Please join me in welcoming Janalyn Voigt to the blog today to talk about The Promise Tree, the first book in her new historical romance Montana Treasure series – a spin-off of her Montana Gold series!
THE PROMISE TREE
SERIES: Montana Treasure #1
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2021
A preacher’s daughter shouldn’t encourage a troublemaker, no matter what her wayward heart desires.
Liberty has always believed she should marry a man of God, but Jake doesn’t qualify. The promises they’d made at age twelve can’t change that. If only Jake would stop pursuing her, she might keep from falling in love with him.
Jake fears he’ll lose Liberty to Beau, the new man in town. He doesn’t trust the smooth-talker—and certainly not with Liberty. Expressing his opinion sounds jealous and pushes Liberty further away. Jake’s efforts to forget the woman he loves lands him in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
A bounty hunter on the trail of a notorious outlaw gallops into town, and Liberty finds herself in unexpected peril. When Jake rides after her, he faces a test of faith. Jake and Liberty must each overcome their own false beliefs. Only then can they experience the truth of God’s redeeming love.
Set during a troubled time in America, the Montana Treasure series explores faith, courage, and love in the Wild West. Read this heartwarming story to affirm your faith in love.
In the Pages of Books
by Janalyn Voigt, author of The Promise Tree
My family once swapped houses with a relative for simultaneous vacations. Besides saving us all money, it was fun and relaxing. An unexpected bonus was learning more about our relatives. By living in their house, we glimpsed what was important to them. It worked both ways. They noticed at once our love of literature. Although not great readers, they found themselves leafing through the books and magazines in our home.
That my passion for reading should rub off on others seems fitting. After all, I was infected by someone else. My father sparked my love of story at an early age by reading chapters from classic children’s books to my brother and me as bedtime stories. Tucked against his side, l felt the deep rumble of his voice vibrate through his chest to tickle my ear. I’d squint, trying to make out words in the book he held. Now and again, I’d stop him to define a word. After he laid the book aside for the night, my imagination carried me on flights of fancy. What would happen next in the story? The question kept me posing possibilities until long after bedtime.
Thus began my education in storytelling, reading, and vocabulary.
My father eventually stopped reading bedtime stories, so I made up my own. I advanced quickly in reading in school. Soon I was selecting books from my parents’ bookcase. The library was a place of wonder. After reading a short story I turned in, my sixth-grade teacher pulled me aside and suggested that I become a writer. That’s when I understood how my passion for storytelling could shape my life.
I often stayed awake late into a weekend night, reading. I liked clean romance novels where the heroine went on adventures in exotic locations. Romantic suspense caught my interest for similar reasons. My favorite author in this genre was and is the late Mary Stewart. Her books are vintage pearls that have been in continuous print for decades. Airs Above the Ground, This Rough Magic, and The Moonspinners are my favorites, but I’ve read and reread them all. Mary Stewart was a master of the writing craft, and reading her novels taught me more about writing than any academic course. She became my unknowing mentor. I would discover as my own writing voice developed that the same elements in Mary Stewart’s books—adventure, romance, history, mystery, and whimsy—are present in my own. How fortunate that I discovered a kindred spirit from which to learn.
Reading is both my sail and anchor. It allows escape into imaginary worlds even as it brings the present world into sharper focus. Reading lets me live in other people’s houses and learn about them, but it all comes home.
I have and always will discover myself in the pages of books.
Janalyn Voigt is a multi-genre novelist who has books available in the western historical romance and epic fantasy genres. Her unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and whimsy creates breathtaking story worlds for readers. An inspirational, motivational, and practical speaker, Janalyn has presented at the Northwest Christian Writers’ Renewal Conference and Inland Northwest Christian Writers Conference. She has also spoken for local writing groups, book events, and libraries. Janalyn is represented by Wordserve Literary and holds memberships in American Christian Fiction Writers and Northwest Christian Writers Association.
Janalyn Voigt is offering a print (or ebook) copy of any one book in her Montana Gold series to one of my readers! (US only for print. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) 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 makes you want to read The Promise Tree by Janalyn Voigt? How did you get your love of reading?