Saturday, May 26, 2018

Villains! Her Redcoat by Pegg Thomas - Backcountry Brides

[Angela here, and for the month of May we are haveing a little fun here every Wednesday and some Saturdays as authors from Barbour's Backcountry Brides collection share a little about their villains! I'll let Pegg take it from here:]

Love on Colonial America’s Frontier

Travel into Colonial America where eight women seek love, but they each know a future husband requires the necessary skills to survive in the backcountry. Living in areas exposed to nature’s ferocity, prone to Indian attack, and cut off from regular supplies, can hearts overcome the dangers to find lasting love?

It’s hard to define one particular villain in Her Redcoat. Was it the arrogant and foolish British Major George Etherington who refused to listen to reason when warned repeatedly about the Ojibwe and Odawa warriors? Was it the handsome and powerful Waagosh who wanted Laurette Pettigrew for his wife? Or was it the distant Ottawa chief called Pontiac who flamed the fires of hatred across the Great Lakes region? Or could it have been the even more distant King George III who desired to rule the entire New World? I guess the answer is … it was a little bit of all of them.

To celebrate the release of The Backcountry Brides Collection, including my story, Her Redcoat, I’m giving away one of my signature shawls. Today the area around Fort Michilimackinac is known for its beautiful lilacs. One subscriber to my newsletter will win Northern Lilacs, my handspun, handknit wool shawl on May 31, 2018. Subscribe today to be entered!

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Fun and Cover Reveal with Amber Schamel

Hello Everyone!

Happy Friday! I have something fun to kick off the weekend. I came across this audio skit on the Steve Laube agent blog, and my family and I got a great laugh out of it. Mostly because we could really imagine a scene like this happening. And it may or may not be us. LOL.

Hopefully ya'll enjoy it too.

Alright, now that we're all warmed up with some great words, (hopefully no one is wearing galoshes today.) I have another fun thing for ya'll.

Today I am publicly revealing the cover for my newest project! I'm super excited about this one, because it is my first non-fiction book. It will be coming out July 17th, and the material is very close to my heart, seeing as how I come from a family of 12 siblings.

Here's some information about 12 Sisters Who Changed History:

The remarkable lives of twelve sisters who changed the course of history.
Historians paint pictures of amazing men and women who influenced the world, but seldom do we hear about sister duos that forever altered the course of history. Whether fighting together—or against each other—these twelve women set armies to flight, guarded homelands from invasion, transformed countries and religious systems, and begat nations. From mythical Athena and Artemis, to the English thrones of Mary & Elizabeth Tudor, the influence these women left behind is taken for granted. Join us on an inspirational journey through time as we explore the extraordinary lives of Sisters Who Changed History.
*Athena & Artemis (Ancient Greek Mythology)
*Rachel & Leah (Ancient Palestine)                                                                    
*Tru’ng Trac & Tru’ng Nhi (Vietnam)
*Mary & Anne Boleyn (England)
*Mary & Elizabeth Tudor (England)
*Angelina & Sarah Grimke (England) 

Coming July 17th! You can keep up with all of my projects, giveaways, and special content by subscribing to my newsletter.

Tell me what you thought of the audio skit and the new cover to get your name in the drawing for Whither Shall I Go by Gina Holder!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Together Forever, A Book Review

So many books, so little time. My To Be Read pile continues to grow-paperbacks on my night stand, a wish list on Goodreads, and dozens of ebooks on my Kindle. I try to attack the list chronologically, but I must admit that when a new release comes out written by one of my favorite authors, that book immediately makes its way to the top of the pile. Such is the case with Jody Hedlund’s Together Forever, the second book in her “Orphan Train” series.

Together Forever is a well-written novel that includes a little of everything-history, intrigue, and romance. I was drawn into the story with the first sentence, and finished the book in just a few sittings. I fell in love with Drew whose heart of children, integrity, and faith in God fights with his feelings of guilt and self-doubt. Marianne also struggles with her own gilt which creates a delicious tension between her and Drew. I love historic novels that educate me, and Together Forever did not disappoint. I learned about the orphan trains of the mid-1800s and life in the Old West, which intrigued me enough to do follow up research. Dialogue and description effectively immersed me into the era. This is the second book in the series, and I easily read it without having read the first book. Those who enjoy the Civil War era, the Old West, and historic fiction in general should like this book.

If you’re looking for an enjoyable, educational, and encouraging book for the summer, look no further!

What book on your TBR pile are you looking forward to reading the most?

Book Blurb: Marianne Neumann became a placing agent with the Children’s Aid Society with one goal: to find her lost sister. Her fellow agent, Andrew Brady, is a former schoolteacher with a way with children and a hidden past. As they team up placing orphans in homes in Illinois, they grow ever closer…until a shocking tragedy changes one of their lives forever.

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, journalist, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone's throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. She is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. Linda is a volunteer docent for the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library. Learn more about Linda by visiting her website. Or sign up for her newsletter that includes links to free ebooks, book reviews, historical tidbits, information about new releases, and more!