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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?
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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