Monday, November 14, 2011

A Quaker Christmas by Ramona K. Cecil or Christmas cookie cutters ENDS November 28th



Ramona K. Cecil is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. First published in poetry, she’s had ninety inspirational verses published on gift items sold by Dicksons, Inc., a leader in the Christian gift market. Her other publishing credits include five inspirational historical romance novels and two novellas.
Ramona lives in southern Indiana with her husband, Jim. When not writing, she enjoys reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest.

I met Ramona on online, but had the privilege of meeting her at conference this year. So I am super excited about her being on my blog this week. Ramona is giving away a choice of her new Christmas book or a set of Christmas cookie cutters. Leave a comment to be entered.


Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m in our spare bedroom, which I use as my office. Yes, this is where all my stories happen. And maybe that’s why the room looks like a tornado has happened to it. I’m wearing my favorite raggedy sea-green T shirt top, black sweat pants, and fuzzy magenta slipper socks. At least I’m colorful. :o)
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
Elnora in A Girl of the Limberlost. First, I loved the story—one of my favorites by Hoosier author Gene Stratton Porter. I loved Elnora’s determination to realize her dream of attending college despite her poverty and an unloving mother as well as her capacity for forgiveness. I also like how Porter used the story to showcase the natural beauty of my state, Indiana,
What is something that very few people know about you?
I was a tomboy as a child and loved to climb trees. I grew up during the time when TV Westerns were all the rage and I knew all the shows’ theme songs by heart and could out-draw my younger brother in pretend “High Noon” type gunfights.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
A necklace that belonged to my great-grandmother. It’s gold filigree with one tiny ruby and one tiny pearl.
If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why?
I honestly think I’m happiest living in the time I’m living in now, though I’d love the chance to travel back in time for short visits.
If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?
I’d visit Northern Ireland, Wales, and Germany to experience the places where my ancestors lived.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
I’d love to meet my dad’s mom, my Grandma Jolly. She died when I was two and I never got to know her.
What is the hardest part in writing a story?
Writing that very first line. I agonize over what will be the best first sentence to catch the reader’s interest.
What is the funniest/strangest/or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
Oh my, I don’t know where to start, but what comes to mind is something I learned while researching a whaling novella. I learned about a substance called ambergris, which is occasionally found in the digestive system of sperm whales and was historically used in the making of perfume. 
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Dreamer by Birth, Author by God’s Grace.

Christmas is a simple matter among the Quakers of the historic Ohio River Valley, and a time to welcome love into four households. Mary’s family offers hospitality to a weary traveler, but can they bring light to his hurting soul? Lucinda struggles with faith after her husband’s death. Will knows he should have been the one killed. Can Lucinda and Will rediscover joy and love this Christmas season? Keturah loves God and her Quaker family. Yet the adventure of the river beckons.When two very different brothers vie for her affection, which will win her heart? Newlywed Susanna Griffith faces Christmas alone when her husband is imprisoned for his involvement in the Underground Railroad. Then a pregnant runaway slave’s arrival tests Susanna’s courage as well as her commitment to her husband’s cause. 




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The winner of Julie Lessman's giveaway is Linore! Congratulations!

40 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.

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  2. I love the cover on this book! Interesting that you would like to spend the day with your Grandmother, wish I could have met at least one grandparent!


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  3. Hi Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comments about the book. I do think you would enjoy the stories, and just in time for Christmas. :o) Good luck in the drawing!

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  4. Hi Maureen! I love the cover, too. Barbour Publishing does a fantastic job with their covers.
    I'm sorry you didn't get the chance to meet any of your grandparents. I only remember my maternal grandparents. I don't really remember my Grandma Jolly, but my first memory is looking at a rainbow from our back porch when I was two years old. I remember I sitting on someone's lap. My mother told me years later that I was sitting on my Grandma Jolly's lap. I look forward to seeing her again one day in heaven. :o)

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  5. please sign me up! Sounds delightful.

    mahereenie at yahoo dot com

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  6. Love the christmas season, I'm sure this would be a fun book to read!
    I was blessed to know all of my grandparents up until I was in my teen years. I just lost my last grandparent, he was 106! What a blessing he was.

    Patty
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  7. would love to read this book...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
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  8. i'm a follower, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  9. I enjoyed the interview :) Thanks!
    Sounds like a great book.

    I'm a follower by Feedburner

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  10. Good luck in the drawing Debbie Lynne and Kathy!! Hey, my nickname is Kathy from my middle name, Kathleen. I grew up as Kathy Jolly. :o)

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  11. Hi Patty! Wow, 106!!! How blessed you are to have had your grandfather for so long! And what great genes you must have. ;o)Thanks for the kind words about the book. Good luck in the drawing!

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  12. Hi KarenK and Faye! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawing!

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  13. LOL! That was my crit partner that entered, Ramona. She must have thought she was on her private account, but she was on our FICTION ADDICTION ACCOUNT, which has my and her name. heehee. Have to give her a hard time about that. I'm thinking entering your own contest just isn't right. Sorry for the confusion. So great to have you on here, my friend!

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  14. I really enjoyed the interview. Congratulations on your latest release, Ramona!

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  15. What a great interview! I really enjoyed it and would love to read the book. It seems like I read books about Quakers when I was a kid but none since that time.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  16. I'm a follower by feedburner

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  17. Please sign me up! I have been wanting to get this book! :)


    Salena
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  18. Hey Ramona,

    Maybe we're related. Our ancestors came from Ireland, Germany, and Scotland. :) I like what you said about your grandmother. Mine was 79 when I was born. I remember her a bit since she lived to be 95, but I wish I could sit down and chat with her now. She was born in 1876. Just imagine the things she lived through.

    Your book looks great. fictionfan1[@]me[.]com

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  19. I'm sure you treasure that necklace; it sounds so beautiful. Won't it be wonderful when you see her again in Heaven? :)

    And when you go to Northern Ireland, be sure to take some photos for me. That's my ancestors' home, too - MacManus' near Belfast. I bet it's a lovely place.

    Your book sounds wonderful - a welcome respite from all the troubles swirling around in our world. Keep on writing.

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  20. I have some grand parents' items myself and just think it is great. Some of them I have passed on to our boys so they'd have some as well.
    It is surprising what research will dig up... but the making of perfume ingredients from a sperm whale? You've found a real treasure in that one!!
    Pam Williams
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  21. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

    Courtney
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  22. I loved this interview! Great questions and I loved learning more about Ramona. And I loved Girl of the Limberlost, too, because my mother loved it. We have a lot in common, Ramona! Thank you, Debbie, for hosting & asking excellent questions.

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  23. Please enter me in the drawing. I'd love to read this book. Thanks for sharing Ramona.
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  24. Among a million other things, I collect cookie cutters! Would love to win them.

    Enjoyed the interview. I love Christmas anthologies.

    Cher :-)
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  25. Thanks for the opportunity to own a copy of A Quaker Christmas. :-)

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  26. I would love to win this book! Please enter me in the giveaway!

    I follow via Feedburner.

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  27. No problem, Debbie Lynne. :o) I reiterate my salutation to Kathy!

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  28. Hi Susan! Thank you very much for the kind words. Good luck in the drawing!

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  29. Hi Jo! Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. I think you'll like A Quaker Christmas, and it might even rekindle your love for Quaker stories. :o)

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  30. Ah, thank you Salena! Good luck in the drawing! But win or lose, I hope you check out the book. I think you'll really like it!

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  31. Hi Vickie! I'd like to think we're related. :o)
    Wouldn't it be fun to sit and chat with our grandmas? Thanks for your kind words about the book, and good luck in the drawing!

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  32. Hi Angie! I do think the necklace is pretty, though understated. I've decided it will be passed on to my eldest granddaughter. Gabriella is a very girly girl. She's only nine but already loves jewelry, so I'm sure she would treasure the heirloom. Don't know if I'll ever make it to Ireland, but if I do, I will definitely take loads of pictures. Thanks for the sweet words and encouragements. Good luck in the drawing!

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  33. Hi Pamela! I just love the notion of passing things down from one generation to the next. I'm glad you could do that in your family, too. About the ambergris, I did find that info both interesting and stunning. It just proves you never know what you'll find when you begin researching a story!

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  34. Thanks, Courtney! Good luck in the drawing!

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  35. Ah, thanks Crystal! So nice to see you here! We Hoosiers have to stick together. LOL The Gene Stratton Porter stories are so quintessentially Indiana. I'd love to see a rekindling of interest in them.

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  36. Hi Tammie! Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the drawing!

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  37. Hi Cheryl! I'm glad you liked the interview. It's so neat that you collect cookie cutters! Good luck in the drawing. If you win, you'll get a new set to add to your collection. :o)

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  38. Hi KANdeannaSAS! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawing!

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  39. Hi Melanie! I think you would enjoy A Quaker Christmas. Good luck in the drawing!

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  40. I don't know anything about the Quakers, and would love to win A Quaker Christmas to get to know who they are.

    I am a follower via GFC.(L W )

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