I am super excited to have Amber Lynn Perry visiting with us today and chatting about her latest book So Bright A Hope (Daughters of His Kingdom #5). Be sure to stick around to the end to enter the giveaway!
A Pacific Northwest native, Amber Lynn Perry lives in Washington state with her husband and two daughters. She studied humanities at Portland State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree focused on art history. As a homeschooling mom, Amber spends much of her time teaching everything from Shakespeare to science.
When she isn’t crafting with her kids, making dinner or driving to dance classes, Amber is either reading or writing about her favorite time in American history. The Revolutionary era has captured her imagination from the time she was in middle school. Through her books, Amber hopes to not only give readers a glimpse into the past, but to instill in them a lasting love of liberty.
About the book:
When Caroline Whitney receives word that the brother she thought was dead is in fact a prisoner of war, she is frantic to rescue him. On the way to find help, she hides from the Redcoats, but is quickly discovered by a rugged British soldier who claims she must go with him, or be tried for espionage. The world would tell her this man is the enemy, but the veiled secrets in her captor’s eyes reveal he is more than he seems. If she fails to trust, more could be endangered than her life—her heart is bound to be broken a second time.
As a double agent in the service of Washington, British Captain James Higley must keep his true convictions a secret or face being killed as a traitor. On his newest mission, he discovers a courageous woman hiding in a barn, and is forced to capture her, or both their lives will be in jeopardy. When she offers her compliance in exchange for help in finding her brother, he accepts, despite his inner warnings. He must keep his distance from this alluring Patriot, or risk revealing not only his identity, but the true feelings of his heart.
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Join me in giving a warm welcome to Amber Lynn Perry! Let’s start out with a few fun getting to know you questions and then we’ll chat about So Bright A Hope.
Q: What is your favorite season, and why?
Amber: Fall. Always! I love the colors, the feel of the weather. The rain at night on my window when I’m reading…pure heaven.
Trisha: I too enjoy the fall colors and the harvest of many of my favorite fruits and veggies!
Q: What is the best part of your day?
Amber: Wow! That’s a great question. I love the morning. Because I love a fresh start–knowing I have the full day ahead of me to use as best I can. You know?
Trisha: Yes, a fresh start and everything is new!
Q: What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?
Amber: Oh man! K, I loooove Deanne Gist’s older stuff…anything from about 2004-2009. The Measure of a Lady, A Bride in the Bargain, etc. ❤
Trisha: I love those too!! I have the print copies on my keeper shelf!
Q: If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?
Amber: I am not like a music buff or whatever, but I love me some 1940’s big band and jazz–I listen all the time! It’s my soul music. Always lifts me up and puts me in a good mood. However, when I am writing I almost always listen to movie scores–all different kinds. Sometimes Guardians of the Galaxy, sometimes Last of the Mohicans–as long as it fits the mood of what I’m writing.
Trisha: I would enjoy listening to music with you any time!
Q: What do you love about this story?
Amber: Oh goodness. I love a lot of things about this story. I looooove how Caroline and James come together and how their relationship develops. The drama and excitement in this story is really fun for me. It’s so thrilling to write something and feel nervous for your own characters as you’re writing! haha!! All the while knowing that the happily ever after they end up with is going to be amazing.
Trisha: I loved reading this story and watching these two fantastic characters figure out the path their lives would take! It is such an exciting journey!
Q: Which character took you by surprise?
Amber: Edmond! I had no clue how he would end up as the story went along and in the end I was so smitten with him. He was such a loyal friend and just such a determined and dedicated guy. Really had fun with him.
Trisha: Edmond was quite a surprise!
Q: What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?
Amber: As with all my stories I hope they will come away with a greater appreciation and understanding of what regular people were willing to do to fight for liberty. Also, there is a theme of hope throughout this story and I would love readers to finish the book with a joy and brightness in their hearts, knowing that there *is* hope in this world and that God is always there for us.
Q: What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?
Amber: There is SO much that got cut. Basically two completely different manuscripts are in my trash folder on my computer. I worked very hard on this story for a very long time before I finally found exactly what it was the characters wanted to tell me.
Q: What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?!
Amber: I have several things in the works currently, but the soonest thing to release (I think!) is a novella I am publishing with Mirror Press in April called, Upon My Heart Forever. I’m finishing it up right now *AND* the exciting thing about this story is that the hero is Ethan Barrik from So Bright a Hope!! I just knew he had a back story, and readers will get to enjoy that soon! I also have two other novellas that I’m working on, but I don’t yet have a publishing date for those yet. I hope it will be soon!
Trisha: It sounds wonderful! I’m eager to read your new stories! Thank you, Amber for stopping by today and visiting with us. It is always a pleasure!
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Amber Lynn Perry is giving away 1 (one) e-copy of her latest book “So Bright A Hope”. Review the policies here. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period, the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.
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