Friday, May 20, 2016

Hearts Heritage by Ramona Cecil ends May 27


Please welcome Ramona Cecil to my blog. Ramona and I are long time friends and I'm so pleased to have her on here today. Read on down to learn how to enter her giveaway this week.



Heart’s Heritage With Ramona K. Cecil plus a bonus story by Lisa Karon Richardson — with book giveaway

In one way or another, we are all products of the place we were born and raised; forever marked by the land from which we sprang. For me, that place is the southern part of Indiana. Growing up in rural Indiana, my roots run deep in the Hoosier soil. My parents, who both dabbled in creative writing, instilled in me a love of words and story. As a child, the works of Hoosier authors like Jean Stratton Porter and Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley, stirred my own creative juices while binding me even tighter to the state of my birth. I’ve always loved history, especially Indiana history, and that is where I now set most of my historical romance novels for the Christian market.

As a Christian, I believe that God gives each of us talents and expects us to use those talents as a ministry for Him. In my case, I realized early on that my interest, i.e. talent, centered around creative writing. Over the past decade, with eight published and two more contracted novels and novellas for the Christian market, I’ve enjoyed blending my loves of writing, Indiana history, and sharing the gospel message.

Heart’s Heritage, originally released in January of 2013, re-released May 1, 2016 with a bonus story, The Magistrate’s Folly by Lisa Karon Richardson.

Heart’s Heritage and it’s fictional Deux Fleuves settlement was inspired by the real life Fort Vallonia,
the site of the first white settlement in my southern Indiana county of Jackson. With the War of 1812 and Shawnee war chief Tecumseh’s uprising percolating in the background, seventeen-year-old Annie Martin is left on the small plot of land in Indiana Territory bequeathed to her after the deaths of her father and her husband. Determined to stay on the land they cherished, Annie is resolved to not let anyone take away her inheritance. Until she meets Brock Martin and learns he has rights to half the land. When Brock Martin learns that he is joint heir to the land now occupied by his late uncle’s young widow, he is torn. While he would rather leave the land to Annie, he is in desperate need of the money the sale of the land would bring. A false murder charge forced him to flee the army, and the only way to clear his name is to hire a lawyer to defend his case, and selling the land may be the only way to get it. Can Annie and Brock find common ground before something more precious than land is ripped from them?

With this re-release, I’m honored to have Heart’s Heritage teamed with a bonus story by Lisa Karon Richardson

The Magistrate’s Folly by Lisa Karon Richardson: Innocent of charges yet forced into indentured servitude, Merry Lattimore is sent to colonial Virginia. Graham Sinclair—her first love until he disappeared from her life—was the magistrate over her case, and now he is haunted by her memory. Can he find her and set her free?  

Purchase book here.

About Ramona

RAMONA K. CECIL is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. Now empty nesters, she and her husband make their home in Indiana. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers Indiana Chapter, her work has won awards in a number of inspirational writing contests. Over eighty of her inspirational verses have been published on a wide array of items for the Christian gift market. She enjoys a speaking ministry, sharing her journey to publication while encouraging aspiring writers. When not writing, her hobbies include reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest. www.ramonakcecil.com

Giveaway: To celebrate the release of Heart’s Heritage plus bonus story, The Magistrate’s Folly, a hard copy of the book will be given away to one lucky winner. Let us know what you think your God given talent is or ask Ramona a question to be entered. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry.

21 comments:

  1. Yes, I'm a follower. My God given talent is to be able to take nothing and make something of it, being creative with things, and being a caregiver of others.
    Thank you.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Lucy. Those are wonderful gifts. The best we can do is to try to honor God with each gift He has given us, and I have no doubt you are honoring the Lord well with yours. :-) Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

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  2. I'm a follower and my God given talent is teaching preschool age children. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.
    princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(com)

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    1. Hi, Debbie! In my younger years, I taught preschool Sunday school. I don't think I have the patience for it anymore, so I tip my hat to you. :-) Good luck in the drawing!

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  3. I would have to say my God given talent is being a good wife and mother. We all enjoy being together and we all stand up for each other during rough times. Yes, we argue and get mad at each other but I feel that my husband and I, together, have raised our kids to be loyal to God and family.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Hi, Wendy! Being a good wife and mother is one of the roughest, but most rewarding jobs on earth. Thirty years ago when my girls were little, I wrote a poem "God's Fleeting Gifts," about how our children grow up so quickly. Dicksons Inc. Christian gift company published it on a plaque in 1984. Now, with my girls all grown, I can hardly look at that plaque without getting misty. We need to enjoy every second with our kids as they grow up, even the rough times. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawing!

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  4. My question for Ramona is :
    Where did you get the idea for this book?
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Janet! Near the site of my story is an area called Starve Hollow. There's a small man-made lake there that we used to swim in. When I was in grade school a story began to make the rounds that the place got the name "Starve Hollow" because back in frontier times Native Americans besieged Fort Vallonia and starved all the settlers inside the fort. The story turned out not to be true, but what a great story, right?! That's why I decided to not use the fort's real name of Vallonia because, as far as I could find, the siege never happened. A historian in the area did suggest that if I gave the place a fictional name, I should make it French, since Vallonia is from the french word "vallon" meaning small valley. I decided on Deux Fleuves, meaning "two rivers" because the White and Muscatatuck rivers fork in at least seven places there. Hope you're not sorry you asked. LOL Thanks for the question and for stopping by, and good luck in the drawing! :-)

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  5. I am a follower. I believe my God-given talent is music, especially singing. However, I don't have the same opportunity to serve in music as I once did. Now I am busy creating either by knitting or crocheting to share with family and others. I would love to win this book - thanks so much for the giveaway.

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    1. Sorry - forgot my email - bettimace at gmail dot com

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    2. Hi Betti! I envy all your wonderful talents. I always wished I could sing in the worst way, and God gave me my wish. LOL When my girls were small and misbehaved, I'd threaten to sing to them if they didn't straighten up. They'd say "No Mom, not that! We'll be good!" LOL I'm not kidding! I tried knitting as a young adult, but couldn't get the hang of it, so I admire anyone who can do that kind of needle work. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

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  6. I believe my talent is hostessing. Friends tell me my home is welcoming. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Joan! Oh, you are one of those wonderful people to whose home, everyone wants to go! I never considered myself the "hostess with the mostess," so I truly admire your talent and generosity! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

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  7. I am following. :) People tell me that I am an encourager. Not sure if that's a word. Anyway, I do like helping people feel good about themselves. I'm not sure it's a gift that I have embraced my whole life, but as I've gotten older I have begun to take all of the gifts that the Lord is willing to give me.

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    1. Always forget - tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(com)

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    2. Hi Terrill! What a wonderful gift! I know I always feel good when I think I've said something to encourage someone. The whole world needs a ton of your kind of encouragement, so thank you for that. I do think it's a gift we learn to use better over time. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

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  8. Ramona, what is the most interesting fact you have come across in your research? Thank you for the giveaway.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  9. Hi Caryl! Oh my goodness, that's a toughie. I did find a couple interesting stories that happened in our county in the early 1800s and couldn't resist working them into my story. The first was what I had happen to Annie's husband. This is not a spoiler, because her husband is already dead when the story opens. He was found dead with a Shawnee arrow in his back on the trail between his cabin and Fort Deux Fleuves. That very thing happened in 1812 to a real Vallonia settler. The second story had to do with a bear and a bee tree; also a true story, but happened in a different part of the county. I LOVE the research and often spend waaaay too much time sifting through it all. :-) Thanks for the question and good luck in the drawing!

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  10. My God-given talent is the gift of teaching. I have used this talent to teach first grade at a Christian school, Sunday school for various ages, and worked as a Field Worker with Child Evangelism Fellowship. CEF was one of the most enjoyable since I taught at so many different Good News Club.

    My most enjoyable was homeschooling my children.

    I have Hoosier roots as well. I was born in Gary, Ind.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Is feedblitz the same as feedburner? If so, I am a follower.

    phoneticpanda at gmail dot com

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  11. Hi, Kathy! Yeaaa! Always thrilled to meet a fellow Hoosier! God bless you for using your gift of teaching so well. We often hear that Christianity is but one generation away from extinction, and that is sooo true. It's not hyperbole to say that teachers like you are truly doing God's work. Thank you for sharing your gift. As for feedblitz and feedburner, Debbie Lynne will have to answer that one. Thanks for the comment and good luck in the drawing!

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  12. My God-given talent is the gift of teaching. I have used this talent to teach first grade at a Christian school, Sunday school for various ages, and worked as a Field Worker with Child Evangelism Fellowship. CEF was one of the most enjoyable since I taught at so many different Good News Club.

    My most enjoyable was homeschooling my children.

    I have Hoosier roots as well. I was born in Gary, Ind.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Is feedblitz the same as feedburner? If so, I am a follower.

    phoneticpanda at gmail dot com

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