Let Your Light Shine blog tour & Giveaway with Angie Dicken

A couple of weeks ago Angie Dicken approached our street team with a fun idea, a “Let Your Light Shine Event: A Bookish Celebration of Light during this time of year when the days begin to get shorter and darkness gets longer.” Of course I jumped at the chance to join the fun!

Starting today and leading up to the Facebook party on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 several of us will be sharing on our blogs, so do follow along and plan to join us for some fun bookish fun at the Facebook party!  You will find the blog schedule along with the links at the end of this post, as well as your reminder invitation to the Facebook party!

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How To Find Light in Dark Seasons

When I wrote about graverobbers in The Yellow Lantern, I’m thankful to say that the subject did NOT grow from a place of personal experience. But, I discovered that the areas where Josie Clay found light amidst all her dark circumstances were not uncommon to the places I’ve found while walking through seasons of darkness.

During this festive time of traipsing around at night, hiding behind masks, and begging and tricking, the brightness of candles and lights and glow sticks steal the shadowy show. Light is brightest against darkness…actually, if we pay close attention, God has placed beacons of light for us to grow in before darkness even creeps in. The Yellow Lantern offers three beacons I have found to be light-bearing in my own dark seasons:

#1: Friendship

 Josie Clay finds friendship in a way that gives her fuel to seek a way out of the darkness. She becomes connected with a community during her dark dealings. In my own dark seasons, God provided His light to shine through the friendships that had grown before the darkness, but perhaps, for my own protection in the nearing darker seasons. Just as Proverbs 17:17 says,

 “A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

The Yellow Lantern is dedicated to my Proverbs 17:17 sisters. God grew us for community. I don’t know that I would have found much light in my dark seasons without those friends He had provided for me.

#2 Gifting

Whether you are an artist or a servant at heart, another place to discover light in the darkness is in the very gifting God has uniquely placed upon you. Josie is an herbalist. She finds her greatest passion and joy in creating remedies for those in need. I am an author—I find my greatest passion and joy spill out as I write. And it’s not just for my own pleasure. It’s a much-needed gifting that points me to light no matter how much darkness brews around me.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

If He’s given us these gifts, then we have what it takes to find light in a dark situation. Good and perfect and ever chasing away those shadows.

#3 Faith

 There have been seasons in my life where I feel like faith is this thin, fragile thread. At any moment, it might snap. But it doesn’t. Scripture gives us a hint as to why it might be stronger than I imagine:

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) 

Faith, in itself, is a light. It might not chase the darkness away, we might not see any light at all, but Faith provides the assurance that something IS there beyond the dark. Josie Clay makes some choices without knowing that she will ever leave the darkness, but faith gives her the confidence to do so. Of all the beacons God gives us in our dark seasons, Faith might be the most abstract and at times, hidden, but it is the most assured place of everlasting light.

Have you recently leaned into one of these three beacons to shine light in a dark season?

Join us for bookish fun, giveaways, and games at the Let Your Light Shine Event on October 29th. Click here to RSVP!

Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/383264579286570/

About the Author:

AngieDicken   Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in England. Now living in the U.S. heartland, she’s a member of ACFW, sharing about author life with her fellow Alley Cats on The Writer’s Alley blog and Facebook page. Besides writing, she is a busy mom of four and works in Adult Ministry. Angie enjoys eclectic new restaurants, authentic conversation with friends, and date nights with her Texas Aggie husband.

How to connect with her online-

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest //

Angie’s Books:

The Yellow Lantern

  My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah

 The Outlaw’s Second Chance

 

Blog Tour Schedule
(click on the blog name to visit that page)

Oct. 22:  Joy of Reading

Oct. 23: Fueled by faith and caffeine

Oct. 24: A Baker’s Perspective

Oct. 25: Singing Librarian Books

Oct. 26: Reflection from my Bookshelves

Oct. 27: Older and Smarter?

Oct 28: Radiant Light

Oct. 28: Deanne Patterson

 

CLICK HERE to join the Facebook party on Tue. Oct. 29th!

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Guest Post & Giveaway with Stephenia H. McGee

I’m super excited to welcome to Stephenia H. McGee on the blog today as she shares with us about her new book “Eternity Between Us”

Stephenia McGee is such a fabulous writer, I’ve enjoyed every book of her’s I have had the pleasure to read!

Steph Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in the South

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

 

Guest Post:

“Between us and those former friends exists a gulf as deep and wide as eternity.” Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Confederate spy

When I first started researching for Eternity Between Us, I began with first-hand accounts. I find it fascinating to see not only what the history books tell us, but also the personal thoughts of people who lived through those days. One of the most intriguing people I found was Mrs. Rose Greenhow.

RoseGreenhowRose is credited with delivering information that is said to have caused the Confederate victory at the battle of Bull Run (or Manassas, depending on what side of the Mason-Dixon you were on). Rose rolled a note into the carefully coifed hair of a young woman and sent word to General Beauregard about McDowell’s impending attack, allowing the Confederates enough forewarning to gain a victory.

However, Rose was soon discovered by the intrepid detective Allen Pinkerton and subsequently spent time imprisoned in her home as well as the Old Capitol Prison in Washington. She records all of her experiences in her book, My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule at Washington.

Rose was incredibly clever with the way she continued to run a spy ring even from her imprisonment. My character Margret Greenman is heavily based on Rose, and there are several scenes in the story that come from her accounts of what happened with Pinkerton and his agents. Margret also states several of Rose’s quotes pertaining to the government, the city of Washington, and the state of affairs in the country. Understanding the first-hand thoughts of people of that time gave me the chance to more accurately portray the complicated feelings of Southerners at that time.

Rose’s story added depth and adventure to Eternity Between Us, and when Evelyn Mapleton gets caught in one of Margret Greenman’s webs of spying, she finds she may have borrowed more trouble than she can ever repay.

  Eternity Between Us

About the Book:

EternityBetweenUsAn unnatural thunder rumbled through the air, carrying with it not thoughts of rain but of smoke and trepidation…

After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.

Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?

Based on first-hand accounts from the Civil War and with a strong romantic thread, this is a tale of faith, espionage, hope, and courage historical fiction fans won’t want to miss.

Excerpt from Eternity Between Us

Front Royal, Virginia
July 29, 1861

Evelyn’s needle came to a sudden stop, pricking her finger and drawing a drop of crimson in the process. She discreetly drew a handkerchief from her pocket and dabbed the tip of her thumb while the woman across the parlor hurried on.

“Yes, that’s exactly what I heard. Can you believe it?”

Aunt Mary set her embroidery in her lap and gave the woman dressed in olive silk a gentle shake of her head. “Honestly, Mrs. Camden, I really cannot.”

Evelyn kept her chin down and looked at the other women around the room through her lashes. Six of them had gathered for a sewing circle, with two Front Royal women having come for gossiping under the guise of fellowship.

Mrs. Camden, a vibrant-looking woman of middling years, bobbed her head enthusiastically, her tightly pinned lace cap stifling a mass of gray and brown curls. “Oh, but it is true.”

Mrs. Swanson, the other lady of around the same age nodded in much the same fashion, the pair of them reminding Evelyn of two carriage horses tossing their heads for a lump of sugar.

Mrs. Camden waved long fingers at Mrs. Swanson. “Tell them, Mrs. Swanson. It is quite fascinating.”

Aunt Mary spoke before the other woman could get a word past her thin lips. “Come now, I have known Margret Greenman for years. My daughter spent much of her season in Washington under the lady’s care. I cannot imagine such a thing to be true. It is merely prattle, I’m sure.”

Evelyn glanced at Isabella, who regarded Mrs. Camden with open curiosity. “I don’t know, Mother. Mrs. Greenman does know everyone who is anyone in Washington.”

“Oh, pish posh,” Hattie Lawrence said, sitting aside her work as well. “So do I. I don’t see what that has to do with the matter.”

Isabella cast a quick look at Evelyn before swinging her regard to her aunt. “I can see how such connections might lead one to wander down that path, especially if one had information they knew could save our men’s lives.”

Hattie’s forehead creased, and Evelyn wondered what thoughts plowed such furrows.

“I’m telling you,” Mrs. Camden insisted, reinserting herself into the conversation. “It is quite true. Isn’t it, Mrs. Swanson?”

The reedy woman glanced at Aunt Mary before she spoke, as though wondering if the younger woman would forestall her words again. When Aunt Mary pointedly settled her gaze on the linen shirt in her lap, Mrs. Swanson spoke up, her nasally voice filling the parlor with more excitement than the day of sewing had thus far provided. “Yes, it is indeed true. My husband says that Margret Greenman is responsible for sending word to Beauregard’s headquarters and giving him the warning he needed to prepare. She is pivotally involved with our victory at Manassas, or what the Yanks are calling Bull Run.”

Pick-up your copy today!

  Eternity Between Us

 

* * * * * * GIVEAWAY * * * * *

Prize package includes: 1 signed paperback of Eternity Between Us, “I love God, coffee & Christian Fiction” book cover coffee mug, 1 ebook (reader’s choice), Her Place in Time audible audiobook, $25 amazon gift card, and a few southern goodies in celebration of the release of Eternity Between Us! (US address only)

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Blog Stops

September 25 – http://www.abakersperspective.com Spotlight

September 26 – https://allofakindmom.wordpress.com/ Review

September 27 – http://fictionaficionadoblog.wordpress.com Review

September 28 – http://www.abakersperspective.com First Line Friday

September 29 – https://readingontheedge.tumblr.com Spotlight

September 30 – http://cafinatedreads.com Review

October 1 – https://janicesbookreviews.com Review

October 2 – https://www.bibliophile.reviews Review

October 3 – https://chasraybooknerdcorner.blogspot.com/ Review

October 4 – readingismysuperpower.org Review

October 4 – https://christianbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/ Guest Post

October 5 – https://www.bibliophile.reviews Guest Post

October 8 – http://www.amybooksy.blogspot.com Spotlight

October 8 – http://www.faithfullybookish.com Review

October 9 – http://www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com Guest Post

October 10- http://www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com Review

October 10 – singinglibrarianbooks.comReview

October 11 – http://www.abakersperspective.com Character Interview

October 12 – http://www.amybooksy.blogspot.com Review

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