Monday, September 2, 2013

Cooking up Love by Cynthia Hickey ends September 9th

Please welcome Cynthia Hickey to my blog. Cynthia is giving away a copy of Cooking up Love. Leave a comment about her article and say hello to be entered. 

I’ve always enjoyed history, but it wasn’t until a few years ago when my uncle researched our family’s genealogy, that I became hooked. How fascinating to know my ancestors came to America in the 1700s or that my family’s coat of arms is hanging in the Scotland airport, or that unknown kin still living in Scotland never pledged their loyalty to any clan and that it’s perfectly understandable that most of the men in my family have served in the army. Mind boggling to know the reason behind our family’s name change or that on my mother’s side I’m a distant cousin of Abraham Lincoln.

These discoveries led me to a website that tells a person what happened each day in our country’s history. But, I stumbled across the story of the Harvey Girls one day by reading a children’s book in a school library. I thought the concept sounded interesting, and started doing some research. I found myself hooked in no time.

History is full of heroic women who made a difference in founding our country. From designing our flag to standing up for civil rights, the so-called weaker gender has left a mark that can’t be erased.

In the 1880s, sickened by the conditions of railroad restaurants, Fred Harvey, a Scottish immigrant, had a plan. His plan was to provide good food and impeccable service to the towns dotting the railroad line and to passengers riding the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe. He brought in upstanding, moral women to serve as waitresses in a time when working women were frowned upon. America was never the same again.

The romance of gentile, well-bred, mannerly women braving the wilds of the west for independence and the opportunity of leaving the familiar for the unfamiliar, tugged at my own adventurous side. Being a Harvey Girl was not for the faint of heart, yet the women became like sisters. Long hours of tending train customers and serving a four course meal in less than thirty minutes could take its toll on a gal, but the rewards were worth it. Most women found a husband before their six-month contract ended and stayed to farm or ranch. Others rose in the ranks to become head waitresses.

The Harvey Girls weren’t well known until the movie, by the same name, with Judy Garland. Then interest surged, and several books have been written about these brave pioneers. Then inspiration struck, I came up with an idea for a series, and the first of my Harvey Girl books comes out in July. If all goes well, there will be a total of four, each set in a different year, showing the changes of the Harvey Girls and their impact on America’s men and culture.



Tabitha McClelland knows accepting a job as a Harvey House waitress can be risky. Traveling alone to the rough-and-tumble West just isn't done by young ladies of good breeding. But far more dangerous is her powerful attraction to Adam Foster. Family means everything to the widowed chef, but the selfsufficient Tabitha cherishes her freedom above all else.
Adam is captivated by the fiercely independent Tabitha. Fraternizing with the female employees is strictly forbidden, but the Harvey Girl awakens feelings too compelling to ignore. Can Adam convince Tabby to share his dream of a future in California—together?

More about Cynthia Hickey
 Multi-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries published through Barbour Publishing, with a novella releasing in March 2013. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at www.cynthiahickey.com

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30 comments:

  1. I love the cover and think this sounds like a good story. Would love to win a copy.
    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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  2. I'd never heard of the Harvey Girls. This sounds fascinating!

    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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    1. The Harvey Girls are so interesting, Connie. Cynthia and another blogger have written some great posts on them on Christian Fiction Historical Society. You can check the stories out here. http://christianfictionhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/search?q=harvey+girls

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  3. Hi Cynthia!
    I love reading about the Harvey girls. There was a movie made about them starring Judy Garland.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Janet! Thanks for coming by. I love Judy Garland. I'll have to look that movie up!

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  4. Wow, that's interesting how you researched your family history and brought the idea together for your book. I recall the Harvey Girls, and it sounds like a good plot. That was such a differnt time, wouldn't it be nice to see that innocence again? :) Blessings as you continue to write, Cynthia.

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    1. It would be so wonderful to live in a society with that kind of innocence. It would take a revival to sweep the land and change people's hearts. But wouldn't it be great? Thanks for coming by, Diane and good luck!

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  5. The Harvey Girls are always interesting to learn about. I can't wait to read this! Isn't finding out about your ancestors fun? I learned my ancestors were Scottish royalty! Too bad I can't claim it. ;)
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    1. LOL! Susan. Hey we may be related. My grandmother's side is from Scotland, too. Sigh but not royalty. So guess we aren't. :o/ Good luck in the drawing!

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  6. Cynthia, I haven't read any of your books yet but this looks like one I'd enjoy, thank you for the chance to win it.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Good luck, Wendy and thanks for stopping by and being a faithful follower!!

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  7. I follow by feedburner.

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  8. My Mother and I have been researching our family history. It's so interesting and sometimes it can be shocking. Enjoyed your post and book sounds great. Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Throwing your name in the hat now, Barbara. I love researching and reading about our family history. So much fun! Good luck and thank you for following my blog!

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  9. I follow by FeedBurner!!

    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I follow by Feedburner

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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  11. Been in Nicaragua all summer and the areas we work in - they cook over wood fires just like in the old, western days. Such hard work!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Hey Melody! Back in Nicaragua, again? Wow. You are an amazing woman, Melody. Good luck and God Bless you for all your hard work.

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  12. Hi, Cynthia!

    Had not heard of the Harvey Girls until reading your posts - would love to read your book & learn more about them, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    I just become in checking out my family's genealogy a few years ago, & have uncovered some really interesting ancestors!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Bonnie. We have some interesting characters in our family history too. Would love to hear about yours. :o)

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    2. Hi, Debbie!

      Re: my ancestors:
      (1)On my maternal grandmother's side, I am descended from the "fighting" MacGregor clan of Scotland (of Rob Roy fame). The name MacGregor was outlawed for almost 200 years.
      (2)On my maternal grandfather's side, I am descended from Garret Van Sweringen - who was a leader in the development of St. Mary's City, Maryland, & owned an inn there (which was uncovered through excavation). The city is still being excavated, & has been designated as a national historic landmark.
      (3)Also on my maternal grandfather's side, I am descended from the famous Marmaduke Van Swearingen. He disappeared, & the story is that he was captured, adopted, & made a war chief by the Shawnee Indians because they were impressed with his bravery. He was wearing a blue jacket when captured, & was thereafter known as Blue Jacket. There was an outdoor drama about him in Zenia, Oh. - which ran for over 25 years. This whole story has been disputed by some, in recent years, claiming that DNA samples from descendants of Blue Jacket & Marmaduke don't match up, & the real Blue Jacket was older than Marmaduke Van Swearingen.

      I would be thrilled if you ever decided you wanted to write a book based on these people, Debbie!

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    3. OH my goodness, Bonnie! What wonderful ancestor history you have! I'd not heard of Marmaduke and Blue Jacket. That is fascinating! And a descendent of the founder of St. Mary's City is very cool. But I have to say, Oh my goodness!! A MacGregor!!! Have I mentioned I love all things Scottish? In two of my stories I have either a Scottish hero or heroine. And the sequels should they sell have Scottish characters in them. If I ever come up with a story on one of these characters I'll be contacting you for some information. :o) Thanks so much for sharing.

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  13. Cooking Up Love sounds so fun, it is going on my wish list. I do love the Judy Garland film about Harvey Girls!
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    1. Isn't the title fun? I love it. Thanks for coming by, Merry and following my blog! Good luck!

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  14. Debbie, please put my name in the drawing, sounds good. Would like to win it. Thanks!
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Maxie. Throwing your name in the hat now.

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  15. This sounds wonderful! I am also fascinated by genealogy and history and the Harvey Girls. I like the idea of seeing how their job changed. I'm a follower.
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  16. Congratulations Barabara! You won Cooking up Love!

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