Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CHRISTIAN FICTION SCAVENGER HUNT: Stop #3 (Pink Team)

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am part of Team PINK and this is Stop #3.

If you’re just joining us, there are two loops—purple and pink—and they begin at Lisa Bergren’s site and Robin Hatcher’s site for stop #1 for either stream. If you complete either the pink loop or purple loop, you can enter for a Kindle Paperwhite and the 17 autographed books from that loop. If you complete BOTH loops, you can enter for the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire HDX and ALL 34 autographed books.

BE SURE to keep track of the clues at the bottom of every post in the loop and the favorite number mentioned. You’ll need those clues to enter for the loop prize and every number mentioned in order to enter for the grand prize.

ALSO, please don’t use Internet Explorer to navigate through the loops. Some web sites won’t show up using IE. Please use Chrome or Firefox—they’re better anyway!

Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Stephanie Grace Whitson. Steph is not only a very gifted writer, she's also a dear friend. You're gonna love her post!
Stephanie Grace Whitson


Now the official bio: 

Best-selling, award-winning novelist Stephanie Grace Whitson wrote her first bit of historical fiction in the 1990s while home schooling her four children and learning the true stories of the pioneer women of the West. 

She enjoys giving programs on a variety of historical and inspirational topics for civic organizations and church groups, quilting, learning about the women of the past, and riding her motorcycle named Kitty. 

Learn more at her website and blog



Here's the summary of her latest book:

Daughter of the Regiment by
Stephanie Grace Whitson
Irish immigrant Maggie Malone wants no part of the war. She'd rather let "the Americans" settle their differences—until her brothers join Missouri's Union Irish Brigade, and one of their names appears on a list of injured soldiers. 

Desperate for news, Maggie heads for Boonville, where the Federal army is camped. There she captures the attention of Sergeant John Coulter. When circumstances force Maggie to remain with the brigade, she discovers how capable she is of helping the men she comes to think of as "her boys." And while she doesn't see herself as someone a man would court, John Coulter is determined to convince her otherwise.

As the mistress of her brother's Missouri plantation, Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess—and not to question her brother Walker's business affairs. When Walker helps organize the Wildwood Guard for the Confederacy, and offers his plantation as the Center of Operations, Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. As the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, she must find a way to protect the people who depend on her. 

Despite being neighbors, Maggie and Libbie have led such different lives that they barely know one another—until war bring them together, and each woman discovers that both friendship and love can come from the unlikeliest of places.

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And now here is Stephanie's EXCLUSIVE content you'll find only on this hunt! 

Lovers of historical fiction tend to share a fascination with historic costume. We spend time on Pinterest oohing and aahing over the gorgeous creations housed in costume collections around the world. Some of us even attend Civil War reenactments and Jane Austen balls in costumes we’ve made. While we do love our “women in costume,” I suspect we’ve secretly thankful we aren’t expected to lace up a corset and step into five petticoats every morning! 

A great deal of thought and planning goes into cover design for any novel, and when a publisher takes extra care with selection and planning, it makes a writer’s heart sing. Sometimes publishers have access to theatrical costume warehouses. That gives them a wide range of options for a cover shoot. In the case of Daughter of the Regiment, FaithWords went the extra mile. They hired a designer to make a uniform inspired by an authentic Civil War vivandière costume housed in the National Museum of American History. 


Vivandières were women who served the French army during the Crimean War. Their service inspired Daughters of the Regiment in the American Civil War. 


That’s Maggie Malone on the cover of Daughter of the RegimentMaggie is a 6-foot-tall Irish immigrant who farms alongside her two brothers and her uncle. When the Civil War breaks out, she has very little interest in a conflict “the Americans” should solve. But when Maggie’s two brothers volunteer with the Irish Brigade, and when one of their names shows up on a list of wounded soldiers, war becomes personal. 

Worried about her brother, Maggie travels to where the Irish Brigade is encamped. Eventually, she begins to think of the soldiers as “her boys.” As the story unfolds, Maggie grows and changes, until she realizes that she doesn’t want to leave the regiment. In the end, Maggie follows in the footsteps of 19th century women like Kady Brownell of Rhode Island and Annie Etheridge of Michigan.

Historic photographs of women who served as Daughters of the Regiment show various versions of uniforms. Soldiers who wrote about regimental“daughters” mention caps decorated with feathers, bloomers, and all manner of braid. Inspired by the Smithsonian’s vivandiere’s costume, designer Linda Coulter first sketched the design shown below.



Once FaithWords gave approval, she created this exquisite uniform of soft blue wool, complete with authentic Civil War era reproduction buttons and lace. The jacket is fully lined and boned.


Maggie Malone would have been proud to wear it, and I’ve been excited to share it with readers who attend launch events this spring. If I could wear it, I would … but alas, it’s a size 0, and I am not.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning “the inside story” of this cover shoot. You can see more historic background on my Pinterest Board: Daughter of the Regiment.


THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY

Thanks for stopping by the hunt! Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THESE CLUES:

Secret Word: be
Secret Number: 30, a number that I chose because it's the number of years I've been married to my first husband.

Got 'em down? Great! Your next stop is #4, Stephanie Grace Whitson's site. Click on over there now. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found at our mother host's site

To Whisper Her Name, 
the first standalone novel in the
Belle Meade Plantation series


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30 comments:

  1. Loved all the info about your book.

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  2. Love to read what you are up to. Can't wait to read the new novel!

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    1. Thanks, Dawnymae! I'm eager to share it with you. Hope you enjoy, and thanks for reading.

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  3. Thank you for being part of the scavenger hunt!

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    1. Thank YOU for visiting, Mama Mudbug!

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  4. You are certainly one of my 5 favorite authors! I loved how you crashed a book group recently!

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    1. Thanks, Joan. I had such fun doing that. And I appreciate the kind words!

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  5. I'm so happy you are a part of this EPIC scavenger hunt! :)

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    1. Thanks for taking part in it! Y'all make it fun!

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  6. Love these Scavenger Hunts.

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  7. Mrs. Whitson, your book sounds lovely, I would love to read it! :) What a beautiful book cover, it was fascinating to know what happened in the making of the cover, with the costume. That is so grand!

    Mrs. Tamera Alexander, I have been eyeing your books with keen interest online for a while. They have the most gorgeous covers, for a thing, and also the story-lines sound exciting and gripping!

    This scavenger hunt is so much fun.

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    1. Thank you, Joy. I'm glad you enjoyed the "cover story" ;-)

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    2. Thanks, Joy, for visiting and for the kind words!

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  8. I'm going to try this again. I'm not sure why what I wrote didn't post when I hit publish but here goes.

    Stephanie I've never heard of "The Daughters of the Regiment". Had no clue they existed. I can't imagine the research and how much fun it had to be discovering it. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Tamera, I thought I knew some about Kentucky history but I'd never heard of Belle Meade. Hadn't a clue about it's history! I do remember Secretariat but never realized his connection to this place. What a fun realization it must have been while doing the research!

    Thank you both for being a part of the hunt. I always have such a wonderful time "talking" to you. Bless you both.

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    1. Thanks for coming on the hunt, Shirley ... and for letting me know that you learned something new. I had never heard about the "daughters" either. And you are right. It was GREAT fun learning as much as I could about them.

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  9. Love your books! "First Husband"?

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  10. Looking forward to your new book! I read all your others!

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  11. Thanks for being a part of such a fun scavenger hunt! I host an all-things-book linky party every Thursday on my blog, Mommynificent.com, and we'd love to have you stop by any time. You can link up any of your own blog posts and maybe garner some new readers, and you can also hop around and meet some other authors and avid readers.
    Tina

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  12. Thanks for being a part of this exciting Scavenger Hunt, Tamera!

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  13. Love these scavenger hunts! Gives me a legitimate excuse to stalk you!

    LOL on the "first" husband joke!

    Hugs!

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  14. have already liked and subscribed. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  15. It says the "To Whisper Her Name" giveaway has expired. :( Sorry I missed it.

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  16. I too found that the giveaway stated that it had ended. I'm so sorry that I'm was unable to enter. But I did liked FB page and signed up for your newsletter. I am looking forward to reading many more of your books in the future so thank you for being a part of the scavenger hunt. Thank of being a part of my first hunt.

    In Kind Regards,
    Tricia

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  17. Why is your giveaway done before the rest of the scavenger hunt? Would have enjoyed having a chance at winning a copy of one of your books. :(

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    1. Me too! Your books are definitely going on my Books to Read list!

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  18. I subscribed by email. I am looking forward to coming back after I'm done with the scavenger hunt and perusing your website in more length.

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  19. Hey friends, the chance to win copies of To Whisper Her Name ended too soon, I know. So sorry. It was a mixup on scheduling on my end. To make up for that, please enter here for a chance to win one of TEN COPIES of my NEWEST novel, To Win Her Favor which releases May 12.

    https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/130770-to-win-her-favor

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