Wednesday, June 1, 2016

No Other Will Do ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Blog Tour*, Author Interview, & Giveaway!

Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Historical Western Romance / Inspirational
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Date of Publication: June 7, 2016
Number of Pages: 368
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Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harper's Station, a women's colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one man she trusts enough to ask.

Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he's always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's telegram arrives, he rushes back to Texas to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve.

As the danger intensifies, Emma, Mal, and the ladies of Harper's Station must choose between safety or risking everything to fight for their future.


"Witemeyer's latest is an entertaining read with plenty of drama and action, a smidgen of suspense and two main characters with perfect chemistry . . . And of course, the romance is tender and sigh-worthy—a key reason why her readers keep coming back for more."  
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How has being a Texan influenced your writing?
I'm afraid I'm not a native Texan. I was born and raised in California, but in 1989 I came to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University. I met my husband, married, and by the time graduation came around, I was so enamored with Texas, I didn't want to leave. So we stayed and are now raising 3 native Texans.

You might be able to pick up on my love for this land that has been home to me for the past 17 years when you read my books because they are all set in the Lone Star State. The Texas mystique is the perfect backdrop for western romance, and since the state is so large and varied, I have my choice of settings from desert, to forest, to gulf coast, to prairie. And I've used them all.

Why did you choose to write in your particular genre?
Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved to read. And the stories that most captivated me were those set in the past. Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables to name a few. As I grew older, I fell in love with historical romance. There is just something about a historical story that enhances the fairy tale element for me. Maybe it's the big dresses, or the strong, rugged heroes, or the escape into a time period not my own. By the time I was a young adult, I read historical fiction to the exclusion of all other genres. So when I decided to try my hand at writing, there was no debate over what genre to write. My path was clear. Write what you love. And what I love is historical romance.

How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?
I write historical romance for the Christian market, so my faith greatly impacts my writing. My stories center around mature Christian characters who struggle with the same issues we face today. Trusting God when trouble comes. Surrendering control. Forgiving those who have wronged us or who fail to live up to our expectations. Developing faith that is not just for outward appearance, but that penetrates the heart. Waiting on God's timing instead of our own.

In order to make my characters real, I give them issues that I, myself, struggle with. Yet these issues are not front and center in the story. They are woven into the fiber of the players, so that as they deal with villains, natural disasters, mysteries, and – oh, yes – falling in love, they develop spiritually just as we all do as we go through the adventures of our own lives.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
Being a romantic sap with a love of all thing fairy tale, I would love to visit the castes of Bavarian Germany, especially Neuschwanstein Castle. Set high in the mountains, with towering spires overlooking forests, what could be more perfect for a romance writer?

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children.

  June 1 - June 10, 2016
Congratulations to winners: Jenna M., William G., Melissa M., Kathy M., Kirsten R.

6/1       Missus Gonzo               -- Excerpt #1
6/2       My Book Fix Blog          -- Review
6/3       Hall Ways Blog  -- Author Interview #1
6/4       StoreyBook Reviews     -- Guest Post
6/5       Margie's Must Reads    -- Review
6/6       A Novel Reality -- Promo
6/7       The Page Unbound       -- Excerpt #2
6/8       Byers Editing Reviews & Blog     -- Review
6/9       Country Girl Bookaholic -- Author Interview #2
6/10     The Librarian Talks        -- Review


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