Uhrichsville, OH – From award-winning author Erica Vetsch comes a brand-new historical romance title from Barbour Publishing. A Bride’s Portrait of Doge City, Kansas is scheduled for release in September 2011. In this novel, a career-driven deputy and a successful female photographer with a shady past join forces to catch a killer in Dodge City, Kansas.
Hoping to leave the shadows of her shady yesteryears behind, Adeline Reid is focusing on her photography career. But when her ex-boyfriend’s compatriot in crime shows up in Dodge City, her entire past is threatened by exposure. Can Addie keep her secrets while helping to catch a killer? Deputy Miles Carr’s investigation into a shopkeeper’s murder leads him to Addie’s door. Will his attraction to this female photographer keep him from catching the true culprit? Or will Addie lead him off course in more ways than one?
A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas by Erica Vetsch
September 2011 / $12.99 / 320 Pages / Paperback / ISBN: 978-1-61626-506-9
Praise for the Book:
“Set against a backdrop of historic Dodge City, Erica Vetsch utilizes the town’s rich history to create an enthralling historical romance.”
— Irene Brand, bestselling author of inspirational romance novels including Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe
“Erica Vetsch delivers a rollicking adventure, where greed blurs the line between good and evil, and secrets lurk in Dodge City alleys. Only forever love can salvage the mess brewing in the wild, wild West. You’ll love this one!”
— Patti Lacy, author of The Rhythm of Secrets
“Erica Vetsch captures all the excitement of the old west with her compelling tale of love, greed and intrigue. Strong, endearing characters, vivid writing and a fast-paced plot make this a delightful read. You won’t want to miss this one.”
— Margaret Brownley, author of the Rocky Creek Romance series
Meet The Author:
Even though Erica Vetsch has set aside her career teaching history to high school students in order to homeschool her own children, her love of history hasn’t faded. Erica’s favorite books are historical novels and history books, and one of her greatest thrills is stumbling across some obscure historical factoid that makes her imagination leap. She’s continually amazed at how God has allowed her to use her passion for history, romance, and daydreaming to craft historical romances that entertain readers and glorify Him. When she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, Erica is the company bookkeeper for her family’s lumber business, a mother of two terrific teens, wife to a man who is her soul mate (yet total opposite), and an avid museum patron.
Author Q & A:
Q: This is your first venture into full-length fiction. How was the writing process for this book different from the process you used in writing novellas?
The process as far as creating characters and structuring the plot was very similar to writing shorter works. The difference came in being allowed subplots and secondary characters. With a longer book, the opportunities for developing secondary characters and deepening the story are much greater. I really enjoyed being able to write from the viewpoint of someone other than the hero or heroine.
Q: Throughout the novel, Addie struggles with her past, trying to keep her personal history a secret. What advice do you have for someone who is in a similar situation?
I would try to encourage them that they are not alone. Everyone has something from their past they wish they could change—something they hope no one finds out about, or something they think is unforgiveable. I would remind them that God’s forgiveness is complete and permanent, and He knows us inside and out, past, present, and future. His desire is to free us from the sin and shame of our past and give us a present and a future filled with hope.
Q: You seem to have found your knack in writing historical romances. What draws you to this particular genre?
I think I’ve been drawn to historical romance since third grade when I read These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Even at eight years old, I wanted Almanzo and Laura to live happily ever after. I love the pioneering spirit of nineteenth-century America, and I love a happy ending. If I can blend the two into a story that entertains, I’m thrilled.
Q: A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas includes mystery, romance, and history. Which element of the plot do you enjoy creating the most?
It might be easier to say which was the most difficult for me: the mystery! The romance and the historical setting came together much easier than the whodunit. And trying to keep a surprise or two for the very end, while sprinkling in enough clues for the reader, was a challenge.
Q: What do you hope your readers will take away from A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas?
First and foremost, I hope readers enjoy the book and that it brings them a satisfying, uplifting experience. Beyond that, I hope they take away the truth that while their past might have shaped them, it doesn’t have to define them. You are and can be more than the actions and circumstances that have brought you this far.