CONGRATULATIONS
Roseanna M. White IS A CHRISTY FINALIST!!!

Winners on the 5 Year Anniversary of the Colonial Quills blog are: Joan H. Hochstetler Perfect Pies goes to Rhonda and Noorthkill goes to Kim Hansen, Roseanna M. White Bev Duell-Moore, Carla Gade Audio of Pattern for Romance winner Rachel Dodson,Shannon McNear Pioneer Christmas won by Melissa Petterson, Carrie Fancett Pagels winner book of choice/earrings/bookmarks/postcards goes to Katie Edgar, Angela Couch's Mail Order Revenge goes to Andrea Byers, Denise Weimer's winner is Joan Arning! Congrats all!!!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Restraining Act of 1699 - The Wool Act

Long before England cracked down on the American Colonies with the Sugar Act or the Stamp Act, King William III declared the Restraining Act of 1699 which became better known as the Wool Act.

Sheep had gained a strong foothold in the colonies despite England's attempts to keep them out. England's woolen mills made a tidy profit selling cloth around the world and didn't want any competition. Some estimate that as much as 65% of England's economy rested on its cloth production.

The colonists of North America, however, proved to be an independent bunch. They not only smuggled in sheep, they started making their own clothing instead of purchasing England's expensive cloth. To add insult to injury, they did it so well, they quickly built it into an industry. When they dared to export their woolen goods to other ports, King William III issued the Wool Act.


The effect of the Wool Act was that all wool and wool products must be sold to England. And taxed. It was taxed when it left port in the colonies and taxed again when it reached England. Then England would resell it to other countries ... and even back to the American Colonies. That didn't set well with the Colonists.

Because of the Wool Act, wearing homespun, often the combination of linen and wool known as linsey woolsey, was seen as a mark of patriotism more than seventy years before the Revolution.



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Making of a Colonial Book Cover

by Roseanna M. White

When I'm not writing books . . . and editing books . . . and homeschooling my children, I'm often sitting at my computer designing book covers. This is something that brings me joy and lets me stretch my creative muscles, and I also enjoy sharing about the design process.

I have been waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting for my chance to design a Colonial era cover--and a couple months ago it finally arrived! I was contacted by the lovely and sweet Amber Schamel about designing a cover for her collection of short stories entitled Dawn of Liberty. Set in Philadelphia just before the Declaration of Independence was written, these are stories about Samuel Adams, and the fight for liberty that took place before any shots were fired.

When I'm working on a book cover like this, I know there are very specific elements that I need to find. In this case, the first one was Independence Hall in Philly. I headed over to Shutterstock and found plenty to choose from. I ended up choosing this one primarily because it was at an angle, not head-on. An angle helps add dimension to the cover.

Of course, I had to get rid of that high-rise in the background. I knew Amber wanted a sunrise there behind the building (you know, Dawn of Liberty and all...), so I went hunting for a good background to put in. For the first go, I tried this one.

Which gave us this (with some jagged edges that I knew would be covered up by the central figure):


Fairly happy with that, I went in search of a Sam Adams.

This was easier said than done, LOL. I quickly discovered that images of men in Colonial garb are in short supply on stock photo sites. I tried many, many different websites, and finally found a promising series on Dreamstime.


You may, of course, note an immediate problem here--this is a child. And Sam Adams was, at the time in question, in his 50s. A problem, yes . . . but not a huge one. ;-) All I had to do was delete the young face and find an older one to put in there.

Of course, finding an older face at the exact angel was a bit of a challenge. My first attempt was using this guy.
I plugged his face in, made the gold coat Sam's signature red, added a fade layer to make the title stand out, and chose an engraving-style font for the title. What I ended up with was this as my first draft.


Amber liked the overall idea, but she didn't like the face; she wanted a stormier sky; and the flowers had to go. Taking that in reverse order, I actually found a good image of grass . . . of a golf course, LOL:


This gave me the perspective I needed of looking across a vast distance that's all grass. Next, the sky. I still needed that burst of sunlight to be behind the building, but something with stormier edges. I tried a few, but ended up with this one:
Now came the truly tricky part: Sam.


I tried every search I could think of. I looked at so many men's faces, it wasn't even funny. None of them looked right. Or were the right age. Or had their chin at just the right angle. I tried a few, but they just weren't working.


Then it hit me--I happen to know someone just the right age. I call him "Dad." ;-) I quickly sent a photo of my father to Amber, asking how this fella might do.


Amber was very enthusiastic, claiming my dad would make an excellent Sam Adams. So of course, then came the sweet-talking... ;-)


Actually, Dad was a great sport and agreed without any need for bribery. Our photo-shoot was just my husband with our good camera, my dad in our church basement, and me saying, "Look to your right. Put your hand on your hip. Now look fierce. You're fighting for liberty!"


Once he stopped laughing, we got some perfect shots. I went home and plugged one in, added some lighting, and proceeded to totally freak my mom out by showing her what Dad would look like with long white hair, LOL.

And here we have it! Stormy sky, sunrise coming up over Independence Hall, green grass leading to the foreground, a costume from a ten year old boy, and the face of one of the best men on the planet (I'm not biased. Really.) All to bring you a collection of short stories about Samuel Adams, one of the most adamant voices for liberty. My first Colonial cover, and I absolutely love how it turned out!



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Friday, May 20, 2016

Jamestown Brides



by Tamera Lynn Kraft


We've all heard about the mail order brides who came out West to marry men they'd written letters to but had never met, but long before the mail order brides of the Wild West, there were the Jamestown brides.

In 1607,  Jamestown was the first permanent British settlement in America. On the shores of James Island in the colony of Virginia, men from the Virginia Company built a fort hoping to strike it rich finding gold. They didn't find gold, but after years of struggling, they did find Virginia was the perfect place to plant a cash crop of tobacco. Until then, tobacco was a luxury in England because it needed a warm climate to grow. After Jamestown was established, the habit of smoking became commonplace.

When Jamestown started, there were few women in the settlement. In 1608, the second ship arrived with the first two women, Anne Forrest, wife of Thomas Forrest, and her maid, fourteen-year-old Anne Buras who married a carpenter, John Layton. Anne Layton gave birth to the first European baby in the colony and named her Virginia.

In 1609, 120 more women arrived, most of them wives and families of the men traveling to Jamestown. Most of these women died, but Temperance Flowerdew Yeardley, wife of Captain George Yeardley who later became the governor of the colony, survived the "starving time" and became the mistress of a large plantation known as the Flowerdew Hundred. Joan Pierce sailed with her husband and daughter Jane and loved Jamestown life. Jane Pierce later married John Rolf after his first wife, Pocahontas died.

In order to entice more men to the colony to grow tobacco, in 1618, the Virginia Company began recruiting women to go to Jamestown to become brides and help establish the colony through families. In the first few years of bride ships, the women had to have references they were moral church going women. Later, because of the great need for women, the rules were relaxed.

The first bride ships left England in 1619 with a hundred women and arrived in Jamestown with only 90 of those women still alive. The second group of bride ships left England in 1621 with another 57 women. The women were expected to find husbands who could pay for their passage to the New Land. They could choose the husband they wanted, and they could also choose to remain single provided they worked as indentured servants for seven years to pay their passages. Because the ratio of men to women was seven to one, most women had married by the time the ship left to return to England three months later. If a woman chose to become an indentured servant instead of marrying immediately, she could marry at any time provided her husband paid the remainder of the passage she had not yet worked off.

Women came to Jamestown for many reasons. Even with the hardships they suffered, many had no resources in England. The cities were crowded, and their were no employment opportunities for women. If they didn't have husbands or fathers to care for them, their futures were bleak. Many times, they would be forced into starvation or prostitution. The bride ships gave them an opportunity to find a husband and a new life in a new land.

These women who left everything to come to Jamestown and survived famine, disease, and Indian attacks beside their husbands were the fore-mothers of the new land that would later be known as the United States of America. Their strength and courage, as well as their adventurous spirit, gives women today a great pattern to emulate.

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest. 

Her novellas Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are available on Amazon. Her novella Resurrection of Hope will be released in July.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Brief History of the Anabaptists


Amish Buggy
Amish romances have been camped out on top of fiction sales charts for many years now. But how much does the ordinary reader really know about the Amish, what they believe, and why they live as they do? There’s a whole lot more to this plain Christian sect than their simple rural lifestyle and close-knit families and communities. Today I’m going to give you a crash course on the history of the Anabaptists, a group of Christian believers that includes not only the Amish, but also the Mennonites, Dunkards, Landmark Baptists, and Hutterites, as well as Beachy Amish and some Brethren groups.

During the Reformation, the word Anabaptist was applied to Christians who rejected infant baptism in favor of baptizing only those old enough to profess faith in Jesus Christ for themselves. The term, which means re-baptizer, was not complimentary, just as the label Christian was used in a negative sense when it was first applied to Jesus’ disciples. At the time of the Reformation infant baptism was the norm not only in the Roman Catholic Church, but also in Protestant denominations that had split away. That meant that most people who wished to make a confession of faith and be baptized as adults had already been baptized as infants, so they had to be re-baptized.

Menno Simons
The Anabaptists first emerged in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1525. Along with Baptists, Quakers, Methodists, Moravians, and a number of other denominations, this movement arose from the desire of many believers to return to the beliefs and practices of the apostolic first-century church. Anabaptists also believed in the separation of church and state and voluntary church membership. They regarded the Bible as their only rule for faith and life and demanded that believers live a holy life.

At that time in Europe people weren’t given a choice as to which denomination to join. They were enrolled as members in the official church of their country at birth. If you were born in a Catholic country, you were a Catholic. If your country was Lutheran, then you were a Lutheran. Rejecting the prevailing church and becoming an Anabaptist led to serious persecution if not a death sentence. Many believers were formally expelled from their country or forced to flee, only to face persecution from the church holding sway in the country to which they fled.

Jakob Ammann
In spite of opposition, the Anabaptist movement continued to spread in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. In 1536, a Dutch priest from Friesland named Menno Simons left the Catholic church and soon became an Anabaptist leader. He formalized the teachings of earlier Swiss Anabaptist founders, including the doctrine of nonresistance. Then in 1693, the Anabaptist preacher Jakob Ammann and his followers broke with the Swiss Brethren, led by Hans Reist, because of doctrinal issues that included matters of church discipline such as shunning, which Ammann supported and Reist did not. Ammann’s followers became known as Amish, while those who sided with Reist, along with the Dutch Anabaptists, eventually became known as Mennonites due to the leadership of Menno Simons.

During the 18th century, the continuing pressure of persecution in Europe led to the migration of many Anabaptists to the English colonies in North America, among them the Amish and Mennonites. Many members of these groups originally settled in Pennsylvania, where a large number of their communities are still located today.
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J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers, an author, editor, and publisher, and a lifelong student of history. Her novel Northkill, Book 1 of the Northkill Amish Series coauthored with bestselling author Bob Hostetler, won ForeWord Magazine’s 2014 INDYFAB Book of the Year Bronze Award for historical fiction. Book 2, The Return, releases in Spring 2017. Her American Patriot Series is the only comprehensive historical fiction series on the American Revolution. One Holy Night, a contemporary retelling of the Christmas story, was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year.


Friday, May 13, 2016

FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY - COLONIAL QUILLS BLOG!!!



 Here we are in COLONIAL Philadelphia, celebrating our FIVE YEAR anniversary of the Colonial Quills blog! Little did I realize that it would take five more years from that time to finally see my colonial Philadelphia (and France/Palatinate) story Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter to finally be published! But, praise God, it releases in June in ebook and in July in paperback!!! God's timing is what we have to trust.

Over the five years we have had many wonderful contributors, all members of Colonial American Christian Writers group. Some no longer blog, but we are grateful for their time with us!

The original founders of the group, who continue to blog on CQ AND our new members are:

Founding/Continuing Members 2011


From Carrie Fancett Pagels: I'm so grateful for the like-minded authors who joined in the Colonial American Christian Fiction group five and a half years ago, and then began this blog five years ago this month! When I began, I was researching my colonial novel, Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter, finally about to release this June from Pelican Books! Our group also covers the Early American period up until 1820. I recently released The Steeplechase (Forget Me Not Romances, February 2016) set in 1810 in Williamsburg and Yorktown, Virginia.

In the past five years, I've won a national contest (Family Fiction's "The Story") for my short story "The Quilting Contest" and finaled in the Maggie's unpublished Historical Romance with a romance set on Mackinac Island, which will be published by Barbour next summer.

My debut book Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance, from 2013 was a Civil War Amazon top-rated Ebook for a year and bestseller for over seven months. The novella re-released with a beautiful new cover from CQ member, Roseanna White.

So much has happened in the past five years, but a few more highlights are having all three of my Christy Lumber Camp books final in Family Fiction's Book of the Year (The Fruitcake Challenge was also a Selah Award finalist). I qualified for Romance Writers of America's (RWA) Professional Author's Network (PAN) this fall.

GIVEAWAY: I'm giving away winner's choice of any of my books in ebook or paperback, a pair of my handmade earrings, bookmarks, and oversized postcards of my cover for Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter!



From J. M. Hochstetler: Thank you with all my heart, Carrie, for inviting me to join Colonial Quills 5 years ago! It's been a delight and a blessing be a part of this wonderful group of writers who share a common love of history and our Savior, and I add my congratulations to Colonial Quills on this 5th anniversary! I'm an author, editor, publisher, and historian. My first historical novel, Daughter of Liberty, set during the American Revolution, originally released in 2004. I little imagined it would be followed by what will be a total of 6 more volumes of my American Patriot Series when the last two are finally released. The inspiring story of my Amish Mennonite Hochstetler ancestors, who emigrated to this country in 1738 only to be caught up in the French and Indian War, first sparked my interest in history. I'm privileged to be writing a fictional treatment of that story along with my cousin, multi-published author Bob Hostetler. Northkill, Book 1 of the Northkill Amish Series, is currently available, and the sequel, The Return, releases next spring. You can find me at
www.jmhochstetler.com and https://www.facebook.com/joan.hochstetler.
To celebrate CQ's anniversary, I'm giving away a copy of Northkill and a copy of the Perfect Pies Cookbook from Rise n' Roll Bakery in Shipshewana, Indiana.


From Roseanna M. White: How has it been 5 years already? It seems like just a few months ago that I was so excited to join this group as I anticipated the release of my first book from a big publisher, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland. It released in December of 2011, my third book, and now I'll be celebrating the release of #13 by the end of 2016!

My books range from biblical fiction to my American-set historical romances that include 3 early-American titles (LFY Annapolis, Ring of Secrets, and Whispers from the Shadows - the final book in that Culper Ring Series is Civil War Baltimore), to my newest series from Bethany House, set in England of the 1910s.

I was shocked and honored to recently learn that the first of that new Ladies of the Manor Series, The Lost Heiress, is a finalist this year in the prestigious Christy Awards.

When I'm not writing, I'm homeschooling my kids, editing for WhiteFire Publishing, and designing book covers. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, sign up for my newsletter, swing by my blog, or check out my website!

It's been both pleasure and honor to partner with these amazing ladies over the last 5 years! I love having this blog as a place to recommend readers and writers who love the early-American era, and also as a place to encourage and celebrate the work my CQ sisters are doing!


I'm giving away winner's choice of any of my novels, plus a Tea Forte infuser cup, for making that perfect mug of loose-leaf tea (choice of 1 design).

From Janet Grunst: Congratulations to Colonial Quills on its five-year anniversary.  I’m blessed to have been a part of this group of talented writers for the past four. Virginia has been my home for four decades and the historic triangle for the past ten years. Living in the Old Dominion has nurtured my lifelong love of history. 
I am excited to have a colonial story set in Virginia and Scotland that will be published in December with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. The sequel to that story is my current work in progress. 
Janet Grunst Website
Represented By Linda S. GlazHartline Literary Agency




From Carla Olson Gade: Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! I can hardly believe that 5 years have passed here at CQ! The camaraderie enjoyed by the Colonial American Christian Writers under the guidance of our fearless leader, Carrie Fancett Pagels, has been a fantastic experience! I have learned so much from my fellow writers who enjoy early American history, especially its founding years, as much as I. And what a blessing it has been to get to know so many our amazing readers and blog friends. The journey of publications for so many of us has been like a bumpy carriage ride, but alas! it has been memorable, and we've enjoyed having your company along the way! From the very beginning of the blog, each and every participant has enjoyed varied successes and we are humbled and grateful that among our ranks are many award winning authors, including the esteemed Christy Awards.

A New Englander, I've always been captivated by our country's early history, which has influenced my writing profoundly. My first novel, The Shadow Catcher's Daughter was a 19th century western and I'm pleased to announce that it is set for a reprint next year under a new title from Barbour Publishing, Love's Compass. Following my debut, came my colonial novella Carving a Future in Colonial Courtships, re-released in The American Dream Romance Collection.
Mistletoe Memories, with my 1820 novella, 'Tis the Season, found its way to #5 on the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association (ECPA) national best sellers list! Another novella, Proving Up, a prairie romance in The Homestead Brides Collection was #10 on the ECPA bestsellers list. I also enjoyed writing two Christmas stories in Guidepost Books bestselling A Cup of Christmas Cheer (2013 and 2014), one of them beside Carrie's story! My novel Pattern for Romance, set in pre-revolutionary Boston, was among Abingdon Press's popular Quilts of Love series a recently recorded by Audible.com. Please visit me Amazon.com Author Page, Pintrest Storyboards, and like my Facebook Author Page!
To celebrate my 5+ years of publications and CQ's anniversary, I am giving away an audio copy of Pattern for Romance!

 
2012 First Year Additions
Susan F. Craft


2013 Second Year


From Shannon McNear: Happy Fifth Anniversary to Colonial Quills! I joined this amazing group in early 2013, shortly after being surprised with my first publishing contract. That first novella Defending Truth (A Pioneer Christmas Collection, 2013 and 2015) is a Revolutionary War tale dealing with the aftermath of the Battle of Kings Mountain (October 1780), and was a 2014 RITA® finalist. My second novella The Highwayman released last year as part of The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection.


After growing up in the Midwest, I spent several years in Virginia and more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, where I was thoroughly infected with the early history of our country. We now live on glacier prairie in southeastern North Dakota. What a change! I’ve enjoyed continuing to delve into colonial history and politics, and revisiting the Lowcountry in my posts for Colonial Quills. Mostly I’m just a hopeless research nerd. :)

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In celebration of CQ’s fifth anniversary, I’m giving away a signed copy of A Pioneer Christmas Collection, 2015 second edition.



From Cynthia Howerter: Since joining Colonial Quills in 2013, I've had the time of my life writing for this unique website. It's the perfect place for me to share my love and knowledge of the American colonial period.

I'm a direct descendant of several men who fought in the Revolutionary War, most notably the legendary Colonel John Kelly, a Revolutionary War hero and member of Pennsylvania's 1776 Constitutional Convention.

One of my most favorite childhood experiences was playing with my siblings and cousins in family-owned Fort Rice, the last-standing Revolutionary War fort in Pennsylvania. We pretended to re-enact battles that actually took place there and in the surrounding area between British soldiers and their Iroquois allies and Colonel Kelly and his Pennsylvania militia and local settlers.

My stories and articles reflect my unique life experiences gained from living in history-rich Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Virginia, and through hearing spell-binding stories told by my history-loving mother and paternal grandmother about my family's lives in 18th century America. You could say that American history flows through my veins. Thank you for allowing me to share with you these past several years. 


Award-winning author Cynthia Howerter earned First Place in historical fiction at the 2015 Florida Christian Writers Conference. The non-fiction anthology she co-authored with La-Tan Roland Murphy, God's Provision in Tough Times, was a 2014 Selah Award Finalist and is available at Amazon. Currently, Cynthia has two colonial historical fiction novels in progress. 

You can find Cynthia at her website,
Cynthia Howerter - all things historical, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.



Fourth Year 2015

From Denise Weimer: I began blogging for Colonial Quills in early 2015. I had never written Colonial fiction before, having lingered comfortably in the mid-1800s for most of my writing career, but last year I was writing my Restoration Trilogy (White, Widow and Witch). While the main trilogy story is modern romantic suspense, each novel includes a historical back story from a different century, with book three reaching back to 1787. Researching Colonial Georgia presented a challenge! As I went on to write Across Three Autumns, a romantic novella of the Revolutionary War backwoods, I realized just how much I didn't know about this time period! Joining Colonial Quills amounted to one of the smartest decisions I'd ever made, because I got to interact with some of the coolest Christian writer ladies on the planet. They have blessed, encouraged and stretched me, especially where it came to publicity and networking! And CQ connected me to a wonderful group of readers, you! 

To say thanks for all that, I'm giving away a reader choice print copy of my new book, White, or any of my Georgia Gold books. Of course I'd recommend starting with Sautee Shadows, set during the time of the Georgia Gold Rush and Cherokee Removal. You'll follow four fictional families through the real events and places of the Civil War to Reconstruction, as represented in book four, Bright as Gold, winner of the 2015 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern literature.

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White on Amazon, ebook (only $7.99!)
Georgia Gold books on Amazon
To enter leave a comment stating which book you'd prefer and why.


Gabrielle Meyer: Happy Fifth Anniversary, Colonial Quills! I joined the blog a little over a year ago, but I first discovered CQ a few years back when my author friend, Laura Frantz, recommended this blog. It's been a wonderful place to learn, meet new people, and share my love of history.
This past year has been a blast, not only because of my time here at CQ, but also because my dream came true and I became a published author. My first two stories were released in Barbour novella collections (The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection & The Convenient Brides Collection). I also signed my first contract with Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical Line. In September, A Mother in the Making will hit shelves, followed by A Family Arrangement in December. I also have another novella releasing with Barbour in December called Seven Brides for Seven Texans.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Colonial Quills, I'm giving away a copy of The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection!


Pegg Thomas: I can't believe I've been part of the Colonial Quills for more than a year! Time flies when you're having fun. And this is a fun group to be with.

Last month I sold my first manuscript to Barbour Publishing for a release in April 2017. That story will be part of a nine-story anthology centering around the Pony Express.

I'm currently working on a couple of Colonial-era novellas, one set here in my native state of Michigan.

Represented by Linda S. Glaz of the Hartline Agency.

I'm easy to find around the web! Facebook, Twitter, Google+, PeggThomas.com, The Quid Pro Quills, here on the Colonial Quills.




Angela K Couch: So excited for Colonial Quill's five year anniversary! I have only been a contributor for the past six months, but have enjoyed the wonderful articles and fun facts about the Colonial era for much longer. I have had so much fun the past couple years writing and preparing my Revolutionary War novel, The Scarlet Coat for publication. It is set in the Mohawk Valley and is the first book of my four book, Hearts at War series that will also include, The Patriot and the Loyalist, The Tory's Daughter, and The Return of the King's Ranger. Yep, there is plenty of conflict in each of these stories that will be released by White Rose Publishing of Pelican Book Group. 


In celebration of CQ's anniversary I am giving away an ebook of Mail-Order Revenge, my recently released Novella.


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From Christy Distler: Happy 5th birthday, Colonial Quills! I joined the blog in 2015, and look forward to contributing more this year. I write both contemporary and historical fiction, although I'm now finding that the French & Indian War time period is my favorite. My current novel (circa 1756) takes place primarily in my hometown and is a fact-and-fiction story about my Quaker ancestors, who settled in the "wilderness" north of Philadelphia in the 1709. I'm represented by literary agent Ruth Samsel. Feel free to visit me on my website.

From Tina St. Clair Rice: Our newest member. Tina is a respected Book Reviewer of Christian fiction. We're so blessed to have her join us! Look for Tina's reviews of colonial era books and other Christian fiction books written by our authors! 

Tina will be kicking off our Facebook portion of the party today! Don't forget to swing by Facebook, which is the place to share your party clothes, recipes, and meet with the authors during their assigned times! Click here to swing by the party!   


Remember, the giveaways are done here on the blog, so leave a comment here to enter for those prizes! Please partake of tea and pastries and enjoy the conversation.


Thanks for joining us in celebrating!!!
  

We'd love to know how long you've be companions with Colonial Quills.