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.


Special Writer’s Series on Coach Talk Radio about the writing industry by @CAN_AuthorNews president, @AngBreidenbach, and the host of Coach Talk Radio, @SandraBeck.

It’s free to listen online to this Writer’s Series on Coach Talk Radio, on Toginet Radio weekly, or on your regular podcast provider like iTunes or Google Play. If you’d like to binge listen now, feel free.

Meet my friend, Sandra Beck, of Coach Talk Radio.

Meet my friend, Sandra Beck, of Coach Talk Radio.

You’ll find the Writer’s Series on Coach Talk Radio.

The interesting thing about this series is that Sandra Beck simply asked me to co-host a few discussions with her about writing. But then, she let me invite several writing friends and we kept adding them and adding them… and then…kept recording. We’ve had a great time and hope you will not only enjoy this series, but that you’ll also learn a lot from a lot of great writers to help your career or simply enjoy learning more about the writers you love.

I’ll add the individual recordings and more helpful handouts over the next few months to my website.

Can’t afford a writing conference yet, learn from home. Then decide if you want to take if deeper. #FreeEducation #AmWriting

Visit the Writing Series on Coach Talk Radio for topics like…

  1. Avoiding Rejection — Sandra Beck and Angela Breidenbach
  2. Synopsis/Book Proposals — Sandra Beck and Angela Breidenbach
  3. Conferences and Organizations — Sandra Beck and Angela Breidenbach
  4. Plots and Subplots — Sandra Beck and Angela Breidenbach
  5. Editing and Proofreading — Sandra and Angela with guest Kathy Ide
  6. Finding the right literary agent — Sandra and Angela with guest agent, Tamela Hancock Murray
  7. Traditional vs. Self-publishing — Sandra and Angela with guest Cynthia Hickey
  8. Character Arcs — Sandra and Angela with guest Sarah Sundin
  9. Creating Tension — Sandra and Angela with guests Dr. Richard Mabry and Sandra Orchard
  10. Marketing and Branding — Sandra Beck and Angela Breidenbach. We get real!
  11. Research Techniques — Sandra and Angela with guest Lena Nelson Dooley
  12. Writing Offices and Tools for the writer’s life — Sandra and Angela talk with the Pencildancers: Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Angela Breidenbach (I’m one too), Liz Tolsma, and Jennifer Vander Klipp
  13. The Art of the Craft — Sandra and Angela with guest Tracie Peterson
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.