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THE APPEAL OF THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY by Amanda Cabot
Saturday, March 14, 2020 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK: Out of the Embers

AUTHOR: Amanda Cabot

PUBLISHER: Revell Books

GENRE: Historical Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE: First in Mesquite Springs series (can be read as a standalone)

TARGET AGE: Teenagers to Adults

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR AMANDA CABOT TO PATTI’S PORCH. AMANDA SHARES THE REASONS SHE CHOOSES THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY FOR THE SETTING OF MANY OF HER NOVELS.

 

 

THE APPEAL OF THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Amanda Cabot

 

 

 

Readers who are familiar with my books have probably noticed that many of them are set in the Texas Hill Country and may have wondered why I chose that particular location. There are several reasons.

 

 

 

It’s beautiful. Texas is a huge state with a wide variety of terrain, everything from the beautiful sand beaches of Padre Island and the lush Piney Woods to the majestic deserts of Big Bend National Park. Each has its own appeal, but for me, the most memorable part of Texas is the Hill Country. Not only do the rolling tree-covered hills make my heart sing, but this is the heart of bluebonnet country. If I could choose only one thing to represent the Lone Star State, it would be its state flower, the bluebonnet.

 

 What could be more beautiful than whole fields of bluebonnets?

 

 

 

Its history intrigues me. Perhaps it’s because my maternal grandparents were German-speaking immigrants that I feel an affinity to the early settlers of the Hill Country who came from Germany, seeking more freedom and better lives than they had in the Old Country. I was impressed with the way these immigrants adapted to conditions in their new home, rather than trying to recreate the lives they’d had in Germany, although, of course, they kept many of their traditions, including their singing societies.

 

 

 

Not all the German immigrants’ stories had happy endings. Further research revealed the presence of what some called Latin Colonies, founded by intellectuals who sought to establish utopia in Texas. Unfortunately, these highly-educated colonists lacked practical skills, and the colonies did not last long. Book learning is fine, but you need to be able to till the soil if you want to eat. As a side note, I’ve yet to include a Latin Colony in one of my books, but the idea keeps nagging at me, so – who knows? – the next trilogy may include one.

 

 

 

Readers enjoy stories set there. Although I’ve listed this last, it’s actually the most important reason that I set the Texas Crossroads, Cimarron Creek, and now the Mesquite Springs series there. The reaction to my Texas Dreams books, which were my first books set in the Hill Country, was so positive that I realized readers liked the location as much as I do. Their enthusiasm combined with my own preferences made the choice of this setting easy.

 

 

 

Out of the Embers is the first of the Mesquite Springs series. I’ve finished the second book and am currently working on the third, but at the same time, I’m tossing around ideas for a new trilogy. Guess where it’ll be set. The Hill Country, of course!

 

 

 

Back Cover Copy

A young woman with a tragic past has arrived in town . . . and trouble is following close behind

Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents’ murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds shelter in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don’t include a family of his own.

At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?

Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.

 

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Patti’s Review of Out of the Embers

I thoroughly enjoyed Out of the Embers, a historical romance that takes place in the hill country of 19th century Texas. The story, in addition to its small-town 1850’s setting, holds mystery, suspense, and plenty of romance.

Heroine Evelyn Radcliffe displays courage and determination as she strives to protect her little “sister” Polly. Both have survived a devastating fire at the orphanage they called home. In addition, Evelyn wants to escape the town where she knew she was being watched. She flees to Texas and establishes a restaurant.

Hero Wyatt Clark gives Evelyn and Polly a safe place on his horse ranch in Mesquite Springs until they are settled and Evelyn is able to open her business. Wyatt is convinced he wants to be free of what he sees as a restricting life, but he senses Evelyn may be in danger. Responsibility and romance put things in a totally different light.

Author Amanda Cabot has created an engaging story with a cast of characters who display the strength, honesty, and perseverance of those who pioneered America as they stand up against evil and greed.

I especially enjoyed the author’s depiction of the day to day management of Polly’s Place and the other aspects of small-town life during this historic era. The introduction of a character with what we would describe today as PTSD was innovative. The elements of intrigue and sweet romance keep the reader turning the pages.

This is the first in Amanda Cabot’s new Mesquite Springs series. I look forward to the sequels to come.

 

 

 

Amanda Cabot’s dream of selling a book before her thirtieth birthday came true, and she’s now the author of more than thirty-five novels as well as eight novellas, four non-fiction books, and what she describes as enough technical articles to cure insomnia in a medium-sized city. Her inspirational romances have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists, have garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and have been nominated for the ACFW Carol, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers Best awards. A popular workshop presenter, Amanda takes pleasure in helping other writers achieve their dreams of publication.

Connect with Amanda online:

Website       www.amandacabot.com

Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/amanda.j.cabot

Twitter         https://twitter.com/AmandaJoyCabot/

Blog            http://amandajoycabot.blogspot.com/

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Comments

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 3/22/2020 3:14:40 PM

Setting is so powerful, and I can see why you would choose the hill country! Keep on writing!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Amanda. I have never been to the hill country of Texas, but it sounds like a delightful place.

Amre From Idaho At 3/15/2020 9:31:08 AM

Nice interview. Sounds like an intriguing book!! :)

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Amre. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Amanda.

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LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHY WE WAIT
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WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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