Please welcome Kathleen L. Maher back to my blog! I'm so excited to have Kathy back and this time with her Christmas novella collection by Barbour!
I’m baaaaack! LOL
Thank you so much for having me on your blog again, Debbie Lynne. You are seriously the most gracious hostess ever. It’s got to be the whole Southern hospitality thing. Us New Yorkers? We’re like “first you’re a guest and then you’re a pest.” At least that’s what my old high school friend would say. Wait! Do I detect a pattern in my life….?
Anyway, I digress. Today, I am celebrating my Christmas novella here with you all. Up here in New York, it isn’t snowing quite yet. But Hobby Lobby has had Christmas decorations, trees and ribbon up since July, so I’m guessing it’s okay to talk about IT. ‘Cause there’s what, only like 75 shopping days left, or something, right? Oh, I guess it’s exactly 99. Whew! Is that all?
So, I am feeling like the luckiest person alive. I got to dream up a Victorian Christmas romance story and get paid for it! By Barbour Books, no less. (I’m just making up for lost time, since our lovely and talented hostess was in a Christmas collection years ago. Guidepost’s Cup of Christmas Cheer. Loved her story, too. “The Letter.” You should read it!)
In this collection, The Victorian Christmas Brides, are nine Christmas stories set in Victorian England or with English characters in America during the Victorian age. Mine is the latter. It is called “Love Brick by Brick” because the British gentleman hero Rufus Sedgwick III is rebuilding their family’s ancestral home in the states for his ailing mother when circumstances force them to move.
The heroine in the story, SarahAnn Winnifred, is a
young lady who grew up an orphan, struggling to overcome her disadvantage through hard work. She is studying to be a doctor, apprenticed by Dr. Rachel Gleason, a real-life historical figure who did in fact apprentice young ladies into the medical profession, after she was only the fourth woman in the US to become a practicing MD. SarahAnn longs for family and a home of her own for the holidays, both for her and the orphans she still serves. Will all her Christmas dreams come true?
Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher
1857 Elmira, New York
SarahAnn Winnifred overcomes orphanhood apprenticing with pioneering doctors. Rufus Sedgwick, relocating his English estate, seeks help for his ailing Mum. Christmas reveals the secret wish of both hearts—for love. Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Victorian-Christmas-Brides-Collection-Christmases/dp/1683227190
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
The Abolitionist’s Daughter book trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brp28ZTOWHo
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.
Follow Kathleen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KLMaherAuthor/ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mahereenie and on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/kathleenlmaher
Thanks so much once again for having me today, Debbie Lynne. I look forward to interacting with your readers, and today I am giving away a copy of Victorian Christmas Brides Collection or The Abolitionist’s Daughter to one lucky commenter. Winner’s choice of format, (ebook or print--US residents only.) To enter, please answer the following question: If you could celebrate Christmas in any place or time period, where would it be and 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 a $50 Amazon gift card, a print copy of each of my books, and a Christmas goodie basket. Be sure to follow each stop on the tour to increase your chances of winning! (US residents only.)