To be released on December 10th, 2013
After defeating their enemy at Manti, the Ammonite warriors are free to return home. But for Keturah, returning home means putting her weapons down and leaving the warriors she has come love. She misses Reb’s stupid jokes and even the hard, awful work of being a soldier.
But fighting Lamanites on the battlefield was easy compared to returning to the life of a village girl. She wants to honor her family’s wishes and marry Zeke, but honor will come at a steep price.
Zeke might have won Ket’s loyalty with his blood on the battlefield, but he knows he hasn’t won her heart. He’s tired of trying to make her love him, and for Zeke, loyalty just isn’t enough.
Gideon knows Keturah is practically betrothed to someone else. He thought he was prepared to take her home to Melek and leave her there, but that was before he let himself kiss her in front of the entire village.
Whether Keturah is at home or on the battlefield, there are still battles left to fight—the battles in her heart.
Fall in love with Misty Moncur’s stripling warriors, who come alive against her vivid Ancient American backdrop. An intriguing blend of adventure and romance, In All Places is the unforgettable conclusion to her Daughter of Helaman trilogy.
Between working and raising a family, Misty fits in writing like other people fit in breathing. Misty writes in the Romance, Young Adult, and Religious genres. She lives in Utah with her husband, her Wii-addicted son, and her curly-haired daughter. They spend a great deal of time laughing and the rest of it eating pizza.
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Read below for an excerpt from In All Places:
I couldn’t help but inspect the fortifications as we drew near. The trench was deep, and the wall was tall and sturdy. Guards peered at us from the towers. The heavy gates were closed, but when Micah spoke to the guards, one gate slid back enough to let us enter two at a time.
“I miss this place,” I said as we walked through the streets toward the army camps.
Zeke looked around. “Why?” he asked. But before I could form an answer, he let out a breath. “Oh, no.”
I looked around, too, in time to see the beautiful Eve coming toward us. Her eyes were bright and intent on Zeke. When she saw he had noticed her, she skipped a step, started to run, and flung herself into his arms.
The entire traveling party stopped to see what was happening. Mother looked confused. Micah barely gave them a glance before he urged Mother on, bending to say something into her ear. There were some catcalls from the other boys, and Kenai was among the ones making them. Gideon watched the display with surprised interest, and his eyebrow rose when his gaze flicked to mine.
I turned back to Zeke. He was surprised, hopefully reluctant, but his arms came around her for a moment before he set her down.
“Enjoy your reunion,” I said under my breath and moved away from them. I stepped between Ethanim and Lib. “Please keep moving,” I begged quietly, and they did, escorting me quickly away from the embarrassing scene behind me.
At the evening meal, Zeke joined me while I was passing around food.
“Did you kiss her?” I asked.
He laughed. He had always been able to see through me. “If I did?”
“You could use the practice.”
Reb spit water from his nose, and Noah choked on his first bite of food. Joshua had to pound on his back. I smiled smugly up at Zeke.
“You know that was nothing,” he said as we moved on.
“No I don’t.” I wasn’t ready to let him off the hook yet.
“Yes, you do. Ket, I told you before—”
“You embarrassed me in front of everyone!”
He leaned close to my ear. “How does it feel?”
Read below for an interview with Misty Moncur
Can you tell us about your book, IN ALL PLACES, in fifteen words or less?
Is this a trick question? Haha Here’s a couple tries.
Keturah returns from the war and tries to fit back into village life.
Keturah’s supposed to marry Zeke but fell in love with another soldier during the war.
What genre is In All Places?
In All Places is a YA historical fiction. It takes places in America in 64 BC among a group of people who were converted to Christianity. It’s got some coming of age themes, some romance, and some adventure.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I have lots of favorites.
I love when Lamech finds Keturah washing tunics and tells her Zeke doesn’t want to see her. He’s such a little brat in that scene. I love how Ket pulls his hair and treats him like a little brother.
I also loved writing the part where Jarom, Zeke’s little brother, blows the coals into flames on the morning before they march on Manti. That was one of those plot twists that completely surprised me, and I loved it so much I just went with it.
One of the new parts I added into the final version takes place when Ket’s unit escorts her home after the war. They stop in Judea for the night and Eve runs into Zeke’s arms and makes Keturah jealous. Ket’s been such a jerk to Zeke, I just loved seeing her get a little taste of her own medicine.
But my most favorite part to write was when Gideon kisses Keturah goodbye in the middle of the village in front of God and everyone—her brother and mother, Zeke’s parents, the other warriors, and all the people of the village. It’s so unlike him, and yet exactly like him to do that.
What was the hardest scene to write?
I loved writing the part where Gideon’s men hide in the ravine while the rest of the army lures the enemy away so Gideon can sneak back and take the city. I love how they instinctively squeeze in tight against the ravine wall while dirt and leaves rain down on them. I really loved imagining how their hearts must have pounded to be that close to the huge enemy army, how they must have worried about their friends that were essentially being used as bait, and how they must have wondered if they would be strong enough to overtake the guards when they snuck back to the city.
The reason this part was hard to write was because it would normally be the climax of a story. Will they or won’t they take the city? But for this book, it fell in the middle of the story, so it couldn’t be the climax. I had to find ways to tone it down, I guess, and I hated doing that to such a heroic part.
Did you ever experience any writers block? How did you overcome that?
I did not experience any writer’s block while writing this book. The ideas came so fast and I couldn’t get them down fast enough. I remember scribbling as fast as I could through so many of my ten minute breaks at work. I wrote a good portion of this novel that way.
I have had writer’s block on other books, though. When that happens, I mostly just wait it out. I think if you force it, it will sound terrible.
But sometimes, you just have to press on and hope you can fix things in editing. Simply writing through it anyway, even if you’re not feeling it, can get the creative juices going. Maybe you have to trash what you wrote during that time, but so what? Words are free.
Brainstorming with a friend can also help, or moving on to a part that is more exciting to write, or fixing another part of your life that might be interfering with your ability or desire to write.
Do you outline before you write or do you just dive in?
I try to outline, and I always recommend it to new writers, but with this series, it all came so quickly. I wrote it faster than I could update my outline, and it ended up that the outline just got in my way. So I would have to say that with this story, I just dove in.
Did any music inspire you while writing In All Places?
I know it’s like the cool thing to have a playlist/soundtrack that inspired a book, but I prefer to write in silence. Just me and the click of the keys or the scratch of the pen.
But during other times, like when I’m driving or doing dishes, I will listen to one or two songs over and over that keep me in the mood of where I am at in the manuscript. Depending on if I am writing a fight scene or a romantic scene, my music choices will reflect that. For example, I listened to (If You’re Wondering If) I Want You To by Weezer a lot, because even by the end, Gideon is still not sure of Keturah’s feelings. And of course, who could write teen romance without some Taylor Swift going on, am I right?
What is your favorite quote from In All Places?
“Sometimes, the fiercest battles in life are not fought on the battlefield. They are fought inside the heart.” The reason I love this so much is because it’s Zeke’s mother who says it to Keturah when Keturah tells her she is trying to choose between Zeke and another boy.
There is also this part where Keturah is sure Zeke is going to tell her she’s a big-time screw-up and a distraction to all the warriors, but he says, “Keturah, you are what every man wants to fight for.”
Are you currently working on anything else?
I have written eight books in this series. The first three are about Keturah, and the other five are about some of the other warriors in the army with her. They are told through point of view of the girls they fall in love with when they come home. I am currently working on getting these all published and available, and in my spare time, I am working on book nine in the series, which is about Gideon’s youngest brother.
There are a few other books I would like to work on, but this series will be keeping me busy for a long time. I’ve got a contemporary YA, a western romance, and a YA Dystopian on the back burner.
Who are some of you favorite authors?
I really like LuAnne Rice because of the way she writes families. She can portray how people in families both love and hate each other, resent and care for one another. I think relationships can be so complicated, especially close relationships that last over years. I try to emulate her in my own writing.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
The Divergent series, hands down.