Monday, December 12, 2016

The American Heiress Brides with Anita Mae Draper ends 12/19



Welcome, Anita Mae Draper to by blog this month. Anita is giving away a copy of her new book, The American Heiress Brides. Ask Anita a question or comment on her post to be entered. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry. 

SWEET LOVE GROWS by Anita Mae Draper

When I was first presented with the opportunity to write a novella about an heiress, it was with the understanding that the proposal would include not only the type of industry that provided her wealth, but also one thing that defined her character.
An abandoned heiress came to mind. I immediately said to count me in even though I couldn’t provide a background or industry for my heroine at that time. I only knew that somehow, she would face the possibility of losing her inheritance.

But what industry to choose? Here’s what the other authors in this project were covering:
·       runaway heiress, silver
·       reluctant heiress
·       tender-hearted heiress, banking
·       hometown heiress, cotton milling
·       Southern heiress, horse ranching
·       California heiress
·       adventure-seeking heiress
·       beautiful heiress, Alaskan mining
Since I wanted to set the story out west during the last decade of the 19th century, I needed something that a man could build and sustain during that time. Something that people needed so there would be an ongoing requirement. Since ranching, mining, and clothing were already chosen, I researched food. However, I didn’t want farm food, like a market garden. I wanted something that would make today’s reader say, oh?
I decided on something that most people crave…sugar. Back then, your choice of sweeteners came from sugar cane, sugar beets, sorghum, maple trees and honey bees. (Corn syrup came later.) If you had the money, you could buy refined sugar in cubes, but that was expensive. Most people could afford the heavy cones of brown sugar, but they weren’t practical for baking.
Most western cooks used syrup or molasses for baking and from that, I chose the sorghum industry where my heiress’ father grows sorghum and then boils it down into syrup. I chose Minnesota as the setting because historically, it has a good sorghum growing record, and still produces the syrup.

As for the hero, the easy route would have been to write him as the heir. But from reading the back cover blurb, readers might assume the heiress would marry him and end up in her family home—where’s the abandonment there?
There had to be a question of whether or not she would end up in her familiar home with her inheritance intact. Hence, the hero of my story is the heir’s attorney who has a vested interest in chasing her out of a home she has no right to inherit.
With that decision, my storyline fell into place:
              Amelia Cord never doubted her father's love despite her illegitimacy. When he dies without a will, handsome by-the-books attorney Jeremy Moore produces a vindictive legal heir who demands her eviction without an inheritance. Can sweet love grow in spite of the odds?
I recently created postcards for Sweet Love Grows, but with a slightly different blurb than the one you see above. If you’d like to receive one of these postcards in your mailbox, sign up for my newsletter on my website, or on my Facebook Author page.  You’ll also be eligible for special subscriber-only giveaways.


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About Anita:
Anita Mae Draper's stories are written under the western skies where she lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan with her hubby of 30 plus years and the youngest of their four kids. After retiring from careers in the Canadian Armed Forces, Anita and her husband ran a commercial greenhouse operation before moving to the farm they lovingly call, Draper's Acres. When she's not writing, Anita enjoys photography, research, and travel, and is especially happy when she can combine the three in one trip. You can find Anita Mae at  www.anitamaedraper.com

48 comments:

  1. Anita your story sounds very interesting. I love how you and other authors come up with different ideas for your stories.

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    1. Thanks, Kirsten. I hope you enjoy reading the stories as well. :)

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  2. I'm sure that this will be a great book. I especially appreciate that you research your facts and try to make sure that your story is credible. Thanks for this giveaway.
    Debbie, I follow you.
    Merry Christmas Anita and Debbie!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Connie, thank you for your support. As a reader, I know what it's like to be taken out of a historical by an erroneous fact and I try my best not to do that to my readers. I'm not saying I'm perfect...just that I research with what's available to me.
      Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Connie. Thank you for visiting today. :)

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  3. I love how the process of your story began. So very interesting!!!! I am a feedburner follower.

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    1. Well, thank you, Connie R. I appreciate you letting me know that you enjoyed it. :)

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  4. OH MY! This is the first I've seen/heard of this book, now I have another to add to my wish list, THANK YOU! It would be wonderful to win a copy, thank you for the chance.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Hello there, Wendy. Thank you for sharing that. It's encouraging to know blogging, especially one like Debbie Lynne's, is reaching the readers.
      And you're welcome. :)

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  5. This is one collection I haven't read. :) It looks like it will be good. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Vickie, I hope you'll enjoy it when you do get a copy. Thanks for stopping by. And a Merry Christmas to you as well. :)

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  6. Will your book include a recipe using the sorghum or talk a bit about the collecting process?

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    1. Cindi, I haven't gone into detail in Sweet Love Grows, however, I'll be posting about the collecting process with a recipe or two on an upcoming blogpost.

      You can find my blogging schedule on the AMERICAN HEIRESS BRIDES page under the BOOKS tab on my website. The link is also on my Contest page mentioned in the above post. More chances to win the book. :)

      Your interest is encouraging, Cindi. Thank you.

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  7. Sorry, I neglected to include my email. Klemmk.c@gmail.com

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  8. I have not seen this book until now. It looks like a great read
    connie.tillman82(at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you, Connie. I'm very glad I stopped by this week to share it with you, and I appreciate you stopping in to tell me. :)

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  9. I love the sound and the blurb! This is my visit knowledge of the book and you as an author. I read a great deal and also do edits and reviews for many authors. joygibson@highland.net

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    1. Well, that's encouraging. I'm not sure who Barbour sends these to for review, but there are some already up on Goodreads. You can befriend me there, too.

      This is my first novella with Barbour, and a second one coming out for them in May. They've been a good publisher to work with.

      If you're a Jane Austen fan, I am one of the 8-novella authors in the Austen in Austin collection. Think Sense and Sensibility Texas-style. That was fun.

      I hope you get a chance to read The American Heiress Brides Collection. It was a joy to write, even though I cried while writing it. I'm such a suck.

      Thanks for sharing and entering. :)

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  10. I love novella collections, and I'm really excited about this one! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful giveaway, Anita! Merry Christmas!

    I am a blog follower!
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're very welcome, Britney. Thanks for entering.

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  11. Goodness! This has all the ingredients for a real page turner! A wealthy land owner dying without a will, an illegitimate heiress & a by the book attorney. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. You're welcome, Robin. I sure hope you get a chance to read it. Thank you for dropping by and sharing. :)

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  12. Forgot to say I'm a feedburner follower too! Thanks! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  13. Love your post! Love your book!

    Merry, Merry Christmas!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Melanie. Love your enthusiasm! Merry Christmas back at ya. :)

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  14. Appreciate you sharing the struggles and process in coming up with your story line for the American Heiress Brides collection. I've tasted sorghum but haven't used it in any recipes since I've been on my own. Hopefully this collection will contain some recipes. This is a new book I've not seen on other sites. Thank you for sharing. Yes, I'm a followed of The Sword and Spirt blog. marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Marilyn, there are NO recipes in this collection of Christian romance novellas. However, check the BOOKS page on my website and you'll see a page for AMERICAN HEIRESS BRIDES which shows my blog schedule where you'll see a blogpost for sorghum syrup with recipes.

      I'm going into the city today to buy some sorghum syrup and will try some recipes and take lots of photos for that blogpost. :)

      Thank you for showing your interest in sorghum. I love the ancient grains that played a historic role then and are still useful in today's world.

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    2. Marilyn, can you believe I couldn't find ANY sorghum syrup in Regina yesterday? Checked all the stores that carry organic, old fashioned, natural, etc foods and there isn't any. Ugh!

      The blogpost will go up with recipes, but I may have to find someone on the American side of the border to do the actual testing and photo-taking.

      Wow. So frustrating.

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  15. Both of my grandpas made sorghum before my memory but I haven't tasted any in years. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Excellent, Joan. I appreciate you sharing that. If you have a chance, can you pop back in and tell us where they lived? :)

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  16. Great interview and the book sounds great too. I like collections of different novellas using the same theme. Shows different view points. Merry Christmas everyone and good luck. princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Debbie, that's a great point for novellas. Thanks for stopping by, and a Merry Christmas to you, too.

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  17. I'm intrigued by the book especially since it sounds like there will be some verbal bantering between the two characters and the fact that the setting is in Minnesota which is where I live! Have you ever been to Minnesota? I live in the Metro near the capital but has relatives who live up north as well as the south and those areas are absolutely beautiful! My email is elise(underscore)jehan(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks!

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    1. Well, hello there. Yes, I've loved the Minnesota scenery since my first trip to the Detroit Lakes area when I was 12 yrs old. Over the years I've travelled through several times when we took the 'Southern route' from Saskatchewan to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Duluth is awesome to view, but those roads! Especially in the winter. ugh. And I've been to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area several times.

      Unfortunately, I've never been to McLeod County where SWEET LOVE GROWS is set, but it's on my agenda for this summer. I've had to rely on memories, GoogleEarth, and lots of research for this story, which had to be set in an area that was known for its sorghum industry to ensure the credibility of the plot.

      And I'll have to rely on readers like you to let me know how I did. But if I've erred, please be gentle as I used what was available in my research.

      Great question! :)

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  18. Great collection! I've always been interested in the industries that built America! And an Heiress collection!?! NICE! Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Debbie, I'm a follower!

    Thanks,
    Annie
    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Annie. So nice to visit with you again. :) Yes, an American Heiress Brides collection. Sometimes people assume all heiresses have nothing useful on their minds because they have wealth, but these novellas show 9 women with different interests who would rather have love. I really hope you enjoy this collection - especially Sweet Love Grows. .)

      Anita.


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  19. Very interesting story for this collection! Never really thought about where sugar came from in history, obviously I knew about sugarcane but not the others. I'd love to read this set of books, thanks for the history lesson and chance to win a copy of The American Heiress Brides Collection.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks for sharing tat, Trixi. Just want to point out that all 9 novellas are in this one book. Glad you entered. :)

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    2. Yes, that's why I'd love it so much :-) I have several Barbour novella collections & have read my fair share, I just LOVE them!

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    3. Trixi, your comment made me smile...until I saw my typo in my first response to you. Sorry about THAT. Wish we could edit these comments. Love your enthusiasm. :)

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  20. Am I still in time, Anita to qualify for a copy of your wonderful story. I enjoy the way you bring us to another time in history.

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  21. I love these novella collections! I'm always impressed that even with the same theme, each story is so unique from the others. This theme sounds like a fun one :)

    I follow on feedburner!
    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  22. Thanks Heidi for the reminder, guess I'm suppose to also let you know I am a feeburner follower! :-)

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  23. Enjoyed this so much! I haven't read this collection of stories, so I'm looking forward to adding it to my to read list!

    jdennis298(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, J Dennis. I appreciate you stopping by.

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  24. Thank you so much for the nice review. Would love to read.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Lucy. Thanks for sharing.

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