Author Interview & Review: Susanne Dietze, author of My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's Plight

Today, I'm excited to have Susanne Dietze on the blog to chat about her and her books! Please give her a warm welcome, but before we "chat" with Susie, check out her latest release, My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's Plight and my review.

Title:  My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's Plight
Collection: My Heart Belongs
Author: Susanne Dietze
Publisher:  Barbour Publishing
Audio Release Date:  May 1, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
Journey now to Ruby City, Idaho of 1866 where...
A Marriage Mishap Creates an Awkward Love Triangle in this Silver Mining Town

Looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach, mail-order bride Rebecca Rice is pleased to marry her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham, until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore—proceeded by the title Deputy.

Is it possible to marry the wrong man?

When the newlyweds realize they’ve married the wrong partners with similar names, an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own, not to mention Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father. But when the legalities take longer than expected, Rebecca wonders if Tad wasn’t the right husband for her all along. . . .

In My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's Plight, we open the scene with a sound of rifle shot as our heroine, Rebecca is traveling on a stage coach to Ruby City to meet her future husband. She'd met him through an ad in the newspaper, and have only corresponded through letters. Within the first chapter, we are witnesses to a beautiful, yet short wedding ceremony.  What are the thoughts in Rebecca's mind as she ends the night? 
"Lovely wedding day. . . one wee thing. I married the wrong man." 
That would indeed be a problem, but all things happen for a reason. What an exciting start! The author, Susanne Dietze surely gave us a run for our money with a story as intriguing to start, characters to love, hate and an ending that may just let you closed the book with complete satisfaction. 

The humor was subtle, but downright comical when you read it. 
"Pie isn't so easy. . .Crust and I don't get along. Lots more work than a cobbler." (50)
The message of grace was humbling to say the least.
". . . I don't think the Lord is upset that I tended a man who didn't deserve it. That's what grace is. Who would I be if I don't extend some myself?" (118)
To top it off, the meaning of love for this historical romance is timeless.
". . . there's feeling protected behind a bolted door, and then there's the peace that doesn't depend on locks or the law. It comes from love and trust.."  (161)
And to end, trust me when I say this is one historical romance read that you'll definitely enjoy!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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1. Hi Susie! Welcome to Just Commonly! Let's start off with something fun. What's one funky thing about you that not many people know about? (Me, I scoop out all the yummy custard inside a tart first, and then tackle the crust, also with a spoon.)
Thanks for having me! I’m honored to be here. As for something funky about me? Well, for starters… I cannot snap my fingers. Everyone I’ve ever told has tried to teach me, to no avail. It just sounds dull and unimpressive! 
2.  Coca Cola or Pepsi? 
I was raised to be a Pepsi Girl, but to be honest, I don’t drink much soda anymore.
3.  Tea or Coffee? 
 I like both, but I’ve cut way down on coffee the past few years. I love tea, and brewing a pot of loose leaf tea is a fun way to make a meal or even a tea break special. My favorite blends are inspired by Jane Austen characters and come from Bingley’s Teas. 
4.  Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts?  
Starbucks—they’re all over the place. I’d have to look a little harder to find a Dunkin Donuts near me. 
5. Haagen-Daz, Ben & Jerry's or Baskin Robbins? 
Oooh, they all sound good! There are a few local places I like to go for ice cream, though. One has the most delicious Mexican Chocolate Shake. It’s got a hint of cinnamon and cayenne—and yes, it’s a fantastic combination!
6. Dogs or Cats? 
Both are fantastic, but my mom is allergic to cats, so I never had one and never can…not if we still want Grandma to visit.
7. Candles, incense or potpourri?
Candles. I used to be a representative for a home-based scented candle business. It was a way to make some extra money but also feed my candle addiction. I still have several shelves worth of scented candles. I don’t need any more. But every once in a while… I can’t resist.
8. Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook—it seems easier to interact on it, for me, at least.
9. What kind of books or subject matter do you like to write about?
My stories have to include humor, because I like to laugh and life can be hilarious, but also to help balance out the serious stuff. Some of my usual themes include healing, reconciliation, and forgiveness. I also love it when the “love story” includes love of a family, community, or town, because God puts us in these circles and relationships for our mutual encouragement and growth. Love isn’t meant to stay small: love changes things around us!
10. Can you tell us a little about what you're working on currently?
I just turned in a round of edits on my second Regency, coming out in early 2018 from Love Inspired Historical (title to be announced). The heroine first made an appearance in my February Regency, The Reluctant Guardian. She’s the daughter of a duke who finds herself in a marriage of convenience to a Scottish lord with four children under his care. It’s a safe, solid arrangement for the couple, but things do not go as planned. There’s a lot of mischief going in that nursery, I’m telling you now!
11. How is My Heart Belongs in Ruby City different than your other books?  
I’ve written over a dozen Regency and US-set stories, but this is the first one that starts with a wedding!
12. Which part of the book is your favorite? Can you share a line/paragraph (without a spoiler)? 
Oh, I can’t tell you my favorite part without giving something away, but I can share how much I enjoyed writing some of the secondary characters, especially Madge the mule, Ulysses, and Jeroboam Jones. Madge is my favorite.
13. Character visits - which historical figures, real life or fictional will be frequent visitors in your book for your characters as friends?  
Ruby City was a real place, but I made the decision to fictionalize everyone in it for the book. That way I could make the judge go on a trip, divide up the sheriff and deputy duties how I wanted them, etc. The Idaho Hotel, which appears in the book, is the one historical structure I didn’t invent. When the county seat was moved to Silver City, however, the Idaho Hotel was dismantled, moved there on sleds, and rebuilt! You can still sleep in the Idaho Hotel in warm months, although Silver City is a ghost town.
14. Any plans to write contemporary stories? 
I’d love to write contemporary sometime. They’re fun to read, so we’ll see!
15. Since we're on the topic of writing, are you a plotter or a pantser? 
Plotter. Things evolve as I write but I rely on a skeleton when I’m writing, or I tend to wander off and forget what needs to be accomplished in a particular chapter.
16. Where do you do most of your writing? 
I move my laptop around, but I’m blessed that our house has an office space, which is where I do most of my writing. I have a little Jane Austen action figure who keeps me company.
17. And last, how about we end with 5 random facts about you? 
  1. I enjoy genealogy research. 
  2. I’m a geek when it comes to Disney and Star Wars. 
  3. I’ve finally accepted that I need bifocals. 
  4. I’m a “Heartie,” a fan of the TV show When Calls the Heart on Hallmark. 
  5. I’d much rather fold laundry than wash dishes.

Susie, thank you for dropping in and sharing with us! 

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of over a dozen historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.

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  1. Thank you so much for having me today! I loved chatting with you, and I've got to say I LOVE the quotes you picked from the book! Thank you so much for hosting me and sharing your thoughts on the book!

  2. Wonderful interview! I love Susie's stories. I'm excited to read this one!

    1. Hi Caryl! So good to see you! I hope you enjoy this story.

      Have a great weekend, and thanks for coming by!

  3. Loved reading your interesting facts!

    1. Hi Gail! Thanks for coming by and saying hi. Annie's interview questions are great, aren't they?

      Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Enjoyed the interview and review. Sounds like it needs to be on my TBR list. Blessings

    1. Hi Lucy! Thanks so much for coming by to say hi. I truly hope you enjoy the story!

      Have a great week.

  5. I love these interviews that peek into the real lives of the authors. This one was especially fun. Thanks for the review, too. I'm anxious to read this book!

    1. Hi Paula! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Annie's Q's are great and I had fun, too!

      Hope your week is going well!

    2. Thanks Paula!!! I love interviews. We get to see the author's humor in them for sure! *wink wink


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