I am priviledged to announce that my very first blog buddy, Christi Corbett, has published her debut novel, Along The Way Home through Astraea Press and today is the launch of that book.
First, I’d like to give a big thank you to Florence for allowing me to host her blog. I truly appreciate her sharing her readers with me as I celebrate the release of my debut novel, Along the Way Home, a Sweet Historical Romance set on the 1843 Oregon Trail.
It released in ebook format, today, June 11, 2013 and will be available in print July of 2013. It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Astraea Press (my publisher) and several other retailers.
I’m giving away an Oregon Trail themed prize package to one lucky commenter, so be sure to answer the question at the end of the post.
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I sat for a long time trying to figure out how to begin this post. Made several trips across the page, then hit delete and gobbled it all up again.
Because sometimes there just aren’t words. Yes, I’m a writer and I should be able to capture a feeling with literary beauty, but for this I can’t.
It’s impossible to describe how much Florence has meant to me during my journey to publication. We’ve shared phone calls, talking about everything imaginable. She’s been there for nearly every blog post I’ve ever made and left a comment on almost every post. (To be honest, there were a good many posts where she was my only visitor)
I’m a huge fan of quotes, so much so that I feature one every Friday on my blog. I’d like to share one with you now…
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. (Tim Cahill)
It took me thirteen years to drag my debut novel over the publication finish line. There were times where I honestly didn’t think I’d make it, but what kept me going were the writing friendships I’d developed. Most of all, a woman I’m proud to call my friend, Florence Fois.
They lost everything but their dreams on the Oregon Trail…
Kate Davis is intrigued when her father reveals his dream of starting a horse ranch in OregonTerritory. Settlers out west value a strong woman, and though she manages the financials of her father’s mercantile her competence earns her ridicule, not respect, from Virginia’s elite society.
Jake Fitzpatrick, an experienced trail guide, wants land out west to raise cattle and crops. But dreams require money and he’s eating dandelion greens for dinner. So when a wealthy businessman offers double wages to guide his family across the Oregon Trail, Jake accepts with one stipulation—he is in complete control.
Departure day finds Kate clinging to her possessions as Jake demands she abandon all he deems frivolous, including her deceased mother’s heirlooms. Jake stands firm, refusing to let the whims of a headstrong woman jeopardize the wages he so desperately needs—even a beautiful one with fiery green eyes and a temper to match.
Trail life is a battle of wills between them until tragedy strikes, leaving Jake with an honor-bound promise to protect her from harm and Kate with a monumental choice—go back to everything she’s ever known or toward everything she’s ever wanted?
Advance Praise for Along the Way Home
…author Christi Corbett unfurls an unforgettable epic romance inside of an epic Western adventure. Beautifully crafted, this debut novel is a tender journey of the heart as well as a treacherous journey of many miles. Eve Paludan, author of Taking Back Tara (Ranch Lovers Romance series)
A breathtaking account of courage and adventure along the Oregon Trail. Jillian Kent, author of The Ravensmoore Chronicles.
A dash of action! A touch of intrigue! Loads of sweet, clean romantic promise … Reid Lance Rosenthal, Winner of 15 National Awards, #1 Best Selling Author of the Threads West, An American Saga series.
About Christi …
I’m addicted to coffee, sticky notes, and the Oxford Comma. I live in a small town in Oregon with my husband and our twins. Our home’s location is especially inspiring because the view from the back door is a hill travelers looked upon years ago as they explored the OregonTerritory and beyond.
When I’m not writing I love chatting with readers and writers alike. You can find me in one of the following locations:
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I alluded to a bit of good news in one of my comments last week. Christi picked up on it and was delighted. Oooo … do I have news about “that” which all of us dream? Ah …have I finally been recognized as the novel-genius I am?
Maybe. Maybe not. However, I toyed for months with the idea of creating blog subscriptions. Wrote to my entire mailing list for persmission and feedback. In the end, I’ve decided I like my blog the way it is. Like it so much I might have some very important news in the next few weeks.
BUT … you will have to wait for the next edition of Ramblings sometime in July. Can anyone guess what mischief I might be up to this time?