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

Villian or Unlikely Hero?

As you have heard, my book baby Wait for Me had a birthday release on February 9, 2021 last week. I’ve held it and welcomed it with open arms. It is the last of the series, making it extra special.

One friend commented after she read the end of Draw Me to Your Side, Book Four, “What happens to George?” My sister’s first words about Wait for Me were “Poor George!”

So who is George? The main characters who have the two points of view are Elizabeth and Louis. Yet, George carries a tenuous thread through all five books. Will he betray his kin and the new nation?

I’ve included the first paragraphs of Wait for Me here:

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. She knew no more than she had on that terrifying night.

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

You’ll have to read the book to find out about George’s final role!

Purchase at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wait-Me-Margue…

Is there a literary “Villian” that you like? One that you see some good and want him/her to change?

Multi-Author Giveaway: We Love Our Readers

Hello Readers!

 We appreciate you all so much and wanted to do something special for you so I have teamed up with Celebrate Lit to do a special giveaway!

We 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 We Love our Readers Giveaway! Notice I have two books in the giveaway! For the first time ever–Wait for Me, Book Five in the Revolutionary Faith Series and Surround Me, Book Two!

Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/105b6/3rd-annual-we-love-our-readers

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

Good luck and happy reading. Be sure to comment here and enter with the link above.

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

Because Fiction Article

#BecauseFiction October Editions!

Here are a few words from Sandy Barela, Owner of Celebrate Lit Ministries:

Hello Readers! Any weather is book weather….but now it is curl up with a blanket, coffee, and book weather! Adding to the excitement is the Christmas books that are starting to release. I have already started to read a few new ones plus a few of my favorites while listening to Christmas music (shhhh….don’t tell the fam!).  In this edition, we hope you are able to find the latest going on with all our #BecauseFiction Authors, enter some fun giveaways, grab some free books, plus add some to the fall TBR list. Have a wonderful November, Friends!

I have an article in the Historical Edition of the magazine.

“Stop by and read our #BecauseFiction October Historical Edition with featured authors such as Marguerite Martin Gray, Carolyn Miller, and Caryl McAdoo!”

https://mailchi.mp/3deccdfc5bd5/becausefiction-magazine-october-historical-fiction-giveaways-5850314

Maybe you will find a new author to read. Happy November!