(CFP: Someone will please escort Carla to the stocks for making this picture!!! After her lashing I will thank her for her kind comments ;) !!!)
CFP: Ahem! And we thank Mistress Gade who designed the Colonial Quills website--can I get a hearty huzzah? (And you will note I did NOT put her face in a hole, lol, therefore I shall not be placed in stocks!) Someone go let Mistress Gade out of the stocks so we can
PAR-TAY Colonial Style!!!!
We are at Colonial Williamsburg today (virtually, of course!) So take a seat in one of the shield-backed chairs.
Please enjoy some tea and a slice of Martha Washington's famous Great Cake as we share with you about our writing during this year past. And of course some delicious colonial punch!
What our Contributors have been up to in the past year:
Circle of Spies by Roseanna M. White
Culper Ring Series, Book 3
Drawn into her family's spy ring by secrets in her late husband's family, Marietta must help an undercover Pinkerton agent infiltrate a Confederate secret society...before they can kill the President.
Spiritual Arc - struggling with the guilt of her past, Marietta needs to embrace the gift God has given her and embrace the true meaning of redemption--knowing that it doesn't do away with consequences but does give her freedom of the soul.
Circle of Spies is a finalist in the RT Book Awards, Reviewer's Choice for Best Book of 2014 in the Inspirational Mystery/Suspense category.
A Soft Breath of Wind
by Roseanna M. White
Sequel to A Stray Drop of Blood
An amazing spiritual gift has left Zipporah scarred...but will it be enough to save the church of Rome from an enemy that attacks from within the safety of its walls?
Spiritual Arc - Zipporah can see beyond the veil, into the spiritual world of angels and demons. But what she can't see is her own worth. Her faith in God never wavers, but she needs to learn to trust the rest of His people and learn her place among them.
Roseanna blogs here on the CQ the 4th Wednesday of every month. You can also find her on her website, her blog, her Facebook personal profile, her Facebook author page, her Facebook page dedicated to her design business (she designed the cover of A Soft Breath of Wind), and on Twitter.
Searching for their toddler and her Cherokee aunt kidnapped by slavers, Lilyan and Nicholas trek from their North Carolina vineyard, through the South Carolina backcountry to Charleston, a tinderbox of post-Revolutionary War passions. There Lilyan, a former Patriot spy, faces a grand jury for murdering a British officer during the war. They follow Laurel’s trail by sea and are shipwrecked on an Outer Banks island. Will they be reunited or is Laurel lost to them forever?
Spiritual arc for Laurel: Separated from her husband, Lilyan Xanthakos digs deep inside to re-ignite the courage and faith that helped her survive the Revolutionary War. Determined to free his wife at any cost, Nicholas finds himself forced back into a life of violence he thought he’d left behind. Will their love for each other and their faith sustain them as they await word of their missing child?
Laurel is the sequel to The Chamomile, Susan's Revolutionary War romantic suspense that won the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick Award.
A reclusive lighthouse keeper sworn to secrecy….
|Author Rita Gerlach|
|An Amish Christmas Quilt includes a |
novella by CQ member, Kelly Marie Long
Member Cynthia Howerter has just returned from the Florida Christian Writers' Conference and WON in the Historical/Biblical Category for her as-yet-unpublished colonial Pennsylvania manuscript.
|The Marshall's Pursuit by Gina Welborn|
A young Swedish widow applies her scientific theories to growing trees on the barren Great Plains intruding on a handsome homesteader’s hard work and experience. (1885)
Spiritual Arc: Nils Svensson learns that his work isn't a solitary effort, but a partnership with the God who enables him to reach his goals. Elsa Lindquist learns to trust God for His provision and care. Each of them also relinquish their fears and grief to a God who provides comfort and hope.
Spiritual Arc: In this short story, the theme is forgiveness and reconciliation between an estranged father and adult son.
Connect with Carla on Facebook, her blog, and newsletter!
We've been so blessed to have the incomparable MaryLu Tyndall with us on the CQ blog for the last several years! Her pirate blogs are amazing! We're sorry she's leaving us but we wish her the best! MaryLu has several new releases out in the past year plus she re-released one of her colonial novels, which was a nominee for Family Fiction's Book of the Year!
|Author Tammy Kraft|
Tamera Lynn Kraft has kept busy this past year with her blogs such as Word Sharpeners, contributing to CQ, researching her upcoming stories, and promoting her current publications.
Spiritual Arc: Betsy Russell has seemingly lost everything on the first day of the American Revolution, including her ability to forgive her enemy. But an unexpected journey of compassion reveals that God's ways are not our ways. This novel is based on a true story.
Elaine also released her first nonfiction book, Bethany's Calendar, a memoir of her daughter's battle with brain cancer. It is a story of fear and faith, commitment and compassion, told with gut wrenching honesty.
Vicki McCollum continues as a freelance editor for Barbour Books and others. She has multiple manuscripts set in colonial to late 19th century settings and is represented by Jim Hart, of Hartline Literary Agency in Pittsburgh. Vicki won a contest in the past year, too!
Can a cocky lumberjack win the heart of a spunky camp cook, when he proposes a challenge she can't resist?
Spiritual arc: Josephine Christy is hanging onto HOPE by the slimmest thread, but she persists. My inspiration song reflects her emotions: Danny Gokey's Hope in Front of Me.
Carrie also blogs at www.OvercomingwithGod.com If you'd like to be added to her newsletter, which includes special giveaway opportunities to her readers, email Carrie at email@example.com!
Giveaway: A copy of The Fruitcake Challenge novella (ebook on sale right now for only 99 cents through St. Patrick's Day and the cover reveal of my upcoming novella, The Lumberjacks' Ball) and the gifts below:
|Scarf from Colonial Williamsburg (Square, $20 value) and Quill Pen & Ink|
Introducing our new Colonial Quills members: Christy Distler, Pegg Thomas, Gabrielle Meyer, and Denise Weimer!!! WELCOME ladies to the blog!!!
|Christy Distler, Contributor at Colonial Quills|
Christy Distler – Writes historical fiction set in southeastern Pennsylvania’s 18th-century Quaker community, as well as contemporary fiction. She owns Aspire Editing Services and also works for a small publishing house. Her short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in denominational periodicals, literary magazines, and anthologies. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children, and is represented by Ruth Samsel of William K. Jensen Literary Agency. Christy has previously been a guest on CQ.
Pegg Thomas is a life-long history geek, so it’s no surprise that historical fiction is her genre. Colonial America and the Civil War era are favorite time periods to both read and write. Her favorite type of book centers on a great fiction story surrounded by factual historical events.
Her current WIP (work-in-progress) is the second novel in a trilogy set around the turn of the 19th century in America. The first novel is the hands of her agent, Linda Glaz with Heartline Literary Agency. Pegg has been a finalist in the 2013 ACFW First Impressions Contest and the 2014 Clash of the Titles Olympia.
When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper. Pegg is in the process of moving from her hobby farm on the eastern side of Michigan to the western side with her husband of (mumble) years.
|Gabrielle Meyers, Contributor at Colonial Quills|
Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four young children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events. Gabrielle can be found at www.gabriellemeyer.com where she writes about her passion for history, Minnesota, and her faith.
|Author Denise Weimer, Contributor on Colonial Quills|
Aha! Look who favors us with a visit?
Our hero, George, a handsome Virginia gentleman if ever there was one! And he's a very good dancer, ladies!