Sunday, May 26, 2013

Please Welcome Author Heather Gray




Today I'm excited to introduce you to fellow Astraea Press author Heather Gray. She's a little camera shy, so you can't see her, but this is her lovely book cover. Heather tells us " Aside from her long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather’s greatest joys in life are her relationship with her Savior, her family, and writing. Years ago, she decided it would be better to laugh than yell. Heather carries that theme over into her writing where she strives to create characters that experience both the highs and lows of life and, through it all, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her."
Heather's new release at Astraea Press is a wonderful story called Mail Order Man, an inspirational historical romance. Here's the blurb:
A well-meaning friend places an ad to find a mail order husband for Sarah, the proprietress of Larkspur’s stage and mail office. Sarah, who is generally quiet and reserved, doesn't know about the ad and has no idea what to do with all the people that are showing up in her community. Before long, the town is overrun with men and mail alike. Sarah is trying to avoid some men who have accosted her on the street when she stumbles into Samuel. Through long days spent together at the stage office, some very adventurous pots of coffee and a shared faith, the two become friends. 
Sarah knows that Samuel is hiding something from her, something important, but that doesn't stop her heart from leaping wildly into love. Lacking the confidence to trust her heart, Sarah wars with herself over the feelings she can no longer deny. When some of the men who have come to town show their true intentions, a shootout follows. Sarah finally gets answers to many of the questions circling through her mind. One question remains, though. Where will her mail order man go when the dust settles?

And here's an excerpt:
Right then Claudio and Cesar came through the door. Both boys chimed a “Good morning!” in Sarah’s direction as they headed straight for the coffee on the stove. Sarah saw their intent and inwardly cringed. Not only was she not sure about how many scoops of grounds she’d put in, but the coffee had been percolating much longer than normal because she got distracted with the letters.
Samuel had his back to the stove and did not see the boys as they each poured a cup of coffee. Sarah was about to warn them as Claudio, the middle boy at age sixteen, took a big swig of the hot brew while Cesar, the youngest, opted to blow on his first. Claudio’s eyes grew wide as he swallowed. “Miss Sarah, I do believe that’s the best coffee you've ever made. That’s the kind of coffee vaqueros drink!”
Samuel visibly perked up at the mention of coffee. Sarah was sure he couldn't know a vaquero was a Mexican cowboy and that they drink their camp coffee strong. If he understood what the boys were saying, he definitely wouldn't be in a hurry to get a cup of his own. Cesar finally took a drink of his coffee. Sarah could see him trying not to make a face as he swallowed the brew. “Vaquero coffee for sure, Miss Sarah. Papa would be proud.”
Sarah had barely started to warn, “Uh, Samuel…” when he took a big gulp of the coffee Claudio had poured for him. She watched the shock on his face as he first paled and then grew red. His eyes flew wide as he tried desperately to swallow the coffee. He finally ran out the front door and spit the coffee out over the edge of the stage platform.
The boys could not contain their howling laughter as Samuel walked back into the stage office, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand.

Interested? I sure am! You can get your copy of Mail Order Man  at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Kobo Books as well as several other ebook outlets.

You can find Heather at her Website, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

12 comments:

  1. Thank you for having me today Patty! I'm looking forward to getting to know some new people through this tour! :)

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    1. Glad to have you here, Heather! Congratulations on your release.

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  2. Beautiful site, Patricia. Love the concept for Mail Order Man. Best of luck on your blog tour, Heather!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Ariella!

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    2. Thank you Ariella! Glad you were able to stop in today!

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  3. What a wonderful excerpt! I wish you the best Heather! What a cute site Patricia! :)

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to stop by today Melissa -- and for the well wishes too! :)

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  4. Sounds like a great book. Nice twist on the usual mail order bride. Wishing you the best.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read about my book! I had fun coming up with a "new take" on the usual mail order romance.

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  5. I agree. A nice twist on mail order bride. As a coffee lover myself, I love the term adventurous pots of coffee. Best of luck, Heather. Beautiful site, Patty.

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    1. Thank you Margo for the well wishes! My philosophy on life: coffee makes all things better. :)

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  6. Sounds like a really cute story!

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