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Gold Rush Bride Hannah Author Interview and Giveaway

Gold Rush Bride

About the Book

Book:  Gold Rush Bride, Hannah

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: May 18, 2021

GoldRushBrideHannahRecently widowed, she’s doesn’t need another man in her life. He’s not looking for a wife. But when danger thrusts them together, will they change their minds…and hearts?

Hannah Lauman’s husband has been murdered, but rather than grief, she feels…relief. She decides to remain in Georgia to work their gold claim, but a series of incidents make it clear someone wants her gone…dead or alive. Is a chance at being a woman of means and independence worth risking her life?

Jess Vogel never breaks a promise, so when he receives a letter from a former platoon mate about being in danger, he drops everything to help his old friend. Unfortunately, he arrives just in time for the funeral. Can he convince the man’s widow he’s there for her protection not for her money?

Gold Rush Bride: Hannah is the first book in the exciting new series Gold Rush Brides. Steeped in romance, intrigue, and history, the story will keep you turning pages long into the night.

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About the Author

Linda Matchett Head ShotLinda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear Readers,

Have you ever heard the quote about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that says, “Sure he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, backwards…and in high heels?” Originally seen in a 1982 Frank and Ernest comic strip, the line has been used by many people from comedians to politicians.

A slight twist on the statement can be made about women in the centuries before modern attire allowed them to wear slacks…they did everything men did, but in floor-length skirts (to say nothing of when they had to wear corsets!). A few examples include cooking over an open hearth, hauling water before the invention of pumps and indoor plumbing, farm work such as milking cows or gardening, and riding a horse.

One of my favorite aspects about writing is developing the characters, especially the female protagonists. Mine are typically…well, untypical. The gals in my books are war correspondents, mechanics, spies, doctors, pilots, and midwives, just to name a few. While thinking about what to write next, I stumbled on an article about female prospectors, and I knew I had my story.

I continued to dig and was delighted to find journals and diaries of these stalwart women who either followed their husbands, brothers, or fathers to the gold field or actually set out on their own. Instead of setting my novel during the well-known California gold rush of 1849, Gold Rush Bride Hannah takes place two decades earlier in northern Georgia where more than one million dollars of gold was unearthed.

The few images I found confirmed my suspicion. These women prospected alongside the men,  swirling their pans of silt hour after hour…all while wearing a dress.

I hope you enjoy Hannah’s story.

Author Interview with Linda

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

Thus far, I’ve taken three pilgrimages. Massachusetts has been home to many authors, and I visited Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth place as well as his House of Seven Gables in Salem, and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord. The last pilgrimage was to London and Hastings, England where I set some of my books. I visited the various locations where I had placed my characters and was able to see things through their eyes. During my visit to London, I saw the house where Charles Dickens wrote Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist, but was unable to go inside.

How do you select the names of your characters?

I love selecting my characters’ names and have used several techniques to do so. I own several high school and college year books from the 1940s and use them to find names for my stories set during WWII. For one of my books, I used my paternal family’s genealogy. For others, I’ve asked for reader suggestions. When I need names of a certain culture, I use the internet. For example, two of my books have Irish characters and one has Norwegian characters, so I searched listings for names from those countries during the time period of my story.

What is your favorite childhood book?

As a very little girl Are You My Mother was my absolute favorite book. I’m not sure why it resonated with me so much, but I read it repeatedly. As a young teen, I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and that’s the book that inspired me to be an author.

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

I have two authors I admire: Elizabeth Camden because of her impeccable research, and Joanne Bischof because of her ability to evoke such strong emotions through her stories.

If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?

You’d think it would a literary person, but I would invite singer Russ Taff because his music has ministered to me and I’m a total fangirl. I would let my husband do the cooking (like he normally does since I’m not that great at it), but I’m an excellent baker, so I would make a my triple chocolate cake.

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.