Saturday, July 21, 2018

Colonial American Authors


To Hope-Inspired Stories, for anyone who'd like to discover more about books and stories that uplift and encourage.

Several years ago, while teaching high school art, I found out I was as thrilled as my students when they won awards or were acknowledged for their accomplishments, and that promoting other people's good works was very gratifying. 

So it's my hope you are blessed with a message of grace through the words of authors featured here. 

Please join me each week as writers of fiction, nonfiction, and devotionals; of romance, mystery, historical and contemporary stories share their work.

I'm happy to celebrate the final week of July's Colonial America Month with guests Shannon McNear, and her new release, The Cumberland Bride. Debra Marvin's novella A Heart So Tender shares the spotlight with Shannon's Counterfeit Tory in the Backcountry Brides Collection
Rounding out the list are: Lynne Tagawa, author of The Shenandoah RoadElaine Cooper, author of  Fields of the Fatherless and Saratoga Letters, and Pam Hillman's Natchez Trace novels entitled The Promise of Breeze Hill and The Road to Magnolia Glen. 
It is their hope--and mine--that you will find words of encouragement in their stories as we learn from the struggles of the past. Enjoy!

Author: Shannon McNear
The Cumberland Bride (Oct. 1, 2018)
Publisher: Barbour Books 
The Backcountry Brides Collection: The Counterfeit Tory ~ novella (May 1, 2018)
Publisher: Barbour Books

Shannon McNear

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Author: Debra E. Marvin
Title: The Backcountry Brides Collection: A Heart So Tender ~ novella (May 1, 2018)
Publisher: Barbour Books 

Debra Marvin

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  • Author: Lynne Basham Tagawa
  • Title: Shenandoah Road (July 11, 2018)
  • Publisher: Blue Rock Press 

Lynne Basham Tagawa

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Author: Elaine Cooper
Title: Fields of the Fatherless (Oct. 22, 2013) Selah Award Winner for YA Fiction
Title: Saratoga Letters (Oct 4, 2016) Selah Award Finalist
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Elaine Cooper

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Author: Pam Hillman
Title: The Promises of Breeze Hill (August 8, 2017)
Title: The Road to Magnolia Glen (June 5, 2018)
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing

Pam Hillman

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...and to complete this month's celebration of the 18th century and American Independence, the hymn "Be Thou My Vision", played by two members of the Webb Family. This is a traditional hymn from Ireland; the words are based on a Middle Irish poem often attributed to the sixth-century Irish Christian poet Dallán Forgaill.  The English version was written by Eleanor Hull and published in 1912.  I feel this well-known hymn, captures the depth, sense of history, and variety expressed in the books here. 

A reminder: The authors presented here value your insights, so don't forget to leave a comment. You will be included in a drawing for a book by the author featured during that week. 

As a follower of Hope-Inspired Stories, your name will be added to a multiple-prize drawing at the end of this month. July's giveaway: a patriotic tote filled with gifts that include DVD's--(stories of revolutionary heroes such as Sybil Ludington), a journal, a 25.00 gift card, lovely organic handmade bath soap and more, all reflecting an early American theme. 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).

Hope-Inspired Stories Photo:  The beautiful photo of Sodus Bay, N.Y. during a particularly harsh storm on Lake Ontario earlier this year was taken by photographer and sister in Christ, Ginger Strom. Note the courageous lone seagull taking flight in the upper right corner of the photo.   

Thank you...May you all be blessed and inspired! 
Pat Iacuzzi 


  1. Out of these books, I've only read Fields of the good! I own The Backcountry Brides, but I've only read Carrie's story so far. The rest of these books sound good.

  2. So far I’ve read The Promise of Breeze Hill and The Backcountry Brides. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these titles. A couple of these are on my Kindle TBR que.
    Perrianne Askew

  3. Hi Anonymous--

    You'll be in the running for one of the others! Thanks for stopping by!