End the week with ALISON HENDERSON

Friday, October 29, 2010
Jared was the first to speak. "I'm not sorry."

She remained silent.

"This doesn't change anything," he said.

Lisa pulled back and looked up, shaking her head. "It changes everything."

"No, it doesn't. The feelings were there before, and they'll still be there whether we act on them or not."

She didn't try to deny it. "But we can’t, and it will be so much harder now."

"That's true. Now you know how much I want you, and I know you want me, too. I don’t know where this is going, but we have to find out.”

“I don’t want to find out.” But a small voice inside denied the words. Part of her had to know.

“I think you do, and I know I do. I'm not going to offer to leave, even though it might make some things easier, not unless you can convince me you really want me to go." He cupped her face in both hands and searched her eyes. "Do you?"

Lisa knew she should say yes and remove the unbearable temptation of his presence, but she couldn't bring herself to speak the lie. She shook her head. "No."

Jared's lips moved in a tiny smile, then his serious expression returned. "I can't tell you I'll never kiss you again, or touch you, or that I won't want to get even closer to you, but I promise I won't press you for anything you don't want to give. I'd never do anything to hurt you. You know that, don't you?"

She nodded.

"Good. Now it's time for you to get some sleep." He led her to the bed and tucked her in, his hands lingering as he smoothed the quilt across her. Then he leaned over her, his expression rigid and deadly serious. "I want you to know leaving you tonight is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. But I want more from you than one night in your bed."
You just read an excerpt from:
Harvest of Dreams
Alison Henderson
The Wild Rose Press

Today, we’re here with published author, Alison Henderson.

Linda Kage: Hi, Alison. Tell us a little about you and what you write please.

Alison: I’m a Midwestern girl through and through—born in Kansas City and currently living in Minnesota—although I ventured off to New York for college. Unlike many writers, I didn’t know I wanted to write until I took an extended leave from work when my daughter was born. I started writing when she was three (she’s now in graduate school!) and kept at it after I went back to work. My first three books were Western historicals before I decided to try my hand at romantic suspense. I currently write under my own name, although that may change if/when I have books out in multiple sub-genres.

Kage: What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Alison: I might still have a copy of the manuscript somewhere, but it will never see the light of day. Writing it was a wonderful learning experience, but it wasn’t publishable eighteen years ago, and it isn’t publishable today. I wanted to see if I could actually write a book and was thrilled to find out I could. At that point, I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and that gave me the freedom to make every mistake possible while discovering how much I loved the creative process.

Kage:What’s your back list and coming soon bookshelf look like?

Alison: At this point, I don’t have a back list; Harvest of Dreams is my first published book, released October 22nd by The Wild Rose Press. A sequel that follows two of the secondary characters is currently in editing.

Kage: YAY on your first release!! Congrats. So, let's talk about Harvest of Dreams then. So, spill all the juicy stuff. What's it about?

Alison: Harvest of Dreams is what I like to call a Midwestern. It’s set in a small town in northwest Missouri just after the end of the Civil War. My heroine is a young widow who has lost every important man in her life to violence and is determined to protect her newborn son at any cost. She has no reason to trust the stranger with the six-gun, no matter which side of the law he’s on.

The hero, a security agent for the stagecoach, has been on his own since he was twelve. Against his better judgment, he finds himself tempted by the possibility of something he’s never had—a family of his own. Just as their hearts begin to soften, an act of ultimate violence threatens to rip them apart.

Alison Henderson
Alone on her farm in the middle of a blizzard, young widow Lisa McAllister labors to give birth to her first child. Help arrives in the form of a stranger with a six-gun. Lisa has no reason to trust this man who makes a living by violence, even if he is on the right side of the law. Men and their guns have already claimed the lives of her father, brother, and husband, and she’s determined to protect her son at any cost.

Jared Tanner, a security agent for the stagecoach, has been on his own since he was twelve. With Lisa and her baby, he’s finally found something worth fighting for – a family of his own. But a fresh wave of violence threatens to tear them apart. Can their new love survive?

Kage: Wow, that sounds pretty amazing. I can't remember how long it's been since read a good old western historical romance. What would the story be rated if it were a movie?

Alison: It would have to be an “R”. My father keeps telling me how anxious he is to read the book, but I hope he’ll be content just to look at the cover with my name on it..

Kage: Personally, I love a good romance with explicit scenes, but yeah, I cringe every time my mom reads on of my stories. Anywho...If you HAD to fit this story into a cliché, which one would it be?

Alison: That’s a tough one, but I guess this book has elements of a Bodyguard story. My hero is a born protector—that’s the essence of his character.

Kage: Okay, now that we have a general idea which class to fit Harvest of Dreams under, what makes this book so unique from every other Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner book out there?

Alison: I based the heroine’s farmhouse on an actual 1840’s brick farmhouse just outside the real town of Weston, MO. It was for sale at the time I was researching this story, and my husband and I made arrangements to tour it with a realtor. The house hadn’t been lived in for years and was barely modernized. I literally felt I had stepped back in time. I could see my heroine struggling to give birth in the big second floor bedroom heated only by a small fireplace and hear my hero’s heavy boot steps on the old boards as he ran up the stairs.

Kage: That would be so cool to actually visit a part of your story. What was the easiest part to write?

Alison: Definitely the dialogue. I love to write dialogue, and the balance in my books tilts that way. Dialogue brings the characters to life.

Kage: What do you like most about the main character(s) and what do you like least? Did you learn anything from them?

Alison: I empathized with my heroine and fell in love with my hero, but I think I had the most fun writing the secondary characters: the heroine’s wise and loving mother, her fiery-tempered best friend, and the reluctant outlaw who’s got his eye on the judge’s daughter.

Kage: Alison, Thank you so much for stopping by today and gracing us with your presence. I enjoyed your interview and am really excited about Harvest of Dreams. Before we go, is there anything else you’d like to say to wrap things up?

Alison: Harvest of Dreams may have a historical setting, but its theme is timeless. It’s about finding the courage to take risks and conquer your fears in order to get what you really want in life.

Now that Alison has totally made us want to buy her book, she was kind enough to provide us with a a buy link to Harvest of Dreams: Paperback , Ebook

If you're still curious about Alison, here's another place to find her on the web: Her Website

Thank you so much for stopping by and entertaining us today, Alison. Congratulations on your first release. Ohhh, debut novels are so exciting.


  1. Great interview Alison! I loved learning more about the book and can't wait to read it. I'm like you and love to write dialogue.

  2. Nice interview and congrats on your new release, Alison. Getting inspiration from the old house is a grand idea. I visited the McKinley Museum for my novel set during the Spanish American War and the images from such visits are invaluable when writing. Your story sounds wonderful.
    Liz Arnold

  3. Hi, Alison! Thank you so much for your interview. I just started Harvest of Dreams and, wow, that first chapter is amazing. The vivid imagery you use on Lisa giving birth made me think you knew exactly what you were talking about and had been there before. It was so real. Congrats on your release.

  4. I've fallen in love with my hero, too. Sigh.
    Happy Halloween to both of you.

  5. Thanks so much, everyone. And Linda, I'm glad you found the birth scene realistic. I once had a contest judge tell me it was all wrong, and I thought, "wait a minute, I've given birth and I think my experience was as valid as anyone's". It's interesting how we tend to personalize and "own" any experience.

  6. What a great blog! I loved the excerpt, so real!
    Alison I wish you the very best with this story. I am looking forward to reading it!

    Linda you are the best!

  7. Hi Alison,
    This was a great interview! I love the insights into your book and your process. I love that you love dialogue. My stories are tilted toward that as well so I'm hoping to do it as well as you do. Good luck with the book--and thanks for bringing us along on your blog tour this week!

  8. Mary, thank you so much for the encouragement.

    Liz, thanks for following my tour. I try to put something new and interesting in each post.

  9. Congrats, Alison, on your debut novel!

  10. Alison, Great interview. Best of luck for megasales with your release. Beautiful cover, too.

  11. Great interview, Alison! Love your hero and heroine :)


  12. Jennifer, Caroline, and Victoria - Thanks so much for dropping by and for all the kind words.