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Saturday, June 28, 2008

My New Book Cover--A Sneak Peek!!!

Love Finds You in Last Chance, California

I'm thrilled to be one of the first 5 authors releasing a book with Summerside Press, a brand new CBA publishing house. They're featuring a new romance line called "Love Finds You In..." each title ends with the name of a real town that existed at one time or still exists today.

Here's a short summary:

Two people trying to make it on their own must work together to save what they both love... It's 1877 and just before Alexia Travers’ father died, he mortgaged his land in exchange for gold to buy more horses. But when no gold is found, Alexia is left with a heavily encumbered ranch and no man to lean on. Not that she wants one: despite several offers, the feisty brunette has no interest in marriage. Instead, she dons men’s clothing and rides the range, determined to make the ranch a success on her own.

Justin Phillips arrives in the town of Last Chance, California, with a young son he cannot care for by himself. When he applies for a job on Travers Ranch, Alexia reluctantly accepts his help. Though the young woman can ride, shoot, rope, and break young colts, she is irritated to learn that Justin can do everything just a shade better!

When disaster threatens the Travers' Ranch, Alexia and Justin must work together to save someone they both love. Can these two independent people learn to depend on God…and each other?

Watch for Love Finds You In Last Chance, CA., February 2009!

From the Publisher:

This fall, Summerside Press™ will launch the LOVE FINDS YOU™ fiction line, which features inspirational romance novels set in actual cities and towns across the United States. Beginning in 2009, we will release 12 titles per year.

The LOVE FINDS YOU™ series gives readers a taste of local life across the United States. The novels—uniquely titled after actual American towns with quirky but intriguing names—inspire romance and fun. Each fictional story draws on the compelling history or the unique character of a real place. Stories center on romances kindled in small towns, old loves lost and found again on the high plains, and new loves discovered at exciting vacation getaways.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Suzanne Woods Fisher---COPPER FIRE--A NOVEL

Suzanne Woods Fisher’s just-released historical novel Copper Fire, is the sequel to the three-time award-winning Copper Star, a World War II love story inspired by true events. Fisher was a contributing editor to Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her work has appeared in Today’s Christian Woman, Worldwide Challenge, ParentLife, and Marriage Partnership. She has contributed to ten non-fiction books, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs. A wife and mother, Fisher lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The best thing about being a writer, she feels, is that all of life becomes material for writing. It’s all grit for the oyster.

Suzanne can be found at

During the month of June, Suzanne is running a book-a-day-giveaway contest. To enter, scoot on over to her blog ( to pop her an e-mail:

Author Interview:


Q: Tell us about Copper Fire.

SWF: Copper Fire is the sequel to Copper Star, picking right up at the very end of World War II. On a summer day in 1945, my main character, Louisa, receives a telegram from the International Red Cross Tracing Service. She discovers that her cousin, Elisabeth, has just been released from Dachau. Louisa is determined to go to Germany to get Elisabeth…and that’s where the story begins.

What's your favorite place in the world?

SWF: Nantucket Island on an autumn day.

Q: What's your favorite possession?

SWF: My friend Gwen drew pencil sketches of my children that I have framed in the bedroom. I’ve hauled them all over the world (we lived in Hong Kong for four years).

Q: Finish this sentence: I wouldn¹t be caught dead…

SWF: In a bikini. Not after four kids! No, no, no.

Q: If you could change careers now without any consequences or financial loss,
what would you switch to?

SWF: I am passionate about writing, and I only make about a dime an hour. Still, though, a passion is a passion.

Q: Can you tell us what’s on your desk right now? What can readers look forward to?

SWF: In late August, Grit from the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers, will be released from Vintage Spirit. I wrote Grit with three other very talented authors.

And another piece of great news! I just received a contract from Revell/Baker for a non-fiction book called Amish Peace in an English Life. It won’t be out until 2010…but ‘everything Amish’ is filling up my head right now.

Thanks for letting me pop-in, Jamie!

Find Suzanne on-line at

Copper Star (ISBN: 0-9793327-4-5) and Copper Fire (ISBN: 978-0-981-5592-0-9) are available at Amazon or other on-line booksellers, at Suzanne’s website, or can be ordered through your favorite bookstore.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Our Research Trip to Last Chance

Last Chance 1862--Main Street-------Last Chance Today

Our research trip for my new book, Love Finds You in Last Chance, California.... A romance set in a mining town that's no longer there.

My husband Allen and I arrived at the Sacramento airport early on Thursday afternoon, June 5th, then drove up I-80 to Auburn, across to the small historic town of Foresthill, and on another 13 miles up into the Sierra Nevada mountains to a wonderful B&B/lodge called The Christmas Tree Vineyard Lodge. Our hostess was Claudia, the owner and manager of the lodge and she made us feel welcome and went out of her way to be a help to my research.

Prior to my arrival she contacted people in the local historical group and was given the name of Nolan Smith, an archaeologist who works for Tahoe National Forest as a ranger. He offered to ride with us up to the old town site of Last Chance, but first we spent 30 minutes or so in his office going over forest service maps of Placer county and particularly the area between Foresthill and Last Chance.

Before we even got out the door, he’d armed me with several books that have short bits of information on the old town, and urged me to keep them during our stay at the lodge. At his suggestion we’d rented an SUV with a higher wheel base as he hadn’t been into the old town site this spring and wasn’t sure what the road might be like.

We drove 24 miles at 25 mph and less, down a steep canyon on serpentine roads, then back up the other side to the top of a high ridge. We topped out on the ridge and began to go down the other side another nine miles on a gravel road, losing about 1,000′ in elevation until arriving in the vicinity of Last Chance. On the ridge to the east of town is a flat forested area well over a mile in length. According to historical records it used to be a flat, grassy glade with little or no trees, about two miles outside of town…a perfect setting for the ranch where Alexia lives.

Unfortunately, there isn’t even a foundation still standing where any buildings used to be, but we were able to see several leveled areas, with at least 3 that had surfaces dug into the bank. It was apparent a building had resided in those spots…and one area not far from a beautiful spring had the remnants of what could have been a split rail corral. A few of the posts still had square nails protruding from the sides. According to Nolan, those nails would be pre-1890’s—and could easily have been a corral where my blacksmith/livery kept the horses.

We also visited the few remaining tombstones in the cemetery up on a rise above the town site. Ethan Allen Grosch, the man who first discovered the Comstock lode, died in a tragic accident and was buried there in the 1850’s. His tombstone is clearly marked, along with several others both earlier and later.

I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to see the topography, the setting for the town and learn more detail about the time period and history my book takes place. Stay tuned for more updates as I happen to stumble upon them.

My book will release in February of 2009. Check back in a few days for a sneak peek at the cover and a brief summary of the story.

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