Author Interview & Giveaway with Amber Lynn Perry

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!

amber-perry-photoA 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.

 

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About the book:

SoBrightAHopeWhen 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?

road-1072823_640Amber: 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?

tree-1409101_640Amber: 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?

love-2614754_640Amber: 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?

mobile-616012_640Amber: 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?

coffee-2440074_640Amber: 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?

lantern-2369904_640Amber: 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?

book-863418_640Amber: 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?

correcting-1870721_640Amber: 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?!

books-315677_640Amber:  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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First Line Fridays: So Bright A Hope

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring So Bright A Hope (Daughters of His Kingdom #5) by Amber Lynn Perry. With moments of laughter, unexpected twists, and dynamic characters that take a hold of your heart. This story is an important reminder that Liberty is more than a gift, it is a hard-earned privilege that the founders of this country fought for and believed in. You won’t want to miss this story and the journey within the pages that you won’t soon forget! CLICK HERE to read my full review!

 

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August 21, 1770
Boston, Massachusetts

          Light from the street lamps snakes behind James Higley as he reached the end of the abandoned cobblestone street.

 

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Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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So Bright A Hope (Daughters of His Kingdom #5) by Amber Lynn Perry

Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

This story had me on the edge of my seat and turning pages so rapidly that I may have gotten a paper-cut had I not been reading a digital copy. I was so deeply invested in the lives of these characters, I often found myself talking to my e-reader as if they could hear me.

With moments of laughter, unexpected twists, and dynamic characters that take a hold of your heart. This story is an important reminder that Liberty is more than a gift, it is a hard-earned privilege that the founders of this country fought for and believed in. You won’t want to miss this story and the journey within the pages that you won’t soon forget!

Amber Lynn Perry breaths life into the page with her stories. I am always excited to discover that a new story is available because I know that I am in for not just a delightful story that will captivate my senses, but one that is overflowing with emotion and intrigue. Be sure to pre-order 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.)

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About the Author:

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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.

 

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Be sure to check out the other Books in this series:

So Fair A Lady (Daughters of His Kingdom #1)

So True A Love (Daughters of His Kingdom #2)

So Rare A Gift (Daughters of His Kingdom #3)

  So Pure A Heart (Daughters of His Kindom #4)

  If Not For Thee (Daughters of His Kingdom Novella)

  Daughters of His Kingdom  (4-book series)

 

First Line Fridays: If Not For Thee

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

Today I’m featuring “If Not For Thee” by Amber Lynn Perry. This is the first Christmas Novella from Amber Lynn Perry and it was a sparkling delight! (You can read my full review by clicking here).

This story is perfect for enjoying with a hot drink and the glow of Christmas lights. If you haven’t yet had the chance to read this charming story, you will want to make sure to snag a copy as soon as possible (the e-copy is  currently on sale for .99c – click here)!

 

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          “Absolutely not”
          Margaret Main gripped the smooth handle of the axe and raised it over her head before slamming it down on the submissive chunk of wood.

 

 

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If Not For Thee (Daughters of His Kingdom Novella) by: Amber Lynn Perry

Synopsis:

With only three days to decide her fate, Margaret Main must make a choice: concede to the demands of her parents, or keep the vow she made to her beloved sister-in-law. The answer is simple. The solution aches her heart. For to keep her word–and her freedom–she must marry the only man she’s ever loved, with the knowledge he may never love her in return.

Holdwell Estate is his home, the place of his youth—his future. But to keep it, Marcus Wells must find a woman willing to marry him by morning. For years he was warned against giving away his heart, against the damage love would surely bring upon him.But this woman is far too lovely, far too spirited and kind. How can he keep himself from giving away the one thing he knows, once gone, will be lost forever…

My Thoughts:

This is a delightful Christmas Novella! A marriage of convenience between childhood friends brings unexpected outcome.

Margaret wasn’t looking to get married, but it seemed that was the only way to keep her promise to her sister-in-law. Marcus had spent his youth avoiding the entanglement of love. But forces outside their control have brought them together. Is it possible for two people from different walks of life to find their happily-ever-after, or will well-meaning, busybody relations drive a wedge between the tenuous relationship?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent reading this light-hearted Christmas story. It is sure to warm your heart. I give this charming story 4.5 stars and I look forward to reading more of Amber Lynn Perry’s stories in the future.

(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.)

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About the Author:

AmberLPerry  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.

 

 

 

  If Not For Thee (Daughters of His Kingdom Novella)

So Fair A Lady (Daughters of His Kingdom #1)

So True A Love (Daughters of His Kingdom #2)

So Rare A Gift (Daughters of His Kingdom #3)

  So Pure A Heart (Daughters of His Kindom #4)

  Daughters of His Kingdom  (4-book series)

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Review, Snippet & Giveaway — So Pure A Heart (Daughters of His Kingdom #4) by: Amber Lynn Perry

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Series: Daughters of His Kingdom
Genre: Historical, Romance, Christian
Publisher: Liberty Publishing
Publication date: June 20, 2017
Number of pages: 346

Since the night her dear uncle gave his life for hers, Hannah Young is determined to risk everything by spying for the Patriots in order to seek retribution against the British soldier who killed him. But when her former love, Joseph Wythe, insists on ensuring her safety, she must decide if the vengeance she seeks is worth the danger of his nearness. For the love she once felt is liable to grow deeper and more threatening to her heart than it ever was before.

Leaving his young ward to join the fight for liberty is the hardest thing Joseph Wythe has ever done. Nearly. The most difficult happened ten years past, which he tries his best forget. Seeing Hannah Young again after all this time does something frightening and wonderful to his soul. Though her determination to spy for the Patriots is honorable and brave, he will never allow her to take such a risk without him to protect her, no matter how she protests – and no matter how he knows he will ache all the more for the thing he always wanted and still could never have.

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About the Author

AmberLPerry

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.

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Chapter One

Alone, Hannah Young stared at the dirt-covered mound as the chilled air breached the warmth of her heavy cloak.
Graves are sorry things.
The words her uncle had spoken not an hour past replayed in her mind and held solid the reality she wished not to accept, but must. Her dearest aunt Bea, her friend and confidant—the woman she’d loved as a mother—was never coming back.
Hannah looked up, gazing across the lonely hill, straining to gather any rational thought through the thick fog of sorrow. At the sight of the house a hundred paces away, and Uncle Ensign nearing the plot where she stood, Hannah’s eyes burned. There was nothing they could have done to save her. ’Twas Bea’s time, and God had called her home. Such knowledge should strengthen, should it not? Lowering her head, she smoothed her cold fingers around the soft emblem in her hand. It should, but it would never quell the pain. That she knew. For still she grieved the loss of ten years past, as if ’twas only yesterday.
“Hannah, you should not still be here.”
She glanced up at the sound of Ensign’s voice, then turned again to Bea’s cold resting place. “Perhaps.” She could say no more without weeping.
“The others have long since returned home. As should you.” He put his arm around her shoulder and pulled her close as the gray clouds mourned over them. At long last his heavy tone returned to mingle with the air. “She loved you, my dear. More than you can ever know.”
Nodding, Hannah’s throat grew thick, impeding the reply that wished for release. And I her.
Ensign cleared his throat, but still his words came out thick and broken. “We shall always have the memories of our dear Beatrice. And though she is gone from us in this life, I know we shall see her in the next.”
Hot streams of tears rolled over Hannah’s cold cheeks. “You have such faith, Uncle.”
He released a quivering breath before his solemn reply. “I could not bear the grief if I did not.”
Hannah allowed his words to rest in the wintery air, consumed by both love and heartache, before the thoughts she’d been forming found shape in her voice. “She was so good to me. She loved me anyway.” Hannah glanced down at the tiny knitted booties in her hand, speaking through the tears she could no longer restrain. “Both of you loved me despite everything, and I could never repay such kindness, no matter how I tried.”
He tightened his loving grip and whispered in her ear. “There is nothing to repay, sweet child. She loved you as her own, as do I.” He coughed to clear his throat and straightened his stance. “Your father gave up a great treasure when he left you to us. He is a lost man. We must pray for him.”
The tears halted at the mention of Philo Young, and she glanced up, unrepentant for the truth that spilled out. “I fear I have given up praying for him. He will never…” She couldn’t finish the rest.
“Forgive me.” Ensign looked down at her, the deep lines around his eyes flaring before he kissed her temple. “I should not have mentioned it. I know how it pains you.”
She glanced down at the booties once again and tried to speak through the strain in her throat. “That is not all that pains me.”
An audible sigh left him, and he pulled her closer. “I know.”
Hannah inhaled a choppy breath, attempting to cleanse away the dark clouds that closed upon her mind. “At times…at times it seems as though ’twas only yesterday. Then in the next breath, I feel ’twas a different lifetime.”
The memories she wrestled gathered hard and fast, like storm clouds darkening an already bitter night. She shifted her feet and tucked the booties in her skirt pocket, attempting in vain to tuck away the thoughts with equal ease. “Without Bea—without you both beside me—I…” I would not have lived. Hannah looked away, unable to finish the thought aloud. “And now I shall never again be able to tell her how much I loved her, how grateful I am, how I shall never forget her.”
Ensign released his hold and brushed his knuckles against her cheek. “I heard you speak such to her every day.”
“But it wasn’t enough.”
“Dear child.” He kissed her hair once more, then moved back, one hand still on her shoulder. “You must return inside—I beg you. You have been too long in this chill.”
He turned and started down the hill, but she called after him, the cold slowing her lips as she spoke. “Only a moment more, Uncle. I cannot leave her just yet.”
Ensign stopped and glanced back at the grave, eyes red. Not moving his gaze, he answered her request with a pained smile to hide the quivering of his chin. Wiping a stray tear from his cheek, he took in a long breath, blinking as if he still struggled to accept the truth, the same as she. His mouth tightened, and he offered a quick nod before striding down the slight slope toward the house.
The cold cinched harder, stinging Hannah’s cheeks as she stared at the earthen catacomb of her only and dearest friend. She looked up, blinking against the moisture in her eyes. She had Ensign, true. And Caroline. But her cousin was in Sandwich, and though their treasured letters brightened every week, Hannah could not fathom how she would endure every day without Bea’s smiles and humor, her light and wisdom.
Again, she dropped her gaze, recalling Caroline’s most recent pleading. Nay. She hugged her arms around her chest under her cloak and rubbed them to fight against the cold. Never would she return there, no matter how her dearest cousin begged, no matter how lonely the years ahead might prove. Sandwich was the place of her youth, the place of her formative years, aye. But ’twas the place where her past still lived and breathed.
She reached into her pocket, eyes trained on the clouded horizon. Circling her fingers against the memory, she pushed back the bitterness that pressed against the doors she’d hidden it behind. Here in Plymouth she had discovered the meaning of true caring, true love of family.
Hannah tightened her fist around the soft wool as the face of the one man she longed to forget filled her vision as real as if he stood before her. She looked to the house to escape the illusion of him, but it lingered, forcing the imprisoned emotions to cry for freedom.
’Twas as much your doing as his, was it not?
The wind whipped harder now, signaling the need to find refuge indoors. Loathing to part, Hannah blew a kiss toward the lonely mound, grateful, almost, for the distraction that allowed her to leave her post without weeping.
Walking across the snow, she gripped her cloak, shivering as the memories thumped harder in her chest. Ten years had passed, and still she thought of him. Foolish. For surely he thought not of her.
At the back step she clutched the handle, breathing away her past before she could enter. The light from the house peeked through the small cracks in the wood, like her hope that refused to die.
After all they had done—after all they had lost— and still her heart betrayed her.
She grasped the handle tighter and pushed the door open.
She had forgiven him, aye. But she could never, ever forget.
Review

“I would do anything for you. I would do it a thousand times over if I knew it would keep you from suffering” – Joseph Wythe

“So Pure A Heart” is a captivating story, sure to touch your heart and remind you of the greatest Love of all. From the very beginning I felt pulled into the mystery and intrigue in this delightful, page turning story. Often I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next.

The story opens during the throws of the Revolutionary War. A tumultuous time, when being a Patriot could get you hung for treason and often the lines between friend and foe were blurred.

Hannah’s bravery in the face of her deep loss, speaks volumes to her strength of character and her willingness to further a cause greater than herself.

Joseph is determined to put the needs of other’s first, even at the risk to himself. He never stopped loving Hannah, even though it has been 10 years. He is determined to see that she is safe.

Hannah & Joseph’s story is full of raw emotion, and I felt every heart-throbbing moment right along with them throughout this engaging book!

I enjoyed reading the previous three books in the Daughters of His Kingdom series and I am eagerly anticipating the next book.  Those new to the series won’t feel like they are missing out if they start with this book, however, you won’t want to miss the other stories as they are just as captivating as this one!

(I purchased a copy of this book for my collection. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions are my own.)

 

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