Welcome to Kathleen Denly!
Hello, I’m Kathleen Denly. I live in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Central California. When people first meet me, they typically notice my height since I’m 5’11”.
Tell us about your book—title and back cover blurb.
Title: Harmony on the Horizon
Series: Chaparral Hearts
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Length: 392 pages
Publisher: Wild Heart Books
Release Date: January 4, 2022
Her calling to change the world may be his downfall.
On the heels of the Great Rebellion, Margaret Foster, an abolitionist northerner, takes a teaching position in 1865 San Diego—a town dominated by Southern sympathizers. At thirty-seven years of age, Margaret has accepted spinsterhood and embraced her role as teacher. So, when Everett Thompson, the handsomest member of the School Board, reveals his interest in her, it’s a dream come true. Until her passionate ideals drive a wedge between them.
After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the verge of having everything he’s dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer threatens everything Everett has and dreams of.
As Everett scrambles to shore up the crumbling pieces of his life, Margaret unwittingly sets off a scandal that divides the small community and threatens her position as teacher. With the blackmailer still whispering threats, Everett must decide if he’s willing to risk everything for the woman still keeping him at arm’s length.
Share one thing that you found difficult or challenging about writing this book?
Oh goodness. This was my most challenging book to date. With four points of view, two primary locations, and a story line that intersects it all, I had to keep very organized and detailed notes. Getting the timelines just right without losing tension, confusing the reader, or failing to stick to era-accurate travel & communication times, was no easy feat! Thankfully, readers seem to agree that I pulled it off. All praise to the Lord.
Share an excerpt?
Bonus link to excerpt PDF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PY5eAriWwP8taM4CJXnFa3-ayFO7uq1Z/view?usp=sharing
Ask the blog reader a quirky question or two?
According to reviews, one of readers’ favorite scenes from Harmony on the Horizon involves the saving of beached moon jellyfish. I’d love to know: If you’ve ever tried to rescue or help an animal, how did it work out? If you haven’t, perhaps you can share your favorite beach or lake memory with us in the comments below.
Share your social media and buy links--thanks!
Ebook purchase links: Amazon
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Thank you, Kathleen, for joining us!