About the Book
Book: Vestige of Legacy
Author: Sara Blackard
Genre: Historical, Time-Travel, Romance
Release Date: March 10, 2020
…a man intent on saving…
…thrown together by a tumble through time.After running away from her foster home and surviving several years living on the streets, Samara has finally found her path in life—performing music with the hope of putting down roots. But when she is violently attacked and somehow ends up one hundred and forty years in the past, it appears her dreams for the future have once again been ripped from her.While trekking through the Coloradan Rockies in 1879, Orlando finds a wounded woman. He questions why God would put this small, weak woman in his path. As he races to save her from the harsh wilderness bent on destroying them, he hopes his failures of the past don’t catch up to them.Continue the breath-taking Vestige in Time series!
About the Author
Sara Blackard enjoys writing romantic stories full of adventure and weaved with God’s message of love. She makes her home in the sub-arctic of Tok, Alaska with her husband and five children. In between writing and publishing, she can usually be found either homeschooling her children, enjoying the Alaskan wilderness, or helping build their house.
More from Sara
A trip to the Alamo brings introspection and a bit of sweat.
Texas heat could melt a woman…
…I know. I experienced it this last September when I ventured south for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference in San Antonio.
I noticed several t-shirts in the gift shops that said “If you can’t take the heat, leave Texas!” I looked at those shirts and told them, “Not until the conference is over, you bully.” They don’t like it very much when you talk back to them.
I visited the Alamo while I was there. I could glimpse it of out the window of our hotel room (Thank you, Jesus for answered prayers!) Inside the walled grounds was a small museum one of the actors told me to check out. There wasn’t much in the museum. Old rifles. A few uniforms. Some personal items. I found Davie Crockett’s brush, and next to it sat this tin box that Crockett carried with him. It surprised me, because this box isn’t small. Crockett was a man in a foreign land, looking for a better future. What would cause a man to carry such an awkward box by horse across miles on his journey?
That box got me thinking about what things I carry? I had just finished the first draft of Vestige of Legacy. Samara, the heroine, carries her mother’s Appalachian dulcimer with her. She has the memories of her mother in the case, but she’s also packed it full of fears, regrets and lies. Do I have such a thing in the items I’ve lugged around the country as we’ve moved from place to place?
Then I started thinking about what do I want to carry with me? The answer quickly came back as God. In all the things I can take with me as I travel across the miles or down the street, I pray I’m taking God with me, pray He guides my thoughts, actions, and words. And here’s the crazy thing, I know He takes me with Him, carries me through all my troubles and through the joy. He says so in Isaiah 46:4 “And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old. I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray. I’ve done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you.”
Wow… aren’t God’s promises amazing? What are you carrying with you? Are you like Crockett, lugging around this awkward box? You can bet, whether you recognize it or not, that God is faithful to carry you.
Author Interview with Sara Blackard
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I loved Prairie by Chautona Havig. That book had me thinking for weeks after reading it. The second book of the series was just as poignant. I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for the rest of the series for the last seven years!
How do you select the names of your characters?
Some of my names are combination of family names and searching on the internet. The Thomas family’s first names are from Shakespeare plays. I also asked my advanced reader team for some help when I got stuck on a name for a character. That was actually a really fun way to come up with a name.
What is your favorite childhood book?
I was (and still am) an avid reader, so trying to nail down a favorite book is like nailing jello. The book that kept coming back over and over as I thought about this was The Diary of Anne Frank. This book started my deep interest in the Holocaust that I still have today. It’s amazing to me that a 13-year-old girl can still influence us today.
Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
I greatly admire Misty Beller. Not only does she write beautiful historical romances, but she’s also built a successful indie-publishing business. I hope I grow up to be like her when I become an author-adult.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
It depends. For the Vestige in Time series I got the idea for the first book, then the characters for the series grew out of the idea. For the series I’m working on next, the characters are men from the Vestige series that needed their stories told. I guess characters come first before plot, though the concept or setting for the series comes before characters.
Thank you Sara, for letting us get to know you and your series better!
Texas Book-aholic, April 9
Artistic Nobody, April 10 (Author Interview)
deb’s Book Review, April 10
Inklings and notions, April 11
For Him and My Family, April 12
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 13
Older & Smarter?, April 14
Betti Mace, April 15
My Devotional Thoughts, April 16
Abba’s Prayer Warrrior Princess, April 17
For the Love of Literature, April 18
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 19
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 20
Locks, Hooks and Books, April 21
Pause for Tales, April 22
To celebrate her tour, Sara is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a copy of Vestige of Hope,and a copy of Vestige of Legacy!!
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