I figured we’d kick off February in style–and spend some time chatting with one of my favorite folks–Mindy Obenhaus! Isn’t she the cutest thing? Mindy lives in Texas and writes for Love Inspired–and it just so happens she has a brand new book hitting the shelves.
This particular cover is SO MUCH FUN, Mindy–the hero giving the heroine a piggy back ride–I love it!! Her Rocky Mountain Hope is one of the very first books to sport Harlequin’s updated cover design, so that’s pretty special!
Yes, I was very excited when I found out I was going to have a book releasing the first month of Harlequin’s rebranding campaign and couldn’t wait to see the cover. The image on Her Rocky Mountain Hope is so different from previous covers. I just love it!
I know! This cover is so joyful, and that’s extra special considering some of the difficult topics you tackle in this book–such as childhood cancer. Yet you portray this with a realism and a hopefulness that are really resonating with readers–that’s so impressive!
Her Rocky Mountain Hope is the most challenging book I’ve ever written. Back in 2016 when I first proposed the Stephens brothers series, I didn’t know much about Daniel other than that he was an adventurer, so I entertained the notion of a summer camp. From there, it was literally all God.
I remember sitting at my kitchen table, writing out the two-paragraph blurb. When I finished, I read it over and thought, “Wow, this sounds like a great story, but I have no idea how I’d write it.” Not knowing anything about childhood cancer, I felt ill-equipped. But nothing is too big for God. By the time I sat down to write this story in early 2019, God had placed people in my path whose kids had valiantly battled cancer, some winning, some losing. Their stories granted a realism and hope this book wouldn’t have had without them. My hope is that readers will be encouraged in their faith, knowing that no matter what life throws at us, God is ready and waiting to walk through it with us.
I love this–what is it that they say? “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” So, this is the final book in your Rocky Mountain series…what’s next???
I’m glad you asked, Laurel. In July, I will be introducing readers to the delightful town of Bliss, Texas with the first book, A Father’s Promise. Here’s a sneak peak:
Is he ready for fatherhood?
He doesn’t think he deserves a family…
But now he has a daughter.
Stunned to discover he has a child, Wes Bishop isn’t sure he’s father material. But his adorable daughter needs him, and he can’t help feeling drawn to her mother, Laurel Donovan—a woman he’s finally getting to know. But can this sudden dad overcome a past tragedy that has him convinced he’s not meant to be a husband or a father…and make a promise of forever?
That sounds like another winner, Mindy! Thanks for stopping by for a chat!
If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Mindy’s book Her Rocky Mountain Hope, simply leave a comment on this post! Tell us what you think about the new Love Inspired covers, respond to Mindy’s story about how this book came about, or just say hi! (This giveaway is limited to folks in the U.S.) I’ll announce the winner here on Tuesday, February 11!)