We’ve a winner…and new contest on Home Thoughts

Happy Monday, Readers,

Jorie–you’re our lucky winner of Carolina Reckoning by Lisa Carter. Congrats! I will contact you privately for your address. Today we welcome Tamera Kraft who’s debut novella releases tomorrow (October 1st) on Amazon, Kobo & B&N Nook. I found her story set during the Civil War to be right up my alley. We’ve all heard of PTS syndrome in regards to the Gulf War or Iraq, but did you know it can be traced back to mid-nineteenth century? Soldier's Heart

Here’s a blurb about Soldier’s Heart. Noah Andrews, a soldier with the Ohio Seventh Regiment can’t wait to get home now that his three year enlistment is coming to an end. He plans to start a new life with his young wife. Molly was only sixteen when she married her hero husband. She prayed every day for him to return home safe and take over the burden of running a farm. But they can’t keep the war from following Noah home. Can they build a life together when his soldier’s heart comes between them?

Bio: Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction because there are so many stories in history. Tamera has recently celebrated her thirty-fourth anniversary with her loving husband. She has two grown and married children and two grandchildren. Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry. You can contact Tamera online at these sites.

Website: http://tameralynnkraft.net Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TameraLynnKraft Tamera Kraft

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tamerakraft

What was your motivation to write Soldier’s Heart? I researched the Ohio 7th Regiment from the Civil War for another novel and was fascinated by them. The Ohio 7th fought in most major battles during the war and was considered by most historians to be the most heroic regiment. Although they had many losses throughout the war, their most devastating losses were during the last battle they fought. Because they signed up for three years, they came home before the war was over. I started thinking about what these men went through returning to civilian life. For the town setting, I chose my hometown, Ravenna. I grew up there. Ravenna and surrounding Portage County had two companies in the Ohio 7th Regiment, so it seemed like a good choice. It was fun finding out that most of the buildings I was familiar with had been around since before the Civil War.

What are you working on now? I have a few projects in the works. I’m editing the second novel of a Civil War series, the one where I originally researched the Ohio 7th. I’m also co-writing a post World War 2 novel about a war widow in West Virginia who gets mixed up in Cold War espionage called Alice’s Notions. I just finished a novel about a couple affected by a tornado that hit Western Ohio on Palm Sunday, 1920. It will be part of an anthology called Made in Ohio. The anthology will be out later this year. And I have a Christmas novella, A Christmas Promise, coming out Dec. 1 about a family of Moravian missionaries at Schoenbrunn Village, Ohio, circa 1773.

Question for Drawing: I’m giving away a digital copy of Soldier’s Heart to one person who can answer this question. The Ohio 7th Regiment had a nickname because of a noise they made when they charged into battle. What was it? If you have the answer email me at tkrafty [at] sbcglobal.net. I’ll choose one person with the right answer as the winner.

 Have a great week, readers! I’m so glad it’s officially fall and yet still 70 degrees! Mary

 

We have a winner of Miriam’s Quilt

Good Monday morning, readers,

The sun is shining in Ohio and it’s not snowing! So all is well. Without further ado, Elaine Panfill, come on down!! You’re the winner of Miriam’s Quilt by Jennifer Beckstand from last week’s contest. Elaine, you’re in for a great read! And it you haven’t done so, drop by Jennifer’s website for more chances to win Amish fiction. And don’t forget about my contest…I’m giving away 10 copies of Love Comes to Paradise to my newsletter subscribers on March 15th. That will be here before we know it.

This week I’m hard at work on A Plain Man, which picks up the story where Sarah’s Christmas Miracle leaves off. On Sunday I’m attending a maple sugar hands-on demonstration to make sure my story research is correct. The Internet only provides so much, then a writer needs to jump in her car to see the real thing. Besides, a pancake breakfast, swimming in maple syrup, is part of the demonstration. And you sure can’t get that from a computer!

Before I forget, if we have any new or want-to-be writers out there…I posted on a fellow writer’s blog about how I got published. Drop by Tamera Kraft’s blog for the full story: http://wordsharpeners.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/mary-ellis-my-journey-to-publication/

Have a lovely week, readers. Stay warm.