Author Interview & Giveaway: Kathleen Denly

Today I am super excited to have Author, Kathleen Denly here to chat with us today about her debut book, A Waltz in the Wilderness. Be sure to read all the way to the end and enter to win a copy of Kathleen’s new book!

Author Photo.KathleenDenly  Kathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

Waltz in the Wilderness is Kathleen’s debut novel and the first in a series of three stand-alone historical Christian romance novels connected by secondary characters and their beautiful Southern California setting.

Kathleen would love it if you visited her website at You can also connect with her on social media:

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48584636. sy475 Eliza Brooks is haunted by her role in her mother’s death, so she’ll do anything to find her missing pa—even if it means sneaking aboard a southbound ship. When those meant to protect her abandon and betray her instead, a family friend’s unexpected assistance is a blessing she can’t refuse.

Daniel Clarke came to California to make his fortune, and a stable job as a San Francisco carpenter has earned him more than most have scraped from the local goldfields. But it’s been four years since he left Massachusetts and his fiancé is impatient for his return. Bound for home at last, Daniel Clarke finds his heart and plans challenged by a tenacious young woman with haunted eyes. Though every word he utters seems to offend her, he is determined to see her safely returned to her father. Even if that means risking his fragile engagement.

When disaster befalls them in the remote wilderness of the Southern California mountains, true feelings are revealed, and both must face heart-rending decisions. But how to decide when every choice before them leads to someone getting hurt?

  Waltz in the Wilderness

Thank you, Kathleen, for stopping by today to chat with us about your new book. Let’s get started with a few fun, get-to-know-you questions and then talk about the book.

spring-bird-2295431_640Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Kathleen:  This one has actually changed. I used to be a huge fan of summer. Although I would still much rather be hot than cold, as I get older, I find Spring has become my favorite season. I like the more moderate weather and the beautiful greenery we enjoy here in Southern California during that time.

Trisha:  Spring is my favorite season. After a long cold Michigan winter, I love watching the plants come back to life and listen to the birds singing in the trees!

Bible Journaling - Love one Another (002)Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Kathleen:  Any time I can spend focused on God and His Word. I especially love Bible Journaling while listening to worship music. I don’t get to do it every morning (sometimes my Bible study is shorter), but when I do, it always starts my day off right.

Trisha:  I too enjoy Bible Journaling! I’m blessed to have a small group of ladies at church who also enjoy Bible Journaling.

love-2614754_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Kathleen:  Wow. Tough question! The first one that comes to mind is Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love. I really need to reread that one. I also really loved Deanne Gist’s early novels, A Bride Most Begrudging, Courting Trouble, Deep in the Heart of Trouble, etc.. And I was a fan of Lauraine Snelling’s Dakotah Treasure’s Series.

Trisha:  Oh, you picked some of my favorites too!!

mobile-616012_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Kathleen:  “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman

“Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin

“Happy Dance” by Mercy Me

Trisha:  I love it! Those are some great songs!

book-863418_640Q:  What do you love about this story?

Kathleen:  The journey the characters go through in their walk with the Lord. I don’t want to give too much away, but writing these stories is always a journey for both me and the character as God reminds me of things and teaches me new things through my characters.  Plus the banter. That’s always fun to write. 😉

Trisha:  Great answer and I completely agree with the fun banter too!

guy-2609361_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Kathleen:  Hmmm. That’s a toss-up between Alice and Richard. Neither one of them was originally meant to have as big a role in the story as they wound up getting. Then I fell in love with Richard so much that I made him the hero of my next book, Sing in the Sunlight.

Trisha:  I am looking forward to reading more about Richard in your next book!!

coffee-2440074_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?

Kathleen:  How much they loved it, of course! More specifically, though, I hope they can share something about the story that they were able to relate to. I write my stories with the hope that God will use my words to speak to people’s hearts. If God can use a donkey to speak, why not my story? Since we are all different, we all need to hear different things, so I don’t expect each person’s take away to be the same. Though, in a broad sense, I hope people are reminded that their identity is in Christ and not in their accomplishments or failures. That’s a theme I try to include in all of my stories, but in different ways.

correcting-1870721_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Kathleen:  Ooooh. I’m actually dying to share a particular scene that I wrote for Alice and Richard but later deleted. It was so fun, but wasn’t essential to the plot so I had to remove it. The problem is, if I share it here, it would reveal a spoiler. I will probably wind up adding it to my Kathleen’s Readers’ Club Freebie Library in the near future. I’ll just add an upfront warning that people should only read it if they’ve already read Waltz in the Wilderness.

Trisha: It sure would be fun to read it from your Reader’s Club Library!

books-315677_640Q:  What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! 

Kathleen:  I am currently finishing up Sing in the Sunlight and preparing to send it out to beta readers. My publisher has it scheduled to release in early 2021, but the exact release date isn’t set yet.

Trisha:  I’m excited to be able to read more wonderful stories of yours! Thank you for visiting with us today!

* * * * * GIVEAWAY  * * * * *

Kathleen Denly is giving away 1 (one) digital copy of her book “Waltz in the Wilderness”. 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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***** GIVEAWAY WINNER ******

Congratulations Patti O.



First Line Friday: Waltz in the Wilderness

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Waltz in the Wilderness (Chaparral Hearts) by Kathleen Denly.  This debut novel released this week, and I have been enjoying my time with these characters. Check out the first line below and then be sure to snag a copy to enjoy this weekend! Be sure to check back here on Monday for a fun giveaway!


October 1850
California Gold Fields


The scream pierced Eli, ripping her from sleep.

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

  Waltz in the Wilderness


Now it’s your turn!

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The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8) by Kimberley Woodhouse


The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues when Olivia Brighton finds herself widowed and working her brother’s restaurant in San Francisco during the height of the rush for gold. Even though she receives at least twenty marriage proposals a day, she will never marry a gold miner. Her brother’s friend Joseph Sawyer has gotten caught up in local politics and the plight of Chinese in forced labor. The more Joseph gets pulled into investigating crime in the city, the less Olivia sees of the compassionate man. And just when she thinks she could love again, a fire threatens to steal all hope.

Can Olivia survive the crime and Gold Rush fever of 1849…and the countless marriage proposals? A series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

My Thoughts:

Widowed after only 6 months, Olivia has come to know more than her fair share of hardship and grief.  She blames herself for the accident that took her husband’s life and has built up a wall around her heart. Will she be able to forgive herself and discover the life that God has planned? Working along-side her brother at his restaurant in San Francisco she sees first hand the hardship of these people. Olivia joins with her brother and his friend, Joseph Sawyer to make changes that will improve the town.

With this 8th book in the Brides of the Mayflower collection, we travel to the wild and unruly gold town of 1849 San Francisco.  This stand-alone story is sure to pull you in and carry you along on a delightful mystery as you try to discover who is the mastermind behind the slave-trade, among other nefarious deeds.

I loved the dynamic characters and a rich historical tapestry of this delightful story. You are sure to be enchanted with this story. Be sure to pick-up your copy today!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:


About the Author:

KimberleyWoodhouse  Kim is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student. She has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students over the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at over 700 venues.

Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.

Kim has been writing seriously for fifteen years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters – you name it – she’s written it. It wasn’t until a dear friend challenged her to “do something with it”, that she pursued publication. She now has multiple books to her credit, with more on the way.

Kim lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly “Extreme” home.

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  The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8)


Would you like to learn more?
To this day, there are quite a few ships underneath the streets of San Francisco. (Here’s a fascinating map from National Geographic.)


More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1863 The Alamo (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 The Gold Rush (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 The Pony Express (July 2019)

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First Line Fridays: Bounty Beyond Reason

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m featuring Bounty Beyond Reason (Brides of Blessings #7) by Kari Trumbo. This boisterous historical western follows an unlikely female bounty hunter on mission to recover a prized horse. Little does she know that she’s about to find a lot more than she anticipated. Be sure to watch for my review this next week!


June 1853
Blessings, California

          Hannah stared down the barrel of her Sharp’s carbine right to the center of Emmitt’s chest, but doubt hit her to the center of hers.



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