Shannon here: Historical Romance author, Lorna Seilstad shares her inspiration for The Heart of Texas, her novella included in the Seven Brides for Seven Texans collection. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Dec 29 – Jan 2 to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Jan 14th, 11:59 pm central time. Be sure and enter the drawing for a loaded Kindle Fire. Authors – Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis, Keli Gwyn, Vickie McDonough, Gabrielle Meyer, Lorna Seilstad, and Erica Vetsch are giving away fourteen of their previously published books. Details below. Here’s Lorna:
The Story Behind the Story for “The Heart of Texas”
I am so excited to share an exciting new romance collection with you! I have been joined by six FABULOUS authors, and together we’ve created a group of stories that we think you are going to LOVE!
Handsome, courageous, manly heroes! Check!
Intelligent, brave, resourceful heroines! Check!
Plots to stir your mind and your pulses! Check!
An interfering, well-meaning, strong-willed old man! WHAT?
Introducing the 7 Brides for 7 Texans Romance Collection. When Erica Vetch asked me to join the six other authors for the Seven Brides for Seven Texans novella collection, I was a little nervous. Yes, I’d written six novels for Revell, but they’d each been around 90,000 words. Could I write a 25,000 word story?
But I was in for a surprise. Not only could I do it. I could do it and I could find out that I loved it. That’s the way God does things. He sends us little surprises along the way.
Which brings me to my topic today — the story behind the story. It’s a story of God working in a way that only He can.
I hadn’t chosen an exact town for the “The Heart of Texas” story to be set in, and I’d written over half of it. Unlike most of the stories in the book, mine wouldn’t be set in Hartsville since Chisholm was away from home on Texas Ranger duties.
I knew the location of the story had to meet certain criteria to fit what I’d written. It needed to be a town that was around in 1874. It had to be a town large enough to have things like stores and a saloon. The area needed to be hilly and be a place where bluebonnets would grow. It needed to have a river or large spring of some kind. I needed it to be a hub for area ranches, and it had to be within a week’s riding distance of the Hart ranch.
Remember, I had already named my story “The Heart of Texas.” As I’m looking through towns that were around in mid to late 1800s, I happened upon Brady City. Something about it stood out to me. I did some additional investigation and found out it fit all of my criteria from rolling vistas of bluebonnets to the wide Brady Creek.
Then, God made me smile. I looked up the town’s history and discovered Brady City is called “the heart of Texas” because it is the geographical center of the state of Texas.
What a sweet surprise!
About Lorna: Lorna Seilstad brings history back to life using a generous dash of humor. She is a Carol Award finalist and the author of the Lake Manawa Summers series and the Gregory Sisters series. When she isn’t eating chocolate, she teaches women’s Bible classes and is a 4-H leader in her home state of Iowa. She and her husband have three children. Learn more about Lorna at www.lornaseilstad.com.
About the book – Seven Brides for Seven Texans: Patriarch of the Hart family, George Washington Hart isn’t getting any younger. He’s got seven strapping sons, and not a one of them has had the decency to marry and produce an heir. It is time for George to meddle. He will divide his massive ranch in the Texas Hill country, the 7-Heart, among his sons with the proviso that each one marry and settle on the land within the next calendar year. The boys, ranging in age from 23-34 and named after famous Texans, are resistant to the idea of settling down, but they’ll be blamed if they’ll lose their inheritance! Each sets about finding a bride in his own way, and in the end, each finds love deep in the heart of Texas.
Drawing for a Loaded Kindle Fire
Be sure to go to http://7bridesfor7texans.blogspot.com/ to enter the Rafflecopter drawing for a loaded Kindle Fire. We seven authors (Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis, Keli Gwyn, Vickie McDonough, Gabrielle Meyer, Lorna Seilstad, and Erica Vetsch) are giving away fourteen of our previously published books.
Question for Readers: When was the last time you received a surprise or when you surprised someone? Do you like surprises? If so, what kinds are your favorites?
Come back Jan 3rd for Lorna’s Q & A with Chisolm!