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Today in History—Aug. 21

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Today in History—Aug. 21—the largest fire in US history consumed 3 million acres in 1910. It was called by many names, but the most famous is The Big Blow Up! Smoke clogged the air all the way to Denver.

Today we see history repeat itself as the top 10 fires in the US are in Montana. My publisher had no idea when they chose this month to release Second Chance Brides Collection containing my novella, Fanned Embers. But on this day, 107 years ago, Missoula became a sanctuary for all the people displaced by the massive fire swallowing up the Pacific NW on the borders of Montana and Idaho. Watch the video below to see what just a fraction of that might have looked like with today’s comparison. It may be the solar eclipse, but it’s a special day for more reasons than that!

Please remember to pray for all the people displaced, the firefighters trying to contain the wildfires, and those who have already lost so much. And then please remember those who cannot get clean air. The smoke is causing illnesses in young and old alike from sore throats and headaches to bronchitis and pneumonia.

What’s a Pulaski? It looks like this axe/adse and can be used to chop or dig meaning a fireman only has to carry one thing instead of two… Photo links to a Wikipedia article.

  I’m grateful to a man who lived over a century ago, Ed Pulaski. He invented the tool firefighters still use today. The tool was named after him—the Pulaski. And that’s all the thanks he ever saw. He never received pay. He never achieved the massive fame or success that someone today might with an invention in constant use. But I hope he receives much in heaven for his part in saving so many lives and affecting our world even after his life is done.

The Second Chance Brides Collection

The Second Chance Brides Collection, including Fanned Embers by Angela Breidenbach

If you’d like to read more about the true story behind the Pulaski, you can get a copy of Second Chance Brides Collection featuring Fanned Embers here. Just click on the book and choose your favorite store.

 

Nine Historical Romances Offer New Hope for Love. Meet nine women from history spanning from 1776 to 1944 feel the sting of having lost out on love. Can their hope for experiencing romance again be renewed?

Fanned Embers:by Angela Breidenbach – Bitterroot Mountains, Montana/Idaho border, 1910
Stranded in the treacherous railroad camp after her husband’s murder, Juliana Hayes has no desire to marry a ruffian like Lukas Filips. Can she release prejudice to love again? Or will they even survive the fiery Pacific Northwest disaster to find out?

 

Angela Breidenbach, Scotland Dreams

Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach lives in Missoula, MT and loves sharing Montana history. She writes romance through the ages. Author of 15 books, she’s also the host of Lit Up—Lighting up the literary world with book reviews, in-depth expert interviews, and ideas to design a lucrative creative career. Listen weekly and expand your imagination to enhance your life — Always family-friendly, always good for your heart.
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Ideas for peaceful family holidays

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We imagine the perfect Christmas with softly falling snow, happy children laughing, relatives involved in meaningful conversation. And then it devolves into chaos… Ideas for peaceful family holidays to help that “perfect” Christmas be a little more attainable. I had the blessing and honor to visit on Cynthia L. Simmons radio show, Heart of the Matter, in preparation for the coming Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Listen and enjoy first my interview and then my fellow CAN (Christian Authors Network) member, Linda Rondeau, as we chat with Cynthia about ideas for peaceful family holidays.

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Blue Ribbon Brides hits ECPA Bestseller List!

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Quick news! The Blue Ribbon Brides hits ECPA Bestseller List

Blue Ribbon Brides Collection

Blue Ribbon Brides Collection including Seven Medals & a Bride by Angela Breidenbach bestselling Montana author releases Nov. 1, 2016

Blessed and honored to be among these great books and authors on the ECPA December 2016 Bestseller List!

Here’s a screenshot because the link may not be searchable after December, but a picture lasts forever 😉 This time it’s #24. But look at the rest of the field…oh, and they only note the first author name so lucky Jennifer AlLee gets some fun publicity but there are 9 authors in the collection: Jennifer AlLee, Angela Breidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, Gina Welborn, and Becca Whitham.

Congratulations to my sister authors for the work they did writing each individual novella. Congratulations to our agent, Tamela Hancock Murray, and to our publisher (and the editors, staff, designers, and friends) at Barbour Books!

Writing novellas, where you’re given 20,000 words to tell a complete story is tough. Just ask any of the authors! But one of my favorite reasons that novellas are perfect for today’s busy woman is that you can sit down and read one, come back and read another, and not feel like you can’t finish a story when life is getting busier all the time.

My second reason for loving novellas, especially Christian romance, is the positive feeling I get in short story bursts. It’s tough to get a satisfying read if the book takes me a ton of time to finish these days. But I smile through them and I smile writing them and I smile when I close the story.

The beautiful covers Barbour Books does on these 9-1 historical romance collections have artwork inside the cover flaps. And those make the most wonderful bookmarks as I hold my spot for the next novella.

Hitting the ECPA Bestseller List is an honor. But it’s even more of an honor when I find out what I wrote touched a life somehow. So if you get a copy, please share what you liked, even if it’s a simple laugh that made your day. Because learning that encourages me and the other authors to keep trying to write stories to make your day and uplift you in this journey of life.

Thank you to all who have read Blue Ribbon Brides and to those who have left reviews on your favorite review sites. That makes a huge difference in the careers of hard-working writers. Thank you, thank you.

Angela

Blue Ribbon Brides hits ECPA Bestseller LIst

Blue Ribbon Brides hits ECPA Bestseller List! Dec. 2016

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