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Tammy Barley ~ HOPE'S PROMISE - Giveaway

Help me welcome Tammy Barley author, editor, mother, and horse hugger. What led you to the career choice of becoming a writer?
I’ve always loved to write. I was the kid in school who “got” Shakespeare and who grabbed the edge of my seat when the teacher announced a new, extensive writing assignment (while everyone else groaned and prayed for a cataclysmic disaster). Yet I was surrounded by a family who had “real” jobs, and writing fiction didn’t seem awful enough to qualify. Then one night I was sitting by myself, staring up at the stars and the satellites gliding by, and I asked God, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” I heard his voice beside me—“You’re supposed to be a writer.”

What is the hardest part after the book is published?

Right now I work fulltime as a professional manuscript editor and ghostwriter to fund my fiction-writing obsession. Once my first novel published, then I also had to promote, and I had to write the next novel, and promote it, and write the next novel, and promote it, all the while editing and ghostwriting fulltime (and I’m also a single mom of three teens whom I homeschool). The hardest part is keeping all the plates spinning. Thank God for a sense of humor!

How are your inspirational Historical Romances different from other titles out there?

Readers have exclaimed over my unique writing style, and I love that. My novels will carry you back in time to the far reaches of the American West, place you into the saddle of a running horse, and slip you into the cool water of a purling river on a sweltering summer night. I write that you may experience it all firsthand as if you are there, the stories unfolding around you, woven throughout with bold, unforgettable characters and plenty of romance. I write that readers may live the adventure—and I throw in a lot of conflict and action. On my bookmarks for The Sierra Chronicles trilogy, I sum up the three books this way: “An impossible love. An impossible dream. Against impossible odds. But with God, all things are possible….” My novels are vivid, alive, passionate, daring, and adventurous.

What are you working on right now?

I’m getting ready to write the first book in my second trilogy, which takes place in the Wind River Mountains, in Wyoming. Lots of anticipation here, waiting to see it come to life. =)
Hopes Promise (Sierra Chronicles V2)

What other books of yours are coming out soon?

The Sierra Chronicles book two, Hope’s Promise, just released, and book three, Faith’s Reward, hits the shelves in January 2011. You should see the cover—it is SO gorgeous! If you have a sec, visit http://www.tammybarley.com/Bookshelf.html and have a gander. (You can also view the book trailers for The Sierra Chronicles book one, Love’s Rescue, and book two, Hope’s Promise.)

What movie most impacted you as a kid? Why?

Rocky. I love stories of characters believing in themselves, and believing in the gifts God gave them, and doing the impossible.


Tell us about your story. Give us, first, the best thirty-word description, then the longer paragraph version.


The Sierra Chronicles book two, Hope’s Promise

Mini-blurb: While trying to prove their unconditional love for each other, the Bennetts must defend against attacks, overwhelming doubts, and an unknown force that threatens to destroy all they hold dear.

Jake Bennett is finally wed to the love of his life, Jessica Hale—but he isn’t convinced she won’t leave him. Life is a constant struggle for the Bennetts as they battle drought and live in fear of raids on Southerners, and he is not sure that Jess knew what she was getting herself into when she married him.

Jess, however, despairs for another reason—she is unable to conceive a child.

While trying to prove their unconditional love for each other, the Bennetts must defend against attacks on the Paiutes, the doubts that haunt them both, and an unknown force that threatens to destroy all they hold dear. Together, they must stand in faith through betrayal, barrenness, and a very real threat, trusting that God will reward their hopes for a better future.

Introduce your story with the first page of HOPE'S PROMISE.

Chapter One
Western Nevada Territory
May 1864

“Would you care to rest awhile, Jess?”

Withholding a smile, Jess leaned forward in the saddle as her horse clamored beside Jake’s to the top of the rocky bank. When the ground leveled out, she glanced at the progress of the small herd of Thoroughbred stallions close behind, then tossed a lightly accusing gaze to her husband.

“Rest awhile? Are you coddling me, Bennett?”

In the shadow of his hat brim, Jake’s whisky-brown eyes sparkled at her as he grinned the crooked grin she loved. “No, ma’am, I wouldn’t dare.” He nodded sagely to Taggart and Diaz, the hired men with bandanas pulled up against the rising dust, who wrangled on the opposite side of the herd. “But the boys haven’t stood on their own feet twice since sunup, and they’re looking peaked.”

“Peaked?” Jess looked to the burly, orange-haired Irishman and the sinewy, born-in-the-saddle Spaniard and burst out laughing. “Those two wouldn’t walk to their dinner plates if they could ride!”

The sleek, long-limbed Thoroughbreds continued, heads bobbing, toward the mountains, whistled on by the two cattlemen. From her position riding flank, Jess took in the beauty of white nose blazes and white socks flashing amid the bays, chestnuts, and blacks, framed by the red earth and green pines of the Sierra Nevadas.

They were going home.

Where can we find you on the web?

I’m at http://www.tammybarley.com/index.html (Scroll down--I also maintain a list of most CBA Western and Prairie Romance authors and their new and upcoming releases, and link to their Web sites.)

Thank you so much, AJ!
THE SIERRA CHRONICLES TRILOGY
A Dividing Conflict

In 1863, the War Between the States is dividing more than a nation. To escape the conflict, Jessica Hale and her family flee their Kentucky home and head for Nevada Territory. Her brother, Ambrose, committed to the Confederates, rejoins his Kentucky militia and is disowned by his father. But the worst is yet to come.

A Heroic Kidnapper
Then Unionists presume the family to be Confederate sympathizers, they set a devastating fire to their home. All alone and then “kidnapped” by cattleman Jake Bennett, Jessica is taken to a ranch deep in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. Can she overcome her resentment toward Jake for failing to save her family?

The Depths of Love
When Jake launches a plan to help Jessica’s brother escape from prison camp, she sees him for the honest, good-hearted Christian man that he is and now knows the depth of his love for her. Through the lingering smoke and smoldering ashes from her ruined home and murdered family, will Jessica see a future with Jake?

Coming in 2011 is the third entry in The Sierra Chronicles from Whitaker House.

FAITH'S REWARD
The year 1865 starts out as a nightmare come true for Jessica Bennett. The cattle she and her husband, Jake, fought to save from drought the summer before now face the threat of freezing to death. Her fears worsen when Jake contracts pneumonia.

Springtime brings trials of a different kind—the snowmelt causes the ranch to thrive so much that Jake must sell off the last of their cattle to make room for their horses and the young foals to be born. In the meantime, Jess endeavors to recover her rightful inheritance, which mysteriously disappeared from the bank. When she discovers a link between the banker and a group of murderous Unionists, who continue to target Southerners even though the war is over, Jake launches an undercover investigation.

The conspiracy runs deeper and wider than either of them could have imagined. Jess must put her life—and the life of her unborn child—at risk to stop the ringleader and save the lives of many others. Yet, Jess refuses to give up hope in the God she serves—a God of love who often provides above and beyond our greatest dreams. Coming January 2011!

Tammy, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us. To have the possibility to receive a copy of HOPE'S PROMISE:

  • Leave a comment with your email (name at domain name dot com). 
  • Giveaway closes Sunday, August 15, 2010 at midnight (CST). 
  • Only US postal codes.
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24 comments:

misskallie2000 said...

I love these books already. Thanks for writing great Christian fiction for those of us who have fallen in love with Christian books.

Pls add my name to the giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Tammy Barley said...

Hi, Miss Kallie!

Thank you for the very kind comment. You just made my whole day. =)

It's very much my pleasure. A historical romance author once helped me through tough times by providing an entertaining and unforgettable escape. She inspired me to do the same, to the best of my ability.

Hugs & blessings!

Tammy

Tammy Barley said...

Also--I'm sponsoring "Hope's Promise Vacation-for-a-Day Contest." Read Hope’s Promise for a chance to win
a horseback riding adventure for your whole family! For details and to enter, visit http://www.tammybarley.com/Bookshelf.html.

If you enjoy book videos, the trailer for Hope's Promise on the same Web page, and it turned out gorgeous.

=)

Julia M. Reffner said...

I haven't read Tammy Barley, but I enjoyed the interview. Count me in for the giveaway.

julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

Julia M. Reffner said...

I haven't read Tammy Barley, but I enjoyed the interview. Count me in for the giveaway.

julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

Tammy Barley said...

Hi, Julia! Thank you so much for stopping by on this beautiful Friday. You are counted in for the giveaway!

Hugs & blessings,

Tammy

Cindy W. said...

I enjoyed the interview and the first chapter of Hope's Promise has he hooked. I love a good Christian Romantic Historical especially during the 1860's. Please include me in your giveaway and thank you very much for the chance.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

Tina Dee Books said...

Another great interview, AJ!

Tammy, you are a busy woman! I love that you're a fellow horse-hugger.

Can't wait to read your books. Lord bless your writing! Come on Bustles And Spurs, we'd love to have you.

And AJ, we've got a spot for you when you're ready with your first release!

Hugs to you both!

Tammy Barley said...

Hi, Cindy! It's wonderful to meet a fellow 1860s fan! An amazing period in history AND romance, no? =)

It's great to see you here, Tina Dee! I didn't know you were a horse-hugger too! You must know what it is to find that one special horse that seems to be your counterpart--that horse that loves being with you as much as you love being with it. What a blessing that is.

Hugs & smiles right back!

Tammy

Carole said...

I love good historical fiction and Tammy's series sounds wonderful. I just got my copy of Love's Rescue last week and look forward to reading the whole series.

Thank you for the chance to get to know Tammy and more about her books. I'd love to win a copy of Hope's Promise.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Tammy Barley said...

Greetings, Carole! I'm so delighted you stopped by. =)

Gals, if you'd like a free Sierra Chronicles trilogy bookmark, I've just added that option to my Web site (http://www.tammybarley.com/index.html). I'd love to mail you one!

Hugs! Hugs! Hugs!

Tammy

karenk said...

an excellent posting...would love to read this fabulous novel...thanks for the chance :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Tammy Barley said...

Hi, Karen! It's wonderful to see you here! You, m'dear, are entered into the drawing! =)

Tammy

Wendy said...

Good review. I look forward to reading these.
wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

Digging for Pearls said...

I hadn't heard of these before but they sound like a good read.

Blessings,
Jodie Wolfe
digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

Connie Sue said...

I am excited to hear about a writer I have not had the pleasure to read yet. I am looking forward to getting to know Jessica and Jake. SOunds like their lives will not be dull! I lvoed the interview and feel I have a little peek into this fabulous story. THanks for helping me get excited about another Christian Author....we are so blessed to have those who will give us the opportunity to read about the lives of others (real or imaginary...even though the characters do become real) with God as a big part of their lives. Blessings, Connie Sue

Tammy Barley said...

Greetings, Wendy, Jodie and Connie Sue! Thank you so much for your kind comments!

Everyone--I'm sponsoring "Hope's Promise Vacation-for-a-Day Contest." Read Hope’s Promise for a chance to win
a horseback riding adventure for your whole family! For details and to enter, visit http://www.tammybarley.com/Bookshelf.html.

If you enjoy book videos, the trailer for Hope's Promise on the same Web page, and it turned out gorgeous.

ALSO, Gals, if you'd like a free Sierra Chronicles trilogy bookmark, I've just added that option to my Web site (http://www.tammybarley.com/index.html). I'd love to mail you one!

It's fun to give away goodies! =)

Tammy

Lisa Lickel said...

Tammy, I'm excited for the next book in your series and delighted to hear you're on to a new one already. God bless your efforts! I enjoyed the story of Jess and Jake in your first book and look forward to readng this one.

Lisalickel-at-gmail-dot-com

Tammy Barley said...

Hi, Lisa! I am still thanking God for you, girlfriend, and always will. Anyone who doesn't know Lisa yet--she is a phenomenal author and a walking inspiration. Read her works and follow her blogs--you'll be blessed that you did.

=)

Tammy

Ann Lee Miller said...

I'd love to win!
Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

Tammy Barley said...

Happy Thursday, Ann Lee! You are entered! =)

Everyone, remember--I'm sponsoring "Hope's Promise Vacation-for-a-Day Contest." Read Hope’s Promise for a chance to win
a horseback riding adventure for your whole family! For details and to enter, visit http://www.tammybarley.com/Bookshelf.html. (You'll also be able to see the book trailer videos for Love's Rescue and Hope's Promise!)

Hugs!

Tammy

Linda said...

I, too, have not read anything by Tammy, but the interview makes the book come alive. Love the time era also. Please enter me. Thanks.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

barbjan10 said...

This little lady doesn't look big enough to handle a wild stallion, but I bet she could charm him with her words. This trilogy must be a thrill to read and there's a lot of history to learn along the way it seems. I'd like a chance to be entertained by Tammy's writings. Please add me to the giveaway and thank you very much.

Grace & Joy in Christ,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Tammy Barley said...

Hi, Linda! Thank you for your kind comments! Yep, AJ does great interviews--very enjoyable!

Barb, LOL! Who ever said a little charm doesn't get a gal anywhere? =) I very much appreciate your gracious comments. You ladies are such a blessing to chat with.

God's great blessings for a beautiful weekend!

Tammy

 

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I love the wind in my face, the open sky before me, the romance and flavor of the West, but, most of all, our loving and living God, who created it all. I love how He works out His plans in the realm of human events, which is His Story. I have been blessed with a gift: a compulsion to write Historical and present-day novels set in the American West that demonstrate His power to transform ordinary people into true heroes and heroines. I am just a scribe really. I find the joy of participating in the creation of inspirational fiction indescribable. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the credit and be glorified.

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