A Book Celebrating Montana’s 125th Anniversary!
How did that date sneak up so fast?
2014= Helena’s 150th Anniversary on October 30 (1864)
2014=Montana’s 125th Anniversary on November 8 (1889)
Writing Snowflake Tiara with my friend, Valerie Comer, has been fun. From my character, Calista, in 1889 to Valerie’s character, Marisa, in 2014 we trace how the love of one couple can affect the lives of many. A love that embraces children even outside of their nuclear families. Something we both hold dear and teach to our families.
We spent a lot of time imagining what these people’s lives would look like and how they might connect with 125 years between them. (Calista is Marisa’s great-great-great grandma.) So we took a trip to Helena for research. Fun? Absolutely! I hope that fun translates into the two Christmas stories you’ll read in Snowflake Tiara as we celebrate the amazing anniversaries of Helena and Montana this year.
But ultimately, I hope and pray we inspire families to build strong love legacies that reach out beyond the people in their own houses to embrace their communities. Families that care about children, doing the right thing even when it hurts, and trusting God to solve the problems that seem bigger than us. People called to act as love in their communities because, “…if you remain silent at this time…” Our theme verse for the two Christmas romances:
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise … from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. Esther 4:14a NASB
The Debutante Queen~1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to promote the plight of street urchins. But hiding an indentured orphan could unravel Calista’s reputation, and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or law prevail?
More Than a Tiara ~ 2014 (Helena, MT): Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing in Miss Snowflake Pageant for the city of Helena’s 150th anniversary is at zero when she discovers the official photographer is Jase Mackie, who caused her to ditch a successful modeling career when he challenged her motives in a photo shoot designed to help African orphans.
Angela Breidenbach is Mrs. Montana International 2009, president of the Christian Authors Network, and a captivating speaker and award-winning author. Valerie Comer is an award-winning author and international speaker challenging believers to consider where food meets faith. They share a passion to help children in need.