Fifteen Authors Who Influenced my Life and Writing by Janet Chester Bly
1. George MacDonaldHistorical 19th century Scottish romances, edited and made available for contemporary readers by Michael Phillips
This was my introduction to Christian fiction. Great stories.
2. Louisa May AlcottLittle Women and character Jo’s writing journey and advice given, “Write what you know.”
3. Eugenia PriceStrangers in Savannah, a Civil War epic, longest novel I ever read that kept my interest throughout until Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
4. Frank PerettiThis Present Darkness, 1989 groundbreaking early Christian fiction bestseller that brought hope of dusting off and re-writing manuscripts hidden in drawers for lack of publisher interest
5. Edgar Lee MastersSpoon River Anthology, fascinating story style through a collection of post-mortem autobiographical epitaphs of former citizens of the fictional Spoon River town.
6. Zora Neale HurstonTheir Eyes Were Watching God, introduced to me in a black heritage college literature class
7. Catherine MarshallNonfiction, inspirational, and fiction works including Christy and Beyond Ourselves – the story of her writing journey as a widow inspired me early on.
Christy and Julie are two of my favourite Christian novels.
8. Anne PerryEnglish historical detective fiction, best known for her Thomas Pitt and William Monk series
(She used to live in New Zealand, where she's better known for inspiring Heavenly Creatures, one of Peter Jackson's early movies)
9. Mary Higgins ClarkHer use of three names, including maiden name, and her suspense novels
10. Sue GraftonThe clever development of her A-Z titled series
11. Brandilyn CollinsAuthor of memorable, contemporary fiction standalones and well developed, unpredictable Seatbelt Suspense® novels
Aren't they great?
12. Randy AlcornIntriguing novels with concurrent scenes in heaven
13. Karen KingsburyFast writer of family and relational stories with emotional impact
14. Kristin HeitzmannExcellent contemporary romantic suspense
15. Stephen BlyMy late husband, award-winning western author who was my partner in writing and editing, research and publishing.
Introducing Down Squash Blossom Road
WHAT SECRET LIES DOWN SQUASH BLOSSOM ROAD?
Cowgirl Reba Cahill’s schedule is full. Save the family ranch. Free her mom from a mental institute. Solve a murder and kidnapping. Evade a stalker. Can she also squeeze in romance?
Reba Cahill focused on the duties of the ranch, along with her widowed grandmother. But a crippled Champ Runcie returns to Road’s End in a wheelchair and seeks revenge for the accident that put him there. He blames Reba's horse. Meanwhile, a letter from her estranged mom forces her and Grandma Pearl back on the road: I can leave now. Come get me. Love, Mom
When they arrive in Reno, her mother issues a demand and refuses to return to Idaho. They head west instead. In California, Reba’s friend Ginny’s marriage is on the rocks. The family business is threatened. And squabbles turn deadly.
Reba digs deep to find the courage to forge a relationship with her mom and escape a crazed man’s obsession. She also hopes for a future with a horse trainer who offers her a new horse to replace the one she lost in the accident. But why does he have a photo of a pretty woman on his wall?
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