Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Romantic Reads: The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall

Welcome Dawn Crandall to the blog!

She's here to share the inspiration for her story series, The Everstone Chronicles.

Dawn's also agreed to give away one, signed paperback book to a total of five winners! That means that each one of the winners will receive one of the five books in Dawn's series "The Everstone Chronicles." The only requirement is that each of the winners must live in the United States of America.
See the line-up of her books in the graphic below.

Enjoy!
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The Everstone Chronicles
A guest post by Dawn Crandall


Some things just float your boat, you know? What are some of yours?

I’m thinking, for many of you, having piles of awesome newly released novels to read is one of those things. Do you remember what it was that you loved to do more than anything else ... when you were a kid? Well, for me, at least, it hasn’t changed much.

I remember being in third grade and KNOWING that I was meant to write books. But having ADD in the 80’s and feeling like I was a pretty lousy student through most of my school years sort of put my dreams of being a published author in the category of “pipe dream.” Then during my senior year of college, I had one glorious spring break week of creative thinking, and I came up with the name of the heroine I would (hopefully) write someday—Amaryllis Brigham. And I also came up with the last name of the hero, and the family I would write a series about—the Everstones.


Five years after I graduated from college, I got married. And because I had lots of extra time at that point, I decided to check out some books about character development from the library. Which was the first clue to my husband that I wanted to write a novel. Yes, I hadn’t even told him! Then another five years went by while I worked full time at a daycare. I had definitely thought more about writing it by then, but I didn’t really know how to start.

But then I did. At the age of 32, during January 2010, I finally started writing The Hesitant Heiress. I just dove in, half planned and half one-chapter-at-a-time. I love history so much, when I’m doing research the world as it was just comes to life in my imagination and the story possibilities are endless!

I wrote Nathan and Amaryllis’s story for myself—for the joy of writing! Creating story, I found, was my favorite hobby beyond reading them! I did have a dream once during the two year process of writing The Hesitant Heiress, and I very vaguely saw a cover face out on a shelf. But again, to me it seemed like an impossibility, and I just kept focused on the joy I attained from writing it. If you would have told me back then that my first novel I loved writing would be traditionally published and on the market two and a half years after I finished writing it, I would have laughed in your face!

And then, when I first saw Amaryllis on the cover of that first book in my series of five ... I thought back to the dream I had that one time, and she was it. The way Amaryllis Brigham is situated on the cover of my published novel was very similar to the vague book cover of my dream. God had done it! He had taken the biggest desire of my life, given me a dream even when I was too cautious to hope, and He had made it a possibility. 


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Author Bio:

Dawn Crandall's debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, The Hesitant Heiress, was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader’s Choice Award and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader’s Choice Award.  

Dawn lives in a 165 year old brick farmhouse on a little farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana, along with her husband, their two little boys, two spunky cats, one giant dog...and an Angora goat named Buddy (who actually lives in the barn, not the house).

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Buy Dawn’s books on Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble

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*This book giveaway contest is for residents of the United States of America ONLY because mailing books outside of the USA is too expensive. If you are a citizen of the USA then you may enter this book giveaway contest for your chance to WIN ONE of Dawn's books by filling out the entry form on the Rafflecopter widget below:


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8 comments:

  1. I loved Enchanting Nichollette, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

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  2. This sounds so good and I would love to read and review a print copy! peggy clayton

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  3. I've already read them--I want to reread them because they're so good :-)

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  4. I'd love to give them a try because I love historical fiction, and I like trying out new clean books/authors. I'd be happy to review the book(s) if I'm blessed enough to win. Do ya think the author would autograph it for me?

    S. Daisy

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  5. I had the pleasure of meeting Dawn and eating lunch at the same table at CFRR a few years back. I've read the first book in her series and would love to read the rest!

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  6. I would love to have some of her books in paperback on my bookshelf. I enjoyed Dawn's stories.

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  7. Congratulations on achieving your dream. Our daughter, likely about your age, also had ADD and is dyslexic. I know how discouraging school can be. It isn't that you can't do it, it is just harder. As to why I would like to read your book, historical fiction is a favorite. It is wonderful to look through the window a book opens and get a peek into life as it was and to share in the experiences of others.

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  8. I have a friend that used to love life and that has been gone for some time now and she also loved to read and that to has been gone and I thought of her when I came across this giveaway and if I won it I would give the prize to her so hopefully it would be some sort of motivation to get her back on tract. Thank You for this opportunity for a chance to win this for a friend that is in need of a little motivation.

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