Thursday, June 17, 2021

This week ~ Characters will NOT be Telling Their Story BEFORE The Story ~ The Author will be telling HER Story BEFORE The Story

Her Story BEFORE Her Story

The Proposal

Tanya Eavenson is an award-winning Christian romance novelist. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. 
You can find her at her website

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TANYA'S SERIES ~ All Roads Lead Home To Texas
Book 1 ~ The Rescue
Book 2 ~ The Proposal ~ Released June 15th ~ Brand new!

Genre ~ Christian Historical Romance  
Before you get a sneak-peek at the story's blurb - I'd like you to see Tanya's Story BEFORE The Story
Her style of research to write a story is thrilling on its own!

Read Her Story below ~ In Tanya's own words

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After an American Christian Writers Conference (ACFW) in St. Louis, Missouri, I visited the Museum of Westward Expansion. All the exhibits were wonderful, but my favorite was seeing an actual stagecoach. I was so fascinated; I took over 20 pictures and let my imagination run wild. In the early stages of writing, the stagecoach was originally the main way of transportation in The Rescue, but while I was there, I decided to use the coach in my second book, The Proposal.

There were many other things I researched, but one especially was horses. I knew little about horses so I contacted a stable and asked if I could visit once a week. The owner agreed and every Friday I would help him feed the horses, muck the stalls, spread out the hay--really whatever he showed me to do, I did it. I’d pelt him with questions about anything and everything that dealt with horses and caring for them. He was the one who suggested I use colic for one of my scenes in The Rescue. I learned so much, I was able to use that same knowledge throughout The Proposal.

My research for The Rescue led me to eBay on several occasions in search of books to better help me understand and visualize people, places, and things. I asked my husband in passing to find me a mid to late 1800’s book on eBay. I didn’t care what it was, but something having to do with Boston since this is where the first of the series begins. To my surprise, not only did he buy one, but he also purchased three McGuffey books, the Eclectic Primer (Copyright 1867), Eclectic Spelling Book (Copyright 1865), and Second Eclectic Reader (Copyright 1867). You’ll also find a description of these readers in the next novel in the series, The Bargain, set to release in 2023.


One of the stumbling blocks to writing The Rescue was I couldn’t visualize the grandness of the Easton’s estate in Boston. I needed to see the type of home they possibly lived in so I took a trip to North Carolina to see the Biltmore. The visit certainly helped me to understand the time period.

This is a drawing of the Easton Ranch I had made by a wonderful illustrator, Morgan Gardner, to help me visualize difference scenes. It’s wonderful to see their ranch come alive! 

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Hope you enjoyed this small look behind the All Roads Lead to Texas series! Thank you to Joy for allowing me to share with you! The characters will be back with Their Story BEFORE The Story next week!

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Here is an introduction to The Proposal by way of the Back Cover Blurb ~ 

When the sheriff’s daughter goes into hiding from her father’s killer, her life isn’t the only thing in danger.
The day Jessica Thompson’s father was murdered, she swore to never love another sheriff. Now, she’s fleeing his killer. When her stagecoach is robbed and her rescuer declares she will be his wife, she does the only thing she knows to do—shove her revolver in his back. Never would she have expected he wore a star on his chest.

Sheriff Blake McKenny prides himself on protecting his town’s people from danger, but his efforts don’t include a headstrong woman bent on putting herself in harm’s way. When outlaws threaten his town and put Jessica’s life in danger, Blake’s failure to save his late wife haunts him. Can Jessica and Blake forgive themselves for the past and break down the protective walls?


Download your copy of the second book in the All Roads Lead to Texas series today!

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Natalya Lakhno said...

I've read The Rescue <3 Looking forward to reading the second one! said...

Hi, Natalya;

THE RESCUE was very good - I'm also looking forward to reading THE PROPOSAL.

Thanks for stopping by! said...

Tanya ~ It is so good to have you with us for two weeks - Thanks for participating in the Story BEFORE The Story Theme!

This was an excellent post, and I am extremely envious of you having had the opportunities to gather research materials in such a hands-on way.


Marilyn R. said...

I've been a fan of Tanya Eavenson since I read her first book. I've never been disappointed. She's a gifted author. The Rescue and The Proposal in her Christian Historical Fiction are awesome stories.