February 10, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

NO OTHER WILL DO by  Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Western Romance / Inspirational
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Date of Publication: June 7, 2016
Number of Pages: 368

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Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harper's Station, a women's colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one man she trusts enough to ask.
Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he's always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's telegram arrives, he rushes back to Texas to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve.
As the danger intensifies, Emma, Mal, and the ladies of Harper's Station must choose between safety or risking everything to fight for their future.
"Witemeyer's latest is an entertaining read with plenty of drama and action, a smidgen of suspense and two main characters with perfect chemistry . . . And of course, the romance is tender and sigh-worthy—a key reason why her readers keep coming back for more."  
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Witemeyer Author Interview #2

Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured if your book?  If so, discuss them.

Thankfully, women are not an underrepresented group any longer, but in the time period in which I set my stories (late 19th century), women had very few rights. They could not vote. Very rarely were they allowed to work outside the home. They were dependent on fathers, brothers, husbands. And if those men were cruel or dead, the women were left with very little recourse.

In No Other Will Do, Emma Chandler is a strong-minded female raised by spinster aunts to believe that women could do anything men could, if they worked together. So she invests her inheritance in starting a women's colony in Harper's Station, Texas – a place where women cam come for a fresh start. Women escaping abuse. Women alone, who have no honest way to support themselves or their children. Women looking for a place to practice a trade normally only acceptable for men. All are welcome as long as they agree to pull their weight in the community with honest labor and to help any sister in need. Following in her late father's footsteps, Emma runs the bank and runs the town, offering loans and compassion to women in need. But when an outlaw bent on running them out of town threatens the safety of her ladies, she is forced to admit that she might need a man's help after all. And there is only one man she trusts – Malachi Shaw.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

I take naming my characters very seriously. First, the name has to fit with my historical era. The best resource for this is the Social Security Administration website. You can actually search the most popular baby names all the way back to 1880. It's fabulous! I also love using biblical names. My hero in No Other Will Do has an unusual Bible name – Malachi, named for one of the minor prophets of the Old Testament. Sometimes, I like to have a little fun with the names. In my Archer brother series, all the men were named for heroes from the Alamo – Travis, Crockett, Bowie (who, of course, went by Jim), and Neill. I actually have an article on my website, here, about how I came up with many of my character names.

What do you like to read in your free time?

I love to read historical romance. It is still my favorite genre. Some authors don't like to read in the same genre that they write, but I love it. It's a great way to gain inspiration for future books as well as a fun escape where my brain can just relax and enjoy.

What projects are you working on at the present?

No Other Will Do is actually the first book in a new series centered around this women's colony. I have four stories slated – two full-length novels and two novellas. I've already completed the first novel and novella and am currently about 2/3 of the way into the second-full-length novel. This one features a female telegraph operator and a man she falls in love with "over the wire." Think Internet dating in the 1800s. Ha!

If you could speak with any accent from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?
Definitely British. Everything sounds more elegant and sophisticated when said in a British accent. And when I watch period pieces, I fall a little bit in love with the dark heroes in their aristocratic accents. Mr. Darcy, anyone?

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children.



  June 1 - June 10, 2016


6/1       Missus Gonzo -- Excerpt #1
6/2       My Book Fix Blog -- Review
6/3       Hall Ways Blog -- Author Interview #1
6/4       StoreyBook Reviews -- Guest Post
6/5       Margie's Must Reads -- Review
6/6       A Novel Reality -- Promo
6/7       The Page Unbound -- Excerpt #2
6/8       Byers Editing Reviews & Blog -- Review
6/9       Texan Girl Reads -- Author Interview #2
6/10     The Librarian Talks -- Review

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