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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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Find her on social media: @AngBreidenbach

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Bitterroot Bride featured on Clash of the Titles March 2016

Bitterroot Bride by Angela Breidenbach bestselling Montana author book 4 in the Montana Beginnings series (this one is 1894-5)
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Hi, I’m honored my most recent release, Bitterroot Bride, was just chosen as one of the 5 novels to be entered in Clash of the Titles for the March 2016 releases. I’d be honored again if you’d please go vote.

Yes, I’d dearly appreciate your vote for Bitterroot Bride, but it’s your choice. It takes about 2 minutes once you click to the page and take a peek at the book covers and descriptions.

Why is it important? Because Bitterroot Bride just released into the world and needs reviews in order to sell. Will you help this pretty book get noticed?

Bitterroot Bride ebook and paperback book cover. Brand new release! Huge 50-book American State Flower series is so fun. But it's also book 4 in the Montana Beginnings series (this one is 1894-5)

Bitterroot Bride ebook and paperback book cover. Brand new release! Huge 50-book American State Flower series is so fun. But it’s also book 4 in the Montana Beginnings series (this one is 1894-5)

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

Angie

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The Debutante Queen Audiobook Goes Live!

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Excited to share the new audiobook of The Debutante Queen is live!

Excited to share the new audio and Kindle book covers for The Debutante Queen!

The Debutante Queen, 1st in the Montana Beginnings series is available as an audiobook.

I’m going to run a contest this week for a free copy of the audiobook. Leave a comment on this post about how you listen to audiobooks (like in the car, while working out, while cooking… whatever). Honestly, I’m just curious and I think it will help other people learn how to enjoy audiobooks too 😉

What’s The Debutante Queen about?

It’s 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But hiding an indentured orphan could unravel Calista’s reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or law prevail?

This book is the first in the Montana Beginnings series. The sequel is Eleven Pipers Piping. Each book can be heard as a single story, but if you love historicals and series set in the same locale, then Helena, MT, is your place to live in a story world among the Montana Beginnings series by Angela Breidenbach.

Eleven Pipers Piping by Angela Breidenbach

Eleven Pipers Piping by Angela Breidenbach, releases Dec. 2015 as the sequel to The Debutante Queen

(Eleven Pipers Piping releases in audiobook form Dec. 2015. Find out what happens to the lovable street urchins, Frankie and Joey, in the sequel to The Debutante Queen. Will they be sold into indenture or pressed into the military? How will the debutantes of Helena, MT help the orphans?)

The Contest Details

      1. Leave a comment on this post about how you listen to audiobooks (like in the car, while working out, while cooking… whatever).
      2. On Friday, I’ll pick the first winner. On Saturday, I’ll pick another winner, and on Sunday…well, you get the picture 😉 I’ll choose a winner each day for 5 days starting 11/27/15 as long as there are new comments on this post. Yes, I have comments protected for the first two times someone posts in order to protect both you and me from spammer/scammers. But I’ll be watching for comments and approve them as quickly as humanly possible.
      3. Full disclosure: Yes, I would like reviews from those who listen. That’s how books sell. But all I ask is that you post an honest review in a timely manner and please review both the story and the performance so potential buyer/listeners know what you think so they can make a buying decision.
      The audiobook sells for $14.95. If you’re not an audiobook listener, but have always wondered about them then this is the contest opportunity for you 🙂 Winners will get an email with instructions on how to use the free code and how to use Audible for the 1st time, just in case.
      4. So, make sure I have a way to contact you (you can use the contact page on this website if you’d like to keep your email secret–in fact, I’d suggest that for internet safety–or you can leave me a twitter or facebook handle where I can also contact you and I’m happy to let you share that with others to build your followings on those social media platforms. Why Twitter or Facebook? Those are the social media platforms I use the most and they’re the easiest for me to share with you and others.
      5. Please share this contest with your friends so they can enter. That gives everyone more chances in the contest so there are new comments coming each day.

I’m also excited to share a sample with you…Click on the player in this post above. You can listen to the first few minutes of the first chapter…Then, if you’d like to learn or share more about it, here’s the link to Audible (and I’ll update this post as soon as I know the iTunes and Amazon links are live–it may be a couple of days.)

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