Misty M. Beller: Why Frontier Stories?

Hi Y’all, I’m so excited to join you fillies again! I’m here to talk about a subject that inspires me—the
American frontier. I received my winter edition of American Frontiersman magazine this week, and I felt like a puppy just let out of her pen. It reminded me once again, why I love frontier stories.

I write Christian Historical Romance—or more specifically, I write Frontier Romance. My tagline is “USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.”

For me, frontier stories have a draw like no other. I’ve always loved the peacefulness of country life, far away from the sights and sounds of civilization. And frontier stories remind me of a life that was, at once, more difficult and yet simpler. I love the idea of having to make do with what’s around you. Learning to survive and thrive on the gifts God gave us in nature.

The men and women who thrived on the frontier weren’t just living without modern conveniences and technology. They were living so far from “civilization,” often from family or church. Yet they built these strong lives, homes, marriages, families, relationships with God. Was that despite the distance and the challenges? I think maybe this strength of the pioneer men and women was because of the challenges they faced.

But my favorite thing about frontier stories has to do with the way they tug on our hearts. See, there is a part of our hearts that remembers searching, journeying, isolation from people like us, the daily battle for survival. The truth is that the loneliness of the frontier—sometimes good, sometimes bad—the hunger for friendships and relationships, that’s something many of us still feel. Frontier stories speak to our spiritual longing like nothing else. And I don’t know about you, but I still feel closest to God out in the midst of his creation. And the Montana mountains… (sigh) Their amazing grandeur calls me in a way it’s hard to describe. That’s my happy place.

Where is the place that makes you happiest? A random person from the comments below will be picked to receive a print copy of Hope’s Highest Mountain! Check it out.

 

Hope’s Highest Mountain: amazon

Ingrid Chastain readily agreed to accompany her father to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory. She never could have anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. When rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man who tends her injuries, she’s hesitant to put her trust in this quiet man who seems to have his own wounds.

Micah Bradley left his work as a doctor after unintentionally bringing home the smallpox disease that killed his wife and daughter. But his self-imposed solitude in the wilds of Montana is broken when he finds Ingrid in desperate need of medical attention, and he’s forced to face his regret and call on his doctoring skills once again.

Micah can’t help but admire Ingrid’s tenacious determination despite the severity of her injuries, until he learns the crate she brought contains smallpox vaccines to help quell a nearby outbreak. With Ingrid dead set on trekking through the mountains to deliver the medicine–with or without his help–he has no choice but to accompany her. As they set off through the treacherous, snow-covered Rocky Mountains against all odds, the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known. 

 

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author, writing romantic mountain stories set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. 

Misty loves to connect at her website, FacebookGoodreadsTwitter, Bookbub, and Pinterest

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50 Comments

  1. My happy place is anywhere my family is. I can be anywhere if they are there. I am more drawn to mountain areas over a beach though. Do not ski, but want the views.

    1. I whole-heartedly agree with you, Jerri Lynn! Any place near family is wonderful. 🙂 And if you can add in mountain views, all the better!

  2. Welcome Misty- You are so spot on about books related to the frontier life. They speak of hardship, love, determination, and inspiration of God.
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    Like Jerri, who is my sweet cousin, anywhere family is, that’s my happy place. If I had to choose other then that, it’s in my backyard under a tree reading with my sweet puppy Casino laying by my feet.
    Thanks for coming and highlighting your book, it sounds wonderful!

    1. Oh, reading in the backyard sounds wonderful! The sound of birds twittering and a gentle breeze, with a dog snuggled in to warm your feet…(happy sigh). 🙂
      Enjoy, Tonya! 🙂

  3. Anywhere I am surrounded by my family and Gods Beautiful Creation. There is State Park not to far from my house that has a beautiful lake and forest around it. The fishing is terrible at best but the beauty is just soothing to one’s soul there and when I get a chance to go I am in a very happy place

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      That sounds like a beautiful place to go and reflect, to re-boot, to escape… Your lucky it’s close!

    2. Oh, yes, that sounds like a happy place! I’m constantly in awe of God’s subtle touches in nature that make it feel magical. So soothing!

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    I like most of the previous comments am happiest when I’m with family. My ideal happy place would be with family on a vacation to the mountains, a beach on a cruise, or any vacation exploring and enjoying time with family.

    Your book sounds amazing! I’ve yet to read one of your books but a giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list. Historical Western or Frontier are my favorite romance novels. I love the drive, tenacity and faith that people of that time period had.

    1. I think we’re kindred spirits, Stephanie! I hope you get a chance to read one of my books and enjoy it! 🙂

  5. Good morning thanks for your post. I think my happy place is setting by an out side fire watching the stars.

    1. Oh, yes, Yvonne! There’s something special about the warm crackling of a campfire and staring up at God’s majesty! 🙂

  6. I love being in my home with my family.

    1. Yes, Estella! God gave us a special gift with family, didn’t He? 🙂

  7. I think water falls experienced with family

    1. Oh, yes, Debra! The majesty and power of all that water is amazing, isn’t it! I’m always amazed how creative God is. 🙂

  8. Hi Misty … where is my happy place? I have lots of them. But, being with family at our home enriches my love for each one, fills my memories with new thoughts, and creates such joy in my life. I also love traveling and Wyoming holds my heart. We atv the Big Horn Mountains every year in July. Thanks for dropping in today to share about your new book. God bless your family as you heap lots of love on each other.

    1. Those sound like amazing memories, Kathy!

  9. I love the description of the frontier! Anything country is my happy place. Wide open fields full of crops, barns, animals, hills, valleys, sunsets, rocking chairs on a porch. It sounds like heaven to me!

    1. Definitely heaven, Susan! So peaceful and refreshing!

  10. Good morning Misty,
    This story struck a chord, or a nerve, or both. I do “Oregon Trail” (first novel, “Westward Hope,” released last month by Pelican/White Rose; sequel “Settler’s Hope” coming in 2020). The Trail was a phenomenal undertaking, hauling entire families West with no more than the shelter of a wooden wagon. Heat, hunger, thirst, wagon accidents, fording the Platte in a hailstorm, loneliness, fear of the unknown, the endless prairie, and cholera. And that’s just off the top of my head. Some had nothing to lose, some had everything but chucked it all for a chance to “see the elephant,” and others were running from something or to something. There’s a story for every person who set out from Independence or St. Joe. They had so much to overcome. It either drew them together or it broke them. I think that’s what draws people to historicals. Folks, especially women, were up against things we can’t even imagine in earlier times.
    My happy place is my home state of New Hampshire. We have mountains, a Lakes Region, a small strip of coastline, and from where I live it’s an hour to Boston. A little bit of everything, like a geographical Whitman’s Sampler.
    Please enter me in the drawing.
    Kathy Bailey
    “A Home For the Heart”

    1. You’re spot on, Kathy! It’s amazing to imagine each person’s story as they set out for the unknown frontier. I love imagining the reactions of those brave people as they experienced the beauty (in the midst of the harshness) of the mountain country when they reached it.
      Congrats on your new release! 🙂

  11. I agree out in the pasture with my horse is heaven on earth!

    1. Amen, Teresa! 🙂

  12. With my Grandkids. Or just Reading a wonderful book.

    1. Yes, Tonya! I can’t speak to grandkids yet, but having my four kiddos snuggled around me is pretty special. 🙂 And definitely reading a great book! 🙂

  13. Wherever the grands are….I am a happy gal!

    1. Spoken like a wonderful grandmother! 🙂

  14. At a beach with the grandchildren is my favorite place.

    1. My kids love the beach with their grandparents, too! That grandparent/kid relationship is such a special one, isn’t it?! 🙂

  15. Welcome Misty. I so agree with you about “Because of their circumstances they called out to God” I love to go to forest preserves where it is quiet and I can see/hear nature. Our backyard is full of birds/little animals and flowers and our yard is mostly surrounded by trees and bushes. I fell so much closer to God in these areas. Almost like I am a part of nature calling on God himself. When I lived in the Mojave Desert in CA I loved to go for horse rides across the desert and feel the ones with God. This will always be a wonderful memory to call upon.

    1. You’re so right, Lori! I love the way time in nature puts us in harmony with God. His creation all joining together to give him praise!

  16. Spending precious time with my beautiful grandsons which gives me enjoyment.

    1. How wonderful, Ruth! I have no doubt they’ll always treasure the memories you make together!

  17. When I am outside walking in the foothills the beauty, surroundings and the blue skies and clear air gives me hope, inspires me and allows me to feel positive about my life and future.

    1. That hope and inspiration is wonderful, isn’t it! I feel that same way when I’m outside, especially near the mountains. 🙂

  18. Hi Misty, welcome to the Junction! Love you post. Mountains make me happiest too. I love the tall trees, the magnificent, breathtaking views everywhere you look. And I love the smell of the air. It sends my heart soaring. Wishing you much success with your new book! Great cover!

    1. Thanks, Linda!
      You described the mountains just exactly the way I feel about them. 🙂 God did an amazing job with creation, didn’t He!

  19. My happy place is anywhere cool!! Since I live on the Space Coast of FL, that means inside in the A/C. When it finally cools off here, one of my favorite places to be will be on my back porch. I like sitting outside watching the butterflies and birds. I also like the beach, though I don’t go too often.

    1. LOL. Air conditioner is truly one of God’s blessings, isn’t it, Trudy! 🙂

      1. Yes, especially here!! We’re still hot! We “might” get cooler before January, but any more that seems like wishful thinking!

  20. Hi, your book sounds like a very good read and I love the cover, it is Beautiful. My happy place is in my home and with my family and of course my pup. Home means security, love and all good things. Have a Great weekend. God Bless you.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Alicia! It sounds like you’re surrounded by what you love – what a blessing! 🙂

  21. My favorite place is to curl up with a book in front of a fireplace.

    1. Ah, yes! With a cozy blanket and something warm to drink. 🙂 That sounds wonderful, Abigail!

  22. My happy place is spending time with my family. I don’t have a lot of family left. My brother and older sister have already passed so spending time with what is left of the family is my happy place.

    1. Family is such a special gift, isn’t it! I’m so glad you’re able to spend time with them. 🙂

  23. I am happiest in nature, primarily the mountains. I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York State. From our house we had a view across Lake Champlain of the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We could see Mount Washington holding court above them all. My husband was stationed back to our home town several years after we got married. He was then transferred to Colorado. We were in Colorado Springs on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. From our deck we had a perfect view of Pike’s Peak. We had a few flat land assignments, but had to live in the mountains when he retired. We now live in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee with a view of them and the Smokey Mountains. Our house sits on top of a hill in the country with a beautiful view of the mountains.
    Most of our vacations are to places with beautiful mountains. This past summer we spent 2 1/2 months in the Northwest, Alaska and western Canada, dropping down into Montana to head home through the Dakotas. We love that part of the country.

    1. Oh, Patricia, my heart is happy just reading about all the amazing places you lived! When I graduated from high school, my grandparents took me and my older brother in their RV up the Alaskan Highway through Canada and into Alaska. That was the most amazing scenery I’ve ever seen! What a wonderful blessing you were able to spend time there last year. 🙂

  24. Hi Misty,
    I love all your books! Every time I read another one I think that one is my favorite.
    You write beautiful stories and I can’t wait to read this book too. Your new book has a beautiful cover and I would like to say congratulations on being published by Bethany house. My happiest place would be sitting at the beach listening to the seagulls and the waves lapping at the sand. I grew up in Florida but have lived out west since I was sixteen. Of course living in Wyoming is a beautiful experience also. Wide open land and skies and the prettiest of sunsets.

  25. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my stories, Sharon! I hope you love this new one, too. 🙂 My husband lived in Florida for several years and he absolutely loved it. 🙂

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