Monday, July 26, 2010

Tammy Barley's "Hope's Promise"

We're happy to have Tammy Barley with us today talking about her book, Hope's Promise. To learn more about Tammy and her book, read on!
1) How did this story come to you?
It’s book two in The Sierra Chronicles trilogy, the continuing story of rancher Jake Bennett and spitfire Jessica Hale, now Jessica Bennett. Those two had too much story for only one book. Their story was inspired by my grandmother’s stories of her grandmother and grandfather, a Cherokee Indian woman rescued by a western wagon train scout. Riding horses across the west, historic places I visited there, and journals written by those who lived in the West when it was still being carved—each of these spurred my imaginings, and the story lines and characters that gradually unfolded.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Very simple: my publisher, Whitaker House, contracted for the entire series, and this is book two. Book one, Love’s Rescue, was the journey. Fifty-two agents said no, but then Terry Burns, agent extraordinaire, said yes.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I get a kick out of wearing a hoop skirt to book signings.
2. I write while in my comfiest pajamas.
3. I have a secret desire to travel to the far side of the moon, and see just how many stars are really up there. (While wearing a hoop skirt over my comfiest pajamas.) =)
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m getting ready to write the first book in my second trilogy, which takes place in the Wind River Mountains, in Wyoming. Lots of anticipation here, waiting to see it come to life. =)
5) Parting comments? Readers have called my writing unique, and I love that.
My novels will carry you back in time to the far reaches of the American West, place you into the saddle of a running horse, and slip you into the cool water of a purling river on a sweltering summer night. I write that you may experience it all firsthand, the stories unfolding around you, woven throughout with bold, unforgettable characters and plenty of romance. I write that you may live the adventure! I can’t wait to see you there!
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I’m at, and so are a lot of surprises and goodies!


  1. I love how this is based on your grandmother's
    stories...Your book sounds wonderful!
    Thanks very much...Cindi

  2. I adore second books that answer questions!!
    Thank You!!


  3. Hi, Cindi!

    Actually, I haven't seen my grandparents in more than a year, and they're visiting today. I imagine I'll squeeze a new story out of my grandmother--she'd been blind nearly all her life, but she remembers generations of stories, and they make for GREAT fiction!




  4. This sounds like it should be very good.


  5. I love reading about Cherokee Indian women as I live in NC and some Cherokee's live in the NC mountains.


  6. This sounds like a book that I would enjoy. Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  7. Wow! this seems like a rally good book. I would love to read it.

  8. please enter me in the contest, sounds like a great book thanks carol

  9. Greetings, all! You all are entered into the drawing. Rbooth--I imagine you have a lot of history and perhaps some phenomenal artifacts near you. I'd love to explore them!



  10. thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. I love it when a couple's story spans over more than one book and I look forward to reading #2 in this enjoyable series. It just adds a special touch when a novel is based on personal family stories. Thank you for the chance to win Hope's Promise.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  12. Thank you, Karen and Carole, for stopping by and for your kind comments!

    Carole, I love it when a couple's story spans more than one book too, and I don't get to see it often. Jake and Jess (and the West) had far too much story to squeeze into one book, so it turned out just right. =)



  13. The book sounds wonderful! I would love to win a copy. I front of the book is beautiful - it really captures my attention & invites me to open up and read. Reading in my comfiest pajamas is my favorite pastime!

    Blessings to you both!


  14. Historical inspirational romance appeals to my reading appetite. What an honor to your grandparents to base your story on the things they've shared with you. I also like a lot of humor in a book and enjoy laughing. It's so healthy! Of course, Dawn, if I win this book, that means I'll need to purchase the other books in the series. Thanks for this opportunity.

    Grace & Joy,
    Barb Shelton
    Arlington, TX

  15. Howdy, wonderful gals, and a special howdy to fellow pajama reader Beverly and fellow humor fan Barb, whom I haven't gotten to say Hi to yet!

    Thank you to each of you for visiting me here at Dawn's beautiful blog! =)

    I've been away in the North Woods (at a family reunion the likes of which we haven't had in thirty years--wow!), so I'm definitely on ranch time with picking a winner for an autographed copy of Hope's Promise, but here we go!

    The winner is--
    rbooth43(at)! YEAH! I'll e-mail you to get your addy and send you a copy!

    In truth, each of you are SO kind and gracious, and I sure wish I could give each of you a copy, so here's what I'll do at this blog only--If you'd like an autographed copy at my cost, I'll gladly send you one! You can always get a hold of me at tammy(underscore)barleyAtHotmailDotCom and arrange for it, and for a copy of Love's Rescue, book one in The Sierra Chronicles trilogy (Barb, you inspired the idea)--when you buy two, you save even more!

    Again, congratulations to RBooth, and big hugs to all!


  16. If this giveaway is still open I'd love to be entered

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com