Cowgirl Reba Cahill searches for love and family. Ninety-one year old Seth Stroud seeks justice for two cold case murders. Their journey together exposes lies and betrayal. Will the truth be too hard for either to bear?
It’s 1991. Reba loves ranching with Grandma Pearl in north central Idaho. But there’s a lot of work and only two of them. And her grandmother’s knees have weakened. Reba determines she needs a husband to help her run the ranch. But she finds few prospects in the small town of Road’s End.
But Reba is also missing something else: her mother. Deserted by her at three-years-old and never knowing her dad, she feels a sense of longing and loss. And bitterness.
When elderly, quirky Road’s End citizen Maidie Fortress dies, Maidie’s Uncle Seth presents Reba with an expensive piece of jewelry that turns Reba’s world upside down. She’s lead down unexpected paths and toward unsuspected admirers. Will the facts also ruin all hope for romance?
Wind in the Wires sound like a good read. 🙂 How long did it take you to write?
I’ve been asked why this story is set in 1991. One of the reasons is because that’s when I began to write Reba’s story, the year I graduated from college as an adult. That’s when I imagine her main issues erupting, her life turning point.
Over the years the manuscript often got shoved in a file due to other more pressing projects. Such as my late husband Stephen Bly’s books or those we co-authored together. As well as the typical life happening. Whenever I’d pull the pages out to re-start with a rush of writing, Reba entered many different adventures. And she lived in various places: St. Joseph, Missouri; Chicago; California; and even in Dundee, Scotland.
As I took up the fiction challenge once more last year, I tried to finally settle her into where she belonged. Then it hit me. She lived in a small town in north-central Idaho. Just like I did. That got the story flowing again until I persevered no matter what to The End.
Wow, so in short, it took a long time. I’m glad you finished it. What do you hope readers will take away from Wind in the Wires?
To trust God under the most difficult situations you face. That’s what Seth had to do. And Reba and Grandma Pearl too. That’s not always easy. Especially for them.
Will you share a favorite excerpt or scene?
Seth reached into his pocket and handed her a slip of paper.
Keep it, Reba was tempted to scream. She wanted nothing to do with her mother. No matter what, she wouldn’t change her mind. She refused to take a slow boat to anywhere. Or a snail’s pace Ford Model T car trip to the desert. She gaped at the folded note, not much larger than a man’s thumb, as though torn from a scratch pad. Whatever the words, they could not begin to make up for years of silence. Of abandonment.
Why bother? Why deepen the wound?
Please tell us one thing about yourself that may surprise us.
My husband was raised on a farm and worked on a ranch and wrote award-winning western novels. And my first solo adult novel is about a cowgirl who works on a ranch. But I’m no womba woman. I’m a city girl who has developed a country heart. I don’t corral horses, wrangle cows, or even mow my own lawn.
I followed Stephen to the Idaho mountaintop village of Winchester to write books and minister to a small village church. When I lost him, I stayed. It’s where I manage the online Bly Books bookstore, rake lots of Ponderosa pine needles and cones, and survive the long winter snows, one blizzard at a time.
What is next for you?
Right now I’m re-purposing and updating my husband’s very first book, Radical Discipleship (Moody Press, 1981), into about ten different eBooks tagged together as the Following Jesus Series. Hope to have them available sometime in February.
Right after that I’m hoping to re-release as many of our children’s novels as possible. Have had many requests for them. Titles like the Nathan T. Riggins Series, the Adventures on the American Frontier Series, The Crystal Blake Series, Retta Barre’s Oregon Trail Series, and The Lewis and Clark Squad Series.
Then back to Book 2, Trails of Reba Cahill Series. I’d tell you the title but don’t know it yet. The original was When She Marries, When She Dies, but doesn’t seem to fit right now. Plan to have that one ready to read by late fall 2015. However, I can tell you a sneak peek of the title for Book 3 (2016): Beneath a Camperdown Elm.
Thanks for sharing with us Janet!
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Janet Chester Bly is the widow of award-winning western author Stephen Bly. Together they authored and co-authored 120 fiction and nonfiction books. She and her three sons–Russell, Michael, & Aaron–finished Stephen’s last novel for him, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. The family’s story is told on her website blog under the category “Finishing Dad’s Novel”: http://www.blybooks.com/blog/
Wind in the Wires is Janet’s first solo adult novel, a contemporary western mystery, a road adventure with a touch of romance. It’s Cowgirl Lit. Get Paperback & eBook here: http://amzn.to/1tnpHpr or here: http://www.blybooks.com/genre/contemporary-fiction/
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