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Return to the Misty Shore, by Bonnie Leon

Book 3  of the Northern Lights series

Historical Romance

We’ll Meet Again/Maggie’s Dream, by Dianne Price

Book 5/6, The Thistle series

Historical Romance

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Ashberry Lane Publishing was founded in February of 2013 by President Sherrie Ashcraft and Publisher Christina Tarabochia. This mother-daughter duo had written together for fourteen years and felt the time had come to publish their co-written novel, On the Threshold, after many rounds of making it to the final committee–or even a verbal contract before a company downsized–but never quite getting that sale. While their plans were to eventually publish others’ novels, they had no idea what they were in for.

In the words of Ephesians 3:19-20, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (NASB) The growth of Ashberry Lane is surely more than the two women were ever able to imagine.

Only weeks after On the Threshold‘s release, Dianne Price approached Ashberry Lane. Terminal cancer would soon take her life, and she wanted her gorgeously rich, six-book series to find a home before she passed on to her eternal reward. Ashberry Lane quickly negotiated a contract with her agent, Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency, and tried to speed up the publishing process as much as possible. Nicole Miller of Miller Media Solutions, using photos from a live model shoot done by Ashlee Murr Photography, worked heroically and finalized all six covers while Dianne was still here to see them. Sadly, Dianne died one week before her first novel, Broken Wings, released. Ashberry Lane is honored to carry out the vision that Dianne so deeply believed in and to share the WWII love story of an RAF nurse and an American bomber pilot.

Shortly thereafter, Ashberry Lane had the privilege of negotiating a contract with Books & Such Literary Agency to re-release a 20th Anniversary Revised Edition of Bonnie’s debut novel, The Journey of Eleven Moons.  Once again, Nicole Miller designed an amazing cover with Ashlee Murr’s photos. This unique story of two girls left to survive in 1850s Alaska after a natural disaster cannot be missed.

Thus the journey of Ashberry Lane Publishing began. We look forward to publishing and distributing many more Heartfelt Tales of Faith over the next years. Please join us by signing up for the Ashberry Lane Newsletter and liking the Ashberry Lane Facebook page.

 

Featured Author

We have amazing authors, and we hope you get to know them. Check out this month’s featured author, Bonnie Leon!

Ashberry Lane: Bonnie, I’ve spent some time with you and know you have a good sense of humor. I love to share funny stories about myself, and hope you do too! So … what is one of the funniest/most embarrassing things you’ve ever done? 

Bonnie Leon: I have more than one embarrassing moment. There is a list. But I figure if I have to share one I might as well pick one of the most embarrassing and one my family thinks is hilarious.

We were traveling in Eastern Washington and I foolishly drank too much liquid and desperately needed to relieve myself, but there were no rest stops or towns—nothing but desert. I waited and waited, but finally I couldn’t wait any longer and there was no place in the surrounding desolation that provided privacy. Finally my husband followed an exit to a view point. You can imagine my disappointment when we discovered there were no bathrooms.

Well, what must be done must be done. There were no other visitors present, but that didn’t reassure me that they wouldn’t arrive at any moment. My family got a blanket and they made a circle around me, shielding me from view.

I was already embarrassed (the snickering didn’t help) and it was going to get worse.

So . . . I’m down in the position (ladies, I know you get the picture) doing my best to hurry. All was going well and then . . . I tried to stand up and I slipped instead. Down I went, right you know where.

Everyone, except me, busted out laughing. And they are still laughing about it today.

AL: You have a beautiful home in the forests of Oregon — so what is the most unique animal visitor you’ve ever had? 

BL: I’m blessed to live in Southern Oregon where the forest bustles with wildlife. We have deer, wild turkeys, fox, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, squirrels, cougars, bears and all sorts of fowl. Plus we’ve got some really cute lizards and some creepy-looking snakes. I love the abundance of birds. They sing to me all day. We even have some that sing at night. The sound of a night hawk is startling when it hurtles out of the dark. I prefer the serenity of hooting owls.

All of the creatures that live here are interesting, but the vultures are especially fascinating. Some people find them revolting, but they truly are remarkable with huge wingspans that are impressive in flight. Living on the edge of a cliff, we get to see the vultures from below and above as they soar on heated currents and dive through the trees. They’ve decided that a snag on our property is a good place for resting and sunning themselves. Sometimes they look like great hulking gargoyles when they partially extend their huge wings to cool themselves. I love that they hang out near my home.

AL: In The Journey of Eleven Moons, Iya and Anna are sisters. Anna is independent and resourceful but has a hard time trusting anyone, let alone God. Iya must depend on others for her safety and provision, but has a great gift of faith and joy. If you were in the same dire situation that the sisters are in the opening of the book, which girl would you be more like and why? 

BL: I want to be like Iya; it would be easier. However, when I find myself in a tough situation I tend to leap into survival mode. It’s the natural response for me. I can sometimes be too independent, trusting in my own strengths rather than in God’s. I’m also inclined toward stubbornness, but time and experience has taught me a lot. I’m glad to say that with the Holy Spirit’s gentle teaching and God’s discipline I’ve mellowed with the passage of years. These days I more readily rely on the Lord and trust in his provision.