Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sisters That Changed History: Mary & Anne Boleyn

Continuing the series on Sisters That Changed History, we explore Tudor Era England on the HHHistory Blog. 
Mary and Anne Boleyn were born during treacherous and changing times. Although these two sisters weren’t as close as the others we’ve been covering, their influence on history is just as strong.

Mary seems to have been the elder of the two, both children of Thomas Boleyn, the first Earl of Wiltshire and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Howard. Probably only two or three years older, Mary was brought up with Anne and their brother George in Kent, England. Their French governess prepared them for their later occupations as maids to a French queen. Their education consisted of basic principles of math, history, etc. but also included family genealogy, hunting, singing, and skills in running a house.

Read the full post HERE.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Special Thank You and a question

Hello, everyone!
I owe each and every one of you a very special thank you.I wanted to do this in as close to "in person" as I could, so I decided to make a video.
If the video doesn't show up in the post, you can view it here: 

Thank you to everyone who voted for Sam! If you would like a door hanger, shoot me an email at visionwriter2 at gmail dot com.

Here are a few interesting links for your weekend. 

Rachelle Rea Cobb joins STT for her Book Birthday Celebration with Giveaway

History of Spies in America on HHHistory.com

I'm looking for ideas and opinions on a new feature coming soon to my Author Newsletter! 

I'm going to be starting a new feature in my author Newsletter and I need suggestions for a name or headline for it.
I've been meeting a lot of amazing people lately. People who have inspired me and left me in wonder. But these extraordinary people are often labeled ordinary. Unsung heroes. In my newsletter, I'd like to feature some of these folks with a short tribute. Because these folks deserve a pat on the back and I think ya'll would be just as inspired by their stories as I am. 

So, two questions. Does this sound interesting to you?
And any suggestions on what to title this section?

If you're not yet subscribed to my newsletter, here's what's going on. In May, we're taking a trip to Ireland, Scotland and the British Isles! I'd love to take ya'll along with me, so I'm going to do so virtually. Get the inside scoop and pictures in my newsletter.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meet Catherine, a Runaway Cinderella in Search of Love

Today we're interviewing Catherine Malloy, the heroine from Echoes of the Heart, one of the novellas in the Pony Express Romance collection. 
Welcome, Catherine! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born to educated parents who believed in the benefit of education, even for girls. My parents loved me, and when they died suddenly, my uncle became my ward. He told me that my father was a poor businessman—which I never believed—and he eventually hired me out as maid in a mansion in Boston. I always dreamed of marriage, but once in my destitute position, I believed my uncle when he said I could no longer expect to enter Boston society but must settle to marry another servant.
What brings you to the West?
I saw an advertisement for a woman to come to Kansas to marry, and I showed it to my best friend and fellow servant, Maggie. She was so excited at the prospect of getting out of Boston that I didn’t have the heart to tell her I was thinking of answering the advertisement myself. Because she couldn’t read or write, I wrote her letters for her, and answered the ones she received from Mr. Troudt. Maggie didn’t love him—she just wanted to escape from Boston. However, I started to dream about this man who would rescue me from my situation.
What would be your dream occupation?
I have a great talent for sewing and needlework, and I love to cook. So being the wife of a station master would suit me fine—I can sew for the riders and cook for them and the stage and wagon train passengers, too.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is of not being wanted. My uncle made me feel that way, as though I were an unwelcome encumbrance upon him.

If you could go back ten or fifteen years, what advice would you give yourself?
If I went back ten years, I would be but a snippet of a girl, barely into her teens. I would tell her that who she is doesn’t depend on who others say she is—she must listen to what God says about her.

Where do you see yourself being ten years down the road?
In ten years, I hope to have at least six children, and looking forward to growing old with Mr. Troudt.

Any parting remarks?
I would like to thank your readers for taking such an interest in my story, and to be sure to enjoy the other stories in this collection. And perhaps to consider sitting down and writing their own story. But always remember—without Him, no story is worth telling.

Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Catherine!

About Donna:

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid publisher who has published a number of books under her pen name and  under her own name. Her current release, Echoes of the Heart, a 9-in-1 novella collection titled "Pony Express Romance Collection" released April 1. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She will be teaching an online course for American Christian Fiction Writers in June 2017, “Don’t let your subplots sink your story”. Donna loves history and research, and travels extensively for both.

Echoes of the Heart: http://amzn.to/2lBaqcW

About the book:

In nine adventure-filled novellas, you will meet the hardy souls who face the daily urgency and danger involved in moving the mail across country, and join them as they experience love and romance along the way.

Echoes of the Heart  features a mail order bride and a crippled station master. With no way out for either of them—except with each other—can they surrender their hearts and find true love? Or will a mysterious woman traveling the trail, and the Pinkerton agent intent on catching this criminal before she robs another man keep them apart—forever?

If you'd like a chance to win this collection, hop on over to the Stitches Thru Time blog and leave a comment!

Click Here to enter!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sisters that Changed History: Tru'ng Sisters and Kindle Fire Giveaway!

This month in our series of Sisters that Changed History, we visit Vietnam during the first century A.D. These two gals are kinda like the Vietnamese Joan of Arc.

Tru'ng Trac and her younger sister, Tru'ng Nhi were born in Gaio Chi (Northern Vietnam) to a military family. As they grew up under the Han Dynasty, Vietnam was under Chinese rule. With their father being the prefect of the county, the two girls were made to study martial arts and war strategy, which they utilized later in life.

At some point, a neighboring prefect came to visit Tru'ng's father. The neighboring prefect's son, Thi Sach, met and fell in love with the eldest daughter and a marriage was arranged.

Read the full article on HHHIstory.com 

Giveaway Alert!

I am excited to be participating in a multi-author giveaway just for you! Enter for your chance to win the grand prize of a Kindle Fire or the 1st place prize of 19 books. Don't miss your chance to win! Enter here: https://promosimple.com/ps/b58e

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Your Chance to win a Holy Land Gift Set #giveaway #fbparty

You are invited to join us tomorrow, Friday, March 24th for a Facebook party to celebrate Easter with 5 Christian authors! There will be great prizes, trivia, games and much more, so be sure to join the fun!

Christian Fiction Books for Easter Facebook Party. Meet the authors, learn about their stories, and have a chance to win free books and prizes. What better way to celebrate Easter?
Here are the list of authors and when they'll be at the party: (all times Eastern)

6:00 pm Tamera Lynn Kraft
6:30 pm Jericha Kingston
7:00 pm Joan Leotta
7:30 pm Darlene Franklin
8:00 pm Wanda Porter
8:30 pm Amber Schamel

One of the prizes we'll be giving away is a Holy Land Gift Set!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sisters That Changed History - Athena and Artemis

 Today we're continuing our exploration of sisters in history. If you missed last month's post on Leah and Rachel, you can find it here.

Athena (known as Minerva to the Romans) and Artemis (Diana) were the mythical daughters of Zeus in Greek Mythology. While these two figures are either legends stretched to extraordinary proportions or complete products of imagination, they did affect history, as we will see.

Athena, considered the goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and war, was the principle deity of the Greek Capital of Athens. She is best known for the story of her...ahem...unusual birth. As the story goes, her father Zeus swallowed her mother after she became pregnant for fear of her bearing a son that would threaten his reign. Afterward, he developed such a horrible headache that he begged a friend to split his skull with an ax to relieve the pressure. When his friend obliged, Athena sprang full-grown, wearing weapons and armor, from the slit in his head. Of course, such tales are of little interest to us, except for the fact that they had a tremendous influence upon the Greeks as well as Romans, who in turn influenced the entire world. Especially America. Here’s why. 

Click Here to read the full article at HHHIstory.com

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A New Wardrobe for Sam

Today I'm blogging over at Stitches Thru Time! I hope you'll join me as we talk about Samuel Adams and his planned trip to Continental Congress without a suitable set of clothes.

One of the fun tidbits I learned while researching for the Dawn of Liberty series was in regards to a very special gift that Samuel Adams received from his constituents.

Sam was a politician, and that was his heart. He spend hours upon hours in political committees, writing letters and articles, and lobbying in whatever way possible. However, his fault was that he was not very good when it came to finances. Most of his work was without pay, and the job he did have paid very little.

Read the rest of the article at Stitches Thru Time!