Spotlight on Dawn Crandall and ….

Everstone Chronicles [Whitaker House Books]

dc thhThe Hesitant Heiress
After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy disappearing before her very eyes. Now the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: marry within the year to inherit her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.
 
Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, whose father not only had a part in her expulsion, but whose ominous presence has haunted her dreams for a decade since her mother’s tragic death. Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been “managing her life” isn’t who she thought at all.
Book 1, The Hesitant Heiress releases August 2014
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dc BoundHeartThe Bound Heart 
 
One accidental kiss. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or the desire to fall for her friend Lawry Hampton. However, with Vance out of the country and Lawry constantly at her side, Meredyth can’t help but wonder if what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from their unfortunate past.
 
When Vance comes home to stake his claim on Meredyth, will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she’s convinced she deserves? Or will she find the strength to accept that God’s plan for her life could include redemption… and quite possibly the love of her best-friend?
Book 2, The Bound Heart releases November 2014
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dc CaptiveImposterThe Captive Imposter 

   

Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion at Everston, one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine. Within the week, Estella discovers that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella forms a friendship with the manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley. She soon discovers that he is not simply the manager, but the new owner.
 
Saddened by this fact, Estella severs their friendship. She manages to avoid Dexter until she finds herself fired from her position due to a misunderstanding. Coming to her rescue, Dexter offers her a job as companion to his sister. Though she doesn’t want to be indebted to him, Estella sees no other choice. While rebuilding their friendship, Estella realizes that although she’s been lying to Dexter about her identity, she’s never been freer to be herself in her life. However, when he proposes, she has to tell him the truth—a truth he isn’t happy to find out.

Book 3, The Captive Imposter releases February 2015

dcAUTHOR BIO: A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming published, he let her quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.

Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a first-time mom to a precious little boy (born March 2014) and also serves with her husband in a premarriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter.

The Everstone Chronicles is Dawn’s first series with Whitaker House. All three books composing the series were semifinalists in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Writing Contest, the third book going on to become a finalist in 2013.

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50 thoughts on “Spotlight on Dawn Crandall and ….

    • Thank you so much for sharing, ki pha!! I really appreciate that! 🙂 I hope you enjoy The Hesitant Heiress when you get a chance to read it!

  1. Oooo~ This series sounds wonderful! I haven’t read an American Historical romance in awhile so this will definitely be on my TBR list when it releases.

    And I super love series! Yes I love standalones too, which books in series can also be read as standalones, but I just love that we can get more books featuring other loves and favorites from a past story. And I’m a huge fan of secondary characters so there always have to be a book about those favorites, or I’ll stalk the author. LOL

    • I wrote these as a series about characters introduced in book one, but I do hope they are able to be read as standalones. That was my goal. 🙂

  2. New to me author too. Happily looking up her books.
    I’m OK either way. The only drawback on series for me as a reader is if I don’t have the preceding books & miss nuances. I tend to be a forgetful reader too & go “who’s this?”

    • Ah, yes! I’m pretty sure I’m a “new to everyone” author! My first book, The Hesitant Heiress, releases this Friday! 😀

  3. I enjoy both, but I probably like series books best, because I can revisit old friends and familiar worlds.

    • Hi Janie! That’s exactly why I like to write a series… they are definitely old friends in a familiar world. 🙂

    • Thanks, Rach! I’m glad you enjoyed reading it as an advance reader. 🙂 I really, really, really, wish you had a blog post explaining everything you’ve said to me, that I could share with everyone! 🙂 I guess I’ll have to be content with your GoodReads review. 🙂

      • I have a blog on bookfun.org it isn’t the same as having my own, but I will be putting up my review as well as a few personal comments. It will be up August first. I can send you the link once it is approved. I’m hoping to start my own blog, but with homeschooling, housewife, and dystonia…I just can’t decide if I have the time. We shall see. 🙂

  4. These books look wonderful! I love both stand alone books and series. But one of the things I love about series is when they follow the characters I started with, and all the continuing books and characters intertwine with each other. It’s always such a sad thing to part with favorite characters. And when they are in a series and continue in each story I feel much more connected to the books, almost like a family. 🙂 And of course I always anticipate the sequels

    • Thanks for stopping, Lindsey! I hope to continue this series with even more books about characters introduced along the way… these are the only three books I’ve written so far–so we’ll see what my publisher might like to see from me next! 🙂

  5. It depends on what I’m in the mood for. I like both. Sometimes it’s hard to wait for the next book in a series.

    • Hi Carol! I too hate waiting for more books in a series to come out! But guess what? Whitaker House is releasing my three book series only 3 months apart from each other! Hopefully that helps! 😀

    • Thanks for stopping, Amy! That’s what I love about series too–while reading them AND writing them! 🙂

  6. I love both stand-alones and series. In series I prefer them to be connected. Characters from the first book are mentioned in the book two. Characters from books one and two interact with characters in book three. If it’s called a series I want it to be connected more than just the same town or time period.
    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

  7. I enjoy both stand alone books and series. I recently read Bridge to Haven
    by Francine Rivers (it was my first time reading a Francine Rivers novel) and I’d love for her to write an additional book. It was such a meaningful read!

    • Hi Bree! I’ve only read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers–which was AMAZING!!! You should go find it ASAP! It is her most powerful, most popular book! And it will be made into a movie soon!!! I cannot wait! 🙂

      • I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback about Redeeming Love. It’s on my Goodreads list of books to read and I hope to read it soon. That’s super exciting that it’s being made into a film! I’ll be sure to have it read before it’s released.

  8. I like stand-alones. Fine continuing families from previous stories in a series, but not leaving you cliff-hanging waiting for the next book. I like to see growth in the characters learning to lean on the Lord. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    I like how you have featured all three! Looking forward to reading them.

  9. I like reading a series if there is not too much time in between books. Since I have read your books will be released three months apart, I think that is good timing for a new series to be released. I read 2-3 books a week and can often get confused if too much time passes between books unless the characters are strong. I, too, am looking forward to reading your books and welcome you as an author.

    • Thank you, Carole! I feel welcomed already! Thanks for wanting to take a chance on this debut author!!! 🙂 It means so much to know readers can’t wait to read my books! 😀

  10. Congratulations on your debut novel, Dawn!! While I love series, I prefer each book to be able to be a standalone – especially if there are a lot of books in the series. It’s not always feasible to get all of the books and I hate not knowing the ending to a storyline. 🙂

  11. I definitely favor a series over a stand alone because I really don’t like it when a book ends. I still read stand alones, but whenever I get the chance, I prefer to pick up those that are in a series. That being said, I also appreciate when the series are written that they could be read as a stand alone. I have often found myself reading a book, only to realize it’s like #2 or 3 in a series. I almost always go back and read the previous ones, but it’s nice when they are written so you don’t necessarily have to. 🙂 I am REALLY looking forward to the “rest of the story” in books 2 and 3 of Dawn’s debut series. LOVED “The Hesistant Heiress” and I’m so glad I was able to be an influencer for her.

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  13. Hey Dawn!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and it looks like this was a perfect question for our bookworms ;0
    I can swing both ways, and if the characters are well developed, especially the second ones that are meant to have their own book, i’m on board the series train.
    I do love the standalones, and those that are well written, I’ll be reading over and over again so I wouldn’t miss the characters so much 😉

    Mel

  14. Sound interesting and what beautiful covers!
    I personally enjoy both stand-alone and series. I like when a series re-introduces the characters from the previous books- it’s nice to get a glimpse of them as time goes by.

    Janella

    • Thank you!! I am very pleased with the covers Whitaker House had made for my series!!! Thanks for stopping, Janella!

  15. Series are good because you can continue on with the characters stories. You aren’t left so quickly to wonder what happened once they got together. But it is also fine to have standalone books because reading books in sequence or knowing it is a series or financially it may not always be available. I am just happy with well written story lines and books.

  16. Hi Dawn! I’m so glad that Melanie invited you to bookworm2bookworm so that all her followers will know more about your books and my thanks to Mel for inviting you!

    I must admit while I do read stand along books that I always look forward to reading books in a series the most. I think I like the feeling of getting to know the different characters and look forward to the next release.

    I loved the way your stories were presented so that we learned the background of the stories with just enough information to let us realize what the characters are facing and making us want to know more!

    Since I live in New England I can already picture Amaryllis looking back over her shoulder as she leave the Boston Conservatory of Music and pausing for a moment while making the people on the sidewalk have to step around her and I can imagining what her wondering what her grandmother would have thought if she was still alive and what advice she would have given to her!

    All three of these boos is now on my “TBR” list and I’m looking forward to finding out more about you and your other books as well!

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment, Jeanne!! Thanks for putting me in your TBP–it’s an honor to be there! 😀

  17. I enjoy stand alone books and series where the books can be read as stand alones. I don’t enjoy reading a book that ends halfway through the plot and I have to wait another 6-9 months to find out what happens when the next one is published.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Looking forward to reading your book!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

    • Thanks for stopping to enter the giveaways, Heidi! I don’t like those either!! My books are all about three different characters, all of which you meet in book one. However, because they are first person, the reader has only seen them before, and not been in their head yet until it’s their turn in their own book. 🙂

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