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In celebration of Colonial Quills 2 year Anniversary we bring you our May/June Colonial American Christian Fiction releases. Our members and contributors also share their thoughts on CACW and CQ! Please have some cake and enjoy (the first piece goes to Carrie, our wonderful founder). Please comment below to be eligible for our giveaways!
As the firebrands of Revolution grow hot, they marry and work together to build their estate, Laurel Hill. Facing a strange new world, Rebecah experiences the prejudice of being English, but finds friendship and acceptance in the wilds of the Maryland frontier. Joy reins at Laurel Hill when she announces she is carrying a child. Nash, known as Jack, is captain of a band of rangers who protect the frontier families from Indian attack. His friendship with Chief Logan has not prevented the Indian War from reaching their peaceful home along the lush hills of the last outpost.
Can he protect his wife from warring Indians and from a man who has no allegiance to any nation, tribe, or creed, wanted for robbery and murder, who has vowed vengeance? In Thorns in Eden and The Everlasting Mountains, love and faith are the sustaining forces that cannot be overtaken by the vines of adversity.
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When Carrie first approached me two years ago about Colonial Quills, I was thrilled to have been asked to participate. I had just signed a contract with Abingdon Press for the Daughters of the Potomac Series, three books intertwined, set in the Colonial era along the Potomac. Being a part of this fellowship of writers has broadened my knowledge and love for the many people who played a role in the founding of our great nation.
Writing for CQ has been a blast, and kept me moving forward. I am currently writing an Edwardian era novel, and just received news I have been chosen to collaborate on a series about the Pilgrims with bestselling author Gilbert Morris.
As you may know, we are a group of women writers dedicated to bringing readers many things that have been forgotten, and often sadly ignored or revised to fit the current politically correct agenda. I feel privileged to have been a part of CQ.
Happy Anniversay, CQ!
Fairchild's Lady by Roseanna White
June 1, a fun, FREE bonus novella is being released (and is available for pre-order now!) in my Culper Ring Series! Fairchild's Lady is set at the beginning of the French Revolution and gives the love story of a character from Ring of Secrets, whose daughter is the heroine of the next book. Please download and share the link!
In 1789 General Isaac Fairchild travels across the Channel on a very special assignment. After surviving the American Revolution, he is now gathering information on life at King Louis XVI’s court. But he must also locate a countess and her grown daughter and escort them back to England before revolution explodes in France. He knows danger is in the task set before him, but when he meets the beautiful Julienne, a new peril beckons him deeper into the intrigue of Versailles.
When I had the privilege of joining Colonial Quills at its start two years ago, I was still riding high from the sale of my first American-set historical romance to Summerside Press, still several months from its release. My previous books had been set in biblical times, so this was still pretty new to me...but I'd caught the bug. And I wanted (oh, how I wanted!) to write more about this era I'd fallen in love with!
Finding like-minded sisters with this group was amazing for me. I love being able to share joys, triumphs, and questions with the wonderful women who are so passionate about all things early American. The summer CQ was getting underway, I was hard at work on my second Colonial novel and hopeful about it's chances. Now, two years later, that second book is out from Harvest House too.
What a journey it has been! And what a blessing to watch this beautiful blog grow at the same time! I know I'm but a small part of it...but I'm so proud to be a little finger waving in joy for all we've accomplished.
Happy birthday, Colonial Quills!!
MaryLu Tyndall's Musing's
I'm so thrilled to be a part of this incredible group of talented ladies!! I was asked to join about a year ago by Carrie and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Especially the camaraderie of the ladies here, the way they all support each other and care about one another. And I simply adore the Tea Parties! My only regret is not having the tine to participate as much as I’d like. I love Colonial times because they were filled with “newness” new lands, new countries, new ideas. I love the adventure th century! I’m anxious to return to Colonial days, so I’m warming up my time machine. I’ll meet and wildness of our nation at that time. In fact I started my writing career with books set in Colonial times, A pirate series set in the Caribbean, but then my latest releases ended up way out in the last 19 you there!
Jennifer Hudson Taylor's Thoughts
I was delighted to join Colonial Quills two years ago and I have been so blessed to be among such wonderful authors and historical enthusiasts who share this passion with me. At the time, I was in the midst of seeing my second novel, Highland Sanctuary, release after my debut, Highland Blessings. While not colonial, these books are set in late medieval Scotland. Over the next two years, I had two novellas release and another historical novel, Path of Freedom, set in 1858 regarding a Quaker characters who help a pregnant slave couple reach freedom. This year, I will finally see my first colonial in print, For Love or Loyalty, set in 1760, book 1 in The MacGregor Legacy. Book 2 in this series is For Love or Country, set during the Revolutionary War. Thank you for being part of this exciting journey with us!
Observations from Carla Olson Gade
Has it been two years? It has sailed by! How blessed I have been to have the support and companionship of the writers from CACW and the quillers! We have a special connection cemented in our love of Colonial America - the historical era as we tell it through our stories, and many of the values which we still hold dear. I love having the resources of so many ladies with such an immense wealth of knowledge of this period with access to it it via our email loop and here on the CQ blog. What a tremendous group of talented writers, and researchers! I know I am not alone in my appreciation of our beloved Carrie for everything she does for us in promoting Colonial American Christian Fiction and our authors (even if its set in another time period ~ Carrie, you are the best!)
Since I began at CQ my debut released and recently came out as an e-book. Although its a 19th century western I hope you'll check out The Shadow Catcher's Daughter. My novella "Carving a Future" in Colonial Courtships was my first colonial, released last fall. Pattern for Romance (Abingdon's Quilts of Love series), a colonial novel, releases this August while 'Tis the Season, a Christmas novella (set in 1820) in Mistletoe Memories releases in September. My short story, Upon a Christmas Schooner, will release (alongside Carrie's) in time for Christmas in Guidepost's A Cup of Christmas Cheer. It has been an amazing time and I look forward to seeing how our CQ authors are doing by our 3rd anniversary! I'd like to offer 2 copies of Colonial Courtships for my giveaway, so please leave a comment below!
Susan F. Craft
I love researching for my historical novels and when I discover a fascinating piece of history I have never seen before, I call it "my treasure." Finding and becoming a part of Colonial Quills is one of my most valuable treasures. My talented sisters in Christ, each a gem in her own right, never cease to amaze me with their knowledge and their generosity in sharing that knowledge.
The Chamomile won the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Fall 2011 Okra Pick as one of the best novels of the season. Laurel is represented by Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency.
I also have a contemporary inspirational novel ready entitled Promises Kept about three couples who face and overcome almost insurmountable situations in their marriages - the death of an adult child, sudden wealth and infidelity, and impotence.
My giveaway will be a copy of The Chamomile, a packet of chamomile seeds, and a mobcap.
J. M. Hochstetler
Since CQ began two years ago, the first 3 books of my series, Daughter of Liberty, Native Son, and Wind of the Spirit have been released in an awesome, newly revised Heritage Edition. Book 4, Crucible of War, expanded the series last fall, continuing Elizabeth Howard and Jonathan Carleton’s epic adventure and romance as they seek to build an enduring legacy of love, hope, faith, and freedom. I had to take a hiatus from CQ during the winter to work on Book 5, Valley of the Shadow, but I hope to return to contributing regularly later in the summer.
Thank you, Carrie and all the members of this amazing group, for 2 years of fun, fellowship, and learning as we share our passion for the 18th century with each other and with our wonderful visitors to the blog!
I’m offering a copy of one of the books in my American Patriot Series in either e-book or print edition at the winner’s choice. For more information about the series, go to www.theamericanpatriotseries.com.
Reflections From Elaine Marie Cooper
I cannot remember a time when I did not love history. I grew up in New England surrounded by the monuments and tombstones of the Colonial Patriots who fought in the American Revolution. It stirred a love in me for our country's heritage and I wanted to discover even more about the courageous men and women who fought for freedom both in the homes and on the fields of battle.
This love of history and passion for writing blended in my award-winning series called the the Deer Run Saga. Book 1 (The Road to Deer Run) begins in the American Revolution, Book 2 (The Promise of Deer Run) follows the veterans of the war who suffered from post traumatic stress, and Book 3 (The Legacy of Deer Run) follows the next generation of Americans, still keeping the country safe from its enemies. My upcoming fall release, Fields of the Fatherless, is based on a true incident that occurred on the first day of the American Revolution in my hometown.
I am giving away a copy of The Road to Deer Run to one winner today. I hope it blesses you!
And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Colonial Quills!! I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful group of Colonial American Christian Writers!
To read more about my Deer Run Saga, go to my website here.
Lisa, author of Prize of My Heart says: I want to say Happy Anniversary to Colonial Quills with a special huzzah! to our founder and dear Carrie. Carrie invited me to join CQ a little more than a year ago and gently coaxed me into becoming a contributor. My experience with CQ has been a blessing and a joy as I have gotten to know the talented, sweet and wonderful ladies who make up Colonial Quills. During that time, I have enjoyed and shared their enthusiasm for stories set in colonial and federal times, and I have been exposed to and have read some truly wonderful novels. CQ has also been an invaluable source for my own writing, and I am proud to be a CQer!
Cynthia Howerter joined us this past year and has an upcoming release "God's Provision in Tough Times" co-authored with La-Tan Murphy. It contains twenty-five true stories of God's provision for the seventeen authors as they experienced unemployment and financial despair. This title releases in July, 2013, and is available for pre-order now.
Every time I look through the posts written by this talented group of ladies I think how blessed I am that they have joined together on CQ to share really cool colonial - Early American information with our followers. And our readers don't know this but the CACW group itself is full of prayer warriors and we've had some amazing blessings come from praying for each other! Every author is here by invitation and has at least one colonial work. These are writers dedicated to getting their history right!
Giveaways (including those mentioned above, one book per winner) - to be eligible, please leave a comment. Tell us why you like colonial times! Signed copy of God's Provision in Tough Times, Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance (2 copies), Bachelor Buttons (2 copies), Ring of Secrets & Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, Forsaken Dreams or Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall, the winner’s choice of 1 book of the American Patriot Series by J. M. Hochstetler, Colonial Courtships by Carla Olson Gade (2 copies).