Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Christmas Mail-Order Angels Feature: THE EVERGREEN WREATH by Tanya Stowe

Continuing our fun week of Christmas novella giveaways (Keep checking back and entering, y'all!), we have Tanya Stowe here today answering a 2-Question interview to satisfy our reader-curiosity! 

Twenty-year-old Levi Harper needs help. Life is difficult after his father and brother die in a mine cave-in but when pneumonia takes his mother, Levi can't manage the mine and his four younger siblings alone. He signs up for a mail-order-bride. Virginia Pepper is determined to escape her fathers unrelenting anger and all-too-ready fists. Shell do anything to get on that traineven agree to marry a stranger. But she has no intention of trading one abusive man for another. Paper marriage or not, shell be on her way first chance she gets, no matter how sweet and kind Levi seems. 

As Christmas approaches, Levi counts down the days with a waiting, hopeful spirit. Can the Christmas season create a path for Levi into Virginias heart?

Question #1:

Hi, Tanya! What sparked the idea for your particular story in the series?

Darlene Franklin put out a call for authors to participate in a mail order anthology with a different twist. I love writing westerns so I jumped at the chance to research the period and also, to meet some new authors. I’ve always been fascinated by mail order brides. I wondered what terrible circumstances would force a woman to leave everything and go into the unknown, placing her fate in the hands of the stranger. Also, what circumstances would force a man to offer marriage to a woman sight unseen? My imagination went to work and Virginia and Levi were born. Both are in dire circumstances and both are looking for a way out.

Question #2:
What personal experiences did you draw from to write the story?

Advent wreaths have been a part of my family’s Christmas tradition ever since my children were little. Lighting a candle and saying a prayer about the hope the birth of Christ brought to world has always been a special joy. I wanted to write about hope, especially for characters in a desperate situation. Researching the meaning behind the leaves and colors of the Advent wreath has added depth to this rich tradition. Our Christmas wreath will be even more special this year.

Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusualgifts of the spirit and miracles, mysteries and exotic travel, even an angel or two. No matter where Tanya takes youon a journey to the Old West or to contemporary adventures in foreign landsbe prepared for the extraordinary.

Tanya is generously giving away a copy of her E-book The Evergreen Wreath.

To enter, leave a comment telling us you'd like to enter. Remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win! To protect yourself from spam, you can use the following format: emailATserverDOTcom.

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Christmas Mail Order Angels:
A dying town populated by miners eager to settle down. . .but not a single marriageable woman lives in Angel Vale, Wyoming. The women of Merville, Maine, have lost too many men to the Civil War and to the sea. When the Ladies Aid Society receives the request for mail order brides, eleven matches are made. Enjoy the first six novellas in the collection by Darlene Franklin, Susan Page Davis, Cynthia Hickey, Brandi Boddie, Jennifer AlLee, and Teresa Ives Lilly

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  1. Thank you for the chance to win such a great collection of stories. I enjoyed the interview. Blessings

  2. I liked the blurb.. I would like to read this one too :)
    dkstevensne AToutlook)dot)com

  3. I want to win! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. Love the the book! :)

  5. Tanya Stowe-
    Thank you for jumping in on this with Darlene Franklin, I appreciate it. You sound like me as wondering about the whole mail order or even a planned marriage, and how does someone fall in love like that. I am looking forward to winning this series so I can get some idea.


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