Blowing on Dandelions

Blowing--sized down I am so pleased to welcome my friend and critique partner, Miralee Ferrell, to my blog to tell us about her new release Blowing on Dandelions.

Katherine Galloway knew this moment of calm wouldn’t last, blown away like the dandelion seeds she scattered as a girl. In 1880, three years after her husband’s death, she struggles to run an Oregon boardinghouse and raise two girls alone. Things don’t get easier when her critical, domineering mother moves in. Katherine must make the situation work, but standing up for herself and her family while honoring her mother isn’t easy. And with a daughter entering the teenage years, the pressure on Katherine becomes close to overwhelming. Then she crosses paths with Micah Jacobs, a widower who could reignite her heart, but she fears a relationship with him might send things over the edge. She must find the strength, wisdom, hope, and faith to remake her life, for everything is about to change.
 
 
Since I’ve read it, I can say this is a great story.  What made you want to write Blowing on Dandelions?
 

It all started several years ago, when I bumped into a woman I’d met once before. Over the course of our time together, she let slip little comments about her relationship with her mother. Let’s just say the comments were filled with pain and grief. Mama was alive, well, and still contributing to that pain and grief.

I could bear it no longer, and while giving her a hug, asked if I could pray with her that God would grant her peace and healing. Through barely contained tears, she refused. Not that she wasn’t grateful, but she couldn’t tolerate the thought of attaining some kind of peace, only to return home to the same situation and have it shattered—or worse, new shards embedded into her healed heart. I went home heartsick and unable to shake the urgency to pray for my friend. I sensed her deep level of hopelessness that her life and relationship with her mother would never change. I prayed every time her name came to mind, which happened frequently. I couldn’t forget the despair in her voice the last time we spoke.

As I asked the Lord what my next writing project should be, He gently directed me back to those memories. I knew He was showing me, over and over, that thousands of women ache with the same need—for approval, love, and acceptance, just as they are—from their mothers. He directed me to tell this story.

At the time, I started writing this story as contemporary women’s fiction, but after two chapters, I decided the book would be better received if set in the 1800s and rather than women’s fiction it needed to be a historical romance with a women’s fiction thread. It was a bigger challenge showing the depth of the heroine’s emotions, as so much was demanded during that era in regards to respect and honor toward the older members of society, especially parents. Children didn’t speak back to their elders and often repressed how they felt. However, although this is a work of fiction in a historical setting with a strong romance thread, it closely parallels daily events in today’s world.

That is such a moving story, Miralee. I hope this woman and many others will be touched by this book. What is next for you?

A couple of things…the sequel, Wishing on Buttercups, will release in Feb of 2014, 8 months after Blowing on Dandelions, then book three, Dreaming on Daisies, will release 5 months later on July 1. Then I’m starting a new adventure, a series of 4 middle grade horse novels for girls, with the first in the series releasing March 2015.

I’ve had the privilege of critiquing all the above mentioned projects and let me say, you don’t want to miss any of these books. If you have a middle grade reader who loves horses, then I highly recommend getting the new series when it releases. I’ve only read the start of the first one, but I can already tell you, it’s going to be good. 🙂

Miralee, I always like to throw in a fun questions, so here is yours. I know you love your flower garden. What is your favorite flower?

I used to always say a rose, but I’m broadening that a bit and adding lilies (day lilies and oriental) as well as delphinium. I have several flower beds that I’ve loaded with a lot of color…the picture is only one of about 7.

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Oh so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us about Blowing on Dandelions, Miralee. Feel free to share with us a little more about yourself.

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My husband, Allen, and I live on eleven acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where we love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. I’m able to combine two other passions—horseback riding and spending time with my married daughter, since she lives nearby—we often ride together on the wooded trails near our home. My little 6 lb Chihuahua, Lacey, is often on my lap when I’m working–there’s nothing like a warm ball of love on your lap to act as a stress reliever!

I’ve been involved in women’s ministries for years, and serve on staff at our small church. I’m married to a wonderful man, have two grown children, two cats, two dogs and an Arabian mare. We live about 9 miles from the nearest town on 11 acres, in a peaceful setting surrounded by trees.

I started writing shortly after I turned 50, and discovered I loved it so much I don’t want to stop. I write both women’s contemporary fiction and historical romance. There will be three books in my current Love Blossoms in Oregon series, and in 2014 my first book in a four-book series for middle grades will release—horse novels for girls. One of my Western romances, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Excellence in Western Fiction.

I have a couple of questions of your readers….have any of you read any of my books and if so, what was your favorite? And what is your favorite genre? Thanks so much for having me!

Miralee’s publisher is giving a copy to one lucky commenter who answers Miralee’s above questions. You must answer her questions to be entered into the drawing.

Rules: Drawing is open to US addressees only. A minimum of ten qualifying comments must be made on this post for the drawing to take place. You must answer Miralee’s question to be entered. Void where prohibited by law. Drawing ends Sunday May 19th. The winner will be notified by email Monday May 20th.

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27 thoughts on “Blowing on Dandelions

  1. Merry

    I enjoyed Love Finds You in Last Chance, CA. My favorite genre is romance (contemporary, historical, romantic suspense).

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  2. Miralee Ferrell

    Thank you, Merry! In case you don’t already know, there was a sequel to Last Chance. I was allowed to continue Christy Grey’s story in LFY in Tombstone, AZ. I appreciate you stopping by!

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  3. Jackie Tessnair

    I have read The Other Daughter and I loved it.I love reading Christian Romance and Amish books.Thanks for sharing and especially the picture of your garden,it is beautiful.

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    1. Miralee Ferrell

      Jackie, I’m so glad you enjoyed The Other Daughter, thank you for sharing that! Did you know I wrote a sequel to it called Finding Jeena? It release 3 yrs ago, but it’s still available on Amazon and Christianbook.com. Thank you for stopping by tonight.

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  4. cmh512 (@cmh512)

    My favorite book by you thus far, is The Other Daughter! I couldn’t put the
    book down and I shared it with family and friends…One of my most favorite
    genres is historical fiction.
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. Miralee Ferrell

      Hi Cindi! It’s good to see you here….I know we’ve chatted several times in the past, and I love seeing names and faces I’m familiar with. Thank you for stopping by!!

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  5. Patty

    I don’t think I’ve read any of Miralee’s books. My favorite genre is historical fiction. this sounds right up my alley!
    I have family on the WA side of the Columbia River and am actually planning a trip out there this summer.

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    1. Miralee Ferrell

      Patty, how nice to meet you! I hope you’ll get a chance to read one of my books someday soon. What town in WA on the Columbia? I’m near White Salmon, about an hr east of Portland. Small world!

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  6. karenk

    I love Christian fiction…and I have read several of Miralee’s novels 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to read her latest one!

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  7. Katie J.

    I have never read Miralee Ferrell’s books before. However, after visiting her website and reading about the books she has written I defiantly want to read her books now. My favorite genre to read is historical fiction and I am certainly looking forward to reading Blowing on Dandelions. This book looks great!

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    1. Miralee Ferrell

      Katie, thank you for taking the time to visit my website and read about my books. That’s such a blessing to me! I hope you’ll get a chance to read one of my books sometime.

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  8. chrissy50

    Hello, I have never read anything by Miralee Ferrell, but would be very interested after reading about the story. My favorite genre is contemporary fiction.

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    1. Miralee Ferrell

      Hi Chrissy, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I think you’d enjoy it, even though it’s a historical, as Blowing on Dandelions has a strong women’s fiction thread that could easily have transitioned to a contemporary. In fact, I first started writing the book as a contemporary, then changed it to historical.

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  9. Maxie Lloyd-Hamilton Anderson

    Hello Miralee. I only have one of your books, in my TBR pile. But, I know I am going to love it. It is Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming. I used to live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and I loved it. Beautiful place, at least the part where I lived. The beautiful Teton mountains and the lakes. Use to go out on Jackson Lake in a row boat and fish for Rainbow Trout. I hunted every year. Elk, Deer, and Antelope. Kept my freezer full. Everyone should visit there. When you are at the lake with the Tetons behind, it looks just like the pictures you see on Calendars, and Postcards, but even better when you are there. I would love to win your book. It is almost impossible for me to pick a favorite genre. I love so many. For so long I read Westerns and Indian books. then Pioneer books. The past few years I got into the Amish books. And also the Christian Romances, Historical Romances, and mysteries. I love being able to talk to the authors online. Never even thought about one day being able to do this. Makes my books even better. Thanks, MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Miralee Ferrell

      Hi Maxie, I’m tickled to hear you have a copy of Sundance. Three of my four Love Finds You books are what I call Westerns, rather than historical romance…they do have history woven into them (especially Tombstone), but they also have cowboys, gun fights, outlaws, rustling, and more. I love writing those, but I also enjoy the deeper historical romance like Blowing on Dandelions, that are definitely character driven. Please let me know what you think when you finish Sundance. And if you aren’t already connected with me on Facebook, my author page is http://www.facebook.com/miraleeferrell

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  10. lib1lady

    I have not read any of your books but look forward to doing so. My favorite genre is mystery/suspense.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.

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    1. Miralee Ferrell

      Hi lib1lady! It’s so nice to meet you here. I truly appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. Several of my books (especially my Western romances) have a mystery/suspense thread. I’d love if you tried out any of my books!

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  11. Maryann

    Miralee, I have not read any of your books. You would be a new author to me and I enjoyed this interview. My favorite genre to read is Amish fiction and christian romance.

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  12. Veronica S.

    You’re a new author to me; this book sounds great! I love contemporary humorous Christian romance the best, but I read all kinds of Christian fiction and general titles that sound great!

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    1. Miralee Ferrell

      Hi Veronica, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I always love meeting people who haven’t read any of my books yet. I hope you’ll get a chance to soon! Blessings!!

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