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.
Here is the Amazon link for The Cautious Maiden: http://www.amazon.com/Cautious-Maiden-Everstone-Chronicles-Crandall/dp/1629117501/?tag=pettpist-20