Author Archives: Heather Frey Blanton

ASK ME TO MARRY YOU! New Release and Book Excerpt #LadiesinDefiance

Isn’t it puuuur-ty??!?!?!? Ask Me To Marry You, a MALE-order, mail-order bride story, sure to make you smile!


Book Excerpt from Ask Me To Marry You. Available for pre-order now! ONLY $.99!

In the tiny courtroom in Evergreen’s town hall, Winston snagged Sheriff “Dent” Hernandez and a cowhand paying a fine, to act as witnesses. Audra’s heart beat out of her chest as the Justice of the Peace said the words to a simple ceremony.

She repeated this isn’t real, it’s just for show over and over in her head, but when the justice of the peace pronounced them man and wife, she felt a terrible explosion of panic. Oh, Lord, what have I done?

“You may kiss the bride.”

She and Dillon leaned toward each other, then backed away, shock and confusion on their faces. Awkwardly, he shoved out his hand. Dent snorted at the absurd gesture. Audra didn’t know what to do and stared at Dillon, horror and humiliation washing over her. Winston cleared his throat and bobbed his chin slightly. Though this was a lie, a charade, people had to believe she was married.

She closed her eyes and lifted her face to Dillon. The time felt like an eternity until his lips pressed against hers. Warm and gentle. Then his hand came to rest lightly on her cheek. Something inside her sparked to life. Her breathing hitched and her legs suddenly felt all wobbly. He deepened the kiss—

“Congratulations, you two,” Winston said, stepping forward quickly.

Heart pounding like a stampeding herd, Audra pulled away from Dillon, but didn’t miss the

mischief in his eyes. Or was that desire?

You can also read book one in the Brides of Evergreen series Hang Your Heart on Christmas for only $.99 too. Be caught up before book two releases on September 21, 2016!

Sherry Rummler: Taking a Stand Against Domestic Abuse & Burning Suspicion #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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Thank you Sherry for stopping over today and sharing about Domestic Abuse!

“The topic of domestic abuse is a current trend in our recent headlines. The question that seems to perplex most people is: “Why do people stay in abusive relationships? Why don’t they just leave?” The answer is not so simple. I know. I was a victim.

Burning Suspicion is a psychological suspense novel based on two characters that become involved with a narcissist. Make no mistake; no two stories are the same. This is not a memoir. However, the traits of the abuser and mind control are similar and are shown throughout this gripping narrative. Relationships are complex. Falling in love can be described as the highlight of our lives yet sometimes love is not so simple. It’s downright dangerous. Why? Because physical bruises heal but the after effects of emotional and spiritual abuse are devastating and linger long after the relationship is over. Don’t be surprised to find out that domestic abuse doesn’t only happen to women; many men suffer internally and are ashamed to come forward as well. It is a passion of mine to entertain but also enlighten through this work of fiction. An acquaintance read Burning Suspicion and told how she broke off her relationship and thanked me for saving her from making a very bad long-term mistake. This has only propelled me further to publish this work. I’m currently working on the second novel in the series: Burning Quest to follow…

Please note: Leaving an abusive relationship exasperates abuse; a proper exit strategy needs to be in place. If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation please seek help.”


Sherry Rummler is the internationally acclaimed author of Entrusted. For more information about this author visit:



burning suspicion by sherry rummler

A fatal fire leaves a question burning in the mind of Meredith Walsh: Did Ian Johnston murder his parents? When Meredith confronts her fiancée, Ian, about his parents’ death, he challenges Meredith’s accusations and claims to authorities that she is mentally unstable. Ian’s words and actions continue to wreak havoc on Meredith’s mind after he skips town, leaving her to question her sanity and fear for her life. Andy Hall, a rookie detective at NYPD, is ready and eager to take the case. Convinced the fire is a homicide, Detective Hall wonders why his boss is so willing to push the case to the back burner. As each detail of truth surfaces from the ashes, he soon realizes the situation is far more sinister than originally thought. Will Andy and Meredith warn the latest victim, Eva Garrett, in time? Or will Eva fall prey to Ian’s cunning spirit…and become his latest casualty?

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A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton AUDIBLE #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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The epic, BEST-SELLING saga continues on … You do not want to miss it!

You can check out Heather’s, Romance in the Rockies series here.

A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton

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A man who wants to rule in Hell. A woman who wants to find her faith again…

Charles McIntyre owns everything and everyone in the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance. When three good, Christian sisters from his beloved South show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a “nice” hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay…especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest. But Naomi, angry with God for widowing her, wants no part of Defiance or the saloon-owning, prostitute-keeping Mr. McIntyre. It would seem however, that God has gone to elaborate lengths to bring them together. The question is, “Why?” Does God really have a plan for each and every life?

Written with gritty, but not gratuitous, realism uncharacteristic of historical Christian fiction, A Lady in Defiance gives a nod to both Pride and Prejudice and Redeeming Love. Based on true events, it is also an ensemble piece that deftly weaves together the relationships of the three sisters and the rowdy residents of Defiance.

Right now A Lady in Defiance, Hearts in Defiance, and A Promise in Defiance are all available on Kindle Unlimited for FREE. Load up your readers for summer now!!!

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KyLee Woodley: In Defiance of Miscontrived Heroines #LadiesinDefiance

kylee woodleyAs a reader of romance, and a woman in love, I am in defiance of miscontrived heroines who are either domineering super humans or weeping damsels in distress. The portmanteau word “miscontrived” is a combination of the prefix mis- (meaning: “badly”, “opposite”, or “not”) and the adjective contrived (meaning: obviously planned or calculated; not spontaneous or natural; labored).

Allow me to elaborate on these two heroine types. In the beginning of the story the would-be domineering heroine is simply the girl next door. But halfway way through the book she morphs into an iron pumping superhuman and the only individual capable of intelligent thought. She no longer works with supporting characters to develop the plot; she owns the plot. So, what does this blast of notorious femininity bring to a romance? A light so spectacular her counterpart is set in shadow. With unmatched intelligence and strength, what does the heroine need a hero for? Thus, the Girl Next Door, having conditioned Ronda Rousey capabilities overnight, has little to offer her Average Joe in way of a well-rounded relationship.

Angled on the opposite side of the miscontrived-heroine line, we have Miss Prima Donna. Women want to be her. Men want to be with her. She is beautiful, gentile, poised, and confident. Like the Girl Next Door, Miss Prima Donna undergoes some change in the story only she develops unreasonable insecurities. Tears well in her eyes over the slightest emotional instance, and any courage she may have possessed to begin with is gone. G. O. N. E. Gone! Unable to cope with everyday life, she despairs and is cast into some “unforeseeable” dilemma where her hero counterpart (who could be Napoleon Dynamite and still shine like a greased bodybuilder compared to the heroine) swoops in to the rescue. And, they live happily ever after. Oh, except for the counseling our heroine needs due to her issues of codependency, alternate personalities, and depression. Extreme? Yes. Humorous? I think so. Miscontrived—having been intentionally formulated yet turned in opposition to her established characteristics? Yes.

So what is the medium between the iron pumping super-heroine and the weeping damsel? A fully developed feminine character, as imperfect and flawed as you and me. These relatable characters possess a variety of personalities. They are blessed with different body-types and diverse nationalities. As for romance, the differences between women and men are complicated and wonderful. The entire romance genre celebrates them. Having a well contrived heroine opens the door for her equally well contrived hero. Whether the heroine is a drill sergeant, scuba diver, the Queen of England, a poor peasant girl, or the ultimate cowgirl, may she be real and feminine, holding true to her story and also every woman outside of fiction. So read and write well contrived heroines, because fiction is real life with the boring parts cut out and the fantastic moments amplified. Thus, we need aspects of reality amid that which is amplified concerning our characters.

About KyLee

KyLee is a Christian, mother, wife, aspiring author, and lover of books. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest–Oregon to be exact. When she became a mother in 2006 she chose to put away her dream of becoming an author, but that dream just wouldn’t die. In 2013 she began writing historical romance, just for fun, and then joined American Christian Fiction Writers in 2016. When not working on manuscripts, her blog, or critiquing for friends, KyLee works as a customer representative for a call center handling cellular phone claims.

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Donna’s Detour by Jo Huddleston #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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donna's detour by jo huddleston

Get Your Kiss on Route 66!

When Donna Turner and two girlfriends leave Alabama in 1956 and head to California on Route 66, Donna runs out of money. Her girlfriends continue the journey to Los Angeles, leaving Donna in Needles, California where a dream-come-true adventure is about to happen.

jo huddlestonAbout the Author

Jo Huddleston is an Amazon Bestselling author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains series and her Caney Creek series are sweet Southern historical romances. Her novels are endorsed by Amanda Cabot, Debra Lynn Collins, Cara Lynn James, Sharlene MacLaren, and Ann Tatlock. The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of her novels, and in them you will find inspiration, hope, and gentle stories that are intriguing and entertaining. Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN).

Visit Jo at her website to read first chapters of all her novels and sign up for her mailing list.

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Hearts in Defiance AUDIBLE Book #Giveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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Hearts in Defiance by Heather Blanton

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Charles McIntyre built the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance practically with his bare hands … and without any remorse for the lives he destroyed along the way. Then a glimpse of true love, both earthly and heavenly, changed him. The question is, how much? Naomi Miller is a beautiful, decent woman. She says she loves McIntyre, that God does, too, and the past is behind them now. But McIntyre struggles to believe he’s worth saving … worth loving. Unfortunately, the temptations in Defiance only reinforce his doubts.

Billy Page abandoned Hannah Frink when he discovered she was going to have his baby … and now he can’t live with himself. Or without her. Determined to prove his love, he leaves his family and fortune behind and journeys to Defiance. Will Hannah take Billy back or give him what he deserves for the betrayal?

Gritty and realistic, this is the story of real life and real faith in Defiance.

The sequel to the highly acclaimed, best-selling western romance A Lady in Defiance!

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The California Gold Rush Romance Collection by Jaime Jo Wright #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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the california gold rush romance collection

Rush to California after the 1848 gold discovery alongside thousands of hopeful men and women. Meet news reporters, English gentry, miners, morticians, marriage brokers, bankers, fugitives, preachers, imposters, trail guides, map makers, cooks, missionaries, town builders, soiled doves, and more people who take advantage of the opportunities to make their fortunes in places where the population swelled overnight. But can faith and romance transform lives where gold is king?

Jaime Jo WrightAbout the Author

Professional coffee drinker, Jaime Jo Wright, resides in the hills of Wisconsin. She loves to write spirited turn-of-the-century romance, stained with suspense. Her day job finds her as a Director of Sales & Development. She’s wife to a rock climbing, bow-hunting Pre-K teacher, mom to a coffee-drinking little girl, and a little boy she fondly refers to as her mischievous “Peter Pan”. Jaime completes her persona by being an admitted social media junkie and coffee snob. She is a member of ACFW and has the best writing sisters EVER!

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Kari Trumbo: Writer’s Block or Defiant Main Characters? #LadiesinDefiance

A Heroine in Defiance

To Love and Comfort (Western Vows Book 4) by [Trumbo, Kari]I’m one of those lucky authors that writes by the seat of my pants and rarely has to deal with writer’s block. However, the lead in my latest release To Love and Comfort was the one and only time I can honestly say it happened. She was tough and kept turning on the silent treatment.

I would be writing along and enjoying the story, feeling the flow, and all of a sudden she would shut me out. I wrote the story four times. On the first try, I got to about 40k words and then she clammed up. I had read about writer’s block so I figured she would start again eventually and worked on another project, trouble is, she never started again on that manuscript. She would rather have her story untold than the way I’d written it. I had already promised her story to readers so I read what I had and fixed some areas but it was enough. Did I mention she’s stubborn?

On the second try, I left the first chapter as it had originally been. I really felt that first chapter was right and I guess she agreed with me because we got along nicely for about the first 30k words. Then, she left me high and dry. I read through what I’d wrote and seriously wanted to scream. Margot, what gives?

I thought there was a problem with the interaction of two characters, so I changed how the story went to avoid putting those two together and again, things went great for the first 40k words. I thought things were going well and was about to bring her father back into the story and BOOM, radio silence. If I were a cussing woman, now would have been the time to start. At this point, I’d invested more time on this story than any one I’d written to date…and it wasn’t finished.

Finally, I gave the story to the Lord as I realized I was also writing in defiance of Him. I hadn’t asked for His guidance in the story. I asked him to please tell me what was wrong, what lesson did I need to learn so that I could write this the way He would like it written. He gave me insight into why my character was being so defiant. She had something painful to go through and I couldn’t blame her for bucking me. I wouldn’t want to live through what I was going to have to put her through to tell her story.

Displaying FullSizeRender (4).jpgShe is one of my strongest, most favorite characters to date. She isn’t strong in the sense that she could tussle with you, but she is strong in character and inner strength. She showed me that while defiance can be incredibly frustrating, it can lead you see strength in others you never dreamed was there.

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Amber Lynn Perry: Women in Defiance of Tyranny #LadiesinDefiance

Thank you so much for having me! I love your theme of “defiance”, and am thrilled to be able to talk about “women in defiance of tyranny”. My series, Daughters of His Kingdom, features women in 18th century who are fearless in the face of difficult challenges and defy the simpler road, to follow the more difficult path of truth.

During the American Revolution when many of the men joined the army, the women were equally courageous at home. Many women, though saddened at the thought of their husbands and sons leaving for war, ushered them out to “win the cause” of freedom they so passionately believed in. The wives and daughters who stayed home cared for the farms and businesses their fathers and sons had left behind. This left the women at great risk, as the British soldiers would often come and take whatever they wanted—from the farms, and also from the women.  But these women were fearless. One account recalls a mother, upon seeing the British approaching, set fire to her entire crop, so the British could not benefit from stealing it. Another account tells of a group of women who formed their own local militia, to protect their town while the men were away.  I am always inspired by the countless stories of heroism and courage these stalwart women displayed. They defied the idea that women could not understand or involve themselves in “politics” or “matters of state”. They understood perfectly well what was at stake. They showed they would not be frightened into submission, but would fight equally hard for the independence they so desperately wanted. They worked for the cause at home, yes, but they also worked as spies, and smugglers; they fired muskets and cannons in battle; they made their voices heard as they wrote to the congress to state their opposition to King George. These women were incredible.

It’s difficult for many of us in the 21st century to comprehend what was at stake for the patriots who fought for liberty. At the time, defying the king and striving for independence was considered treason and anyone caught going against the wishes of the crown could be hanged for their actions. This was a very real and very frightening prospect, but it didn’t cool their passion—in fact, it fueled it. Together, these women made a powerful and indelible impact on the future of America. I pray I will be as courageous and steadfast in my own beliefs, and honor their legacy as I strive to follow the path of truth God has given me.

Amber Lynn Perry
Penning the past to inspire tomorrow

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears Q&A #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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How was one of your book heroines, “A Lady in Defiance” of the times or circumstances in which she lived?

In A Heart Most Certain, my heroine becomes a lady of defiance in the book–that’s her main growth arc through the novel. She starts out believing what most do about the poor and unlovely in town and doesn’t want to disturb the waters within her moral society group. But my hero–as a requirement for obtaining the donation she wants–brings her face to face with how the church treats the sinners in town and calls for compassion….though he does it in a rather Mr. Darcy-ish way, and they butt heads. But working together makes them realize they have to defy the social mores of the day and be bold about it.

Your husband sounds like quite the adventurous guy with his love of blacksmithing, knife-smithing, traditional archery, hunting, etc. Have you ever needed him to give you insight on “mountain man” workings for your books?

He comes in handy for so many things! Along with the list you have, he also has a martial arts and military background and he was a bouncer once . . . he’s like a literal Jack of all trades. So in A Bride for Keeps I said “I need a guy who is drunk with a knife, in this sort of space, and I want another character to do this and that, but I don’t want this to happen, etc. etc.” He came back the next day with a choreographed fight scene for me. He led me through the paces as victim and aggressor (hopefully no one was looking in through our windows) and then after I wrote it, he “signed off” on the fact that I had described it right. I also always ask him my gun questions. I have a blacksmithing novel in my “want to write” box, and you better believe I’ll be getting his help!

Being that you are a former English teacher, I’m sure that you’re a stickler for the wording and grammar in your writing. Have you ever been stuck on trying to find just the perfect word or phrasing to put into your story? Any examples to share?

I LOVE grammar. I am probably the only college student in the world whose grammar professor told me I needed a life after listening to me excitedly explain how I’d thought all weekend about a more precise way to diagram a sentence that had stumped everyone including the professor. But you’ll find out I’m not a grammatical purist in informal settings (which fiction is). I speak ungrammatically a lot. If someone is communicating well enough in an informal situation, I don’t want to pull my hair out over occasional incorrect grammatical usages. When my students would catch me saying something wrong, I’d always say, “I know it’s wrong, but I know the rule behind it, can fix my mistake, and diagram the sentence, can you?” 🙂 Sometimes I want to write things ungrammatically for reasons of cadence and intonation. Sometimes writing grammatically makes fiction sound stilted.

There is often a war between my writer side that wants things to roll off the tongue nicely and my grammar side that wants everything perfect. I even tend to edit emails 4-5 times before I send them, though I’ll leave some things ungrammatical, because if it was perfect it wouldn’t look like I was simply having a conversation anymore. But I do tend to write as grammatically perfect as possible, though I am not adverse to breaking the rules for good reason. Deciding if I can live with myself for breaking the rules and putting it in print is a struggle!

I see that up to now, your published writing has been historical fiction. Have you thought to dabble in a non-fiction book of some kind?

I have all kinds of stories in my head. The first book I wrote was a young adult romance, but early on, I realized that I had to build an audience with one genre first. I chose historical fiction because that’s my favorite genre to read, and I have tons of historical story ideas. But I have a few books of different genres in my head that I may write one day.

The only books I’ve ever wanted to write non-fiction-wise were textbooks for high school English language learners because I didn’t like any of the textbooks on the market when I was teaching. But since I haven’t taught ESL for over a decade, that’s not something I’ll be pursuing anymore!

Do you have a favorite quote from A Heart Most Certain, your latest book, you can leave us with?

I am never good at picking quotes from my books. All the lines I like that don’t require context are quips. So can I leave you with a line from my RT Review that made me all warm and fuzzy? “The romance is a real treat here, and the story has an almost fairy-tale like quality to it, plus an utterly romantic ending.” Sigh, that line right there would put any book on top of my To Be Read pile, and so it makes me happy that it’s mine!

a heart most certain by melissa jagears

A Fresh Voice in Historical Romance!

While Lydia King’s reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father’s debts and her mother’s persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task–to ask the town’s wealthiest man to donate–seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they’ll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.

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The giveaway will run through August 16, 2016 and the winner will be announced on August 17.

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