Monday, January 23, 2017

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S NEW YEAR MUST READS...WEEK TWO




AUTHORS I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Week Two

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INTRODUCING AUTHOR 
ELAINE MARIE COOPER


Elaine Cooper is a very talented author who writes books that will give you the sense of 'being there'. Her detailing is perfect and her characters are so real. I have been moved so much by her books and I've learned a lot as well. If you've never read any of Elaine's books, I highly encourage you to do so.

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Bio:

Elaine Marie Cooper is the award-winning author of Bethany’s Calendar and Fields of the Fatherless. Her re-release of the Deer Run Saga is now complete with Road to Deer Run, Promise of Deer Run, and the recent release of Legacy of Deer Run. Saratoga Letters was released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in October, 2016. Elaine's passions are her faith, her family, and the history of the American Revolution, the era in which her historical fiction novels are set.


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I asked Elaine to talk about her DEER RUN SAGA series today. This is her response to my question: What made you write this series?


It’s such a seemingly simple question with such a complex answer. Here is why:

On the fourth Anniversary of my daughter passing away from cancer, I stayed in bed hiding under the covers. I had no intention of getting up. These anniversaries of losing Bethany never seemed to get easier. Indeed, I wanted to shut the world away. I had already determined that I would not write again. I had numerous magazine and newspaper stories in my resume, but after she died, my desire to write seemed to expire with her last breath.

What happened that morning nearly nine years ago was the strangest “calling” I can ever recall. A voice without sound filled my heart with the message that I was to write a book about my ancestors from the American Revolution. I questioned the message. It seemed completely absurd. Yet there it was again—an inaudible voice that might as well have been a shout to my soul. I could not ignore it. I threw off my bedcovers, confused. I was embarrassed to share this with my husband. Would he think I’d lost control of my senses? Yet that nagging in my spirit would not cease. I forced myself to tell him. Instead of laughing at me, he took me to the used bookstore, and I began my research for “Road to Deer Run.”

I only intended to write the one book. Yet with the encouragement of others, I kept writing and turned the one book into a series of three. It became known as the Deer Run Saga and is a fictional account of my ancestors that covers three generations from 1777 to 1802.

During my research, I had the pleasure of discovering many facts about my real ancestors from whom my mother was descended. It was a special gift to present to my mom before she died at the age of 99. It filled her with such joy and I’m so grateful I could reveal to her some of her family history!

It’s always a bit awkward sharing this story. Some may smirk at the inspirational aspect. But all I know is that God seemed to have His reasons to shake a grief-stricken mother out of the depths of sorrow and give her a new mission—a desire to write again and share stories from long ago that hopefully touch hearts and inspire faith in a God Who will never leave us or forsake us.

I pray that this saga will bless many.

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I hope that you will treat yourself to this series.....it will truly bless you. Knowing the reason why Elaine wrote this series makes it so much more interesting and enjoyable to read. 


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Here are the covers and descriptions of each book in the Deer Run Saga series....along with a link to where you can purchase a copy:


The year was 1777 and the war has already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a nineteen-year-old colonial woman from Massachusetts. Her brother, Asa is dead — killed by the King’s army, so when she stumbles across a wounded British soldier, her sense of right and wrong is challenged. Should she help a soldier of the enemy who took her brother’s life, or let him die, cold and alone? The war has also broken British soldier Daniel Lowe’s spirit. A severely wounded prisoner of war, he escaped his rebel captors while on a death march to Boston. As the pain in his injured leg worsens, he wonders if the young woman looking down at him is an angel or the enemy. Need and compassion bring these two young lives together, but will the bitterness of war keep them apart? Or can they find their way to love and forgiveness on the Road to Deer Run?


You can buy your copy HERE.


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The year is 1790 and the American Revolution is long since over, but a battle still rages in the hearts of survivors. Painful memories of war haunt one young veteran. He still waits for a father who never returned from battle and feels the sting of betrayal from a former love. Withdrawing into his own world, he clings to one hope — perhaps his father still lives. Only one person in Deer Run seems to understand him — nineteen-year-old Sarah Thomsen, who struggles to bury her own war memories. The veteran’s search for his father touches a chord in her, as she feels the loss of a father she never knew. While the couple begins to find hope in a mutual affection, others are determined to destroy it. Slander and misunderstandings ignite a fire of doubt and mistrust, destroying any faith they had in each other. Can two souls longing for healing and trust love again? Can faith — and family — be restored?


You can buy your copy HERE.

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The year is 1800 and young Daniel Lowe forges weapons for the defense of America, still a fledgling nation. He also protects his heart from the allure of Susannah Dobbins who seems so far above his station in life he cannot win her. Susannah fights her own battle against loneliness and grief. Despite her finery and airs, she is drawn to the young armory worker, who is distant yet disarming. But the nation’s enemies are afoot, and Daniel finds himself in the cross-hairs. Who are these enemies? When and where will they strike? And who will survive their terrorism? In this final book of the Deer Run saga, Elaine Marie Cooper brings the tale of the Lowe family to a gripping conclusion.


You can get your copy HERE.

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GIVEAWAY!!!!

Elaine has graciously agreed to give away a copy of any of her books to one commenter. So, leave a comment below AND your email address in order to get your name in the drawing. Winner can choose either an ebook or paperback...paperback for US residents only.

I wish to thank Elaine for allowing me to feature her on my blog. 


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More of Elaine's books and a link to her Amazon.com page.








CHECK OUT ELAINE'S  AMAZON PAGE TO SEE ALL OF HER BOOKS.

AND YOU CAN CHECK OUT HER BLOG HERE. WHERE SHE SHARES SOME VERY  INTERESTING POSTS. YOU CAN ALSO FIND HER ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.

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Thanks fer coming aboard! God bless.

20 comments:

  1. Chappy Debbie, I am SO honored to have my books featured on your blog. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ((HUGS))

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    1. I am blessed to have you and your books featured, Elaine! Thank you so much for allowing me to do so! Hugs!

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  2. Elaine, I'm so, so sorry for the loss of your daughter. I am glad you listened to that calling almost nine years ago. I've loved the Deer Run Saga. I don't think you should find the telling of that calling awkward. I think it's beautiful.
    Thank you, Chappy Debbie for doing the interview.

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    1. Andrea, thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so glad the Deer Run Saga has blessed you!

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    2. Andrea, thanks for stopping by. I agree....it's beautiful. If you wish to be in the drawing for one of Elaine's books, you need to leave your email address, so that I can contact you.

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  3. Elaine, thanks for sharing how God worked in your life, even in grief. What a vivid reminder of His love for us.
    amy @ amyballard .com (remove spaces)

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    1. Hey Amy, thanks for coming by. You're in the drawing. Good luck.

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    2. Hi Amy, thank you so much for commenting. I have found that the Lord is the nearest to us in our darkest moments of grief. Blessings!

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  4. Loved Road to Deer Run. I have book two, but haven't read yet due to obligations. Elaine is a talented author. Thank ye, matey!
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Ahoy Lucy! Thanks fer comin' aboard! Good luck!

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    2. Hi Lucy, so happy you loved "Road!" I hope that the rest of the saga blesses you as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Thank you Chappy and Elaine for this post. I'm sorry .too Elaine for the loss of your daughter. Thank you for letting God lead you to back to writing so that you could inspire us all. I think it's wonderful that you could take your interesting family history and make an adventurous,touching story that blesses us all. Please throw my name into the giveaway lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Ahoy Lynne! Elaine is such an encouraging, strong woman, isn't she? I admire her so much. I put your name in the hat, good luck!

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    2. Hi Lynne, thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement. May the Lord bless you in all of your endeavors.

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  6. AHOY Chappy and Elaine! I'm amazed at how the Lord brings beauty from ashes. Blessings to you both.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ahoy Caryl! Thanks fer comin' aboard! Blessing to you, too! Ye be in the drawin'!

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    2. Yes, Caryl, it is miraculous. Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your story and the blessing being received from Bethany's Calendar. It has been wonderful to see all the positive things it produces.
    What a wonderful giveaway and would love to win Saratoga Letters if I have the chance...thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. Thanks fer comin' aboard, Rory! Good luck in the drawin'!

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  8. You are more than welcome, Rory Lynn. Thanks so much for stopping by and for allowing me to share about my daughter and my books. Blessings and best wishes in the drawing!

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