Monday, July 23, 2018

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - Cissie Patterson

UNDER A MULBERRY MOON is a beautifully crafted anthology compiled by talented authors. 

Each day for the next nine days, each author will have a turn letting us get to know them. But first... the ladies have a gift for EVERYONE who stops by... a free download of MEDLEYS & MUSINGS - a sampling of every story from Under the Mulberry Moon.  Go HERE to download your copy

But that's not all!!!!   Three of the participating authors will each be giving away a copy of UNDER A MULBERRY MOON to lucky visitors who leave a comment. You MUST leave a comment ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY to qualify. So comment about one or all of the stories the authors share. Each comment will be assigned a number. Then on Thursday July 26th, I will select 3 winners using

Today we welcome, Cissie Patterson:

Born in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Cissie Patterson lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and two children. She is an avid reader of historical western romance and dreams of simpler days gone by. Times were tough, work was hard but community, God and family were the pillars of life.

Cissie spends much of her time in the Pioneer Hearts reader group on Facebook, promoting other fabulous authors of the historical western romance genre. She also maintains the Western Romance Book Babe page on Facebook, letting readers know of any historical western deals she finds. Everybody loves a freebie, right?

Cissie welcomes you to join her on her author journey as each story is a romance to remember. Select that + FOLLOW button on Amazon below my profile pic.  I love being followed. It keeps life exciting!


Here's My FIVE:

I’ always asked ‘where do you get your ideas’. So, where do you get yours?
I get a lot of ideas from reading. I’ll be in the middle of a story and think “what if someone did this instead of that” and my mind takes a different path than the story. I’ve even had another author ask “you got that from MY story? How did you get that?”

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?
For me, the characters seem to come first. The people in my head start making noise to be let out of the box and a story develops.

Which of your heroines most represent you, or the ‘you’ you’d like to be? Why?
I believe there is a piece of me in every heroine I write. I want to write a heroine that is compassionate, understanding, helpful and strong. Maybe the ‘me’ that I envision in a perfect world.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?
 Writing a story that isn’t just romantic but also exciting or mysterious. I want the story to be more than just falling in love.

What’s the most romantic thing a guy can do (or has done) for you?
 Be helpful, be considerate, be mindful – a gentleman does for his lady as much as she does for him.

Here's Cissie's THREE:

How long have you been writing - have you always wanted to be a writer?
I have been writing a little over a year now. I didn’t always want to be a writer but I wanted to be a poet. I have many poems stored in my drawers at home and it is how I always used to express my emotions. Poetry and music.

 If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with
       and why?
I would recommend starting with Grace’s Hope, book one in the Journey to Freedom series. It’s actually my second book written but it’s the story that stuck in my head and wouldn’t go away. It’s the story that made me start to write because it wanted to get out. It’s a storyline that I hadn’t read about yet and I was excited to share it with readers.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to travel?
At one time I wanted to travel the world but as I’ve gotten older, I would like to see more of the United States. I want to drive and tour the west. I’d like to visit Maine and the New England states. I’ve seen some of the south but I’d see more of it during winter season!

Great answers! Now, let's talk about the book. Your story is Matthew's Freedom

Matthew Burchard hasn’t been able to save those important to him, time and time again.  After delivering his sister to Freedom, he's ready to find his own freedom in the world. Saving a widow and her son isn’t part of his future plans. He’s ready to finally live a life of no regrets.

Widow Brenna Jo Wayne is determined to make it on her own, for her son's sake. Marriage isn't in her plans but neither is giving up. Her son’s happiness is all that matters - if only he would stop fighting her every step of the way. 

Unfortunately, jobs are scarce and men are plentiful in Freedom. Is marriage the only way out of her situation? Will she find what her heart is seeking despite her son’s attitude? Return to Freedom, Colorado, in book two of this mail-order bride romance series

Brenna sighed and dismissed them with a curt, “Good day.”
Eddie and Matthew rode away from the homestead toward Charlie’s land. “Thanks for the help.” Matthew said, still smarting from being chastised for his stupidity.
Eddie gave him a wide grin. “Boy, you stepped into a heap of dung right there. I know better than to try to dig you out by your boots until she was good and ready to let you free.” He cackled loudly. “You shoulda’ seen the look on your face as she was letting you have it.”

Matthew gave him a dirty look. Hopefully, that conversation stayed between the three of them. His sister would have his hide if she heard what a donkey’s behind he’d made of himself. But despite the regret he felt, he felt a twinge of something else as he pictured the sparks shooting from Brenna’s brown eyes and the way her chin tilted up in defiance when she was angered. That woman was a force to be reckoned with, and God help him, he longed for a chance to tame her.

Born and raised in Colorado, this story definitely has my attention. Sounds like a great read!

 Remember to download the Free teaser then purchase your full anthology.. I mean - you can't just have one- right? LOL


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  1. Howdy Cissie and Angela!

    Hope you both had a nice, relaxing weekend. As always, generous Angela has featured yet another author from Under A Mulberry Moon.

    I hope you enjoy Cissie's interview.

    We're celebrating our BESTSELLER Ranking on Amazon. Under a Mulberry Moon made No.1 in both New Releases and Short Fiction Anthologies.

    Thanks for everyone's help! We hope if you read the stories in the anthology you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed writing them.

    Blessings, Keta

  2. Thank you for hosting me and 'Matthew's Freedom'. I am enjoying writing the Journey to Freedom series and as a thank you to readers, have put book one (Grace's Hope) up for $0.99 this week as well.

    This anthology of nine books by nine amazing authors has a little bit of everything for everyone and is such an amazing deal. Love, romance, adventure! Grab your copy today!

  3. Your excerpt sounds fabulous, Cissie! Many thanks, Angela, for hosting us!

  4. Reading Matthew's Freedom right now. Great characters and a fun town for a setting. I enjoyed learning more about Cissie. Thank you, Angela, for hosting this anthology.

  5. I enjoy Cissie's writing because not only are the stories great, but she is one of the nicest persons I've ever met. I enjoy books more when I know the author is a kind person.

  6. Hi Angela and Cissie! I loved reading Cissie's interview and I love her writing. Her stories go straight to the heart! Love you my friend!