Wednesday, July 1, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Rembering the Joy of Christmas

Coming this December! I'm in a Christmas story compilation with many other wonderful authors. We each tell a story about how we were able to find the joy of Christmas amid all of the hustle and bustle.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Special Announcement: New series coming 2016


I've been waiting since September 2014 to announce this new series. But we didn't want to announce it too soon . . . Rachael Anderson had this idea to use multiple authors to write a connecting series that all had a matchmaker in it. We met at Karey White's home and started brainstorming. We wanted the series to span various eras, from historical to contemporary, which would mean that the matchmaker would time-travel, as well as possess a power to match couples together. So this series would have some magic realism in it as well.

Since the matchmaker herself had to be born before any of the stories took place, naturally that meant her story would have a historical setting. Which then . . . it seemed that I was the one selected to write it since Rachael and Karey hadn't written historical stories before. Ironically, I had been reading a few novels over the summer all set in Shanghai. So I suggested Shanghai and it all came together from there.

Each of the 12 books in the series are stand-alone stories, some will be historical romances, other contemporary romances, but they will all feature the matchmaker. The Power of the Matchmaker novella is a prequel to any of the books and tells the matchmaker's story about how she became a matchmaker.

The novella is coming November 3, 2015 and you can now add it to your Goodreads list!



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Submitted!

I just submitted the 2nd book in The Moses Chronicles series: DELIVERANCE. One day before the release of book 1: BONDAGE.

Coming tomorrow... BONDAGE:





Below is the submission letter I wrote to Covenant for DELIVERANCE, book 2:

I’m excited to submit DELIVERANCE, the second book in The Moses Chronicles series.  As we discussed earlier, the story of Moses in the Book of Exodus is not a single-volume endeavor. The exodus of the children of Israel encompasses more than two dozen chapters in the book of Exodus, and this epic story deserves epic treatment.

Book 2, Deliverance, is complete at 79,000 words.

Moses is on the run. Forced to flee his homeland of Egypt after having killed an Egyptian. And he’s reeling from the secret his Egyptian mother revealed right before his departure—that Moses was born to a Hebrew family. Overwhelmed and shocked to learn the truth of his birth, Moses wanders in the wilderness with no destination in sight. He is soon captured by the Hobab tribe and forced to work as a slave in order to pay his passage through their land. Moses earns their respect and even defends the tribesmen in a skirmish with an enemy tribe. 

As Moses continues his journey, he arrives at an oasis near the Midianite settlement, but the water is bitter. Exhausted, he falls asleep. When he awakens, he discovers that the oasis is overrun with a flock of sheep and several women who are caring for them. Moments later, a group of shepherds invade the oasis, scattering the flock and bullying the women.

Moses defends the women against the intruding shepherds and drives them off after a fierce battle. One of the women, Zipporah, treats his wounds and insists that he come with them to their father’s tent to recuperate. This begins the relationship between Moses and Zipporah, a woman who Moses never expected to find in his exile, a woman he can start a new life with and begin to answer his questions about faith and family.

I look forward to hearing from you.
My best,
Heather Moore

Friday, April 3, 2015

COVER REVEAL & updates

First of all, very exciting. The cover for my new Biblical fiction series on Moses is finished. First book in this series will be coming out May 2015! You can add to your Goodreads list here.



And in other exciting news, EVE: IN THE BEGINNING won the 2015 Best of State in Literary Arts for Fiction. It will be available in paperback next week. I was also thrilled to learn that critique group members, Lu Ann Staheli and Annette Lyon also won for their works. Lu Ann in non-fiction and Annette for short story. As you know, Lu Ann passed away in February after an 8-month battle with cancer. Her work continues to live on and receive honors.


Also, the German translation of FINDING SHEBA is now available for Preorder on Amazon.de (German site). Coming in June 2015!


Monday, February 9, 2015

In Loving Memory of Lu Ann Staheli



This morning, I lost a dear friend of mine, Lu Ann Staheli, who was bravely fighting cancer for 8 months. So many emotions battle for space when I think of Lu Ann. My first encounter with Lu Ann was in 2001 when I attended a League of Utah Writers meeting at the Provo Library, and Lu Ann was the speaker that night. She had her two little boys with her, Kent & Chan, since her husband was out of town. They sat at the back of the room while their mother taught the class. At one point, when they became rambunctious (I think they were climbing beneath a table), Lu Ann excused herself, walked to the back of the classroom, asked them to behave, then walked to the front of the room and continued teaching without missing a beat.

A few months later, I was invited into a critique group by Annette Lyon. Lu Ann was a part of the group, and I remember being excited (and a little intimidated) at that fact. There are so many things I want to remember about Lu Ann and I wish I could thank her again and again. I have a book coming out in May called Bondage (book 1 of The Moses Chronicles), which I dedicated to her. She won't be able to see that dedication in person now, but I believe she knows how much she means to me.

Just a few of my memories of Lu Ann:

At critique group: "Where are we, Heather?" (I struggle with creating setting in my first drafts)

In a text when asking her whether or not I should take on a certain project: "No, you're better off working on what you already have planned. Stick to your plan. You know it's right."

When trying to decide if I should indie publish: She sent me links to books that I should read. She'd done her own research and had enough unpublished manuscripts that she decided to start putting them up for sale.

We spent time at critique group each week for over ten years. I can hear her laugh now. I can hear her making corrections to my manuscript as I write, "Um, Heather, people can't do that." Or the infamous proclamation that everyone around our table heard. "I don't buy this."

Her handwriting was neat and tidy. Her comments thoughtful. She was well-read, and I mean well-read. From non-fiction to middle grade, to thrillers, to historical tomes. We swapped books to read, we swapped manuscripts, we swapped ideas, and we swapped dreams.

Losing Lu Ann is difficult and continues to be difficult. There aren't many people I can call or text any time of the day for advice, or just to chat. Lu Ann was one of those people. She had many dreams. For her family, for her career, and even more dreams for when she retired. Lu Ann taught English for over 30 years and most recently she was the school librarian--a job she'd loved and had worked hard to get after earning her Master's Degree.

Lu Ann was one of my Senior Editors at Precision Editing Group and she mentored dozens and dozens of new writers over the years.

This is a picture of Lu Ann and I the year we both won Best of State. Me for fiction, Lu Ann for non-fiction. Ironically, I had also entered the non-fiction category, and Lu Ann beat me out. I could never be happier to lose.


Lu Ann has truly been a mentor and an integral part of my publishing journey. She's given me advice on manuscripts, agents, editors, and she's encouraged, uplifted, and helped me every step of the way.

Jeff Savage, a member of my critique group, set up a fund that goes directly to her family, that will help pay for her medical bills.

I'm also working to put out all of her indie published books onto paperback as well. This will continue her legacy, one in which she helped so many achieve their dreams. Lu Ann's Amazon author page is here.



Our critique group: Robison Wells, Annette Lyon, Michele Holmes, Lu Ann Staheli, Sarah Eden, Me, Jeff Savage


Saturday, January 3, 2015

FINDING SHEBA on NetGalley!




FINDING SHEBA is now on NetGalley! If you aren't a member, and are interested in reading and reviewing the advanced copy, please email me:

heather (at) hbmoore (dot) com

Release date is February 3, so the request needs to be put in before then.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cover reveal for... EVE: IN THE BEGINNING

Coming this December!






About the book:


Eve: In the Beginning

The first love story on earth . . . Haunting . . . Lyrical . . . Unforgettable . . .

In a world where everything is perfect, yet the same day after day, Eve must decide if she wants to live forever in the garden with Adam and never know what lies beyond the walls. When she makes a choice with terrible consequences, the pain of mortality is swift. As she and Adam explore their new world, and her body changes, Eve discovers the sweetness of first love with the man who has always been at her side.


My note:
I've been sitting on this book for 2 1/2 years, waiting for the right publishing opportunity. So I'm really excited to announce that the e-book version will be out December 2, 2014. Paperback version is still under consideration. If you're interested in reviewing the e-book version, please email me: heather (at) hbmoore (dot) com

Also, you can add to your Goodreads to-read list!