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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Great book, con't. and Giveaway!

 Yesterday I told you about a fan-tabulous book I had just read and reviewed, The Promise of Deer Run, a historical novel!  IT is ab absolute MUST READ!  You will pick it up and not want to put it down.

Elaine Marie Cooper has done an outstanding job of developing the characters and plot so that my mind can picture it all.  It is like a movie playing in my head, and I don't want to leave until I find out the ending.  The clean sweet romance captured me and allowed my mind again to be a part of the plot! 

Below is a bit of information about the back story of this novel:

The Story Behind the Story:
How The Deer Run Saga Was Birthed
By Elaine Marie Cooper

When I was young and first heard that one of my grandfathers had been a Redcoat during the Revolutionary War, I was somewhat embarrassed. Growing up in Massachusetts had made me proud of our country’s heritage. But instead of finding zealous patriots in my bloodline, my DNA was from an enemy soldier named Daniel Prince!

Calmer reasoning prevailed, however, as I thought about the reality of his story. Living conditions in Colonial times were difficult, to say the least. It was a frightening period of our history for both Americans and the British. And in the midst of our nation struggling to be birthed, two people on opposing sides in a bloody war met and fell in love.

This story from my family’s history was transformed in my thinking into an inspiring one of romance, unhindered by the politics of the day. It became, purely and simply, a love story.

And so was birthed the idea to create a fictional account of actual events. Since the story is from my imagination, I opted to change last names, the names of the communities, and many other details of the time. However, many of the historical events are documented facts.

The particular information on Daniel Prince’s military background was discovered thanks to the diligent work of Betty Thomson, independent researcher at The National Archives, Kew, in England.

In book one, The Road to Deer Run and now in the sequel, The Promise of Deer Run, I made every effort to stay true to the colonial times. Descriptions of food, homes, clothing, farming, worship practices, medical care, etc. are the result of extensive research.

It has been a personally inspiring experience to write these novels. While the times have changed since the 18th century, the same struggles of their day are our own. Forgiveness, fear, pain, illness, despair, the pain of having a family member at war, the death of a loved one—these are all the battles we contend with in the 21st century. But we also share faith, laughter, love, the excitement of that first kiss, the wonder of looking at a newborn. These are the same joys that we share with our ancestors who are so much a part of who we are.

Their journeys are interwoven with our own.

And then i told you About the giveaway coming up in a couple of weeks, with the grand prize winner receiving:
                         Retail Value: $297.38

  • Basket
  • $25 Starbucks gift card  
  • Spode Christmas teapot  
  • Spode Christmas mugs   
  • Yankee candle
  • Hardbound copy The Road to Deer Run
  • Hardbound copy The Promise of Deer Run
  • Bath and Body Paris Amour scent
All you need to do to enter is to leave a comment on this blog.  On Nov. 18 I will choose one person's name to send to Kathy Carlton Willis, sponsor of this giveaway, to be entered into the grand prize drawing.

Sp, please  go ahead and leave a comment...then please refer your friends to this site to do the same!  I'm thinking just maybe one of you will win the grand prize!  Woot!  Woot!



Elaine Marie Cooper said...

Thank you, again, for hosting my blog tour, Lisa! You are such a blessing to me.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

always love stopping have a special blog

chedeb5353 said...

Great giveaway, would love to win! Deb

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N said...

Wow! Amazing giveaway! Thanks for opportunity to win:)