Evelyn M. Hill: author spotlight + giveaway

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Hi, reader friends! I’m delighted to introduce y’all to a debut author of historical romance today and she even brought along a giveaway!

about the author

According to family tradition, Evelyn M. Hill is descended from a long line of Texas horse thieves. (But when your family is not only Texan, but Irish, tall tales come with the territory.) This might explain why she devoted much of her childhood to writing stories about horses. Once she grew up, the stories naturally featured a tall, handsome cowboy as well.

She lives at the end of the Oregon Trail, where she gets to do all her historical research in person.

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five favorites

Favorite book

Evelyn: That changes. There are so many wonderful books out there! At their moment, my favorite book would be The Express Rider’s Lady by Stacy Henrie. Writing historical romances has given me a new-found respect for an author who can slip their research into the story in such a way that makes the reader feel that they’re there and not just being given a lecture.

Plus, Henrie has a lovely writing style, deceptively plain and clear. That’s hard to do–at least I find it difficult. She makes it look easy!

Beth: I’ve been wanting to pick up one of Stacy’s books! Might just start with that one!

Favorite childhood book

Evelyn: Wait, just one? The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge. I just re-read it and found it held up pretty well. As a child, I loved the idea of having a bedroom in a tower room, with a door so small only the heroine could enter. (I might have been influenced by the fact that I have five older brothers.) And of course, the heroine is given her own horse, which was my childhood dream.

Beth: I haven’t read that one but it sounds like something my kids would love!

Favorite secondary character

Evelyn: In His Forgotten Fiancée, I have to confess that my favorite secondary character was the kitten, Elijah. I love his cheerful self-confidence, his absolute trust that his humans would always take care of him. And I loved the idea of the hero, Matthew, trying to train the kitten to hunt mice simply because the heroine, Liza, has a horror of mice. The poor man isn’t good at talking about emotions. It’s easier for him to give her what she needs than it is to tell her how he feels.

Beth: Awww, kitty!

Favorite winter activity

book, tea, fireEvelyn: When it’s cold and raining, I tend to hibernate. I like sitting by the fire with a good book and a mug of tea. Or better still, going to the coast. There’s a place where I can watch the waves crashing on the beach… while sipping tea sitting next to a good fire and surrounded by books. It’s a hotel that was designed for readers and writers. It doesn’t have TV or radio or Internet. But it does have a library on the top floor, overlooking the beach, and each bedroom is named after a writer and decorated in the style of their books. For example, the Agatha Christie room is decorated in the English Country House style and has shelves of her books.

Beth: That place sounds like a dream! 

Favorite place to write

Evelyn: When I first started writing seriously, I had a horrible commute that took an hour and a half each way through an area that didn’t have good cell phone coverage. I found it a great way to get writing done the old-fashioned way, using just a fountain pen and a legal pad. By now, I’ve been conditioned to write when on a train or a plane. When I’m at home, I often go down to my local Starbucks to write. Getting out of the house helps!

Beth: Good plan! There’s ALWAYS something that needs done at home!

 

books

Tell us about your latest release

Evelyn: My debut book, His Forgotten Fiancée was released on January 1st. Is that a great way to start out the New Year or what?

When I had the idea for His Forgotten Fiancée, I started with a man waking up in a room. He doesn’t know where he is, or even what his name is. A woman comes into the room and tells him that they’re engaged. What would he do? How would you react, if that happened to you? Your memories are a fundamental part of who you are. It was great fun watching Matthew and Liza fall in love all over again.

Beth: Congratulations! 2018 is an exciting year for you already!

His Forgotten Fiancee by Evelyn M. HillLiza Fitzpatrick is stunned when her fiancé finally arrives in Oregon City — with amnesia. Matthew Dean refuses to honor a marriage proposal he doesn’t recall making, but Liza needs his help now to bring in the harvest, and maybe she can help him remember…

Matthew is attracted to the spirited Liza, and as she tries to help him regain his old memories, the new ones they’re creating together start to make him feel whole. Even as he falls for her again, though, someone’s determined to keep them apart. Will his memory return in time to save their future?

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Beth: I love the amnesia angle!

 

Tell us about your next release

Evelyn: Sadly, Harlequin has decided to stop publishing the Love Inspired Historical line. So I decided to take the story I was going to send them and… gulp… publish it myself. I love the story too much to not try to share it. It’s called The English Lieutenant’s Lady and deals with a time when the British sent spies into the Oregon Territory. (Based on actual events!)

Beth: You go, author friend! I think we are all sad to see the Love Inspired Historical discontinued.

 

q&a

Why did you choose this setting?

Evelyn: I set the story in the Oregon Territory in 1851. I’ve read a lot of stories that describe the experiences of the pioneers on the Oregon Trail, but there aren’t very many that deal with what happened once these people arrived in Oregon.

Beth: I love that! 

What kind of research did you do?

Newell Pioneer Village in Champoeg, OregonEvelyn: Oh, I had a lot of fun researching this! I try using a scythe to cut my lawn, instead of that boring old lawn mower. Fortunately, I survived. I also got to drive around my neighborhood, trying to pick just the right location for Liza’s cabin. The Newell Pioneer Village, in Champoeg, Oregon, was a great resource with wonderfully patient docents who were always ready to answer my questions.

Beth: We have a pioneer village within a few hours drive and it’s a family favorite getaway!

giveaway

Evelyn M. Hill has generously offered to send one Faithfully Bookish reader friend a paperback copy of His Forgotten Fiancée!

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52 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Hi Beth & Evelyn! *waving*
    Fun interview! I recently had the pleasure of reading His Forgotten Fiancee! It was a really great story, kept me turning pages late into the night. I’m sure your followers will also enjoy reading this story.Yes, we are sad that Love Inspired isn’t publishing new stories. I look forward to reading Evelyn’s next book. Sounds intriguing!


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    Hey Y’all! I agree, it’s sad that Harlequin has discontinued it’s Love Inspired Historical line too! Congratulations on your bravery. I hope you sell a million copies! HIS FORGOTTEN FIANCE sounds good! Happy New Year!!! rw620 AT aol DOT com


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      Hi Robin! Don’t you love cheering on self-pub authors?! So many hidden gems among them!


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    I’m not too cerain about the books she likes, but that hotel sounds fabulous. I can’t imagine a place without TV’s! And a library on the top floor. I love everything about that. Thank you formthe interview and giveaway opportunity. Best of success with self publishing!


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      I think I would miss wifi after a day or two… that’s how I chat with all my bookish buddies!


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      It is fabulous. They even have binoculars in the library so you can sit by window and do some whale watching while staying warm and dry.


  4. // Reply

    Hi Beth and Evelyn! What a fun spotlight on a new-to-me author! This book sounds wonderful. I share Evelyn’s love of curling up with a blanket and book by the fireplace in the winter.


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      Yes, this is a great time of year to hibernate! Especially right now, when I’m trying to fight off that pesky flu 🙁


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    congratulations on your new book. your hotel sounds wonderful. growing up we had a fireplace and it was the best place to read a good book. now I have a recliner with my hot or iced tea and my kitty on my lap. wish you all the luck on self publishing


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      Thanks, Lori. Does the kitty not object to sharing you with a book? My cat has Strong Opinions on the subject.


  6. // Reply

    Well, the man holding a kitten totally sold me on this book!


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      The Harlequin Art Department did a fabulous job with the cover. They even managed to get a kitten-model who looked like the kitten in my book!


  7. // Reply

    Hello Evelyn!

    You know I love to hibernate with a great book by the fireplace as well. Now I’d rather have a view of the mountains instead of the ocean. We were able to fulfill that dream this past year when we picked up stakes and moved to the Ozark Mountains. On top of that we found a lovely piece of property with two 1853 large stone fireplaces still standing and designed our modest, downsized home around it. Now I can sit by a pretty neat fireplace while reading and look out our big picture window to view the mountains. Love it!

    “His Forgotten Fiancee” sounds amazing. I know I’d love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


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      Your fireplaces sound amazing, Kay! You’ll have to share a picture on Facebook sometime 😊


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      Oooh, Kay, that sounds fabulous. I love the idea of designing your home around those old fireplaces!


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    I live on the Oregon coast and love stories set in my home state 🙂 So there’s that in common with Evelyn’s writing! I’m also a BIG fan of hibernating during the winter months. Nothing better than curling up with a hot cup of tea or coffee and reading a good book under a snuggly blanket.

    I love learning things about new-to-me authors! Thanks for spotlighting Evelyn in your post and the giveaway chance Beth!


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      Trixi, I am jealous! I would love to live on the coast. And I agree, I like stories written in Oregon 🙂


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    I also love reading in the winter but I like reading year around too! Nice post! Cute book cover! I would love to win a copy!


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      I agree, Emilee. I like reading by the fire in the winter, and reading on a park bench in the spring, and reading on a hammock in the summer… 🙂


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    Evelyn, I can definitely relate to “I like sitting by the fire with a good book and a mug of tea. Or better still, going to the coast. There’s a place where I can watch the waves crashing on the beach…” We’ve rented the house right on the beach this New Year’s … it was amazing…
    My way of relaxing! Sounds like a very interesting read! Thank you for the interview!


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      I love the sound of the waves crashing on the shore! It’s the perfect soundtrack for relaxation!


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    Must have been hard having your fiancé show up and not remembering he had proposed. In the story I hope they work things out.


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      Yes, it was hard for them but the idea fascinated me. When I began writing this, I started with a man waking up in a strange room. He can’t remember where he is or even who he is. A woman comes into the room and tells him they’re engaged. How would he react?


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    Stacie Henry is one of my favorite authors of Love Inspired Historicals – sad that they are discontinuing them.

    I love amnesia storylines and stories set in my new (3 years) state of Oregon – I’ll have to look into the Newell Pioneer Village! 😀


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      Yvette, yes, do check it out! There’s a log cabin and a tiny school as well as the Newell’s fancy house, which has rooms decorated in furnishing from the period.


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    Oh my laaaand the hotel Evelyn describes sounds awesome. I love the coast and love books and it just sounds lovely! 😀


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      People have been flocking to the coast this week. The combination of unusually high tides and stormy weather has created some truly spectacular waves 🙂


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    This is a new author to me but the cover looks like an invitation to read!


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    Thank you so much for the opportunity!!! I love Christian Inspirational Romance!!!! The book looks amazing!! Thank you again! God bless!


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    Love going to the beach to watch the waves. My happy place!


  17. // Reply

    Very nice interview, Beth. 🙂

    Evelynn, I haven’t entered the giveaway yet, so maybe I am a step ahead of myself, but I wanted to let you know that after reading the premise for your next book I immediately clicked over to your website and signed up for your newsletter so that I won’t miss when you release it. That book sounds fascinating!


  18. // Reply

    Awesome interview, it’s so exciting to learn some things about the author. It is also interesting to learn how much research goes into writing a book. I would love to go to the hotel and just read sometime, sounds intriguing. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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