Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Author Colleen Hall's Frontier Hearts Series Will Charm You!

 Warrior's Heart Book Giveaway!

Welcome weekly readers and visitors from all around! I've a new author for you. One that has never before graced The Diamond Mine. And when I researched her, I was so fascinated with her new book, I bought it! LOL. I love western stories with Native Americans, and that is just what Colleen Hall's book is about. So get your fringed buckskin on and braid your hair, because we're riding headlong across the grassy prairie to learn more about this week's author and her new book, Warrior's Heart.

PT: Introduce yourself and tell us how you began writing.

CH: Thank you, Peggy, for having me. I’ve loved writing ever since I was a child. My mother tells me that I wrote my first story in third grade. In middle school I wrote novels in installments, and my friends read the latest installment on the bus on our way home from school. I continued to write as a hobby until after I married and had children. However, I didn’t get published until about seven years ago when I got serious about being a writer.

PT: What genre do you write in and do you have another genre you’d secretly like to write in?

CH: I write inspirational historical fiction. Sometimes I dabble with the idea of writing a contemporary romance, but I love history, so for now, at least, that’s what I write about.

PT: Describe your writing space.

CH: My writing space is a nook at the back of the house. My husband went shopping with me at several antique stores to help me find the perfect old desk where I could work. After all, if I’m going to write historical novels, my desk should be appropriate for helping to create the proper historical ambiance.

PT: Give us a book/author that is in your top five books.

One of my favorite books is The Outsider by Penelope Williamson. Ms. Williamson has a gift for weaving historical information into her stories to create a vivid “world” that takes the reader back in time. Her characters are multi-faceted and believable. Their strengths and foibles give them so much depth that they seem to leap off the page.

PT: Hobbies?

CH: I love browsing antique stores and hiking with my husband, and I love reading. I also love messing with my horse and riding when I have the opportunity.

PT: Pets?

CH: Over the years our family has had a menagerie of pets, from dogs and cats, a rabbit, lizards, and horses. I love horses and have owned horses for most of my life. Now, we’re down to one horse and three cats.

PT: Favorite foods while writing?

CH: Hmm. . . I try not to snack, ever, but I do love chocolate and will occasionally indulge when I feel like celebrating or if I’m in a tough spot with a plot. Chocolate helps the creative process!

PT: Do you work with silence or music or other?

CH: Silence, definitely! Music distracts me and takes me out of the story.

PT: Do you have a current favorite Bible verse and why has it become a favorite for you right now?

CH: It’s hard to choose one favorite verse, because I have several. I love Psalms because the Psalms deal with so many life issues that we experience. Psalm 139:17, 18 are special to me. These verses remind the believer that the Lord is always with us, and they humble me to realize that God actually thinks about me.

Psalm 139: 17-18 (NIV)
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.

PT: Tell us about your new release, Warrior’s Heart?

CH: Thank you for buying Warrior’s Heart! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Warrior’s Heart is the book that I didn’t plan to write. Book #3 in my Frontier Hearts Saga was supposed to feature another character, but as I tried to develop a story around this person, nothing happened. I couldn’t get any ideas for this plot. And while I was struggling to develop the story, Wild Wind (a character readers meet in Wounded Heart, Book #2) was in my head demanding that I tell his story. He wouldn’t let me go. 

Finally, I scrapped the initial story idea and gave in to Wild Wind. Once I let him have his way, a story line began to develop. I created a love interest for him named Rose. However, Rose wouldn’t come to life. I couldn’t get her off the paper, and Wild Wind refused to love her. Wild Wind had already met and fallen in love with a woman in Book #2, and he now refused to love anyone else. This created a problem, since between Books 2 and 3, the woman Wild Wind loved had married another man. Wild Wind is such a strong character that he wouldn’t budge, and I couldn’t make him love another woman. 

So, I had to make his love interest a widow and free her to love Wild Wind in Book #3, which meant that I had to rework parts of the plot. Once I gave in to Wild Wind on this final point, the story came together and flew off the page. I guess I could say that Wild Wind really wrote Warrior’s Heart! I find the love match intriguing. 

PT: How did you come up with the idea and the setting for this book and the series?

CH: The first book in my series is set in the South right after the Civil War. In this book, Her Traitor’s Heart, the hero mentions wanting to go West to help with the army’s Indian Wars. It seemed natural to move the story West for the following books, especially since I’ve always been fascinated with the West. I try to put each of my books into a particular time in our nation’s history and explore what social, political, and economic factors influence and shape the characters. Warrior’s Heart takes place during the height of the army’s Indian Wars when white settlers fear and hate the Tribes, and it’s in that context in which I set Wild Wind’s struggles to bridge two cultures and to love a white woman. I thought those dynamics would help to increase the tension in the story.

PT: Tell us 5 things about Colleen Hall that have nothing to do with writing:

1. I'm a redhead. (Probably everything that you've heard about redheads is true!)
2. I’m left-handed.
3. I’m not mechanical—for me, trying to figure out anything mechanical is like trying to speak Greek. 
4. I’m a New Englander by birth, but I married a Southerner, so I’ve lived in the South longer than I lived in New England.
5. I don’t like coffee.

PT: What’s on the chalkboard for future books? A new series?

CH: My Frontier Hearts Saga will have five books. The last two books feature Wild Wind’s sons—Cole and Rafe Wild Wind. Book #4, Wild Heart, is set during the time of the Colorado uranium mining boom during the Titanic era. Book #5, Valiant Heart, takes place right after World War I, in which Rafe Wild Wind’s war experiences as a “flyboy” fighter ace profoundly affects his life after the war. I just completed Book #5, so I’m not sure where I’ll go from here. I have several ideas, though.

PT: Now, I would ask more questions, but I'm in the middle of Warrior's Heart! But thanks so much for being with us, Colleen! Readers, you can keep up with Colleen here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColleenHallRomance

Website: https://www.colleenhallromance.com/    Sign up for Colleen's newsletter!

and buy her stuff here:


and find out more about her here:

I'm a displaced New Englander who came South to attend college, where I met and married a Southerner. I never returned to the North to live. I now reside in the Upstate of South Carolina with my husband and family, one horse, and two very spoiled cats.

and enter to win by leaving your name on our contact form or leaving a comment with an email to win a copy of Warrior's Heart!

Now, everybody shhhh! I'm reading. (wink)


Kay Garrett said...

Enjoyed reading the interview with Colleen Hall. It was a great way to introduce me to this new to me author. (Hoping to rectify that fact real soon - in fact already liked on Facebook.) It was fun to see someone else that had a lizard as a pet and doesn't care for coffee.

"Warrior's Heart" sounds like a fabulous book and one I would most definitely enjoy having the opportunity to read and review. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. Shared and hoping to be the fortunate one selected.
2clowns at arkansas dot net

Library Lady said...

I volunteer in the Church Library and have for 43 years.
Our readers love the historical books we have.
Thanks for giving me a chance to win.
Janet E

Peggy Trotter said...

Thanks for stopping by ladies!

Roxanne C. said...

I love Colleen's beautiful writing nook. I enjoyed reading about how Wild Wind persuaded her to write his story his way.

Roxanne C. said...

Oops, forgot my email!
Luvthots (at) gmail (dot) com

Unknown said...

Colleen Hall
Hi,Roxanne. I'm glad you like my writing nook. It's at the back of the house, so theoretically, I should be able to write in private, but my family manages to find me. As you can tell, Wild Wind was very real to me! I was sad when I finished his and Della's story and had to leave them.