Author Mary Elizabeth Hall wrote our guest post today. Mary’s debut novel Amberly was released in August 2012, and is available in all the usual places. Amberly is the first of a series called Crestmere. Visit Mary’s website Writing to Inspire at maryelizabethhall.com. You can read her blog or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.
The story behind Amberly has been in my mind for more than 35 years. The characters grew up with me, and I know them as well as I know my own family. Two years ago, I realized with horror that I was forgetting snappy little pieces of dialogue, so I started writing. A conversation grew into a scene, which blossomed into a chapter. I sent it to a few friends, and they begged me for more! So I wrote out the full story between July and October of 2010 – whew! Then my family took a trip out west, and I brought along some books on how to write fiction. I realized I had some revising to do, so I joined critique groups, attended writer conferences, and began editing other people’s stories. I found I love editing as much as writing because I’m passionate about stories.Here’s a little bit about Amberly.
Amberly: A Romantic Adventure (with Touches of Humor)
Snatched by coldblooded enemies as a declaration of war, Ellie Williamston finds herself caught in a deadly snare—miles from home and lost in the wilderness. Her heart is drawn to the handsome guardsman who rescues her, but then is torn when he challenges her political ideals—and then reveals something that will make her choice even more difficult.
Marsten longs for a God-fearing wife, but cannot marry the lady he desires. The sassy young schoolteacher he rescues catches his eye, yet he fears she’ll turn out to be like the beautiful women who’ve broken his trust in the past.
Journey with them through the spectacular but treacherous Aspian Mountains while they evade enemy pursuit and wrestle through the challenges of wilderness and budding love, only to run headlong into Ellie’s family—and a whole new onslaught of foes.
“AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY…THE CHARACTERS COME ALIVE IN A RIVETING STORY WOVEN WITH RICHLY CRAFTED LANGUAGE” (Michael K. Brown, Atlanta Writers’ Club).
“MARY WEAVES MAGIC WITH WORDS. ROMANTIC, FUNNY, BIGGER-THAN-LIFE CHARACTERS TAKE YOU ON A WHIRLWIND JOURNEY TO A PERFECT ENDING” (Dianne Price, Author of Seahedge, Shadowtide, and Proud Captive).
“VERY ENJOYABLE TO READ!” (Jane Simerman, American Christian Fiction Writers)
Interviews with Author Mary Elizabeth Hall
- New Authors Fellowship – “Interview: Mary Elizabeth Hall, author of Amberly”
- Paris Mom (Author Kristy L. Cambron) – “Fan Fridays: Mary Elizabeth Hall”
Reviews for Amberly
Grand Prize Drawing – Leave a comment below (before Dec. 15) for a chance to win an autographed copy of Amberly!
Mary Elizabeth Hall home educates her three daughters at home in sunny South Carolina. They laugh about how they can’t roast marshmallows without experimenting to see how various snack foods burn on a stick. They’re also the only family they know with an 8-foot handmade catapult in their basement. Mary’s prayer is that her husband will dispose of it someday before he dies.
With degrees from Cornell and Syracuse, Mary has a professional background in human services and program management, but she’s found that her true passion is for writing and editing. She’s published community research and has done revision writing for Sonlight Curriculum. Her debut novel Amberly was released in August, and is available in all the usual places. Amberly is the first of a series called Crestmere. Mary’s short story “Healer” was recently released in 2011 in Fables for Japan, an anthology to benefit Japan’s tsunami victims, available at www.fables4japan.com.
Mary enjoys inspiring people to love the Lord and prays that all she writes will honor Him. When she’s not teaching, grading, scrubbing, folding, or chasing (and occasionally writing), she enjoys drawing and photography, teaching guitar, and helping lead worship. Visit Mary’s website Writing to Inspire at maryelizabethhall.com. You can read her blog or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.