Monday, October 31, 2016

Hidden Gems: Margo Hansen

I'm really excited to introduce to you, this Monday, author Margo Hansen! For the fourteenth week of the Hidden Gems blog event, I'm interviewing her and showing off her lovely novels! ^_^ 

And there's a fantastic giveaway, of course! Two paperbacks to two lucky winners!

Reasons I Think This Author Is One You Need To Discover:

  • Books are Historical, both Lovely and Suspenseful
  • Sweet, Clean Romance
  • Old-fashioned, Christian Stories, somewhat in the Tradition of Janette Oke
  • Faith, Family, and Mail-Ordered Brides *smiles*


Introducing ... Margo Hansen

MARGO HANSEN is the author of the popular A Newly Weds Series. She loves writing about the north woods of Minnesota where she lives with her husband Bruce. Her greatest desire is to share the Gospel of God’s Grace with others through her stories.


~ NEWLY WED Series ~

You have a twin in America, somewhere in that western land. Find her if you can. 

Those are the astounding words of her mother's final letter and all twenty-year-old Sky Hoffman has left in the world. So she sets out on a journey across an ocean in search of answers. She arrives in America broke, homeless, and trying to escape the unwanted attentions of an Englishman intent on pursuing her. Her only option is to sign a contract to marry a man she's never met and join up with a wagon train of mail-order brides headed to the north woods of Minnesota. 

But with Indian raids, a sneaky detective hired to find her and bring her home, and the rigorous schedule of life on the trail, will Sky even make it to her destination? Can she find her family? And who is Russ Newly, the mysterious, handsome man who appears one night from the shadows? 

Sky's Bridal Train is the first book in A Newly Weds Series, which takes place in the late 1800s. Jump on the wagon and explore new territories with Sky, Randi, and the other women aboard the train as they search for love and faith.

There just aren’t that many girls of marriageable age in Sand Creek.

Young men from Sand Creek venture into the northern wilderness to begin a new town, much as their fathers had before them. And, as was the case with the previous generation, the men find that a town needs families. Against his will and his better judgment, Tyler Newly is sent to Chicago to get some brides.

Once a wealthy socialite, Jadyne (Jade) Crandall has fallen on hard times. Trusting God’s leading she begins working for an old family friend when a young, ambitious lumberjack from Minnesota arrives. Jade is suspicious of Tyler’s business with her employer and is shocked when she discovers the real reason for his visit. How can she trust Tyler, especially when she discovers that someone is stealing from her old friend? It only makes sense to travel back to Minnesota with him; that way Jade can keep an eye on Tyler Newly.

Will Jade find out the truth about Tyler? Will the new brides destroy the harmony that the men have in the settlement? Who is after the important documents that are entrusted to Tyler’s keeping?

Jade’s Courting Intrigue is the second book in A Newly Weds Series. Join the next sets of couples to settle the northern wilderness and discover how God leads in the lives of his children.

No one suspected a woman to do a man’s job.

Nineteen-year-old Emma Newly’s life is so predictable, and teaching school in Sand Creek just doesn’t satisfy her longing for excitement. Then news arrives about an accident involving her father, and suddenly Emma finds herself in an adventure that takes her across Minnesota to Boston on an undercover mission. With her is a man she has just met, a man who is a mystery to her, a man to whom she has pledged her life. But can she trust him?

Simon Chase doesn’t need the complication of having a woman around when he’s on a case, especially a woman with a temper. But together they concoct a plan to thwart their pursuers and protect those they love. Can they keep their secret hidden long enough to keep safe? And who is Sophia Barlow, the woman who keeps showing up in the most unexpected places?

Emma’s Marriage Secret is the third book in A Newly Weds Series. It follows the second generation of the Newly family in a romantic mystery novel that will keep you guessing until the final secret is revealed. Discover with Emma and Simon how God takes uncertainties in life and works them out for good.

They want a Norwegian wife for their son Nels.

Her aunt’s letter is a command that Irena must obey. Travel across the ocean to America, where there’s a husband and a home waiting for her. So Irena sets off filled with trepidation and uncertainty but also filled with hope— hope that she can leave behind her life of loneliness and servitude and finally have a place she can call her own. But she finally arrives in Minnesota to a grouchy mother-in-law and a husband who doesn’t even want her.

Rex Newly has watched his siblings get married one by one and knows his turn will come eventually, but he’s in no hurry. He wants to take his time and be sure of God’s leading for his life. So how is it that he suddenly finds himself engaged to be wed and building a house for his prospective bride?

Irena’s Bond of Matrimony is Margo Hansen’s fourth book in her series about romance and adventure set in the north woods of Minnesota. As Irena continues her search for belonging, Rex considers where God is leading him. Both will learn that the paths they start out on may not turn where they expected, but that they ultimately arrive at the destination set by God.

Most brides view their weddings as a dream come true.

Mattie Morrison wishes her wedding was only a dream.

When Mattie awakes from a deep sleep, she’s in for quite a surprise. While she was sleeping, an irate preacher had done what he considered his duty and married her off to some stranger. Now Mattie must live with the consequences. She does not learn the identity of her husband until she runs into him in Sand Creek.

Mattie recognizes Abel Newly. Abel, on the other hand, has no idea Mattie is the bride he was tricked into marrying. Instead, he’s eager to marry Delphinia Digby and to begin setting up his medical practice. He considers the wedding ceremony an elaborate hoax.

Abel’s seemingly single state concerns the townspeople. They’re not at all sure about having an unmarried doctor tend to their womenfolk. More than once, Abel calls upon Mattie to lend a hand at the doctor’s office. But what is it about her that seems so familiar?

Margo Hansen’s fifth book, Mattie’s Unspoken Vow, completes her series about the Newly family and sets the stage once again for romance, mystery, and adventure in the north. As Mattie and Abel come face-to-face with town strife, an outlaw gang intent on robbing the bank, and finally with each other, they learn that God’s ways are not always their ways, but he ultimately knows best.

~ TALL TIMBER Trilogy ~

Daniel’s heart started thumping wildly when he saw the knife in the man’s chest—not any knife—his knife.

Daniel Dunn thought his life couldn’t get any worse. His beloved wife died giving birth to their only son and he was left to care for and feed his five children, but how could he do that when he needed to get back to the lumber camps to earn some money? Now this lumberjack’s murder was being pinned on him as well as the recent robberies in town.

Why was he being framed? What would happen to his children if he was in jail? And why did the only person who seemed to believe in him have to be a preacher who dogged his steps and kept a running sermon going in his ear?

Mercy Crane had been jilted by a man once and vowed to never let it happen again, but seeing the five motherless children in need meant involving herself not only with them, but also with their father. If only he weren’t in the picture ...

“You’re kind of cute. If we was stayin’ in this backwoods town, I’d be your feller…”

Delany Dunn never forgot the words or the face of the impudent boy who spoke to her eight years ago. Perhaps it was her memory of him and the wink he gave her that kept her from being interested in the young men who wished to call on her. Only when the wealthy Blackmores showed up in town and she was face-to-face with Ben once more did she realize why she could never forget him.

Ben Blackmore worked a season with one of his father's logging camps to better understand the business and thought he was ready to fill the management role his father had lined up for him, but two events in his life changed everything. First, a sky pilot led him to the Lord, and second, he met Delaney again.

Ben and Delaney barely have time to become reacquainted when the town is stunned by a kidnapping. The Blackmores' youngest son is gone, and a ransom is demanded. But Delaney and her brother are also missing. Are they together? Who did this? And why?

"Brother Beloved" (Book Three)

Coming Soon ... !


Author Interview

What genre(s) do you write?

MargoChristian Fiction Romance

Do you have a release date for your next book?

Margo: Pre-release in the next few weeks

What impact do you hope your books will have on readers?

Margo: An uplifting, entertaining story with the message of the Gospel of God’s grace

What’s one of the best things about being an author?

Margo: Being the director of the story, shaping the outcome

What made you decide to start writing?

Margo: I didn’t like the way a book I was reading ended. I wanted to see if I could do better and I wanted to leave something for my children that I had done.

Which one of your books would you call the ‘story of your heart’ (or are they all)?

Margo: They all are.

Why do you write?

Margo: I enjoy it and I enjoy hearing from readers who love my work.

Of all your books, do you have a favorite cover?

Margo: They have all been special.

Are there any fellow authors who inspire you?

Margo: Lori Wick, Jeanette Oke, Louis L’Amour, Alistair MacClean

What do you do for fun?

Margo: Read. Play with grandchildren. Walk and bike ride.

What was your hardest book to write, and why?

Margo: The next one. Each book had its difficult moments, but they always work out.

What writing project are you working on right now?

Margo: I’m finishing my Tall Timber Trilogy

What are some of your favorite books (not your own)?

Margo: Moonraker’s Bride by Madeline Brent; Louis L’Amour’s books

What does your writing process look like?

Margo: I make notes of my characters as they appear in the story. I re-read my previous day’s work then continue.

Where do you usually write?

Margo: In my den. I used to write with pencil and paper and then type into my computer, but now I just use the computer.

When do you usually write?

Margo: After I get my housework done, I can concentrate on my books.

Thank you so much for joining me on my blog, Margo! I hope this will help you get more readers! *smiles*

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  1. I haven't heard of this author before, but her books look really good. I'll love to give them a try. The Viking Quest is my favorite historical fiction series; I've read them seven times each.

    1. You should read them, Deborah; I think you'd like them! :)

      Ah, I love THE VIKING QUEST series as well! Such good memories from reading those books. ^_^

  2. Hmm...that's a hard question...favourite historical series...Probably The Wings of Glory series by Sarah Sundin. :)

    1. Eee, THE WINGS OF GLORY, that's a favorite of mine too! As you probably know! ;) Great choice! :D

  3. Two of my favorite historical fiction books are The River of Time series and Anne of Green Gables series :)

    1. Good picks, Elaina! I haven't quite finished the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series ... two books left!! And I love some of Lisa's books! :)

  4. These have such pretty covers!

    Hmmm, I really haven't read many historical series. Mostly when I was younger. I like The Viking Quest series, and The Bonnets and Bugles series. :)

    1. I know, Natasha! They're very lovely. ^_^

      Yay for THE VIKING QUEST! And yes, BONNETS AND BUGLES!! Ah, those were so good.

  5. Those look like interesting covers. I'm not sure what my favorite historical series is.

    1. They are, Sam! :D Lovely historical with a dash of suspense!

  6. Oo, these certainly sound interesting!

    As to my favourite historical series... Probably Ivy Rose's The Old River Road. :)

    1. I hope you give them a try, Olivia! :) Ooh, I've heard about The Old River Road, but haven't read it. I'll have to put it on my TBR!

  7. I've never read by this author before but her books sound very interesting...and I love the covers:) ~Moriah

    1. Hope you read them, Moriah! I think you'd like them! :) Did you notice one of Margo Hansen's favorite authors is Louis L'Amour? :D

      The covers are beautiful!

  8. I haven't read any of her books either, but that first one sounds super intriguing. And that cover! That is just beautiful... I hope I'll get the chance to read some of her works sometime! Favorite historical series. Probably...In the Shadow of the Cedar by Sheila Hollinghead. It's actually a four book series.

    1. You should give them a try, Abigail! They are delightful! :) And yes, such beautiful covers, I agree! I hope you do too! ^_^

      Sounds interesting! I've never heard of Sheila Hollinghead. I'll have to look her up. :)