April Giveaway

I almost let April slip away without a giveaway. But have no fear, I found the time to add one.

I loved Permelia Cottage by Carole Lehr Johnson. Travel to England and enjoy the quaint village with some unique characters, good food, and secrets.

I’m giving away a copy of Hold Me Close to start a lucky winner on the Revolutionary Faith Series. Join the characters in Charles Town, SC in 1772-73.

Make a comment here for your chance to win one of the two books. Comment by the end of April 25!

What setting in a novel is one of your favorites? England, US, France, an island, etc?

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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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.

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

As Characters Mature…

What age is maturity? 20, 35, 70? Many days I do not act or feel like I am any more mature than a thirteen-year-old. On others, I carry the weight of the world, evident in my wrinkles, drooping shoulders, and overall fatigue. I believe maturity is a constant growth device triggered by life experiences. Some people gain those early and some struggle to accept them and bathe in immaturity a while longer.

This week I thought about Elizabeth Elliott Lestarjette in her role as heroine in all five of the Revolutionary Faith novels. I tried to put myself in her shoes and circumstances. I really do not think I would have fared as well as Elizabeth. But perhaps when faced with the circumstances, my personality flaws would have matured more rapidly to cover my insecurities.

Elizabeth enters the scene as an eighteen-year-old young lady in 1772, Charles Town. Marriageable age. Studious. Garden and cat lover. Musician (teacher). Loving, obedient daughter. Sister and friend. Upper-middle class family. On any normal day, I would guess her to behave as an average teen. What made her maturity level elevate?

The Pre-Revolution decision—

Loyalist or Patriot

The series spans ten years, until Elizabeth is twenty-eight. I look back to my twenties, and I do not shine with any outstanding level of maturity. Why does Elizabeth’s level rank higher than her years?

The American Revolution

in her hometown

I watch the news of war. She lived it.

I might have pinched pennies for groceries. She managed with hoarded food.

I teach school. Her school closed.

I have two children. She did, too, but she had to protect them with her life.

My husband works. Hers impoverished them by supplying the war effort.

I lock my doors. She lived with blackout drapes and curfews with a pistol by her side.

It intrigues me to wonder about the effects of war and famine, of disease and poverty, of death and prison on a young family. Did Elizabeth age physically? Did her face show the signs of distress? Did her mind collapse into a mode of survival with no intellectual outlet? Did her emotions plummet into depression and woes?

My theory after living for many more than 28 years is that the human experience of living takes on a day-to-day existence when faced with calamity. We have a pandemic with all its shortcomings, of which many are emotional. Elizabeth had a war, including a siege and occupation. The big picture with no answers is too much, too daunting, too unbelievable. It’s doable if in little pieces.

I look at the covers of my books to Elizabeth as a young, dreamy, carefree girl to a young, mature woman. Ten years with the experience of a much older woman. I’ve been challenged by Elizabeth—by all women facing the unknown, all pioneers in history. I strive to be a mature being who somehow maintains a portion of the fun-loving, spontaneous, joyful moments.

Please follow Elizabeth on her journey in the Revolutionary Faith series.

Wait for Me (#5) will be released February 9!

Can you think of other characters that have “matured” in the book(s)?

Release Day–Less than two weeks!

I’m so excited about the release of Wait for Me, Book Five in the Revolutionary Faith Series!

February 9, 2021

The rhythm of Wait for Me beats across the miles, into the prisons, through the shackled town from the heart of God to His war-weighted people.

Charles Town, South Carolina, 1780—With the inevitable occupation of Charles Town by the British pounding at the gates, Louis Lestarjette braces for possible imprisonment or worse. How can he provide for his growing family with the evil chains of the enemy binding his source of existence? The scenarios of imprisonment and starvation warp his grasp of control. He realizes he has no control over the outcome of the stronghold of the British, only a sense of survival at almost any cost.

The reality of her impending confinement within the walls of an occupied town ground Elizabeth with an innate drive to protect her children. She bends her definition of Patriot and mother as she invades the enemy’s territory and violates the strict rules, possibly exposing her family to harm. When her brother finally turns his allegiance to the Patriot cause, she allows him to bring the battle into her home as they consider the rescue of endangered soldiers. Her belief in justice amidst chaos wavers as Elizabeth faces the delivery of her baby and of her beloved hometown.  

Discover the destiny of the Lestarjette family in the final book of the Revolutionary Faith Series as they hope and wait upon deliverance from a world under siege.

Preorder ebook here: https://www.amazon.com/Wait-Me-Revolutionary-Faith-Book-ebook/dp/B08HVWDQNL/

Paperback is available for purchase on February 9, 2021

I hope you will purchase and read Wait for Me!

Not So Minor

When I say “minor character,” what do you think? The more I read and the more I experience life, I pose the question, “Are they minor? Really?” The word “minor” tends to diminish the impact or importance of something. Not so! Not in novels. In novels the protagonists or major characters have the main story line. The other characters have a story, too, but reserved for another time, another point of view. I propose that without the “minor” characters, there is not much to a story. What do you think?

In novels the minor characters are friends, sisters, brothers, parents, children, store owners, ministers, etc. But are they really minor in the lives of the major ones? Not at all. In my life, all the people who make up my circle are so very important that if one were missing my life would be off-centered. Hence, the reason it takes me time to adjust when someone moves or dies or grows up. None of these precious people serve a minor role.

Perhaps, “supporting” is a better word, for isn’t that what they do every day? What would a novel be without the interaction of the ones who complete the circle? As I launch the final novel in the Revolutionary Faith Series, Wait for Me, I have a love for all the characters that make Elizabeth and Louis into the people they are. The same roles of ones who have molded me: family, friends, teachers, mentors.

As you read the pages of Wait for Me, pay attention to the following special people:

          Sarah—Elizabeth’s best friend

          Anne—Elizabeth’s sister

          The Elliotts—her parents

          George—her brother

          Samuel and Christopher—Louis’ best friends

          All the children

          Jeannette and Henry

          Lucy

          Tom and Raymond

          Ellen and Amy

They each have a story. Each person in your life has a major role too. Let’s try to be thankful for those supporting us in so many ways.

Do you enjoy the minor characters in the novels you read? Who is an example?

Pre-order link for Wait for Me ebook:

https://www.amazon.com/Wait-Me-Revolutionary-Faith-Book-ebook/dp/B08HVWDQNL/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wait+for+me+marguerite+martin+gray&qid=1610674918&sr=8-1

Counting Down to Release Day

February 9, 2021 is less than four months from now. I’m so excited about holding the last book of Revolutionary Faith in my hands. Wait for Me throws the characters into emotional and physical dilemmas most people will never have to face. I hope you are ready to fall into step with Louis and Elizabeth on their journey.

Here is an excerpt from Chapter one of Wait for Me.

Chapter 1

Charles Town, South Carolina, January 1777

Elizabeth Lestarjette tugged at an escaped ringlet. The pull kept her focused on the present news, rather than the what ifs of the past or the speculations about the future.

Her brother’s fevered body struggled on the bed in the caretaker’s cottage. With few options, the hidden room posed as a safe place to sequester George. The fever had raged for two weeks, ever since Christmas Eve.

No, no, no. You can’t die like this. Not with Louis gone. I don’t think I could stand to lose you now.

Stay tuned for more info as the date draws near….

To pre-order Wait for Me with a bonus short story please follow this link:

http://www.celebratelitpublishing.com/posts/book/wait-for-me/