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A Promise in Defiance Act 1, Scene 1

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a promise in defiance by heather blanton

A Promise in Defiance Act 1, Scene 1

“I don’t know, Matthew.” Delilah rose from her desk and carefully swished her large, enticing bustle over to the bar. She felt the man watching, no doubt with avarice. His eyes glittered with the hunger men never seem to conquer. “Defiance is done, I suspect. Once Diamond Lil left,” she turned two shot glasses up and uncapped a bottle of whiskey, “and McIntyre closed the Iron Horse, that sealed it for me.”

Matthew leaned the chair back on two legs. He was a big man, about the biggest she’d ever been acquainted with, and the wood protested under his weight. She handed him his drink, ignoring that handsome, square jaw and broad chest, and strolled to the window to look out over the streets of Salt Lake City.

“You know, you are a fine figure of a woman,” Matthew observed. “That curly auburn hair of yours shimmers like honey. You could pass for a respectable woman if you’d dress right.”

Annoyed by the assumption that she wanted to be respectable, she turned sideways so he could get a better view of at least half her curves, and the low neckline on the verge of overflowing. Slowly, she swept a sultry glance over to him. Such were her weapons and she was well-trained in the art of war. “Save the flattery. Defiance is dead and I’m comfortable here.”

Salt Lake City was going to keep her well-heeled for quite some time, but she didn’t smile at the traffic below. This town turned her stomach. She couldn’t run this brothel like she wanted. It had to be quiet, almost respectable. No shows. Nothing raunchy, nothing that might draw attention to the house. A bunch of pious hypocrites, they couldn’t hand over their money fast enough, but it all had to be hush-hush. Which proved the old adage, no matter how many wives a man had, he still wanted a little forbidden fruit.

She did smile at that, a dark, bitter reflection of her revulsion. Saints, my eye …

But at least a simple brothel might not get her run out of town. Her last place had pushed the boundaries … and a moral citizenry had risen up against her.

Prudes.

Behind her, Matthew gulped down the shot and sighed with satisfaction. “Delilah, any woman who can run a cat house in the middle of Salt Lake City ought to be able to restore a two-bit mining town to its former glory.”

Her shoulders jiggled slightly at the joke and she shook her head. “It hasn’t exactly been hard. A little sex or money and you can get by with a lot in this town.”

“And that’s my point. Nobody stops you. Once upon a time, McIntyre owned the finest brothel west of the Mississippi. Men will talk about the Iron Horse for generations.” He raised an eyebrow at her. “Unless you give ‘em somethin’ else to talk about. Come on, I know you want to open another Fox Den. And you can. Bigger. More … entertaining.”

That brought her head up slightly. She swallowed her own drink, tapped pretty, painted nails on the rim. “Oh, no, I don’t doubt I could rival him. But fancy furniture, pretty gals,” she looked over her shoulder at Matthew, “girls with no boundaries. All that takes money.”

“You sell this place. I’ll fund the rest.”

Delilah narrowed her eyes at him. “That is suspiciously generous.” She wandered back to her desk, settled in the chair, all but burying it beneath her huge bustle, and rested her elbows on the blotter. “What do you want out of this? And don’t lie to me. Men are worse gossips than women. I know McIntyre ran you out of Defiance.”

His puckered up like she’d shoved a lemon in his mouth. “True, he did. Because I wasn’t prepared to stay.” He laced hands the size of bear paws over a flat stomach, and shook wavy, blond hair off his forehead. “I’m gonna settle in Defiance.” Suddenly, he leaned forward and pressed a hand down on her desk. “I want it wilder and woolier than it was before. ‘Cause that’s the kind of town that suits me … and he’ll hate it.”

A Mother’s Day #BookGiveaway from Elaine W. Miller #LadiesinDefiance

You are REALLY in for a treat today!

Elaine W. Miller is a popular international author and speaker known for sharing biblical insights with warmth, enthusiasm, and humor.

A Member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, she has brought a splash of serenity to audiences for over 25 years. Elaine is the author of three books, Splashes of Serenity: Bathtime Reflections for Drained Moms, Splashes of Serenity: Bathtime Reflections for Drained Wives, and We All Married Idiots: Three Things You’ll Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can (available in English and Spanish and currently being translated into Russian, and Bosnian). Her work is published in Sanctuary—A Devotional Bible for Women as well as several magazines.

Elaine is passionate about marriages and families. Check out her humor and books below!


Splashes of Serenity: Bathtime Reflections for Drained Moms

Mothering is one of the most joyous and also most tiresome experiences. Every mother on one day or another has sent out those S.O.S. cries, longing for just a few sacred moments to regroup and to be rejuvenated.

Often, the only place in the house where a mom might capture one of these rare moments of quiet reflection is while soaking in a bubble bath, where a day’s challenges can be washed away with a few splashes of serenity. In these 30 five-minute meditations, Miller restores sanity with Scripture and shares poignant, often amusing vignettes to encourage mothers along their journey. Through her words, allow the Lord to “massage our tired toes with His oils of gladness and transform our sluggish steps into a joyful dance.”

Splashes of Serenity: Bathtime Reflections for Drained Wives

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A fairy-tale wedding does not guarantee a happily-ever-after marriage–no matter how charming the prince. Days will come when life and matrimony tap our reserves.

For new brides with high expectations that their marriages will be the one read about in fairy tales…For wives whose marriages are currently experiencing a retreat…For wives who may be drained already…thinking that there is no hope for their marriages….

Splashes of Serenity offers refreshment with 30 five-minute vignettes and S.O.S. prayers encouraging wives to give their husbands and their vows another look when they feel like throwing in the towel.

We All Married Idiots: Three Things You’ll Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can

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I married an idiot–and so did my spouse.

The word, “idiot” is derived from the Greek word meaning “common man.” Aren’t we all common man? In fact, there is only One who was uncommon man–Jesus Christ. Elaine W. Miller encourages couples to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus and run a marriage marathon like an idiot, but not like a fool. An idiot may stumble or fall, but a fool runs the wrong way.

We All Married Idiots teaches husbands and wives to stop concentrating on the three things you will never change in your marriage and begin focusing on the ten things you can. Then, you will esteem your mate as a gift to treasure, not as an idiot to tolerate.

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Elaine, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of one of her books, shown above, to one lucky winner. WINNER’S CHOICE! Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US address. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman Q&A and #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

“Hi! I’m Kathryn Cushman, but my friends call me Katie. I hope you will too. (I’ve reserved “Kathryn” for my Mom when she’s mad… and those pesky telemarketers.)” Join her below and get to know “Katie” a little better.


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

Charlotte Montgomery from Fading Starlight was a woman of defiance. She was shunned from the Hollywood Glamour crowd back in the early 50’s. In spite of the fact that she moved into seclusion and mostly lived the life of a hermit, she continues to live her own “glamour” life, wearing exquisite gowns and jewels that were designed just for her. Sadly, her defiance worked against her healing and moving forward with her life. However she does live her life on her own terms— at least until she realizes that perhaps there is something better.

I see that your novel Chasing Hope touches on “when dreams die.” Do you have an example of maybe where one dream died and another one began?

Chasing Hope is very closely based on my daughter’s struggle with illness and physical pain. While she never dreamed of being an Olympic athlete like my protagonist, her dreams always involved a pain free life. Now, as a young adult, her dream is to help others with their own pain. She is currently in the Philippines doing just that. While I still pray that she will one day be pain free, the struggle has caused her to become the person she is meant to be. I believe many, many people will reap the benefits of the death of that dream.

I see you are a fellow book lover! What are some of the latest books you’ve crushed on?

The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah has been my favorite book so far this year. I also really enjoyed “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom.

A lot of people select “one word” for the upcoming year to reflect upon and live by. Do you have one word that you continually turn to, or a word or phrase that brings you excitement?

The word for me this year is “faith.” I have really struggled in the past few years with feelings of inadequacy. This year I am trying to focus on my belief that God has a purpose for me, and I need to stop worrying so much about outcomes and just keep putting one foot in front of the other in the direction I feel called to go.

Can you give us a sneak peak of what you are working on next? 

I’m in the very early stages of my next book. All I can say at this point is that it involves eating for comfort and social media perceptions. I’ll find out the rest as I write it.

fading starlight by kathryn cushman

A Tale of Unexpected Friendship and Old Hollywood Glamour

Lauren Summers is hiding. Her fashion house internship should have launched her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she finds is unpaid, but comes with free lodging–a run-down cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Unsure of what comes next, she’s surprised to be contacted by a reporter researching a reclusive former Hollywood ingénue who lives in the nearby mansion.

Kendall Joiner wants Lauren’s help uncovering the old woman’s secrets. In return, she’ll prove the red carpet accident was a publicity stunt so Lauren can regain her former job. With all her dreams in front of her, Lauren’s tempted by the offer, but as she and the old woman get to know each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Katie, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of Fading Starlight to one lucky winner. Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US address. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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Lady Undaunted by Tamara Leigh #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance


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An amazing book from an Amazing author! Welcome Tamara Leigh!

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USA Today Bestselling author Tamara Leigh returns with a tale of betrayal, vengeance, and forbidden longing in Lady Undaunted, her latest historical romance set in medieval England.

BETRAYED

Declared illegitimate and denied his inheritance, Sir Liam Fawke has given six years of his life in service to his younger brother for the promise of being named heir to the Barony of Ashlingford. But when he is summoned to his brother’s deathbed, he learns his treacherous kin has secretly wed and fathered a son. Vowing to claim what is rightfully his, Liam contests his nephew’s succession. And not only finds himself at dangerous odds with the boy’s lovely, spirited mother, but attracted to one who is forbidden him—one whose son is the means by which he could twice lose all.

FORBIDDEN

Three years ago, Lady Joslyn struck a desperate bargain to wed a nobleman and provide him with an heir. Now widowed, she must protect her young son from her husband’s vengeful brother who will stop at nothing—including murder—to take what does not belong to him. But when she seeks an audience with the king to secure her son’s inheritance, she discovers Sir Liam may have the stronger claim and that the truth of him could make lies of all she was led to believe. More unsettling, she is drawn to the man beneath the anger who can never forgive her for the part she played in his brother’s deception—nor forget to whom she first belonged.

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Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin Guest Post and BOOK #Giveaway #LadiesInDefiance

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A man with thinning gray hair and a droopy mustache handed Lillian a prescription. “Mr. Dixon’s never had a clerk at the counter before.”

A common misconception, despite her white coat. “I’m actually a pharmacist.”

“But you’re a . . .” His nose wrinkled. “Girl.”

“Yes, and a pharmacist too.” She hefted up her sweetest smile and examined the prescription for digitalis. “Everything looks in order.”

Gray eyebrows drew together. “It’s for my heart. I’d rather have a real pharmacist fill it.”

In my new World War II novel, Anchor in the Storm, Lillian Avery works as a pharmacist in Boston. Her new boss is reluctant to hire a “girl druggist,” but the draft is siphoning off the male pharmacists. He relents, but worries about how his customers will react. With good reason.

When I attended pharmacy school at UC San Francisco, I was fascinated by a photograph on campus showing a class around the turn-of-the-century. There was one woman. I wondered what it would have been like for that woman, what drew her to the profession, and how she was treated.

Naturally, I was drawn to write a novel about a pharmacist in World War II. In my novel On Distant Shores, the hero served as a US Army pharmacist in an evacuation hospital in Italy, but I also wanted to explore the role of women in my profession.

pharmacy pictureIn the 1940 census, there were almost 82,000 pharmacists in the United States, but only 4 percent were women. When the United States entered the war after Pearl Harbor in December 1941, a labor shortage developed as young men enlisted or were drafted. On the West Coast, the internment of Japanese-Americans also hit the profession hard. Since most drugstores were staffed by only one to two druggists, when a man was enlisted the whole store was affected.

To compensate, pharmacy schools shifted the program from the traditional four years (new pharmacists at the time had a bachelor’s degree) to a three-year, year-round program. They began to actively recruit women. Ads of the time promoted a pharmacy education as being of “special value to the homemaker” with its emphasis on safeguarding health.

Although enrollment in pharmacy schools plummeted during World War II, from 8410 in the 1940-41 school year to 3349 in 1944-45, enrollment of women rose from 356 in 1940-41 (4%) to 1599 in 1944-45 (48%).

Although the female pharmacist found more opportunities, she still faced prejudice. Many stores still refused to hire women, even with the severe shortage. Also, some patients were reluctant to trust the new “girl druggists,” although most adapted to seeing a feminine face behind the prescription counter—same as they adapted to Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder.

Through Lillian Avery’s fictional story, I enjoyed showing the special challenges of a woman trying to succeed in a male-dominated profession—and showing her triumphs as well.

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One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance–and Danger

For plucky Lillian Avery, America’s entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’s attentions only annoy–even if he is her brother’s best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves–and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection?

About the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm. Her novel Through Waters Deep was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. http://www.sarahsundin.com.

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Sarah for sharing, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of Anchor in the Storm to one lucky winner. Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US address. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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The giveaway will run through May 17, 2016 and the winner will be announced on May 18.

The Reason by William Sirls TWO BOOK #Giveaway #LadiesInDefiance

Welcome to the Something Special for Mom Giveaway Hop hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro. Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, which is why a group of fabulous bloggers have come together to share gifts and giveaways that are perfect for the special lady in your life – or maybe even yourself! Hop around to all the bloggers participating below and don’t miss the two amazing Grand Prizes from our Host Blogs!


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Right now The Reason is being made into a major motion picture. Read it first! The accomplished cast includes a host of familiar faces such as Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr., Beverly Todd, Tatyana Ali, Burgess Jenkins and Alan Powell while familiarizing audiences with the emerging talents of Sara Antonio, Michael Montgomery, and Kelly Carlson.

the reason by william sirls

WHAT DOES GOD LOOK LIKE?

Welcome to southeast Michigan and the small town of Carlson where faith, hope, and struggle are defined by the different faces of those who live there.

An addict that sits at a bar to forget.

A mother whose five-year-old boy has leukemia.

Two doctors. An atheist haunted by his past and a brilliant young oncologist that places all her hope in the power of modern medicine.

A blind pastor whose son hasn’t spoken a single word in thirty-eight years.

But the minister sees by faith. He knows there are answers and believes that someone who cares is watching… someone with a greater purpose. Yet there is something he doesn’t know… that none of them know.

In the midst of the ordinary and the devastating, there is a reason these lives will be changed forever.

Lightning is about to strike.

The Reason opens with a thunderbolt and never lets up as it introduces us to everyday characters who are wrestling with questions: Where is God when bad things happen? Does God ignore the prayers of the faithful? The answer each character receives will astound readers while offering an unforgettable call to hope, to change, and to believe.

About the Author

Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows–some born of chance, some born of choice. Once a senior vice president at a major investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering, where he learned a great deal more than he ever bargained for. Life lessons involving faith, grace, patience, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. He is the father of two and makes his home in southern California. Visit his site at: www.williamsirls.com.

The Giveaway

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Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar Q&A and #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

Tessa AfsharThank you Tessa for joining us today to learn more about you and your latest book Land of Silence!

  1. Land of Silence is based on the story of the woman with the issue of blood. Did you learn anything as you researched this novel?

 I have always known that there are no throw-away phrases with Jesus. He is very intentional with every word He chooses. Interestingly, the woman with the issue of blood is the only person that Jesus addresses directly as daughter. I was intrigued by this anomaly, and based a large part of the storyline on Jesus’ reason for addressing her in such a tender manner. Ultimately, I think He addresses all His followers in the same way. We too are daughters and sons. And when we grasp the depth of that claim, our internal lives are transformed.

  1. The heroine of the story, Elianna, tells her sister: “One step at a time, we can go forward, and learn to be faithful in suffering.” What did she mean by this?

We all suffer in this world. As hard as we may try to control our circumstances, suffering will find us and make its home with us for a season. It demands a response from us. Will we be angry? Will we despair? Will we reject God? Elianna’s response is to be faithful to God one step at a time. One painful hour at a time to trust Him still and call Him Father. I think that is the most effective response to suffering, and the one Jesus modeled for us.

  1. You write: “Despair is an invitation to prayer. You can either sink or pray when it lodges at your door.” What did you mean by those words?

There are seasons of life when we may land in despair. Even the Apostle Paul admits to experiencing despair when he says: “we were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure so that we despaired, even of life.” In such seasons, we have only two real options. We can either sink under the weight of despair, or pray ourselves out of it. God has the power to destroy hopelessness and its repercussions. In His presence, we enter the power that binds despair.

  1. Speaking of Jesus, one of your characters in Land of Silence says, “Compassion becomes a weapon of warfare in Jesus’s hands. No heartache can stand against it.” Can you expand on that?

In the time of Jesus, most Jews who were expecting the promised Messiah thought that he would come as a warrior king, much like David, and defeat the Roman occupation. Jesus was a warrior king, but He did not use the weapons of human warfare. Instead, He turned to the weapons of righteousness. When He was moved by compassion, darkness could not withstand His power. Sickness and death were defeated.

  1. Why do you write biblical fiction?

The Bible is the greatest book ever written. Something about the stories it contains has managed to grab the human heart for thousands of years. More often than not, God chooses deeply flawed men and women through whom He fulfills His purposes. That’s why so many of us can relate to them! A broken woman who rises above her circumstances to make the right choice, to cling to God, and to ultimately overcome is an inescapably powerful character to read about. I relate to her brokenness and am inspired by her victory.

In my experience, all of us struggle with various kinds of insecurities. We doubt ourselves. We even doubt God. But in God’s hands, these fissures that run through the very fabric of our being can turn into glory, because the light of His countenance can shine through them. This is why I like writing Biblical fiction. That doesn’t mean I have stopped liking Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte or some contemporary YA fiction!

  1. Outside of the Bible, what resources do you use?

Historical and archaeological records, academic books, online sources, museums, photographs of ancient buildings, and even interviews with my Middle Eastern relatives about the weather, topography and geography of a particular area they are personally familiar with.

  1. What is your idea of a favorite vacation?

To have one? If you want me to be more specific, then I would love to visit a sunny island nestled against a deep blue ocean, with nothing to do but eat, read, swim, and walk on the beach with my wonderful husband. On the other hand, I would take a vacation in Italy. Or a tour of the churches mentioned in the book of Acts. Or a few weeks walking about Israel. As you see, I’m not picky.

  1. What would you tell an aspiring writer?

Persevere. Dream big. Hone your craft. Love the characters you choose. Be emotionally honest. Write because you love telling stories, not because you want to be recognized or admired or to make money. For me, writing is not a hobby. It’s not even a job. It is a call. I believe I was created to do this. The Bible says that God created us in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us (Ephesians 2:10). I believe, in my life, part of that work is writing. So what shall I say when things become hard or seem untenable? Shall I walk away from God’s purpose? Shall I ditch my destiny just because it’s hard? If writing is a call in your life, you must persevere.

  1. Why is perseverance so important to you?

Life can be a battlefield. Your job, your relationships, your heart, your destiny—they can all come under assault. Without perseverance, it’s easy to lose hope in the darkest hours. When you feel most overwhelmed, remember that the Lord has not forgotten you. He is on your side. He is for you, even when you feel you are unworthy of His care. Your worth does not depend on what you do or whether you fail. Your worth is in His love. His covenant of peace in Jesus will never be shaken. You are His and He will not give you up.

  1. How did you become a Christian?

Although I have lived in the Christian West my whole adult life, I never heard the gospel until I was in my mid-twenties. During a particularly difficult season in my life, I had a vivid dream. In my dream I was on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. From a distance I saw a man walking toward me and I knew instantly that this was Jesus. As He drew closer, I felt very disappointed. You see, He was not handsome by any stretch of the imagination! The only Jesus I had seen up to this point was portrayed by a couple of very good-looking actors in TV movies. I thought, This is Jesus?

As He approached I realized, Of course this is Jesus, for in His eyes I saw such depth of love and power that I almost fell to my knees. He asked me to follow Him and I did. In the dream not only did I know Him as Jesus, but I also knew beyond the slightest shadow of doubt that He was the Son of God, very God of very God, and unlike anyone else in the whole universe.

Shortly after that dream, friends began to ask me to go to church and Bible study. It was as though God Himself first opened a door in my inmost being and then He arranged for me to find out the facts! I simply fell in love with Jesus. There’s no one like Him.


land of silence by tessa afshar

Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body, heart, and soul?

The Giveaway

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Regina Smeltzer: A Defiant Pooh Scooper!

regina smeltzerAs a teen in 1968, I knew God wanted me to be a missionary. Why wouldn’t He? When I was offered the chance to help at an orphanage in Africa for the summer, I knew this was what God had been preparing me for. After all, I was seventeen, helped in Junior Church, worked in Vacation Bible School, sang in the choir and was a leader in our youth group. I imagined slaying dragons for God, lopping of Goliath-sized heads and laying them at the feet of the Master! Ah, my dreams were big!

Surprisingly, my parents considered saying yes. But our preacher told them Africa was no place for a young woman.

I prayed. Oh, I prayed. Day and night, on my knees, in fervent prayer, asking God that my parents (and our minister who I had thought of as my friend up to this point) would see it my way. God tuned me out and I spent a bitter summer at home wiping drippy noses and doing the motions to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, my heart anything but praiseful.

The years passed and my heart yearned for the slingshot and the sword. Instead I was given a nursing career, a family, and a small town church. I never understood God’s reason for refusing to allow me to go to Africa—until forty years later.

For forty years I imagined I had taken the easy road, while my heart longed to take the high one. I had no role in God’s plan. Then, one Sunday during a chance comment by my minister, God removed the blinders. I was not created to be a dragon-slayer, but a pooh-scooper. Yes, I am a pooh scooper.

Think of Jesus triumphal entry to Jerusalem, riding on a colt. Someone had to prepare that colt and have it waiting. Someone had to keep that colt fed, clean, and ready. Did that person know the role he was about to play in the salvation of the world as he scooped pooh from the colt’s pen? And yet, where would the majesty of the triumphal entry be without the colt, or the answer to prophesy?

I have done many seemingly trivial and meaningless tasks since the summer I did not go to Africa. How many times did I groan over having to teach one more youth lesson? Two of the teens are now in full-time Christian service. What about the nights I spent at church camp calming homesick campers, convincing them to stay one more day? Or the hands of the dying I held as they passed from earth to glory? I fed the friendless, smiled at the grumpy and made phone calls for the desperate. None of these were earth-shaking. None took much more than a shovel and an attitude.

God asked me to put aside my pride, to lay at His feet my vanity, and to accept His humility. This is a hard task for a defiant woman who is planning to save the world. It was the hardest assignments I could be given.

Trust the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. Pick up your cross and follow me. Familiar words, but the challenge can only be met through the strength of our Lord.  Be defiant, my friends. Refuse to allow the world to tell you your worth is only measured in greatness, when true worth is found in obedience to the Savior. That task you are called to do will change lives.

You can find Regina at:
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A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton

Click here to start reading a free sample of A Lady in Defiance right now!

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 and Hearts in Defiance are both available on Kindle Unlimited for FREE. Load up your readers now!!!


The Giveaway

This giveaway features the AUDIBLE version of my book, A Lady in Defiance. (FYI- Book 3 in this series comes out in June 22, 2016!) You are able to listen on your Kindle Fire or with the free Audible app on Apple, Android, and Windows devices to books. There is a sample of the Audible version of A Lady in Defiance that you can listen to here. Just click on the “Audible Sample” button located just under the book cover picture.

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Pre-Order A Promise in Defiance by Heather Blanton and TWO DAY SALE!!!

It sure is purrrrr-ty isn’t it??!?!?

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CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES … EVEN FOR THE REDEEMED.

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, though, he has trouble telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when infamous madame Delilah Goodnight steps off the stage. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

Charles McIntyre has a new wife … and a ten-year-old half-breed son dropped on his doorstep. In a town as mean as Defiance, can he dare to love them both? If he tries, will the price be too high, even for him?

All Hannah wants is to marry the man of her dreams, the father of her child … and continue working as Doc Cook’s nurse. Can she have the best of both worlds, or will she have to choose one … and lose the other?

They can all count on one thing: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap … and the harvest is at hand.

Pre-order on Amazon now! It’s only $2.99 and will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on June 22, 2016.


ALSO. . . .

HUGE, TWO DAY SALE on Hearts in Defiance. Only $.99 right now.

Hearts in Defiance by Heather Blanton

Catch up now with my Romance in the Rockies series. If you’ve read my books, and haven’t already, would you please leave a review for me on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. I sure would appreciate it!


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