Monday, January 2, 2012

Ann Shorey's "Where Wildflowers Bloom"

Title: Where Wildflowers Bloom
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group/Revell

Cover blurb: The War Between the States stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg—as well as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the family's mercantile and leave a town their family has called home for generations.

When Royal Baxter suddenly returns, Faith allows herself to hope that she and Royal will finally wed. But does he truly love her? Or will another man claim her heart?

1) How did this story come to you?
I was interested in how women resumed their “normal” lives after the Civil War ended. My great-grandparents settled in Missouri (from Illinois) in 1867, so my interest is personal as well as fictional!

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Where Wildflowers Bloom is the first in the Sisters at Heart series for Revell. I wanted to honor the importance of friendship in the lives of women, so each story is about a different protagonist, but their friendship ties them, and the series, together. My editor at Revell liked the idea, fortunately!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) I love to spend time camping in the Oregon desert with my husband. We have a canvas wall tent, and drive to places 40 and 50 miles off the highway, with nothing around but sagebrush and an occasional range cow. We stayed out there for 10 days last summer.
2) I always wanted to play the piano, but had no discipline to stick with lessons. Now here I am committed to contracts that require discipline to meet deadlines. Hmm.
3) I like peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches. 

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on Book 2 of the Sisters at Heart series. The working title is When the Heart Heals, and the story is about a woman who’s an herbalist and was a nurse in the Civil War—a time when few women were nurses. After that, I’ll be writing Book 3, tentatively titled Love’s Sweet Beginning.

5) Parting comments?
My tagline is “Yesterday’s Women – Today’s Issues.” Readers will be able to relate to my historical fiction as the characters face the same situations women deal with today. But now we have the resources they lacked. Yet those women persevered. I love their determination.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Please visit my website, http://www.annshorey.com/, find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnnShoreyAuthor#!/AnnShorey  or follow me on Twitter at Ann_Shorey.

Thank you for inviting me to visit your blog! I enjoyed the interview.

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the Post! Love your blog!

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  2. Hi Ann,

    Haven't taken a chance to buy your latest yet. Love hearing you talk about where you get your ideas/inspiration. :)

    Susan Julian

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  3. I would love to win a copy of this book.
    angela from KY

    angelac@mchsi.com

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  4. Hi Ann! Love your books! Hope I win! This book sounds so good and I love the cover!

    Lynne Young
    lynne(dot)young(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Oh this looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win this.

    agent_beckster(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I cannot wait to get my hands on your latest book. Didn't get to read too much these last two months due to my mother's illness and death, but I am ready for your new book!
    Laurabelle54@aol.com

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  7. Great time period and story line!
    Thanks very much...
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  8. I would love to win a copy of this book..

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful book, and I'd love to win!
    Ldyjarhead(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Sounds like a ,ovely book! Count me in thank you!

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. The Civil War and period immediately after always fascinate me. Would love to read your book!

    Marie
    writergirl426(at)oh(dot)rr(dot)com

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  12. Hi Ann, I love stories set in this time period and can't wait to read Where Wildflowers Bloom.
    Loved the interview.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  13. Hi Ann, Having read your series, At Home In Beldon Grove,I know how good your books are. I am looking forwawd to your newest one. It was so nice to meet you at the Book Fair.
    MonaLee Wilson
    chefmonalee@msn.com

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  14. I would love to win because i haven't read any of your books and it sounds so good. God Bless

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  15. Well I have to say that this book really piqued my interest- Imean what girl wouldn't want to marry a guy named Royal? :) However it sounds like their might be someone else in the wings- sounds like a wonderful historical romance! Thanks so much- Cheryl
    ihhcheryl(at)comcast(dot)net

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  16. That's a great Tagline. WHERE WILDFLOWERS BLOOM looks like a wonderful read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  17. Sounds like a good read, post Civil War was a hard time for this country. Thanks for the chance to win.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  18. Would love to read this book...thanks!

    Gail Mundy

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  19. I have not read anything by Ann yet and winning a copy of this book would be a great way to get started. Thanks for the opportunity!! margie at mijares do net

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  20. Such a beautiful title for your book! I would very much like to read your new book, 'Where Wildflowers Bloom', set in Oregon. All my adult life I've dreamed of moving to the northwest to Oregon or the state of Washington. I also dream of owning a rv to camp in remote spots. My nephew loves living in Colorado to climb up the Rocky mountains with his rugged Jeep to camp in remote spots in complete solitude. Happy Camping to you and your family in the New Year! And, wishing you much success with your new book series! ~Dawn
    daisyflower.adams@gmail.com

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  21. This looks like a wonderful book! I love Civil War stories!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  22. I definitely want to read this book.......sounds so good.......enter me in the contest, please........babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

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  23. Romance and the Civil War era?! Count me in!

    allisonmoyer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. This sounds like an amazing good book, I just love finding books like this. Please enter me in your book giveaway. Thank you so much for a chance to win.
    marsha.steelman@gmail.com

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  25. Sounds like an amazing book,hope to win. I can't wait to read it. rose blackard at gmail dot com

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  26. Please enter me! I've been wanting to try one of Ann's books!

    yecenia@optonline.net

    P.S. I am currently having a giveaway for anyone who follows my blog. The winner will receive their choice of either a book from my library or a $10 Amazon gift-card. The giveaway ends on Jan. 31, 2012. The winner will be announced in early February.

    http://christianbookreviewblog.blogspot.com/

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