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Return to the Misty Shore, by Bonnie Leon

Book 3  of the Northern Lights series

Historical Romance

We’ll Meet Again/Maggie’s Dream, by Dianne Price

Book 5/6, The Thistle series

Historical Romance

About

Ashberry Lane Publishing was founded in February of 2013 by President Sherrie Ashcraft and Publisher Christina Tarabochia. This mother-daughter duo had written together for fourteen years and felt the time had come to publish their co-written novel, On the Threshold, after many rounds of making it to the final committee–or even a verbal contract before a company downsized–but never quite getting that sale. While their plans were to eventually publish others’ novels, they had no idea what they were in for.

In the words of Ephesians 3:19-20, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (NASB) The growth of Ashberry Lane is surely more than the two women were ever able to imagine.

Only weeks after On the Threshold‘s release, Dianne Price approached Ashberry Lane. Terminal cancer would soon take her life, and she wanted her gorgeously rich, six-book series to find a home before she passed on to her eternal reward. Ashberry Lane quickly negotiated a contract with her agent, Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency, and tried to speed up the publishing process as much as possible. Nicole Miller of Miller Media Solutions, using photos from a live model shoot done by Ashlee Murr Photography, worked heroically and finalized all six covers while Dianne was still here to see them. Sadly, Dianne died one week before her first novel, Broken Wings, released. Ashberry Lane is honored to carry out the vision that Dianne so deeply believed in and to share the WWII love story of an RAF nurse and an American bomber pilot.

Shortly thereafter, Ashberry Lane had the privilege of negotiating a contract with Books & Such Literary Agency to re-release a 20th Anniversary Revised Edition of Bonnie’s debut novel, The Journey of Eleven Moons.  Once again, Nicole Miller designed an amazing cover with Ashlee Murr’s photos. This unique story of two girls left to survive in 1850s Alaska after a natural disaster cannot be missed.

Thus the journey of Ashberry Lane Publishing began. We look forward to publishing and distributing many more Heartfelt Tales of Faith over the next years. Please join us by signing up for the Ashberry Lane Newsletter and liking the Ashberry Lane Facebook page.

 

Featured Author

We have amazing authors, and we hope you get to know them. Check out this month’s featured author, Samuel Hall!

It’s always exciting when a writer “pitches” a story that captures our imagination, our heart, and even a bit of our soul. Such was the case when Samuel Hall allowed us a look at his book, Daughter of the Cimarron. We offered him a contract a few months later at the Oregon Christian Writers 2014 Summer Conference. We had no idea until we were speaking with Sam after that evening’s session that his novel was based on his mother’s life. And to make it even better, that particular day, August 6th, would have been her 108th birthday!

Ashberry Lane: What is your favorite memory of your mother and father from when you were a kid, after the events that take place in the book?

As a family, we only took one real vacation—to Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, and Denver. That was memorable but those weekend and overnight fishing trips remain the highlights of this boy’s life.

AL: When did you first decide to tell your parents’ story?

A number of people who knew Claire well—a judge, the bank president, a teacher who later became a college president—they all spoke in reverent tones about what this determined woman had overcome. At that point, back in the 80s, I decided to write an account of what my parents, and particularly, what my mother, had done. That goal actually launched my writing career.

AL: What do you think your mother would want to say to a person who’d read the book? What would she want the take-away message to be?

At first, Claire would be self-conscious but pleased at such an interest in her life. Then she would feel a need to explain her actions and attitudes. Truth mattered; Claire accepted her mistakes but she wanted people to hear her side. Ever sensitive about her limited education and her mother’s critical spirit, she became a tremendous encourager to us three boys. A natural story-teller, Claire never hesitated to brag up us boys.

Her take-away message would be that quitting is never an option. She’d been through so much; God would see her through. She wouldn’t—she couldn’t!—let her boys down.

Thanks, Sam!

Samuel Hall grew up in the American Heartland. He lives with his wife near Salem, Oregon. Their three adult children continue to teach him about family relationships and authenticity, core subjects of this novel. Visit his website at www.sam-hall-writer.com