I have the pleasure of interviewing Christian fiction author Keely Brooke Keith. Her new release Above Rubies is now available!
Here’s the blurb for Above Rubies:
It’s 1863, and schoolteacher Olivia Owens believes education should be a top priority in the newly established settlement of Good Springs. Between planning lessons and helping out on her family’s homestead, Olivia doesn’t have time for Gabriel McIntosh’s charming advances. When the council denies her request to build a schoolhouse, Olivia must challenge their ruling and teach private lessons—all while hiding frequent bouts of word blindness (dyslexia). If the council knew the new teacher couldn’t always read, they wouldn’t allow Olivia to teach anymore.
As a carpenter, Gabe McIntosh is working hard to help build the settlement of Good Springs, and once his land is granted, he begins constructing his own house. When Olivia discovers he plans to share it with her, she guards her heart from him. But Gabe is determined to win her affection and figure out what she’s hiding
Now that we’ve read the blurb, can you tell us if this book is part of a series?
Yes, Above Rubies is the second book in the Uncharted Beginnings series, which is the prequel to the Uncharted series.
What inspired this particular book in general?
As I wrote Above Rubies, the story gripped my heart. Olivia’s unique struggle forced me to write things I never dreamed I’d write. And Gabe… well, you’ll have to meet Gabe for yourself. Actually, if you read Aboard Providence, you’ve met these two, but it was a superficial meeting. Their depth and strength has left an indelible mark on my soul. I hope you will be captured by their story too.
Can you give a brief description of your next planned work in progress?
I’m currently working on what will be Book 5 in the Uncharted series. Since it the story still morphing as I explore all the angles, I can’t give a description just yet 😉
Are you traditionally or independently published? Why did you choose to publish this way?
I’ve been traditionally published, but with the current state of the Christian publishing industry and the benefits of independent publishing, when I have the opportunity to get publishing rights back, I take it.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I collect foreign coins, especially pre-1900. It’s fun to me 🙂
Thanks to Keely for stopping by, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to chat!
About The Author:
Keely Brooke Keith writes inspirational frontier-style fictionwith a slight Sci-Fi twist, including The Land Uncharted (Shelf Unbound Notable Romance 2015) andAboard Providence (2017 INSPY Awards Longlist). Keely also creates resources for writers such as The Writer’s Book Launch Guide and The Writer’s Character Journal.
You can check out more about Keely Brooke Keith at her website and blog.
I have book reviews up for both Aboard Providence and Above Rubies! Feel free to check them out!
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