Friday, July 17, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Pine Valley series all on Audible!

Yes, that's right! All 8 of the Pine Valley novels are now available on Audible! Book 1-4 are narrated by Ann Marie Gideon, and books 5-8 are narrated by Xe Sands. Check out the series page here.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Cover Reveal: The Paper Daughters of Chinatown

The Paper Daughters of Chinatown
By Heather B. Moore
Coming September 1, 2020 from Shadow Mountain

Pre-order on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Author Reflections:

When Heidi Taylor and Lisa Mangum sent me this story idea in fall of 2018, I had no idea the breathtaking journey I’d undertake through researching the life of Donaldina Cameron. I’d never heard specifically about Miss Cameron or her work, in conjunction with diligent staff members of the Occidental Mission Home for Girls, of thwarting the slave trade of Chinatown. Yet each day, in fact, every hour, I was drawn deeper into the remarkable life of a woman who personified a life of sacrifice and bringing hope to the downtrodden women and girls of San Francisco.

With several non-fiction, and even a couple of historical novels, published on Donaldina’s life, I debated what I could add, if anything, to a woman who truly deserves a multi-volume treatment. I finally settled on an approximate thirteen year period, starting with the day she arrived at the Mission Home. With the encouragement of my publisher, Shadow Mountain, and my agent Ann Leslie Tuttle, I cracked open the reference books, spending weeks reading and taking notes. The notes section grew to over eighty pages, and I knew I could spend months, even years, reading everything recorded on Donaldina.

But I had a deadline, and I needed to focus on my goal of bringing a part of Miss Cameron’s life to the forefront so that readers could find inspiration and hope in her story, just as I had. Writing historical fiction has been a joy of mine for many years, but writing The Paper Daughters of Chinatown took me into the dregs of the underworld of the dark beast of human trafficking. A twisted and corrupt practice that is hard to comprehend, yet women like Donaldina Cameron, did not close their eyes or turn their backs. They put their trust in the Lord, walked right into the fray, literally risking their lives time and time again, and changed lives forever.

It did not matter how much I read, or how much I uncovered, my heart was broken over and over at the stories and experiences. But time and time again, Miss Cameron triumphed when her rescued girls triumphed, building a new life and shedding the old. By the time Donaldina Cameron retired, it was estimated she’d aided in rescuing over 3,000 girls and women from human trafficking.

In the Gospel of Matthew, the Savior delivers the Sermon on the Mount. He outlines the beatitudes, or attributes, that are principles on the path to exaltation. As I read through them around the same time I was researching Donaldina’s life, I realized she had achieved each and every single one. She was poor in spirit, she mourned, she was meek, she did hunger and thirst after righteousness, she was merciful, she was pure in heart, she was a peacemaker, she was persecuted for righteousness’ sake, she was reviled against, and all manner of evil was spoken against her. She became a light unto the world, and her good works glorified the Father.

It is my humble wish, that my dear readers will come to know the remarkable woman who Donaldina Cameron became, as well as bring new understanding to the plights that women such as Tien Fuh Wu underwent in order to bring freedom from oppression and slavery to those caught in the web of human trafficking.

The Occidental Mission Home for Girls is still in operation today, renamed the Cameron House, in honor of Donaldina Cameron. The Cameron House serves as a community center and provides various community programs and services. “As part of Donaldina’s heritage, we are proud to offer services like: counseling; domestic violence intervention; food distribution; adult ESL and computer classes; support groups; youth afterschool and summer programs; sports, arts, and camping experiences; leadership development; and volunteer opportunities.  Today we serve over 1,000 low-income immigrant children and families.

Visit my Pinterest Board for photos from my visit to the Cameron House in San Francisco: 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Swoony Sports Romances: Hockey!

I'm in the thick of my #NorthbrookHockeyElite series that I co-created with Rebecca Connolly and Sophia Summers (also writes under Jen Geigle Johnson).

I've developed a new appreciation for hockey. My kids have played almost every sport except hockey, but I'm learning the game, and loving it.

Check out the series on Amazon and let me know what you think!

Also, join the Swoony Sports Romance page on Facebook for updates and interactions with the authors!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Deborah the Judge of Israel

On the day of this book's release, I've been thinking a lot about Deborah and what her life might have been like. Yes, I spent several months researching and writing about her era, and her possible life journey in 2018 before submitting the manuscript to my publisher Covenant Communications, but a personal reflection is always different.

When researching and writing about a historical figure in history, there are many factors to consider. One of them being what would this person's life been like? In Deborah's case, she was a remarkable person, and woman, for her era. Her title: Fourth Judge of Israel, illuminates that fact alone. It also makes me wonder. Did Deborah read? Did she write? Was she informally educated? It would have been a rare thing in her era because education of women wasn't considered necessary.

How did she achieve such a status as judge over the Israelites? Remember at the time, they were under Canaanite rule, so being a judge figure, or a governor of sorts, would have had many restrictions due to the ruling body of the land.

But Deborah was used to restrictions, being a woman, and practicing her faith.

We know her husband's name, Lapidoth, and I also wonder what sort of man was he. Also, unusual for the era, he would have supported his wife's commission and calling. And yes, I believe it was from the Lord. Deborah was a prophetess, and she spent her days while she was a judge handing down advice and judgments and possibly enacting the laws of the land. All with the support of her husband, and if they had children, her children as well.

Details in the scriptures are a bit hazy on many facts. But one significant one remains. Barak had been told by the Lord what he needed to do to deliver the Israelites from the Canaanites. He didn't follow through, and the reasons are unknown, although I present a few plausible ideas in my story. So, what happens then? The Lord shares the same revelation with Deborah.

This in and of itself is remarkable, and Barak knows it too. He wants to follow the Lord, he wants to deliver his people from decades of oppression, but something stops him. Fear? Motivation? Lack of faith? He tells Deborah if she will accompany him, then he will step up.

Many times in my life I have been Barak. Fewer times I have been Deborah. As a Barak, I know what I must do, and I might even know how to do it. But I don't.

What about you? Have you been on the Deborah side before? Or the Barak side before?

It's something to think about.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

September 2019 Releases

As the publishing world sometimes operates, I have three new releases in September.

First up, is Deborah--Prophetess of God, coming September 1:

Next is a historical western romance collection based on true events, called Mercer's Belles. Coming September 17. Get your copy on Amazon here!

And finally, I've been working on a series with Kimberley Montpetit, called The Women of Ambrose Estate.
Mostly Dangerous by Kimberley Montpetit is available now on Amazon:
Mostly Perfect by Heather B. Moore releases September 26 on Amazon:

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Belltown Six Pack: Baseball Romance Novels

Once upon a time, in July 2018, I was hanging out in Denver with two amazing authors: Rebecca Connolly and Sophia Summers. We decided to write a sports romance series together. Fast forward to TODAY, and book 3 is now out: Charming the Shortstop.

I love this series, I love baseball, and I love the Belltown Six Pack characters. I hope you'll love it too!

Join our Swoony Sports Romances page on Facebook for updates and fun stuff.

Series page on Amazon here