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!
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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!
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End of Year Insights

cup of teaIt has happened again. The end of the year is here, giving me a chance to look back as I look forward. Do you do the same thing? I find it is an opportunity to slow down for a few days, but only a few.  I have deadlines looming, just out of reach. So, I’m taking a few blessed days to contemplate my next moves.

Hold me Close front (1)I’m excited about my next book being released sometime in February or March 2020. But for now, I want to remember how far the Revolutionary Series has come in two years. The characters are close to my heart as are the stories they live through the pages. The titles of each book have a duel meaning and carry through the series. The title of Book One–Hold Me Close, conjures images of a romance. Although that is not the number one theme of the book, a romance is present. The sentimental elements of love and affection appear in the pages of the historical novel. But Hold Me Close has a spiritual significance as God is the one holding the characters close in His plans, in His arms, in His sight.

Surround Me front (1)Book Two–Surround Me has the dual meaning also. The full title could have been Let Your Love Surround Me. Whose love? Well, the love between the couple with all the ends and outs of a romance, but also God’s love, as ultimately the characters need His love and presence to face their future together.

Bring Me Near rough (2)By now the pattern is set for the other novels in the series. Book Three–Bring Me Near carries the dual meaning onward with the human element of longing to be close for protection, support, and love. God’s role is every-present as He is there to provide the answers, comfort, protection outside of the human capabilities.

In the new year, I will pass on the title and information about Book Four. For now, I intend to relax and contemplate how I can allow God to hold me close, surround me, and bring me near.

What insights do you have from 2019? 

 

Beginnings…Part Three

IMG_0533Saying goodbye is in fact facing a beginning. You can say adios to friends and family as well as jobs, residences, seasons, and vacation. Of course, there are big events when children leave home, loved ones die, youth flees along with health. Yet, these events are replaced with something, perhaps a new beginning.

IMG_0680I recently returned from a very awesome sojourn to Switzerland. The majestic mountains and cool weather rejuvenated my senses and my energy for a short period of time. It’s always nice to say hello to vacation, the planning being a huge part of the anticipation and actual journey. Colors are brighter; smiles are larger; attitudes are transformed. Yes, vacations tend to release negative energy and vibes.

VUQV0631Those events whether a vacation or a move or a change of jobs have the inevitable end and the facing of reality.  That is where I am right now. Summer is coming to a quick halt as the first day of school hangs just a week away. My new beginning, full of anticipation is preceded by a few months of leisure and rest. Who am I to complain! Life is full of these moments between seasons.

The hero in Book Three of Revolutionary Faith, Bring Me Near (Amazon link), faces decisions and an ominous new event:

Charles Town, South Carolina–December 31, 1774

Louis Lestarjette paused with his hands on the hard cherry-wood armoire doors, depending on the strength of the massive piece of furniture to hold him upright. The slight pounding of a headache reminded him of the task before him.

Meet at the Exchange at eleven.

He was to come alone. The note had not been signed. Christopher Gadsden, his friend and business partner, had told him he’d receive an opportunity to help the cause. Since he trusted Christopher, he did not second-guess whether he should meet tonight. Nothing could keep him away. He needed to know how to protect Elizabeth from the turmoil brewing…. 

IMG_1023What are you saying goodbye to right now? What beginning are you anticipating? 

Thank You

IMG_7178I need to stop and thank everyone for a successful release of Bring Me Near. The flowers are for you! I could not have done it without so many people working to make this publication special and memorable. The process of publication is long and arduous but so very worth it to finally hold the book in my hands.

Thank you to my publisher and editors at Celebrate Lit. You kept me on track and worked diligently to create a beautiful book. Roseanna White once again created a gorgeous cover. I’m so pleased with all three of the covers for the series.

IMG_7114 (1)My advanced readers, or my street team, are awesome. I hope I didn’t scare you off from joining me again for the next novel. Thank you for your time, your critiques, your reviews, and overall support. I received many comments that I will use over and over to inspire me to continue writing. My team of readers for Bring Me Near was Katie G., Boots M., Sarah H., Charlotte P., Sally M., Terri W., Melissa W., Mary C., Donna G., Nancy W., Diane F., Gloria B., Judy K., Katherine H., Linda M., Dot G., Sandy D., and Becky S. You are the best!

My blog tour with Celebrate Lit ran from February 28- March 13. Thank you to all of the bloggers for your time and reviews. It is always a joy to work with such a dedicated group of readers, writers, and bloggers.

img_e7187-2.jpgNext is a new release book signing on March 23 at the Avenue Christian Bookstore in Ruston, Louisiana. I hope to see many family and friends at this event.

I will continue to promote the Revolutionary Faith Series at book clubs, book events, festivals, and social clubs. I am over half way in the writing of Book Four Draw Me to Your Side. Keep your comments coming as we continue this journey together.

Let me know what you think about the series and what you expect for Book Four!

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“Don’t Tread on Me”

american flagI love flags. I am a bit like Sheldon on “Big Bang Theory.” I want to know the meaning, the significance of the colors, the symbolism of the designs. Take the flag of the United States for an example. Every stripe, star, or color has a meaning. The symbolism makes it ours; something we can be proud of even today.

In my classroom with my students, I have them research a Spanish speaking country. One component is to include the flag and its meaning. You’d be surprised at what we learn.

So, it isn’t surprising that I latched on to a new flag in Bring Me Near, Revolutionary Faith Book Three. The words on the banner will not be anything new to you. “Don’t Tread on Me.” Yes, this flag was designed by one of my favorite Revolution characters, Christopher Gadsden, from Charles Town, South Carolina, in 1775.

join or dieAt the Continental Congress in 1775, a suggestion was passes around that the newly created Navy needed a flag. The creation of the flag is still attributed to Gadsden. A bit of history–preceding his rendition of the flag time includes the political symbol that Benjamin Franklin drew in 1754 of a disconnected serpent with the caption “Join or Die.”

The 1775 flag was on a bright yellow background with a coiled gray rattlesnake in the center. The bold words became a motto for the Revolution.

IMG_7131Just looking at it scares me. I am from the south. The rattlesnake is not a sign of friendship or a welcome addition to any garden. I hate them passionately. And, I have a respect for the danger and harm one can do. As a child, I learned to watch my path through the woods, retreat when I see one, and give them the distance and respect they need.

Gadsden and the people of South Carolina felt the same. The rattlesnake was seen as a noble and useful creature. It warned the enemy (man, beast) before it struck. It did not attack unless disturbed or frightened. It only struck in self-defense, and then it was deadly.

Think about the American Revolution. The people in the colonies had an enemy, Britain, rattlesnakethat continued to pursue the colonists with unwanted laws and petitions. The colonists (or the rattlesnake) could only take so much abuse. If Britain continued to tread on their rights, the colonists would attack. A warning. A deadly reminder.

I have this flag hanging on my bookcase as I write my novels. It is a reminder of a people (my ancestors and yours) who in the beginning never wanted war or separation. Yet, Britain became an enemy and her people had to strike back or be trampled.

Do you think Gadsden’s flag was a good choice?

FYI: The official flag of the Continental Navy  was the Grand Union Flag. The most popular symbol of the American Revolution was the Don’t Tread on Me flag.

First Lines of Bring Me Near

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Fictional Elizabaeth

Count down: Three days until the release of Bring Me Near, Book Three of my Revolutionary Faith Series. Also, its five days until the Bring Me Near blog tour. I really do hope you will follow the book through the tour.

Here are a few one-liners from early reviewers. I’m so thankful for the dear souls who read and critiqued this book. You are wonderful!

“Is time travel possible? Marguerite transports me back to the American Revolution.”

“This story shows the strength and fortitude of the men and women of the American Revolution when surrounded by love.”

“History, intrigue, romance, all included in a beautiful love story.”

“Through your expertly developed characters, we experience emotions, fears and the role of faith in that journey. It’s as if we were there in our own time travel.”

I hope you will read the novel to form your own opinion.

Bring Me Near rough (2)Following is an excerpt from the first page of the novel:

Charles Town, South Carolina December 31, 1774

Louis Lestarjette paused with his hands on the hard-cherry wood armoire doors, depending on the strength of the massive piece of furniture to hold him upright. The slight pounding of a headache reminded him of the task before him.

Meet at the Exchange at eleven.

He was to come alone. The note had not been signed. Christopher Gadsden, his friend and business partner, had told him he’d receive an opportunity to help the cause. Since he trusted Christopher, he did not second-guess whether he should meet tonight. Nothing could keep him away. He needed to know how to protect Elizabeth from the turmoil brewing…….

You’ll have to read the rest on your own…Have a great week!

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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?