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Out of the Ashes’ Blurb

3The release date for Out of the Ashes is inching closer and closer these days. In fact, the release date is soon to be announced. I have some other goodies for you today. I have the official book description and the Goodreads link!!

Sometimes peace is won through battle.

Haunted by the memories he can’t escape, Ralph Williams wants to be left alone to lick his wounds. He doesn’t understand why he’s forced into the company of the one woman he least desires. Can God bring him healing through such uncomfortable circumstances?

Frank Harper thought he had left the war and its turmoil behind, but the home to which he has returned is anything but peaceful. When racial tensions arise in Maple Grove, Frank finds himself on a battlefield once more. He’s desperate for peace, but at what cost?

When George Chandler heads off to wed his beloved bride, things don’t go as expected. Just as George starts to get comfortable with what he believes is God’s new plan for his life, history threatens to repeat itself. Will he fight for the woman he’s come to love, or will he let her go?

The War Between the States has destroyed more than just a nation. In four years, it has damaged bodies and wounded souls until the people think that nothing is left. Will they find the healing they so desperately need from the God that loves them?

YAY!!! Don’t you just love it?! Lol And if you caught my post about writing blurbs then you already know that this beauty didn’t come easily. 😉 I had some great help from members of my critique team. Then my editors dusted it off for me. They’re such wonderful helpers. Without them, I might have gone with something like, “Just read the book.” Lol 

Now for you Goodreads fans, here is the link for Out of the Ashes. Go ahead and let folks know that you’re planning to read it! And if you haven’t read the first two novels yet, you’ll want to add them to your TBR list as well. And be sure to read in order.

Book 1: Where Can I Flee

Book 2: In the Shadow of Thy Wings

Book 3: Out of the Ashes

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In Progress: Book Chat on Facebook

117While I buckle down and finish writing the first draft of If Only it were Yesterday, I thought it’d be fun to gather and talk about this new novel I’m working on.
Don’t worry, Harper fans! I’m still working on Out of the Ashes. We’re editing as I type this, but I have some time on my hands to focus on what I expect to be my next release (after Ashes, of course!).

If Only it were Yesterday is the start of a special series. Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone. And each book is loosely inspired by one of my favorite Disney movies. Our first adventure is inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

In If Only it were Yesterday, Liz Cooke dreams she time travels to 1885. So the story takes place in both 2016 and 1885. On my author’s page on Facebook, we’ll be chatting this week about the new book, time travel, and the differences between the two settings in the novel.

I’ll post 1 question Mon-Fri this week (March 6th-10th). Feel free to drop by anytime and join in the discussion. You can join the chat here. I hope to see you there!!

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My Desk: New Novel Quotes and Updates

Are you ready to hear the latest about the two novels sitting on my desk? I’ll share my writing update and a few quotes. Enjoy!

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Out of the Ashes had spent November and December with my critique team. I wish I could give you a release date to circle on your calendars but that’s not possible right now. Just keep praying and we’ll keep working. I’m in the middle of a phase where the manuscript spends time in the hands of others which frees me up to work elsewhere or grab a little break of my own.
Now that Ashes has been approved by my team, it has several rounds of clean up to endure. We call this Line Editing. It’s where gifted people read over the manuscript and study each line, poking and prodding it, questioning every comma and word on the page.

Since Ashes is the third of a series, how about I share with you THREE (pre-proofed) quotes from the novel? Enjoy!

The major theme of the novel is finding healing in Christ, so naturally bitterness also becomes a reoccurring theme for the characters. Here’s a couple of my personal favorites on bitterness:

Bitterness becomes a prison and forgiveness is the only key. By the grace of God, you can release yourself from your homemade prison walls if you’ll only use the key set before you.” – Brother Mark

“Focusing on what you once had isn’t going to make the plants grow. It’ll only grow bitterness.” – Frank

This one was a favorite among my critique team:

“Out of fear, I call him Mr. Williams, and out of resentment he calls me nothing at all.” – Melissa

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If you’re already a fan of the series, you might be interested to know that Ralph’s birthday is coming up and I’m searching for the perfect cranberry cake for him. I’m extending the contest one more week. You can catch all the details on how to submit your recipe and enter to win one of the cake recipe books up for grabs by following the link

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If Only it were Yesterday:

I spent most of November adding to the first draft. The word count is currently up to 30,950. According to my mental outline, I’m about 45% through. After working with Ashes for so long, it still seems odd to look at such small numbers and to celebrate those small 10,000 word markers. But it’s also exciting to see it grow and to watch the characters and their story evolve.
I’m having fun. I never would have imagined that a break from my Maple Grove cast would have been needed but the Lord knew what He was about when He led me to start a new series. It’s been refreshing, not that I’m tired of my old friends. 😉 But it’s refreshing nonetheless.

And since If Only it were Yesterday is the first book of its series, I’ll leave you with only one quote from the new novel in progress.

“Don’t make the mistake of comparing a great reality with a flimsy fairytale.” – Betty Tanner

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Contest and Giveaway: Williams Cranberry Cake Recipe Search

untitledAs a fiction author, I have the tendency to make stuff up. People are normal grateful when I do. In fact, I even get paid for it. 😉

But sometimes making stuff up can come back to bite you in the rear. And this is one of those times.

In my novel, my Union hero, Ralph Williams, mentions a beloved family recipe. Not any recipe but a cranberry cake recipe that is passed down only through marriage and only served on Christmas and his birthday. The truth is, I needed SOMETHING to fill this role and reached for the first thing that came to mind. Apparently, I made it so memorable that readers asked for a copy of the recipe.

Oops! I sorta don’t have one.

This now infamous cranberry cake recipe made its way into the pages of Out of the Ashes and will become even more memorable since I had developed an entire scene around this delicious cake…this fictional cake that never even existed.

But I hear my readers loud and clear. They want the Williams family recipe and I want to give it to them. But first I want you to help me find it. I’ve searched the web for cranberry cake recipes and the options are limitless. So to narrow down my choices, I’m asking that YOU send in a recipe that YOU have baked. Keep reading to learn more about my Williams Cranberry Cake Recipe Contest!

PRIZE: I’ll be giving away a cake recipe book to TWO different winners. The winning recipe will receive a prize and I’ll also select one more winner at random so everyone has a chance to win even if I don’t like your cake. 😉

Contest Rules: Submit only ONE recipe per person. Multiple bakers can submit recipes from a single household as long as the baker is tall enough to actually turn the dials on the stove. 😉

In order to cut down on the abundance of Google recipes thrown at me, I’m asking that you first try the recipe before submitting it to me. Please send along a picture of the finished product in your home not the one from the Google search. Consider adding a copy of one of my books in the background(ebook or paperback, whatever is handy!), or your little helpers if you’re baking with kids, take a selfie with the cake, etc. Go crazy, have fun! *If for some reason, you’re unable to share an original picture please just let me know. I’d love to still have you play along.

Where to Enter: I’ll have 2 places where you can submit your entry.
Email  with the heading Williams Cranberry Cake Recipe Entry.
Or post in the comments section on the Contest post pinned to the top of my Facebook page. Don’t forget to leave your email address if you post your entry on Facebook.

Other Details: I’ll collect all entries and share them on the Contest Page right here on my blog.

Contest is open January 16, 2017 – February 6, 2017
Winner announced on Ralph’s Birthday: February 22
*Please submit entries by February 6th so I will have ample time to bake them.

Tips: Here are some tips to help you find what I’m looking for.

Dried cranberries are encouraged but not mandatory.

I didn’t picture the Williams Cranberry cake as a cake with icing. I pictured it either with nothing on top or possibly with powder sugar or a light glaze. Nothing was my most common idea but I’m not opposed to considering a sugar or glaze topping.

You do NOT have to submit an original recipe. Feel free to Google or Pinterest search!

Feel free to ask any questions if something isn’t clear!!

Fine Print: Contest and Giveaway are the responsibility of me and not Facebook or WordPress. Open to continental US residents only. There will be two different winners. One will be chosen by me but not in any way influenced by my relationship to the contestant. The other winner will be selected at random.

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The Hands and Feet of Christmas, A Christmas Short Story

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This isn’t the first time I have shared The Hands and Feet of Christmas. But it wouldn’t be Christmas without dusting off the Prider family and their heart-touching story. Whether it’s an old favorite for you by now or if you’re sitting down to enjoy it for the first time, I pray that it blesses your heart and helps you to focus on what’s most important during the Christmas season.

The Hands and Feet of Christmas

December 25, 1862; Maple Grove, Tennessee

Luke Prider bounded off his bed, too excited to feel even the cold wood against his bare feet. It was Christmas morning. His sister, Sue Ellen, had said that Santa wouldn’t visit them. Even his momma had tried to convince him that the Union blockade held a tight line and wouldn’t allow Santa to visit those in the South. But what did they know? They were only girls. They couldn’t possibly understand the power of a man on a mission.

His daddy was out there, even now, dealing with those Yanks. Sue Ellen may not have faith. His momma might have given up, but not Luke. He believed in Santa, just like he believed in his daddy. Santa came last night. He just knew it.

His feet pounded on the rough wooden floor as he ran to the tree. But the tree sat alone. Dark without the aid of the candles, the short cedar tree stood in the shadows in the corner of the room. Without his daddy to bring in a nice tall tree, they had to make due with whatever his momma and sister could manage alone. His little chest heaved as he took in the sight of the lone tree. Brushing a lock of blond hair away from his eyes, he turned to the fireplace. He had insisted they each hang a stocking above the fireplace, but they too were empty. There had to be something. Somewhere.

Dropping to his knees, he scurried under the tree, his hands patting the floor in front of him. Nothing. Backing away from the tree, he pulled his legs up to his chest and rested his chin on top. What happened to Santa? Luke tried his hardest to be good. He just knew he was better this year than last year. Santa came all those years before, so he couldn’t have put him on the naughty list this year.

Did he decide not to show because of Sue Ellen’s attitude? Luke’s frown deepened into a scowl. His sister would ruin something as important as this. But what if it wasn’t her? What if his daddy was hurt and couldn’t help Santa? What if those awful Yanks shot down Santa for trying to help the kids in the South?

Luke heard a soft, pitiful meow coming from outside. General, his kitten, must have left the barn and wandered up to the house in search of food. They were all searching for food these days. Momma kept making meals out of a little cornmeal and the remaining vegetables they kept from the meager crop this year. General wouldn’t find anything to eat, but he could at least come in out of the cold. Luke quickly rose from the floor and opened the door to let in the orange kitten. His momma would have a fit if she found out, but it was Christmas morning; somebody should receive something special today.

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Santa came! Santa came!” Luke shouted, running through the house. Suanne Prider could barely open her eyes before her eight-year-old son leaped onto her bed, jumping and shouting all the more. “Santa came! Santa came! He really did; just like I said he would!”

Suanne rubbed her weary eyes and sat up. “Luke, what on earth are you talking about?”

He let out a deep sigh, and his shoulders slumped. Frowning at her, he answered, “Santa came.”

Suanne held a hand to her forehead and winced. He said that already. Several times actually, but it still failed to make any sense. She didn’t have anything to set out under the tree. She had tried her hardest to make the boy understand. They haven’t had meat on their table in over three months. Their savings had long since run dry, and Harry’s paychecks were becoming scarce. The Confederacy was running low on funds just as the rest of the South.

She wanted to get something for the kids this year to help make up for their father’s absence. With a heavy heart, Suanne had decided that any money found in their home would best be spent on clothes, shoes, or food. A simple gift would be too much to hope for.

Regardless of what she had said, the child went to bed last night holding out hope that Santa would indeed visit him. She didn’t look forward to a disappointing day, and it appeared as if Luke would make things even more difficult than necessary.

Her daughter, Sue Ellen, glided in next and carefully sat on the edge of the bed, her eyes showing her concern. Her fifteen years understood more than a young girl should. She remained silent and at least that was a comfort.

Taking a deep breath, she let it out in a rush. “Luke, honey, Santa couldn’t have come last night.” She prepared herself for his disappointment and for an onslaught of tears.

But he DID, Momma. Won’t ya listen to me. He DID come last night.”

She held a hand up, wearily, but the little boy rushed on. “I done been outside. I saw the presents he left us. He left them on the porch.”

Her brows turned down in confusion, and she met Sue Ellen’s worried glare. “What are you talking about?” she asked, throwing the covers off and sliding out of bed. She threw a thinning wrapper around her shoulders and tied it snugly around her waist before turning to the boy.

Luke leaped off the bed in the same way he got on. “Santa must’ve been in a hurry last night cause he didn’t come in and set the stuff down by the tree like normal. But I knew he’d come. I just knew it.”

Luke, please,” she said impatiently. “None of this is making any sense.”

Well, come on. You’ll see.”

Momma, I don’t know,” Sue Ellen said cautiously.

Luke rolled his eyes. Turning to his sister, he said, “You think you’re so smart, Sue, but you’re not. I know stuff too. I’m the man here now till Daddy gets back home. You should be showin’ me more respect.”

She huffed and crossed her arms over her chest. “That’s not gonna happen,” she muttered.

Children, please,” Suanne said before the fight could escalate. Thankfully, they were more concerned about the mysterious gifts so they dropped their argument without further prompting.

Lead the way, Luke,” she ordered. The boy eagerly left the room, scooping up General on his way to the door. “Luke,” she growled, “you know I don’t allow the animals in the house.”

He turned slowly to her with an impish little grin on his face. “It’s Christmas, Momma. Have a heart, would ya?”

Her frown deepened, but she said nothing more. When had she grown so hard? So joyless? Had Harry’s absence done this to her? The stress of struggling to raise two kids on no money? The worries and uncertainties of war? With a sigh, she whispered another prayer for peace and perseverance. It seemed like all she could do anymore was beg for the ability to continue.

Luke threw open the door and walked out, pointing excitedly. “See, I told ya! See! See!”

Suanne walked through the door and then stopped and stared where he pointed. A new stack of firewood rested on her porch. She held one hand over her quivering lips, her eyes burning with unshed tears. There would be enough wood here to keep them warm for at least a month.

Look at that on top, Momma.”

In a daze, Suanne moved closer to the bundles lying on top of the stack. She ran her hand over the two large folds of material. A tear slipped down her face as she glanced down at her children, knowing their ankles peeked out from under their clothes. She hadn’t the means for making anything new for them, or even for lengthening their current wardrobe. She swallowed the lump in her throat as she ran her hands across the cold jars of peaches and green beans. But it was the neatly wrapped, plucked chicken that opened the floodgates. She caressed the package with trembling hands.

See, I told ya. I knew Santa would come.”

No, son,” she whispered. “Someone much greater than Santa had been here last night.”

She felt his curious eyes on her. “Huh?”

It was Jesus. Only the hands and feet of Christ could have seen to our needs like this.” Swiping at the falling tears, she reached for the chicken with one hand and patted his boney shoulder with the other. “Come, we’ve got a Christmas chicken to cook.”

Together they gathered their precious gifts and returned inside, General trailing happily behind them.

 …and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

~Read Where Can I Flee to find out who acted as the hands and feet of Christ for the Prider family.

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If you’re looking for Christ-focused historical fiction or Civil War Fiction then you’ll enjoy the Ancient Words Series. The first two books are available and the third is soon to follow and highly anticipated by the readers. You can pick up both in ebook or paperback on Amazon.
Where Can I Flee  In the Shadow of Thy Wings 

And if you’re smitten by my 1860s Christmas tree, you can read about how I put it together.
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Writing Update

I just wanted to bring you a quick writing update. I currently have two books in progress, both on opposite ends of the spectrum. So here’s the latest about what’s happening on my desktop.

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Out of the Ashes is FINALLY in the hands of my critique team again. They had looked it over, shot holes all through it, and had sent it back to me back in April. Due to a long-term bout of mono, four kids, and about 25 pages worth of revision notes it took me a while to tear the novel apart and put it back together again. Lol I now know how poor Humpty Dumpty felt! I was beginning to wonder if Ashes would ever become a complete story again.

I did a complete overhaul on Ashes. New layout. New scenes. New chapters. But still with the same solid message: All healing comes through Christ. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on a copy. If you haven’t started the Ancient Words Series yet, you’ll want to read them in order so go grab a copy of my first two novels and enjoy them while we finish up Ashes. For those that are caught up…well, we’ll learn how to be patient together. 😉

We’d really covet your prayers as my team looks over the revised copy. They need a blessing on their time and discernment. I want to bring you a story that you can’t put down or stop talking about when it was over. And I can’t do that without my critique team and the efforts they put into pointing out my flaws. 😉 And if I sound bitter towards them, I’m not. I LOVE my team. They have a difficult job and they do it with grace. And I really do appreciate them.

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In other news, I had announced a brand new series to you a month ago. I’m still in the early stages of the newest manuscript. I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this month. Lord willing, If Only it were Yesterday will grow and swell. Already this month, I’ve added 4,835 words, bringing Liz’s story to 12,625 words so far.

You can catch up on the details of my new series by clicking here. You’re going to love it. There’s time travel, tidbits of Alice in Wonderland sprinkled throughout, and it’s all wrapped up in a BEAUTIFUL message about God’s purpose for our lives.

You can catch all the daily/weekly updates by following me on Facebook.

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A New Adventure!

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Nothing sums it up quite like the image above. It is time to start a new adventure!! Don’t worry, I’m still working on the old adventure. 😉 But the Lord has trumped my plans and has led me to start a new series while still working on the Ancient Words Series. You can read more about the story behind this decision here.

After working in total secrecy for about two months, I’m prepared to give you all those yummy details your heart desires. There’s a giveaway also in progress and you’ll find those details on the bottom of this page. But first, let’s talk about that title…

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Book One of the brand new series is titled, If Only it were Yesterday. This story is loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland. *The above graphic is NOT the official book cover.

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It’s funny how fast things can change. When I officially began If Only it were Yesterday, it was, believe it or not, a stand alone story. I was brainstorming for an idea for a new Christmas short story when I was inspired by a plot that became the second novel in the series. Twelve hours later, I had two more stories to add to the collection, creating A Season Passed.
Each story in A Season Passed carries four distinct connections.
One: Each story is set in one of the seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer. If Only it were Yesterday starts us off in the Fall.
Two: The plot of each story takes place in two different periods of time. Each plot is crafted with both the character’s present and past intertwined together.
Three: For the first time, I’ll be writing this series using only ONE point of view character per book!! If you’ve been following the Ancient Words Series you’ll know that this is big news.
Four: Each story is a loose retelling of one of my favorite Disney movies. As mentioned, If Only it were Yesterday is inspired by Alice in Wonderland but I’m not ready to reveal the other three just yet.
Are you excited yet? Now let’s talk plot!

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In If Only it were Yesterday, Liz Cooke has a problem with reality. Several problems, actually. Disheartened with the condition of society, she daydreams about a simpler time when things made sense and problems were easily erased. But when Liz falls asleep and dreams she has traveled back in time, will she find things to be as easy as she had imagined?

Now for the details…

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While the other stories in the series will flash back to a real time in the character’s history, Liz’s story is a little more unique in that her flashback takes place in a dream. She dreams she time travels to 1885.

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Here’s a quick look at Liz Cooke. I’m still working on the official model but you’ll find her likeness in the picture above that I snagged from Pinterest. I don’t own the picture or know the lovely lady, but her long brown hair, loose curls, and pretty smile help inspire the image I have in mind for Liz.

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Liz and I both agree that one of the perks of “living” in two different eras is having two different suitors to choose from. 😉 Again, I don’t own these fellas but they do inspire my characters. Although, I picture Scott with lighter hair, that easy-going smile of his is spot on.

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I wanted to increase the Alice in Wonderland connection by naming my new fictional town after the story’s author. As it turns out Carroll is a pen name so I allowed readers attending the FB party to vote between Carroll, TN and Dodgson, TN (the author’s real last name).

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And last but not least, the official tagline of If Only it were Yesterday. I hope you’re as excited as I am about the new project. You’ll be hearing news about my progress as well as the progress on my upcoming release, Out of the Ashes.

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Giveaway:
I’m giving away paperback copies of my first two novels, Where Can I Flee and In the Shadow of Thy Wings, a $5 Christian Book gift card, and some of my favorite tea in celebration of this new adventure. You can enter the giveaway through one or more of the options below. *Giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only and closes on October 6 at midnight. Thanks SO much for stopping by!

How to enter the giveaway:
1  Comment below. I’d love to hear your excitement about the new series.
2  Share this blog post. Grab an entry for sharing on different social media platforms. Just comment below and let me know how many times to add your name in the bowl.
3  Follow me on Facebook. Don’t forget to tell me about it.
4  Follow this blog page and tell me about it in the comments.
*Don’t forget to add your email address so I know how to contact you if you’re the winner.

 

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When Fiction Meets Reality: The Battle of Chickamauga

 

When I sat down to begin writing/researching for the Ancient Words Series, one of the first questions I had asked was, “If a man joined the Confederacy from Bedford Co. TN, which regiment would he join?” There were two infantry regiments. I chose the 17th and drowned myself in its history. I read everything I could get my hands on. I took notes. I followed their trail like a dedicated fan…because, let’s face it, that’s what I was at this point.

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While my characters were fictional, their experiences were based on reality. One of my favorite moments to research was the Battle of Chickamauga. The anniversary of this extremely bloody battle is today and tomorrow. While there are so many factors to cover, I only want to focus on the experience of the 17th. You can read about Frank Harper’s version of events in my 2nd book, In the Shadow of Thy Wings. I had the pleasure of weaving in several real details into the story.

I also had the pleasure of touring the battlefield for the first time this summer. Here are some of my favorite photos…most of them featuring the 17th! The flag pictured above is a replica of the regimental flag. This is the first time I’ve ever seen it in person. What a TREAT!!
Perryville and Murfreesboro were two significant battles for the 17th. And both are featured in Where Can I Flee.

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After touring the museum inside, we set out in search of monuments featuring the 17th. This was one of my favorite family moments of the entire weekend. We had turned it into a contest to see who could find the monuments first and all of a sudden children and adults that might not have cared in the beginning was invested and enjoying themselves. It does my heart good to see people enjoying history.
*Family Fun Tip: When visiting historical sites with children or history-hating adults, create a scavenger hunt. It worked on my family and maybe it’ll work on yours. 😉

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At long last, we were rewarded with two monuments. There was something so special about standing before a monument honoring the regiment that I’ve spent so much time with.

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We found smaller monuments dedicated to individual regiments around this larger one. But sadly, we couldn’t find one for the 17th. We hiked all over the area, searching for it but came up empty. I’m not sure if there ever was one for the 17th or not. I’d love to check into the situation and see what can be done, but for today, Where Can I Flee and In the Shadow of Thy Wings act as monuments to a now beloved regiment.

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Words can hardly explain and these pictures will hardly do it justice when describing the hilly terrain. I’m convinced any semi-flat area that we stood on was man-made. I stepped off to the side and snapped a few pictures of the area. You can only imagine the additional hardships the armies faced on account of the landscape.

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And here are some cannon shots.

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A trip to Chickamauga isn’t complete without visiting the impressive Wilder Brigade Monument.

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Visitors can climb to the top of the tower. I’d advise you to bring a water bottle and inhaler with you, both of which, I had left outside with my parents. Lol

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But thankfully, I had brought my camera. 😉

 

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Writing Update and Ebook Sale

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For those that follow me on Facebook, you may have already heard of how I’ve been spending my summer. For those that haven’t heard, here’s a quick rundown:
After much prayer, I had decided to take the summer off. I was told back in February that I had mono and I discovered in June that I STILL have mono and also a Vitamin D deficiency. What all this means is that I’m a little too tired a little too often. Sitting at the computer doesn’t sound like much work…unless you’re so tired you don’t even want to lift your hands out of your lap. :/ Sad story, I know.
I also have four happy, hyper children at home so concentration wasn’t working very well to start with. You’ll also notice that I haven’t blogged much this summer. I’m planning to get back to my usual schedule but first things first. REST!
My children are heading back to school this week so I’m getting back in the chair. I’m excited and ready to go!! At least I think I am. 😉

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I’m still in the middle of revisions for Out of the Ashes. I would appreciate your prayers as I work. There’s so much to do before we can move to line editing and I still tire easily.

The upside to mono is the bonus reading time it has afforded me. And to spread the wealth – the reading, not the mono – I’m hosting a summer sale! Prices will go back up in September so take advantage while you can and pass the word along to your friends.
Where Can I Flee
In the Shadow of Thy Wings

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Sneak Peak at my Future Projects

12I had asked this question to my readers recently and felt that you deserved some feedback from me. So here it is. 🙂

As previously mentioned, the current series I’m writing covers both the Civil War era and the present day. The series is projected to complete in fall of 2018.

But what will I write once the series is finished? I DO have my mind made up and plans are already set into motion!! If the Lord allows, I will be writing a stand-alone novel set in the 1800s. When exactly? The date is still something I’m playing around with but I’m thinking about the end of the Civil War in TEXAS. The book is not intended to cover much of the war.
I’m sure you’re anxious for more details, but I’m sorry. I’m saving those reveals for another day. But you might be interested to know a little more about what else I have on file to write…

I have several solid story ideas patiently waiting for me. I don’t want to share titles or major plot details but I will offer up a little in the way of settings so you can dream and wonder about what I have planned for you. 😉

I have a 3-book contemporary series on file. This series is one of those intense kinds that leaves you hanging at the end of every book until you reach the end of the series. If I write this series one day, I’m thinking about holding off until I can publish them within months of each other so the wait isn’t so hard on you. See, dear reader, I’m thinking about you! 🙂

I have a stand alone Civil War series that I’m super excited about and which could possibly be the 2020 release. 2020?! That sounds extremely far away, doesn’t it? In this series, each and every novel will be completely and totally separate. The series is based on theme only so I may not write the full series back to back but space them out in between projects. We’ll see what the Lord has in store for us.

I have a Jane Austen retelling anxiously waiting for me. And also something for another favorite author, Lucy Maud Montgomery. The LMM novel is NOT associated with Anne of Green Gables but, rather, one of her lesser-known works that had stolen my heart.

I have a very interesting series based on three brothers which was actually inspired by one of the families from my church. The characters will be named after their sons. We’ll venture back to the Civil War for this one. I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, but if we’re lucky the boys will be old enough to sit for the cover. Wouldn’t that be grand?!

I also have a contemporary mystery novella set on file. This is a new development and I’m thrilled to see this one coming into focus. I’ve had a mystery story in mind for over 2 years now and it just never felt right. When I began to develop these mystery novellas, suddenly this other story had a home.

And I MAY have purposely saved the best for last. 🙂 I have a spin-off series in development which features the next generation from the Ancient Words Series. I’m projecting 4 books, one for each major household, but so far I only have 3 stories on file. But God is teaching me patience so I’ll continue waiting for it to fall into place. I know you’re going to love it. However, I’m NOT planning to write them right away. I’m actually looking forward to working on some of the other projects before coming back to our Maple Grove friends.

Now to address the wonderful suggestions you offered: One of the reoccurring suggestions was for a Revolutionary War novel. You’ll be happy to know that, although, I currently do NOT have one on file, it IS something I’ve been extremely interested in and hope to get to someday. You’ll also be pleased to know that I have a Colonial research book on my shelf just in case inspiration strikes. 🙂

Another suggestion was for Regency fiction. Again, it’s something that I’m very interested in. I’m a little more than intimidated by this genre. But…I just so happen to have not one, but two, research books on my shelf. However, I do NOT have a storyline on file for this one.

I’d also like to work with WWI and WWII at some point, but again, I currently don’t have anything in development.

There were several other suggestions and I wrote down every one of them. Inspiration is such a funny thing. It comes and goes at will. Who knows which comment might have sparked the next great novel! 🙂

If you haven’t offered up any future setting ideas, please feel free to do so! I’d love to hear back from you and I promise to add your thoughts to my list. 🙂