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Ask Me To Marry You Book #GIVEAWAY #LadiesinDefiance #WIN

To celebrate books THREE and FOUR in my Brides of Evergreen series, here’s a little giveaway of book number TWO!

What better way to celebrate LOVE then with a MALE mail-order bride, “marriage of convenience” story?!?!?!

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Though she’s loath to admit it, Audra Drysdale needs a man to save her ranch.

Her father has passed away and her hands are abandoning her like rats from a sinking ship. Worse, neighboring cattle baron Jess Fairbanks is making a play for the Diamond D and Audra, whichever he can get his hands on first.

Audra grudgingly accepts that the mere presence of a husband will keep her men working, and Fairbanks under control. It seems a perfectly reasonable idea, then, to ask her uncle, who is the town attorney and a matchmaker of sorts, to find her a groom—a “proxy” who will take her orders and dish them out to the men.

Dillon Pine is in jail for a conspiracy charge, but because of certain mitigating factors he’s deemed a good risk for an unusual form of probation: serving as Audra’s husband. After a year, he can abandon her and she won’t tell. By then, she will have proven to the cowboys she’s a competent rancher, and the cattle man next door will be looking elsewhere for a wife. But when word gets out that Dillon came to Audra via Evergreen’s matchmaker, he’s dubbed a “male order bride.” The resulting jokes at his expense are constant and brutal. Just how much abuse can Dillon’s pride stand?

When Audra discovers her father’s death was no accident, she realizes her new husband is in danger, too. And she cares . . . quite a lot, it turns out.

To save Dillon, she may have to let go of the one thing she’s fought her whole life to keep.

Here’s the series:

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NEW RELEASE: The Cowboy Takes a Bride BOX SET by Susette Williams, Tina Dee, & Heather Blanton #LadiesinDefiance ONLY #99cents

How needs some summer reading?

My much anticipated Brides of Evergreen series continues with Mail Order Deception and A Proposal so Magical. I introduce two new characters and you finally get to see how Dent proposes to Amy. Hurray!

Two of my lovely author friends are including Love’s Gamble, Mail Order Mix-Up, Free to Heal, and Marshall’s Bride into this wonderful collection.

And, did I mention the price?

ONLY $.99 for a limited time! Say what??!?!?

I really hope you enjoy these new releases.

Check out the Evergreen series and thanks for reading!

Love, Lies, & Typewriters #WWII #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

A big thank you to all our veterans out there!

My love goes out to each and every family that has lost a military hero. That is why we celebrate Memorial Day.

 

Click here to start reading a free sample of Love, Lies, & Typewriters right now!

A cowboy with a Purple Heart. A reporter with a broken heart. Which one is her Mr. Right?

When Lucy Daniels is rescued from a stampeding herd of cattle by war hero Dale Sumner, sparks fly and headlines are born. Smelling an opportunity, the local newspaper decides to send the couple on a tour selling war bonds–not to mention, subscriptions. Enamored with her handsome savior, Lucy is happy to play her part … until she realizes she may be falling in love with the wrong man.

Ace reporter and aspiring mystery writer Bryce Richard is tasked with building up Lucy and Dale’s budding affair. He can’t think of anything worse for a journalist than switching from hard news to pounding out romantic drivel. Complicating matters, Bryce wishes Lucy would look to him for her happily-ever-after. Only, that would wreck the whole tour and Bryce’s coveted book deal.

When love and lies collide on the front page, will Lucy and Bryce have a chance to write their own fairy tale ending? Or are they already yesterday’s news?

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Hang Your Heart on Christmas #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance #WIN

Welcome to the What a Man giveaway hop! This event is hosted by Savings in Seconds and runs through June 16, 2017. Take time to visit all of the blogs linked below for lots of chances to win!

Men like to read too, right??!?! Our hero Dent is a real man. A lawman. A hangman to be exact. No pansy men here, folks. Enjoy!

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Eventually, all secrets come to light …

As punishment for a botched arrest, U.S. Marshal “Dent” Hernandez is temporarily remanded to the quiet little town of Evergreen, WY. Not only does his hometown hold some bad memories, but he is champing at the bit to go after vicious killers, not waste his time scolding candy thieves. And he most certainly should not be escorting the very pretty, but jittery, schoolteacher around. What is she so afraid of? Turns out, a lot of folks are keeping secrets in Evergreen.

When the bank is robbed and Dent has to do what he does best, choices will be made, lies will be exposed, and hearts will break. Can Christmas bring love and healing to Evergreen? To Dent?

Though she’s loath to admit it, Audra Drysdale needs a man to save her ranch.

Her father has passed away and her hands are abandoning her like rats from a sinking ship. Worse, neighboring cattle baron Jess Fairbanks is making a play for the Diamond D and Audra, whichever he can get his hands on first.

Audra grudgingly accepts that the mere presence of a husband will keep her men working, and Fairbanks under control. It seems a perfectly reasonable idea, then, to ask her uncle, who is the town attorney and a matchmaker of sorts, to find her a groom—a “proxy” who will take her orders and dish them out to the men.

Dillon Pine is in jail for a conspiracy charge, but because of certain mitigating factors he’s deemed a good risk for an unusual form of probation: serving as Audra’s husband. After a year, he can abandon her and she won’t tell. By then, she will have proven to the cowboys she’s a competent rancher, and the cattle man next door will be looking elsewhere for a wife. But when word gets out that Dillon came to Audra via Evergreen’s matchmaker, he’s dubbed a “male order bride.” The resulting jokes at his expense are constant and brutal. Just how much abuse can Dillon’s pride stand?

When Audra discovers her father’s death was no accident, she realizes her new husband is in danger, too. And she cares . . . quite a lot, it turns out.

To save Dillon, she may have to let go of the one thing she’s fought her whole life to keep.

Click here to start reading a free sample of Ask Me to Marry You right now!

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The #Romance in the Rockies Box Set #GIVEAWAY 30 WINNERS! #LadiesinDefiance

Check this out!

My first time running a giveaway through Amazon. Let’s see what percolates! 30 WINNERS! Click here to enter.

Here’s your chance to get ALL THREE books in the series, INCLUDING a new prequel! This box set also includes dozens of footnotes & commentary by lil’ ole me! Go behind the scenes to learn the inspirations that sparked this best-selling series.

Entry Deadline: May 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Enter here: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/4052bae2eaceb7d3#ts-dei

THE LOST CHAPTERS Release Day! ONLY #99cents NOW. Check out this #Giveaway! #LadiesinDefiance

Time to CELEBRATE!

SO MUCH to be thankful for. I am so blessed by you, my readers, and I hope that you will love this collection as much as I do.

It’s out. Release day for The Lost Chapters is … TODAY!

Oh, and did I mention the price…?

ONLY 99 cents!

There is also a little giveaway I am hosting on Facebook if you’d like to join in. Check out the group Pioneer Hearts here to play along.

BTW- for those of you who DO NOT subscribe to my newsletter, you missed out. Sorry.

B.I.G.

And, I mean a BIG announcement went out in my newsletter today about the Defiance series and readers also got to see and hear me reading a passage from The Lost Chapters plus an EXCLUSIVE giveaway as well. If you haven’t already sign up for my next newsletter here and stay ahead of the curve.

EXCLUSIVE Audio reading going out to my NEWSLETTER subscribers! Have you signed up yet? #LadiesinDefiance

My next newsletter’s coming out on, The Lost Chapters RELEASE DAY, April 18th 2017. I’m including an AUDIO reading, by little ol’ me, of The Lost Chapters! There will also be three winners getting a copy of The Lost Chapters, so sign up to get in on this exclusive giveaway. I love to share extra goodies, behind the scenes info, & giveaways for my faithful subscribers!

Have you signed up yet? http://eepurl.com/crDmv5 (Click here and enter your e-mail to be signed up for my newsletter.)

PLUS … don’t forget to pre-order now, to get in on this FOUR book collection for ONLY 99 cents!

Romance in the Rockies: The Lost Chapters SNEAK PEEK! #LadiesinDefiance

A tease of things to come. The Lost Chapters releases on April 18, 2017, and I can not wait. Many of you have asked for it and here it is…!

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DEFIANCE!

I have put together an incredible box set of All THREE of my Defiance books, plus this never before seen Lost Chapters, PLUS, I’ve added all kinds of footnotes into the stories to give you a behind-the-scenes look into how Defiance and all its cast of characters came to be. I really hope you are going to love it as much as I enjoyed making it.

You can pre-order this now and it will be awaiting you when you wake up on April 18th!

Oh, and did I mention the price…?

ONLY 99 cents!

That’s a deal, to be sure, and it won’t last long!

It’s a great time to jump in for the first time, gift this collection to a friend, or just start from the beginning and re-live every high and low for the town and people of Defiance.

Join me, won’t you????!?!

Romance in the Rockies: The Lost Chapters PRE-ORDER NOW ONLY #99cents #LadiesinDefiance

Pre-order is now available for this special, limited edition of the Romance in the Rockies novels. The collection includes a Prequel Novella set in Cary, NC! There are also NEW footnotes scattered throughout the other three novels–because I love y’all so much. I call this the Director’s Cut! Look at all you get:

A Lady in Defiance

Hearts in Defiance

A Promise in Defiance &

The Lost Chapters

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Dare to Believe the Lost Colony is Found: Eleanor Dare and the Roanoke Lost Colony

One of America’s greatest mysteries is that of The Lost Colony. Most people know the story of how, in 1587, a group of 117 English settlers landed on Roanoke Island … and were never seen again.

I wonder who they were, why they were there, what did they hope to find in America? I am especially fascinated by Eleanor White Dare, Governor John White’s daugther. Why would a young woman leave the comfort and safety of her European home for the wilds of the New World, especially knowing she is pregnant?! More importantly, what happened to her?

If the name Eleanor Dare doesn’t ring a bell, then surely you know her daughter: Virginia Dare—the first English child born in America. We don’t know much about the baby, but tantalizing clues hint at what may have happened to her mother.

First, a few pieces of history regarding the colony that you might not know. For one thing, this group of settlers was supposed to land at Chesapeake Bay. The colonists stopped at Roanoke Island in August of 1587 to check on a group of soldiers who had been left a year earlier. Ominously, only the bleached bones of one soldier, and an overgrown, abandoned fort were all they discovered.

Due to mishaps (or sabotage) on the journey from England to America, the colonists were desperately undersupplied by the time they landed at Roanoke. Perhaps another harbinger of disaster, Colonist George Howe went crabbing and Indians murdered him. Governor White had made the trip to Roanoke a year earlier and knew full well some of the natives were not friendly. He was present in 1586 when English soldiers killed the Secotan chief, thereby seriously damaging relations with the tribe. Howe’s death was testimony to the fact the Secotan had neither forgiven nor forgotten.

But it gets worse. Simon Fernandez, the ship’s pilot, forced the colonists off his ship, and planned to head back to England without them! After frantic talks and persistent begging, he acquiesced and allowed Governor White to return with him. The governor promised to gather supplies and sail back within the year.

In the meantime, the colonists knew they couldn’t stay on the little island. If they were to survive, they absolutely had to get off Roanoke. They were down to practically zero provisions and it was past planting season; not to mention, farming the soil on Roanoke isn’t for amateurs. The colonists told Governor White they were going “to remove 50 miles further up into the main.” They also promised him they would carve the name of their destination on trees or doorposts. If they were in distress, they would carve crosses as well.

Heartsick, John White kissed his daughter and new born granddaughter goodbye, entreated his son-in-law Ananias to take care of them, and sailed for England.

He never saw his family again.

I cannot stop wondering what happened to Eleanor, Virginia, and Ananias. Finally, over 400 years later, there are tantalizing clues coming to light that may solve the mystery! Let’s play detective and fit the pieces together.

Here is what we know: for whatever reasons (ostensibly, the war with Spain), John White did not return to Roanoke for three years. When he finally did make it back, the colonists were gone, their buildings had been removed (not razed), and the word “Croatoan” had been carved into two different locations at the fort, but no crosses were found. The colonists had in their company an Indian named Manteo, of the Croatoan tribe, who had in the past acted as an emissary and translator for the English.

Now, for the clues.

A hapless tourist on vacation in 1937 discovered a stone alongside newly opened Highway 17, just outside Edenton, NC, yards from the Chowan River. Upon this stone was carved the date of Ananias (Eleanor’s husband) and Virginia Dares’ deaths: 1591. On the back, addressed to “Father,” the stone is covered with the sorrowful tale of how the English settlers endured two years of war, followed by two years of sickness, only to be nearly annihilated in a savage Indian attack. Only seven of the colonists survived. This rock is signed with the initials “EWD.” Eleanor White Dare. Ananias Dare was a stone carver. It would not be unusual for a wife to pick up some of the husband’s skills in a family-owned business.

Suddenly, though, a slew of carved stones was found in a trail from North Carolina to Georgia. Each rock gave further fascinating details on the fate of Eleanor and her Lost Colony. While the drama surrounding the find is a fascinating tale in and of itself, due to various issues, the stones were eventually condemned as fakes.

Methinks that was a rush to judgment.

Fast forward to 2012. Intriguing information is discovered on a map drawn by John White in 1585. On this map, a patch hides a drawing of a fort on a piece of land where the Chowan and Roanoke Rivers meet. The drawing though, done in a type of invisible ink, seems to show something larger and more significant than a fort. Perhaps a settlement?

The site (hidden by the patch) is approximately 50 miles west of Roanoke Island.

The stone discovered in 1937 was found across the river from the location hidden by this patch.

The First Colony Foundation began excavations in this area a few years ago and has recovered items consistent with what the Lost Colonists would have had on hand. This dig, referred to as Site X, is near the site of a small Native American village.

Let’s postulate a theory. White’s patch may have hidden the location of where Sir Walter Raleigh wanted to found the settlement of Raleigh. The patch was perhaps a ruse to hide such details if the map was captured by the Spanish. When the colonists discovered that their pilot would not take them on to Chesapeake Bay, the secret location was a likely and logical Plan B.

The Chowan River Stone discovered in 1937 was carved by Eleanor. I can see a grieving wife and mother, who had hung on through unimaginable degradations and hardships, sitting down, gritting her teeth against her hopelessness, and carving. Carving a grave stone for her husband and daughter, and some final words for her father.

According to Eleanor’s note, the group had established a settlement, but they were beset by war for two years. Over half the group died, and then sickness struck. The party reduced to twenty-four souls. Her note seems to imply that for a brief time, they were left unmolested, but then suddenly Indians attacked again, killing all but seven.

William Stratchey, the first secretary of the Jamestown colony, curious about the Lost Colony, asked the natives for details. He recounts in his book History of Travaile into Virginia Britania, (1612) that Chief Powhatan had attacked the English and their allies the Chesepian … According the tale, Seven English settlers survived the savage assault.

The number can’t be a coincidence. The date of the attack differs in Stratchey’s account from the date on the Chowan River Stone, occurring years later. I think, however, it is a safe bet he’s wrong on that. Stratchey collected his information secondhand, from various Native Americans of differing tribes, working through the translations of their stories. Certainly tiny details could have become indistinct, such as exactly what year a particular attack happened.

What became of these last survivors (four men, two boys, and one young maid)? Were they taken captive? Was that why Eleanor carved this rock when she did? Four years after landing in the New World. Was it her last chance to leave a message for her father? Especially if she knew she would be leaving the area? I think so.

Stratchey recorded that the seven English were saved by Chief Eyanoco and moved to villages near present day Clarksville, VA, specifically to work copper for him. That is where, I believe, Eleanor’s story ends, though legends abound. She married a chief. Was merely a slave. Had other children. Was seen in the mountains of North Carolina. However she spent her final days, I’m at least satisfied to know she survived Roanoke Island and wound up in Virginia. With a certain degree of confidence, I can say Eleanor is not lost anymore. Though, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I guess she never really was.

If you’d like to do your own investigation, check out these remarkable books: The Lost Rocks by David La Vere and Roanoke by Lee Miller.

If you’d like to see Eleanor’s stone for yourself, visit the page at Brenau University: https://www.brenau.edu/darestones/


Sources:

http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/908/entry

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2521140/Is-THIS-lost-Roanoke-Colony-New-radar-imagery-finds-evidence-buildings-near-island-North-Carolina-120-British-settlers-disappeared.html

http://ncpedia.org/dare-stones

http://window.brenau.edu/articles/dare-stones/

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/1836

https://www.mitchellspublications.com/articles/hhm/0018/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_White_(colonist_and_artist)

http://www.history.com/news/archaeologists-find-new-clues-to-lost-colony-

Photo courtesy of https://www.pinterest.com/pin/509821620288040512/

Heather Blanton’s original article was published in Book Fun Magazine April 2016.


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