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Monday, June 15, 2020

Amanda Cabot and Free Books!

With her home destroyed and a killer after her, a young woman flees to the Texas Hill Country with an orphaned girl, never dreaming that a handsome horse rancher will hold the key to her past and her future.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Cathy Richmond's historical inspirational romance, Off the Ground, is:


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And now let's chat again with novelist Amanda Cabot, author of the historical romance, Out of the Embers (Revell, March 2020).

Amanda Cabot’s dream of selling a book before her thirtieth birthday came true, and she’s now the author of more than thirty-five novels as well as eight novellas, four non-fiction books, and what she describes as enough technical articles to cure insomnia in a medium-sized city.

Her inspirational romances have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists, have garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and have been nominated for the ACFW Carol, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers Best awards.

A popular workshop presenter, Amanda takes pleasure in helping other writers achieve their dreams of publication.

Impressive resume, Amanda! Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I love to sew, make all of my own clothes, and dress dolls as Christmas gifts for the local women’s shelter.

My goodness. I'm surprised you also have time for writing. That's not an easy hobby. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Out of the Embers.

When the orphanage where she’s been living ever since her parents’ murders is deliberately burned, Evelyn Radcliffe knows she was the intended victim. Fleeing to the Texas Hill Country with the only other survivor, six-year-old Polly, she changes her name, pretends Polly is her sister, and opens a restaurant.

But danger lurks, even in seemingly peaceful Mesquite Springs, and she fears that not even the love of Wyatt Clark, the handsome horse rancher whose reluctant bid for mayor reignites old hostilities, can keep her and Polly safe.

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

Though she’s endured almost unbearable heartbreak, Evelyn hasn’t been broken. While she continues to live in fear of the man who killed her parents and who’s been watching her ever since, she’s braver than she admits to herself, devoted to the orphan she loves like a daughter, and determined to make her own way in the world.

Humble, brave, and noble. I love that.

If your publisher asked you to write a novel incorporating the coronavirus in some respect, what might you write about?

Since I write books set in the nineteenth century when coronavirus was unknown, it’s unlikely my publisher would ask me to do that, but if they did, I’d write about the typhoid epidemics that swept through the country, emphasizing the ways communities banded together to help each other survive.

I do think many people have become more interested in historic epidemics as a result of the current challenge. 

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

I thoroughly enjoyed Regina Scott’s A Distance Too Grand. Flawless research on early explorations of the Grand Canyon and nineteenth century photography combined with a memorable love story made this an historical romance that lingers in my memory.

I can see it's been very well reviewed.

What are you working on now?

I just finished the first round of my publisher’s edits on Dreams Rekindled, the second Mesquite Springs book, and am currently writing the third in the series.

Where else can readers find you online?

Here are my links:


The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Readers, if you would like to read a sample from the book, you'll find it HERE.

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

What is the most difficult situation you’ve ever faced? How did you deal with it? What lessons did you learn as you surmounted the difficulty?

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MJSH said...

I think the most difficult situation was when I decided to leave my full-time work position. I was reminded that I need to be still and listen to His voice...a lesson I’m continually learning.

And I just became a subscriber!

MJSH said...

Forgot my email address. Sorry about that.
mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

Melanie Backus said...

The most difficult situation I have ever faced was coming to terms with the fact that my mother had dementia. I learned to frequently talk with health care workers and doctors and I took the attitude that Mama was showing us how... how to face uncertainties without fear or doubt. We lost her three months ago today but we were blessed to have every day that we had with her.
mauback55 at gmail dot com

Gail H. said...

I’ve actually had two and am dealing with the second one right now. In 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m still going for yearly checkups at the cancer center. Lots of prayer, two surgeries and radiation got me through.
In Feb this year I had an auto accident that wasn’t my fault. I have several plates and screws in my left arm, long steel rod and screws in my right leg and a long screw in my pelvis that kept me immobilized for 12 weeks. I had no choice but to work through it and am still going to therapy and am using a walker. Praying soon to be able to use a cane instead of a walker. Still experience pain from time to time. The other driver got out of his truck, walking around!

Pam K. said...

The most difficult situation I've gone through is an unwanted divorce, made harder because it was so difficult for my kids. My son was 10 and my daughter 16. We had just moved to a new community where we had family, but still there was a lot of new to get used to. I learned to rely even more on God and trust Him for His help.



The most difficult situation I've gone through was when my husband passed away from a massive heart attack in our vegetable garden it was him and I and I was so frightened But I put my faith in the Lord and he brought me through the hard times! Thank you for such an amazing giveaway SARAHTAYLOR601973(at)YAHOO(dot)COM

Amanda Cabot said...

My heart ached as I read about your difficult situations, but I was encouraged by the way prayer helped you through them. How do people cope without faith?

My most difficult situation was similar to yours, Melanie, namely dealing with my mother's Alzheimer's. It wasn't easy, and yet I know it made me a stronger person. And two years later, I was able to help a colleague who was struggling to make similar decisions about her own mother because of what I'd been through. That was a genuine Romans 8:28 moment.

Trixi said...

The most difficult situation I've been through was years ago when my husband lost his good paying job & soon after we had to file bankruptcy. He was also the breadwinner of the family and I was a stay-at-home mom, so losing his job was devastating.
God did see us through and worked in many ways in the midst of this storm. My husband ended up getting a better job and because of the bankruptcy, we had no debt. Good things came from it. I learned to lean even more on the Lord in all times, especially bad ones!

I have read a couple of your books Amanda and enjoyed them! I know I would love to read "Out of the Embers". I also learned that God brings beauty from the ashes of our lives :-)

Thank you for the author chat and giveaway chance, Trish! I'm also a newsletter subscriber.

teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

Esther said...

CUrrently still dealing with a Medicare fiasco after being terminated from disability by SSA for "making too much". God had provided a really good paying job in which I didn't work more than 20 hours/week. Its' been two years of constantly in touch trying to find out why I supposedly owe back premiums when I was with a govt company who was to be paying them. Long story short its under audit and hopefully will owe very little. Appreciate prayers for soon settling so I can use my Medicare card and not be turned down. Also for settling a car accident paperwork from 2 plus years ago. Thank you.

Trish Perry said...

Wow, Amanda, you did ask a rough question, didn't you? So many heartbreaks and challenges. Novels have nothing on real life.

The situations you all described made me think of many of my own: divorce (and a heartbroken son), accidents (again, my son--his broken neck last year). But I suppose I'd say having to decide whether to fight for my dad's life or to let him go, through renal failure, was the absolute worst. I knew he wanted to go--my mom had died the prior month from sepsis. Still, I had to ask my siblings for their input. I simply couldn't take sole responsibility for that decision. I picture Dad with Mom now, both free of pain, and I feel God led me to the right decision.

I'll pray for those of you still in the midst of your situations. Life is hard, but God is in control.

Vivian Furbay said...

Sure would like to read this one. After escaping one terrible tragedy and finding it may have followed her is terrible. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

Caryl Kane said...

Living with my Mom since 2007. I take it day by day.


I'm a subscriber.

Paula Shreckhise said...

Among the difficult things I’ve had to deal with was a manager job at a fast food restaurant, which almost gave me a nervous breakdown. I was robbed three times there. I used my vacation time to find another job. I was homeschooling two kids at the time and working evenings so hubby could get two theology degrees. He worked at the same time. We prayed a lot and relied on God to provide and protect our family.



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