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St. Charles: Full Circle

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How does an Arizona author end up setting her newest works of Historical Fiction in Missouri? Saint Charles, Missouri, to be exact?

Enter . . . a children’s book illustrator named Chris Sharp. (more…)

Book Club Fun to Celebrate The Quilted Heart

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Do the members of your book club or reading group enjoy reading a series of novellas and spending time with an ensemble cast? If so, Elsa Brantenberg’s Quilting Circle in St. Charles, Missouri, might be a great fit. And I’m happy to say the 1860’s heartland setting lends itself well to having fun with historic Main Street and riverside flair.

For some book club fun, your group may want a themed meeting after each of the novellas, or may choose to save the party for after they have read Ripples Along the Shore, the third and last novella in The Quilted Heart omnibus. Either way, here are some meeting ideas and resources for a Quilted Heart celebration. (more…)

Women’s History Month: Mary Easton Sibley

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March is National Women’s History Month. Today, I’m celebrating the legacy of women in American History with a look at educator, Mary Easton Sibley. (more…)

Recipes Inspired by The Quilted Heart

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The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek novels and Prairie Song, Book 1 in the Hearts Seeking Home Series all feature fun foods and inspire recipes. The novellas, Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore are no different. Enjoy a meal with three recipes inspired by The Quilted Heart omnibus. (more…)

Meet Rutherford & Maren from The Quilted Heart

Meet Rutherford & Maren from The Quilted Heart


A broken soldier.

A nearly-blind abandoned bride.

Will love bind their hearts together,

or will stubborn pride unravel the family they both love?

Meet the main characters in Dandelions on the Wind, Novella #1 in The Quilted Heart omnibus!

Now available! Paperback and eBook

Now available!
Paperback and eBook

RUTHERFORD WAINWRIGHT

1. What is your job? Describe a little about what you do.

I was a farmer then a soldier. What I do next, work or otherwise, depends upon how Elsa Brantenberg receives me.

2. How would you describe yourself?

A disappointment. But I’m hungry to change that description. And that reality.

3. What do you need most?

Forgiveness. And a second chance at fatherhood.

4. How do you face disappointments or hardship?

In the past, I ran. Now, I pray. Real hard. And press on.

5. What is your most important goal in life?

To reunite with my little girl. She’d be four years of age now.

6. What are you most afraid of?

That I won’t be given a second chance.

7. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

To the day before my daughter was born. I’d like a chance to do things differently. To do right by her and her grandmother.

8. What do you put off because of dread, or you just don’t want to do it?

Returning to Saint Charles and the farm that had been my home.

9. What is most important to you?

To return to Saint Charles and make sure the daughter I abandoned knows I love her.

10. What do you want others to see in you?

My new dependence upon God for each step.

 

MAREN JENSEN

 1861, March

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live.”

Maren Jensen’s fondness for Hans Christian Anderson’s romantic musings had waned somewhere in the Atlantic between Denmark and America. Now, weeks later, she sat on another boat, a paddlewheeler steaming up the Missouri River and the poet’s words were taunting her. She’d started the day in the wee hours, stepping off of the train from New York and onto the boat in Saint Louis that had carried her up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Hans Christian Anderson could keep his traveling for himself. All she wanted was a home.

Click here to read the complete PREQUEL scene to Dandelions on the Wind.

Have you read The Quilted Heart novellas? If you did and enjoyed the stories, you’d be doing me a huge favor, if you’d write a review on The Quilted Heart omnibus for amazon.com, goodreads.com, christianbook.com, barnesandnoble.com, and novelcrossings.com, and any other outlets you’re familiar with.

Thank you! And Happy Reading.

Enter to win a trip to St. Charles, the setting for The Quilted Heart

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the setting for The Quilted Heart

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Quilters and Quilts ~ Week 10, Juanita Nobles

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Reader-Friend Juanita Nobles is my guest in Week 10 of the Quilters and Quilts Blog Series celebrating the release of The Quilted Heart Omnibus.

MONA: How long have you been a quilter?

JUANITA: I’ve been quilting for 30 years. I started in 1983. I have done all types—paper piecing, applique, piecework, but I usually stick to pretty simple designs.

Lighthouse Quilt

Lighthouse Quilt

MONA: Who influenced you to start quilting?

JUANITA: Both my grandmothers quilted, but in those days they just put fabric together because they needed warm covers for the bed. When I started making quilts, it was to make pretty designs with colorful, coordinating pieces. My children were growing up and I wanted to make quilts for them and for their babies which I knew would be coming in a few years, so I taught myself to quilt. I did attend one simple class, but mostly I bought books and fabric and taught myself.

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Quilters and Quilts ~ Week 9, Jasmine Augustine

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The Quilted Heart Omnibus series of post Civil War novellas released last Tuesday. Reader-friend, Jasmine Augustine, is celebrating with us . . . sharing her Quilters and Quilts story.

Jasmine is dedicating this interview to her Great Grandma, Ellen Derrick (1918-2012).

MONA: How long have you been quilting?

JASMINE: I made my first doll quilt when I was about 12 but didn’t make my first full-sized quilt until 2008, so I have been quilting on and off for either 13 years or 5 years depending on how you look at it.

MONA: Who influenced you to quilt?

JASMINE: Definitely my Grandma and Great-Grandma on my Mother’s side. They have a tradition of making beautiful quilts for their children to great-great-grandchildren. Someday I hope to be a little tea-light next to their large pillar candles. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts – Week 7 – Diana Montgomery

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Diana Montgomery

 

Here we are in Week 7 of our Quilters and Quilts Series.

Today’s guest is my reader-friend, Diana Montgomery.

 

 

MONA: Who influenced you to become a quilter?

DIANA: I have always loved quilts. I don’t know of anyone in my family who actually sewed.  I just have always admired quilts when visiting Shipshewana, Indiana, and seeing the beautiful Amish Quilts.  I don’t think I will ever get to do fancy ones, but then again who knows, maybe someday.

MONA: What is your favorite part of the quilting process? (more…)

Devotional Books for Girls

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Long before I saw my first historical novel published, I was writing children’s books. As we end one year and begin another, I have exciting announcements to make about two devotional books for girls. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts #3 – Linda Smith

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Week 3 of our Quilters and Quilts Series has me hosting my sister-friend, Linda Smith. Woohoo!
My Sis Linda Quilting by Machine

My Sis Linda Quilting by Machine

When I first entertained the idea to center a women’s retreat series of talks around the concept of quilting, I called my Sis Linda. You see, I don’t quilt. Linda is our family’s designated quilting expert. I may not be a quilter, but I am a writer who is fascinated with metaphors and imagery. 
As I planned to talk to women’s groups about the transformed heart based upon Psalm 19:14, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Psalm 51:10, Proverbs 4:23, and Romans 12:2, the image of quilting the front, batting, and backing came to mind. The Quilted Heart has become my most popular women’s retreat topic and in January I’ll have a book of three novellas by the same name, inspired by the truths I share when speaking to women’s groups.
It’s been fun talking to Linda about her history with quilting and looking at some of the quilts she’s made for the family. (more…)

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