Cynthia Roemer is an inspirational, bestselling author with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the hearts of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the mid-1800’s prairie and Civil War era. Her Prairie Sky Series consists of Amazon bestseller, Under This Same Sky, Under Prairie Skies, and Under Moonlit Skies, a 2020 Selah Award winner.
Cynthia writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband, Marvin, of twenty-seven years. They have two grown sons and a daughter-in-love. When she isn’t writing or researching, Cynthia can be found hiking, biking, gardening, reading, or riding sidesaddle with her husband in the combine or on their motorcycle. Visit Cynthia online at: www.cynthiaroemer.com
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Welcome back to the blog, Cynthia. I’m so excited to have you join us today and celebrate your new release, Beyond These War-Torn Lands. It is a beautiful story and one that I will remember!
After writing your prairie series, what drew you to write Civil War fiction?
Originally, I had thoughts of making this fourth book a part of my Prairie Sky Series and having a boy named Johnny (from Books 2 & 3) grow up and become the hero for Beyond These War-Torn Lands. But the nature of this novel seemed so different from the other books that I felt it best to make it the start of a new Wounded Heart Series. Each book will have at least one character with a wounded heart that needs healing.
What will you remember most about writing “Beyond These War-Torn Lands”?
All the research! This is the first novel I’ve written that incorporates real history and historical figures within the storyline. Because of that, I had to do extensive research to ensure every detail was historically accurate. It was a lot of hard work, but it was so much fun weaving my characters into the framework of history through encounters with actual people and events of the past.
I loved how real historical facts connected to the fictional journey of these characters. You did a great job with it.
I know this past year has been so hard with your health, family, and deadlines. Can you share something with us that has given you great joy? Some blessing from God, big or small?
Yes! In the midst of dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatments and the loss of my father, one blessing really brought me joy – that of my son’s wedding in June. I’m thrilled to have gained a daughter and to see the outstanding young man and husband my son has become. Such a joy and blessing!
I love this! Congrats to you all and the happy couple too! (And I’m still lifting you up in prayer daily for God’s continued grace and healing. Praise Him for His unfailing strength!)
Do you have a favorite character or scene from the book?
Hmm. I love both Drew and Caroline. I enjoyed writing the scenes in which they interacted and their budding romance. But, one scene with Drew and his horse was particularly fun to write. Drew is hiding from Confederate soldiers and fears his untethered horse will be his undoing. Without giving too much away, I’ll just say the horse proves to be a spirited ally for Drew in a very touchy situation.
Can you tell us a few books you’ve enjoyed reading this year?
I really enjoyed Conni Cossette’s To Dwell Among Cedars, also All Through the Night by Tara Johnson and The Rock by friend, Cara Grandle.
I’ve read the last two and loved them as well. Conni’s is definitely on my TBR pile! 🙂
Thank you so much for joining us today, Cynthia. It’s always a joy to have you here. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
I’m currently working on Book 2 in my Wounded Heart Series currently slated to release in November of 2022 and also have a Christmas novella project in the works with three other talented authors due out September 2023.
So excited to hear this, Cynthia. What wonderful news. Can’t wait to read them and continue following your writing journey. Blessings to you!
This book opened at an exciting pace. It stole my breath away with its vivid imagery of battles and soldiers in distress and our lovely heroine stepping out in courage and kindness to help her enemy. I loved this couple and their journey to freedom and healing. The world around them is at war and yet they show great compassion and grace to those around them.
The story delicately deals with fears, unforgiveness, bitterness, others’ expectations, and family losses. It’s not the easiest read at times due to these heavy subjects, but the author weaves beautiful elements of faith and hope throughout.
I personally loved the historical details and learned more about the time period, which is always something I enjoy and appreciate. If you too are a fan of Civil War fiction with a subtle romance tucked inside, you won’t want to miss this excellent tale!
About the Book
The War brought them together ~ Would it also tear them apart?
While en route to aid Confederate soldiers injured in battle near her home, Southerner Caroline Dunbar stumbles across a wounded Union sergeant. Unable to ignore his plea for help, she tends his injuries and hides him away, only to find her attachment to him deepen with each passing day. But when her secret is discovered, Caroline incurs her father’s wrath and, in turn, unlocks a dark secret from the past which she is determined to unravel.
After being forced to flee his place of refuge, Sergeant Andrew Gallagher fears he’s seen the last of Caroline. Resolved not to let that happen, when the war ends, he seeks her out, only to discover she’s been sent away. When word reaches him that President Lincoln has been shot, Drew is assigned the task of tracking down the assassin. A chance encounter with Caroline revives his hopes, until he learns she may be involved in a plot to aid the assassin.
Cynthia has graciously offered to give away a signed print copy of her new book, Beyond These War-Torn Lands to one lucky winner. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉
Thanks for entering! Contest ends September 14, 2021. (US residents only, please.) The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!
This sounds like a good historical book. I like the characters and would like to find out what happens after the war is over.
Thanks, Vivian! I hope you’ll enjoy Drew and Caroline’s story! Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing! =)
So glad you could join us, Vivian. I hope you get a chance to read this wonderful story!
Oh my goodness! This sounds fantastic! I’ve enjoyed so many good books this year, but I’m currently reading The Gold in These Hills by Joanne Bischof and loving it!
Thanks, Melissa! I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. Thanks for stopping by to enter.
Hi Melissa! Yes, my TBR pile is growing higher every day. 🙂 I LOVE Joanne’s books too and can’t wait to read her latest. Happy Reading!
I love historical books. I recently read Killers of the Flower Moon.
Hi Mel! Historical novels are the best! But then, I’m a bit biased. =) Thanks for stopping by!
What an intriguing title! Thanks for sharing, Mel. Good luck in the drawing!
I like historical books and westerns I recently finished The Artist’s Healer by Regina Scott and she is such a great author!
I’ve heard good things about her books. Still need to check them out. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Peggy.
I have enjoyed reading Regal Hearts: Season 3 by Livy Jarmusch.
That’s a new one to me, Rachel. I always love discovering new stories. Good luck in this giveaway!
Hi, your book sounds like a very good read and I love the book cover , it is Stunning! This year I read Desire of My Heart and the sequel With All My Heart by Heidi Gray McGill and I loved them both. You all have a great week and stay safe. God Bless you and your families.
Thanks, Alicia! I hope it will touch your heart in a special way. You have a great week too! God bless!
Isn’t the cover BEAUTIFUL? We’re so happy you stopped by, Alicia. Good luck in the drawing and blessings to you and your family too. 🙂
This sounds like a great book. Congrats, Cynthia!
Thanks so much, Les! I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you get to read it soon, Les! Good luck in the giveaway. 🙂
I really love the cover.
Thank you, Anita! My publisher did a wonderful job capturing the essence of the novel! I hope you’ll be blessed by the story.
Me too, Anita! 🙂 It draws the reader right into the story. Thanks for visiting!
Sounds like a great book.
Thanks, Marilyn! I hope Drew & Caroline’s story will inspire you. Thanks for commenting!
Hope you get the chance to read it soon, Marilyn. We appreciate you visiting us!
Cynthia’s new book sounds absolutely wonderful. Christian historical fiction is my favorite genre of all. I enjoyed reading Naomi Musch’s Empire in Pine series earlier this year.
Thank you, Roxanne for your kind words. I so hope you are blessed by Drew & Caroline’s story. I dearly loved writing it.
It’s my favorite genre as well, Roxanne. Sounds like you’re a kindred spirit. 🙂 Thanks for sharing what you’re reading with us. Good luck in the giveaway!
My favorite so far this year is The Secrets of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox. Thank you for the wonderful chance.
Hi Lucy! I’ve not read that one. Thanks for stopping by to enter. Blessings!
Ohhhh, that one is definitely on my list to read! Love to hear you enjoyed it. Have a blessed day, Lucy!
There have been so many wonderful books I’ve read this year I’m not sure I could name just one. I will say, I finally read The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham and it was just insanely good. Thank you for the chance to wind!
I LOVE every book I’ve ever read of Pepper’s, but especially that one! 🙂 So glad you could join us, Megan. Good luck in the drawing!
I enjoyed The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel. It was amazing!
That’s a new one to me, Caryl. I love hearing what others are reading. It inspires me to always be on the lookout for the next great book! 🙂 Good luck in the drawing, friend.
Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read. A book I’ve really enjoyed reading this year is, A View Across The Rooftops by Suzanne Kelman.
What a lovely title! I’ll have to look that one up as well. Thanks for visiting, Deanne!
The Attributes by Rich Diviney is a book I received from Goodreads. It’s written by a former Navy SEAL and shows how colloboration and other qualities are more imnportant than skills. It’s a book on morivaton with leadership principles.