Set high goals so if you miss them, at least you’re closer than if you didn’t try… Yes, I’ve heard that adage too. Setting goals that scare us can be both productive and destructive. So how do you know what to do? Should you adjust goals that scare you or just keep on keepin’ on?

Bringing history to life, Angela Breidenbach holds her new book, Blue Ribbon Brides.

Bringing history to life, Angela Breidenbach holds her new book, Blue Ribbon Brides.

Recently I had the opportunity to write on this topic in an article from MTL Magazine because of my new book, Blue Ribbon Brides Collection, that includes 9 novellas from 9 authors. Seven Medals and a Bride is mine. I began the research stymied by the volume of botanical terms. (If you know me, you know I’m not a science major.) But then I was drawn into the research because of small notations about the lengths the women I was researching went to in order to achieve their goals. Quite honestly, it blew my mind! 

Goals that scare me are both productive and destructive. Why both? Because when I see the process, the patterns, and set my mind to that goal I can break out pieces and manage the smaller pieces. I get really, really productive and most often achieve the goal. But I’ve had a few that were just out of my reach, tips of fingers scratching air instead of grasping the goal. You too?

Baby Angela

Baby Angela, a few weeks old.

It’s been like that for me. Both exhilarating and frustrating. That’s when I decided I needed to go back to college. I needed and wanted to know what didn’t know so I could succeed at my goal of solving certain family mysteries and proving that those solutions were fact, not fiction. (Like the one my mother used to tell about being related to Pocahontas because I looked like a papoose when I was born, her words, or the one where we were related to Lord Byron Nelson…neither of which have been substantiated. In fact, they are easily disproved now that I know a little more what I’m doing.) But what about those snippets of history that are boring and true like, oh, botanical science display meetings noting dollars and attendance?

Bringing history to life is like finding pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, but when you’re done some are missing no matter how hard you’ve searched. That’s where fiction comes in. By fictionalizing those missing pieces, we get the spirit of the experience. A lot of the names and places I used in Seven Medals and a Bride are real. But in order to bring the experience to life I put a fictional romance into the true historical facts and humanized it in a way that names on a page or a list of expenses can’t do.

I’d love to talk to these people and find out they’re experience: Mrs. Fitch, Jennie H. Moore, the Reverend Doctor Kelsey, the unnamed women who traveled Montana to gather and preserve our flora, and more. I have a feeling that’s why God made heaven eternal. In addition to talking ourselves out with him, there are so many people I want to talk to that it will take eternity for all those questions and conversations.

If you could talk to people who’ve gone before you, who would they be? I’m not asking about the obvious, Jesus, or his disciples. Who in history has fascinated you with their achievements? What would you ask?

If you’d like more information on Blue Ribbon Brides, please visit this page to learn about all the stories in the collection.

If you’d like to read the article on the incredible achievements of historic and heroic Montana women, please visit MTL Magazine.

Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience is a Dove Foundation Award Recipient. This book has been rated Faith-friendly by The Dove Foundation.

2016 Fall New Release Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience achieves a bucket list goal for Angela Breidenbach as her first book gaining a Dove Foundation Award. This book has been rated Faith-friendly by The Dove Foundation.

2016 Fall New Releases by Angela Breidenbach

It’s been a busy year leading to a busy Fall new release season for me.

Three books releasing this fall and a couple of new contracts pending…
1. Contemporary romance collection, The Bucket List Dare (including Her Impossible Dream) comes out mid-October. This cover pending…
2. Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience, non-fiction women’s devotional, helps women cope with the past and become women of courage, confidence, and candor. Releases Oct. 25th. This book earned something really special to me! Gems of Wisdom is a recipient of The Dove Foundation’s “Faith-friendly” Seal of Approval!! Here’s the review on Dove.org. Ironically, a bucket list goal. (Ironic because of the fiction book coming out in the same month that actually carries the words “bucket list”! Truly, I did not see that happening the way it did.)
3. Blue Ribbon Brides (includes Seven Medals & a Bride), Historical Romance Collection, 9 stories of women who win big at the local, state, or national fairs. This book releases Nov. 1st.
4. Next book I’m writing? Fanned Embers for the Second Chance Brides historical romance collection coming out Aug. 2017.
5. After that? Sagebrush Bride in the American Flowers series. It releases Aug. 2017.
6. And the newest? His Indentured Bride in the Captive Brides, another historical romance collection releasing Fall 2017…

I hope you’ll all enjoy them as much as I enjoy writing them 🙂

FYI: Not all the covers are ready yet, but I’ll share as soon as I can.

CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #18

Welcome to the CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #18…

CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #18

CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #18

Your next CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #19 is on my guest, PeggySue Wells’ blog…
PeggySue Wells, Christian Authors Network member

PeggySue Wells, Christian Authors Network member

Dear reader-friends, I’m excited to share one of my author friends from the Christian Authors Network with you for our CAN Scavenger Hunt adventure. First a little about her and then we’ll get right into the interview…

About PeggySue Wells: She’s an author, producer, and co-host of award-winning WBCL Mid-Morning, PeggySue Wells is the author of a couple dozen books including a couple bestsellers, an audio finalist, and several co-authored projects because she writes well with others. Writer, and news reporter (most misleading headline), as a single mom PeggySue freelanced while raising and schooling her seven favorite children.

Angela: Welcome, PeggySue Wells, I hear you’re the author of a couple dozen books. What’s the common theme of your work?

PeggySue: Reclaiming the Family is the message in all my books. Family relationships are God-designed to be the place where we connect and belong. The best gift we give children is a home that is synonymous with safe. In my book, Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After, I show how even a single-parent family can be a nurturing environment.

Angela: What’s your most recent book?

CAN Scavenger Hunt #18

Slavery in the Land of the Free

PeggySue: Slavery in the Land of the Free: A Student’s Guide to Human Trafficking is an informative and concise look at the rapidly growing child sex trade in the United States. The book gives the profiles of the three players in human trafficking – the victim, the trafficker, and the john. Driven by pornography-addicted johns, human trafficking is a supply and demand industry that targets children. We stopped slavery in the United States once before and we can do it again. Slavery in the Land of the Free tells you how.

I wrote Bonding With Your Child Through Boundaries – a timeless parenting book – with June Hunt. June is the foremost counselor of our generation. I was her practical sidekick as the mom with seven children, two horses, a dog, and a cat. If you have kids, you have pets. Just sayin’.

In the fiction category, I co-authored The Patent with Max Garwood. In the race for world dominance, the nation that develops a small-town inventor’s design will be militarily invincible. America’s enemies have stolen the patent and kidnapped the inventor. Geared for men, The Patent is written under a pen name since men typically don’t read books by women. I’m writing the sequel.

Angela: Did you see God open any doors with your books?

PeggySue: I am thrilled that The Slave Across the Street, the true story (Theresa’s story and my writing) about an upscale Detroit teen who was trafficked for two years, is a USA Today bestseller, a three-time Wall Street Journal bestseller, and an audio finalist that came in just behind Keith Richards’ memoir read by Johnny Depp. Not even kidding.

Also, an interview on award-winning WBCL’s Mid-Morning radio featuring Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After: Moving from Hopeless to Hopeful for the newly Divorced Mom resulted in an invitation to return quarterly to host a one-hour show encouraging single parents. Last year, the radio invited me to be their program’s producer and co-host. Who knew?!

Angela: How do people describe you and your books? (Friend-readers, you can click on any cover and check out each book’s details.)

PeggySue: Writing is a team sport and I’ve been in a close-knit writers group for almost two decades. We’ve polished each other’s writing, introduced each other to publishers, cheered for one another, and journeyed together through cancer (theirs), divorce (mine), heartbreak (ours), and celebrations (ours, too). My fellow wordsmiths describe me as “Eminently quotable, PeggySue Wells is a tonic — warm like your favorite blanket, bracing like a stiff drink.”

Angela: How can readers contact you?

PeggySue: To connect and for marketing (your key CAN Scavenger Hunt word), I have a website. At www.PeggySueWells.com, you can send me an email, as well as shop for books, the homeschool curriculum I created for my children, and sea glass jewelry that allows readers of my novel, Für Elise, to keep a piece of paradise with you. I’m also available on the Christian Authors Network at my featured author page.

 Your next CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #19?
Click on PeggySue’s name to go to her blog.

Remember your word for the CAN Scavenger Hunt is: marketing.