Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Beautiful bracelet and When the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard TUESDAY ONLY



It's another party day! Today in celebration of Kathy's debut novella, Bachelor Buttons, I am giving away a beautiful bracelet and a copy of When the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard. Read below for more information. 


Kathleen L. Maher is a historical romance writer, represented by Terry Burns of Hartline literary Agency. Her Civil War novel took first place in the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest. She lives in upstate New York with her soul mate and their three children, plus two Newfoundland dogs.

 Kathy will be on Giovanni's radio show on Today at 10:00 A.M. Be sure to tune in and listen!  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2013/04/30/kathleen-maher-cry-of-freedom-v3-bachelor-buttons



The Battle of New York City: Draft Riots of 1863

Days after the Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg during the Civil War, Manhattan exploded in three days of mob violence. Dozens of fires burned businesses, homes, and even an orphanage as thousands of outraged people took to the streets, and at the end of the week of July 13-16, over a hundred people had been killed. Who were these rioters and why were they so outraged that they were pushed to such behavior?
A broad overview of Manhattan and where the attacks were.
    After heavy casualties in the two years of war had depleted his volunteer army, President Lincoln signed a Conscription Act into law. Every able bodied man aged 20-45 was registered for compulsory service, and draft lotteries would be drawn in every town and city beginning in mid-July. Most communities complied, but the immigrants in New York City, particularly those of Irish descent felt especially affronted.  They felt targeted by the policy that would allow the wealthy to buy their way out of the draft with a $300 commutation fee, while they, newly emigrated, would have to serve in their place. Furthermore, the draft exempted freedmen—their chief competition for unskilled laboring jobs—because the freedmen were not yet considered citizens. Outraged over this latest overreach from an oppressive administration, the Irish and others rallied and protested at the draft office.
    The protests quickly escalated into mayhem—telegraph wires were cut, streetcars were stopped, torches and drunken revelry spread uptown and from the East River to the Hudson until several buildings blazed—not only the Provost Marshall’s office where the draft was being conducted, but in the hours and days to come, Brooks Brothers’ Clothiers, The New York Tribune and dozens of others until the city was under siege.
Brooks Brothers being looted
    Besides looting and destruction of Republican businesses and homes, freed blacks were the chief target of their violence. Sadly, the viciousness seemed to know no bounds, and a black orphanage was set fire. Due to the bravery of another Irishman, Chief Engineer Decker who fought the fire for hours, the fire would have spread rapidly and the children may not have been evacuated on time. Another Irishman, Paddy M’Caffrey with four drivers of the Forty-second Street Line, escorted the children to safety despite the thousands of angry mobsters converging on them. Throughout the city deadly struggles ensued, and a dozen black men where lynched by drunken rioters.  In perhaps the most moving story of the riots, a black drug store owner was about to be torched out of his business when from all around, Irish neighbors emerged and drove off the mobs to defend him and his livelihood. The consensus was that he had helped many of them when their children were sick, extending them credit for medicine. They repaid his kindness with saving his life.
    I find this chapter of history fascinating not just because I write about New York State and love the Civil war, but also because it shows the extremes in human nature. The evil deeds reflect man’s ineffective attempts to procure justice apart form God, while the heroic deeds prove that not all Irish were bad. Irish Catholic Archbishop Hughs called for an end to the violence, and it did end when troops from Gettysburg were brought up to restore order. My novella Bachelor Buttons is a snapshot of this time and setting, depicting a young lady torn between two suitors when the war imposes on their daily lives.

Today I'm are giving away a signed copy of Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard and a beautiful bracelet. The draft riots were a time in history where people who lived it never forgot it. Leave a comment and tell us what piece of history happened in your lifetime that left such an impression that you will never forget the day
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GRAND PRIZE

GRAND PRIZE: Trader Joe's bag filled with goodies. Tea cup with strainer, tea bags, loose tea, coffee, cake candle, decorative candle large Better Homes and Garden Candle, 2 pads of paper, pen, Family Guardian by Laurie Alice Eakes, and a pink necklace and earrings from Dressbarn! Everyday you leave a comment gives you one entry. A possible total of 7 entries! Grand prize drawn May 6th. AND a pdf copy of Bachelor Buttons!


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Monday, April 29, 2013

Giveaways everyday for Kathleen L Maher's release party!

Do you know anyone who doesn't love a party? I've been anticipating the day that I'd be able to throw my wonderful friend and critique partner a party for her debut! It's an exciting day and one that Kathy deserves for all her hard work. So please congratulate Kathy on a job well done!

There are GIVEAWAYS EVERY DAY as well as a gift basket for the grand prize! Today Kathy is giving away an Irish collection and her debut novella, Bachelor Buttons. (See below for details)
 Bachelor Buttons, my debut novella, was released May 1st through Helping Hands Press, and I am just thrilled about it, since it is not only my first book baby, and set in my favorite time period, but I have taken the characters directly from my family history. Set in New York City during the Civil War, the story gives a glimpse of the draft riots through the eyes of Rose Meehan, the daughter of an Irish potato famine refugee. Rose is based on my maternal great-great grandmother, Katherine Meehan, whose true life story is quite remarkable.


Katherine Meehan lived in Manhattan’s lower east side and was a girl during the War of the Rebellion, as her contemporaries up North called it. My mother always told the story the way she remembers her great grandmother recalled it. Katherine walked with her mother through Washington Square Park on the week of July 13, 1863 and described seeing men hanging from the lampposts. And well she might have, since it is reported that over 11 freedmen were lynched during that terrible week of lawlessness and violence. The draft riots have been called the only Civil War battle fought in New York.


In my story I have changed Katherine’s name to Rose, and used the name Kate for a fictitious sister who is bound for the convent. Rose’s personality is purely a figment of my imagination, because I do not know what the real Katherine was like. But I can well imagine she might have been feisty and perhaps as flirtatious as Rose, given the actual story of her unusual courtship. The dates of her courting age have been manipulated a bit to fit with my Civil War story. Katherine wouldn’t have come of age for another decade, but the rest of the story is based on truth.

Katherine was a beautiful young lass, and in love with two men—a fine Irish doctor, whose name I do not know, and an Irish violin teacher named William Lee. It is rumored among at least one of my ancestors that William Lee was a distant relative of Robert E. Lee, but that may well be blarney. I have not researched the matter enough to confirm or deny.  ;)

Apparently, Katherine Meehan was so besotted with both gentlemen that she couldn’t make up her mind which one to marry, so she proposed a contest and the victor would win her hand. She told them to run a foot race.

From earliest childhood I remember my grandmother telling me this story, corroborating with my mother’s version later in life. The doctor and the violin teacher were in love with Katherine, and both intended to marry her. But being gentlemen, they agreed to Miss Meehan’s wishes and settled the courtship rivalry in this unconventional way. They ran a foot race. Presumably through lower Manhattan, probably though the tenement streets or allies with dogs barking and chasing after them, clothes lines flapping in the breeze from the bay, and neighborhood women gawking and gossiping. No telling how long the course or even what time of year it might have been, but for the purposes of my story, I put it in July, just two days before the riots erupted over the draft.

The draft was the common name for Lincoln’s Enrollment Act, which had been signed in March. All eligible men from 20-45 years of age were registered, and exemptions were given if a man was married with children or if he could pay a $300 commutation fee for a substitute. It was subsequently accused of being a rich man’s war  but a poor man’s fight. The immigrant Irish, being too poor to buy their way out, opposed the draft, and on July 13, crowds moved uptown to protest. Demonstrations quickly turned to looting, burning, and worse as tempers flared and the flames were fanned by Copperhead rabble rousers exploiting the socioeconomic inequalities. Targets of the violence included clothing stores like the Brooks’ Brothers which was looted, and Republican papers such as the Times and the Herald and freedmen who were exempt from the draft were attacked. Even the colored orphanage was set fire, though no children were harmed due to the bravery of Irish firefighters and other heroes. Innocent black men were lynched, businesses burned, and in all, over 100 died and thousands were injured. It was a very dark moment in history.

To offset the darkness, I give Rose’s story a happily ever after. A foot race, one winner. But will it be a happily ever after for both bachelors? I won’t spoil the outcome of my story, but I can tell you that Katherine Meehan’s violin player won her foot race, and my great, great grandmother married William Lee. In the true story of Katherine and William Lee, the doctor is a rather tragic and noble figure. He never marries, apparently remaining in love with Katherine his entire life. According to family history, every winter Katherine and William’s struggling family received a ton of coal, compliments of a mysterious benefactor. And when the good doctor died some years later, the mysterious gift ceased to come.

Kathy will be on Giovanni's radio show on Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. Be sure to tune in and listen!  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2013/04/30/kathleen-maher-cry-of-freedom-v3-bachelor-buttons

Kathleen L. Maher is a historical romance writer, represented by Terry Burns of Hartline literary Agency. Her Civil War novel took first place in the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest. She lives in upstate New York with her soul mate and their three children, plus two Newfoundland dogs.


Bachelor Buttons can be purchased on Amazon on May 1st.



 Kathy's giving away this fun Irish collection, including an Irish soda bread mix and a pdf of her debut novella, Bachelor Buttons. Tell us a little about your heritage or ask Kathy a question about hers to be entered into the drawing. 
Don't forget to leave your email addy. 5 possible entries! If you follow this blog, you get an extra entry. Follow CFHS (Christian Fiction Historical Society)  and you get another. Share on fb or twitter for two more. That’s a total of five possible entries. Good luck! And be sure to let me know what you've done so I can give you the entries. 

GRAND PRIZE: Trader Joe's bag filled with goodies. Tea cup with strainer, tea bags, loose tea, coffee, cake candle, decorative candle large Better Homes and Garden Candle, 2 pads of paper, pen, Family Guardian by Laurie Alice Eakes, and a pink necklace and earrings from Dressbarn! Everyday you leave a comment gives you one entry. A possible total of 7 entries! Grand prize drawn May 6th. AND a pdf copy of Bachelor Buttons!

DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Beauty in Disguise by Mary Moore Ends April 29th


Mary Moore has been writing historical fiction for more than 15 years. After battling and beating breast cancer, Mary is even more excited about her career, as she incorporates some of her struggles throughout her books, dedicated to encouraging others in the Lord and using her writing for God’s glory. Her debut novel, The Aristocrat’s Lady, won several acclaimed awards, including the 2011 Reviewers Choice Award by RT Magazine for Best Love Inspired Historical, and the 2011 Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers for Best Book by a Virginia Author. She also received an Award of Merit for Best First Book and Best Long Inspirational by the VRW.
Mary is a native of the Washington, DC area, but she and her husband, Craig, now live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia. When not writing, she loves to read, minister in her church, and spend time with her husband and black lab, Darcy.

Mary would love to hear from you! She can be reached by visiting her website at www.marymooreauthor.com

Please welcome Mary Moore. I"m so glad she joined us this week. She had me chuckling one moment and feeling heart broke for her the next in this interview. Mary is giving away a copy of Beauty in Disguise. Answer the question, "What is the most unusual name you've given a pet?" to be entered to win her book. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a feedburner follower to get a second entry!



Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

Wow, this is too embarrassing! Actually, it’s late and I’m in bed with my sweat pants and T-Shirt on answering emails.

If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?


Hmmmm…how different from the ‘dessert island’ question! This is a pretty boring answer but I would take modern medicines with me. Having gone through a few bouts of illness in my life, I don’t know if the medicines of that time would have kept me alive!


What is something that very few people know about you?


I recently answered this on another blog, but I think it was in Australia, so I hope it is not redundant. I am a HUGE John Wayne fan. I will even date myself as to say I saw several of his movies when they came out in movie theaters in the 70’s! I had a dog named John Wayne (though we had to shorten it to J.W. since my dad refused to call out the door for John Wayne to get back in the house! :0)


What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)

When my mother passed away in the early 80’s, I got her wedding band. I had it downsized at wore it as a pinky ring every day. (This is very weird because today is her birthday.) But I lost it and it broke my heart. I have a ring of my grandmother’s that I wear pretty regularly, but I can’t put that much love into it, because of the experience with my mother’s. So I think it would be my books. I love to read books over and over again, and it would be too hard to narrow it down to just one, however,my favorite collection is my set of Georgette Heyer books.


If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?

Definitely the Regency era. Of course, I would have to be of the aristocracy! :0) But I find the period so fascinating in the country as well as London as well as the poorest of neighborhoods. Then I am amazed at the clothing and the government. I could go on and on. As you’ll notice from my books, I am a Regency fanatic.

Do you think birth order affects the way you write?

I don’t think so! At least I have never considered it before, and my stories are historical fiction, so I’m not sure how that would even show itself. I am the second oldest in a family of four children, and I would be very interested in how others have answered this question. You are seriously trying to make me think with this interview!


If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?


“My God is Great.” It would be interesting to see how that translated to a Regency novel, but as I have matured and faced trials and blessings alike, I see more and more of God’s hand in my life. I would love to share how greatly He has changed my paths and help me grow into the woman that I am.




What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?

Oh, I’m a sucker for a love story. I wanted to be Kathy in Wuthering Heights and Jane in Jane Eyre. Those were stories of love that endured through years of change and hardship. And who wouldn’t want to be Elizabeth Bennet to Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Miss Hale to Mr. Thornton is North & South, though the problem with those is that we don’t actually know how they end up! Those family problems didn’t just go away! :0) I know that’s more than one, but these were the minimum; I could have listed 100 more.


Thanks so much for having me on your blog Debbi Lynne. You asked some really thought provoking questions! It is kind of cool that readers will get a different insight into me with some of these answers. Thanks again!



After her scandalous first Season, Lady Kathryn needs a new beginning. Concealing her stunning hair and sapphire eyes beneath a dowdy fa├žade, she’s grateful to earn her keep as companion, Kate Montgomery. Until she comes face-to-face with her past in Lord Dalton, the only man she has ever loved.

The debutante Dalton fell in love with years ago was beautiful beyond compare. The gentle, mysterious young woman he encounters at a country house has qualities he now values more highly-until he learns of her deception. Kate has broken his heart not once, but twice.

Can faith help him see that love, like true beauty, always comes to light?
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Monday, April 15, 2013

A Healing Heart by Angela Breidenbach ends April 22th




Angela Breidenbach is a speaker, coach, and author of A Healing Heart, April 2013 from Abingdon Press in the Quilts of Love series. Her family tradition is to create the life story on a photo memory quilt for each graduating senior. She is certified in mentor/peer counseling as a CTA life coach, as a Stephen Minister, and a weight loss/nutrition coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister (worship/prayer leader) for her congregation in Missoula, MT. http://www.AngelaBreidenbach.com
Twitter: @AngBreidenbach

Welcome Angela! It's great to have you here on my blog. Readers Angela is giving away a copy of her her new release A Healing Heart. Angela has asked 3 questions at the end of her article. Answer one of those questions (or 2 or 3 ;o) ) to be entered in the drawing. 



Crafting a Legacy
By Angela Breidenbach

Our cultures exist on centuries of women crafting a legacy through the ages. The gift of passing down cultural arts is more than preserving art. It’s how femininity and relationships between women have forged new territories, families, and legacies.

In A Healing Heart, Mara Keegan is the last of her lineage to know a special craft. Her Crow mother and grandmother have taught her the ancient, native art of beading, but Mara is too busy to teach her own daughter. Managing a business that employs so many people is crucial to her community. Every working mom faces the same time bandit. Time with children and working to either support or help support their families.

Mara has to experience a heart attack in order to find time to spend with her daughter. Cadence asked several times to learn her heritage craft. Mara put it off and almost missed her opportunity. In showing patience, mother and daughter are able to forge a new relationship. In the real world, my daughter wanted to learn how to make Scotch Eggs so she could share them with her friends. When she called, I had to juggle a very busy schedule to fit it in. But I didn’t regret making the change. We spent a couple of hours giggling in the kitchen. My daughter was so proud of her creation and ability to make something that’s a family tradition. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that fun afternoon passing on heritage to the next generation. I know an afternoon spent working would not have been as memorable.

With so many activities for our children to be involved in, we forget they really need to be involved in our lives more than the unending choices out in society. By sharing our family traditions, arts, and old family stories we ground them in their heritage. We ground them in a sense of family and roots. We do one more thing when daughters sit beside moms and grandmas; we build a legacy from generation to generation. A legacy crafted by time. Is it about the art or relationship? I think they’re entwined.

What craft or talent is historical in your family?
How do you share it with your children and grandchildren?
Do you have a crafting a legacy story?


About A Healing Heart: What would you do if your heart broke both emotionally and physically? Workaholic, Mara Keegan, must heal her heart from loss and a heart attack before she can love again. But she has to trust her business to the one man that tried to destroy it. Will Joel find a place on her heart and on the memory quilt she's making for her daughter's graduation? But first, Mara must live!
A heart attack has stopped Mara Keegan in her tracks, leaving her daughter’s unfinished photo memory quilt hanging by a thread. Little does Mara know, this quilt—and the memories it bolsters—are the key to her rehabilitation. But Mara’s heart needs to be healed in more ways than one. And Joel Ryan is fraying her last nerve. With her daughter’s graduation fast approaching, even Mara starts to wonder if she—and her faith—can mend in time. Will Joel’s photo find a place on the quilt… and in Mara’s heart?
A Healing Heart is available anywhere books are sold and at these online retailers: Christianbook.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon
 

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