Posts Categorized: Historical Fiction

The Birth of Book Ideas by Cara Putman

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Cara Putman

 

Today, our Guest Author is Cara Putman, who agreed to chat with us about The Birth of Book Ideas and share with us her creative process for her newest book, just released this month–Shadowed by Grace.

 

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Shadowed by Grace, Monuments Men

When a book is born, there’s a scary moment, hour, or week. As an author, I sit at the computer with the germ of an idea, a blank document page, and a blinking cursor. Somewhere, somehow, I have to find 90,000 words that will communicate a story that will captivate me…my editors…and eventually readers.

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Quilters and Quilts, Week 6 – Amy Campbell

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Quilting is a form of storytelling. I love that about quilters and quilts. Storytelling in the design, but also in the process of quilting. And I’m excited to introduce you to my reader-friend, Amy Campbell, and share her story in this sixth week of the Quilters and Quilts Series.

MONA: Who inspired your love of quilts and quilting?

AMY: I love quilts because of my grandma, Molly Conner. She was a lifetime quilter. When I was little, she would show me her old trunk full of quilts she and her mother had made over the years. She would tell me stories about the quilts, which led to more stories about her, Granddaddy, her parents, grandparents, and her 14 brothers and sisters. (more…)

Ireland History in Fiction

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Happy New Year to you, my friends!

Michael Reynolds, Author of the Heirs of Ireland Trilogy

Michael Reynolds, Author of the Heirs of Ireland Trilogy

 

The first Wednesday of every month, I feature an author and giveaway a copy of their latest book. It worked out that today, the start of our new year, is a  Book Birth Day for our guest author. It’s my pleasure to welcome my friend, Michael Reynolds, author of the Heirs of Ireland Trilogy.

 

  • I first met Michael at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference were we’ve both served on the faculty.
  • We’re both clients of the Books and Such Literary Agency.
  • He writes stories set in the 1800s like moi.
  • His debut series spans the Potato Famine in Ireland and the American Civil War.
  • Flight of the Earls, Michael’s debut novel, came out just a year ago and recently was nominated as 2013 novel of the year by RT Book Reviews in the category of Inspirational Romance. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts #5 – Kathleen Belongia

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I’m excited to welcome Kathleen Belongia, another quilting reader-friend, to my blog today to give us another peek at quilters and quilts! And I’m seeing stars! (more…)

Two Brides Too Many in German

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Do you have any family, friends, or colleagues who read German? Might they enjoy Historical Romance set in America, but translated into the German language?

Well, I have big news! Two Brides Too Many, Book 1 in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, is now available as a German translation. Thanks to GerthMedien, a part of the publishing group Random House (Bertelsmann).  (more…)

Quilters and Quilts #4 – Susan French

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A very sick baby boy. A mother’s desperate prayer. A church quilting circle.

Reader-Friend, Susan French, is my guest in Week 4 of my Quilters and Quilts Series. I chose Christmas week to share Susan’s compelling story about the gift of a quilt stitched with love and drenched in prayer. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts #2 – Kristine Morgan

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Thank you all for a great response to the new Quilters and Quilts Monday Blog Series.  

Week Two features my reader-friend, Kristine Morgan, also a member of the Book Launch Team for The Quilted Heart novellas.

MONA: Kristine, who influenced you to become a quilter?

KRISTINE: My mom and my sister both quilt. My mom made these two quilts, one for each of my daughters when they were born.

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Kris Morgan Mom quilt 1 cropped

I started to quilt to have something to do while we sat together. (more…)

Oregon Trail Story

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Who can resist a good covered wagon or Oregon Trail story? And Melody Carlson is one of my favorite authors. So when Melody’s third book in her Homeward on the Oregon Trail released, I asked her to write a post about what inspired her to write stories about the Oregon Trail. She said yes! AND she’s giving away a copy of A Home at Trail’s End. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts #1 – Linda Finn

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Several members of my family have quilted or do quilt. My Grandma Irene Shindlebower and Grandma Mabel Gansberg, my Sis Linda, and others. Quilting is one of those historical, generational skills and art forms that delight and fascinate me.

In anticipation of the January 21st release of The Quilted Heart, three novellas in one book, I’m starting a Quilters and Quilts Series, which will feature a guest quilter and quilts every Monday through the months of December and January.

I’ve invited quilter and reader-friend, Linda Finn, to kick off the series. Please share this post with friends and family who enjoy anything to do with quilts and quilting and quilters. (more…)

Test Your Oregon Trail Vocabulary

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Writing historical fiction brings me delight on many levels.

The process of discovery is one of the things I enjoy most about writing fiction. Yes, it can be great fun getting to know a cast of characters and discovering their story. But deepening my knowledge and understanding of history also brings me delight.

While doing the research for Prairie Song, Book 1 in my Hearts Seeking Home Series, I discovered some new vocabulary words Are you ready to test your knowledge of the terms from the Oregon Trail? (more…)

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