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Monday, April 22, 2019

Janet Chester Bly and Free Books!

Three generations of women travel separate journeys of the heart.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Carolina Grace, by Regina Rudd Merrick, is:


Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Janet Chester Bly, author of the contemporary western romance (with a touch of mystery), Beneath a Camperdown Elm, Book 3, Trails of Reba Cahill Series (KDP, May 2019).

Janet Chester Bly is the widow of award-winning western author Stephen Bly. Together they published over 120 books, fiction and nonfiction for adults and kids (9-14 yrs)—his, hers, and theirs.

She lives on top of a mountain (4,200 ft. elev.) on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation where she serves her small local church as Music Director.

She and her three married sons completed Stephen’s last novel for him, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, which was a Selah Award Finalist. Check out the BlyBooks.com website blog for stories about this adventure.

The Trails of Reba Cahill Series novels comprise Janet’s first solo adult fiction. For more information and to retrieve sample chapters of Books 1 & 2, Wind in the Wires and Down Squash Blossom Road, go to the Bly Books site (see link below).

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

My yard includes a full-sized, false-front town called Broken Arrow Crossing that my late husband built.

It sounds as if there's an entire story behind that, Janet!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Beneath a Camperdown Elm.

Reba Mae Cahill’s stalker is in jail. She finds a rancher fianc√©. And her runaway mother returns home. She has everything she thought she wanted. But is she about to lose it all?

Reba is training Jace McKane to become her rancher husband. And Jace promises to help fight the lawsuit that threatens the family ranch. But two major complications intervene: his unscrupulous father and the actions of her grandmother.

When Jace returns to California to bail out his father’s finances, Reba discovers her stalker escaped from prison. Then her mother learns her son and ex-husband sank in an Alaskan sea. Can Reba keep her from flipping out for good?

Meanwhile, Scottish twins, Archie and Wynda MacKenzie, mesmerize the town with their trick biking skills and charming accents. However, Reba’s not sure they’re what they claim to be.

And what mystery lurks beneath the Camperdown Elm?

What is it about Reba Mae that will make your readers care about her?

Feisty, redhead cowgirl Reba Mae Cahill fights to overcome circumstances beyond her control: skeletons in the family closet; a fear to ever have children of her own; a stalker intent on violence; a neighboring rancher with vengeance on his mind; and what she perceives as her grandmother’s betrayal. She’s also finally found what she believes is legitimate love after looking in all the wrong places.

Please share with us a quote about writing that you find inspiring.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ― Louis L'Amour

Excellent quote. Sometimes we have to simply let weak writing start us off so we can get the good stuff to warm up.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I’ve enjoyed reading again the O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson, beginning with the prequel, Danger in the Shadows. I love the concept of orphans who grew up together in an orphanage and adopted each other later as siblings to form their own family. Each of the mystery stories centers on one of them and their chosen profession—bodyguard, doctor, search and rescue, marshal, etc. One of the most creative romance scenes I’ve ever read happens when a crisis-hostage negotiator and FBI special agent meet in the middle of a tense, potential shootout in Book 1, The Negotiator. The dialogue is priceless.

What are you working on now?

Hard at work trying to re-release some of Stephen’s out-of-print books, one by one.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook Author Page
Google Plus

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What’s the most effective means for you, to risk reading a book written by an author you didn’t know before?

Thank you, Janet, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Janet has offered to give away a free copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Janet's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Jan H said...

Of I know it is a Christian book. Free helps.fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

Gail H. said...

If the short description piques my interest I’ll give it a try.

Alicia Haney said...

I look at the cover and then I read the excerpts, that's what usually gets me to read a book if i like what I read and see, it doesn't matter if it is from a new author or not. Your books sound very intriguing and very interesting. Thank you for sharing. How very nice and what a big honor for your late husband that you and your 3 married sons finished his last book, I thought that was so touching.! God Bless you and your family. Sincerely, Alicia Haney aliciabhaney@sbcglobal.net

Paula Shreckhise said...

If a book is by an author I don’t recognize, then if it is endorsed by an author I have read and respect, I will try it.
Thanks for a very interesting review and interview. paulamarys49@gmail.com

Janet Chester Bly said...

Thanks so much for all the comments so far ... enjoyed reading them all. Alicia Haney, appreciate your kind words about the novel I and my 3 sons completed for my husband, Stephen Bly. Grace & Peace, Janet Chester Bly

csthankful said...

I love this interview you did of Janet, Trish. As far as what compels me to try new authors I had not read before, I often will go with the recommendation from a friend. My friends know what I like and don't like and so far they haven't let me down. I love hearing what others are reading. If a book captures my attention in the first paragraph, I am sold until the last word. Blessings, Connie Sue csthankful(at)midrivers(dot)com

imabrassy1 said...

Christian book is always preferable. A back blurb that is interesting. If it doesn't sound interesting I give it a pass. It has to sell the story. I also have preferences like western, mystery,or adventure.

Janet Chester Bly said...

Just to let you know ... Beneath a Camperdown Elm is a contemporary western romance with a zing of mystery. Blessings, Janet

Trish Perry said...

Like many of you above, I find myself drawn to a new author if the book cover blurb intrigues me. Of course, there have been times I've realized, about a third of the way through a book, that I'm still not connecting with it the way I thought I would. In the past I would soldier on, but now I usually select a different book. It's not easy writing those book cover blurbs, and I know sometimes the blurb doesn't quite fit the content. But usually, the blurb and the book both fit the bill!

Vivian Furbay said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Vivian Furbay jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

Vivian Furbay said...

The last book that i read that I would recommend is Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig. This was an action packed book all the way through with situations leaving you guessing what would happen next and how it would end.
Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

Connie Porter Saunders said...

The blurb on the back cover and the cover often entice me. Recommendations from friends and other readers, along with blog posts, also get my attention. Thanks for this chance!

Janet Chester Bly said...

Vivian: Thanks for recommending Ronie Kendig's book. Haven't read it yet. Sounds good. Thanks to all of you for your comments! Blessings, Janet

Janet Chester Bly said...

Trish: Thank you so much for hosting me this week! Greatly appreciated! And congrats to book winner, Alicia Haney! Grace & Peace, Janet



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