Twenty years ago, Bonnie Leon sat down to write a book about her Aleut ancestors. Little did she know this first novel, The Journey of Eleven Moons, would become a bestseller and launch a successful career.Yet, remember the first wobbly time you rode a bike without a parent running alongside? Or your first violin practice? Or the way you wore your bangs in the 80s?
Really, we’ve all wished we knew then what we know now. Say, for example, that pedaling backward brakes the bike, that parental earplugs should be required accessories for the first weeks/months of violin lessons, and that bangs are allowed to touch a woman’s forehead. Bonnie’s first book was great–after all, thousands of people read and enjoyed her debut–but as she’s polished and honed her craft over the last two decades, she’s always wished for the chance to apply her knowledge to her debut novel.
What can we say? Ashberry Lane makes wishes come true.
Presenting the 20th Anniversary Revised Edition of
The Journey of Eleven Moons
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?
A successful walrus hunt means Anna and her beloved Kinauquak will soon be joined in marriage. But before they can seal their promise to one another, a tsunami wipes their village from the rugged shore … everyone except Anna and her little sister, Iya, who are left alone to face the Alaskan wilderness.
A stranger, a Civil War veteran with golden hair and blue eyes, wanders the untamed Aleutian Islands. He offers help, but can Anna trust him or his God? And if she doesn’t, how will she and Iya survive?
FUN FACT The little girl on the cover is Liliana, Christina’s daughter and Sherrie’s granddaughter!
CONTEST For your chance to win a gorgeous, framed photo of a scene straight from the book, a jade and ivory necklace, AND a traditional Ulu, click this link. The contest runs November 15th-30th.
BUT WAIT! You might think that’s enough news for one infrequent newsletter, but you’d have another think coming. Now, moving from the wilds of Alaska to the heather-covered cliffs of Scotland, Ashberry Lane presents …
Broken Wingsby Dianne Price Ashberry Lane announces the bittersweet release of Broken Wings, the first book in the Thistle Series. Only a short time ago, we offered a contract to the amazing Dianne Price for her six-book WWII romance. Knowing she had terminal cancer, we did everything within our power to get the first book out while she was still alive.
However, she passed on to Glory one week shy of the release. How blessed we all are that her legacy lives on in these stories. Please read Broken Wings and fall in love with Rob and Maggie and the isle of Innisbraw. (Book Two, Wing and a Prayer, releases soon!)
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?
He lives to fly—until a jagged piece of flack changes his life forever.
A tragic childhood has turned American Air Forces Colonel Rob Savage into an outwardly indifferent loner who is afraid to give his heart to anyone. RAF nurse Maggie McGrath has always dreamed of falling in love and settling down in a thatched cottage to raise a croftful of bairns, but the war has taken her far from Innisbraw, her tiny Scots island home.
Hitler’s bloody quest to conquer Europe seems far away when Rob and Maggie are sent to an infirmary on Innisbraw to begin his rehabilitation from disabling injuries. Yet they find themselves caught in a battle between Rob’s past, God’s plan, and the evil some islanders harbor in their souls. Which will triumph?
You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot of Broken Wings on the designer’s blog.
Dianne fell in love with writing at the age of five. Because her father was a barnstorming pilot, she was bitten early by the “flying bug” as well. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and met and married the man God had prepared for her—an aeronautical engineer. After their five children were in school, she burned the midnight oil and wrote three novels, all published by Zebra Press. When her husband died only three years after he retired, she felt drawn to visit the Outer Hebrides Isles of Scotland, where her husband’s clan (MacDonalds) and her own clan (Galbraiths) originated. Many yearly trips, gallons of tea, too little sleep, and a burst of insight birthed her Thistle Series.
*HUGE thanks to Nicole Miller of Miller Media Solutions and Ashlee Murr Photography for the stunning covers. And Kristen Johnson, you have wowed us with your proofing speed and editing insight.
*All Ashberry Lane books, including On the Threshold, are part of Amazon’s Matchbook program. No, it’s not a top-quality dating site like farmersonly.com, but it is pretty fantastic. If you’ve puchased a print book from Amazon since 1995 AND that book is enrolled in the program, you can now get the e-version for less than $3. All Ashberry Lane e-titles are only $1.99.
*We’ve got a new look! Ashberrylane.net is now Ashberrylane.com, and boasts author pages, the story of how Ashberry Lane came to be, and even our own bookstore.
*Christina has officially dropped the Berry from her professional name and from this day forward will be known as Christina Tarabochia (tare-uh-bok-ee-uh). She has a new website to prove it.christinatarabochia.com
*Not only does Nicole Miller design Ashberry Lane’s covers, but she also maintains our websites and toils away on our many side projects. We highly recommned her work to anyone looking for social media, marketing, or design help.