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Author Interview: Cynthia Roemer + Under Prairie Skies Giveaway



I’m excited to welcome award-winning author Cynthia Roemer back to the blog and to introduce to you her second novel, Under Prairie Skies! If you loved Under This Same Sky, you’ll love this second novel! It’s a tugging story of love and humor that will have you turning pages.

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Thanks for joining us, Cynthia! What’s Under Prairie Skies about?

~ Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities ~

Illinois prairie ~ 1855

Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again.

Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.

I love that your hero and heroine are so opposite, and that Charlotte’s ruthless and Chad’s kindhearted! Looking forward to this story!

What is Chad most afraid of?

Chad’s biggest fear is failure. Hurts from his past have left him unable to move forward and allow himself to love again.

I’m sure many of us can relate to Chad’s fear. Why does Charlotte dislike Chad?

Well, without giving up a spoiler, let’s just say they started out on the wrong foot. Wrong assumptions on Charlotte’s part left her vulnerable. She isn’t accustomed to someone standing up to her or exposing her flaws the way Chad does.

Ooh, so much conflict! I love it! One word that describes Chad? Why?

Determined. Chad is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his dream and what’s right and fair.

I can relate to that too! One word that describes Charlotte? Why?

Strong-willed. Charlotte has a will of iron that sometimes gets her into trouble. Not until Chad enters the picture does she learn how to use her strength of will for the good of others.

A perfect match, perhaps? Can’t wait to find out! What is the significance of the cows in this story?

The cattle represent Chad’s dream, one he shared with his wife. In a sense, they are his way of holding onto what he’s lost.

Oh, I feel so bad for him already. What do you expect readers to look forward to when reading this story?

The key verse is Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” It’s my prayer that in reading Under Prairie Skies, readers will get a sense of how the Lord uses people to spur each other on and encourage each other to become more like Christ.

Thanks for sharing your characters with us, Cynthia! Looking forward to this book! Where can readers purchase Under Prairie Skies?

Under Prairie Skies is available on


About Cynthia Roemer

bio1Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under Prairie Skies is Book Two in her Prairie Sky Series.

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Regency Author Interview: Carolyn Miller


I’m pleased to introduce my Aussie friend, Carolyn Miller, who has a debut releasing February 27 with Kregel Publications!! If you like Victorian Regency, you’ll enjoy her novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison!

Tell us why you wrote The Elusive Miss Ellison.

 I wrote ‘The Elusive Miss Ellison’ because I’ve always enjoyed reading Regency romance (thank you, Jane Austen) and wanted to create something with the wit of Georgette Heyer, yet with a heart of grace and redemption. The tagline I’ve used is ‘Pride, prejudice and forgiveness…’ (Hopefully that’s not too presumptuous!) I hope readers feel I’ve written something that entertains and gives hope.

I love your tagline — it’s perfect! Who doesn’t love a Darcy feel and a novel that offers hope? I know I do!

What do you love best about your novel?

I love that Lavinia Ellison is the smart ‘Bluestocking’ character, whose compassion for the less fortunate intrigues the haughty new arrival, the Earl of Hawkesbury. I think she is relate-able – she’s not perfect (but who is?), not particularly beautiful (hello?!), and although she gets things wrong at times, she’s aware of her faults and working to get better. She is certainly a very different young lady to those he’s met before!

Oh my. I’ve got excited jitters already. 🙂 Love that you’ve given us an imperfect character that we can learn with.

What was the most work for you during the process?

As this novel concerns a number of titled characters (Earls, Countesses, Baronets, etc), I found it a challenge to learn about the precise nature of social address. It can get confusing at times who is addressed as a ‘Lord’ or ‘Lady’ or who is merely a ‘Sir’, so there were many consultations with for matters of etiquette.

As a writer of historical fiction, I can relate! Research is always fun, though! What was your research path?

Thank God for the Internet – it’s amazing how much research can take place from my desk in my little country town. In 2015 I was very fortunate to visit my sister who was living in London at that time. My husband looked after our children for three weeks while I visited Bath, the Cotswolds, Ireland, Brighton, Scotland and Derbyshire – where the two ‘Pride and Prejudice’ films were set. Visiting places I had only imagined (or ‘visited’ via Google Earth), such as North Nibley where I had set a key scene, was really humbling. I LOVED it!

 Sounds so exciting, Carolyn! A London trip was perfectly timed!

What kept you going?

Apart from the contract? I’m fascinated by the era, this amazing time of manners and social decorum, ideas and industrialization, a polite veneer that couldn’t always hide a darker underbelly of poverty and social upheaval. Despite the differences to contemporary life, I believe many issues remain the same. For example, while attending church was the norm, active relationship with God might have seen a Christian labeled unkindly – which is not so different to parts of our culture today.

 Who was an influential person who helped you along the way?

Tamela was obviously instrumental. As an Aussie trying to crack the US market, I’ve needed to find those willing to help spread the love about Miss Ellison. Through writing connections in Australia I was able to connect with Kara Isaac (who wrote the excellent New Zealand-based ‘Close to You’) who connected me with Dawn Crandall (author of the Everstone Chronicles) who opened up her list of influencers, without reading more than the blurb! Their encouragement, along with that of Carrie Turansky, has really helped me feel like I’ve at least a toe in the door. God is very good!

Being from Australia, how did you tap into the US market?

After writing my first novel back in 2010 I entered a number of online writing contests to determine if my work was any good. Several manuscripts down, having started to final in contests, I entered the American Christian Fiction Writer’s ‘First Impressions’ contest, with my Romantic Suspense novel – which I won. The same work made the finals in the ‘Genesis’ contest, where one of the judges was Tamela Hancock Murray, who became my agent. Discussions about what genre to write made me veer towards the Regency time period – partly because of my love for Jane and Georgette, and partly because as an Australian, I had some qualms about writing about US settings for a US audience who would know such settings far better than I would! Tamela showed my work to a number of Christian publishers; Kregel Publications were looking to add the Regency genre to their catalogue, so it was timing made in heaven.

What is inspiring to you?

All sorts of things inspire me: art, nature, music, travel, people whose hearts are bigger than their wallets. I remember Becky Wade, an author I admire, discussing writing, and how she likes to distill the theme into one word. The word I’ve tried to centre my writing around is grace – God’s undeserved favour, and His enabling to do His will on this planet. My husband and I pastored a church for ten years, and through that time came to see how much God loves people, and that His plans are for restoration of relationships, and to bring hope to this world. Knowing this means I can take a big breath and relax, trusting that God is in control, that His love is real, and His plans are good.

Thanks for sharing your novel journey with us, Carolyn! I’m excited for you!

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Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of romance, especially that of the Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

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