Saturday, June 12, 2010

Seeds of Summer Cultivates Hours of Good Reading!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Seeds of Summer
Zondervan (May 25, 2010)


Deborah Vogts

Can a pastor find love and a life's partner with a rodeo queen? Pick up Seeds of Summer and find out for yourself!

From the moment I first heard the description of Deborah Vogts' novel, Seeds of Summer, I knew I wanted to read it. As a child I grew up loving horse stories and cowboys, and about five years ago a very good friend, who used to rodeo by bucking bulls, took me to my very first rodeo and I fell in love with it. Since then we have attended several rodeos each summer.

Vogts' story is the kind that makes you want to curl up on a porch swing with a pitcher of sweet tea on a hot summer's day and read the day away. By the time you finish the tale, you feel as though you are a member of heroine Natalie Adams' family and want to pitch in counting cattle or doing repairs on the south forty.

You will love Natalie and Jared's story. The book is out and you can pick it up at Amazon


A word from Deborah:

If you haven't guessed by now, the books I write are set in the country. I believe my most dedicated readers will be those who live in the country, those who have moved from the country and still hold it in their hearts, or those who have never lived there but long for the simple life it offers. Because of this, I've chosen Country at Heart as my writing brand, which is also the title of my Blog.

On Writing:

I began my first book when I was in high school. In college I studied English literature and journalism. Then came marriage, kids . . . life. During that time, I piddled with my writing but didn't take it seriously until 2002 when I joined a local writer's group and American Christian Fiction Writers. I also joined a critique group, took online writing workshops, read writing book how-to's and attended writer's conferences. Now I have an agent, Rachelle Gardner, at WordServe Literary and have been contracted with Zondervan for a three-book contemporary romance series.

The Seasons of the Tallgrass series captures the spirit and dreams of ordinary people living in the Flint Hills of Kansas--one of the last tallgrass prairie regions in the world.

The first book, Snow Melts in Spring, is available in stores now. Seeds of Summer released May 2010.


When opposites attract, sparks fly--like an electrical malfunction. That's what happens when former rodeo queen, Natalie Adams meets the new pastor in Diamond Falls.

Upon the death of her father, Natalie returns to the Flint Hills to raise her two half-siblings and run the family ranch, giving up her dreams for the future. She soon realizes her time in college and as Miss Rodeo Kansas is not enough to break the bonds that held her as a girl.

Jared Logan, a new pastor in Diamond Falls, is set on making a good impression to his first congregation, but finds that change doesn't come easy for some people. In fact, most in his congregation are set against it. Natalie and her troubled family provide an outlet for his energy and soon become his personal mission project.

Having raised her stepbrother and sister from an early youth, Natalie's self-sufficient nature isn't inclined to accept help, especially from a city-boy do-gooder like Jared Logen. Though attracted to him, there's no way she'd ever consider being a pastor's wife. Bible studies and bake sales just aren't her thing.

Jared repeatedly comes to Natalie's rescue, forcing her to see him with new eyes. At the same time, Jared's plan to plant Christ's word in Natalie's heart backfires when he loses his own heart to this wayward family. When problems arise in his congregation, he must face his greatest fears---of letting down God, his congregation, or those he loves. His time with Natalie has shown him the importance of standing by those you love, a lesson he chose to ignore in order to please his father years ago.

This is put to the test when Natalie faces a battle of custody of her half-siblings against the mother who abandoned them twelve years ago. Natalie's fight for the children turns into a fight for custody of her heart as she learns the true meaning of unconditional love. In turn, Jared must decide which dreams are his own---and whether Natalie is part of those dreams.

If you would like to read the Prologue and first chapter of Seeds of Summer, go



Deborah Vogts said...

Thanks for posting about Seeds of Summer, Pamela! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Many blessings to you & your readers. ;)

Winter said...

Yep, we did have the same idea. And it is certainly that kind of book. Made me want to head back to IA and see our own PRCA sanctioned rodeo--too bad it's right before the ACFW conference.