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!

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.

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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