Best Friends in Novels and Life

best friends 2Do you have a best friend? Or best friends? There’s probably that person from grammar school or that you played with since preschool. Or a high school bestie. I can’t forget my college crew and then the ones from church and my adult life as I moved around. Still out of all the possibilities, I only have a few that are really my best friends–huge blessings in my life!

elizabeth and charlotte in p and p (2)In my novels in the Revolutionary Faith Series, my heroine has a best friend, one she met when she moved from Boston to Charles Town. So, their friendship is only a few years old but strong and permanent. Although they share some common characteristics, the young women have different temperaments, goals, and dreams. Remember Elizabeth and Charlotte from Pride and Prejudice?

darcy and bingleyHow about Darcy and Bingley? My hero Louis crosses an ocean with not one friend to welcome him in the New World. He does make a quick business partner friend and connects with Samuel, who becomes his confidant. These men stick by Louis and become as close as brothers in a short time.

best friendsWhether for years or for days, friends make a difference in our lives. I’m thankful for the ones who accept me just as I am and want the best for me. Not to say, friends don’t have their moments of honest words or criticism but usually words meant to help and improve the friendship and the individuals.

I hope you enjoy the friendships between Elizabeth and Sarah and Louis and Samuel.

Do you have a best friend? For how long? For my best friends out there, I’m thankful for your continued influence on my life.

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RELEASE DAY! Excited!

It’s finally here! Release day for Draw Me to Your Side. Need I say how excited I am!

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A great big thank you and lots of hugs to my Celebrate Lit publisher and team. Also, special appreciation to my launch team who read the book early…I love your support and help.

IMG_3691Now, please go to Amazon and purchase your copy! Or email me at margueriteg@att.net and purchase an autographed copy today.

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Release Day and Giveaway of Draw Me to Your Side

IMG_3705It’s here. Release Day for Draw Me to Your Side, Book Four in my Revolutionary Faith series. I received my box of books, and I am finally able to hold the novel in my hands. So excited!

I am giving away a print copy to one lucky winner. Comment on this blog for your chance to win. I’ll draw a name on Wednesday, February 26! Good luck!

You can purchase your copy from Amazon or a signed copy from me at (margueriteg@att.net.)

Also, you can still purchase the eBook for $.99 from this link  

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Leave comments about anything–the cover, the series, the weather….

 

 

Siblings in Fiction (and Life)

IMG_0699Do you like reading fiction that has a protagonist with siblings? Well, I do probably because I have three sisters who are now my best friends. I’m sure some people who do not have siblings have friends or cousins who are as close as sisters or brothers. Anyway, I love reading and writing about the dynamics of family. Siblings expand the depth of the characters. I know my siblings have added levels of purpose and blessings to my life.

I have a motto for my siblings–From cradle to grave. I read that somewhere years ago and have found it to be so very true. We shared our nursery years, and we are in this life together until death. Our journey is forever linked. My sisters have added other sayings that appear on my shelves. Here are two: “Back off! I have a sister and I’m not afraid to use her.” “Sister love isn’t made out of cupcakes and glitter. More like steel and a set of snow tires. It went the extra mile a long while back, and it’s not going to quit. Not tomorrow, not ever.”

IMG_3691Therefore, in my novels I like to throw in a few siblings to spice things up a bit. In the Revolutionary Faith series, Elizabeth has an older sister Anne and a younger brother George. Can you guess which one gives her more trouble? I won’t tell. She also has a best friend Sarah who steps in as a sister, sharing the bond as sisters do.

Louis, in the same series, has two brothers in France. Being the middle child, he finds an ocean apart is the best way to exist with his brothers. Only through time will the rifts begin to mend.

little womenIn fiction my favorite sisters are the March girls from Little Women–four sisters facing the world. I can relate. And I wouldn’t change a thing about my own sisters! True darlings with extremely loving and forgiving hearts.

Join my characters on a journey with their families–siblings, parents, children, friends. The four books continue to emphasize the importance of the bonds of love. Hold Me Close, Surround Me, Bring Me Near, and now Draw Me to Your Side.

Do you have siblings or friends as close as siblings?

 

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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.

 

Get your copy of the book here.

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
mutli author giveaway Feb 2020The event and giveaway is going on now through Feb 16! Open to US residents only.
Notice Bring Me Near in the giveaway surrounded by some awesome books!
Leave a comment and tell me what you think about the giveaway!
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