Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 3 of The Release Gathering for A Quaker Christmas - Meet co author Rachael Phillips!

DAY 3 of a Release Gathering for "A Quaker Christmas" is a special blog from coauthor Rachael Phillips. She is also giving away TWO books (see below)! Comment on the post and leave your e-mail address to enter. This door prize ends September 28th at 11 PM est. Don't forget the ongoing grand prize for the gift card - you get another entry if you Facebook or Tweet this with others and "3" entries if you buy the book! Again if you are having trouble with blogger, visit my reader's page (see the widget on the right) and enter the discussion list to leave a comment or you may e-mail me your comment and I will post it (it's good as an entry to the giveaway for that day). E-mail comment, proof of sharing and /or purchase to blissful63(at)gmail(dot)com.

Here is Rachael -

My novella revolves around a nineteenth-century Quaker girl who loves God and her family. So why, last November, did I find myself climbing around a pirate cave on the Illinois shore of the Ohio River?

Like twenty-year-olds of any era, my 1825 heroine Keturah craves adventure. She sneaks a radical red shawl from a barrel of clothes sent by her non-Quaker aunt and wears it whenever free from her mother’s watchful eye. Charlie, the handsome, magnetic son of a deceased river pirate, has begun attending the local Friends’ Meeting. He promises her a forbidden ride on a steamboat—and a love and freedom she has never experienced.

I went to Cave-in-Rock State Park in Illinois to explore the cavern where Keturah and Charlie awaited the steamboat. I did my research on a beautiful fall day, but the few other tourists left, leaving me to imagine alone. A team of horses and a wagon could easily pull into the wide entrance of this cave, so it was not nearly as dark as when my heroine entered it at night. Of course, she’d heard rumors of river pirates using it as a tavern to entice weary flatboat travelers to dock and sample their peculiar form of hospitality, but all that had taken place a generation earlier—the late 1700s and the first decade of the 1800s.

As I sat, solitary in the shadowy inner chamber, the sun glistened on the sky-blue Ohio outside, and red maples sang gentle autumn songs. But the lichen-scabbed limestone walls whispered dark stories of whole families who disappeared through this cave’s mouth, seemingly absorbed into its ridged, starved-rib walls.

That moment, I really, really wished my big, strong husband had accompanied me!

Sometimes a writer finds herself doing things she never imagined in order to make her book the best it can be. If you’re a writer, what surprises have you encountered on your writing journey?

If you’re a reader, what do you think of Keturah’s relationship with Charlie?  

**Rachael is giving away TWO books today only! Leave your answer to her question and your e-mail address for the drawing.  

(UPDATE) Congratulations to Caroline who won Rachael's books!


Judy said...

Keturah's relationship with Charlie is like the forbidden fruit. I think she is getting herself into a relationship that can never be. They come from two different backgrounds. I guess I'll have to read the book to find out!!


Frances said...

As I write, I'm amazed at the way my characters veer away from my plan for them. That's one of the things that make writing so much fun. A Quaker Christmas souonds wonderful. I'm adding it to my list of books to buy.
Frances Devine

Caroline said...

OOOH! Sounds exciting. AS far as the relationship goes, it might depend on Keturah's determination to have what's being offered from Charlie--perhaps even giving up her parents way of life.

Sounds like a great book.


Rachael Phillips said...

Thank you, ladies, for your kind words of encouragement. Yes, Judy, their backgrounds are about as different as they get! And, Frances, I have yet to create compliant characters--sounds like they're related to yours? Caroline, Charlie is one super-persuasive guy--not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Will he talk Keturah into his point of view? Only the book--and the walls of the pirate cave--know!

Joy said...

I just loved the story! I am so happy that I was able to read and write a review about this book! Would love to win your other 2 books!


Rachael Phillips said...

Thanks, Joy! So glad you enjoyed A Quaker Christmas.

My novella in A Door County Christmas, which we're offering today, was nominated for a Carol Award at the recent ACFW conference. Hope one of you enjoy it as well!

philippa_gordon said...

I was disappointed in Keturah for falling for Charlie's slick pitch. I guess I got a little into this novella, didn't I?! Hope to win your Door County novella!

Cathy Shouse said...


I've gotten into several places in my nonfiction writing. I went to cover some of those races where trucks on big wheels drive through mud. They insisted I get inside and try it!

Something less adventurous was a story I wrote on a woman who makes home made candy. She gave me a box as a gift. Delicious!

I have "Door County" and would like to win the other book. :)



Rachael Phillips said...

Philippa, glad you got into my novella! That's the kind of reader an author loves to write for.

Cathy, you are one brave woman. Needless to say, I'll take the homemade candy over the big-wheel mud ride anytime!

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Paula said...

One of my favorite writing stories is the day I sat at my computer weeping. My husband rushed to my rescue only to find I was sobbing about my story. "I didn't know the little boy would be hit by the car," I managed to gasp between sobs. He shook his head and replied, "I don't know if I can handle you being a writer."

Paula said...

I just posted to fb, so I get another entry, right?

Another writing experience is how fun it is when a character leaps onto the page. The hero in the novella that was just contract stepped right there, full of life, from the beginning. It's not usually quite so easy to get to know someone.

And I think I forgot my email in my last comment. It is


Rachael Phillips said...

My husband gave up on normalcy a long time ago :-))