28 March 2010

Guest Author: Deborah Schneider

This week on Unusual Historicals we're welcoming Deborah Schneider as she celebrates the release of PROMISE ME, a new western. Published by The Wild Rose Press, it's now available in paperback. Here's the blurb:

After spending years in an arranged marriage as the repressed wife of an older man, Amanda Wainwright has learned the hard way that money can’t buy happiness. She arrives in Willow Creek determined to keep a deathbed promise to her husband and do something to help other people. When Amanda meets a handsome, mysterious stranger who tempts her with sweet promises and long nights of passion, she discovers a fiery, passionate nature that could lead her to disaster.

For Samuel Calhoun, falling in love wouldn't just be foolish, it could be deadly. He's in Willow Creek, Montana as an undercover agent for the Secret Service. In order to maintain his secret identity, he accepts an offer from a consortium of mine owners to seduce, humiliate, and ruin the Widow Wainwright. Before long, Sam knows he’s met the woman who can banish the aching emptiness in his soul, and he's willing to risk everything--even his life--to be with her.

A love for American History drew Deborah to the field of education and teaching American History right after college. She resides in a small town near the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest, where she fulfills her dream of waking up every day to look at a mountain. She's the winner of the Molly Award for Most Unsinkable Heroine for her book, Beneath A Silver Moon. She loves writing about strong, smart women who aren't afraid to challenge the men they love. She's employed by one of the busiest library systems in the US, is the 2009 Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year, and believes in the power of books to change lives.

You can see the book trailer for PROMISE ME here on YouTube.


Do you have questions for Deborah? Perhaps about the transition from notable and award-winning librarian to romance author? Or maybe about hardscrabble Old West mining towns as a setting for romance? Please leave a question for Deborah to answer throughout the week. I'll draw one name at random next Sunday, and that person will receive a signed copy of PROMISE ME. Void where prohibited. Best of luck!


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, ladies. (Stupid TBR mountains...)

I'm bored and the Win a Book inbox is empty, so I'm posting stuff and giving you guys lots of attention. 'Cause I like to.

Rock on, Carrie! And hi, Deborah! If we can do anything to help get your name out, let us know.

Alison said...

I love the idea of 'Most Unsinkable Heroine'! - tell me more.

Deborah Schneider said...

Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Alison, the "Unsinkable Heroine" contest is part of the Molly contest sponsored by the Heart of Denver RWA. You enter your heroine in this, and they choose the finalists. I always thought one outstanding characteristic in my heroine, "Sinclair Readford" was her tenacity. She just never gave up, even when circumstances would have forced many of us to throw in the towel. Apparently, that became obvious to the readers of the contest, and she was named the "Unsinkable Heroine". Of course, the reference is to Molly Brown, who refused to give up when the Titanic sank.

The prize for this contest was a lovely handcrafted cameo, and I look at it every day. It inspires me to keep writing.

And I think the heroine of my new book, "Promise Me" still has that same "never give in, never give up" attitude. Apparently it's something that keeps cropping up in my writing.

Thanks for stopping by!

Judy Wiebe said...

Hi Deb,

What made you choose Montana as a setting? Your story sounds fascinating.

Judy W

Chelsea B. said...

This book does sound unusual, but in the best way possible :-) I'm looling forward to reading it!

Barbara E. said...

I love Westerns, and it's good to see some still being written among all of the paranormal and regency books out there. I am curious to know why you chose a mining town in the Old West as a setting for your story. It sounds like a great read and I'm looking forward to picking it up. I'll be looking for future books as well.

Deborah Schneider said...

Hello Judy, Chelsea and Barbara!

I chose Montana as the setting for both my books because I've traveled there several times, and I find the mountains, wide open skies and stories about the pioneers who settled there inspiring.

I've visited several mining towns, and this story developed from a visit to Garnet, where I got the idea for "Beneath a Silver Moon". The idea that a woman could attempt to influence change in a wide open, no holds barred town was interesting. I wrote this book 4 years before "Deadwood" came on HBO. I actually felt like they'd stolen some of my ideas, but of course, it was a common story for a Widow to be left with property and wealth in the west. But my heroine, Amanda, wanted to do something with her life.

Many of the mines played out and the towns were abandoned, (like Bannack in my book video).

Sam is pure, lovely imagination. But Montana was settled after the Civil War by many veterans, from both sides. Research gave me plenty of ideas for the setting.

I wrote a short story about Harriet and Robert, secondary characters in "Promise Me", and it's in the First Night anthology, free on my website.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting.

Virginia said...

I am big into westerns right now! Your book sounds fabulous and I would love to read it! Do you enjoy the research part of writing!


Anonymous said...

This book sounds really good and I have added it to my TBR list. I am always looking for new authors to read.

Eva S said...

This book sounds interesting and the cover is so beautiful! Have you planned more books from Willow Creek?