Monday, November 12, 2018
Friday, November 9, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018
One of those inspirations for my new release Mist O'er the Voyageur was the fascinating artwork of several artists of history.
- Frances Anne Hopkins
One of her most famous paintings also fed my imagination, and I am fortunate to have a print of this 1889 classic called Shooting the Rapids:
- Arthur Heming
This one depicts the voyageurs taking a rest, referred to as "a pipe" and is aptly titled Taking a Pipe:
- Michael Gnatek
- Paul Calle
Michael Gnatek passed away in 2006, but not before accumulating a fabulous gallery of historical military art from various periods. I love his painting of a mountain man wearing a Hudson's Bay blanket capote. His work reminds me of another contemporary artist, Paul Calle, whose paintings are so details, right down to the weathered facial lines in mountain men and trappers. I am blessed to have two of Paul Calle's prints on my living room walls. Do to copyright, I won't post the images, but I hope you'll check out the links:
The two Paul Calle prints on my wall. Here they are on Pinterest:
- Margaret Killarney
- Original Photographs of the Past by Various Historical Photographers
These are just a few of the artists that contributed imagery to my imagination as I penned Mist O'er the Voyageur. I must also say that when I first saw the cover for Mist, I let out a squeal of glee. I cannot overlook the talent of graphic artists who can compose the work of photographers and other artists into such beautiful book covers able also to capture our literary imaginations.
I hope you enjoyed taking in some of this fabulous artwork. If you'd like to see more, follow my Pinterest board: Amazing Art, and also the boards for my individual book titles. Hmm...why not just follow them all? ;)
Here's to every artist out there!
Friday, October 26, 2018
|Raleigh Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg (Wiki)|
Because some of our locations are so far-flung and remote (see for instance this view, below, from Pinnacle Overlook at Cumberland Gap, Kentucky, with a view of three states), we're meeting a little closer to home for our party--the Raleigh Tavern at Colonial Williamsburg!
But we can't wait to introduce you to some other beautiful settings!
|Pinnacle Overlook at Cumberland Gap|
Click HERE to attend!
Shannon McNear is celebrating her first published full-length novel, The Cumberland Bride, #5 of Daughters of the Mayflower. She became a contributor to Colonial Quills five years ago, not long after receiving a contract for her first novella, Defending Truth in A Pioneer Christmas Collection, which went on to be a 2014 RITA® finalist.
The Cumberland Bride has more in common with Defending Truth than just being her first, however. Fourteen years later, in 1794, Truth Bledsoe's younger brother Thomas is all grown up and has had more adventures than he cares to admit--and especially not to Kate Gruener, daughter of settlers traveling the Wilderness Road into Kentucky. As he guides her family and others through the Cumberland Gap and deeper into the frontier, he isn't sure that she'll even survive the journey. But will she discover a courage no one knows she has?
You can find out more about Shannon, and her other stories, at her website and the following social media sites:
The Cumberland Bride is available here:
Amazon (both paperback and Kindle)
Christianbook.com (both paperback and ebook)
Barnes & Noble (both paperback and Nook)
Shannon is also giving away one copy of The Cumberland Bride to one commenter here on the blog.
Naomi Musch is happy to present her new release, Mist O'er the Voyageur. Speaking of far-flung settings, her story is set in regions around the upper Great Lakes, particularly Lake Superior, during the great fur trade years of the early 1800s.
|Sunrise over Lake Superior (Duluth, MN) photo credit: Nevada Lund|
Mist O'er the Voyageur is the tale of a Brigitte Marchal, a Metis woman from Montreal who, in fleeing a cruel suitor, disguises herself as a young man and signs onto a voyageurs' brigade departing to the Upper Country. She hopes to find her long-absent fur trader father, but danger abounds, and as a woman alone, who can she trust in such a rugged, unfamiliar country?
Mist O'er the Voyageur is available in paperback and ebook. Naomi will also be giving away a signed copy along with some book swag during Friday's party.
News of the Northwoods.
Tamera Lynn Kraft is celebrating the re-release of her novel Red Sky Over America, Ladies of Oberlin Book 1. Here's a little bit about it.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
NOTE: Carrie Fancett Pagels will be signing books with fellow author C.J. Chase in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the College of William and Mary Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the Duke of Gloucester Street (near Colonial Williamsburg) on Sunday afternoon, November 18th, from 2-6 pm. If you're in the area, come on by!