Monday, February 27, 2012

S. Dionne Moore's "Promise Brides"

Title: Promise Brides
Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Cover blurb: Life and love in historic Pennsylvania is challenging. Theodore risks enemy lines for Ellie, but can their hope of a future together be realized? Marylu wants to trust Chester, but one broken heart is enough. Alaina and Jack battle flood waters that threaten any future they might have.

1) How did this story come to you?
Promise Brides is a compilation of three historical romances all set in historic Pennsylvania. Promise of Tomorrow, a 2011 Carol Award finalist, is set in Johnstown, PA, and takes place before, during, and after the devastating Johnstown Flood of 1889. Promise of Yesterday takes place in Greencastle and Mercersburg, PA, and Promise of Time in Gettysburg. The series came to me after visiting Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It occurred to me that I had never read a fiction book with that setting. Being that Barbour was doing sets based on a single state at the time, I sat down and wrote out a plausible plot for the story that became Promise of Tomorrow. I really, really wanted to highlight locations within my home state. I’m surrounded by history! And I don’t mean my husband. :)

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
After the close of Barbour's cozy mystery line, one thing was clear, I would have to set aside the character of LaTisha Barnhart, but I still wanted to stay with Barbour. When I proposed the idea of Promise of Tomorrow to JoAnne Simmons, she liked it. To date, I've written 9 books for Barbour. But now that the Heartsong line has sold and I'm finished with my contracts there, I've turned my attention to Abingdon's new Quilts of Love series and my next book, A Heartbeat Away.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I hate editing. Like, with a passion. Most authors love that phase and hate the actual writing process, I'm the opposite, I love the writing and hate the editing. Let’s see. . .Your readers might be interested to know that I'm really 30, but look much older so that pride won’t be able to work on me, and, three, aging has made me dumber. I never thought that would happen, but now I must rely on my sixteen year old for wisdom and advice--she knows it all!

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
A Heartbeat Away, part of Abingdon Press's Quilts of Love series, is set in Sharpsburg, MD, During the Battle of Antietam and releases May of 2013. One woman's journey to find rest from heart ache, a shattered man’s memory of a betrayal, and the quilt that binds their hearts together and makes them whole.

5) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Twitter: @sdionnemoore
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  1. love to win a copy of this book thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. Dionne's novel sounds awesome. Is Promise Brides done like a three-in-one novel, or did you rewrite the three to make one? i would love to win. Thank, Dawn and Dionne for the opportunity, and for the post.

    mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

  3. They 3 stories aren't reworked to fit the collection, just put together into one book. The only thing you miss is the original artwork. :) Of course, you can see that on my site: Look at Promise of Tomorrow, Promise of Yesterday and Promise of Time. These are the three historical romances that appear under the single title, Promise Brides. Thanks for joining in on the fun! I love giveaways!

  4. Hi S. Dionne, I just added your book to my wish list. You are new author for me. I love romance and your 3 stories sound like great ones. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  5. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance. I am an email follower. :)

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  6. I just love Historical fiction novels, a chance to stp back in time and fall in love with a different lifestyle/timeframe and this one set in Pennsylvania sounds so neat. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!
    Blessings! Cheryl ihhcheryl(at)comcast(dot)net

  7. The PROMISE BRIDES series looks like a wonderful read. I do love Historical reads. A lovely interview thank you.


  8. I love stories that revolve around a true historical event. Thanks for the chance to win!
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  9. So glad you all joined us here today! Thanks for adding me, Miss Kallie. I write historicals for the same reason people like to read them--it gives me a chance to get lost in another time and place. Promise of Yesterday is based on a true story, though the story itself is backstory for the heroine. Promise of Time starts during the Gettysburg address and gives peeks at post-battle Gettysburg.

  10. If anyone wants to know more about the Johnstown Flood, I highly recomend David McCullough's "Johnstown Flood." it's a Pulitazer proze winning non-fiction book.

  11. I love historical novels and this one sounds like a great read. Thank you for a chance to win it.

    Glenda Parker

  12. Promise Brides looks like a wonderful book! I can't wait to read it! Hope I win!

    Lynne Young

  13. OH MY!! Would love to win your novel "Promise Brides".. Thanks for the chance..
    Breath of Life

    1. Sounds delightful! I would love to read it thanks!


  14. Sounds wonderful. I'd love the chance to win.

    Jodie Wolfe

  15. Going to go over to see if it is available on Kindle. Bet it is. Your Zone Director is glad to see a PA set historical and I DK how I missed out on this book. Maybe because I stay in the colonial era too much!

    Blessings! Carrie

  16. Thanks for stopping in, Carrie & Jodie, Kim & Margaret, Lynne & Glenda. (Hope I got you all!) Appreciate the show of support and hope you all win the book :). That's only fair, right? I'll choose a winner on Monday. Keep writing and keep on reading!


  17. I saw a movie-documentary on The Jonestown Flood showing real photos of what took place, the sights of which were so hard to believe, such unbelievable & total devastation along the Flood route. I would be most interested in reading your new book, Promise's Bride & will look forward to your A Heartbeat Away book you are working on.

    Thank you for the free book drawing offer!

  18. The cover of Heartsong Presents version of Promise of Tomorrow is an actual photo from the flood. Cool, huh?

    Thanks for having me, Dawn.