Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Books & Writing -- A Word From Amanda Cabot

What a pleasure to have Amanda Cabot as my guest on Books & Writing. Welcome, Amanda.

   From the time that she was seven, Amanda Cabot dreamed of becoming a published author, but it was only when she set herself the goal of selling a book by her thirtieth birthday that the dream came true.
   A former director of Information Technology, Amanda has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages. She's delighted to now be a full-time writer of Christian historical romances. Her Texas Dreams trilogy received critical acclaim and Waiting for Spring, the second in her Westward Winds series, was just released.

Amanda's most recent book, Waiting for Spring, didn't "just happen". It was sparked by her interest in Cheyenne, Wyoming, her new home. Amanda has some fascinating and surprising facts to share with us about --

What's Special About Waiting for Spring

If there's one question I've learned to expect each time a new book is released it's "what makes this book special?" Special of course, is iin the eye of the beholder or, in this case, the reader. While I can't predict how you would answer that question, I can tell you what  made this particular book special for  me: the opportunity to introduce readers to my new home.

Admittedly, Cheyenne has changed dramatically in the more than 125 years between the time frame of Waiting for Spring and 2013. Most of the buildings from that era are gone, and to make it even more confusing, several of the main streets have different names. But there are still glimmers of that opulent era in the city's history. Opulent, you ask? I don't imagine that's an adjective that most of you associate with anything in Wyoming. Yet in 1883, Cheyenne was the wealthiest city per capital in the world. As if that weren't enough, the city had the only opera house west of the Mississippi, and its InterOcean hotel was the first hotel anywhere to have electric lights in its guest rooms. Were you surprised by that? I thought you might be.

Cheyenne's wealth had several sources. It was the territorial capital as well as a major stop on the railroad, but the major source of wealth during the 1880s was cattle. The combination of free grazing land and high prices for cattle attracted men from all over the world to Wyoming. Some historians refer to them as 'cattle kings,' but I prefer the term 'cattle baron.' It was the cattle barons who built the mansions, some of which even boasted their own ballrooms. It was the cattle barons who frequented the opera house and who made their private club, the Cheyenne Club, the epitome of wealth and elegance in a city that had more than its share of both.

At the same time that the cattle barons were amassing fortunes, the citizens of Wyoming Territory were agitating to become a state. Although there were additional costs associated with statehood, there were distinct advantages, including the ability to control the land, water and minerals within the state lines. Did you know that the governors of territories were appointed by the President, sometimes to repay a political favor? It's true. some of Wyoming's territorial governors had never been here, and, in many cases, they had no knowledge of what made Wyoming unique. Imagine a man who'd lived his entire life on the East Coast where rain was plentiful being able to appreciate the need to regulate use of water in a semi-arid territory where survival might be determined by an inch or two of rain. As a former Easterner who was far more accustomed to flooding than drought, I can tell you that it was an adjustment moving to a place where rainfall in a normal year is less than a quarter of what I was used to.

In the fall of 1886, which is when waiting for Spring begins, Wyoming was poised for change. Not only was statehood approaching, but the cattle barons' fortunes were about to be destroyed by a particularly severe winter. As soon as I read about the events of that fateful fall and winter, I knew that would be the background for my story. I knew Barrett would be a cattle baron who's considering running for state senator. I knew Charlotte would be a widow trying desperately to protect her young son. And  I knew that finding happily-ever-after would not be easy for either of them, especially during a harsh Wyoming winter. 

Does that make the book special? I hope so.

Yes! It is special, Amanda. Your love of history, story and realism merged to create a terrific story. 


After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But she can find no rest from the ghosts of the past and flees to Cheyenne to put the pieces of her life back together.

Wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry must make a sensible match if he is to be elected senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming. He needs someone with connections. Someone without a past. Yet he can't shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.

Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?


  1. Anonymous7:32 AM

    Enjoyed this interview. I would love to win this book. I did find that Book 1 in her Texas Dreams series is free on my Kindle so I have dowloaded it to read.

    Hope all is well with you Bonnie. Wishing you God's blessings today.

    Ann Ellison

  2. Anonymous11:49 AM

    Can't wait to read this book! Loved book one!

  3. This is a terrific read! Amanda's a wonderful storyteller. One other thing that's special about this book is the cover: Revell had a dress made to match the description of a dress worn by Charlotte in the story.

  4. Ann, that sounds like the Revell team. The people who create the covers always do a terrific job.

  5. Anonymous9:21 PM

    I love this book cover so much and also Wyoming. Was sure hoping it was another chance to win it. Also, Ann, that old bldg. is still in Cheyenne and from long ago. Perfect for this cover. And, kit is a museum now!

  6. Amanda Cabot7:43 AM

    Isn't the cover fabulous? I was so pleased when Revell commissioned a gown specially for it (and let me choose the design and cover). I was also thrilled when the art director included one of my photos as the background. (Yes, it's the Tivoli, and it's still there.) The whole process was so much fun that I blogged about it.


  7. Sounds like a great read! can't wait to get this book.