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Who Wrote Whom: Meet the Authors of Unlikely Merger: Betty Thomason Owens

BettyThomasonOwensToday, we meet the author who brought us our last hero in Mercy’s adventure, Betty Thomason Owens. Betty writes romantic comedy, historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. She has contributed hundreds of articles and interviews to various blogs around the Internet and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group. She’s also a mentor, assisting other writers. She is a co-founder of a blog dedicated to inspiring writers, and a contributing editor for the soon-to-be launched online magazine, Imaginate.

Her 20’s era romance, Amelia’s Legacy, Book 1, Legacy Series, released October, 2014 (Write Integrity Press). She also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and its sequels, The Love Boat Bachelor and Unlikely Merger, (2015). She has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale BooksTM, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell PressTM.

Coming soon, a 1950’s historical novel inspired by the Book of Ruth, Annabelle’s Ruth, book 1 of the Kinsman Redeemer Series (Write Integrity Press).

You can connect with Betty on her personal webpage, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and at Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My!

Here’s insight from Betty on how she came to write her character, Daniel Knight.

One of my favorite things about writing is creating characters. I don’t usually find pictures of actors and pattern my characters after them. I create characteristics then decide on the character’s outward appearance.

I built Daniel Knight out of good, sturdy stock. He’s not drop-dead gorgeous, just good-ole-boy handsome, with a great personality. He’s much more comfortable in jeans, t-shirt, and a cowboy hat than a suit, but he looks good all dressed up, too. He’s tall and well-muscled, but doesn’t work out with weights to maintain it. It’s the natural byproduct of youth and the fact that he loves to stay active. Which is why he took so well to Colorado, with their annual average of three-hundred-some days of sunshine.

He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, as we see when he meets Mercy for the first time.

Daniel is smart—almost brilliant—in the creative realm. I’ve worked with engineers and I know they can be analytical and egotistical, or swing toward the artistic side, as Daniel does. If he can dream it, he can do it. His love for animals, especially equine, leads him to a fulfilling career designing high-end stables and exercise areas.

I used Mercy’s characteristics as a starting point when deciding on Daniel’s character. Some couples seem to be polar-opposites and live very happily together. Others work well together because they have a lot in common. They would be great friends, even if they weren’t romantically involved. Mercy and Daniel both love the outdoors. Personality-wise, he’s mostly sanquine with a dose of phlegmatic. Both Mercy and Daniel have a good work ethic and seek to do their best when given a task. And of course, they both love the Lord and seek His guidance for their life, though neither one is particularly outspoken about it.

There are a lot of “Daniels” in my life and I’ve drawn from them to build what I hope will be the perfect love interest for Mercy Lacewell. Even if they don’t end up together, I know they’ll be great friends. I hope to visit Daniel one day on his ranch near Boulder, Colorado. He promises I can ride his favorite horse if I’ll bake him one of my famous apple pies. I think that’s a fair trade.

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No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?

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It’s the Roaring Twenties and anything goes …

Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy.

Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge.

As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?

Her latest book, Annabelle’s Ruth will release soon. I’ve been fortunate enough to read it pre-release. Inspired by the Book of Ruth, I can tell you, it is one of the best historical novels I’ve read.

Annabelle's RuthAnnabelle’s Ruth, book 1 in the Kinsman Redeemer series, is a 1950’s era “Ruth” story, set in the area of Trenton, Tennessee. After their husbands perish in a fishing boat accident, Constance “Connie” Cross determines to follow her mother-in-law, Annabelle, to Tennessee. After Southern California, 1950’s West Tennessee gives Connie culture shock. How will she adapt to her new life amid the cotton farms, rank with prejudice?

 

A Legacy of Forgiveness by Betty Thomason Owens

Group of People Holding Cross and Praying in Back LitOne of my favorite things, as a child, was digging through Grandma’s box of black-and-white photos. Some of these dated back to the early 1900s. One caught my eye and I always drew it out first—a professional portrait of a couple, dressed up for an outing. It was the 1920s, and the woman in the picture wore a dress that skimmed the tops of her knees. Shocking! Grandma said the woman was her cousin, who lived in Chicago, and the man was her “intended.”

Grandma’s cousin also wore white stockings and high-heeled shoes and a ribbon around her forehead. I memorized the photo, making up stories as I gazed at it. Of course, she was from a big city. According to Grandma, decent girls around her small town in West Tennessee wouldn’t dream of dressing like that. In the early sixties, about the time I was pawing through her pictures, Grandma still wore a dress while she worked in the garden and the field.

Grandma married in 1920, at the age of fourteen. Grandpa was seventeen. They moved in with his parents and younger siblings, where Grandma was given the daily task of cooking, keeping house, and watching the youngest children, while the rest of the family worked in the cotton fields. And she was only fourteen. Maybe that’s why no one she knew dressed up in the flapper costumes.

One thing they did do in the Mississippi Valley was make and partake of … moonshine. It was outlawed, of course, as was all strong drink. So there was money to be made and two hundred-proof swill to guzzle. Unfortunately, my grandfather died in his thirties as a direct result of the alcohol he drank.

When I set out to write the story of Nancy Sanderson, I remembered that photograph and set the story in the 1920s, an era that had always fascinated me. A few of the remote facts of my family’s history found their way into the story as well. One of the characters in Amelia’s Legacy has to dodge the law because of his connection to the moonshine-running industry.

As I wrote and worked on the story, I noticed a recurring theme running throughout—of forgiveness. Forgiveness has been an ongoing issue in my life. I think it so often finds its way into my writing, because it’s been ever present in my life. I find great joy in the fact that I am forgiven. And not only has God forgiven me, He has blotted out my sins, according to Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

Forgiveness is so important to God, He places a demand on us to forgive (Matthew 6:14-15). Forgive, so that you may also be forgiven. The Message Bible goes on to say, “…if you don’t do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”  And how many times do we forgive a transgression? Seventy-times-seven (Matthew 18:22). I don’t know about you, but I don’t keep count, because I’m hoping no one keeps count of the number of times they’ve had to forgive me.

Nancy Sanderson achieves forgiveness and begins to turn her life around then suffers a setback when her past catches up to her. How often does this happen? She deals with it the best she knows how, which isn’t very well, and definitely isn’t the right way. Thanks to a loving family, she eventually finds her way. But it comes down to a final question of forgiveness. Can she forgive the one who set out to destroy her?

In my heart I desire to leave the reader with a basic knowledge of the practice of forgiveness. Or at least a prompting in the heart and desire to make things right. It’s like getting up in the morning and deciding to smile and have a good day. Sometimes, that’s what you have to do. Smiles are contagious. If you smile, other people return your smile. Forgiveness is similar. If you forgive, others will be much more likely to forgive you. God knew this, you see. It is really for our benefit.

It still all comes down to that amazing Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Betty Owens 2About the Author:

Betty Thomason Owens lives in Kentucky with her husband, Robert. They have three grown sons living in the area, along with their daughters-in-law, four beautiful granddaughters (one more on the way!), and two handsome grandsons.

Betty is semiretired, and spends most of her time writing, studying about writing, and critiquing other peoples’ writing. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and attends regular local meetings. She’s also involved with Bluegrass Christian Writers, a lively group of Kentucky writers, who meet quarterly in a Lexington, Kentucky bookstore.

Betty has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.

She also writes historical fiction. Her most recent release, Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series for Write Integrity Press. In addition to the ’20’s era romances, Betty also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and the upcoming Love Boat Bachelor.

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It’s the Roaring Twenties and anything goes …

Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy.

Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge.

As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?

Author Interview: Betty Thomason Owens

Betty Owens 2Today’s guest is Betty Thomason Owen.  Betty lives in Kentucky with her husband, Robert. They have three grown sons living in the area, along with their daughters-in-law, four beautiful granddaughters (one more on the way!), and two handsome grandsons.

Betty is semiretired, and spends most of her time writing, studying about writing, and critiquing other peoples’ writing. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and attends regular local meetings. She’s also involved with Bluegrass Christian Writers, a lively group of Kentucky writers, who meet quarterly in a Lexington, Kentucky bookstore.

Betty has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.

She also writes historical fiction. Her most recent release, Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series for Write Integrity Press. In addition to the ’20’s era romances, Betty also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and the upcoming Love Boat Bachelor.

Visit her webpage or find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Betty, I’m so happy to have you back again to discuss your latest release. Tell us a little about Amelia’s Legacy?

Amelia’s Legacy is the story of a young woman’s rebellion against what she believes is a blatant attempt by her grandmother to turn her into someone she isn’t. So Nancy sets out to derail that train and would have ended in a wreck, if not for Grandmother Amelia’s foresight and planning.

As the story begins, Nancy has a very selfish view of life. Amelia is concerned about the many lives in her care. Those livelihoods could be directly impacted by Nancy’s frivolity. This, along with a strong desire to protect her granddaughter’s reputation, is what steers Amelia’s decision.

Robert Emerson becomes the bridge between the two. His steady influence on Nancy’s life brings her to a point where she knows a decision must be made. As often happens, events collide at that intersection to change her life’s course and wrest the decision from her hands.

The story is set in the 1920s, and you bring that era to life. Is there a reason that you chose this era?

I have always had a fascination with the twenties, an era often compared to the sixties, because of the music, the short dresses, promiscuity, and substance abuse. The timeline of events is fascinating as well, especially when you have real life to compare with it. My dad’s mom was born in 1906 as revival took off across America. Then WWI came along and many women worked outside the home, often leaving young children to fend for themselves. As they grow to maturity, we see an era of increased promiscuity, followed by a financial crisis and a deepening depression. If you’re a history buff, that kind of thing really catches your attention. How did they endure it? I loved the stories Grandma told and some of those made it in to Amelia’s Legacy.

Nancy is a memorable character for me because she starts out as a naïve girl who has some growing up to do. She’s a dreamer and a bit headstrong, and that gets her into trouble. Though she doesn’t lose her flawed nature, she matures, but her troubles follow her. So, I have to ask: did you write Nancy from experience?

Aha. You’re on to me. I was a dreamer. I desired to be that rebellious one, and like Nancy, I was too cowardly to be really bad. There were times when my poor decisions and pig-headedness landed me in places that reflected badly on me. Don’t tell my granddaughters, though.

Nancy’s grandmother, Amelia, reminded me of my own grandmother. She was our family matriarch, and without a doubt, she was the most important person in my life. What about you? Did you have a grandmother like Amelia or a grandmother that in some way impacted you the way that Amelia surely impacted Nancy’s life?

Amelia is a figment of my imagination, or maybe a concoction of several women I’ve met in my life. I think my maternal grandmother would have been a lot like Amelia. Grandma was an elegant mixture of Austrian and American Indian who escaped the dust bowl by moving to Seattle. She died when I was two, so I have no memory of her, just the bits and pieces shared by my mother.

Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series. Would you mind sharing a little about the series and about any other novels you are writing?

I am well into writing the second novel in the Legacy series, Carlotta’s Legacy. Nancy’s best friend Rebecca Lewis is the heroine. She has a strong character and a quick wit, so she’s fun to write. Nancy always envied Rebecca’s freedom, and Rebecca envied the fact that Nancy’s grandmother cared what Nancy did and how she turned out. Rebecca didn’t have that in her life. Her parents fritter away a vast fortune and end up with nothing. Rebecca must make a decision regarding her future that will benefit the parents who basically ignored her most of her life.

I like that these two women will have recurring roles throughout the series. Nancy’s daughter Amy will have her day in the third, as yet unnamed novel. When Amy seems to be headed in the same direction as her mother, her parents must find a way to steer her in a more positive direction. I think Rebecca will figure into the solution, as well.

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It’s the Roaring Twenties and anything goes …

Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy.

Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge.

As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?

Character Interview: Nancy Sanderson from Betty Thomason Owen’s Amelia’s Legacy

Amelia's Legacy FRONT CoverToday’s guest is Ms. Nancy Sanderson from Amelia’s Legacy. Nancy you live in a very interesting era in our country’s history. Would you mind telling us a little about your life?

We had a country house and a town home. The town home was only slightly smaller than the country house. Some would call either of them a mansion. I called them prison when Grandmother was there.

Of course, there were servants, but only a few. We had a housekeeper, a cook, and a chauffeur who often doubled as a gardener. We could not possibly have done without any one of them.

I attended a private school for girls, and was driven to and from school by the chauffeur. Though Springfield was a smaller metropolis, I was not allowed out unchaperoned. Period. Though times were changing all around us, Grandmother insisted on decorous behavior at all times.

Many of my friends bobbed their hair, wore short dresses, and partied. Grandmother wouldn’t allow any of that. So whenever possible, I escaped, usually by way of my bedroom window. Grandmother’s idea of a good time was a celebratory dinner with her peers, or an afternoon tea given by one her employee’s wives.

A trip to Europe was the highlight of my youth, for it was on that voyage, I met Rebecca Lewis. I’ll never forget the peaceful, sunny days we spent on the French Riviera when Grandmother assumed Mrs. Lewis was chaperoning. She was not.

You’re a dreamer. That’s clear from the start of the story. How do you think being a dreamer affected your life?

You may understand why I was a dreamer after reading my answer to the former question. Dreaming got me through some difficult, empty places in my life. Most of my dreams were very foolish, but there were positive elements. When my life was at its darkest point, I made use of my imagination to survive.

I believe that grandparents can make a tremendous impact in a child’s life. I know your grandmother Amelia did that for you, but I’d like to hear about your grandmother from your point of view.

My grandmother stepped in and took over raising me when my parents died. She was often distant. Partly because she had also taken over running the company her father had built and her husband maintained until his death. Her strength was a steadfast presence in my life. As a child, I longed for her approval and love. It took a health crisis in her life for her to realize she’d shortchanged me in that department. She tried to make up for it, and for a few bright days, we enjoyed one another’s company. That was a gift.

You went through most of your life without a relationship with the Lord. How would you describe the troubled years when you did not know that you had a loving Savior to lean upon?

My idea of God was one of a judge sitting at a great desk, ever ready to exact judgment on His children. We seldom attended church, but Grandmother made me memorize scriptures pertaining to obedience and honoring ones’ elders. For this reason, I constantly struggled with guilt and condemnation. I felt that every bad thing that happened to me, came as a direct consequence of my guilty behavior. I deserved it.

Life didn’t turn out exactly as you expected it to, but we know that God promises that all things happen for good to those who know the Lord … Nancy, looking back over your life, even as far back as the loss of your parents, are you able to see how God used those things—including the mistakes you made—to bring the good to light?

Oh goodness, yes. If my parents had lived, no doubt I’d have been spoiled rotten. I hate to admit it, but Grandmother knew exactly what I needed all along. I think she was trying to right the wrongs in her life—the mistakes she’d made with my father.

Some of my worst mistakes, especially one of them, produced great gifts for which I am so thankful. If there ever was a guiltless person, which there isn’t except for our Savior, they would never know the true joy of being forgiven. That’s the best “good thing” to come out of all this. I’ve been forgiven. That’s true freedom.

Thank you for being with us today and speaking so candidly. I look forward to talking, once again, with your author, Betty Thomason Owens on Wednesday.

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It’s the Roaring Twenties and anything goes …

Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy.

Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge.

As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?

BettyThomasonOwensAbout the Author:

Betty Thomason Owens lives in Kentucky with her husband, Robert. They have three grown sons living in the area, along with their daughters-in-law, four beautiful granddaughters (one more on the way!), and two handsome grandsons.

Betty is semiretired, and spends most of her time writing, studying about writing, and critiquing other peoples’ writing. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and attends regular local meetings. She’s also involved with Bluegrass Christian Writers, a lively group of Kentucky writers, who meet quarterly in a Lexington, Kentucky bookstore.

Betty has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.

She also writes historical fiction. Her most recent release, Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series for Write Integrity Press. In addition to the ’20’s era romances, Betty also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and the upcoming Love Boat Bachelor.

Visit her webpage or find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Author Interview: Betty Thomason Owens

Betty Owens 2Today’s guest is Betty Thomason Owens the author of The Lady of the Haven, a wonderful inspirational fantasy filled with adventure and heart. Betty lives in Kentucky with her husband, Robert. They have three grown sons living in the area, along with their daughters-in-law, four beautiful granddaughters (one more on the way!), and two handsome grandsons.

Betty is semiretired, and spends most of her time writing, studying about writing, and critiquing other peoples’ writing. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and attends regular local meetings. She’s also involved with Bluegrass Christian Writers, a lively group of Kentucky writers, who meet quarterly in a Lexington, Kentucky bookstore.

Betty has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.

She also writes historical fiction. Her most recent release, Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series for Write Integrity Press. In addition to the ’20’s era romances, Betty also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and the upcoming The Love Boat Bachelor.

Connect with Betty at her webpage or find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Betty, thank your for being a guest on Inner Source. First of all, please tell us about your novel The Lady of the Haven.

The Lady of the Haven is what I like to call the book of my heart. It was not the first book I’ve written, but it was absolutely the most fun of all the stories I’ve authored. The story follows the journey of a young girl on the cusp of womanhood, the last of her family, hunted by a vengeful ruler. She’s a healer, taught the healing ways by her grandmere. She’s of Hebrew origin, and very spiritual. She follows “the leading” of Jehovah and ends up in harm’s way, but is able to save the life of the Prince of the Realm, William of Coldthwaite (pronounced Cold-thrate, btw). He falls a little in love with her, but he’s a warrior and has to return to battle. He gives her his ring so she can send for him if ever she needs rescuing. Jael is headstrong and when she does need help, she sets out on her own, in disguise. The journey is grueling, but she’s determined. Meanwhile, William has vowed to destroy the evil ruler who is chasing her. Eventually, their paths cross again.

The story is a truly enjoyable fantasy with a world that I enjoyed visiting. From where did this other world spring up in your imagination?

I have to laugh at this, because I blame it on my fascination with The Lord of the Rings—the books and the movie. I think the first of the original three movies had just come out and we had seen it several times.

No story I’ve ever written has haunted me as this one did. I saw the scene where the wounded warrior fell from his horse into the flood-swollen river as clearly as a scene from a movie. I had to write it. I wrote as fast as my fingers would fly until the story was all told. It was pretty rough and took a LOT of rewrites, because I was learning the craft. I wanted to create a world that was close to reality, rooted in reality, almost historical, but not quite.

Jael is a strong heroine. What I liked the best about her journey is that it was hers. The hero is important, but Jael had to try to overcome so much on her own. Is she modeled after anyone you know or an accumulation of people that you might know?

I’m glad you picked up on that. I would like to say me. In some ways, it would be true. I’ve always been a loner. I wanted to do things my way. I went the home birth route, and the homeschool route (until my little guys drove me crazy). But, I have to be honest and say, I’m not nearly as brave as Jael. Some of her bravery was naiveté, though. My mother was the bravest person I knew. At seventeen, she left her family on the West Coast and went to live in the wilds of West Tennessee with people she didn’t even know. She lived on potatoes for months so she could buy formula for my older brother while Dad was in the Navy. There were others in my family who inspired me with their bravery and steadfastness. Their adventurous blood runs through my veins too, but I only aspire to be a Jael.

Oh, I think I’ve read a certain story somewhere that is very similar to your mothers. *Smiling* I can’t wait for the release of Annabelle’s Ruth.

There is a powerful theme of the story in what Jael does and doesn’t know about Christ as Savior. I’m very interested in learning if that is something that resonated in your life and thus transferred to the page, or is it something you feel the Lord wanted you to bring to the story?

I think it was a natural outgrowth of my own experiences. I lived the first seventeen years of my life believing in the story of Jesus Christ. I believed because I’d been taught the stories from earliest childhood. But I was missing something. I’d never made a conscious choice to serve God. My family had not always attended church. We moved a lot. Like Jael, I was often on my own. All that changed when we settled in Louisville. My parents became involved in a local church that was experiencing a spiritual revival. I reluctantly followed, and soon discovered what I’d been searching for all my life. Jesus filled the void and healed some very broken places in my soul.

A beautiful testimony, Betty. Thank you for sharing that.

This is where I usually ask if you have anything in the works. I know you do, and I’d love for you to tell our readers what we can soon expect to read from Betty Thomason Owens.

I am presently working on The Legacy Series for Write Integrity Press. Amelia’s Legacy, a 1920’s era novel, is now in print and also available on Kindle. This is one of the books I wrote pre-Lady of the Haven. I dragged it out of the mothballs in order to have something to submit on the ACFW critique loop. I never dreamed it would someday grow up to be a series. But the story lends itself well to one, with a strong best friend in Rebecca Lewis, who will star in Carlotta’s Legacy, the second in the series. The third is untitled, but Nancy’s daughter Amy will lead the cast.

I have another series in the works as well. The first book, Annabelle’s Ruth, is a 1950’s era retelling of the Ruth story, set in the cotton fields of West Tennessee. I was able to incorporate a lot of my mother’s memories in this one and my own, as well, since I spent my early years where most of this story plays out.

I am also working on the follow-up to A Dozen ApologiesThe Love Boat Bachelor—like its big sister, LBB will be a contemporary romance novella with chapters written by eight different authors.

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Jael of Rogan, a young healer-woman known as the Lady of the Haven, has no idea who she’s pulled from the rain-swollen river when a mortally wounded warrior practically falls into her arms. Her healing skills and deep faith in God combine to snatch William, Prince of Coldthwaite, from the brink of death only to learn that the peril to his life is far from over.

As soon as William is able, Jael aids his escape through the mysterious disappearing trail. He vows to return if she ever summons him when the danger has passed. William begins the long and hazardous journey over the Touri Mountains, his heart forever bound to the beautiful young healer whose songs haunt his dreams.

Forced to flee her home, Jael remembers the Warrior’s promise and races to find him in his far off land. Pursued, captured, relentlessly interrogated, her life is in danger nearly from the start. Just as hope begins to fade, Jael is freed by a band of soldiers and learns that William is only a short distance away. Their paths cross briefly as he leads his army in the struggle to defeat their foe. William departs and evil men move in once more.

Here in this strange land, amidst a deadly struggle, Jael comes face to face with a truth she never suspected. Perhaps the power she’d attributed to the haven lay within her all along. But can she, an outcast, ever hope to gain the heart of the prince?

Character Interview: Jael of Rogan from The Lady of the Haven

ladyofthehavenToday’s guest is Jael of Rogan from Betty Thomason Owen’s novel, The Lady of the Haven. Jael, thank you for being with us today. Please tell us about yourself and a little about your world?

Thank you, Lady Fay, for inviting me. I am a daughter of Rogan, the last of that great family. We are sailmakers by trade, and healers by calling. My da and grandpere made names for themselves, but enemies also, by working to free the slaves of the magistrate. For this reason, I spent my childhood in hiding.

We have lived at the base of the Verani Falls for many generations. I suppose you would call it a wilderness. We are enclosed on one side by a great cliff, where the cascade drops to Verani Basin. A grand old forest separates us from the plains of Dolor, farmlands along the river. My home is in the haven, a place like no other, feared by the locals. And for good reason. If you don’t know the secrets of the haven, you’re liable to disappear, never to be seen again.

When we first meet you, we find that you are a healer. From where did you receive the knowledge of the plants and the herbs that you use?

This is a knowledge—a gift—passed down through many generations of my family. Grandmere trained me in the use of herbs. She taught me where to find them, how to cultivate and preserve them. There are some, even among the Christians of my day, who call it sorcery. I disagree. It is learning to use what Jehovah has provided, in much the same way as He provided plants for food.

Your strength is the characteristic that makes you most memorable to me. You are not a lady saved by a knight in shining armor; you are a warrior who fights her own battles. From where does this strength of heart, soul, and mind resonate?

I am honored and humbled by your words. I believe strength comes ultimately from Jehovah. My stubbornness has proved useful, as well, along with a simple belief in the truth of God’s promises to us. If He has written it, surely it is true.

Your strength is what gets you to the place that your quest takes you, but your hero, William of Coldthwaite is not without his moments. I liken his journey to a knight seeking to slay a dragon (though the villain he seeks is not really a dragon). Tell us what draws you to William?

Besides the fact that he is the handsomest man I’ve ever beheld? But more than outward appearance, his heart draws me. He has a presence that commands respect, yet a gentle spirit rests beneath the surface. Without doubt, his integrity and strong faith, also. And his horse loves him.

The Lady of the Haven is the first novel in the series. Please tell us where your adventures take you next.

To the northernmost border of the kingdom of Coldthwaite, a stronghold high in the Touri Mountain range. Cragmorton, named after the strong people who first dwelt there: the Mortons of the Crag. Along with my husband, I am sent as the king’s emissary, to oversee the reuniting of the two governments. Our hope is to bring peace and carry the gospel into the darkest regions, to a people long held captive by an evil magistrate.

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Jael of Rogan, a young healer-woman known as the Lady of the Haven, has no idea who she’s pulled from the rain-swollen river when a mortally wounded warrior practically falls into her arms. Her healing skills and deep faith in God combine to snatch William, Prince of Coldthwaite, from the brink of death only to learn that the peril to his life is far from over.

As soon as William is able, Jael aids his escape through the mysterious disappearing trail. He vows to return if she ever summons him when the danger has passed. William begins the long and hazardous journey over the Touri Mountains, his heart forever bound to the beautiful young healer whose songs haunt his dreams.

Forced to flee her home, Jael remembers the Warrior’s promise and races to find him in his far off land. Pursued, captured, relentlessly interrogated, her life is in danger nearly from the start. Just as hope begins to fade, Jael is freed by a band of soldiers and learns that William is only a short distance away. Their paths cross briefly as he leads his army in the struggle to defeat their foe. William departs and evil men move in once more.

Here in this strange land, amidst a deadly struggle, Jael comes face to face with a truth she never suspected. Perhaps the power she’d attributed to the haven lay within her all along. But can she, an outcast, ever hope to gain the heart of the prince?

Betty Owens 2About the Author:

Betty Thomason Owens the author of The Lady of the Haven, a wonderful inspirational fantasy filled with adventure and heart. Betty lives in Kentucky with her husband, Robert. They have three grown sons living in the area, along with their daughters-in-law, four beautiful granddaughters (one more on the way!), and two handsome grandsons.

Betty is semiretired, and spends most of her time writing, studying about writing, and critiquing other peoples’ writing. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and attends regular local meetings. She’s also involved with Bluegrass Christian Writers, a lively group of Kentucky writers, who meet quarterly in a Lexington, Kentucky bookstore.

Betty has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.

She also writes historical fiction. Her most recent release, Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series for Write Integrity Press. In addition to the ’20’s era romances, Betty also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and the upcoming The Love Boat Bachelor.

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