Monday, July 4, 2011

"Fairer Than Morning" by Rosslyn Elliott

Clash of The Titles

Rosslyn Elliot, author of Fairer Than Morning, competed in our Best Protagonist category. Her hero, Will Hanby, is based on a real historical person, just like her heroine, Ann Miller. “When I was ready to write my first nineteenth-century historical novel, I went to visit a local historic home in Ohio,” Elliot says. “While there, I watched a short video about the Hanby family who lived in that home. I knew right away that I had to write their amazing story of faith, love, and courage. William Hanby suffered through many trials as a young man, but his experience made him determined to free others who were in pain and bondage. In Fairer than Morning, Will Hanby and Ann Miller show us what is possible when we put faith into action.”

About the novel:
Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor, Eli-until Will Hanby shows her that nobility is more than fine words.

On a small farm in 19th-century Ohio, young Ann Miller is pursued by the gallant Eli Bowen, son of a prominent family. Eli is the suitor of Ann's dreams. Like her, he enjoys poetry and beautiful things and soon, he will move to the city to become a doctor.

Ann travels to Pittsburgh, accompanying her father on business. There she meets Will Hanby, a saddle-maker's apprentice. Will has spent years eking out an existence under a cruel master and his spirit is nearly broken. But Ann's compassion lights a long-dark part of his soul. Through his encounters with Ann's father, a master saddler, Will discovers new hope and courage in the midst of tremendous adversity.

When the Millers must return to Ohio and their ministry there, Will resolves to find them, at any cost. If Will can make it back to Ann, will she be waiting?

What readers are saying:
“Rosslyn Elliott offers adventure, accurately-portrayed historical settings, romance, engaging characters, and beautifully-written prose in her debut novel Fairer Than Morning.”

“You will grow to love Ann and Will as they face and conquer their own weaknesses, and in the process, change the world around them. I can't wait to see what the future holds for these characters!”

“For Christians who enjoy Historical Fiction this is a must! Even if you're not a Christian, this is an inspiring story of courage and determination.”

Pick up your copy of Fairer Than Morning now! Then hop on over to Clash of the Titles ( to join the fun!

Find out more about Fairer Than Morning, Rosslyn Eliot, and her writing at

Jennifer Slattery ( is a novelist, freelance writer, and the marketing representative for the literary website, Clash of the Titles, where authors compete and readers judge.

In 2009 she won first place in the HACWN writing contest in the book category, placed second in the 2010 Dixie Kane, fourth in the 2010 Golden Pen and was a 2010 CWG Operation First Novel finalist.

She has a short piece appearing in Bethany House’s Love is a Flame (under a pen name), forwarded by Gary Chapman, another piece in Cathy Messecar’s A Still and Quiet Soul, and writes for Reflections in Hindsight, Christ to the World, Samie Sisters, The Christian Pulse, and reviews for Novel Reviews.

She’s also written for Granola Bar Devotions, Afictionado, The Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Romantic Times Review, Bloom, and the Breakthrough Intercessor.


  1. Another new to me author whose book I would like to read. I enjoyed the interview. Please enter me.


  2. I love the time period and the setting of this
    book sounds delightful...
    I enjoy reading books that have characters with
    determination to beat the odds!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  3. Sounds like a great story! I'm intrigued that Will is a saddle maker. My own saddle is hand tooled and quite old. I bought it at a 2nd hand shop many years ago. I'd love to learn more about how it was made. I still ride in it, it's a good working saddle!

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  4. Fairer than Morning sounds like a good book to read. I love historical books that are based on a true story. What is more awesome is that it was a true love story with all of the struggles that was faced back then. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Debbie Clark

  5. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity! Gorgeous cover...

  6. Julianne M. HussJuly 5, 2011 at 6:40 AM

    Stories based on true life are one of my favorites. Having a story with a Christian base is even better yet! This sounds like an amazing and inspiring book.

  7. subscriber love to be entered thanks

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  8. This book sounds amazing!!! I love reading about real people and how they have overcome the adversities in life. I am adding Fairer Than Morning to my wishlist and hoping to have a chance to win a copy!! margie at mijares dot net

  9. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  10. Wow, this sounds great!

  11. Thanks so much for the great interview. Looks great! ihhcheryl(at)comcast(dot)net

  12. The gal on the cover looks like a friend of mine. Love to win it!

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  13. This book sounds like such a good read! I would love to win a copy of, "Fairer Than Morning". Rosslyn is a new author to me and I definitely want to read her books. I enjoyed her post!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! God Bless!


  14. Thanks for making this giveaway possible!
    Glad to be entered!
    Charlotte Kay
    Charlovesmark at gmail dot com

  15. This sounds like a great book!! Thanks for the chance to win it!!

    kcmelone at yahoo dot com

  16. I love your blog! I'm always finding new-to-me authors who I would love to read. The book description has already pulled me in and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!


  17. i'm interested in this novel...thanks for the chance to read it :)

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

  19. Congratulations Rosslyn! I've been following your 'journey' to publication and I'm so happy for you. I wish you much success with Fairer Than Morning.

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