Promo and Giveaway

 

There are two really exciting things going on right now.

Draw Me to Your Side cover (2)The first is the e-Book pre-order of my fourth book Draw Me to Your Side. Here is the link to how to get the bonus story with your $.99 pre-order. http://www.celebratelitpublishing.com/posts/book/draw-me-to-your-side/

Feb 2020 we love our ReadersThe second is a Multi-Author Book Giveaway through February 16! I wish I could win this. Please follow the link for a chance to win the books and more. https://promosimple.com/ps/f36d/2020-we-love-our-readers

Happy Saturday!

 

Review–The Fifth Avenue Story Society

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About the Book

Book:  The Fifth Avenue Story Society

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre:  Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction

Release Date: February 4, 2020

An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives The Fifth Avenue Story Societyfive New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.

Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.

Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.

Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.

Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.

When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.

Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.

 

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My Review

How does a story society benefit the anonymously invited participants? These reluctant, seemingly randomly selected people decide to gather each week to figure out the purpose. Although a difficult task, the author develops five main characters. Eventually, they bring their imperfect lives and problems to their safe circle of acquaintances. Can they become friends and discern the purpose of their group? With no guidelines, the men and women struggle with the idea of opening up to each other.

Real life is exposed in this original format and plot. I feel the loneliness, frustration, bitterness, anger, failure, ambition, and impatience working alongside love, forgiveness, success, friendship, marriage, family, and hope. It makes me want to be invited to a secret society, especially in an old library surround by ancient volumes of antique books.

This novel is a treasure of stories about hope and God’s plans for our futures even considering our not so inviting pasts.

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,rachel-hauck-LR-5 and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.

 

Read an Excerpt

Read an excerpt here.

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Happy reading! I’ve enjoyed many other books by this author! Have you read anything by Rachel Hauck? 

Multi-Author Giveaway

I’m so excited about Celebrate Lit’s second annual “We love our Readers Multi-Author Giveaway!”
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Readers, we love you, and we wouldn’t be where we are without you! We are excited to show our appreciation with a giveaway just for you!
Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card and 40+ books. Click here to enter:  https://promosimple.com/ps/f36d/2020-we-love-our-readers
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Characters Revisited!

IMG_0688As the release of Draw Me to Your Side draws near (February 25), I want to revisit the characters introduced in the first three books of the Revolutionary Faith series and share a few images of the historic characters and possible actors and faces to give more insight.

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Louis Lestarjette portrait

Let’s start with the dashing Frenchman, Louis Lestarjette. Well, of course the hero would be dashing and handsome. He is twenty-six, five-foot-eleven, with olive skin, dark hair, and blue eyes. And did I mention French! Straight off the ship, he lands in Charles Town with no other purpose than to make a profit. Confident, self-motivated, unattached, wandering, unsettled, educated, fashionable. A man of ideas, fleeing the strings of family and an older brother. Oops, he lands in a city of unrest which is definitely not part of his plans, neither is Elizabeth Elliott.

outlandercast-1559057083Why not choose Jamie to portray Louis! It’s fine with me to have this handsome man play a Frenchman!

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The historical Elizabeth

So, Elizabeth Elliott is the daughter of a Loyalist family originally from Boston and now of Charles Town. A beautiful eighteen-year-old finds herself with beliefs contradicting her father. What’s a girl to do?  She is an elegant five-foot-five with light brown curly hair and blue-gray eyes. Schooled in music and the education of young society girls, she has her heart set on a family of her own with a love-match if possible. Not a revolution, nor a Frenchman, existing far from a believer’s purpose. I ask again, what’s a girl to do? Now, if the image above of Jamie faced me every day…it makes it even harder.

outlander image of claireEvery Jamie needs a Claire. They’d make a fine Louis and Elizabeth, don’t you think?

outlander image actorsFollow the lives of these two delightful, adventurous characters in Book Four, Draw Me to Your Side. Available for e-Book pre-order NOW!

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Pre-order special! $.99 Draw Me to Your Side

 

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I am so excited about the release of Draw Me to Your Side, Revolutionary Faith Book Four on February 25, 2020. Please take advantage of this eBook pre-order opportunity for $.99! Tell all of your friends too. Now until February 26!

Included is a short story, only available with this offer.

Following is the back cover for Draw Me to Your Side:

Warships in the harbor explode with battle cries for freedom in the hearts of Charles Town’s Patriots.

Charles Town, South Carolina, 1776—With the British war ships threatening his family and livelihood, Louis Lestarjette commits to aid Francis Marion, Christopher Gadsden, Silas Deane and other fiery Patriots with secret correspondences in code and in French. Although not convinced that the colonies can succeed in separation from Britain, he abides by his word—available with funds, his time, and if necessary, even his life.

Louis’ potential volatile role leaves Elizabeth Lestarjette uncertain of the future. Add to that her impending confinement, the secret missions her friends embark on, and the ever-encroaching danger into her domestic world, and the cost of independence grows steeper with each passing day. How will her family survive the coming turbulence? How will she survive not being an active part of it? One thing is certain, she must draw to God’s side or lose heart altogether.

Draw Me to Your Side… a prayer whispered against the coming destruction.

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Revolutionary Faith

IMG_0336Oh, to have revolutionary faith! As I wrote my Revolutionary Faith series, I often asked myself if I have that kind of faith. The faith to see me through a major war. The faith to protect my family at all costs. The faith that does not waver in the face of the darkest hours. I must admit my answers to the question varied depending on my circumstances. But should it have?

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things to come.”

“Faith the size of a mustard seed”

IMG_3354Revolutionary faith sounds huge. But the participants in the American Revolution were humans with human weaknesses and flaws and faith that had to face the British Army–the greatest army on earth. How did they do it? One day at a time. One obstacle at a time.

My characters lived during a war with battles outside the walls of the city and later in their harbor with a siege and occupation. What would that faith look like? I think the citizens had lots of questions about where God was during the chaos of their lives. Had He deserted them? What did He expect them to do?

I always ask God questions.  Maybe my faith is no less revolutionary than ones who go through a major war. These people wondered from where their food, clothing, and shelter would come. Add to this actual physical fighting, death, disease, and maimed bodies. There really was no one to trust except God. He knew all the answers, and He still does.

IMG_3349I’d like to think I could have existed through this war and kept my faith. Even in this modern world, I face those circumstances that I cannot conquer or solve. When my children are hurting. When someone I love faces illness. When financial woes break a family’s spirit. When someone loses a job. When death invades a family.

Do you have revolutionary faith? I think we all do if we put our trust and belief in God. Our circumstances are different, but faith is equal to the task.

Productive Hibernation

IMG_3310Productive Hibernation. It doesn’t seem like those two words would go together. But for me, they do. For about fifteen years, I’ve noticed that I suffer from January Blues. I can’t really blame that on extreme cold or extreme weather since I am in sometimes balmy Louisiana. Nevertheless, I do tend to hibernate. I find that is the best way to face my blues.

With my blues, I want to be at home with a blanket and hot tea when I am not working. Since I’m a teacher, my days are full, so I’m not talking about many hours to hibernate. I avoid outside commitments for one month–meetings, events, gatherings can wait. I surround myself with books and research, my cats, healthy snacks, and good movies.IMG_3312

Yet, this January is the first time I have practiced productive hibernation. I have a HUGE deadline on January 31. When writing, authors work solo. What better way to hibernate! When its cold outside, I write. When there’s a meeting, I write. When I’m fighting the blues, I write.

IMG_3154I think I’m going to make January of every year a productive one–without the overwhelming deadline though. I must say this year I’ve had fun hiding away in my house in comfy socks and my writing pad.

Do you suffer from January blues? What do you do to make it through?

IMG_3314Oh, I almost forgot. The early flowers blooming in my yard inspire me and promise me that spring in arriving soon. This year I might even miss my hibernation.