Welcome to the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! Just a bit of housekeeping up front. Begin at Stop #1. Make the rounds to the 31 stops on the tour and, along the way, you will discover authors with new or soon-to-be-released novels! (Some of my faves are among them, so I hope you enjoy the journey.” At Stop #32, fill out the Rafflecopter form. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote, gathered from all 31 stops, within 24 hours of email notification or another winner will be randomly drawn. No need to email/submit it, unless you are notified on 10/29/12.
What’s In It For You?
Why, thank you for asking! The Grand Prize for one lucky reader will be a new Kindle Fire, plus 31 new novels! NOTE: Please comment at every stop that allows for comments to be eligible for the Grand Prize.
Here are some other prizes:
- 2nd & 3rd Prizes: $50 Amazon, B&N, CBD or BookDepository.com gift certificate
NOTE: Contest is open to international entrants. If the winner lives outside the United States, they shall win the equivalent in gift certificate funds to the prize in US dollars.
Let’s Get This Show on the Road! (Spoken like a true theater director, right?)
I’m always tickled to introduce my readers to new authors. Today I’m hosting my friend, author Nancy Moser.
Want to know more about Nancy? Here’s what she has to say about her writing:
In general, the journeys of my characters are based on my own struggles, stubbornness, missteps, and victories. I may not have experienced exactly the same situations that plague them (ah, the benefits of imagination!) but the emotions and angst they confront are universal and common to many of life’s challenges. And though we don’t like to admit it, we do gain the most growth through the hard times. Easy, it’s not. But rewarding? There is no measure. Being a survivor, whether it be regarding a death in the family, lost love, career detours, or merely getting through today so we can tackle tomorrow, is the heady and harrowing substance of life. And novels.
Gotta Love That!
Now I want to introduce you to Nancy’s featured novel: A Patchwork Christmas. Here’s a little teaser about the three-in-one collection, which also features authors Judith Miller and Stephanie Grace Whitson:
Join three of today’s bestselling inspirational fiction authors in a collection of Christmas stories from Victorian-era America that are full of second-chance romances. Jilted by her fiancé, Karla packs away her wedding quilts and her plans for marriage. Widow Jane travels to marry a prosperous man she barely knows in order to give her daughter a better life—then is stranded in a winter storm. Ada, a wealthy ingénue, inadvertently causes grave injury to a poor man she once considered quite a catch. Each must search her heart, change her plans. . .and patch together a tender, unexpected life filled with love.
And now, a little “Gilded Age Fashion Sense” from author Nancy Moser:
My novella The Bridal Quilt is one of three novellas that involve quilts and Christmas in A Patchwork Christmas by Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson, and Judith Miller. My story is set in my favorite era, the Gilded Age—which loosely encompasses the last thirty years of the 1800’s. My heroine is Ada Wallace. She’s an heiress who has her whole life figured out: she’s going to marry the love of her life, Samuel Alcott, and live happily ever after. She is shocked when things don’t work out the way she plans. God has a few detours for her to take that give her the chance to mature and find her true purpose.
One reason I love the Gilded Age is the fashion. Bustles and trims and trains. Gorgeous gowns! And so, as a bonus, I’m going to show you a few of the ensembles that Ava wears during the story. The first four are from “Harper’s Bazar” magazines in 1887-89. The descriptions are below the pictures. Enjoy!
On the left is the dress Ada wears when the story opens. It’s a light golden brown Bengaline (a type of silk) over a lampas (woven taffeta and silk) skirt that has green, yellow, and dull red figures on it. The stripes and bows on the bodice are red velvet. This is a day dress for wearing around the house when you might expect a visitor to call.
The dress on the right is what she wore to Delmonico’s for dinner with her beau. Here’s a description from the novella: “Her apple green and cream evening dress boasted a heavily embroidered front, edged with soutache braid. The short sleeves and side panels of the dress were decorated with rows of tasseled loops of Venetian pearl beads. She wore a rose and white aigrette of ostrich feathers in her hair and carried a matching feather fan. Her neck was adorned with the string of pearls her parents had given her for her coming-out, three years ago.”
The dress on the left was for a dinner evening at the Astors (of the Waldorf-Astoria wealth). It’s a Nile green China crepe, with a sash of black watered ribbon and a garniture of pink blossoms. The double-ruffled tablier in front is of green gauze. Narrow green ribbon is gathered at the head of the ruffles and around their border. The fan is of rose-pink gauze mounted on black sticks. She wears green slippers and stockings.
On the right is the day dress she wears when her beau comes to call, bringing a special visitor. It’s a black silk, brocaded with clusters of gold barley spikes and trimmed with gold pleatings and a corselet of silk crepon.
This is the dress she wears at Christmas. It alternates red velvet and red moiré strips, and is accented with Christmas green satin bows. Doesn’t she look like a pretty present!
I hope you enjoyed this Gilded Age fashion show. You can enjoy more of these fashions offered in the back-matter of my novels Masquerade and An Unlikely Suitor.
Intrigued, readers? I know I am!
Before You Go…
Before you go, write down this STOP #29 clue: David
Your next stop is Nancy Moser’s own blog! Mosey on over to see who she’s featuring. And while you’re at it, here are some other ways to stay in touch with Nancy:
historical blog: http://footnotesfromhistory.blogspot.com/
But Wait. . .There’s More!
Oh, but we’re not done yet! One lucky reader will have an opportunity to win a little something extra from yours truly!
Take a look at the photo of a necklace I won at a recent auction. Lovely, right? It just sings, “Titanic,” which is the theme of my book, Queen of the Waves. One reader will win this lovely piece of jewelry. How? Travel over to my Facebook reader page and “like” the page then leave a comment ON THAT PAGE with a note about the necklace from the movie Titanic to be entered in my personal drawing to win this necklace!
Drawing will take place this Sunday, October 28th, and the winner will be announced on Monday morning.
Thanks for joining the hunt!