The Last Frontier…of Maine~welcome, Dawn Crandall!

Dawn’s got a giveaway going on–a paperback copy of The Cautious Maiden, so please leave a comment!


Hi, Dawn Crandall here, and I have to confess… I don’t actually write “western” set novels. In my Everstone Chronicles series from Whitaker House, there are a few prevailent settings the high society Everstone family frequents–Bar Harbor (along the coast of Maine and on the same island as Acadia National Park), Boston, Massachusetts and the wilds of Northern Maine at a fictional resort hotel called Everston. Because of the nature of the area, it proved a perfect setting for my characters in the last two books of the series to have to deal with the issues of gambling, brothels and prostitution in the same way thats usually saved for novels of a more western setting.


You might not realize this, but the state of Maine is about the same size as my home state of Indiana and has more than just the Atlantic coast to offer. The entire northern half of the state is ONE COUNTY, and also almost entirely made up of mountain ranges covered in pine trees which have been owned by major lumber companies since the formation of the state. It even boasts the upper end of the Appalachian Trail at Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in the state.


Before starting my writing career, I never really gave Maine much thought until I happened to marry a misplaced “Mainer” and then traveled back to visit his family in the northern regions of the state every summer for the last decade or so. I quickly fell in love with the state and knew where I would set the books I wanted to someday write (and eventually did, obviously)!


More about The Cautious Maiden:

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents’ New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks; but when Violet’s own reputation is compromised, the inn becomes the least of her worries. In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone.

As she prepares for a society wedding, Violet learns that her brother had staked her hand in marriage in a heated poker game with the unsavory Rowen Steele, and Ezra had lost. Now Rowen is determined to cash in on his IOU. With danger stalking her and a new fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust and who to leave behind.

More about Dawn Crandall

Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles, which consists of four books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, The Captive Imposter and The Cautious Maiden.

Apart from writing, Dawn is also a mom of two little boys and serves with her husband in a premarital mentorship program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do.

Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and an associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter. She is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.



Twitter: @dawnwritesfirst




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Updated: November 18, 2016 — 9:11 am


  1. Hi, Dawn! I’m not from Maine either but I love it too. The rocky coasts are beautiful and remind me quite a bit of Scotland. As a matter of fact I wouldn’t mind moving there. I also went to school in Boston, which I also really love. I hope you have a lovely visit here at P&P.

    1. You’re right, it is a lot like Scotland along the coastal region of Maine! ??

  2. Hello Dawn! Have not read your books. The Cautious Maiden sounds intriguing. Thank you for opportunity to win.

    1. Thank you for stopping by to enter, Mary!

  3. Have never been to the East Coast,but Maine sounds like a beautiful state. You are a new to me author and am looking forward to your books.

    1. Thank you! The heroine in book three is actually named Estella (Everstone)! You have a very beautiful name!

  4. I’ve always hope to take a trip to New England but haven’t made it yet. I’m not that terribly far away (PA) – it’s on my bucket list!

    1. You’re not too far from some of New England, but I bet it would take you a good 15 hours of driving to get to Maine from where you’d reach the coast closest to PA. It really is sooo far north, more than most people realize!

  5. I have visited Maine which is scenic and beautiful. When I lived in Montreal we drove to Maine each summer for our vacation.

    1. My husband and I have been back every year since 2006–until this year. I had a baby in June, so that kind of took over the vacation plans for this last summer!

  6. Maine is a very special place for me. My very first time seeing the ocean and this made a huge impression upon me which I will never forget.

    1. The first time I ever saw the ocean was in Maine too–at Cape Elizabeth near Portland. There are also some ruins right there near the lighthouse that have made there way into my books! It was a good ten years later that I wrote them into The Hesitant Heiress, but they were so neat, I couldn’t forget how amazing it was.

  7. Maine is my favorite vacation spot. Relaxing, beautiful, and perfect. The beaches, charming towns and parks are so enjoyable and give me pleasure.

    1. I completely agree! Thanks so much for stopping by to enter the giveaway!

  8. Hi Dawn…..Welcome to P&P! We’re so happy to have you. I’ve always wanted to visit Maine, but I’ve never gotten to. For one thing it’s a very long ways from Texas. It’s a very picturesque state with a ton of resources. And it snows in winter. It also does here in the panhandle also but their snow stays on the ground longer than a few days. I would love that.

    Congratulations on your new release! It looks great.

    1. Thank you, Linda! Yes, winter in northern Maine is quite cold! We always go in the summer, but my husband remembers what it was like there as a kid–it would pretty much start snowing in September and stick around until April!

  9. I’m so excited to see Dawn here at P&P! I love The Everstone Chronicles.

    I have never visited the East Coast. I would love to do so during the Fall when the leaves change color. In Texas, we don’t really have a true Fall season.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Caryl! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my books so much!

  10. Hi Dawn. I have never traveled any farther east than Ohio (in the north) but I love reading about those areas. I love your books.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Stella! And thank you for loving my books!

  11. Never been to Maine but am from Mich. Love historical novels tho.

    1. Not too far from me! Thanks for stopping!

  12. Hello! I’m a Michigander and am currently enjoying a stormy evening, wishing I had your book in hand. I’ve been to the east coast twice, but never to Maine!
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your newest book!

    1. I think I enjoyed that very same storm last night! Thanks for stopping by to enter the giveaway!

  13. Hi Dawn! I’ve read the previous three Everstone novels and I cannot wait to read your new one!

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as you’ve enjoyed the others! Personally, I think it’s my favorite–though I do completely adore all of them!

  14. I’ve never been to Maine but I’ve been to Delaware. A little bit close.
    I love all your books. I read them on my kindle but wouldn’t mind at all having a paperback. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    1. Thanks, Brenda! And Delaware is still very far from Maine! Maps just don’t donthe distance justice! Thanks for stopping by to enter the giveaway!

  15. You are writing about one of my favorite states. We we got married, my husband was stationed at Loring AFB (now closed) which is in northern Maine in that large county, Aroostook. It is beautiful country from the mountains and forests of the north and west to the rocky coast. We have gone back many times to visit. We were just there in October, visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. If you haven’t yet been, Carrabassett Valley is beautiful.

    I hope your series set there has been successful.

    1. My husband’s mother was actually in the Air Force at Loring when she met his father who is from Caribou! That’s where we primarily visit when we go to Maine most summers. I have been to Mount Desert Island–I love it there so much, that’s why I decided to set part of the books there. 🙂

      1. Small world. When was your Mother-in-Law stationed at Loring and what did she do? We used to go to several places to eat up there. I think the one not far from the base was Ma Dudley’s or something similar located in an old farm house. The other one was York’s in Canada. I wonder if either one is still around.

  16. Hi Dawn! Maine is a beautiful state . I would love to visit there again.

    1. Me too! It will be a few years until we head up there–we now have a 2 year old and a 5 month old and where we stay (a rustic lake cabin my husband’s family has had since 1948) isn’t very kid-friendly.

  17. Loved your post, Dawn – thank you!! Maine is one of the few states in the U.S. I haven’t visited and have always wanted to. I’ve heard so many comments on how beautiful it is.

    Love the storyline for ‘The Cautious Maiden’ – thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad it sounds interesting! It was a complete joy to write!

  18. Hi dawn , I live in maine. And have my whole life. I love it and don’t want to ever live anywhere else. I love that this book has maine. Any book that has my stage draws my attention . I would love to win this. Thanks for this giveaway.

    1. All four of the books in my Everstone Chronicles series are set in Maine for at least half of the book. It’s a wonderful place! Thanks for entering!

  19. Congrats on your new release! I have not read your books yet but give me time. I can’t wait to read this one.

    1. Thank you! I hope you’ll try to read them in order! I wrote them so anyone could pick one up and be able to read it as a stand alone, but you get so much more from reading them in order.

  20. I love this story, Dawn! I’ve never been to Maine but I’d love to visit!

    1. Hi Erin! Thanks for stopping by!

  21. My grandfather left Maine at the age of 13 (1878) to go work for his uncle in CO 5 years, then moved his operation to TX once the railroad was completed. I’d love to visit Maine someday.

    1. What fun to know so much history about your family! Thanks for stopping by to enter the giveaway!

  22. Dawn- Thanks for stopping by P&P. Your book, sounds awesome. As a Hoosier from Indiana, how do you really like Maine? More snow? Maine sounds like a new place to vacation.
    Thanks for a chance to win your book. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, your Hoosier reader.

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