Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Colorado Dawn Release Week ~ Day Three ~ Light To My Path

It's Day Three of Colorado Dawn release week! Happy Wednesday!

It's cold and snowy here in Minnesota, which is appropriate both for the season and for the story we're talking about today. Yesterday I blogged about the first book in the Colorado Dawn collection entitled Before the Dawn, and today, I'd like to introduce you to the second book in the collection, Light To My Path.

The Inspiration:

I am a member of the Minnesota Historical Society, and a sucker for all things Minnesota History, therefore when the MNHS bookstore stocked The White Cascade by Gary Krist, it caught my attention, and I purchased the book. 

The story centers around a Great Northern passenger train traveling through the Cascade Mountains that gets stopped by a snowstorm and then buried in an avalanche that took the train right off the track and down the mountainside.

Naturally, I wondered how I would write a story that included an avalanche threatening a train.
The remains of the train following the avalanche.

 The Characters:

Enter Eldora Carter and Sam McKenzie. I loved these characters. Eldora was so guarded and careful with her emotions, yet she couldn't steel herself against Sam. And Sam was determined to be free of entanglements with women, and yet his protective nature would exert itself.

This was also the first story I wrote where children had major roles. Phin and Celeste and Tick were just too much fun. Each one has a major obstacle to overcome, and each one has a strength of character that I wish I had.

We also get to revisit some of the characters from Before the Dawn, too. David and Karen, the McKenzie parents, and the family butler. 

The Original Release:

Eldora Carter-jobless, homeless, and family-less-suddenly finds herself escorting three orphaned children cross-country on the train from Missouri to Colorado. What should have been an easy job, however, quickly becomes a nightmare as each child presents a different crisis. If it wasn't for Sam Mackenzie, they'd have been put off the train long ago.
When an avalanche halts their progress, Sam and Eldora both must learn to trust God like never before for life, health, safety, security.even family and love. Can God be trusted to put things together when, despite all their efforts, they've failed so miserably?

Some Fun Things:

  • In 2012, Light to My Path was an ACFW Carol Award Finalist in the Short Historical Category.
  • My editor, Aaron McCarver declared that Light to My Path was his favorite of all my Heartsongs that he'd edited.
  • The three orphans in Light to My Path just might show up in future stories of their own someday ~ that's how much I love them!

Today's Question:

What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? Snowshoe? Sledding? Skiing? Sipping hot chocolate by the fire?

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  1. I am not a winter person. I like to crawl into the bed and have a pile of covers on me. I'm a wimp when it's cold out. 😁

    1. This is the time of year that I wish hibernation was a human thing. :)

  2. Drink hot coffee and curl up with a great book! As a matter of fact, my favorite thing to do in spring, summer and fall too!

    1. Me too! As long as you substitute coffee with hot tea. :D :D :D

  3. I'm not a winter person at all...I'm much more a beach bum! But I do love to see a beautiful snowfall...from the warmth of a fire and a glass of hot cocoa or tea! However, this year I've decided that I really need to be more active, so I'm thinking of trying snowshoeing. I don't like to ski, so this seemed like a good choice for me!

    1. Snowshoeing is a great idea! I've never been skiing, but I'm so uncoordinated, I think not skiing is the best way to keep me out of the emergency room. :)

  4. I am a huge winter person, growing up and still living in Michigan. That lake effect snow? AWESOME. :) I love it all. My favorite thing to do is sip something hot, snuggled up in a blanket in front of a fire, reading while the big huge flakes fall down outside. Not too much to ask. lol The orphans in your book sound fun! Trains scare me though, I am not too quick to ride one.

    1. I have lived in Minnesota for more than 20 years now, and I'm still amazed at the amount of snow, not just that falls but that sticks around for so long! I'm always ready for spring on March 1st, but March is actually our snowiest month! Consequently, I get lots of reading time. :D

  5. I love the blurbs for "Light to my Path" also, Erica. No doubt - I will be buying Colorado Dawn if I don't win a copy!!

    My joints don't like cold weather so I enjoy it by sitting in my recliner with a throw, cup of tea and a book - watching the snow outside.

    Shared post!!

  6. My favorite thing to do in the winter is stay inside--preferably with candles and a good book. I like to have a cup of hot tea always within reach.

  7. My favorite thing to do in the winter is read a good book.


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