Monday, December 23, 2013

GIVEAWAY: A Cup of Christmas Cheer


Meet me at Debbie Lynne Costello's Blog for a chance to win the two-volume set of A Cup of Christmas Cheer! My friends Carrie Fancett Pagels and Marilyn Turk are joining me and we are sharing our inspiration for writing the stories we did for this Christmas treasury!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Digging Deeper at Novel Pastimes: Finding Christmas


Please join me today at the historical fiction blog, Novel Pastimes for my column, Digging Deeper. I'm sharing treasures unearthed while researching American and English history from the 17th to 19th centuries. Today I'm talking about Finding Christmas. Please meet me there!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Photo Journal: Jesus Alone

"Jesus Alone" plaque, in Norweigan, on textile and Bibles from Norway.
Belonged to a family friend, now with Jesus and never again alone. By Carla.

I am here a pilgrim stranger, Give me Jesus alone;
He will guard my soul from danger, Give me Jesus alone.
Give me Jesus alone, Give me Jesus alone;
Till I reach my home in glory, Give me Jesus alone.

~ Daniel O. Teasley, hymnist, 1911

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Photo Journal: Being Thankful


One of my propped photos, by Carla.

"In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."—Philippians 4:6

Friday, November 22, 2013

BLOG HOP: A Cup of Christmas Cheer featuring Snowed In by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Please welcome my dear friend, Carrie Fancett Pagels, who I have the joy of sharing pages with in A Cup of Christmas Cheer from Guideposts Books!

Some of the authors of A Cup of Christmas Cheer are hopping around from blog to blog to share with you about a variety of the stories that you'll find in this Christmas treasury which will surely become a keepsake to enjoy year after year. Carrie is one of the greatest cheerleader's I know so it is such a pleasure to reciprocate with this opportunity to tell you about her story story, Snowed In: A Northwoods Christmas.



Snowed In -  Set in the upper peninsula of Michigan, 19-year-old Eliza’s (name changed to Elsie by the publisher) three younger sisters show up at her second job, seemingly abandoned by their father, after their mother’s death. Her wounded WWII veteran sweetheart takes the girls to his ailing grandmother’s log cabin near the lumber camp where they’d grown up. Although Henry promises to return for Christmas eve, the roads are quickly closed off by a blizzard. Can he make it back for Christmas when his car won’t start and his snowshoe straps break? And will a tender love bloom to a promise?

Carla's Review of Snowed In -

Imagine yourself inside a snow globe filled with fluffy white flakes swirling around a log cabin with a smoke filled chimney. Add to it pine trees, home-baked food, a Grandmother's love, Christmas carols, and horse-drawn sleighs, that's how I imagined Carrie Fancett Pagels heart-warming tale in volume one of A Cup of Christmas Cheer.

What happens when a trio of adorable younger siblings are left in the care of a young woman at Christmastime? Elsie's sisters come to the diner where she works with no other place to go. Henry, home just a year from WWII and struggling to get his life back to normal. Elsie is smitten by Henry, but encumbered by the youngsters. She is willing to put her own feelings and goals aside to provide a home for them, but is unable to reside at her employer's apartments with the children. Concerned for their welfare, Henry generously agrees to help them find a temporary home and his grandmother's log cabin seems just the place. When a harsh snow storm comes in on Christmas Eve it may separate Elsie and Henry from spending Christmas together. Will he be able to get through in time for them to all discover the miracle of Christmas?
I'm fascinated with family histories, so I enjoyed reading about Carrie's grandparent's Ruby and William Henry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and how they were "Snowed In" in the Northwoods one very special Christmas. This charming tale, that comes right from the author's heart and is a treasure to be enjoyed for years to come.

    
About Carrie Fancett Pagels (www.carriefancettpagels.com) is author of an Amazon top-rated Civil War novella Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance. Carrie also contributed to God’s Provision in Tough Times, Lighthouse of the Carolinas (July, 2013). Her short story, Snowed In: A Northwoods Christmas, appears in Guidepost Books “A Cup of Christmas Cheer” (October, 2013). With a Ph.D. in School Psychology, Carrie served as a psychologist for twenty-five years. Carrie is the former ACFW Zone Mid-Atlantic Zone Director and Virginia/West Virginia Area Coordinator and continues to serve as co-hostess of the Tidewater Area Christian Writers group. Married for over 25 years to the love of her life, she resides in Virginia’s historic triangle. She has an 11-year-old son and a 24-year-old daughter.

Carrie has two popular group blogs: Overcoming with God (www.overcomingwithGod.com) and Colonial Quills (www.ColonialQuills.org).


GIVEAWAY:


Carrie will be giving this beautiful Snowy LOG CABIN Old World Christmas Ornament to one commenter (must leave email addy please). 






Continue on with the Blog Hop!
Stop by any time to learn about the stories and win prizes along the way. The hop will end with a grand prize at Colonial Quills on Friday, November 29th.Prize eligibility - please comment within one week of this post. Comment on all stops to for a chance at the grand prize

The grand prize (valued over $100) is a $70 tea set, $10 Amazon gift card, $10 Trader Joe's gift card, hot chocolate packets, and A Cup of Christmas Cheer from Guideposts Books!





BLOG HOP Schedule:



Friday, November 8th - visit Carla Olson Gade on Carrie Fancett Pagels' blog.
Saturday, November 9th - visit Ashley Clark is on Anita Mae Draper's blog.
Saturday, November 16th - visit Anita Mae Draper on Johnnie Alexander Donley's blog.
Sunday November 17th - visit Julie Carobini on Ashley Clark's blog.
Friday, November 22nd - visit Carrie Fancett Pagels  on Carla Olson Gade's blog.
Saturday, November 23rd - visit Johnnie Alexander Donley on Julie Carobini's blog.

Friday, November 29th
- visit Colonial Quills Blog to announce Grand Prize winner.



Order A Cup of Christmas Cheer at Guidepost Books online Store and read a sample chapter from one of the stories!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Photo Journal: Colonial Gate

18th century gate in Glastonbury, Connecticut, by Carla.
A gate can keep things in, but they also keep things out. What are you protecting? Or keeping at bay?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Digging Deeper at Novel Pastimes: Historical Holidays



Please join me today at the historical fiction blog, Novel Pastimes for my new column, Digging Deeper. I'm sharing treasures unearthed while researching American and English history from the 17th to 19th centuries. Today I'm talking about Historical Holidays. Please meet me there!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Photo Journal: Life Story

I took this photo in the book section of an antique store in Maine.

Everyone has a story. There have been many chapters in my life that I never thought I'd get through. Sometimes I was afraid what would happen next, others were filled with delightful anticipation. I have often hoped for happy endings, but the pages in between are what seem to matter most. When I trust God to write His-story for my life I find that every page has meaning.

If your story had a title what would it be? Is it time to be retitled?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Blog Hop for A Cup of Christmas Cheer


For a chance to win this beautiful German "Brocade Star" beeswax Christmas ornament made from an antique mold, Hop on over with me to the Over Coming with God BLOG where Carrie Fancett Pagels is featuring my story, Upon a Christmas Tree Schooner, from the two volume set A Cup of Christmas Cheer.

Stop by any time to learn about the stories and win prizes along the way. The hop will end with a grand prize at Colonial Quills on Friday, November 29th. Prize eligibility - please comment within one week of this post. Comment on all stops to for a chance at the grand prize.

The grand prize (valued over $100) is a $70 tea set, $10 Amazon gift card, $10 Trader Joe's gift card, hot chocolate packets, and A Cup of Christmas Cheer from Guideposts Books!



BLOG HOP Schedule:
Friday, November 8th - visit Carla Olson Gade on Carrie Fancett Pagels' blog.
Saturday, November 9th - visit Ashley Clark is on Anita Mae Draper's blog.
Saturday, November 16th - visit Anita Mae Draper on Johnnie Alexander Donley's blog.
Sunday November 17th - visit Julie Carobini on Ashley Clark's blog.
Friday, November 22nd - visit Carrie Fancett Pagels  on Carla Olson Gade's blog.
Saturday, November 23rd - visit Johnnie Alexander Donley on Julie Carobini's blog.

Friday, November 29th
- visit Colonial Quills Blog to announce Grand Prize winner.



Friday, November 1, 2013

Tea Party Celebration for Cup of Christmas Cheer

 
This week of celebrating the release of A Cup of Christmas Cheer from Guidepost Books featuring my short story "Upon a Christmas Tree Schooner" continues at Colonial Quills!



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Photo Journal: Schooner

Photo taken by Carla of schooner at Mystic Seaport, CT.

O skies be calm! O winds blow free----
Blow all my ships safe home to me.
But if thou sendest some awrack
To never more come sailing back,
Send any - all that skim the sea -
But bring my love-ship home to me
          
                             
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Monday, October 28, 2013

New Release! A Cup of Christmas Cheer


I'm thrilled to announce my newest release. I've contributed to a wonderful Christmas treasury of stories from Guidepost Books.



Twinkling lights, the scents of cinnamon and pine, family gatherings, favorite carols from the heart. In the spirit of these cozy Christmas traditions, Guideposts presents A Cup of Christmas Cheer, a two-book set brimming with heartwarming fiction stories of faith and family set in Christmases past and present. You’ll be swept away on a wave of glad tidings and good cheer as you are reminded of God’s unconditional love and ever-present care at Christmas and all throughout the year.

My story Upon a Christmas Tree Schooner is featured in Volume 2 of A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Tales of Faith and Family for the Holidays. A ship's captain takes his schooner for his last haul of the season upon icy Lake Michigan to return with Christmas trees for the German immigrants in his town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His journey leads to an unexpected surprise of hope and healing for he and his grieving wife with a Christmas gift to treasure for years to come.

I'm celebrating the release of A Cup of Christmas Cheer all week! Wednesday you'll find me at Great Lake Romances and Friday we are having a tea party at Colonial Quills.




Order A Cup of Christmas Cheer at Guidepost Books online Store and read a sample chapter from one of the stories!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Victorian Fair


Last month I went to a Victorian Fair with my husband and Mom, to celebrate her birthday. I thought I'd share some of the highlights from the delightful time we had at this grand event held at Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine. 

Victoria Mansion is a massive Italianate brownstone, built in
1858, with a view toward Portland Harbor. The summer villa
of Ruggles S. Morse, a rural Maine native who built his
fortune as a proprietor of several of New Orleans
most magnificent hotels.

Victorian Fashion
Victorian fashions by costumed reenactors.

Civil War encampment
Reenactors from the 3rd Maine Infantry: soldiers, surgeon, camp tent.

Vintage Singers
This 19th century era quartet entertained us with
tunes such as "By the Light of the Silvery Moon."


A taste of the 19th century

Tea! Tea cakes, Switchel,Green Tomato Pickles, Aspic, Hardtack.


The Photographer

This tintype photographer was of special interest to this author of
"The Shadow Catcher's Daugher," my novel of an 1875 photographer.

The Phrenologist
Phrenology was a popular 19th century method of
determining one's personality from the shape of his or her skull.
This phrenologist was visiting from Olde Sturbridge Village.


Another fun activity was the dog trick show!

Tussie-Mussie
I made my own "Tussie-Mussie" nosegay to take home!

Mansion Tour
Main hall of Victoria Mansion. Photo: David Bohl.Guests are not allowed to take pictures inside the house museum,
but you may have a peek of the mansion at Christmastime
with these professional photographs.

Have you ever been to a Victorian Fair
or one of another historical era?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Photo Journal: How he Travels

My cousin's old truck. A zoologist, he drives it to work every day in
Massachusetts where he works for the city Park, by Carla.

Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
~ Henry Adams, U. S. Historian

Monday, October 21, 2013

Digging Deeper at Novel Pastimes: Perfect Places


Please join me today at the historical fiction blog, Novel Pastimes for my column, Digging Deeper. I'm sharing treasures unearthed while researching American and English history from the 17th to 19th centuries. Today I'm talking about Perfect Places. Please meet me there!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Apple Picking


I love sharing my experiences in Maine with my readers. I feel so blessed to live in such a beautiful place. Saturday we went to The Apple Farm with our weekend visitors and picked from the bounty of ripe apples after riding on a wagon through the orchard.





Enjoy your weekend! I'm away visiting some family in Massachusetts and off to a writer's retreat in New Hampshire. What are you doing?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Photo Journal: Little Shoes, Big Heart

From an antique trunk. Children's shoes belonging to a very kind woman
when she was as a child, Maine, by Carla.

"No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure." ~ Emma Goldman

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mistletoe Memories Treasure Hunt

  
Sometimes the owner of the old house on Schooley's Mountain finds things stored in the attic. It's your job to collect those items as you travel to each blog on the Mistletoe Memories Treasure Hunt. Read the post about the featured novella and see what the unique giveaways are. You will find the item on the antique post card image further down the page.

Giveaways are available on each post and the grand prize is the lovely 12.5" x 18" Christmas banner pictured at the left.







Mistletoe Memories

Barbour Publishing, September 2013

by Carla Olson Gade, Gina Welborn, Lisa Karon Richardson, and Jennifer AlLee


For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. ~Hebrews 3:4

One of America’s earliest summer resorts began atop the majestically wooded Schooley’s Mountain where the mecca of chalybeate springs (or “magic water”) drew visitors from near and far. Eventually the magic water disappeared, but the memories remained. Folks who live there tell the stories they heard from their grandparents who heard them from their grandparents. The four stories in MISTLETOE MEMORIES cover the almost 200 years after the house was built and center around a house that became a refuge that became an orphanage that became a home. 


'Tis the Season by Carla Olson Gade:

In 1820, Stephan Yost, resident carpenter of Schooley’s Mountain, New Jersey’s fashionable resort, spends off-season working on repairs, renovations, and constructing new buildings. When he is hired to build a permanent home for the resort's physician and his spirited daughter, Annaliese Braun, in time for Christmas, Stephan finds himself enamored by the precocious spinster. But will he be able to compete for her affections against the advances of a manipulative iron baron?


Author's favorite character:

I choose little Rory Schroeder. He is a rambunctious ten year old boy who lives on Schooley's Mountain with his uncle. He's a deep thinker and reminds me of one of my sons when he was young. When he gets excited he breaks into his German language.


Giveaway: I'm giving away a pair of Tiny Dutch Shoes, like the that Stephan makes for a Christmas ornament, an autographed copy of Mistletoe Memories, and a copy of this antique post card.

Treasure Hunt: 

Post the answer to the question from your previous stop on the Mistletoe Memories Treasure Hunt (unless you started here). Answer the question below and bring your answer to the next blog and post it in the comment area.
If this is your first stop you will return here and post an answer after visiting the third stop. Then you will be eligible for the giveaway on this page.




Question:
The boy holding mistletoe looks similar to Rory from 'Tis the Season.
What is he holding in his other hand?

Now please visit Gina Welborn, author of Mercy Mild, the second novella in Mistletoe Memories, and report your answer in the comments area and collect the next treasure!




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