Friday, March 18, 2011

Interview with Kendall Evans and giveaway!

Author Kendall Evans is here today to discuss her new novel Anna's Shattered Faith which I reviewed last month. She's also hosting a sweet giveaway so don't forget to leave a comment!

Nook or Kindle? Kindle

Which authors inspire you?

I think my ultimate inspiration would be Janette Oke. I’ve always loved her books. She just has a way of telling a story that really draws the readers in and makes them want to follow the characters through until the very end.

Tell us a little about Anna's Shattered Faith:

It’s an 1800’s inspirational romance about a Texas Ranger and a widow who wants nothing to do with lawmen. Here’s a little blurb:

The day Anna Hampton's husband, Zach, was killed was the day she lost her faith. Ranger Daniel Cochran represents everything she doesn't like. Not only is he a lawman, but he's a God-fearing man like Zach. His faith might work for him, but the only thing Anna saw it do was get her husband killed. The Ranger’s presence grows more and more welcome, especially when danger lurks around every corner, and Anna is caught in the middle.

What are you working on next?

Astraea Press just contracted Promise to Laura which is a love story set during the Korean War, and I’m now back to working on the sequel for Anna’s Shattered Faith. Now that Anna and Daniel have expressed their love, this book tests that commitment and Anna’s renewed faith.

Can you share an excerpt with us?

From Anna’s Shattered Faith:
“Well, I appreciate your concern, but I can take care of myself and my family. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have washing to tend to.”

Daniel captured the door with the toe of his boot before she could close it. “I’m trying to help you.”

“And I’m telling you I don’t need help.”

They stared at one another, neither relenting. The light of battle in her eyes told him he wasn’t going to get an answer. Frustration raced up his spine. “Is everyone in your family this stubborn?” The words were out before he could stop them, and he immediately winced. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have…”

Her shoulders relaxed marginally. “It’s all right. The answer to your question is yes, though, I would have to admit I was born with a lion’s share of stubbornness.”

The sunlight streamed across her face, giving her an almost angelic appearance. Daniel’s hand ached to reach out and caress her cheek, to offer some measure of comfort. Instead, he summoned a smile and clamped his hat back on his head.

“I suspect you’ll tell me if and when you want me to know, although, I do hope you’d come to me if you were in any kind of danger.” He paused to let the words sink in.

Anna lifted her chin a notch. “I appreciate your concern, but I’m in no danger.”

He jerked his head toward the area behind her. “Is that why your husband’s rifle is on the table?”

She edged the door closer, shielding the room from his line of vision. “Are you this concerned about everyone in this town or just me?”

He smiled, recognizing the deflection. “Yes, Ma’am. That’s all part of the service the Texas Rangers offer.”

“I doubt you’d stop by every farm that has an early morning visitor.”

“You might be surprised.”

“Now why do I doubt that, Ranger?” Before he could reply, she continued, “Regardless, I should tell you that if your concern comes out of any thoughts you might have about you and me, you’re wasting your time.”

Daniel studied her for a few seconds, considering her words. “Really? Why’s that?” He didn’t actually admit to having some of those thoughts she mentioned, but he figured it wouldn’t hurt to find out why she was so against him.

“Because I’m still married.”

Her response caught him off-guard until he saw the flash of pain in her eyes. In her heart she was still married, but she was a smart enough woman to know that wasn’t logical. “Well, I can certainly understand that, Ma’am. It’s hard losing someone you love.”

For a moment, her defenses slipped, and Daniel caught a hint of softness, like maybe she wanted to talk, to share more. But just as quickly as the opening came, it disappeared, and Anna’s gaze shuttered. “Well, good day, Ranger.”

As she started to close the door again, he called her name. She hesitated. “You would tell me if you were in trouble, wouldn’t you?”

Her next words surprised and angered him. “No, I wouldn’t.”

It was no wonder he found himself praying for more patience. Anna Hampton was, by far, the most obstinate woman he’d ever met. But obstinacy had put more than a few people in their graves. He wouldn’t allow that to happen to Anna…no matter how much he had to interfere in her life.

“Why not?”

“Because I’ll not have the death of another lawman on my hands.” She closed the door in his face.

Kendall Evans is a romance writer who enjoys writing Christian romance, sweet romance, and occasionally, non-fiction. She lives near the beach and considers herself blessed to be able to smell the salt of the ocean air and hear the waves crashing over the shore. You can find her at on Facebook.

It's giveaway time!

Thanks so much Kendall for visiting today! She's agreed to send one lucky reader a PDF copy of her novel Anna's Shattered Faith. Just leave a comment between now and April 1 with your name and email address if it's not in your profile.


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