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Heather Blanton

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“Heather Blanton is blessed with a natural storytelling ability, an ‘old soul’ wisdom, and wide expansive heart. Her characters are vividly drawn, and in the western settings where life can be hard, over quickly, and seemingly without meaning, she reveals Larger Hands holding everyone and everything together.”
MARK RICHARD, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, AMC’S HELL ON WHEELS, and PEN/ERNEST HEMINGWAY AWARD WINNER

I write Christian Historical Western Romance. Yes, that often entails the use of firearms in a threatening manner. Sometimes there are fistfights. There may even be politically incorrect but historically accurate language. But also, there is always an inspirational message and strong allusions (at least) to the gospel.

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The Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill is one of the finest historical collections in the country. It foc…more
Thanks for the question, Denise!

The Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill is one of the finest historical collections in the country. It focuses, obviously, on Southern life. In a folklore class I took back in 2010, we studied a gentleman named Henry Berry Lowry (or Lowrie). The Lumbee Indians consider him a hero, sort of in the vein of Robin Hood. He was a man of mixed blood who was victimized by the ridiculous racist laws of North Carolina, but rather than cower or hide, Henry fought. He butted heads with the local sheriff and even had more federal troops after him than Jesse James. It is a fascinatingly bitter story.

Anyway, at one point, his wife and a relative's wife were arrested and used as bait. Henry was ticked off about that! He wrote the sheriff a note (written in pencil in beautiful script and everything was spelled correctly) that said, "Release our wives tomorrow by noon or you will call down such trouble as you cannot imagine." The sheriff released the ladies. Henry killed more people than the James Gang. He hid in the swamp to avoid capture. Legend says he had a pair of boots with heels on the toes to confuse trackers.(less)
Heather Blanton Thanks for the question, L.N. Sorry I didn't see this sooner! Hearts in Defiance can be read alone and you won't be lost in the plot. Reading A Lady i…moreThanks for the question, L.N. Sorry I didn't see this sooner! Hearts in Defiance can be read alone and you won't be lost in the plot. Reading A Lady in Defiance certainly will give you more depth and background, though. (less)
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A Distant Heart, book one in my new series, Burning Dress Ranch, released FRIDAY. The title is very deliberate. Like all of us, my characters can choose to stay grounded in this world, hanging on to hurts and grievances–or they can reach for something better. The ultimate Groom offers perfect love–unselfish, sacrificial, peaceful. Doesn’t seem like it should […]
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“Maybe that's what this is all about...maybe, now and then, we have to give up a portion of our kingdoms–the things we hold dearest–to find what it is God wants for us.”
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“We can best honor our dead by livin' well. Moving' forward dusna mean y love them any less. It just means ye're still alive.”
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“Maybe that's what this is all about...maybe, now and then, we have to give up a portion of our kingdoms–the things we hold dearest–to find what it is God wants for us.”
Heather Blanton, A Lady in Defiance

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“Jacob, what's wrong with you? Why would you want to do this? What kind of husband . . . what kind of man are you?”
“I don't know.” Jacob's voice was a whisper. “But before I pledged myself to Annie, I pledged myself to God.”
“I hope you know what you're doing.” Montrose glanced back towards the kitchen. In their silence, they heard Annie's low sobs. “I hope it's worth it.”
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Lucinda Dear Heather,
Thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads. I am really looking forward to reading your novel 'A Lady in Defiance' that sounds amazing, and thank you so much once again for sending me a kindle copy to read & review!
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


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