A Guest Post by Mary Alford
Hello Inspy Friends. My name is Mary Alford and I’m thrilled to be your guest blogger today.
Have you ever gone to a place that just seemed to speak to you? Almost as if God were talking directly to you in a sunrise or in the ocean tide. Perhaps the alpine glow of mountains? We all have places where we feel closer to God. Sometimes, it can be in your own backyard.
For me it’s the mountains. I think I’ve been in love with them long before I visited the mountains for the first time. Probably since I was a child and I watched, The Sound Of Music and saw Julie Andrews spin around and sing, ‘the hills are alive with the sound of music.’
After I grew up and visited the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, well, I understood exactly what Julie was singing about. There’s just something romantic about them. The mountains have a way of taking hold of your heart and refusing to let it go.
For me, they hold such good memories. Whether it’s the time we spent there with our granddaughter, or simply sitting outside at night watching the stars, and feeling as if I could reach out in touch them, they’re so close. All good memories.
And it was on a particular trip to Pagosa Springs, CO, that I found out I’d sold my first Love Inspired Suspense.
About ten years ago, my husband and I bought a small cabin at the foothills of the Southern Rockies and we’ve had so much fun visiting there each year. Yet for someone from Texas who had never been near a mountain before, it was an education.
The mountains have a way of creating their own weather. Storms are just naturally drawn to them. We’ve had snowstorms in August. Hail that covered everything in sight and looked like it had snowed. We’ve even experience a lightening snowstorm. All part of the allure, though. And if you’ve ever stood on top of a fourteen footer, well, you can see God’s handiwork wherever you look.
That’s probably why I find myself drawn to using the mountains as a backdrop in so many of my books. There’s romance, drama, and God’s majesty everywhere you look. What more could you ask for in an Inspirational romance?
So when I set out to write my latest book, Grace And The Rancher, I knew I wanted to have the setting be in the mountains. Thus, the fictional town of Delaney Mountain was born. A tightknit community at the bottom of Delaney Mountain where everyone knows one another and loves each other in spite of their flaws. The perfect place for Grace Bradford to try to escape her troubled past and start over again. And in the end, Grace finds more than forgiveness for herself, she finds love.
So what about you? Where do you go when you need to feel God’s presence the most?
In honor of the upcoming release of Grace And The Rancher, I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of the story to one random person who comments by Saturday evening, February 18.
All the best…
I was inspired to become a writer after reading romantic suspense greats Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. Soon creating characters and throwing them into dramatic situations that test their faith came naturally for me. In 2012, I entered the Speed Dating contest hosted by Love Inspired Suspense and later received “the call”. Writing is truly a dream come true for me.
Grace Bradford is living a lie. To the world she has the perfect life: A promising country music career and a husband who adores her. But her husband isn’t the man everyone believes him to be. When a car accident widows her and ends her career, Grace escapes to Delaney Mountain. But moving to the remote town doesn’t wipe away the ugly secret of her marriage. Kyle Delaney never intended to return to Delaney Mountain, but he promises his dying father that he’ll turn their land into a working cattle ranch. He uproots his life in Austin, sells his flourishing business as a music agent, and returns to the Colorado town of his childhood. Can a runaway singer and a makeshift rancher, thrust together by circumstance and held together by the common thread of loss and a love of music, find hope and a happily-ever-after under the stars of Delaney Mountain?