Thursday, March 7, 2019

Lone Star Book Blogger Tour: A TENDER HOPE by Amanda Cabot ***Author Interview & Giveaway***

The Cimarron Creek Trilogy, Book 3
Amanda Cabot
Genre: Historical Romance / Inspirational
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: March 5, 2019
Number of Pages: 352

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As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it's time for a change. With her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek's midwife, she has no intention of remarrying and trying for another child. So when a handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep with an abandoned baby, Thea isn't sure her heart Can take it.
Ranger Jackson Guthrie isn't concerned only with the baby's welfare. He's been looking for Thea, convinced that her late husband was part of the gang that killed his brother. But it soon becomes clear that the situation is far more complicated than he anticipated--and he'll need Thea's help if he's ever to find the justice he seeks. Amanda Cabot invites readers back to Cimarron Creek for a tender story of loss, betrayal, and love in the majestic Texas Hill Country.
"Such beautiful words flow from Amanda Cabot's pen--words that lead characters from tattered situations to fresh beginnings and culminate in tender story endings that make a reader sigh in satisfaction. I've never been disappointed by a Cabot tale." -- Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of Bringing Maggie Home

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Interview with Amanda Cabot

A Tender Hope is the third book in the trilogy. Does it stand alone?
Yes, it can stand alone, but – and this is a big “but” – I think readers will enjoy it more if they’ve read the first two books, since this is the culmination of the series and the place where I wrap up the mystery of Aunt Bertha’s daughter and granddaughter that I introduced in A Stolen Heart.

Whew. Do you think that sentence was long enough? If you keep reading this interview, you’ll discover why I write sentences that my husband claims are as long as chapters.

A Tender Hope is the last book of the trilogy; what can readers next expect?
I’m hard at work on the second book of a new (yet unnamed) trilogy, also set in the Texas Hill Country. (As you’ve probably guessed from the number of books I’ve set there, I love the Hill Country.) I don’t have a firm publication date, but I expect the first book to be released in March 2020.

Here’s a brief introduction to the series. It’s 1856, and life in Mesquite Springs, Texas, a rapidly growing town in the Hill Country, is changing. With the influx of new residents come new businesses – an expanded restaurant, the town’s first newspaper, and a luxurious hotel – as well as new dangers. It’s against this backdrop that three couples discover love and adventure.

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 
Saying goodbye to the characters. It’s always a bittersweet moment when I put the final touches on a series. Even though I already had a contract for the next series and was excited about bringing a new town to life, I hated to leave Cimarron Creek.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Giving multiple couples their happily-ever-after. Although most of my books have a single romance, A Tender Hope has three couples who are ready to walk down the aisle by the time it ends. For a hopeless romantic like me, writing those scenes was pure fun.

How has your formal education influenced or impacted your writing?
I had what would now be called a classical education in junior-senior high school (grades seven through twelve) and studied both French and Latin during that time. Learning to speak French and studying in France during college gave me a deep love for the country and led to the “French connection” in a number of my books. Readers may recall that the fictional town of Ladreville, the site of my first trilogy for Revell, featured immigrants from Alsace-Lorraine. As if that weren’t enough, A Tender Hope has a character who’s been raised as a Frenchwoman.

Six years of Latin had a different but equally important influence. As strange as it may sound, reading famous orations in the original Latin helped develop my writing style. Yes, those long sentences with dependent clauses are the result of all those years of Latin.

What do your plans for future projects include?
Funny you should ask that. Even though I’m less than halfway through the new series and rarely think about new projects at this stage, last week I read a fascinating book, Wayne Ludwig’s The Old Chisholm Trail. His descriptions of life on the trail and the problems cattle drovers faced more than piqued my interest. They started ideas for new stories chasing each other through my brain. Will they turn into a full-fledged series? It’s too soon to know, but I hope so.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
Crater Lake National Park. As a child, I had a book about the national parks – one of those books with stickers that you placed on each page as you finished it – and Crater Lake was my favorite one. The closest I’ve been is in an airplane, looking down, but I’d love to see it from ground level.

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Cimarron Creek trilogy, as well as the Texas Crossroads series, the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming.

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1ST: Copy of A Tender Hope + Spa Basket
(An assortment of Cru de Provence lavender 
vanilla scented spa products fills this lovely basket 
including: lotions, soap, bath salts, 
waffle slippers and much more.)

2ND: Copy of A Tender Hope + $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

3RD: Copy of A Tender Hope + $10 Starbucks Gift Card

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