Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#BookChat VANGUARD OF HOPE by Kathy Steinemann

Short Synopsis:

LISETVILLE, 1890 -- Murders are committed; homes are burned; family secrets are buried; an unexpected romance complicates lives. Amid the mystery and violence, a vigilante brigade emerges to administer justice.

Flowing through the intrigue and drama is a dark undercurrent that will touch your heart as you empathize with the victims.

From the Author:

Telling readers why I wrote the book introduces a spoiler, so I can't share that. The heroine, a woman of the late 19th century, pens her most intimate thoughts via a series of diary entries. I want readers to finish the novel with a feeling of purpose. It tackles sensitive social issues of the time, some of which still exist today.

Review Snippets:

"I usually spend about an hour a day reading. However once I started on this book, I couldn't stop. Each chapter pulled me in and I needed to read 'just one more' to see what would happen next. I laughed in a couple of places, and cried as well. There were some unexpected twists in the plot that caught me by surprise. If you're looking for something addictive, this is the book for you. I'm definitely looking forward to the next novel in the series." - S.L. Banks, iTunes

"The writing style is phenomenal! The characters are endearing and have plenty of depth. It would be difficult for any reader to not be in tears at least once throughout the story. It is set in a simpler time full of adventure and mystery. Courting was an art and marriage was an institution. Legacies were built and passed on to the next generation. Ignorance was rampant. The back of the book is my favorite part." - arachn1a, blog

"OMG! That book was bloody awesome. I could not stop. I finished reading it by 2 am. I cannot believe how good it was. Are there more? I even had tears in my eyes near the end." - Cindy Laboucane, beta reader

"I started reading this novel to help quiet my mind at a late hour, but found myself still awake in the morning. Its intense read was much more than I expected. It has 'all' the elements from love, betrayal, suspense, and romance, to murder. 'Vanguard of Hope' will touch everyone who reads it. If you're a young adult or older, this excellent novel will awaken you deep within your soul." - Toni Gee, beta reader

Behind the Scenes:

My original concept for the book had a completely different male protagonist. Partway through, I realized that a rewrite was needed. The result was just what the plot needed.

My husband was very helpful with suggestions. This was the first time I used him as a sounding board, and he is providing excellent feedback for the second novel in the series, "Retribution of Owen".

Author Bio:

Kathy Steinemann won provincial public speaking and writing awards during her early years, wrote the school news column for the community paper, and was a regular contributor to her high school newspaper.

Her career has taken varying directions, including positions as editor of a community weekly, computer-network administrator, and webmaster. She has also worked on projects in commercial art and cartooning.

"Vanguard of Hope" is Kathy's tenth book.

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