Please join me in welcoming Janalyn Voigt to the blog today! Her Montana Gold series is a new favorite of mine, and she recently released book #3 in the series – Stagecoach to Liberty.
Janalyn Voigt fell in love with literature at an early age when her father read chapters from classics as bedtime stories. When Janalyn grew older, she put herself to sleep with tales “written” in her head.
Today Janalyn is a storyteller who writes in multiple genres. The same elements–romance, mystery, adventure, history, and whimsy–appear in all her novels in proportions dictated by their genre.
You can connect with Janalyn on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.
Can a desperate young woman trust the handsome Irish stranger who wants to free her from her captors?
Elsa Meier, a talented young Hessian girl who plays the hurdy-gurdy and dances, signs a contract to entertain miners in the Wild West. Elsa travels to America in the company of Miles and Alicia Peabody, the brother and sister who persuaded her mother to allow her to go. Elsa hopes for freedom and the chance to send money home to help her family. Instead she comes to the attention of a wealthy and unscrupulous man. On a stagecoach traveling into Montana Territory, Elsa conveys her peril to a handsome stranger with an Irish accent.
Con Walsh, on a quest to find out the truth about himself, stumbles into a dangerous situation involving a frightened young woman in need of rescue. Despite his own pressing troubles, he finds that her safety matters to him more than his own.
Set in Montana during its gold rush — a time troubled by outlaws, corruption and vigilante violence, Stagecoach to Liberty explores faith, love, and courage in the wild west. This story can stand alone or continue the saga that began with Hills of Nevermore and Cheyenne Sunrise.
Hi Janalyn! Welcome to the blog!
Janalyn: My alter-ego is a cat. I love how independent they are while also being relatable. How do they manage that, anyway?
Carrie: They’re relatable when they choose to be 😛
Janalyn: Neither. I avoid soft drinks in favor of green tea with honey. If I want something fizzy, I drink Perrier or kombucha.
Carrie: I wish I could fool my brain into thinking kombucha is diet coke… alas, no success thus far lol
Janalyn: The ocean calls to me. I was born in a seaport, so maybe that’s why.
Carrie: My ideal happy place is a mixture of both – ocean & mountains.
Janalyn: I would rather pay more for print. When I reviewed books, it took me a long time to accept digital copies. I read digital text more slowly, plus there’s no substitute for holding a physical book.
Carrie: I was the same for a while … until i realized how many more books I could travel with in ebook form! Haha!
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
- This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Carrie: A couple of my faves on that list too!
Q: Con Walsh has figured prominently in the Montana Gold series so far. Did you know ahead of time how his story would play out, or did he surprise you?
Janalyn: I didn’t plan Con’s journey through this series ahead of time. The fact that my publisher grew fond of him made the decision to feature him as a hero of one of the stories easy. What’s funny thing is that of all the characters in the Montana Gold series, Con is most like me. Impulsive and quick-blooded, his wit saves him in a pinch (if it doesn’t plunge him deeper into trouble). He attempts to redeem his social awkwardness with charm, but this only reveals his vulnerability. Like his author, Con is often honest without the benefit of tact, and he pays the price for this.
Carrie: I’m glad your publisher’s fondness for Con motivated the writing of his book because I’m quite fond of him as well 🙂
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Stagecoach to Liberty?
Janalyn: I hope to touch readers with the nearness of God, who waits to help us overcome adversity. Discovering true freedom is the theme and journey within Stagecoach to Liberty.
Carrie: Amen ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Janalyn: I’m currently writing The Forever Sky, book four of the Montana Gold series. I’m also editing Deceptive Tide, an romantic suspense novel I’m writing as part of a series with two other authors
Carrie: Looking forward to them both!
Janalyn Voigt is giving a copy of either (reader’s choice) Hills of Nevermore or Cheyenne Sunrise (the first two books in the series) to one of my readers! US only. Void where prohibited by law. Format of book given is at the discretion of the author. 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? What interests you most about this book?
Finding out about what a hurdy-gurdy is. I have heard of it, but not sure what it is. I can’t wait to read the book to find out. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.
This novel is captivating and interests me greatly. The story, era and setting all are wonderful. The Old West and their lives are unforgettable and special. Thanks for this wonderful feature and giveaway which I would treasure. Today is my birthday.
Thank you for the interview with Janalyn Voigt and the information on “Stagecoach to Liberty”. sounds like a wonderful book and one that I would love the opportunity to read. Love to read books of the era and imagine how life might have been.
This sounds like my kind of book.
Thank you for the interview. The book sounds exciting.
The excitement and danger interest me.
Interested in the print book about the West, “Stagecoach to Liberty,” because of the story line, and probably because we live in Montana:) Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy! Merry Christmas!
I love The Wild West! Thank you
Love this period of time.
Carrie, I must have spaced during the holidays on commenting on this post. Sorry about that. Thanks so much for featuring me! You have a lovely website.