us once again. And talk about a picture that FITS her style of writing! It's just perfect.
Come on by and spend a few moments with Miralee with me.
Miralee and her husband Allen have been married 39 yrs.
They live on 11 acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge
in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. Miralee also
rides her horse on the wooded trails near their home with
her grown daughter who lives nearby. She’s an avid reader
and has a large collection of first edition Zane Grey books,
which inspired her desire to write fiction set in the Old West.
Miralee serves as president of the Portland, Oregon,
chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers and belongs to a number of writer’s groups.
She also speaks at women’s groups, libraries, and churches about her writing journey.
When she started writing fiction Miralee believed that she’d always stay with women’s contemporary, but has since branched out to historical romance.
Her fourth historical romance with Summerside Press in their Love Finds You series, set in Sundance, Wyoming just released. Miralee’s first three are set in 1877, Love Finds You in Last Chance, CA, 1902, Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon, and 1881, Love Finds You inTombstone, AZ. The first two have a suspense thread as well as romance and the last two have a higher degree of action.
Shirley: Welcome to the blog, Merilee. I LOVE the picture you decided to let us share! Let's start out with hearing about this new book of yours. In fact, this visit, we mostly just want to hear about you and your new book. So you're on.
Miralee: (Good to be here again, Shirley.) The book is called: Love Finds You in Sundance, WY.
Hiring a woman doesn’t sit well with Travis Morgan, and the dark-haired beauty is causing a ruckus among his cowboys. Just as Angel decides she’ll never be able to please her boss, an unexpected surprise arrives from across the ocean and makes trouble on the ranch. Will Angel leave with the person who’s come so far to claim her?
SKC: Sounds intriguing already. Will you share an excerpt with us?
Miralee: Here is a short excerpt:
Texas Panhandle, 1887
SKC: You have my interest. That's the truth. How did this book come to life?
Miralee: I'd had the idea for this book but only knew there would be a young woman raised in an outlaw band. I had no concept what she looked like or what her name might be. While drifting off to sleep one night, I saw a distinct picture of a black-haired woman in her early twenties with small bones, fine features, and wide, dark eyes. She proceeded to say, “My name is Angel. Angel Ramirez.” So, there you have it. I didn’t name Angel; she introduced herself to me.
SKC: I love it. No one can say there's nothing in a dream. So, has this new book released yet?
Miralee: It officially released August 1. I love opening my books when they first come and reveling over the feel of something in my hands that I created. I LOVE writing Westerns.
SKC: It's only in the last couple of years, I've come to find out how much I enjoy reading them. As Christians, most of us are blessed by various scriptures we read. Do you have a special verse or Scripture passage, special to you, that you would be willing to share with us?
Miralee: I LOVE Jeremiah 29: 11-13….Verse 11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I cling to that verse many times when my life hits stormy waters, knowing that God has GOOD plans for me and that my hope is in Him, not in the world or what it can offer. That’s so comforting
SKC: Great verses, I agree. Tell us where our readers can find you.
SKC: I know there are a lot of readers who love what you write, myself included. Since you've generously offered to share your newest book with us this week, what question would you like to ask them?
Miralee: Do you think Western romances (historical) are making a comeback? What do you like about historical set in the Old West & would you like to see more of them in the future?
SKC: Great question. What's your answer folks? Drop us your comments, and we'll put you in our possibility for a giveaway basket.
AND WHILE WE WAIT WE WILL ALL THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE WITH US, MIRALEE!
Congratulations to Courtney Melone of Moxee, Washington! You've just won Miralee's new book. Be watching for it soon! And thank you so much for following A Pen for Your Thoughts.
My copy of your book just came today. It went to the top of my to-be-read file, right after a manuscript I'm reading for an endorsement.ReplyDelete
You're cute in the picture. I'll bet your husband really liked it.
I'm always game for more Westerns. I like the romances and I read as many new authors as I can find. I think I prefer Westerns to Prairie romances.ReplyDelete
I have always been fascinated by the old west and novels written from the late 1800's/early 1900's. Yes, westerns do seem to be coming back quite a bit more.ReplyDelete
I think westerns will be around, along with other historical novels because people look back to a simpler time, not so wired as ours is, especially as our world has grown more complicated and at times threatening with unknown changes.ReplyDelete
I have always loved westerns and the cowboy/cowgirl era has a special appeal to me. They were so rough and ready back then. And the girls were so special. And I think there are about the same amount of westerns. Not sure if there are more or not.ReplyDelete
Would love to win a copy of your book!
I personally never thought I'd enjoy reading western novels. I mis-judged them though and once a friend begged me to read a favorite western of hers, I've found that I LOVE westerns now! I would love to win a copy of this book! ThanksReplyDelete
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Oh, I hope they are and yes, there can't be too many. What I like most is reading the Old West historicals as well as writing them. Is there anything better than opening a book and being transported back to this special time in our history?ReplyDelete
I love the Love Finds You books!
Thanks, gals, I'm tickled you like my picture. It was tons of fun getting these taken and I got several great ones.ReplyDelete
So glad to hear most of you enjoy historical romance with a western slant. Sundance has a lot of action, adventure, romance, and great characters.I'd love to hear from any of you who end up reading it. Blessings!! Miralee
I so enjoy a good Western, and romance was the only thing really missing from a Zane Grey, although he left a lot to the reader's imagination.ReplyDelete
This looks like a good story, I loved it that she donned trousers.
I like many others grew up on westerns. There is nothing like a good black and white western. Brings back memories that's for sure.ReplyDelete
Great blog by the way !!!
It was a simpler time, but people had to work hard in order to live. I do not envy that time period when it came to sickness, but when things happened, the community rallied around each other. We tend to keep ourselves isolated from our neighbors nowdays.ReplyDelete
I would also love to win a copy of your book. I have read your other LFYI books and loved them all. Thanks for the chance to win.
This sounds like a great book. I like the idea of hidden identities. The Ballad of Little Jo, a movie from 1993, tells the story of a woman who disguises herself as a man to survive in the wild west. It is a true story.ReplyDelete
I will put your book on my to be read list.
Great interview, Shirlee and Miralee. The first Christian fiction series I read--oh, about 15 years ago--was Gilbert Morris' historical series that tracked the move west. I really enjoyed learning a little American history (I'm Canadian) along with a good story. There definitely seems to be a resurgence in historical releases in all time periods. I, for one, hope it lasts.ReplyDelete