Redemption’s Hope Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit (Interview with Kathleen Bailey)

About the Book

Book: Redemption’s Hope

Author: Kathleen D. Bailey

Genre: Christian fiction

Release date: July 22, 2022

Two distinct sets of villains. Two orphaned children. A man without a country and a woman with too much past…All in a rambunctious young country where anything goes, especially in the West. Seriously. What can go wrong?

In this latest installment of the best-selling series, “Western Dreams”, join Jenny and White Bear as they cross the historic West in an epic story peppered with grit, guns, and glory that award-winning author Kelly Goshorn calls “a sweeping tale of faith, dedication, and perseverance set in the American west.”

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About the Author

Kathleen D. Bailey was a child in the 50s, a teen in the 60s, a young adult in the 70s, and a young mom in the 80s. It’s been a turbulent, colorful time to grow up, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and written about most of it.

More from Kathleen

The “Western Dreams” series

The Oregon Trail was one of the premier events in American history, with people giving up everything to see what waited on the other side of the continent. Some had nothing to give up, and they joined a wagon train simply to survive. That was the case with Caroline Pierce O’Leary, a gently-bred widow whose young husband died before they could make a go of their farm. What would happen, I mused, if Caroline took the skimpy proceeds from selling her farm, signed on as a cook for a wagon master, and worked her way West? And what would happen if the scout on that particular wagon train was the man who had betrayed her years before, and they had to work together to cross the prairie? What if, what if, what if?

Everyone who hopped on a wagon for the Western Migration had a story, and I knew I’d found mine. As Caroline and Michael Moriarty struggled to rebuild their relationship, a host of other characters formed around them like a snowball. The loving Harkness family, who befriended Caroline on the way down from Ohio. Pious matrons who looked down on her and their harried husbands. Jenny Thatcher, the saloon girl who breaks from that life to save Michael’s. And Pace Williams, the wagon master, a man who had seen too much of life before he even took to the trail. The first book in the Western Dreams series, “Westward Hope,” debuted in September 2019.

I fell in love with Jenny and I fell in love with Pace. Jenny followed her new friends to the muddy Oregon hamlet where they settled, and Pace gave up the trail to make a life in the Oregon woods. But I wasn’t done with either of them – they had their own stories to tell. Pace battled his own demons and his love for Michael’s sister Oona, and it was enough to give them their own book, “Settlers Hope,” published in July 2020. I also spun off two novellas, “The Logger’s Christmas Bride” and “The Widow’s Christmas Miracle,” from the bigger books, and these were published with Pelican Book Group’s Christmas Extravaganza.

Jenny Thatcher demanded her own book, and she had a lot to offer. Saloon girl, wagon train scout, hotel cook and maid, horse breeder. Jenny could do anything, and she’d already proved it in the first two books. But Jenny had some unfinished business – the handsome Indian brave who’d saved her life, early in the westward journey. She’d never forgotten him, and White Bear had never forgotten her. What if she left the horse farm, and all she’d achieved in Oregon, to take to the trail again and find him? And what if he had the same idea? What if they crisscrossed the known world, picking up strays and meeting historical figures before coming together in New Orleans? (Honestly, what better place to reconnect with a lost love?) And what if the forces of evil split them up again, so they had to keep searching?

Though Jenny accepted Christ as her Savior sometime in the second book, her past continues to haunt her, and she wonders if she can ever be good enough for God. She’s physically given up the saloon life, but her inner doubts remain. White Bear struggles with a different facet of their union: can he sentence her to the criticism and censure of the white world if they marry?

The epic journey of two larger-than-life people formed the basis for the third Western Dreams book, “Redemption’s Hope,” out July 22, 2022.  Like Caroline and Michael, Pace and Oona, Jenny and White Bear find their answers in the Risen Christ.

Am I done with the West? Not likely. While I’m working on new novels set in other time periods, the West and my personal Western Dreams keep tugging at me. What happened to the Harkness family, Caroline’s friends, when they went to California? What happened to the ragged Smith children Caroline befriended? What happened to Jenny’s traveling companion, the would-be miner Noonday?
And how can I give this up when I haven’t written a cattle drive or a barroom brawl?

Interview with Kathleen

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

My hobby is building and furnishing dollhouses.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Loyal. Dependable. Creative.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Rick Atkinson, “The British Are Coming.” It’s SO good. Like a Ken Burns documentary on paper.

What has been your favorite part of the publishing journey? 

Sharing my characters’ journey with readers.

Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

It’s the third book in the Western Dreams series. And the final one. I think. (See below.)

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

Jenny, because she acts so tough, but wants so deeply to be loved – for who she is. I waited a long time to give Jenny a point of view, and it was worth it. I also love her humor and the way she relates to her two adopted children.

What were the highlight or key challenges you faced when writing this book?

The scope. It’s an epic with TWO epic journeys, so I had to be careful to know who was where all the time. I had all kinds of charts, maps, diagrams. I color-coded EVERYTHING.

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

The deeper life in Christ. Jenny has said the words and accepted His salvation, but she’s still plagued by her past and needs to turn that over to Him. For good.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Facebook or LinkedIn, Kathleen D. Bailey.

Any current or upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?

Michael Moriarty, the hero of “Westward Hope,” left an older brother and three younger siblings back in Ireland. I’d like to know, and write about, what happened to them! I’ll be researching the Potato Famine, steerage and all that over the summer, and hope to start the book by the first of the year. The first book will deal with the steerage, the second with Tom Moriarty’s journey on the wagon train. I can’t resist the West, and there’s so much yet to be explored.

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, September 2

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, September 3 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, September 4

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 5 (Author Interview)

Lily’s Book Reviews, September 5

For Him and My Family, September 6

By The Book, September 7 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 9

deb’s Book Review, September 10

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, September 11 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 12

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 13

Through the Fire Blogs, September 14 (Author Interview)

Connie’s History Classroom, September 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of $50 Amazon card and copy of book!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/21363/redemption-s-hope-celebration-tour-giveaway

11 thoughts on “Redemption’s Hope Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit (Interview with Kathleen Bailey)

  1. Eva Millien says:

    I enjoyed reading the interview and getting to know you a bit, Kathleen, Redemption’s Hope sounds like a riveting read for me!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome weekend!

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  2. Roxanne C. says:

    Redemption’s Hope sounds like a great book, “epic” was the word that came to mind when I read about the details about the “Western Dreams” series.

    Like

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