Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Five Secrets From Amanda Cabot

Welcome back Amanda Cabot with a brand new novel A Tender Hope and more secrets to share. Take it away, Amanda.

From the time I was seven, I dreamt of being a writer.  You know how dreams are – not all of them come true, but that one did.  At current count I have more than thirty-five novels, eight novellas, four technical books, and dozens of technical articles that I describe as cures for insomnia to my credit. 

For more years than I’m going to admit I was a director of Information Technology for a major multinational corporation, a job that included collecting a gazillion – well, maybe a few less than that – frequent flyer miles, spending countless nights in hotels, and eating so many restaurant meals that fine dining quickly lost its appeal.  Now I’m a fulltime writer of Christian romances, living happily ever after with my husband in Wyoming. 

Amanda, please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about A Tender Hope or you, but will after today!

1)  My first published book, a short contemporary romance for the secular market was set in the Loire region of France.  My first historical, also for the secular market, was a medieval set in France.  My first book for the CBA market (the one that introduced readers to Thea, who’s the heroine of A Tender Hope) featured characters who’d emigrated from the Alsace region of France, and A Tender Hope itself has a major character who’s spent most of her life in France.  Does anyone see a pattern here?

2)  Having read #1, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that I majored in French and was fortunate enough to have studied in France.

3)  I also had the opportunity to live in Germany and was in Berlin one weekend when shots were fired over the Wall, but that’s another story.

4)  Now, let’s talk about the book.  The original title was Shrouded Hopes. As had happened with all the titles in this series, the titling committee chose more upbeat titles than my original ones, which is why it’s now called A Tender Hope.

5)   When I first envisioned this book, the hero was going to be Warner, the apothecary.  But since apothecaries are difficult to market as heroes, the editorial committee suggested I find another hero.  Enter Texas Ranger Jackson Guthrie.
A Tender Hope Cover, Book by Amanda Cabot
Blurb :
As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it’s time for a change. With her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek’s midwife, she has no intention of remarrying. So when a handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep with an abandoned baby, Thea isn’t sure her heart can take it.

Ranger Jackson Guthrie isn’t concerned only with the baby’s welfare. He’s been looking for Thea, convinced that her late husband was part of the gang that killed his brother. But it soon becomes clear that the situation is far more complicated than he anticipated—and he’ll need Thea’s help if he’s ever to find the justice he seeks.
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  1. Happy Release Day, Amanda. I'm so happy to have you here on such a special day. Remind us how many novels? 35+? Congrats and here's to many more.
    Hugs, ~L.A.

    1. Leslie -- It's always fun being on your blog. As for the number of books, this is novel #36, and I have three more under contract.

  2. It was interesting to learn that Amanda changed her original intent in who would be the hero. Jackson, the Texas Ranger was the perfect man for Thea to fall in love with. Great book!

    1. I agree that Jackson wound up being the perfect match for Thea. It was also a lot of fun to research Rangers in that era. (I'm blogging about that on Petticoats & Pistols later this month.)

  3. Bonjour, mon ami. I'm not sure the spelling is correct, but I love your secret about the early stories set in France. How exciting that you got to study there. I bet you could write a book about that, too. Cheers

    1. There's more than one story to be told about that time. In fact, my "book of the heart," which I've never actually written but have dreamt about for decades, is based on my experiences in France.

  4. Amanda, I'm so looking forward to meeting Thea, since I didn't read your first book set in France. I have a feeling I'm going to be reading your first series as well. Many good wishes for a successful journey with this new book! Donna