When Kathy sent me her post she gave me strict directions I was not allowed to critique this post. 'Sigh' So with a red face, I ask you to please give a warm welcome to my dearest friend, my sister by another mother, critique partner, and one talented author, Kathleen L. Maher.
Be sure to scroll on down to find out how to enter the giveaways!
Ode to a Saint: a Writer’s Best Friend
Once in a lifetime you find a special friend, and if you’re really blessed, a kindred spirit. My life has been blessed many times over, as I have an incredible husband and great sisters and some very special praying friends who are very dear to me. But one stands out for her zany sense of humor, her devilish pranks (hiding fake spiders in mailing boxes) her ridiculous work ethic (canning 100 lbs of tomatoes in one day), her talent (multiple best-selling Medievals) , and above all, her superhuman generosity.
This friend and I met (was it ten years ago? Eleven? I’ve lost track) as newbs in the writing world. We both joined American Christian Fiction Writers at the same time and were placed in the same critique group. Four began the group, and only two stayed. (I think I wore the other two out.)
I loved her manuscript. I loved that we had so much in common. Faith, horses, writing, history, dogs, married to chivalrous men, homeschooling, (she did a better job) painting, and so much more. We just got each other on a level that’s so rare.
As we swapped critiques (hers are eagle-eyed brilliance) we saw how the Lord had knitted our lives together. We both joined the grandmother club, we both saw our younger children graduate and move on to college. We shared health crises, financial scares, the passing of loved ones, beloved pets, and many seasons. She cheered for my successes (Genesis Award for which she gave my acceptance speech in proxy) and I cheered for hers ( Guideposts Christmas collection, several very successful Indie romances). We prayed for one another and pushed when one hit writer’s block, and pulled when the other wanted to throw the laptop in the trash and become a hermit.
But there are things no other friend and crit partner has ever done for another, and I tell you, this saintly being has abounded in above-and-beyond acts of heroism. When I couldn’t go to conference because of finances, what did she do? She raised the money by sewing and embroidering book bags that said, “Be nice or I’ll make you the villain in my next novel.” Then we came up with the idea of creating my own book cover, and what did she do? She SEWED a CIVIL WAR GOWN for my daughter to model! It’s gorgeous. Has the most beautiful buttons and lace trim, with fabric in the richest shade of moss green….
see it in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brp28ZTOWHo
But she wasn’t nearly done. When my husband was delivering pizzas to put food on the table, she offered for him to stay with her family so he could work a more profitable job and come home on his breaks to us. She and her husband opened their home for seven months! But the best was yet to come. This angelic, selfless, caring woman of God hired a graphic designer to put my dream cover together so I could finally release the book of my heart.
If you’re ever tempted to give up on humanity, to believe that there is no goodness left on earth, I want you to think about this rare unicorn that I have told you about here, so that you can be assured, genuine Christlike people REALLY do exist. I know, because I have met Debbie Lynne Costello.
The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher
1860-1864 Shenandoah Valley, and Elmira, NY The crusading daughter of a Washington politician comes between twin brothers as the country plunges toward Civil War. Horsemen from Virginia, the twins would defend their livelihood from her meddling kind. When love ignites, friends become enemies. Can the very girl who divided bosom brothers unite them again?
Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Abolitionists-Daughter-Kathleen-L-Maher/dp/1718026242
Kathleen L. Maher has had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since her preschool crush, Peter Rabbit. She has a novella releasing with BARBOUR in the 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection, featuring her hometown of Elmira, New York. Her debut historical, Bachelor Buttons, blends her Irish heritage and love of the American Civil War. She won the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest for her Civil War story, releasing this summer under a new title The Abolitionist’s Daughter. Kathleen shares an old farmhouse in upstate New York with her husband, children, and a small zoo of rescued animals.
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Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Debbie Lynne. I look forward to interacting with your readers, and today I am giving away 2 Kindle copies of The Abolitionist’s Daughter and 1 paperback to some lucky commenters.
To enter, please answer the following question: Who has been your hero? Why? Please be sure to leave your email in your entry so you can be notified if random.org selects your entry.
In addition, I am hosting a rafflecopter to be drawn at the conclusion of my blog tour just before Thanksgiving, with several prizes, including Ammy gift cards, books, and a Christmas goodie basket. Be sure to follow each stop on the tour to increase your chances of winning! (US residents only.)
Debbie Lynne here. And to celebrate with my best friend, I am also giving away a kindle copy of The Abolitionist's Daughter.