Please join us as our authors share updates from their quills! We have a lot to share so hold on to your tricorns and bonnets. We have some wonderful giveaways that our CQ contributors and CACW members have graciously offered to celebrate CQ and our readers!
Because I named my novels after flowers, my latest fun project
is creating an “Author’s Garden” in my yard with chamomiles, mountain laurels, and cassia trees. For a garden feature, I plan to paint old bricks to look like books.
To celebrate CQ's anniversary, I will be giving away a signed copy of The Chamomile and packets of chamomile seeds.
I'm giving away a copies of Burning Sky and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn for the anniversary giveaway!
From Lisa Norato: I became a contributor to Colonial Quills shortly before the release of my first inspirational historical novel, PRIZE OF MY HEART, from Bethany House. In the years since joining the blog, I have read some very talented authors, made lasting friendships and been inspired to continue writing of New England's federal era with a series called the Sea Heroes of Duxbury.
THE PROMISE KEEPER, to be released this summer, is a novel in which danger reunites a sea's captain's daughter with her childhood protector who is now a reclusive lighthouse keeper on an island across the bay.
I am offering a copy of Prize of My Heart as part of the anniversary giveaway.
From Elaine Marie Cooper: It's hard to believe that Colonial Quills is celebrating its Third Anniversary! There have been so many exciting releases from our many authors and I am personally blessed to be a part of this group of Colonial American Christian Writers.
This last year has been an amazing one for me as my latest release, Fields of the Fatherless, has been given two awards: The Selah Award for Young Adult Fiction, and was also named winner in the Religious Fiction category in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. I am blessed beyond words.
The most amazing day was on May 17, 2014, when I dressed up in my Colonial period dress and spoke before an audience of nearly 50 at the Jason Russell House in Arlington, Massachusetts. It is the actual site where the events depicted in Fields of the Fatherless occurred. It was an honor that I will never forget.
To celebrate CQ's Anniversary, I will be giving away a signed copy of Fields of the Fatherless to one winner.
And a special thanks to Carrie Fancett Pagels who brought all of us writers together to do this group blog. Huzzah and big HUGS to you, Carrie!
It's been wonderful getting to know so many of our colonial American readers! To help celebrate, I'm giving away a print copy of Colonial Courtships and Pattern for Romance. The ebook of Pattern for Romance is currently on sale for 99¢ on Amazon, so don't miss picking up a copy!
From Rebecca: It's been 11/2 years for me with CACW and Colonial Quills and I still remember how excited I was to join this wonderful group of colonial aficionados! The richness of the research and knowledge represented here is amazing to me, as are the delightful ladies themselves! So honored to be in their company. I enjoy writing about colonial life in the 17th century and my stories are inspired by my ninth great-grandparents, the Hortons. At the time I joined I had just signed a contract for a three book series, titled The Southold Chronicles, and I am truly blessed that my debut novel, A Place in His Heart, officially releases June 3rd!
To celebrate CQ's anniversary and the release of my novel, I'm thrilled to give away a print copy of A Place in His Heart.
From MaryLu Tyndall: Hi Everyone! It's been a few years for me as well with Colonial Quills! I love the CQ ladies and
especially their marvelous tea parties! But hey, what's not to love about the Colonial time period? It's definitely my favorite. I am the best-selling author of more than 14 novels, most of them set in colonial times. Today, to help these ladies celebrate (And boy, do they know how to throw a party!)
I'm offering a free copy of my latest release, The Ransom in either paperback (US only) or ebook form.
|So Fair a Lady|
Giveaway: A Copy of So Fair a Lady, autographed.
From Jennifer Hudson Taylor: I'm so blessed and honored to be part of Colonial Quills and very thankful for all that Carrie Fancett Pagels does in keeping us together and on track. To help celebrate our CQ anniversary, I'll be giving away a signed copies of both For Love or Loyalty & For Love or Country, books one and two in The MacGregor Legacy series.
To atone for her father's evil, Lauren Campbell agrees to help Malcolm MacGregor. By the time she realizes she's the bargaining price to free Malcolm's mother from indentured servitude, it's too late. Malcolm MacGregor only wants to free his family and exact revenge against Duncan Campbell. As the pride and joy of Duncan's life, his daughter Lauren is the perfect answer, but during the voyage to America, her faith continues to witness to Malcolm. He becomes enraptured with her, and upon their arrival, discovers he's sold her into a fate worse than death. Now Malcolm has the dilemma: free his family or rescue Lauren? Time is short and with little means, he needs a miracle.
At the height of the Revolutionary War, Tyra MacGregor is successful at thwarting the British Army with her colonial spy efforts. But her sleuthing ways come to a screeching halt when Captain Donahue "Hugh" Morgan puts her under house arrest. Hugh is intrigued by this courageous spy the natives call "War Woman." She's more daring than most men and is intelligent in defending her convictions. Even more impressive to Hugh is the strength of Tyra's unshakeable faith in God. When Tyra saves his life during an attack, Hugh vows to return the favor. Before he can intervene, however, she is caught by his superior officer and imprisoned. Soon Hugh's honor, faith, country, and love are all on the line. Can he risk it all to gain everything?
|A Pioneer Christmas Collection|
From Shannon McNear: Happy Anniversary to Colonial Quills! I joined this amazing group in early 2013, shortly after being surprised with my first publishing contract. My novella Defending Truth is a Revolutionary War tale dealing with the aftermath of the Battle of Kings Mountain (October 1780, not 1781 as the timestamp says—long story!), and released in September 2013 as part of A Pioneer Christmas Collection. This last March I had the honor of finding out the novella finaled in Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest.
Twenty-three years ago, my husband and I were transplanted to Charleston, South Carolina, courtesy of the US Air Force, and early this year we moved yet again, after all this time, to North Dakota. What a change! I’ve enjoyed continuing to visit the Lowcountry in my posts for Colonial Quills as I highlight some of the lesser-known historic sites I’ve visited and enjoyed over the years.
In celebration of CQ’s third anniversary, I’m giving away a signed copy of A Pioneer Christmas Collection.
From Janet Grunst: A Three Year Anniversary - WOW! It's been a privilege to be part of Colonial Quills and such a great group of talented writers and kind ladies. I've so enjoyed reading and contributing to this stellar site. I've completed one Colonial period manuscript that is currently out with a couple of publishers and am nearing the completion of the sequel. I'm represented by Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency. I've been serving as co-hostess of the Tidewater Area Christian Writers group with member Carrie Pagels.
|Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance|
For myself, I've published my novella "Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance" published by a small press in 2013. The novella is set at America's oldest still operational plantation! It was so exciting to remain on the Amazon Civil War best seller list for months and months and to remain on the top-rated Civil War list for almost a year!
ACFW Zone Mid-Atlantic Zone Director and Virginia/West Virginia Area Coordinator (both of which I no longer do) but I continues to serve as co-hostess of the Tidewater Area Christian Writers group with member Janet Grunst.
My short story "The Quilting Contest" is one of the 200 Short Stories published online for The Story contest sponsored by Family Fiction. Here's the link to my story. Free to read and please vote for it if you like it!
|Selah Finalist "God's Provision in Tough Times"|
I also contributed to CQ member Cynthia Howerter's Selah Award finalist "God's Provision in Tough Times" (Lighthouse of the Carolinas, 2013). Cynthia has been busy working on her colonial manuscript!
The authors who contribute to this blog are some of the smartest, sweetest, funniest, and encouraging bunch of ladies I have ever "met" (some I haven't gotten to meet in person yet but we engage in our private Facebook page and via a Yahoo group.) Their posts continue to amaze and bless me. I often shake my head at how good a post is and how blessed we are to have such godly women writing for this blog. It is very humbling to me and I'm glad to be part of it. And they've been an amazing inspiration to me as I completed three colonial 100,000 word manuscripts and a 20,000 word novella manuscript during the past three years (just in case you thought I don't actually write in that era!)
|This is a section of the scarf from Colonial Williamsburg, unfolded.|
From Roseanna M. White: Three years? Amazing! When I first joined the CQ, I had 2 biblical novels published and my first Colonial was slated for release but not out yet. Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland is what whetted my appetite for this wonderful era, and after its release in late 2011, I followed my newfound love for early American fiction with a series from Harvest House that began during the Revolution with Ring of Secrets and then skipped forward to the War of 1812 in Whispers from the Shadows. The final installment of that Culper Ring Series just released, with the Civil-War set Circle of Spies. The series also contains two free novellas, Fairchild's Lady and A Hero's Promise.
My next book out is another biblical, sequel to my first one. Though I have some other ideas for early American work that I hope to sell someday soon, for now my next project is an Edwardian trilogy with Bethany House. I'm very excited about this one, because the first book, The Lost Heiress, is a rewrite of a book I wrote at age 13--my first novel!
To celebrate the anniversary, I'll be giving away tea bricks, much like what the colonists would have used before the tea party--though we may imagine loose tea being tossed into the Boston Harbor, it was bricks!
|Bachelor Buttons: A Civl War Romance|
From Kathleen L. Maher: Since joining CQ, Kathleen has been represented by Terry Burns of Hartline Literary and published a Civil War novella "Bachelor Buttons" which has been an Amazon top rated and best selling Civil War book.