed it while I talked. I’m still mad about one little editorial change she made. I don’t remember what I wanted to say, but I remember Momma typed, “…led them on a merry chase.” A merry chase? Who says that? Editors. Sheesh.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Silence! I must have silence when I write. I write like people act: the method approach. Total immersion. I lose myself in the story and the characters. Sometimes it’s jarring to come back to laundry, teenagers with iPhones, cooking, and did I say laundry?

Where do you like to write?
When my husband comes home for lunch, he yells for me ‘cause there is no telling where I might be. I like writing in my office, the sun room, the living room on the sectional, even on my bed, no rhyme or reason to my choices. Hmmm … maybe it’s hormones.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When I’m not writing, I visit these people who insist they know me and love me. I’m not so sure. I think they’re my employers. I cook, clean, shop, drive them around—oh, wait, now it’s coming back to me. They’re my children and my husband.

Is there a place you'd like to visit, but haven’t yet?
Ten Sleep, WY. Really, who do you know who has been to Ten Sleep? I want the honor.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?
My daddy taught me to shoot when I was 5ish. He could shoot a hole through a quarter tossed into the air, and quick draw with the best of ‘em. He wasn’t a particularly tall man, but he was big in personality. When I was little, I had the hardest time telling him apart from the John Wayne. Obviously, then, the Duke is my favorite actor and I will watch him over and over again in Rooster Cogburn. True Grit wasn’t bad, but Rooster Cogburn had a more satisfying ending.
What is your favorite holiday?
The 4th of July. Over the years I have found myself in some interesting places on that day and so the holiday has endeared itself to me! One Independence Day morning I looked out my Gunnison, CO hotel window to discover the entire valley filled with huge, colorful, floating hot air balloons! What a beautiful sight!

Some this-or-that questions: 

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Snowstorms. I am a firm believer there is no such thing as too much snow!
Chocolate or Vanilla? I’m so vanilla.
Tea or Coffee? Coffee. Java. Joe. Mud. Brew. Elixir of the Gods! Beans of Happiness! ☺
Call or Text? Text. B/c I multi-task.
 Early-bird or Night-owl? Does, “Wakey, wakey, eggs and bakey” tell ya anything? Btw, my husband is NOT a morning person. He doesn’t love the way I wake up, all chipper and happy. He thinks I’m deranged. 
Introvert or Extrovert? Can I be both? I’m out-going as heck, but I love my alone time!
 Facebook or Twitter? 140 characters? I can’t say anything important in 140 characters. Truthfully, no one else can either. They just think they can. Those are the people who should be on Facebook with me.
 Mystery or Romance? Definitely Romance. Mysteries require too much brain power and I’m running on empty by the time I have a chance to sit and read.

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?
Book 2 in my Love and War in Johnson County series will be coming out in the fall. This is a serious Western trilogy of a cattle ranching family caught in the middle of the deadliest range war ever fought in the US. In all three of the books in this series, someone pretends to be something they’re not.

After the Johnson County War a lot of bad guys got away with murder, including the lynching of 28-year-old Ellen Watson, aka “Cattle” Kate. Justice is coming for the cattle barons.

Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?
I’m very social with my readers! Please join me anytime at the following places:
https://ladiesindefiance.com/ My blog. I do lots of give-aways and feature stories about tough ladies!
livingindefiance@yahoo.comYou’re always welcome to email me!

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  1. Great interview with Heather. Heather, congratulations on your release! I also love Romans 8:28.

  2. I love Heather's books!! I cannot wait for this one. :) I have to agree - there is no such thing as too much snow. LOL Thanks for sharing about yourself with us, Heather!

  3. I love the 4th of July too. My son was born then, many years ago.

  4. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I'll have to soon! Great interview!

  5. Great interview! I haven't read any of her books yet, but I'm going to start!

  6. This book sounds like a fun, exciting read & it's always a delight to get to know the author a little better, so thank you for the interview! :)

  7. Heather is a new author to me. Book sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading.

  8. Heather is a new author to me. Book sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading.

  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Thanks for the interview and giveaway ladies! I really enjoyed the first book in this series and look forward to reading more by Heather.

  11. Great interview. I have both the first and second book in the series Romance in the Rockies. Looking forward to getting the third book and wondering if it will be the last in the series or if there will be a fourth book. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone. princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)


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