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Heather Day Gilbert: Writing What She Wants to Read #LadiesInDefiance

Writing What I Want to Read—Strong Women

by Heather Day Gilbert

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m not likely to relate to demure wallflower characters in books. Nope. Give me a woman who knows how to wield a weapon or who has her snark cranked up to whiplash level and you’ve hooked me.

See, I grew up surrounded by strong women. My Grandma Wilcox knew how to garden, can, and clean, how to raise her children right, and how to get through to a wayward teen granddaughter who thought she knew it all. She did it the mountain way—she told me stories. Real-life stories about people and family in West Virginia where I grew up. Stories of love and loss and times when women had to take stands for what was right. She always told me to “keep your chin up and your head held high because you’re just as good as anyone else.”

god's daughterMy mom and my great-aunt Jenny Lee are also strong women, setting an example of what it means to delve into the Bible and rely on God for each decision you make. I can never thank these women enough for the example they’ve set for me, and I can only pray I learn to live up to it for my kids.

So I’m drawn to strong women in books, and that’s also what I write. Case in point: my Viking historical, God’s Daughter, tells the story of a real Christian Viking woman who sailed all the way to North America with her husband. My second, Forest Child, will tell the story of Eirik the Red’s daughter, a wild warrior woman named Freydis.

My A Murder in the Mountains mystery series also features strong women—young and old. My main character, everyday housewife Tess Spencer, tries to be armed and prepared for danger at all times, and she’s no shrinking violet. Her best friend is a handicapped elderly woman who is very formidable. And her mother-in-law has a heart of gold and she loves on Tess like nobody’s business.

But we know there are different types of strength—it’s not always in-your-face. In my latest release, a romantic suspense novella titled Out of Circulation, I introduce librarian Katie McClure, who feels trapped in her small West Virginia town. She had big plans to go into the FBI like her dad, but a volleyball injury gave her a permanent limp, so she’s stuck shelving books and doing story times with kids. Although she’s Southern-polite and genteel on the outside, inside she’s struggling to understand why God seemed to thwart her dreams at every step.

Enter a mysterious bodyguard who’s visiting from Manhattan (the illustrious Ace Calhoun) and some Russian mobsters hunting for an old bank stash, and you’ve got a recipe for more excitement than Katie ever thought she’d see.

What I loved about Katie is that although she’s not glitzy and quick to speak like her sister Molly (who’s the main character in Undercut, book 2 in the Hemlock Creek Suspense series), she has deep loyalty to her family that drives her to protect them. Ace sees Katie’s strengths, not her perceived weaknesses, so she becomes bolder in the skin she’s in.

There are so many ways women can show strength, I couldn’t begin to name them all. But I hope my novels portray believable women who, although they have vastly differing personalities, discover how to become truly strong in ways that count for eternity.

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If you’re interested in Katie’s story in Out of Circulation, you can find it here in the 8-novella romantic suspense set, Smoke and Mirrors. This set is 99c for a limited time.

And if you’re interested in my Viking or my mystery series, you can find more info on those here. God’s Daughter, my Viking historical, is also available on audiobook, as is Miranda Warning, book 1 in my Appalachian mystery series. Miranda Warning is currently free for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks.

Thanks so much for letting me visit today, Heather!


Heather Day GilbertHEATHER DAY GILBERT writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up. Heather is represented by Rebeca Seitz and Jonathan Clements of SON Studios in FL.

Heather’s Viking historical novel, God’s Daughter, is an Amazon Norse bestseller. She is also the author of Miranda Warning and Trial by Twelve, Books One and Two in the bestselling A Murder in the Mountains mystery series. She has also written the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.

You can find Heather online here:

Website: http://heatherdaygilbert.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/heatherdaygilbert

Twitter: @heatherdgilbert

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/heatherdgilbert/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7232683.Heather_Day_Gilbert

E-Mail: heatherdaygilbert@gmail.com

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance


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Do you like Medieval books? Young Adult? Fairy Tales? Know someone that does? Then, do I have a book giveaway for you!

the beautiful pretender by melanie dickerson

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences.

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Amelia Earhart: The Successful Failure, Guest Post by Jo Huddleston & Promise Me #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance


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jo huddlestonWe usually think of pioneer women as those who struggled and survived the arduous journey into the unclaimed American West in covered wagons. But by definition, a pioneer is a person who begins or helps develop something new and prepares the way for others to follow. Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, was such a pioneer.

I’ve always been fascinated by flight—birds, airplanes, space ships. When I graduated from high school, my only chance to participate in flight was joining the Air Force. I had not turned eighteen and permission from my parents was required. They refused. By the time I was eighteen, I had finished a quarter of college and stayed there.

Amelia Earhart was not the first to pilot an airplane, nor the first female to do so. Her accomplishments in the field of aviation, however, are noteworthy and motivational. As have many women, Amelia Earhart faced the naysayers to success.

When I face rejections and delays in my writing career, I’m encouraged by her mindset never to quit before attempting the tasks before her.

Piloting her plane, Ms. Earhart set many records. She set a final challenge for herself: to be the first woman to fly around the world. “I have a feeling that there is just about one more good flight left in my system, and I hope this trip is it,” she said. Although she gave a 110 percent effort, she failed her final challenge.

I admire Amelia Earhart’s courage, vision, and groundbreaking achievements in pursuit of her dreams. On days when my energy level is low and motivation is weak, I’m tempted to stop writing. However, what writing ability I have comes from God and I must be the best steward of that gift that I can be.

promise me by jo huddleston

When war calls…faith is tested.

In 1960, civil discord in Vietnam fills the news. After his college graduation, Patrick Fitzgerald plans to join his daddy’s South Carolina accounting firm. But Uncle Sam may have another position in mind for Patrick—in the U.S. Army. His family’s affluence would be no match for the persuasion of the military draft.

Adriana Montagna’s papá ekes out a living as a coal miner in the mountains of West Virginia. Can a lasting relationship form with Patrick, or will his wealth become a barrier between them?

Meanwhile, the fiber of America’s unity stands on the precipice, while its youth fight a no-win battle on foreign soil. What good can a young couple hope for at such a time as this?

The Giveaway

Jo has also offered a book giveaway to celebrate the release of her latest book, Promise Me. The giveaway is open internationally to anyone that can receive an e-format of the book. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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The giveaway will run until June 9, 2016 and the winner will be announced on June 10.

About 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).

Links to Jo Huddleston online:

Website and blog (Read novel first chapters here): http://www.johuddleston.com

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Facebook author page: http://on.fb.me/1pvJQiQ

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Hearts in Defiance AUDIBLE Book #Giveaway #LadiesinDefiance

Welcome to the Dads, Grads, & Everyone in Between Giveaway Hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro!

It’s the beginning of Summer and a time when we’re celebrating Dads and Grads, but in this Hop we’re not leaving anyone out! Hop around to all the bloggers participating in the linky at the bottom of this post to enter awesome giveaways worth at least $20 and don’t miss the amazing Grand Prize worth over $475!


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There is a sample of the Audible version of Hearts in Defiance that you can listen to here. Just click on the “Audible Narration” button located just under the book cover picture.

Well, what do you think??!! Pretty awesome, huh!

Hearts in Defiance by Heather Blanton

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MEN MAKE MISTAKES. GOD WILL FORGIVE THEM. WILL THEIR WOMEN?

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!


Book 3, in the Romance in the Rockies series, comes out June 22, 2016. You can pre-order A Promise in Defiance now for ONLY $4.99!


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A Hearts in Defiance TOTE BAG #Giveaway #LadiesinDefiance


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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.

Hearts in Defiance by Heather Blanton

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MEN MAKE MISTAKES. GOD WILL FORGIVE THEM. WILL THEIR WOMEN?

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!

a promise in defiance by heather blanton

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, he has trouble, though, telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when infamous madam 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.

When Charles McIntyre founded Defiance, he was more than happy to rule in hell rather than serve in heaven. But things have changed. Now, he has faith, a new wife…and a ten-year-old half-breed son. Given her chance, Delilah will take it all away. How can he protect his kingdom and his loved ones from her schemes without falling back on his past?

Tillane and McIntyre have found redemption. God’s grace has washed away their sins. But the consequences remain. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap…and the harvest is finally at hand in Defiance.

A Promise in Defiance releases June 22, 2016! Pre-order now!

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A Promise in Defiance Facebook Book Launch Party #LadiesinDefiance

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… and you’re invited!

The best part is you can pop in and out all day long! Please join me on June 22, 2016 from 10 AM – 8 PM (EST)

I’m launching A Promise in Defiance (Book 3) in my Romance in the Rockies Series. We’ll have great conversation, give-aways, special guests, and fellowship. Don’t get any better than that!

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Grace be a Lady AUDIBLE BOOK #Giveaway #LadiesinDefiance

Welcome to the Inspirational Giveaway! Each participating blogger created a post around their inspiration, so be sure to hop around and read all the creative stories. This event is hosted by Savings in Seconds, where you can find the grand prize — a Yonanas Classic!


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Act like a man … Think like a lady. (A Historical Western Romance with a Big Twist.)

Banished to the dusty cow town of Misery, WY for an alleged affair, Grace Hendrick wants nothing more than to get her son away from the clutches of his abusive father Bull. But if she dares return home to Chicago, Bull has promised to whisk their son out of the country and away from her for good. Furious, desperate, Grace decides to beat Bull at his own game, which means all bets are off … even her wedding vows?

Thad, the middle son of the oldest, most successful cattle baron in Wyoming, is busy building a ranch and his faith in God. One chance meeting with Grace, though, batters his focus–and his morals–like a hail storm in July. When Grace’s brother Greg is hired by a local widow, Thad figures the kid is the straightest path to Grace’s heart. What is he thinking, though, playing with fire … ? Isn’t he a better man that?

As friendship and love blossom, Grace and Thad will also discover truths that threaten the foundations of everything they believe. But the truth will set them free … won’t it?

 


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Book Fun Magazine May 2016

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What Makes a Strong Woman?

Some would argue God’s pre-determined wiring – she’s made that way – and others, that the testing fire builds character.

I would argue that a truly strong woman is one who . . .

You’ll have to read the rest in my article of the May 2016 issue of Book Fun Magazine! Join me on page 184 and see what all of the other wonderful authors have contributed for this month’s bursting-with-goodness issue!

The Wedding Secret by Jennifer Shirk #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance


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Ahh, summer. . . . the time for weddings. . . and love. . . .

And secrets! Uh oh.

the wedding secret by jennifer shirk

Ten years after a high school pregnancy left her abandoned by her family, single mother Brenna March is finally getting her life under control. In possession of her dream job as a florist at the Rose Chalet, one of the premier wedding spots in San Francisco, she’s about to prove her worth and take on her first wedding as head florist. Unfortunately, the best man is none other than Senator Ashton Mirenda—her old high school sweetheart and the father of the daughter he knows nothing about.

Ashton doesn’t have time for marriage or a family. He has other aspirations and the first is winning the next senate seat election. Or so he believes until he meets a woman from his past. Seeing Brenna again stirs something inside him he’d thought long dead, and he knows that he wants her beside him all the way to the White House.

But Brenna is holding a ten year old secret, one which could not only hurt his chance for re-election but also their chance to rekindle the love they once shared.

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About the Author

Jennifer Shirk is the award-winning author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC’s Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest for her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance. She resides in a beach resort in NJ, so when she’s not writing or working on her tan, she’s taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, guinea pig (Rocco), puppy (Sox) and four hermit crabs.

Check out her website for News and Links: http://www.jennifershirk.com

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Bear into Redemption by Alisa Hope Wagner Q&A and #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance

Welcome to the “May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor” Giveaway Hop!

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alisa hope wagnerThank you for joining us today Alisa! All of Alisa’s books can be found on her Amazon Writer’s Page. Check out her Anoma Series below:

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

Eve Pallue, the heroine of my fiction trilogy, The Anoma Series, defies the dystopian society in which she lives and the temporal purposes that they have established for her. She nearly dies in an “Awakening” and quickly realizes that the accolades, riches and fame she has accumulated over the years mean nothing. The existence she has carved out may seem profound on earth, but compared to eternity it means very little. Eve forgoes everything—an entire life of achievement—in order to grasp the possibility of a life and purpose that are truly meaningful.

In today’s busy, crazy life, where things never seem to go as planned, how do you keep your JOY amidst all of the chaos? What is true joy for you?

Keeping joy in the craziness of life is truly a discipline that has to be exercised. Just like the chaotic streets of a busy city, it is easy for us to get swept up in the hectic traffic, so thrown off by the construction, honking horns, crazy drivers and constant detours that we forget to pay attention to the still soft voice of the Lord. Only He can offer us peace in the midst of crazy city traffic. Only He can guide us through the many turn-offs and lane changes to get us to our destiny in His timing. Only God can be our GPS, guiding us through the frenzy with calm assurance that we are indeed going the right way. But we have to trust Him and daily keep our signal open to His voice. Only then can we find true and lasting joy even when the circumstances around us are deadlocked and confusing.

What do you want your readers to find in your books?

I definitely want my readers to not only be entertained, but also enchanted with the emotions of the characters. If my readers cannot identify with the weaknesses, strengths, struggles and triumphs of my characters both mentally and emotionally, I haven’t written them “real” enough. Most of all, however, I want all my books—fiction and nonfiction—to be a wellspring of the Holy Spirit. If I haven’t poured eternity into my stories, I have failed to write a story that is eternally bound.

eve of awakening by alisa wagner

Eve Pallue’s façade of purpose falters when a near death experience exposes the frailty of her existence, and she must come to grips with a reality that death ultimately wins. A hidden memory of a forgotten mother surfaces, and Eve’s bodyguard, Randall, takes advantage of her weakened state, trying to capture her devotion and lace her into his ambitious agenda. A dying therapist and her unlikely caretaker lead Eve on a journey of Truth; and a catastrophic fire catapults Eve into a life she has always feared, destroying the only one she has ever known. Eve awakens to severe burns and a pair of doting, elderly sisters who nurture Eve’s newfound faith and guide her on the path to eternal purpose.

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About the Book

Ruth struggles to survive the rustic Colonies, and she must adjust to living with family she barely knows. However, her mother’s sickness and her brother’s protectiveness cannot deter the feelings she is forming for a retired fighter with a Caddo Indian heritage and an abusive past. As Ruth begins to expose the World Government’s control tactics to divide the world into two factions, she finds her place as a simple seamstress with little understanding of rural life. As Ruth overcomes loss and learns to love, God begins to unite a dynamic group of Efficientists and Colonials, setting the stage for a sweeping resistance that no one can comprehend.

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Alisa, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of Eve of Awakening AND Bear into Redemption to one lucky winner. Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US or Canadian address. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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