An Interview on Because Fiction!!

I’m so excited about this! Please listen to it. I had fun with the interview with my publisher! Click on over to find out what is going on in my crazy world.

#Becausefiction Q & A with Marguerite Martin Gray

This weeks #Becausefiction Q & A features Marguerite Martin Gray (Marguerite Gray).We are asking Marguerite your questions!Find out if your question was picked to win the $5 Amazon card plus find out how you can win a special prize from Marguerite!Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/wweL9uJDg8c

Opening Up

It’s been over a year since the world as we knew it closed its door leaving us to find our way in a new, unchartered place. How did you fare? I hope I learned the lessons I needed and can apply them to my present and future.

The signs say “Open.” The TV spills the news about new guidelines or no guideline. Individuals are faced with making the decisions that work for them, a level of freedom to choose.

Personally, I’m wondering where I fit in this new society. Being a member of five organizations that meet monthly (not counting church and small groups), I’m not excited about my schedule filling up again. Will I willingly commit to all I have “easily” done without? I’m cautious—not out of fear of an epidemic, but a hesitation of losing my time, having it swallowed by the scheduled events.

A creature of habit? Perhaps not. With a new freedom to roam, how far will I venture? I might choose a different path without abandoning my obligations entirely.

What about you? Are you ready to fill your calendar again?

March Flowers Shine Anyway

In north Louisiana from February to April we are treated to a daffodil show from the early, mid, and late bloomers. But this year, these poor beauties had a very rough start with the two snow episodes. Well, one I would call a snowstorm, although my northern friends would argue the point. Anyway, the thousands of bulbs in my parents’ field have not bloomed like in the past. Yet, they are not dead, just delayed or scared.

I find myself in the same situation coming out of 2020. I’m not ready to enter my old vibrant way of life. I’m skittish when it comes to milling around with the “thousands.” I’m like the timid daffodils, showing my face to a few waiting for the big event later, maybe next year.

The beauty of the ones who braved the entry are spectacular. I appreciate the hope of spring that is tattooed on their faces. I confirm my desire to be a bright spot for those I see—a smile, a thank you, a wave, a kind word. Whether a daffodil in a field or a person in a grocery store, I want a view of the gentle mankind where beauty is still prevalent perhaps a little shy but alive just the same.  

God is not finished with me yet. Like a storm beaten flower, I will find my way to make others happy with a spring to my step and a song on my lips. I’m going to shine anyway.

How are you doing as Spring arrives in a few days?

Oh la la…important things!

I have three important things to share, so stick with me. Be sure to click on the links to get the complete news.

  1. I’m doing a video chat with Sandy Barela on March 25. The fun thing is you get to ask me questions. Please click on the link below to pose your question.

GIVEAWAY, reader friends!Don’t miss your chance to ask Marguerite Gray a question in our #BecauseFiction Q & A!Submit your question on the form below for your chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!https://forms.gle/bzabPaje179noGJy5

2) I have a guest post on Book Cave. Please read it and enjoy.

Here is the link! https://mybookcave.com/historical-research-to-fiction/

historical research to fiction

3) This month’s multi-author giveaway is open until March 20. Please enter. Who knows…you could be the winner…

I want you to have a chance to win 40+ books or a $500 Amazon card to buy a ton of books yourself in Celebrate Lit’s 2nd Annual Hop into Spring Giveaway.

Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/10736/2nd-annual-hop-into-spring

So, there is a lot going on…hopefully you find a place to enjoy and be happy…

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Multi-author Hop into Spring Giveaway!

Hello Readers!

Spring is coming! Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming, and it’s a beautiful time to be outside. To honor you and the coming of spring, I have partnered up with Celebrate Lit Publicity to do an amazing giveaway just for you!

I want you to have a chance to win 40+ books or a $500 Amazon card to buy a ton of books yourself in Celebrate Lit’s 2nd Annual Hop into Spring Giveaway.

Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/10736/2nd-annual-hop-into-spring

The event and giveaway is going on now through March 20.

I’m giving away Wait for Me. Please follow the link and enter.

American Revolution Comes to Life

Without stating my exact age, I will say that I receive the AARP magazine (you can get your card at 50!) Anyway, the Feb/March 2021 issue had George Clooney on the cover, so I HAD to open it. I didn’t even make it to his article because of a two-page advertisement.

SCRevWar.com

Reliving the Revolution in South Carolina

Wow! I explored the website, made copies, and started my plan of touring American Revolution sites outside of Charleston. I have visited the places in the city, but there are two pages of places to go.

I’m going. When? Well, I hope soon… My Revolutionary Faith series will travel with me. I will see and relive pieces of what the Lestarjette family did in the pages of my novels.

Check out the website and start your own experience. Grab one of my books, too, to add to the journey.

Have you ever been to a war/battle reenactment? I have in Clinton, Mississippi.

Review and Giveaway Delia and the Drifter

About the Book

Book:  Delia and the Drifter

Author: Melody Carlson

Genre: Historical Romance (Western)

Release date: February 15, 2021

An arranged marriage to save the family from ruin?

Delia Blackstone knows what her mother is up to—she intends to marry her off to an older man who is all fortune and no future. And Delia’s having none of it.

When a mysterious visitor appears on the family doorstep and offers an opportunity for Delia to travel from Pennsylvania to Colorado, Delia knows it is time for her to strike out on her own and discover a new life. Along the way she encounters a handsome drifter who captures her heart. But is he interested in trading his exciting life of adventure for love?

Two murders, a missing will, and a number of puzzling relationships are enough to unsettle anyone—even smart, capable Delia. Who can she trust? And can she trust her heart in matters of love?

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

This book has a different feel as the author gives the reader two distinct tales—one of Delia and the other of Wyatt, the drifter. Unlike most novels where the main characters exist in each other’s presence for the majority of the time, this novel takes a delightful turn and has the characters acting out their own separate lives for half of the book. I loved it. I knew the other character existed through references, letters, and thoughts. Somehow, the author used her talent in masterful form to allow her characters to grow separately as they grew together through distance.

It reminds me of the bond of love that ties relatives and friends across the miles. I might not see my sisters very often but the bond seems to be strengthened by time and distance. When we meet again, we are closer than ever. Bravo, Melody Carlson, for Delia and the Drifter.


About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

More from Melody

I love historical stories about women. Particularly ones in the American frontier and old west. Probably because I grew up hearing pioneer stories from my grandparents, whose parents arrived in covered wagons. But contributions made by pioneering females is often overshadowed by their male counterparts. That’s why I enjoy researching and telling these fictional yet reality-based stories of women who lived and loved and did their part to settle the frontier. To me they are the unsung heroes of the West.

Blog Stops

Christian Bookaholic, March 5

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 5

Sara Jane Jacobs, March 5

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 6

Labor Not in Vain, March 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 7

Connect in Fiction, March 7

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 8

Splashes of Joy, March 8

Hallie Reads, March 8

Batya’s Bits, March 9

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, March 9

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1089b/delia-and-the-drifter-celebration-tour-giveaway

Be sure to leave a comment and tell me what you think!

February Because Fiction Article and Giveaway

This is such a great magazine. The link is https://www.becausefiction.com/marguerite-martin-gray/ to take you to my article and giveaway. But once you are there, you can go to contemporary, women’s fiction, mystery, etc. where other articles and giveaways exist.

My giveaway is a print copy of Wait for Me.

Does anyone else like giveaways? Do you ever win? I love them and occassionally I will win on Goodreads! I always enter.

Ready for a Giveaway?

Are you ready for a giveaway? This is a fun one. My newly released Wait for Me is available. Set in 1777 Charles Town, SC, the American Revolution is raging across the colonies, while Charles Town is under seige and occupation.

Tammy Kirby recently released Hunt for Grace. This is Book Four in her Haven House series. It’s full of drama and intrigue as the main characters find their way in a fallen world where forgiveness might be the only answer for them.

Please comment on this blog for your chance to win one of the books! Anything bookish or life in general!

Giveaway February 26-March 5! Check back to see if you are a winner!

Also, you can purchase your copies with the links here:

Wait for Me: https://www.amazon.com/Wait-Me-Marguerite-Martin-Gray/dp/195183917X/ref

Hunt for Grace: https://www.amazon.com/Hunt-Grace-TAMMY-KIRBY/dp/B08WJZD9GJ/ref

Snowbound Lessons

Living in Louisiana, snow is a rare visitor. We usually venture to New Mexico or Colorado for a snow-fix, to ski or to experience a winter wonderland. When we travel to those “foreign” lands, we go prepared with clothing, accommodations, winterized transportation, and an enormous dependence on the native citizens who understand life in the snow and mountains.

Back home on February 15, 2021, north Louisiana residents awoke to a blanket of fluffy, pure-white snow. The blanket became a mattress with many layers of covering. With a few days warning, my home turned into a dwelling cut off from the rest of the physical world. In the past, snows dissipated within a few hours, leaving a faint memory. Not this time with Winter Storm Uri. The accumulation grew and decided to stick around for five days.

I know you snow animals of the north think I’m ranting about nothing. What’s the big deal about eight inches of snow—and ice? Well, I learned many lessons from the snow.

Here are my top five:

  1. Admire in awe—mostly from a distance. 10-degree temperature and layers of ice are not friendly companions.  
  2. Practice patience—do not panic. It’s easy to be in “hurricane” panic instead of begin practical. Grocery shelves emptied and visions of starvation set in. This, too, shall pass.
  3. Counter boredom with creative ventures. After very few ventures outside, the inside walls could close in tightly. Puzzles, games, new or old recipes, hot beverages, movies, cleaning, reading. Don’t let cabin fever win!
  4. Praise God for sharing His majestic creation. The world covered in clean white snow pricks the heart to worship in the beauty of His gifts—this time with an unexpected snowstorm.

The sun came out on Friday, February 19 and began its job of changing the shimmery icy snow fields around my house to a world of green daffodil shoots ready to sprinkle the area with yellow, white, and orange blossoms very soon.

How has an unexpected interruption affected your life in a good way? I’m thankful for the lessons.