Elizabeth, Revolutionary Faith Heroine

Lestarjette home 4Bring Me Near, Revolutionary Faith Book Three will be released on February 26 in print and eBook form. How exciting! I hope all of you will purchase a copy and get involved in Elizabeth’s life. As I researched the American Revolution period, I knew I wanted a strong feminine character. A real one! What would a girl, a woman really be doing on a day-to-day basis on the brink of war and then during a war. Voila, the appearance of Elizabeth.

 

In Hold Me Close, Revolutionary Faith Book One, Elizabeth is eighteen-years-old, a loyal daughter in a Loyalist family. I’m not going to spoil the plot for anyone who has not read the first two books. She has light-brown curly hair and deep blue-gray eyes, about five-foot-five (I wanted her taller than I am!), talented (music) and a lover of gardening. This delightful girl runs head into the colony’s volatile dilemma. I’ll let you be the judge of her character in Surround Me, Revolutionary Faith Book Two as the situation escalates.

I enjoyed researching Elizabeth’s dresses. I’ve included a few for you to see. Her favorite colors are green, yellow, and purple.

 

As the heroine, Elizabeth experiences many difficult dramatic events. She does her best with what she knows and how she feels God is leading. Some of her comments and thoughts in Bring Me Near are: “I choose joy for you, even in the valley.” “Bring Sarah so near to You that she feels Your arms around her.”  “Here she was making shirts for soldiers and singing of God’s mercy and blessings.” “Yet, mundane chores brought simplicity and importance to an otherwise chaotic existence.” “History was not made over casual ladies’ after-dinner gossip. Or was it?”

Enjoy Elizabeth’s journey in Bring Me Near.

Do you have a favorite color for clothing? Would you want to wear a dress from 1770?

Happy Valentine’s Day and a Giveaway

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you will click on the link and enter the giveaway for a copy of Hold Me Close.

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Next week I will have a giveaway for Surround Me. Be sure to share this information with your friends.

Then, February 26 Book Three will be released: Bring Me Near!  I’m so excited to have all three books available in paperback and eBook form.

You may purchase them from me (autographed), Amazon, or Celebrate Lit Publishing.

Love and blessings,

Marguerite

Hold Me Close plus a Giveaway

Promo 3 Hold Me CloseWe all have a lot going on this month. I hope you can find some time to relax and pick up a book. I have a suggestion–Hold Me Close. With the release of Bring Me Near is a few weeks, now might be the time to read Book One in the Revolutionary Faith series. The journey in 1772 Charles Town, South Carolina is an adventure that poses many questions about loyalty, comfort, conformity, dreams, and hopes. Order your copy today and begin the journey with Louis Lestarjette and Elizabeth Elliott.

Opening paragraph:

Louis Lestarjette stepped off the ramp onto dry land after weeks on the Sainte Claire. A line of carriages awaited weary travelers on the other side of the dusty boulevard. But none were waiting for Louis. With his luggage stored for the day at the dock, he set out with an address in hand. As he headed down Bay Street toward Church Street, he tried to adjust his legs from the rolling ship’s deck to dry land.

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Also, I have a giveaway opportunity on Goodreads. Enter for your chance to win one of five print copies of Hold Me Close. If you know someone who might like the book, please share the giveaway and my website.

Hold Me Close Giveaway Hold me Close front (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you read Hold Me Close?

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Bring Me Near release!

Bring Me Near rough (3)I’m so ready for Bring Me Near release day. February 26! A little over 3 weeks. I’m thankful for my new publisher Celebrate Lit. I want to hold this novel, Book Three of Revolutionary Faith, in my hands. The cover is gorgeous. Roseanna White is the cover artist. Each cover is uniquely beautiful and captivating. Even though the novels are about both Louis and Elizabeth, my heroine carries the plot. What a role she and so many women had in the American Revolution.

Bring Me Near rough (2)So what do you think?

Soon I will have the pre-order link for Bring Me Near. Until then, spread the word and have your friends follow this blog in order to see what exciting news is around the corner.

It’s not too late to read the first two books, Hold Me Close and Surround Me. Louis and Elizabeth have some exciting adventures to share with you.

Have you read any of the Revolutionary Faith books?

Favorite CDs

img_6809.jpgI’m quick to share about my favorite novels, old friends that occupy so much of my time. But I also love to listen to music while writing, cleaning, cooking, driving, etc. Do you have favorite musical artists? Some of mine go way back and remain an inspiration or an encouragement.

My all-time favorite since the 80s is Celine Dion. I have most of her albums (CDs) even the ones in French. Each album seems to get better and better. I’ve only seen her in concert once, in San Antonio with my daughter. Spectacular performance.

img_6810.jpgOne of my most-recent favorites is Adele. What a voice and a presence. I turn her music up in the car or the house and join my voice with hers. I look forward to whatever she creates next.

img_6811.jpgI can’t forget the impressive “boy” group Il Divo. I saw them in concert in Kansas City years ago. No longer do I have to imagine their blended voices apart from their gorgeous sophisticated presence.

I still want to see Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Bublé in concert. Their love songs and hypnotic voices make me sing and dance.

My new Christian inspirational singers include anything by Lauren Daigle and Francesca Battistelli. If you haven’t listened to the words to some of their songs, I promise you will be blessed indeed.

Share some of your favorite musical artists.

What’s in a Cover?

Do you buy a book because of the cover? Or does it influence you only a little bit? I love covers, but all book covers do not have to have the same style for me to like them or to buy them. Here are the latest two covers for my Revolutionary Faith books. The cover artist is Roseanna White. I think she does an awesome job bringing my heroine to life. What do you think?

Of course, I am going to admire my own covers! Yet, there are so many more than I can study and appreciate for their own beauty. I do like an idea of what the author wants to portray about the heroine or the hero, as in Keely Brooke Keith’s Uncharted series or Tamara Leigh in her Middle Ages novels. The colors, costumes, houses, flowers, hair styles all draw me to participate in a visual image. Also, I can formulate my own picture through the author’s words.

Here are two other favorites: one takes me into the fairy tale world in Melanie Dickerson’s The Orphan’s Wish and another into the 2nd century in Lynne Gentry’s Healer of Carthage. In both I obtain a glimpse of the foreign worlds and times.

Does the cover have to be a photograph or realistic drawing with a person or people for you to enjoy the cover? Not for me. An example is Kristy Cambron’s Lost Castle novel with a view from an old stone window. Diana Gabaldon’s early covers for her Outlander series did not have the photo of Jaime on the cover for them to sell. I would buy anything by her no matter what was on the cover.

Other books, especially older ones or ones focused on an image the reader would conjure in his/her imagination, include Jane Austen’s novels and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

I love a nice aesthetic cover, but the words are what truly mesmerizes me.

What do you like to see in a cover?

 

 

Late Winter TBR List!

img_6704I am always happy to start another group of novels, especially when there are so many for me to choose. And the cold, cozy days add an extra incentive to curl up and read.

Currently, I am devouring A Defense of Honor (Haven Manor 1) by Kristi Ann Hunter. England 1816 the author presents a topic rarely spoken about in Regency novels. What happens to the children of society young women who are not allowed to keep their children born out of wedlock? Interesting. I’m on page 57 and very much intrigued.

Uncharted Journey is book six in the Uncharted Series by Keely Brooke Keith. The characters exist in the Land, an isolated place separated from civilization and any contact with the rest of the world.

The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings sounds interesting: When three people take the wrong suitcase from baggage claim, their lives change forever. That’s all I know! I’ll let you know what I think.

Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron is a Lost Castle novel. I read the first one, The Lost Castle, and I just know this one will be as captivating. The past and present collide with unanswered questions and quests. Did I mention Ireland?

Jen Geigle Johnson is a new author for me. Scarlet is set in France and England 1793. This is no ordinary woman for she is the notorious Scarlet Pimpernel, known for her bravery and cunning during the French Revolution. I would love to move this to the top. Patience, I say.

Back to Ivy Hill, England, 1821 with The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen. The author continues with the lives of the women of this quaint village with all their daily challenges in a changing time.

What are you reading? I’d love for you to share your literary finds here.

Happy reading….