Hi, reader friends! I am simply delighted to introduce y’all to a new author friend today! Megan Besing’s Perfect for the Preacher is part of The Mail-Order Brides Collection! She actually lives in my neck of the woods and as soon as the stars align we might even get to meet face-to-face! Until then, we can hang out here and y’all have a giveaway to enter!
about the author
Megan Besing adores reading, writing, and reviewing stories with happily-ever-afters. She’s received many awards, including being a multi-category finalist in ACFW’s Genesis and a winner of MCRW’s Melody of Love contest. Her debut Perfect for the Preacher released February 2018 in Barbour’s Mail-Order Brides Novella Collection.
She lives in Indiana with her husband and their children, where she dreams of the beach and drinks way too many Vanilla Cokes. Connect with Megan on social media and her website.
Favorite outdoor activity
Megan: I don’t know if I’d say it was my most favorite activity ever, but I’m more than ready for warmer weather so I’m going to say: Mushroom Hunting.
Does anyone else do this? In the Spring, usually starts around Easter, we go into the woods and hunt for mushrooms. I don’t find morels that tasty, however, my husband does. (You flour them and then fry them in butter. There’s salt involved too. ???? )
I do love to find them though. It’s like winning a game of hide and seek, except better, and when you find a whole lot of them you can’t help but get excited. We also like to see who’ll find the biggest one.
It’s a free activity for our family. It gets my kiddos outside, adds food to our table, and it means warmer weather is near.
Beth: Well, I don’t but my husband does on occasion. I do enjoy a good tromp through the woods every now and then.
Megan: We’ll go with favorite books I read last month, otherwise I’m afraid the list would be too long to post.
The Princess by Lori Wick. I hadn’t ever read anything of Lori Wick’s yet, and there was some hype in an online group I follow. My online library had the book, so I gave it a go. And I’m so glad I did. This story was precious and wonderful and lovely.
#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson. I’d read another story by this author, thought it was pretty good, so I ‘followed’ her on Amazon. Well, Amazon let me know she had a new book releasing. Its plot was a “famous’ hero falls for a ‘normal’ heroine type theme, and I’m usually up for those. This one held me captive, and I’m really hoping this author does a series because I’d read the next one.
Beth: I certainly can’t argue with those covers! Hello! I haven’t read anything from either of these authors *sigh*
Favorite book cover
Megan: Right now, my favorite book cover is: Count Me In by Mikal Dawn.
When I first saw the cover, I was like, I don’t need to read the blurb, I’m just reading it because it’s so pretty. I think it’s the photographer in me that loves how the photos are split into thirds. The sunset just draws in your eyes, but I think my favorite thing is the leading hero.
It’s a book I will have to buy the physical copy of and have on a keeper shelf…. No, it’s one I need to have signed and put on a keeper shelf. ???? (Anyone else love signed books? #thisgirl)
Beth: YES! How can you not?! I love this cover (and this author), too! Mikal’s book is on the top of my need to buy and have signed list! Btw, she IS working on more Emerald City Romance stories ????
Favorite bookish website or app
Megan: I love my local library. Can’t say that enough! So, of course, I use Overdrive a lot. (It’s my library’s extended online section of books—it saves me lots, LOTS of money for sure.)
Goodreads helps me remember what I’ve read for the year. (That is *IF* I remember to post everything on there.). Google is my favorite ‘website’ for when I’m writing because I have to look up All. The. Things. Right up there is the online thesaurus, and if I’m writing a historical, the 1860 Census. (I like to search for character names.)
Beth: I am with you all the way, friend! Our library isn’t on Overdrive but we have cloudLibrary which is part of our interlibrary loan system. The kids and I have borrowed all kinds of ebooks and audiobooks with that wonderful app!
I have a goodreads tab open on my browser at ALL TIMES! This is a book blogger necessity. My “want to read” shelf is the size of a planet. There’s really more bookish goodness on that website than I even have time to take advantage of.
Favorite secondary character you have created
Megan: Whether I’m reading or writing, I love secondary characters. They help ground the stories and challenge the hero and heroines. When I write I don’t always plan how secondary characters appear on the page, and it’s fun to see how their personalities come to life.
My favorites from my debut, Perfect for the Preacher, were Margaret Olmstead and her husband William. What Margaret lacks in height, she more than makes up in personality and a loving spirit. And she became so animated in the first chapter, that I knew I had to put her on as many pages as possible.
Beth: Aw, yes! I love sweet Margaret!
Tell us about your latest release
Megan: The hero’s (Amos) inspiration for this story really goes back to my and my husband’s families. We had and have several pastors near and dear to us, and I knew I wanted the hero to be a preacher. Sophie, my heroine, really came to be because I asked myself…Who would be the least likely choice for a pastor’s wife?
The hardest part about writing Perfect for the Preacher was squeezing all the conflict down to fit inside a novella. When my agent called and told me Barbour wanted this story for their collection I was ecstatic! Then we hung up, and reality set, and I wondered how in the world would I fit everything in. But it worked (after a lot of prayer) and I hope you love these characters’ happily-ever-after as much as I do.
Beth: Novellas are so hard to review (without spoilers), I can’t imagine trying to write one!
The Mail-Order Brides Collection
Escape into the history of the American West along with nine couples whose relationships begin with advertisements for mail-order brides. Placing their dreams for new beginnings in the hands of a stranger, will each bride be disappointed, or will some find true love?
Perfect for the Preacher by Megan Besing
Fresh from seminary, Amos Lowry believes marriage will prove to his skeptical congregation that he’s mature. If only his mail-order bride wasn’t an ex-saloon girl, or worse, pregnant.
Beth: To read more about the other stories and my brief (spoiler free) review of the collection, hop over to The Mail-Order Brides collection.
What are you working on right now?
Megan: I would love to go back and visit the town and church of Hilltop Chapel again. I have plans and high hopes for an entire preacher’s series, if that opportunity arises. However, right now, I’m actually writing a Christmas themed contemporary.
Beth: Oh! So exciting!
Describe your writing style in five words.
Megan: Creative. Voices. Panic. Layers. Chaos.
Beth: That actually sounds a lot like my swoof process!
What is your go-to beverage?
Megan: Vanilla Coke. ????
Beth: Woo! Too hard for me! (I’ll just sit over here and sip my wimpy ice water, lol!)
What book are you reading right now?
Beth: A fellow tandem reader! How wonderful!!! ???? Thank you so much for visiting today, Megan!
The authors of The Mail-Order Brides Collection are hosting a Facebook party on March 3 at 10:00 a.m. CST and y’all are invited, reader friends!
Megan Besing has generously provided one paperback copy of The Mail-Order Brides Collection (signed by her) for one Faithfully Bookish reader friend!
Let’s chat! Who else is looking forward to warmer weather and mushroom hunting?
Do any of y’all share one of Megan’s favorites?
Be sure to pick up a copy of The Mail-Order Brides Collection with Perfect for the Preacher!