Book Spotlight And Author Interview — Valley of Shadows by Candace West

16 Jun

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About The Book

Book:  Valley of Shadows

Author: Candace West

Genre:  Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: March 17, 2020

Final Final Final Valley of ShadowsForgiving is far from forgetting.

Lorena Steen gave up on love years ago. After arriving at Valley Creek to visit her daughters, she stumbles first thing into Earl, the husband who abandoned her.

As for Earl, facing Lorena while fighting his own demons tempts him to flee town. How can he rebuild a relationship with his daughters and cynical neighbors when guilt shadows every step?
While the storm brews between them, another storm descends on Valley Creek. Will a ghost town stand in its wake?

But then the townsfolk devise a plan. All they need is a former concert pianist and violinist. A wife and husband estranged.

Can Lorena and Earl set aside their feelings to rescue a community? Even though it sweeps them back through valleys best forgotten? Especially when a forbidden love claims his right to win Lorena’s heart?


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About the Author

Candace PoseyCandace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. When she was twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” In 2018, she published her debut novel Lane Steen. By weaving hope-filled, page-turning stories, Candace shares the Gospel and encourages her readers. She currently lives in her beloved Arkansas with her husband and their son along with two dogs and three cats.




More from Candace

Why I Wrote Valley of Shadows

Can a villain become a hero? When I ended my debut novel Lane Steen, I knew someday I had to discover if a kidnapper and alcoholic was worth saving. Could that same person save a town after tragedy strikes while wrestling with his own demons?

Earl Steen had a dark valley to cross.

With a destroyed reputation, Earl must prove in Valley of Shadows that God has not wasted His efforts on him. Also, Lorena, his estranged wife, has her own score to settle. How can she when the villain no longer exists?

Nothing tugs at my heart more than lost, unrequited love. My second book focuses on their lost relationship. Earl and Lorena had haunted one another long enough. Could God mend what Earl had shattered?

Sitting down to write, I returned to Valley Creek and uncovered places within Earl’s heart that I never knew existed. Lorena’s struggles became mine as she grappled with understanding and forgiving. The dark places of their past somehow had to merge with the light of a hopeful future.

Getting Earl and Lorena to rediscover their love was a journey fraught with tension, grief, frustration, and hope. Was it worth every rewrite, every long hour staring at my computer screen waiting for my characters’ next move?

You bet!

Q&A with Candace West

Many authors say that they have always been a writer — making up stories as a child. When did you first become a writer?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved hearing stories and telling them. As a child, I was an avid reader, but I never wrote a story until I was twelve years old. We were on a trip to Colorado. To pass the time, I picked up my notebook and started writing a story about two orphans on a Kansas prairie (we were traveling through Kansas). I’ve been writing ever since. 

Was there a special someone, such as a teacher, parent, or other relative, who encouraged you to pursue writing?

My mother is my greatest encourager, always pushing me to write the stories of my heart. Through the years, I’ve had close friends who have lovingly pushed and prodded me to publish my stories. I thank all of them because I wouldn’t have done it if they hadn’t believed in me. 

How long does it usually take to craft your books? (from outlines/first drafts to final edits)

From start to finish, it takes almost a year to craft a story from first draft to release day. I admire and envy writers who can write 5,000 words or more a day. How do they do it? I’m a homeschooling mama. There are tons of chores and a big yard to mow. And that’s not counting the daily unexpected adventures of country living. Some days I’m thrilled if I write 250 words. I’ve learned one thing, though. Never stop writing and give yourself grace even if you don’t make your goal. 

Can you tell us a little about what inspired your latest novel.

In Valley of Shadows, I had to get to know Earl Steen better. In my first book, he was the villain, a character I loved to hate. Along the way, I started peeling away layers of his past. Why was Earl such an angry man? By the end of book one, I wanted Earl to become the hero of book two. Valley of Shadows is his story as well as Lorena’s, his estranged wife. 

Readers always want to know what is next for an author. Do you have any works in progress you can share about?

I’m currently working on book three of the Valley Creek Redemption series. My story focuses on two side characters from book two, Ella and George. I’m excited to discover the journey they’re taking!

Blog Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 4

For the Love of Literature, June 5 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, June 6

Texas Book-aholic, June 7

Older & Smarter?, June 8

Betti Mace, June 9

Artistic Nobody, June 10 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, June 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 11

Through the Fire Blogs, June 12

For Him and My Family, June 13

Blossoms and Blessings, June 14 (Author Interview)

Pause for Tales, June 15

By The Book, June 16 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Candace is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, one signed paperback copy of Lane Steen and Valley of Shadows!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

7 Responses to “Book Spotlight And Author Interview — Valley of Shadows by Candace West”

  1. Alicia Haney June 16, 2020 at 10:14 am #

    This book sounds like a Great read and I love the cover! Thank you so much for sharing about it.

  2. Kellie June 16, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

    I am completely new to your books but would love to try them!

  3. Rita Wray June 16, 2020 at 12:41 pm #

    Sounds like a book I will enjoy.

  4. Jean Volk June 16, 2020 at 1:29 pm #

    I’m excited for this book! I’m almost done with Lane. 🙂

  5. Debbie P June 16, 2020 at 3:58 pm #

    This sounds like a really great read.

  6. carylkane June 16, 2020 at 5:46 pm #

    I enjoyed the Q&A! This series sounds like a must read.

  7. Emma June 17, 2020 at 12:03 am #

    This sounds like a worthwhile story!

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