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Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 X 1.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Romancing America
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Q: WHAT ARE THE TITLES OF THE STORIES IN THIS BOOK? THIS SHOULD BE AUTOMATICALLY INCLUDED IN THE DESCRIPTION FOR 3/1 AND 4/1 BOOKS.
The titles are Promise of Time, Promise of Yesterday, and Promise of Tomorrow.
Located in: Mercersburg, PA
Submitted: September 22, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I've been writing since I was a teenager but put it aside during my early twenties. After the premature birth of my daughter, I needed an outlet and I used pen and paper to express my fears and hope for her future. When that was chosen to appear in Living Miracles: Stories of Hope from Parents of Premature Babies, it set me on a course to write more stories, segueing into fiction. My focus on historical romance is a good match for my passion for anything Civil War. Moving to Pennsylvania where towns affected by the Civil War abound was very exciting!
What was your motivation behind this project? Promise Brides is a compilation of three books--Promise of Tomorrow, set in Johnstown, PA during the terrible flood of 1889, and a 2011 Carol Award Finalist, Promise of Yesterday, set in 1885 Greencastle, Mercersburg, PA, and Promise of Time, set in Gettysburg directly following the July battles, currently a 2012 Carol Award finalist. I wanted to use local history to draw attention to some lesser known battles and stories that surrounded my small, South Central town. There is an old story that a confederate captain traveled through Greencastle, PA upon retreat from Gettysburg pulling a wagon load of slaves. Greencastle citizens were so incensed they released the slaves under cover of night. The Confederate captain threatened to burn the town to the ground if he wasn't reimbursed for his loss of "property" but the citizens held steady in their resolve and the captain left empty handed. This was the basis for my heroine's story in Promise of Yesterday.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? A passion for history and for preserving those historical treasures and tales that are such an integral part of who we are today.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? The first book of the series, Promise of Tomorrow, opened my eyes to the tragedy of the Johnstown Flood. I'd never heard of it until we visited there six years ago. Intrigued by the struggle between the rich (South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club) and the working class of Johnstown, I went away from that visit with a desire to pen a romance using the tragedy as setting. I think the rich owners of the club got away with a lot more than they would have today. Carnegie donated the library to Johnstown but little else was done by those rich to help the townspeople rebuild. What amazed me was the way the entire country rallied around the small town to help rebuild it--reminiscent of Americans rallying after 9/11.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: In May of 2013, A Heartbeat Away, part of the Quilts of Love series, releases from Abingdon Press. This story takes place in Sharpsburg, MD, during the Battle of Antietam (aka Battle of Sharpsburg) and a young woman's struggle to find her own inner peace as she aids a Confederate soldier back to health and watches the town around her destroyed by the fierce fighting.