Please join me in welcoming Amanda Barratt back to the blog! Today we’re celebrating her DEBUT NOVEL!!! Cue the confetti and fanfare 😀
ECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story – a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes inspirational historical romance, penning stories that transport readers to a variety of locales – from the sweeping coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, to the rugged landscape of Central Texas. Her novella, The Truest Heart, finaled in the 2017 FHL Reader’s Choice Awards.
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters.
These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England.
Her debut novel, My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls New York, released January 1, 2018!
Journey now to Niagara Falls, New York, of 1870 where…
She avoids danger at all costs. He makes his living by rushing headlong into it.
Outwardly, Adele Linley’s trip to visit her American cousins is nothing more than a summer vacation. In reality, she’s the daughter of an English aristocrat with barely a penny to her name seeking a rich American husband.
Having grown up in an overcrowded orphanage, Drew Dawson is determined to make a name for himself. He’ll take any honest job to provide for his sister—even crossing Niagara Falls by tightrope.
On a sightseeing trip to the Falls, Adele meets several eligible suitors. Incredibly wealthy and pompous, Franklin Conway takes an immediate fancy to her. But Adele would truly like to marry for love. When she encounters the mysterious Drew in the garden, Adele is confused by her feelings for someone who is everything she is NOT looking for. Will they both stay the course they have chosen for themselves?
Hi sweet lady! Welcome back to the blog!
Amanda: Peanut butter pie with chocolate sauce on top. 🙂
Amanda: Red roses.
Carrie: So pretty!!
Carrie: YES! Me too 😀
Amanda: Just one? This is seriously so hard, as I listen to so many different genres. But Amazing Grace is definitely at the top of my list, so I’ll go with that.
Carrie: If you’re like me, your favorite song changes with different seasons in your life, but Amazing Grace is always at the top of my list. So much special about that song ♥
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Amanda: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade, and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.
Carrie: Oh my goodness – yes! The Hiding Place is one of my enduring very-faves
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Amanda: I am very mean to them up until the end of the story, at which point I allow them their happy ending. I’m moody when they’re not cooperating, but blissfully happy when they are.
Carrie: LOL! love it 🙂
Q: Niagara Falls is such a beautiful and awe-inspiring travel destination. What are some stops on your travel bucket list?
Amanda: It would be great to return to Niagara Falls at some point, but my top destinations are: England, Washington DC, England, France, England, Germany, England… can you tell where I reeeallly want to go? 🙂
Carrie: uhhh… I’m getting that you really want to go to England? 😉
Q: Drew Dawson is prepared to cross Niagara Falls on tightrope if it helps him provide for his sister & make a name for himself. What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
Amanda: I tend to mostly leave the super scary adventures to my characters. 🙂 But I’ve attended multiple writers’ conferences and pitched to agents and editors, despite being terrified. I also recently did a Facebook Live which, for an introvert like me, is pretty adventurous.
Carrie: Oh my gosh – Facebook Live totally counts!! That – and hosting a Facebook party – terrifies me lol!
Q: Between Drew and Adele, which character’s personality do you most relate to?
Amanda: Probably Adele. She struggles with wanting to control her environment and circumstances, something I’ve dealt with. She’s also driven to take care of her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to keep those she loves safe.
Carrie: I think I’m going to like Adele ♥
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York?
Amanda: That we can only find peace when we trust and truly surrender to God. Trying to maneuver circumstances and people to get a desired outcome causes stress and bad choices, whereas a true “handing over the reins” to Jesus, brings the greatest security we can hope to have.
Carrie: Yes, amen! Such a tough thing to do – handing over the reins – but so very worth it.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me, my friend! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Amanda: In March, I have a novella releasing in the Barbour novella collection Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers. It’s sort of a sequel collection to Seven Brides for Seven Texans, only this time, the heroes are Texas Rangers tracking a dangerous band of outlaws. Many beloved characters from Seven Brides for Seven Texans have cameo appearances, and I’m super excited for the collection’s release!
Carrie: Texas Rangers? Be still my heart!! SWOON!
Amanda Barratt is giving away a print copy of My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? Have you been to Niagara Falls? If so, what did you love the most?