Fiction Fun: Introducing “The Hesitant Heiress”

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I usually dedicate today to some sort of fiction post, so I’m thrilled to introduce and help promote The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall. Dawn is a member of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association, and The Hesitant Heiress is her debut novel. Here’s a peek:
After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy disappearing before her very eyes. Now the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: marry within the year to inherit her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.
Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, whose father not only had a part in her expulsion, but whose ominous presence has haunted her dreams for a decade since her mother’s tragic death. Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been “managing her life” isn’t who she thought at all.
The Everstone Chronicles is Dawn’s first series with Whitaker House. All three books composing the series were semifinalists in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Writing Contest, the third book going on to become a finalist in 2013.
To help whet your appetite even more, here’s an inside look at the author and her characters.
Who is your favorite character in the story and why?Not a hard question to answer! It’s Amaryllis Brigham, of course. Even though I really wasn’t doing any writing in college, I did have a few of my main characters named. Amaryllis has been with me for so long, she was buried in the document files on two different laptops before I ever had the guts to bring her out and actually write her story.

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

Honestly, there is a lot of me in Amaryllis Brigham. When I started my second book in the series (before I had my agent), it was just for fun as well, and also to prove to myself that I could write another character from first person POV that didn’t sound just like Amaryllis. I ended up with a character so opposite of me, it was quite interesting to write.

The Hesitant Heiress is available now, with book two coming out later this year.
To learn more about the trilogy, click here. To learn more about Dawn (and see her adorable baby boy!), click here. And if you just can’t get enough, follow her online:

Comments

  1. I really enjoy reading from the first person point of view.
    I also really like the name Amaryllis. Thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks you for having me, Karin! It was nice to see you again on Saturday!! This is a gorgeous website! I really enjoy first person too, Janella! I debated whether to write it in first person becuase I’d heard that it was harder to write first person really well. But it really was the only way the stories I come up with can be told! And I love writing first soo very much!

  3. Rachael Merritt says:

    Loved this book…can’t wait for the next! Ewe_r_merritt(at)yahoo(dot)com

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