Welcome to the Final Day of the release gathering for "A Quaker Christmas". We are SO happy to have our fiction editor for this collection, Rebecca Germany of Barbour Publishing, joining us for a guest blog about her inspiration behind "A Quaker Christmas." She has also offered to give away as a SPECIAL BONUS a copy of the NY Times Bestseller A Log Cabin Christmas. Comment on the post and leave your e-mail address to enter. This door prize ends September 30th at 10 PM est. Along with this, we will also be drawing separately for the Grand Prize of a gift card to the Colonial Williamsburg Gift Shoppe. Remember, you get another entry if you Facebook or Tweet this with others and "3" entries if you buy "A Quaker Christmas"! E-mail proof of sharing and /or purchase to: blissful63(at)gmail(dot)com.
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Here's Becky -
Plain people of plain faith. What makes them so interesting to us?
With all the fiction out there right now about the Amish, it would almost seem to some like readers might be drawn in by the rules and orderliness of religion. But we know it goes deeper to a romantic notion we all have about escaping to a slower paced life where we can live out our faith away from the pressures of modern culture--though readers soon realize that is even a dream for the Amish.
The plain people of the 1800s didn’t stand out as drastically as the Amish and other Anabaptist do today. But still there were groups of faith-filled immigrants and like-minded Christians who clustered together, worked together, and dressed alike. The Quakers were one of those groups who we don’t read a lot about. Their attempts to live in peace often put them in sticky situations as they migrated into areas held by Native Americans or were themselves pressed by events like the Civil War.
I wanted to see some of these things explored through fiction, and I needed a Christmas collection. But one thing about the Quakers was that they have never made a big deal about religious holidays. In their non-assuming way, they will remember the significance of Christ’s birth, but don’t usually want to gain anything like gifts in return.
I called on authors to give me some story ideas that could incorporate both romance and an exploration of Quaker Christmas beliefs, and I think I landed on a very nice group of 4 authors. Though they worked apart, their stories blend well and celebrate the Quaker faith of days gone by.
Leave a comment and your e-mail for a chance to win A Log Cabin Christmas, and get bonus entries for the gift card if you Tweet or Facebook about this final day with Becky. If you purchase A Quaker Christmas, you get THREE bonus entries toward the gift card! Giveaways ends September 30th at 10 PM est.
Thanks so much for being part of our release gathering. We hope you had as much fun as we did!