Monday, July 11, 2011

Dora Hiers' "Journey's End"

Publisher: White Rose Publishing.

Cover blurb: Devastated after the brutal murder of her husband, Chelsea Hammond vows never to love another lawman. Intent on rebuilding her shattered life, she turns her focus to helping troubled teens. But when an angry father bent on retaliation, threatens her, Chelsea must turn to the one man she never thought to trust: Deputy U.S. Marshal Trey Colten.
Trey wants only to protect Chelsea, but she blames him for her husband’s death. Trey can relate. He blames himself, also. As danger lurks, Trey begs Chelsea to heed his warnings. He let down one Hammond. He won’t let down another—especially one who now holds his heart.
When Chelsea is snatched from her home, can she put aside her fear, and trust Trey with her life? Can she Forgive him for destroying her past and let him help to rebuild her future?
Where one journey ends, another begins…

1) How did this story come to you?
JOURNEY’S END germinated with a seed from a newspaper article about a mobster, finally convicted for his crimes years later. Intrigued, I played the “what if” game until I came up with the premise, which ended up nothing like the article.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
After dropping out of the workforce to taxi my two sons around (and to make sure one of them actually attended school, he had a slight problem with that!), the writing seed dug in, took root around my heart with the idea for JOURNEY’S END. I soaked up online writing courses and attended a writer’s conference. Joined American Christian Fiction Writers, Carolina Christian Writers, and a critique group.
A dear friend from Carolina Christian Writers directed me to White Rose Publishing and on New Year’s Eve in 2010, some five years after I started down this crazy writing road, White Rose Publishing offered me a contract for JOURNEY’S END, my first heart racing, God-gracing book in the Marshals of Journey Creek series. Can you think of a better way to end one year and to begin another? Who needs fireworks?

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m a family room sports fan. Why should I leave the comforts of my air-conditioned family room to enjoy NASCAR, football, and hockey?
No beaches for me. Give me the mountains! My favorite getaway consists of sipping coffee on a cabin deck tucked in the mountains.
I can be somewhat rebellious at times, like when it came to joining Facebook. So help a girl out, click on over, and “like” me. Dora Hiers Author

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m about 98% finished with JOURNEY’S EMBRACE. I’m praying that JOURNEY’S EDGE will find a home with White Rose Publishing. I’ve also submitted two romantic fiction articles to Woman’s World Magazine for consideration.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks so much, Dawn, for hosting me today. I’ve enjoyed visiting with you and checking out the fabulous authors featured here.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
On my website at
Blog with me at Heart racing, God-gracing Romance.
I’m also on Facebook ~ Dora Hiers Author


  1. Id love to get my hands on this one to read it sounds like a thriller that would keep the pages turning easily until the end of the book !! Have a blessed and wonderful day

  2. Please enter me. I'm a subscriber and a follower gfc. I posted this to my blog:

    Brenda from Michigan
    dancealert at aol dot com

  3. I also love the mountains. I know the beach is very popular, but give me a waterfall and a hiking trail any day!
    Thanks for the interview and the chance to win.
    Have a great day
    kristengjohnson (at) gmail (.) com

  4. Good interview.This sounds like a great book.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com .

  5. I love a novel where trust is a major issue. Dora's hero and heroine sound like they must learn to trust God and one another...great. I look forward to finding a new author who loves the Lord and loves to write. Sunny Q Eads -- fellow inspirational author

  6. Look like a great book!

  7. please enter me thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. I am with you when it comes to mountains over the beach. We live in Northern California, we have both-but heading out towards the redwood trees, there is nothing like that. And sitting with a cup of coffee-next to perfect.
    This book sounds really good. I love a good suspense read.
    I appreciate the opportunity to win a copy.
    Thanks so much.


  9. Hi Dora, Journey's End sounds like a great mystery suspense with romance which is what I enjoy reading. I would love to win your book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    For some reason blogger/google will not let me leave a comment on this type comment form so I have to use Anon.

  10. Sounds like a great read. I love to read anybook about law enforcement.

  11. My husband was a police officer for 18 years, I thing I could relate to this story. The stress of being married to someone in law enforcement is tough. He's working a different job now and life is more relaxed.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  12. Good morning, everybody. Thank you, K. Dawn Byrd, for hosting me this week. It's great to be here.

    Thanks, Amber. I hope readers will find Journey's End to be a heart racing, God-gracing romance! 3 boys? Yowzee! We raised 2 and barely survived.

    Hey Brenda. Thanks so much for posting on your blog about Journey's End. That's so sweet.

    Kristen, I'm so with you. We spent July 4th week in Blowing Rock, NC. Swwweeeeet!

    Emma, thanks so much for your kind words. I appreciate you!

    Hey Sunny Q. For sure! Trey and Chelsea have to work through trust AND forgiveness issues. As a reader, I appreciate getting to know a hero/heroine with real life fears and flaws, don't you?

    Thanks so much, everybody, for your kind words of encouragement. Best wishes to win Journey's End!

  13. Thanks, Sonya and Apple Blossom!

    Oh, Deborah, I LOVE the redwoods in California. They're gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by!

    Hey Miss Kallie. Sorry you had trouble commenting. Google's experienced a few growing pains lately. But glad you made it! Thanks.

    Hey Donna. I'm with you! I love books featuring law enforcement heroes/heroines. Firefighters are right up there, too!

    Hi Pegg. I'm glad your hubby found something that he enjoys so family life isn't as stressful. My hubby's a fire chief, for over 20 yrs now. He loves weekend getaways as a stress reliever and just to get away from demands of the job. Thanks for stopping by, Pegg.

    Best wishes, ladies, and thanks for your encouraging words!

  14. Great interview Dora! So you love the mountains too! I have Journey's End on my list as a must read. I'd love to win a copy of it.

    God Bless,


  15. Okay so I am thrilled to hear about this book! My maiden name is Hammond and I've never heard a story about a Hammond before so I must read this one! Hope I win, thanks for the giveaway!

    kcmelone at yahoo dot com

  16. Ah, the coffee and the mountains. The books sound fun too. sdeeth at msn dot com

  17. Wow, Judy, that's so nice. Thanks!

    Hey Courtney. Glad I won you over with my name choice! How cool is that??

    Thanks, Sheila! Appreciate you stopping by!

    Thanks, ladies, for your encouraging words. Best wishes to win.

  18. Thanks for the opportunity of entering me to win this book.


  19. Sounds like a winner to me! Blessings, BJ

  20. Hey Nakia and Jo. I appreciate you stopping by. Best wishes to win!

  21. Oh my goodness. I was captured from the first sentence of the cover blurb. My heart immediately went out to Chelsea.
    Definitely adding this to my to read list.


  22. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  23. Thanks, BJ. I appreciate that!

    Hey Jennifer. You made my day. Just the words every writer likes to hear. Thanks for your encouragement!

    Hi Karenk. You're welcome. Thanks for the kind words.

  24. Another new author for me---oh, joy!!!!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!
    It sounds great!

    Many Blessings and Smiles:)
    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

  25. Hey Charlotte. Nice to meet you! Thanks so much for your encouragement.

  26. Sounds great! I just love this kind of book!

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. Thanks, Megan. I appreciate your kind words. JOURNEY'S END is my kind of book, too! (grin)