Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 4 of The Release Gathering for "A Quaker Christmas" - Meet co author Ramona Cecil!

DAY 4 of a Release Gathering for "A Quaker Christmas" is a special blog from coauthor Ramona Cecil. She is giving away a wonderful cookbook full of Indiana inspired recipes! Comment on the post and leave your e-mail address to enter. This door prize ends September 29th 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 "A Quaker Christmas"! 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. Tomorrow is a SECRET guest blogger, so be sure to come back!

The idea for Simple Gifts came from something I learned years ago while working on a family history. While researching my dad’s family in Jennings County, Indiana, I learned about a great-grandaunt named Lucinda. I discovered she lost her first husband to a grain mill accident early in their marriage, but did have one child with him. I knew I’d probably never know the story behind her second marriage, so like a good writer I made it up.

I first wrote the basic story several years ago as a short story and without the Quaker twist. Since the original story was set at Christmas time, it was the first idea to spring to mind when I was invited to join this novella collection.

As I researched the Quaker angle, I learned some interesting facts concerning the Quaker faith and their observance, or lack of observance of Christmas. Through Quaker genealogist Karen S. Campbell, whose web site I serendipitously stumbled upon—something I consider a God-thing—I learned that a sect of Quakers called Gurneyites do celebrate Christmas, albeit very simply. Miss Campbell’s kindness and generosity in sharing her vast knowledge of all things Quaker was an invaluable asset as I wrote Simple Gifts. 

Chris Gustin, owner and operator of Homestead Weaving Studio of Columbus, Indiana was another great resource I was blessed to find online. Chris helped me with the technical aspects of home looms and rug weaving as I wrote the weaving scenes. 

My aim was to write a poignant Christmas story that depicts a young widow’s arduous and very human journey from grief to acceptance, to peace and finally to joy as she finds her way back to her faith and renewed trust in the Lord following a devastating loss. I also wanted to show the destructive power of guilt and how it can hamper us from following God’s will for our lives.

I hope my readers enjoy experiencing Lucinda and Will’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Leave a comment and your e-mail for a chance to win this wonderful cookbook full of Indiana inspired recipes. Giveaway ends September 29th at 11 PM est.


Judy said...

I don't know if this is the place to leave a comment for the Indiana Cookbook giveaway but here goes. I live in Indiana so I would love to win a copy. I love cookbooks and trying out new recipes for family and friends.



Joy said...

Loved your story Ramona! I would also love to win this cookbook! :)

Ramona Cecil said...

Absolutely this is the place to comment about the Indiana cookbook giveaway. I've looked through this and I am telling you, it's FABULOUS! I'm getting one for my self. :o) We will definitely enter you in the contest. BTW, I do hope you check out A Quaker Christmas. I think you'll like the stories.


Ramona Cecil said...

Hi Joy! Thank you so much for the kind comment and for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the stories. Good luck in the drawing!


juliepollitt said...

Hi Ramona,

Great post today. You always have me in the first sentence! Quaker Christmas sounds like a beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing!

Ramona Cecil said...

Ah, thanks Julie! It was such a blessing meeting you at the ACFW Conference in St. Louis last week. I do think you will like this book, and it's not too early to start stashing back some stocking-stuffers.


karenk said...

would love to make some true indiana recipes...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Ramona Cecil said...

Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the drawing!